“Hebron Is Arab”

Arno Froese

“And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them” (Ezekiel 39:21). 

The above prophecy is doubtless for the future, because the heathen nations of the world do not recognize or see the judgment God will execute upon planet earth. One day, however, Revelation 1:7 will be fulfilled: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” That is the time of the end of the Great Tribulation, the time when there is no more denial of Jesus Christ the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth.

In the Revelation account, we note that this speaks about planet earth. Yet it is added, “…and they also which pierced Him.” That is the Jewish nation.

When Jesus comes, literally and physically to Israel, it will usher in a new dispensation. It marks the end of the dispensation of grace, for the Church will have left planet earth.

We hear and read a lot about the Middle East, and particularly Israel. Most of it is rather negative, because the nations of the world do not recognize the borders that were set by God for the Jewish nation. Subsequently, that conflict will not cease and will continue to get worse.

In the end—and this is the good news—God will fully restore Israel, not only physically and geographically, but also spiritually. That will be the true judgment against the heathen of the world. What is God’s purpose? “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward” (Ezekiel 39:22).

“Hebron Is Arab”

In a recent decision by UNESCO, whose motto is “building peace in the minds of men and women,” the old city of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs were declared a Palestinian World Heritage Site that is in danger due to Israeli excavation projects.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs—also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque—is revered by Jews, Muslim and Christians as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s burial place.

It is the second holiest site in Judaism and the fourth in Islam.

Inscription would place the site under international standards of conservation, and would oblige Unesco to review its situation every year.

Israel had rejected the Palestinian allegations and complained that the resolution, which refers to Hebron’s “Islamic history,” denied a Jewish connection to the city.

The US had argued that the Tomb of the Patriarchs was “under no immediate threat” and that adding it to the list of sites in danger “risked undermining the seriousness such an assessment by Unesco should have.”

“Today, Palestine and the world, through Unesco, celebrate Hebron as part of world heritage, a value that transcends geography, religion, politics, and ideology,” a Palestinian foreign ministry statement said.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who heads Israel’s Unesco committee, denounced the vote and accused the UN agency of being a “political tool.”

“The Jewish connection to Hebron goes back thousands of years. Hebron, the birthplace of King David’s kingdom, and the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the first Jewish purchase in Israel and resting place of our forefathers—are our people’s oldest heritage sites,” he said.

The resolution kept the Old City and its historic walls on the List of World Heritage in Danger, and called on the Israeli authorities to “cease the persistent excavations, tunneling, works and projects” that it stated were “illegal under international law.”

-www.bbc.com, 7 July 2017

For Jews, the Tomb of the Patriarchs is the second holiest site in Judaism, while it is the fourth in Islam.

Here is the Biblical account of the city called Hebron: “And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her” (Genesis 23:2). Abraham now searches for a burial place for his beloved Sarah. He found one, and his negotiation for the title reads: “And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou wilt give it, I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take it of me, and I will bury my dead there. And Ephron answered Abraham, saying unto him, My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and thee? bury therefore thy dead. And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant. And the field of Ephron which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the borders round about, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city. And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan. And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abraham for a possession of a buryingplace by the sons of Heth” (Genesis 23:13-20). Here we have the clear contract between Abraham and the original owners, who were the Hittites, often called the sons and children of Heth.

UNESCO, however, which is charge of naming World Heritage Sites around the globe, chooses to call it a “Palestinian World Heritage Site.” A people unknown in history with no distinct geographical, cultural, or archaeological connections to the land, are declared the rightful owners.

We, as believers, again rejoice at this decision, because it once more proves—beyond a shadow of doubt—that Israel is different; they are not counted among the nations, or as the prophet Balaam proclaimed: “For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations” (Numbers 23:9).

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Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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