In the Brit Chadashah, in Acts 17:26, the Bible says, "(G-d) has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the boundaries of their habitations." From one man, Adam, G-d has made every nation of men to scatter and settle on the whole face of the earth, G-d knowing beforehand which nations would rise and fall and at what time they would be in power. G-d also fixed their boundaries ahead of time for these certain periods of time.
G-d established the boundaries of the nation of Israel about 4000 years ago, during the time of Abraham. (See Torah: Bereshith / Genesis 15:18-21.) About 500 years later, G-d gave the description of the boundaries of Israel in more detail to Moses. (See Torah: Deuteronomy 34:1-12.)
Abraham had two sons: Ishmael and Isaac. (Read Torah: Genesis Chapters 16, 17, 21, and 22.) Ishmael was Abraham’s son by his Egyptian maid, Hagar. Ishmael became the "father" of the Arab nations; he was the son "of the flesh", not the son which G-d had promised to Abraham. Isaac was the "son of the promise", but Ishmael was the result of Abraham trying to "help G-d out" - trying to help G-d keep His word. Have you ever tried to do this? Have you ever acted too quickly instead of waiting with patience for the promise of G-d to come to pass?
In Genesis 21:12, G-d said unto Abraham, "in Isaac shall your seed be called." Through the line of Isaac the promised "seed" would come who would bless the world. Isaac had twin sons named Esau and Jacob. Even though Jacob was the younger, he inherited the blessing, or "birthright", form his father Isaac (Torah: Bereshith / Genesis 25:19-34).
Jacob’s name was changed to Israel one time after he had wrestled with an angel of G-d all night (Torah: Genesis Chapter 32). The name "Jacob" means "heel catcher" or "supplanter" (one who displaces, as he did to his brother Esau in regard to the birthright). The name Israel means "having power with God" or "G-d’s fighter". A change had happened in Jacob’s life; he began to see the purpose of G-d for his life! Have you had a change in your life? Do you have a vision of what G-d wants you to do? If so, you will be changed! This change doesn't have to take place when you're young ... it might be after you've "weathered" the years (or rather, after the years have "weathered" you!).
The G-d of Israel is the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, had 12 sons who became the heads of the 12 tribes of Israel. Now you see where the nation of Israel came from: from the seed of Abraham, starting with Abraham's grandson, Jacob. Jacob (Israel) was the father of the 12 tribes. G-d called Abraham out and he became a blessing to the whole earth through his obedience. It was through his (Abraham’s) seedline that Yeshua came. Abraham produced a nation (Israel) and that nation produced the Messiah: Yeshua ha Meshiach.
The name "Jew" was first used to refer to someone from the tribe of Judah. Later, after the return from the 70 year captivity in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, the name "Jew" was used to refer to anyone from any of the 12 tribes, since the tribe of Judah seemed to make up the larger portion of the remnant of Israel. The children of Israel were originally called "Hebrews". In the Brit Chadasha, the Rabbi Shaul (the apostle Paul) was called a Hebrew; and yet the two terms, "Hebrew" and "Jew", are now used with little distinction.
Concerning the term "Hebrew," it is interesting that after the Children of Israel finished wandering for 40 years, and before they passed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land, they lodged for three days at the brink of the Jordan River. Joshua, their leader after Moshe, sent officers through the camp who commanded the people:
"When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your G-d, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and the ark, about 2,000 cubits (1,000 yards or 914 meters) by measure. Do not come near the ark, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before." [Tanakh: Sefer Y'hoshua / Joshua 3:1-4]
The Hebrew root word for "passed" used above is "abar" [ah-var] which means "to pass over, go through, pass beyond, or to make a transition [figuratively or literally]."
To arrive INSIDE your Promised Land, you will have to go through a TRANSITION! The Hebrew word "abar" also means "to pass from one side to the other side."
Interestingly enough, a derivative of the word "abar" is "Ibriy" which means "Hebrew" and is the ethnic description of Abraham and his seed line, who was a descendant of Eber, the great grandson of Noah's son Shem.
Genesis 14:13 / Bereshith talks about "Abram the Hebrew." Exodus 7:16 / Shemot mentions "the LORD God of the Hebrews." Here "Hebrews" represents a tribe of Semites (sons of Shem).
Abraham "crossed over" the Euphrates River from Haran to Canaan, the land God promised him. How did he do it? . . . through OBEDIENCE! Abraham, his wife Sarah, and his nephew Lot had originally left Ur of the Chaldees with his father, Terah, and arrived in Haran. It's possible the LORD had wanted Terah to take the trip of faith from Haran and he may not have obeyed; possibly that is why G-d chose Abraham.
PROPHETICAL IMPORTANCE OF THE WAR IN IRAQ FOR ISRAEL AND MIDDLE EAST
The war in Iraq plays an important part in end time prophecy: for Israel and the Middle East. The result will be a paradigm shift in world commerce and religion. Israel will be swept up in a vortex of persecution.
Right now, Iraq plays a key piece, not only in the Middle East, but in the prophetic puzzle (and the timeline) of the world.
Men wage war, but God wages eternal justice. The real reason behind the war in Iraq – unknown to men – is for clearing the way to rebuild Babylon: NEW BABYLON.
Babylon, in the land of Shinar, was the headquarters of the first world autocrat. His name was “Nimrod.” Scripture, in the original Hebrew language, and also supported by rabbis, shows that Nimrod was “a mighty hunter against or in opposition to the LORD.”
Just as Babylon was the headquarters for the first world dictator, so the NEW BABYLON will be the headquarters of the FINAL world dictator, a despot and worse than tyrant. He will be chosen by the New World Order (or whatever name the organization ascribes to itself at that time). He will be the FALSE messiah and the greatest enemy that Israel and the Jewish People have ever known.
Babylon, in Iraq, lies 85 km or 55 miles south of Baghdad. People, even Bible scholars, confuse the Fall of Babylon with the Destruction of Babylon. The Fall of Babylon happened in 539 B.C. The Persian king Cyrus, who captured the Medes in 549 B.C., took Babylon in 539 B.C. and Darius the Mede was his vassal-king. Babylon was taken over with military genius when the Euphrates River was re-routed so that the level of the moat system around the city was lowered, allowing the army of Cyrus to enter the city.
NOTICE: Josephus records that 12 days later Daniel presented Cyrus with a scroll (see Isaiah 44:28 and Isaiah 45:1-13) written 150 years earlier showing that God named Cyrus as the one who would release the Jews from the Babylonian exile to return to Jerusalem. Thus ending the 70 year captivity prophesied ahead of time by Jeremiah the Prophet.
“And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, says Jehovah, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans; and I will make it desolate forever.” (The Hebrew word “chorbah” here used for “desolation” means “drought.” In other words, “desert.”) -- Jeremiah 25:11-12
Babylon was NOT destroyed. It became the second capital of Persia. Then, 200 years later it was Alexander the Great’s capital. Through the years it has been withered but NOT destroyed with the kind of destruction the Bible foretells.
NOTICE: Isaiah Chapters 13 and 14 – AND – Jeremiah Chapters 50 and 51 state that Babylon will be destroyed like Sodom and Gomorrah. This has never happened. This is a FUTURE prophecy. In context it shows that Israel is back in the land redeemed from the nations with, also, the goyim (strangers or gentiles). It withered, but was never the recipient of destruction as prophesied. Even in the late 19th Century there were people living there. Sadam Hussein, over a period of 20 years, spent $60 million in rebuilding Babylon.
THEREFORE: Babylon must be rebuilt, flourishing again as New Babylon, before it can be destroyed as Sodom and Gomorrah.
A 12 POINT PROPHECY
1 - BABYLON IN IRAQ WILL BE REBUILT BY THE AUTHORITY OF A GROUP OF NATION STATES (PROBABLY 10 REGIONS) AND THEN BECOME HEADQUARTERS FOR THE NEW WORLD ORDER.
2 - BABYLON WILL BE THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF TRADE (BOTH LEGAL AND ILLEGAL).
3 - THE NEW BABYLON WILL BE THE INTERNATIONAL LOCUS OF DRUGS, PORNOGRAPHY, AND WITCHCRAFT.
4 - THE NEW BABYLON WILL BE THE CENTRE OF NEW (ONE WORLD) RELIGION.
5 - THE 10 REGION GOVERNMENTAL MANDATE THAT ORIGINALLY GRANTS NEW BABYLON HER AUTHORITY AS A WORLD CENTER OF TRADE WILL ALSO ESTABLISH BABYLON AS THE HEAD OF GOVERNMENTAL RELIGION.
6 - THE AUTHORIZED ONE WORLD RELIGION WILL HAVE SUB-POWERS UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE FALSE PROPHET (WHO WILL BE APPOINTED BY THE LEADER OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER) SUCH AS THE AUTHORITY TO EXECUTE JEWS AND (REAL) CHRISTIANS … AND,
7 - TO EXECUTE BY DECAPITATION THOSE WHO DO NOT TAKE THE IDENTIFICATION MARK (THE NAME, NUMBER, OR NUMBER OF THE NAME) OF THE WORLD LEADER (THE LEADER DESIGNATED BY THE CONFEDERACY OF NATION STATE REGIONS).
8 - NEW BABYLON WILL JUXTAPOSE HERSELF WITH JERUSALEM.
9 - BABYLON WILL EVENTUALLY BE DESTROYED BY THE GROUP OF NATION STATES (PROBABLY 10 REGIONS WHICH EVOLVE OUT OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER) WHICH ORIGINALLY GAVE THE AUTHORITY FOR NEW BABYLON TO BE THE EPICENTER OF TRADE AND RELIGION.
10 - THIS SAME GROUP OF NATION STATES AND OTHERS WILL ATTACK ISRAEL.
11 - MESSIAH WILL DESTROY THE GROUP OF NATION STATES WHO ATTACK ISRAEL.
12 - THE MESSIANIC KINGDOM WILL BE ESTABLISHED AND MESSIAH YESHUA WILL RULE IN PEACE FROM JERUSALEM.
1. A world leader who is fatally wounded in the head AND whose deadly wound is healed. This leader will be the one the New World Order will choose as their leader. He will be the FALSE messiah.
2. Or ... a world system which was seemingly dead is revived and becomes a great world power once again. This could be Islam. The Eastern leg of the Old Roman Empire outlived the Western leg for about 1,000 years. In the past, many Bible scholars tried to fit the Old Roman Empire into the 10 nation confederacy that will arise in the last days. However, they failed to take into consideration that the Ottoman Empire and the influence of Byzantium ... and Islam ... was the extension that lasted longer. So, hermeneutically, Islam could be the exact "fit" for a "deadly wound that was healed." This is probably the correct interpretation ... and therefore: WATCH TURKEY AND ISLAM.
3. Turkey will either be selected as a member of the EU – OR – will turn to the Islamic East for affiliation in worldwide commerce and trade.
4. The United Nations may move their headquarters to Turkey.
5. China will surpass Russia and the USA in nuclear proliferation and become part of the military triumvirate of the East.6. A combination of the EU, the League of Arab States, and Iran forming a complex of TEN Regions of nation-states.
7. New Babylon will become the concourse of world trade and Muslim ideology.
If you want to know where we are in end time prophecy, watch Israel. Ever since the Regathering in the Land, we can see end-time prophecy unfolding. A “Cup of Trembling,” there have been fourteen major conflicts between Israel and its neighbors since the 1948 United Nations partition, as follows:
1. 1948 War of Independence —November 1947 - July 1949.
2. The retribution operations—conducted in the 1950s (Military response by Israel for every terror action made by the Fedayeen).
3. The Sinai War—October 1956.
4. Six-Day War—June 1967.
5. War of Attrition—1968-1970 (a limited war fought between the Israeli military and Egypt, the USSR and the PLO to recapture the Sinai from Israel).
6. Yom Kippur War—October 1973.
7. Operation Litani—March 1978 (The 1978 South Lebanon conflict).
8. First Lebanon War—Began June 1982.
9. The fighting in Southern Lebanon—1985 - 2000.
10. The First Intifada—Began in December 1987.
11. The Gulf War (1991)—Israel attacked by Iraqi missiles to provoke a response.
12. The al-Aqsa Intifada—Started in September 2000.
13. Second Lebanon War—Summer 2006.14. Operation Cast Lead —2008-2009 (IDF strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks).
Israel has to win every war to survive. The enemies of Israel do NOT have to win any wars to survive, except the last one. From a nuclear standpoint, Israel is a “one-bomb country.” One nuclear device detonated over Israel would devastate the country. This puts Israel in a very bad position. There is no room for error in their foreign policy. They feel if they make one mistake, it is the end of them as a nation, thus giving new meaning to the slogan “Never Again.” See The Middle East in the Crosshairs Part 3, by Steve Elwart, IDB Folio specialist.
1. THE UN WILL TRY TO FORCE ISRAEL TO DISCLOSE / DISMANTLE NUCLEAR ARMS
In the not-too-far-distant future, the United Nations will attempt to divert its "presumed" attention on the nuclear goals, stratagem, potential, and ambitions of Iran ... to Israel. The UN will then begin a tireless campaign to halt any production of nuclear weapons. It will try to force Israel to disclose and dismantle its nuclear storehouse of weaponry and, also, join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The previous head of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), a Muslim, said In October, 2009, “Israel is the number one threat to the Middle East given the nuclear arms it possesses.”
Bret Stephens, a Wall Street Journal columnist, actually declares HOW such a situation could happen soon. US President Obama has, as one of his goals, "global nuclear disarmament." The US President has NO military experience, and as has been seen in his "hopefulness" and gestures towards negotiations with Iran, evidenced a lack of astuteness ... or reality ... in geopolitics, especially as regards tyrants who are megolomaniacs like Achmadinejad, Bertrand Russell gives his interpretation of megalamania: "The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history."The forcing of Israel to disband its nuclear weaponry would be its death knell. Russia would more than likely attempt to enforce such a UN directive, with Iran by its side. The result would be a playing out of the prophecies of Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39. (Read below "What is Ezekiel saying for today?")
Return to its pre-1967 borders (which Israel won after being attacked);
Divide Jerusalem; and,
Allow Palestinians to have a state with contiguous borders which would divide Israel's legal and rightful boundary into two parts.
The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, says the LORD, which stretches forth the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him.
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
-- Tanakh: Zechariah 12-1-3
1. Russia, Turkey, Iran and other Middle East and North East African nations will form an alliance to attack Israel. This we know for sure (read me)!
2. G-d will defeat this alliance of Magog and others on the hills of Israel, and leave only 17 percent of them.
3. It will take seven months to bury the dead bodies, and seven years to burn the implements of war (probably radioactive elements).
4. The victory for Israel will be so great and miraculous that ALL nations will realize that the G-d of Israel is the LORD.
5. There will be an earthly Kingdom established (after another great war where Messiah wipes out all the enemies of Israel) where the Messiah rules from Jerusalem. All nations and their leaders must be subservient to the King.
Let me remind you that G-d’s plan for the Middle East is to:
1. Settle the Jews in Israel.
2. Give Jerusalem to Israel.
4. Judge Mt. Seir and Edom.
5. Make it evident to all nations that G-d has brought Israel back from the diaspora to Israel.
“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.” (Jeremiah 16:14-15)
6. Bring a spiritual awakening among Israeli people.
7. Make Jerusalem a “cup of trembling” to all nations.
Land for peace is NOT G-d’s plan for the Middle East. Land for peace is a trap to weaken and position Israel into a limited area where she would have NO effective air response (defensive or offensive) operations. This is a planned stratagem for the annihilation for the State of Israel, and any Israeli (or, other) leader who defends such a plan should be marked as a traitor to the State of Israel.
Not only that, but the land belongs to Israel by:
1. Promise from G-d (to Abraham); and,
2. Victory in war (1948, 1967 and 1973).
When the coming world leader – appointed by the New World Order – takes over, he will make a treaty (a covenant) with Israel for seven years. Today, in addition to disease and famine issues, the leaders of the dominant nations are concerned with three (3) primary factors:
1. Attaining peace among nations and ethnic groups;
2. Guaranteeing the flow of oil; and,
3. Stopping terrorism and conflict in the Middle East (especially between Israel and the Palestinians).However, the CHIEF bargaining factor will be the city of Jerusalem!
A Seven Year Treaty will be the coup de grace for Israel. What you should be watching for is Leadership: a leader who will seemingly have the solution for the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. This leader, appointed by the NWO will bring temporary peace and will convince the Jewish people to sign a seven (7) year treaty.
This is a stratagem designed for the annihilation of the People of Israel: the Jews.
In exchange for agreeing to this treaty negotiation, Israel will be allowed to rebuild her Temple on the Temple Mount. Then, after three and one half years (42 months) the NWO leader (the false Messiah) will do just what Antiochus Epiphanes did, who desecrated the Jewish Temple at the time of the Maccabean revolt. (Tanakh: Read Daniel 9:24-27 and Daniel 11:31 in the Tanakh.) The new world leader will go into the new rebuilt Temple and blaspheme G-d. Then, he will declare that he is G-d.
The 42 months which follow this event (the last half of the seven year covenant) will prove to be the worst time of persecution the Jews have ever known: worse than they experienced during the Holocaust under Nazi Germany.
The Seven Year Treaty-Covenant will be a trap to bring about the subjugation, persecution, and total annihilation of the Jewish People.
During the last half of the seven years many Jews will flee to Petra where they will be safe from the anti-Messiah, the coming world leader. G-d causes a supernatural geological happening to take place to protect them from an attempt of the new world leader to extinguish the Jews who have fled to Petra.