Modern Israel

Arno Froese

And after this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines. And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David’s servants, and brought gifts. David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates” (2 Samuel 8:1-3).

Methegammah means “bridle of the mother” or “mother city.” David took authority over the Philistines. That was the enemy in the west. 

To the east, David conquered Moab, the country on the other side of the Dead Sea. The Moabites also became subject to David and had to pay the required tax.

Here we must note that Moab was not part of the original Promised Land. That was also the case with Ammon—not a part of the original Promised Land, as declared by God to Abraham. 

We learn this from the last chapter in Deuteronomy, when Moses went up to Mount Nebo. From there he saw the Promised Land: “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan, And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, And the south, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto Zoar” (Deuteronomy 34:1-3). But as we know, Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land: “I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither” (verse 4b). Thus, wherever Moses’ feet tread is not Promised Land.

The River Euphrates is the furthest extent of the Promised Land in the north. “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis 15:18).

Modern Israel
When the United Nations voted for the partition of the Promised Land in 1947, they allocated three triangles to the Jews and three triangles to the Arabs. That virtually made it impossible for any type of defense. But, lo and behold, Israel accepted the United Nations’ decision. The Arabs did not.

Wikipedia writes: “The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was a proposal by the United Nations, which recommended a partition of Mandatory Palestine at the end of the British Mandate. On 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted the Plan as Resolution 181 (II).” At the meeting, 33 nations voted yes, 13 voted against partition, and 10 abstained. 

The United Nations was in turmoil. Wikipedia reports: “United States (Vote: For): President Truman later noted, ‘The facts were that not only were there pressure movements around the United Nations unlike anything that had been seen there before, but that the White House, too, was subjected to a constant barrage. I do not think I ever had as much pressure and propaganda aimed at the White House as I had in this instance. The persistence of a few of the extreme Zionist leaders—actuated by political motives and engaging in political threats—disturbed and annoyed me.’”

In the meantime, Israel fought eight recognized wars, and each time expanded its territory significantly. But, contrary to international tradition and laws, Israel was forced to surrender much of the territory they had conquered.

Two States
Only 40% of Israelis support a two-state resolution to the conflict with the Palestinians, even though it remains the most popular choice, according to a poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute.

Past polls on this topic by IDI show that support for a two-state resolution peaked at 70% in 2007 during the Annapolis peace process brokered by former president George W. Bush between former prime minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israeli-Arabs were much more likely to support a two-state resolution than their Jewish peers.

The least popular option was a one-state idea. Participants were asked whether they would back a “one-state solution incorporating both Israeli and Palestinian territories in which Israelis and Palestinians are treated as equal citizens,” implying a country that was no longer intended to be an ethnic nationalist democracy for either Israelis or Palestinians.

That idea received only 21.1% support among Israelis and 64.2% opposition. Some 71.1% of Israeli Jews found a one-state idea unacceptable, and only 14.1% found it acceptable.

People respond differently to concrete events as opposed to theoretical ones, said IDI researcher Or Anabi. Initial polls showed low support for a Sinai withdrawal, but the moment former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat landed in Israel, the attitudes changed., 4 August 2021

Indeed, the two-state solution seems to be a popular choice, but as Israelis and Palestinians have learned, it is all but impossible to implement.

So, what is the real reason for the Middle East Conflict? Primarily, the division of the Promised Land by the nations. Jews in Israel call the country “Eretz Israel,” which means the identity of the people with the land. They are inseparably connected.

Here we must add that Israel is not to be compared with any other nation. It is the name given by God: “And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed” (Genesis 32:28). This is repeated later in Genesis 35:10: “And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.”

Quite obviously, politicians do not realize that they are mingling in the affairs of God when decisions are being made about the Jewish State. We reiterate, in closing, that the Middle East Conflict will not be settled until the Jews take possession of the Promised Land.

Midnight Call - 11/2021

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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