Rachel weeping for her children

Arno Froese

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not” (Matthew 2:17-18).

From Scripture, we know that Rachel died in childbirth of the firstborn in the Promised Land: Benjamin.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the wise men did not return to report to Herod; thus, he ordered all male toddlers two years and younger to be killed, with the intention of killing Jesus too. That would have invalidated the prophetic statement of Micah 5:2: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” The devil is smart, but in the end he will always be the loser.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) has made an announcement:

The PX Commission of the Executive Board of UNESCO adopted resolutions 28 and 29, titled “Occupied Palestine,” which state that the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem are “an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian territory” and condemning the construction of the security fence and “other measures aimed at altering the character, status and demographic composition of the Occupied Palestinian territory.”

-www.jpost.com, 10 October 2018

When visiting Israel today, one must change vehicles from Israeli to Arab-Palestinian in order to visit Rachel’s tomb. While the Israelis, along with the rest of the world, have accepted this territorial claim by the Arab-Palestinians, Rachel’s tomb will always be in Bethlehem, the city of David’s birth.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs is located in the Promised Land. This particular piece of real estate was purchased by Abraham to bury his wife Sarah. We read in Genesis 23:2: “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.” In verses 16-18, we read of the bill of sale: “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.” UNESCO says no; it’s Arab-Palestinian!

We may rightly say that the 35 sovereign countries established on the North and South American continent are Indian territory, occupied by these nations. However, when it comes to Israel, no other identity, group of people, or tribe ever established a sovereign nation on that particular territory. Thus, legally speaking, it’s impossible to brand Israel as the occupier. They are the original inhabitants, clearly documented in history about 4,000 years ago. To be precise, 4,076 years, beginning with Abraham’s migration to the land of Canaan in 2058 BC.

During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel’s armed forces conquered the entire territory on the West Bank of the Jordan River, the Sinai Peninsula, and much of the Golan Heights. Historically, to the victor was granted the spoils. That, incidentally, is how every country on planet earth was established: by bloodshed and weapons of war.

But Israel is different; the whole world, without exception, suddenly calls legally conquered territory “occupied territory.” It seems an oxymoron that one can occupy territory where no country was ever established. Yet Israel is different, and the battle in the invisible world will continue. The god of this world, with his legions of demons, has successfully convinced the nations that Israel has no right to all of the Promised Land as designated by God the Creator. But Joel 3:16 reads: “The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” The prophet concludes: “But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation. For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion” (verses 20-21).

Midnight Call - 12/2018

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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