Israel is talking about Annexation. What Annexation? What do you call occupation, dispossession, displacement? I join the approximate 40 to 45 percent of Israelis and Palestinians on both sides of the Divide who long for a one-state democracy where equality reigns. It will take a while, but it will happen.
21-23 “Divide up this land among the twelve tribes of Israel. Divide it up as your inheritance and include in it the resident aliens who have made themselves at home among you and now have children. Treat them as if they were born there, just like yourselves. They also get an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the resident alien lives, there he gets his inheritance. Decree of God, the Master.”
Many Evangelicals presume that peace in Israel-Palestine will never happen unless Jesus Christ, God in the Flesh, ruptures through the clouds, detonating his divine light, between the heavens and earth, his Second Coming.
“Only then peace will come to the Middle East.
We can’t do anything,” many Christians say.
So, DON’T! Unless you can help bring people together. STOP adding fuel to the fire!
Don’t aid and abet a cruel and ruthless regime, ruled by the Beast that steals and kills and destroys while waving the Banner of Holy Goodness!
Don’t worship mere sand, a land formerly promised and already fulfilled!
Don’t idolize a ‘chosen people,’ many of whom reject God!
Just love them. People want to be respected, honored, and dignified, as well as acknowledged and recognized for who they are, which include the indigenous people of Israel-Palestine. Just about all Palestinians, whether Christian or Muslim, worship God and revere Jesus. They have yet to discover that Jesus and God and God’s Holy Spirit are the same.
Jesus, “the name above all other names” (Philippians 2: 9) is God in the flesh, the same as the One God (*Chapter 2: Still Wandering; Sub-chapter 2.10: Try Explaining the Holy Trinity; Page 64, Kindle Location 1123). If you worship One, you revere the Other, whether you know it or want to or not. Repentance precedes acceptance. As stated in the Talmud Bavli Brachot 34b: “In the place where the repentant stands, even the completely righteous man cannot stand” (*Chapter 5: Abraham … A Life Without Borders; Sub-chapter 5.9: Our Divine Heritage Supersedes Land; Page 129; Kindle Locations 2582-2583).
We’re all striving – glorifying and praising – in the path of God (*Prologue: Let’s Get Radical … Be Kind; Sub-section Zion … A Heaven on Earth; Page 17; Kindle Locations 146-147).
Open your blinders and expand your horizons. Support all the good people in Israel-Palestine. God calls us to be instruments of His blessings; Christ-like, peacemakers. Though created in His image, it seems we’re all kings with one eye in the land of the blind. None knows it all.
The NEW Promised Land is our NEW Jerusalem, the Spiritual Kingdom of God, NOT Modern Israel.
“You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you?” (1 Corinthians 3: 16 Message Translation MSG)
God no longer resides inside an edifice made of stone. He dwells inside His gems created in His image, His jewels more precious than stone. The Spiritual Kingdom of God, the NEW Promised Land, the NEW Jerusalem are NOW.
“And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God … Now God’s home is with people! He will live with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God”. (Revelation 21: 2-3 Good News Translation GNT)
The “I am the Alpha and the Omega … the One who is, and who was, and who is to come” (Revelation 1: 8) is NOW.
God needs neither help nor hindrance to restoring the good in Israel. Trust God’s authority, His sovereignty. The Book of Joshua reminds us,
“It was God who drove out the inhabitants of Canaan and gave the land to the House of Israel. The Twelve Tribes of Israel were called to live in God’s land, and thus to bring forth for the world the Messiah, the Savior of the world, in whom Old Testament Israel has been theologically fulfilled and has received its true and final meaning,” as stated by Dutch theologian, Dr. Steven Paas.
Each tribe received a proportionate share of the land and named it after their tribal names. The region was not called ‘Israel.’ It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that the theological Land of Israel was finally converted and polished as a saliently geo-national term. (* Chapter 3: A Shared Identity; Sub-chapter 3: 14: The Boundaries of Israel; Page 85; Kindle Locations 1591-1592).
In case you haven’t noticed, God hasn’t driven away all of Israel’s ‘enemies,’ despite Israel’s immense firepower and foreign-supplied weapons of mass destruction, an arsenal 1 million x 1 million times more lethal than the Trumpets that crumbled the walls of Jericho as witnessed in the Old Testament.
Despite the predictions envisaged from the early 1800s to the present, neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians will ever leave. Why? Jews and Goyim are meant to share the land (Ezekiel 47: 21-23).
Jew and Goy are equal.
One is not more ‘chosen’ than the other.
The people of Israel-Palestine must seek God.
God is the ‘Thrust to Trust.’
We are all God’s children.
To paraphrase Jesus: “Destroy your enemies by becoming friends.”
With every good wish to you, I am,
Abraham A. van Kempen
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