Jerusalem Is Not Jewish, Says UNESCO

Arno Froese

“And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south” (Psalm 107:3). 

This generation has experienced the literal fulfillment of the above Scripture. Although the overwhelming majority came from the north (Soviet Union), many came from the west and the east. They came from the south—from Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco—to the land of Israel.

When reading Psalm 107, one notices the repeated failure of Israel and the repeated act of grace by the Lord. “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses” (verse 6).

Still Israel had not learned: “Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High” (verse 11). Yet again, the Lord saved: “Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses” (verse 13).

In verse 17, we read, “Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted,” and the answer in verse 19: “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.”

A little further down in verse 27 we read: “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.” That was the time when the Jews had virtually no chance to return to the land of Israel. We see this most particularly in the worst mass-murder of all time, when over six million Jews perished during Hitler’s Holocaust. Yet we read in verse 28: “Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.”

Jerusalem Is Not Jewish, Says UNESCO
Netanyahu issued a statement condemning the UNESCO decision which was made. “The attempt to detach the people of Israel from its heritage is absurd,” the statement said. “If the places where the fathers and mothers of the Jewish nation are buried, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Leah and Rachel some 4,000 years ago are not part of the Jewish heritage then what is?”

“It is regrettable that the organization established to promote historical heritage sites worldwide is trying for political reasons to detach the ties between the Jewish people and their heritage,” Netanyahu’s statement said.

“The state of Israel in contrast to its neighbors will continue to preserve freedom of religion at these sites and preserve them for future generations,” he said.

The UNESCO executive board also expressed “deep concern” over “ongoing Israeli excavations and archaeological works” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s walled, historic Old City.

Israeli media quoted Western Wall and Holy Sites Rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovitz, as charging that the international body “responsible for heritage has turned heritage into politics” and was “distorting history.”, 25 October 2016

There is no doubt that Israel and the Jewish people have the most accurate documentation of their presence in the Holy Land. Yet the nations of the world—in this case represented by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)—ignore the well-documented fact that the Jewish temple stood on Mt. Moriah, where now the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located. Books, hundreds of years old, document the Jewish presence on Mt. Moriah. Even Islamic historians agree to the presence of the Jewish Temple on Mt. Moriah.

However, UNESCO made a blanket decision that this important mount is Muslim.

Moreover, the nations of the world, the members of the United Nations, have been overwhelmingly silent regarding this inaccurate and absurd declaration by UNESCO.

What does it mean? Simply: fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Here Zechariah 12:2-3 is applicable: “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.”

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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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