The land of Israel and the Jewish people belong together

Arno Froese

Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain” (Daniel 11:39).

The land of Israel and the Jewish people belong together; they are inseparable. In the above verse, we take special notice of the last five words: “…divide the land for gain.” The Hebrew Tanakh reads, “He will deal with forfeited strongholds with the help of an alien god. He will heap honor on those who acknowledge him, and he will make them master over many. He will distribute the land for a prize.” Bible scholars agree this speaks of Antichrist. We must realize that Antichrist is not only in the future, but also he is active now, and has been at work for over 2,000 years. In 1 John 2:18 we read: “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” So, the question: what’s so special about Antichrist? “Anti” in Greek means “in place of.” In other words, he will be a fake christ.

One of the most direct fulfillments of Bible prophecies is the return of the Jews to their land. The spirit of Antichrist has persecuted Israel throughout the world. The epitome of evil was revealed during Germany’s Nazi reign in Europe, when six million Jews were murdered. But, the god of this world’s masterpiece, the Antichrist and his spirit failed at eradicating the Jewish people. The Jews came back and established a functioning nation—and, we must add, a very successful and prosperous one. Thus, it seems logical that the next step is not granting Israel their right to take possession of the Promised Land. If Antichrist can instill the spirit of rebellion—which he already has—in all nations of the world, then prophecy cannot be fulfilled; the Jews cannot take possession of the entire land, as promised to Abraham in Genesis 15:18: “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.”

Countries have borders; many of those borders are still a source of conflict in several parts of the world. However, all were established with weapons of war. That all changed in 1967, when Israel extended their borders: in the north to the Golan Heights, and in the south to the Red Sea. Lo and behold, the nations vehemently opposed Israel’s possession of the Promised Land. They established their own law, which states that only land prior to the Six-Day War can be Israeli territory. Below is an excerpt from the European Union Binding Directive 39.

In 2013 the EU adopted a binding directive according to which the Israeli government will be required to state in any future agreements with the EU that settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem are outside the state of Israel. The directive partially implements an earlier EU foreign ministers’ declaration that “all agreements between the state of Israel and the EU must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967.” The guidelines prohibit the issuing of EU grants, funding, prizes or scholarships to Israeli entities unless a settlement exclusion clause is included. Israeli institutions and bodies situated across the pre-1967 Green Line will be automatically ineligible. The EU directive is similar to the one signed between the United States and Israel in 1972 whereby Israel undertook, in exchange for science funding, to restrict the projects within the 1967 borders.

Thus, we see the spirit of Antichrist, “shall divide the land for gain.”

The prophet Joel speaks of Israel and Jerusalem, pronouncing God’s reason for the judgment upon the nations. “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel 3:2). That’s precisely what the nations are doing; they are parting the land of Israel according to their liking.

What will be the end result? Here again the prophet Joel has this to say: “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. So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more” (Joel 3:16-17). Note the words “no strangers.” That means there will be no embassies in Jerusalem; they will all be expelled, for then Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, the Messiah of Israel, the Savior of the world, will reign.

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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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