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Background:Israel's History

History of the Land (partial)

Canaan - Canaanites, Hittites, Perizites, Amorites
Philistia - "Gaza Strip"
Israelite Conquest
Divided Kingdom
Assyrian occupation
Babylonian occupation
Medo-Persian occupation
Greek occupation
Syrian occupation
Roman occupation
Moslem occupation
Crusader occupation
Ottoman occupation
Zionism (1896)
Balfour Declaration (1917)
British Mandate (1922)
Nazi Persecution (1930's-1940's)
Independence "Israel" - May 15, 1948

ISRAEL: THE CENTER OF DIVINE HISTORY
Study this 15 part series from Zola Levitt's site on the History of Israel by Dr.Thomas S. McCall.

Israel: History of conflict
BBC timeline from 1948 to the present time


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Current Events and Links

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Newer Articles: After Dec. 31, 1999


Holy Land prepares for millennial Christmas
Dec. 24, 1999 - Security is tight as Israel accomodates the throng of Christmas tourists and pilgrims. Terrorist threats and concerns about apocalyptic cultists are a challenge.
Source: BBC
See also: Holy Land overwhelmed with 'Messiahs'


Clinton launches Middle East talks
Dec. 15, 1999 - President Clinton opened a session for the highest-ever-level talks between Israel and Syria at the White House today. He said, "We have never had such an extraordinary opportunity to reach a comprehensive settlement". Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Syrian Foreign Minister Farouq al-Sharaa will try to outline a plan for permanent peace between their two countries.
Source: BBC
See also: Barak, Shara start talks today - Jerusalem Post

Abdullah: Jerusalem should hold two capitals
Nov. 26, 1999 - King Abdullah, the new young monarch of Jordan, called for Israel to allow Jerusalem to be the capital for both Israel and the Palestinians. He was speaking at a five-day religious meeting in Amman organized by the World Conference on Religion and Peace.
Source:Ha'aretz (Story no longer online)

Significant Plans For Israel To Surrender The Golan To Syria
Oct. 18, 1999 - Information from the following sources:
Barak: Talks with Syria could start within weeks Jerusalem Post - (Story no longer online)
Prime Minister Ehud Barak says peace talks with Syria could resume in a matter of weeks or months, but it would involve "painful territorial compromises."
Paper: Washington plans on a purchase of the Golan - Arabic News

Temple Mount Faithful to lay Temple Mount cornerstone on Sukkot
Sept 24, 1999 - The Temple Mount Faithful will make their annual attempt to place the cornerstone for a new Temple on the grounds of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during this week-end's celebration of The Feast of Tabernacles. Police do not intend to allow them to complete their task. Source:Israel Wire (Story no longer online)

U.S. Reform Jews shifting to two-day Rosh Hashanah
Sept. 9, 1999 - Many reform synagogues are returning to a two-day celebration, the way it is observed in Israel.
Source: Ha'aretz (Story no longer online)

Israeli parliament approves land-for-security agreement
Sept. 8, 1999 -
Earlier in the day, the Israeli Cabinet overwhelmingly approved the transfer of a further seven percent of West Bank land to Palestinian civilian rule under the revised peace- for-land agreement signed this weekend.
The Cabinet voted 17-1, with one abstention and four ministers absent, to transfer the territory from full Israeli control to Palestinian civilian control by Monday. Security in the area will still be handled by Israel.
Source: CBN News

Cabinet approves new Wye deal
Sept. 6, 1999 - By a vote of 22 to 2, the Israeli Cabinet approved the deal between Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. Source Ha'aretz

Arafat: Palestine State in 2000
Sept. 5, 1999 - Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat says that if the new peace agreement does not go as promised, they will still declare independence from Israel in 2000. Source: Virtual News (Story no longer online)

Leaders hail Mideast deal
Sept. 3, 1999 - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Yasser Arafat will sign a revised peace document to put the Wye River agreement back on track after eight months of delay.
The two men are expected to be joined by US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the signing ceremony in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Source: BBC News

Arafat agrees to peace timetable
Aug. 8, 1999 - Accepting Israeli Prime Minister Barak's new timetable for the next phase of Israeli withdrawal, Yasser Arafat ageed to a three-week delay, saying, "He had promised me that implementation would be in August but if he wants to implement in September we accept...The important thing is that Mr Barak implement the agreements." Source: BBC News

Barak will withdraw from 75% of West Bank
May 20, 1999 - Israel's Prime Minister elect has indicated that he will favor Israeli withdrawal from most of the West Bank area, retaining a strip along the Jordan Valley for security. He says Israel will maintain control of Jerusalem, but will allow a form of "munincipal sovereignty" to Palestinians in the city. Control of the Moslem holy sites will be handed to Jordan's new King Abdullah II. Source: WeekEnd News - from Jerusalem Post (Story no longer online)

Barak celebrates landslide victory over Netanyahu
May 18, 1999 - Yesterday's election in Israel resulted in a landslide victory (56% to 44%) by Ehud Barak over current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Barak is Israel's most decorated soldier,d a member of the country's left-wing Labor Party, who is in favor of reviving the peace process, which means making major concessions to the Palestinians. Source: CNN
CNN also reports U.S. 'hired guns' leave their mark on Israeli politics, in which they show that some of President Clinton's top political strategists helped Barak win. Barak hired three American campaign experts: Democratic consultant Bob Shrum, Clinton pollster Stanley Greenberg and former Clinton strategist James Carville.
Comment: This turn of events could accelerate the establishment of a Palestinian State, lead to a divided Jerusalem, and possibly even the Israeli "Peace" which preceeds the war of Ezekiel 38 and 39. See: World War III.

UN passes resolution of PA Self determination
April 28, 1999 - Yesterday, the United Nations Human Rights Commission agreed almost unanimously (the U.S. was opposed, and Israel is not a voting member of the commission) that the Palestinian Authority has the right to self determination. Their decision was based in part on previous 1947 Resolution 181 (partition plan), which Israel has declared to be nullified. The importance of this is that 181 also calls for an "internationalized" Jerusalem. Source: WeekEnd News Today (Story no longer online)

Could NATO Bomb Israel?
April 14, 1999 - There is serious concern that if NATO can decide to intervene in local civil war struggles, such as the Kosovo strike, that they might employ the same force against Israel if peace does not come to the region through the current peace initiative. Source: Harpazo News Report From Jerusalem (Story no longer online)

Netanyahu: Jerusalem not negotiable
March 14, 1999 - In an address to an economic forum, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu said that when the final status talks are begun with the PA over the issue of Jerusalem, they will end quickly because Israel is not even willing to discuss the possibility of giving up its sovereignty there.
Source: Stocksmart (Story no longer online)

King Hussein, Arafat agreed to confederation
Feb. 25, 1999 - Gulf News Agency quoted the United Arab Emirates UAE daily al-Itihad's report that the late King Hussein and Yasser Arafat made an agreement to form a confederation between Jordan and the Palestinian state when it becomes a reality. President Clinton was also present when the agreement was made. Source Weekend News (Story no longer online)

Reflections On The Death Of King Hussein
Jan. 8, 1999 - This article from Global Intelligence Updates gives a good explanation of the origin and recent history of the various nations in the Middle East. It shows why they believe that no permanent peace is possible in the area. "Hussein's death reminds us that there is nothing permanent in this region save perpetual instability." Source: Rick Woodcock from Koenig's International News. (Story no longer online)

King Hussein is dead
Jordan's peacemaker king walked a narrow line in the Mideast
Feb. 7, 1999 - Jordan's King Hussein bin Talal, generally considered a peacemaker in matters relating to Israel, has died of cancer at the age of 63. His Son, Abdullah, has been chosen to replace him.
Beginning his rule as a 17-year-old schoolboy, he evolved by the end of his life into a respected statesman and the Middle East's longest-serving ruler. Overcoming the humiliating loss of the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War, he would emerge as a pivotal peacemaker, signing a peace accord with Israel and, later, helping to salvage deadlocked talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Source: CNN

Milestone Toward Peace In Israel
Netanyahu Praises Palestinian Vote
Dec. 15, 1998 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel welcomed the action of the Palestinians when they overwhelmingly stood up and raised their hands to vote for abolishment of clauses in their charter which called for the destruction of Israel. President Clinton was on hand for the ceremony and gave an impassioned plea for permanent peace in the area. Source: Jerusalem Post (Story no longer online)

Oil In Israel!
Givot Olam shares soar on oil find
Dec. 11, 1998 - At a site near Rosh Ha'ayin in Israel, Givot Olam Oil Exploration Limited Partnership has struck high quality oil from the Paleozoic oil basin. This basin is the source of oil throughout Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
Five kilometers to the west at moshav Elishama, just south of Kfar Sava, the company believes the oil deposit reaches a thickness of 300 meters. In a year's time the company hopes to begin drilling there. That location, known as Meged-3 is thought to contain 1 billion barrels and 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
"If this proves to be the case, there will be enough oil for Israel to last your lifetime and mine," said Tovia Luskin, the company's senior scientist and director.
Source: Jerusalem Post (Story no longer online)

Palestinian Charter To Be Ammended
Dec. 11, 1998 - Following the Wye Agreements, the Palestinian Central Committee has approved the striking of the clause in their charter which calls for the destruction of Israel. The action is scheduled to be put to a vote of the full PA legislative council on Thursday when President Clinton will be in attendance. Source: Israel Wire (Story no longer online)

Mideast Accord Signed, Renews Hope Of Final Accord
Oct. 24, 1998 - After nine days of intense negotiations, Israel and the Palestinians have signed a new agreement which provides for further withdrawal by Israeli forces from another 13% of the West Bank, as the Palestinians provide security against violent extremists and drop the provision in their charter which calls for the elimination of Israel. Prisoner exchanges and other details are included, as well as plans for further meetings about Jerusalem (Source: Infoseek/ Reuters) (Story no longer online)

Netanyahu: "We are not suckers"
Oct. 22,1998 - Israel nearly pulled out of the current peace talks at Wye Plantation yesterday because of lack of concessions from the Palestinians. He said Israel will grant 13 percent more of the West Bank, but in exchange, Palestinians must agree to "arrest 'terrorists,' collect weapons, extradite murderers and provide a list of concrete steps and a timetable for a security crackdown. " He also wants the 700-member Palestine National Council (PNC) to formally amend the PLO charter calling for Israel's destruction. (Source: Infoseek/ Reuters) (Story no longer online)

Attack Overshadows Wye Talks
Oct. 20, 1998 - Yesterday's grenade grenade attack in a crowded bus station in Beersheba in Southern Israel, which wounded 65 or more people, has put a damper on the peace talks and has caused Israel to discontinue all discussions except those having to do with security. (Source: Jerusalem Post) (Story no longer online)

Peace Talks Continue Past Sunday Goal
Oct. 19, 1998 - After several days of intensive meetings, with very little news leaking out about progress, the summit at The Wye River Retreat continues into Monday. Original plans were to conclude the talks on Sunday. (Source: CNN)

Middle East Leaders Gather, Hopeful Of Summit Deal
Oct. 15, 1998 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, PLO President Yasser Arafat, President Clinton, and Madeline Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, begin a series of meetings in a secluded retreat in Maryland today. There will be no news of the results until Sunday, but they are hopeful that there are possible answers to the problems which have stalled the peace negotiations and threatened a "looming disaster" between Israel and the Palestinians. (Source: Infoseek/ Reuters)

Attempt To Lay Cornerstone For Third Temple
Oct.7, 1998 - The Temple Mount Faithful plan to lay the 4.5 ton marble cornerstone which has been ready for quite some time. This day was chosen because it is the beginning of teh Feast Of Tabernacles. Previous attempts to lay the stone have been thwarted by officials.
Update: Oct 8 - Temple Mount Faithful turned back - by police and ultra-orthodox Jews. - WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online.)

Arafat Calls On U.N. To Back Palestinian State
Sept. 28, 1998 - Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat asked them to support the establishment of a Palestinian state when the five-year transitional period ends on May 4, 1999.
Last Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel had warned the General Assembly that any unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood would stop the peace process.
(Source: Infoseek)

New Middle East Summit
September 28, 1998 - After an 18 month stalemate in the peace process, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat met with US Secretary of State Madeline Albright early this morning, and some progress was apparently made. Netanyahu said, ``The results we want is a secure agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians in which they can have a free life and we can have a secure peace... If you ask me if it is possible to achieve, yes. I think we are the ones that can do it.'' The two leaders will meet with President Clinton later today at the White House. (Source: Yahoo/ Reuters) (Story no longer online)

Fatah Website Calls For Israel's Destruction
Aug. 10, 1998 - According to the Jerusalem Post, Yasser Arafat's website says that the constitution of the Fatah movement calls for complete replacement of Israel with the restored Palestinian state, and it assumes that a bloody revolution by the people will be necessary to bring this about.
Israeli officials say that the website is proof that the PLO still wants to destroy the state of Israel.

U.S. Not Playing Fair With Israel
June 10, 1998 - This article about the changing position of U.S. mediators in the peace process illustrates the eroding support of the United States for the Israeli people.
Source: Jerusalem Post (Story no longer online)

Hamas Leader Offers Aliance With Arafat
June 26, 1998 - This article and associated links gives a good appraisal of the stronger position that Hamas has among Palestinians since the recent infussion of oil money into the militant group's coffers. Sheik Ahmed Yassin, a Moslem cleric, is the leader of Hamas. He is considered Yasser Arafat's chief rival, and opposes Arafat's plan for declaring Palestinian statehood in 1999 without the restoration of all the contested land.
Hamas, offered to join forces with Yasser Arafat's government yesterday to rid Palestinians of Israeli occupation. (Source: Electronic Telegraph) (Story no longer online)

Swiss banks' $600 Million Rejected By Jewish Groups
June 19, 1998 - Recently it was made known that Swiss banks cooperated with Nazis to deprive WW II holocaust victims of their wealth. Suits have been filed and an investigation is ongoing by an auditing team headed by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. . The Swiss banks have offered $600 million for a "global settlement" of claims is in addition to any repayments made to individual Holocaust victims and heirs from dormant wartime accounts at Swiss banks. This offer was rejected Friday by The World Jewish Congress (WJC). (Source: CNN)

Celebrate Jerusalem Day (May 24, 1998)
Visit the fabulous "Jerusalem Day" page(s) at Virtual Jerusalem for great information on this topic. Jerusalem Day is celebrated near the anniversary of June 6, 1967 when Israelis took possession of the city of Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall.

Happy 50th Birthday, Israel!
May 14, 1998 - This is the actual anniversary of Israel's rebirth 50 years ago. HARPAZO tells us that Israel calls it "Jubilee" but Palestinians call it "Catastrophe" and plan a million person march. (Story no longer online)

Netanyahu Angry At US Pressure
May 10, 1998 - According to an Associated Press story, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unwilling to conceed 13.1% of disputed land to Palestinians at this point. He has refused to attend a meeting in Washington on Monday because of the U.S. pressure tactics. According to the article, Netanyahu told U.S. envoy Dennis Ross,
``You want to depict me as the one who is thwarting the peace process, and I'm not prepared to accept that.''

``It's impossible for you to invite me to Washington under such conditions. That's public humiliation,'' Netanyahu reportedly added, raising his voice and even pounding on his desk during the discussion.

(Source: AP - Story no longer on line.)

Mrs. Clinton Supports Palestinian State
May 7, 1998 - The First Lady voiced approval of an eventual plan for creation of a Palestinian state in a U.S. Informationation Agency (USIA) broadcast to a youth summit in Switzerland. A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton said that this was her personal opinion and did not reflect a change in U.S. policy. (Source: Yahoo/ Reuters - Story no longer on line.)

Israel At 50
April 30, 1998 - According to this Religion Today article,
"Messianic Jews and other Christians are celebrating in Orlando, Fla., as the Christian Alliance for Israel brings together Christians and Jews to rally support for Israel, according to Jonathan Bernis of Hear O' Israel ministries. Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak at the group's conference.
"...'There is a prophetic significance to this anniversary,' Bernis told Religion Today. 'We want to show our support for Israel at this important time in history.' Other speakers include Messianic Jewish leaders Bernis and Sid Roth of Messianic Vision, Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, pastor and Promise Keepers speaker Wellington Boone, Pentecostal evangelist Benny Hinn, and at least one Orthodox rabbi.
Source: Religion Today (Story no longer online)

Israel Begins Celebration of 50th Anniversary
April 30, 1998 - Though the actual date of her 50th Anniversary is a few days from now (May 14), Israel has begun a full-scale celebration of this great milestone in her history. A fiftieth anniversary has special significance in Israel because it also marks a Biblical "Year of Jubilee."
Source: Harpazo (Story no longer online)

Netanyahu Agrees To Mideast Peace Talks In London
April 20, 1998 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted the invitation of British Prime Minister Tony Blair to tyr to move beyond the current stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian relations. The article states that Israel Radio reported that the United States initiated the planned meeting, scheduled for May 4. Participants will also include Yasser Arafat, and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. (Source: CNN)

Palestinian State by 1999
April 19, 1998 - Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority said that the Palestinians are patient, but time is running out, and that they plan to declare statehood next year. (Source:Prophecy News) (Story no longer online)

No Diplomatic Breakthrough For Mideast Peace
March 30, 1998 - Presidential envoy Dennis Ross has not made any noticable progress in discussions between Israeli and Palestinian representatives. (Source: Infoseek / Reuters story no longer on line)

Also read The Gang's All Here, an editorial from "This Week's News Report From Jerusalem." (Mar. 28, 1998.) This article by Israeli journalist Barry Chamish shows there is an orchestrated effort by many "New World Order" diplomats to gang up against Israel. The last paragraph summarizes the issue:
The Jewish religion is about to lose its Temple for the third time. Cook's defiant appearance on Har Homa was the first signal, Anaan's demand that Israel obey the UN's will was the next, and Ross's 13% pullout formula was still another turn of the rack. And while the New World Order powerbrokers openly declare their ambitions for Jerusalem, the Vatican is preparing for the day in the near future when it will finally secure its second Holy City on the what was the capital city of the Jewish state of Israel.
Source: Harpazo (Story no longer online)

Passover Sacrifice to be Offered
Mar. 24, 1998 - The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement have announced plans to try to perform an offering of the Passover lamb on the Temple Mount on April 10th. If permission is not granted by the Israeli government, they say it will be offered in the old City of David near the southern entrance to the Temple area.

Rift between Great Britian and Israel
Mar. 18, 1998 - A decision by British Foreign Minister, Robin Cook, to meet with Palestinian representatives at the controversial Har Homa settlement near Jerusalem caused Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a meeting with Cook and to cancel a scheduled dinner together. Netanyahu said Cook had broken a promise by doing what he did. (Source: MSNBC News - Story no longer online)

Swiss uncover Israeli spy operation
Feb. 26, 1998 - Swiss authorities announced the arrest of one Israeli spy and the search for four others. In Israel, Mossad chief Danny Yatom resigned. He had already been under pressure following a failed attempt to assassinate a Hamas official in Jordan last fall. (Source: MSNBC - Story no longer online)

Little Progress in Clinton Mideast Peace Bid
Jan. 24, 1998 - Following a week of meetings with both sides, no breakthrough was obtained in the president's attempt to jump-start the stalled peace talks. The Palestinians said they were encouraged by a statement by Clinton on Thursday supporting a settlement where "the Palestinians can realize their aspirations to live as a free people." U.S. officials said this did not mean that the president was calling for a Palestinian state because that is an issue that must be decided by the Israel and the Palestinians. (Source: Yahoo/ Reuters - Story no longer online)

No breakthrough in Clinton-Netanyahu talks
Jan. 21, 1998 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Clinton met much longer than expected, but could come to no agreement about withdrawal from West Bank areas. (Source: Yahoo/ Reuters - Story no longer online)

Netanyahu Heads For White House Summit
Jan. 19, 1998 - Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is en route to Washington D.C. to meet tomorrow with President Clinton in an effort to salvage the dying peace process. The main issue is Israeli withdrawal from West Bank areas of Israel. President Clinton is asking for a higher percentage of land to be ceded to the Palestinians (12 to 15%), but Netanyahu, armed with impressive support from the people and government of Israel and a big support rally here in the United States, will not likely agree to such a large scale withdrawal. In any case the PLO will have to fulfill their end of the agreement if there is to be any withdrawal at all. (Source: Yahoo/ Reuters - Story no longer online)

Palestinians: Violence May Escalate
Jan 15, 1998 - With less than a week to go before Benjamin Netanyahu and Yasser Arafat are scheduled to meet with President Clinton, Palestinian authority leaders are saying that there may be an escalation of violence in the region if the peace process collapses. They claim the process is likely to fail because of the Israeli government's decision to keep large areas in the West Bank under its control.
Source: Yahoo (Story no longer online)

Oil In Israel
Winter, 1997 - According to this editorial by Dell Griffin from Hatikva Ministries, a rich source of oil has been discovered in Shomron (Samaria) which taps into the same pool of oil that feeds Saudi Arabia and other mid-Eastern nations. The prophetic implications of such a find are great. This is part of the disputed land in the peace process. (Story no longer online)

"Faithful" March To The Temple Mount
Dec. 30, 1997 - Article From Todd Strandberg's "Rapture Ready" website:

Today, the Temple Mount Faithful movement has a full schedule of events planned.

In the morning they will march from the tombs of the Maccabees to the Temple Mount area. After that, they plan on demonstrating at the American Consulate against the pressure that President Clinton and Secretary of State Albright are putting on Israel. Later, they will have a similar demonstration outside the Prime Minister's residence.

Putting aside the TMF demonstrating, the main purpose of their day of marching is to once again attempt to gain access to the Temple Mount.

The TMF say they chose to march on Hanukkah because just like during the Macabees' revolt, they see the need for the desecrated Temple to be cleansed from foreign occupiers - in 165 BC it was the Hellenistic Seleucids; in 1997 it's the Palestinians.

I firmly believe prophetically the Temple Mount is the most sensitive piece of real-estate there is on earth. If the Jews were to regain control of the Temple Mount, that occurrence would immediately eclipse all other ongoing end-time events.

The fact that the Temple Mount Faithful have been making almost weekly attempts to sneak onto the Temple Mount, must be a good indication of how close we are to the Lord's return.

Further Information: Temple Mount Faithful
The Voice Of The Temple Mount

Israel Ushers In Hanukkah
Dec. 23, 1997 - Great celebrations in Israel mark the first event of Israel's 50th year which actually begins next May 14th. (Source: Washington Post - Story no longer on line)


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ISRAEL LINKS


From The Jerusalem Center...


Window on the Wall

The Temple Mount In Jerusalem

Virtual Jerusalem

Bridges For Peace

Stratford Mid-East Intelligence

Jerusalem Post


Israel Today Magazine
Western Wall Webcam - Mindfactory
Feasts Of Israel
Demonstrates the historical reliability of the Bible through archaeological research and related apologetic investigation.
Judaism and Jewish Resources
Extensive list of links
Israeli Culture - From About.com
Christian Friends of Israel
War of Gog and Magog
More information about Israel's future - Ezekiel 38 & 39
Middle East Maps

ONLINE BOOKS
The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah - by Alfred Edersheim, 1883
The Temple - Its Ministry and Service - by Alfred Edersheim

HELPFUL ARTICLES
Why Palestinians Should Learn About the Holocaust - Robert Satloff and Mohammed Dajani Doudi
Will there ever be peace for Israel & her neighbors? - Joel Rosenberg
The Evil of Replacement Theology: The Historical Abuse of the Jews by the Church - David Reagan - Lamb and Lion Ministries
Understanding the Evangelical Christian's Support for Israel - Christian Post 2013
Myths of the Middle East - Joseph Farah, 2000
More myths of the Middle East - Joseph Farah, 2000
When 'Palestine' meant 'Israel'- Joseph Farah, 2001
Author: Bible predicted date of Israel's return - 'Covenant' book finds May 1948 date hidden in prophecies - WND
Declassified: Israel nearly used nukes in Yom Kippur War - Israel Today

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Excerpts from The Prophecy Puzzle

In the actual software package, many key words would appear as colored hyperlinks to other articles. These links are not shown here.

Because of the Holocaust, world sympathy for Jewish people was awakened. There was a sense everywhere that it would be fair to give these persecuted people a homeland. This sentiment was expressed by the British government in a statement known as the Balfour Declaration in 1917. After World War I, The British received control of portions of the Mid-East in 1920. This was known as the British Mandate. As Zionism grew and hostilities increased between the Jewish immigrants to Palestine and Arab Palestinians, the British found themselves increasingly unable to maintain order in the area. They announced their intention to end the British Mandate as of May 14, 1948.

This portion of modern Israel's history is like the muscles and the skin being re-created over the skeleton of dry bones.

Independence Day for Israel was May 14, 1948. On the very first day of their independence, all of Israel's neighbors declared war against them. They had to fight them off, and amazingly, they won this first war with practically no resources. At the end of this war Jordan occupied the "West Bank", most of the land on the West side of the Jordan River, and other sections extending inland, including the western portion of the city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount area. Previous residents of the land were invited to stay if they were willing to become Israeli citizens. Approximately 130,000 Arabs remained and did indeed become citizens of the new nation. There were about 750,000 Arabs who fled Israel and became refugees in neighboring countries and in the areas occupied by Jordan. The Arab countries would not assimilate them. Thus they continued year after year as poor, disgruntled people, and enemies of Israel.

There have been several other wars fought and won by Israel. they include:

The Suez Canal War of 1956 --
This was started by Egypt and her allies, but it resulted in the loss of the whole Sinai Peninsula and the Suez Canal to Israel. These were later given back.
The 6-Day War of 1967
Israel responded quickly to attack by her neighbors, and occupied the Golan Heights and the West Bank. This was an amazing war! Israelis destroyed the aircraft of their hostile neighbors before they even had time to launch them. They even knew which planes of their Arab neighbors were decoys, and didn't bother to bomb them.
The Yom Kippur War of 1973
This is the one war they almost lost because even the non-religious Jews observe Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. The nation was not in readiness.
The PLO and the Peace Process
The Palestine Liberation Organization is an alignment of Palestinians who feel that they were unfairly deprived of their land by the establishment of the nation of Israel. They are led by Yasser Arrafat. In 1992 they negotiated an agreement in principle with the government of Israel to occupy and control, under self-rule, portions of the land, including the Gaza Strip and Jericho with a view to further negotiations in the future. There has been continual fighting among the Palestinians and Jewish settlers in these areas, as well as other terrorist activities. There is a great deal of hesitation among Israeli citizens and leaders to continue the peace process. It has been very fragile, and has often nearly ceased to exist. On September 28, 1995, in a historic moment in Washington D.C., a document was signed granting self-rule to these areas. Since then there have been repeated terrorist bombings by an organization known as Hamas, which is trying to derail the peace process.

The peace process may take a different turn since the elections of May 29, 1996 when Benjamin Netanyahu was narrowly elected Prime Minister of Israel. Netanyahu is more conservative that his predecessor, Shimon Peres. This may may result in less concessions to the Palestinians, but it should not derail the peace process.

The Breath of life -- Ezekiel 37:14 -- The one part of this prophecy that has not yet been fulfilled is the breath of life entering into the re-constituted body. The body has been brought back together, but is not yet spiritually alive. In Israel, most people do not follow the Lord even in the old way of Judaism. The future fulfillment of this portion of the prophecy will be during The Tribulation when Israel will be spiritually alive. The Rapture will probably play a part in bringing about their awakening.

According to Romans 11:7-8, and 25-26, the Jewish people are hardened, and blinded spiritually during the Church Age. During this period of time, God has allowed this condition, partly as a punishment. Individual Jewish people may see and believe, but Israel as a whole is still blind. There are a growing number of "completed Jews," those who have accepted Christ as their Messiah and Savior. The Bible says that the Jewish people will return to the Lord. The Apostle Paul called this "grafting" Israel back into God's plans (Romans 11:17-24). This is necessary for the fulfillment of Daniel's seventieth week, a seven year period of Israel's history which must still be fulfilled. When the Church is removed at The Rapture, Israel will live out this last "week."

According to Revelation 7:1-9 there will be 144000 sealed "servants of God" There will be 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel. These are not "Jehovah's Witnesses", but they are witnesses of Jehovah. Some say this would be impossible because of the ten "lost tribes" of Israel dispersed by the Assyrian invasion in 722 BC, and because records were lost in the destruction of Jerusalem when the Romans burned the Temple in AD 70. Actually, not all records were lost, but even if Jewish people do not know their "tribe", God knows. We are not told why they are sealed, or what they do, but since this is the last 7 years of their special history, it is probable that they are sealed so that they can boldly proclaim the Gospel and not be put to death.

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