Volume 44, Issue 4 ________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

The Covenanted Land

    Focus On Jerusalem Prophecy Ministry has routinely warned of the serious implications about giving, trading, bartering, or negotiating away God's covenant land of Israel. The “land-for-peace” formula proposed in the Oslo Peace Process, and now being re-suggested as the “Saudi-last-chance-for-peace” deal are simply attempts by the sinister forces of Satan to encircle Israel with a net of enstranglement! The exchange of parcels of the Promised Land for a peace would be at best tenuous, and certainly short lived at the most optimistic level. With President Bush and Prime Minister Sharon empowered as the leaders of the U.S. and Israel, I really find it difficult contemplating why these two anti-terror hard-liners would be compelled to consider negotiating with Arafat in a “land-for-peace” scenario. It was certainly a credible hope that both the Bush Administration and the Sharon government would understand and react to the importance of taking a strong faith-based position regarding God's Covenant Land. The U.S. and Israel are the two lone countries in the whole world founded on Biblical principles. It is my earnest opinion that God is allowing the United States to choose its course in regard to the Covenant Land of Israel before he chooses to act in judgment in this whole Israeli-Palestinian scenario.

     By historical and spiritual standards alike, both nations have known the one true God of the Bible. Each country stands forthrightly as examples of democracy and freedom. Each government has historically been attuned to the nature of God's Covenant with the chosen people, and therefore should be knowledgeable of God's stand in the Last Days regarding the re-gathered remnant of Israel. The U.S. under the former Clinton Administration coerced the nation of Israel into complying with the world's demands to appease the oil-rich clients in the Middle East. With the advent of the new Bush Administration, it had appeared that the new foreign policy of the U.S. in the Middle East would take a stronger defense of Israel's right to the Covenant Land, however recent onslaughts of terrorism seem to have drastically affected those positions. After the so-called “Saudi Peace Plan” was presented on the world stage last week, United States President George W. Bush at the behest of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell quickly changed that policy, and came out in favor of the Saudi proposal. Has the Bush Administration cut a deal with the Saudi's? Did the Council on Foreign Relations confront the Bush Administration in with a “trump card? (oil) Has President Bush cut a deal with the Saudi's, in which that Arab nation would agree to cooperate with the U.S. effort against Iraq in exchange for the United States exerting more pressure on Israel?” Has the U.S. compromised its war-on terrorism and the Covenant Land by bargaining with Saudi Arabia for leverage to use against Saddam Hussein? Once again, the Bush Administration is engaged in an attempt to form an alliance of Arab bases with the enemies of Israel in the effort to fight the forces of terror. In truth, the U.S. should be confronting, or helping Israel to confront the already in the Covenant Land! Once again, the United States is coming into direct conflict with the God of Israel over the covenant land of Israel. The end result of such a policy will be more bloodshed on American soil, and more threats of terror on the homefront!

    It is not a wise thing to dilly-dally around with the Covenant Land! God has forewarned the nations about "Parting his Land”!

     Joel 3:2 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”.

     Leviticus 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; ( God's ) for ye ( Israel ) are strangers and sojourners with me.

    Deuteronomy 32:43 Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

    Unfortunately, it appears that the U.S. and even Israel are not heeding these warnings and promises. With violence escalating daily and the prospect of peace talks seemingly fading with each flurry of terrorism, it seems that both nations and both leaders are desperate to grab at any carrot that the Arab world will offer in exchange for a few moments of peace. Since the initial “land for peace” proposals were conceptualized in the Middle East Peace Talks in Madrid, Spain in 1991, leader after leader has bought into the idea of the “land for peace” dream. However, by yielding to the diplomatic blackmail pressures of land-for-peace, Israel has been systematically dragged into the most dangerous position in her entire history. And sadly, it has been the United States, her chief ally and historical benefactor, that has coerced Israel down this fateful pathway. The current case in point is the Saudi Middle East Peace Plan. This idea reportedly calls for Israel to give up the so called “occupied” territories (God's covenant land) and retreat back inside the pre-1967 six-day war borders in exchange for “full normalization of relations” by the Arab countries around Israel.

    The Saudi Plan, has suddenly appealed to President George W. Bush, and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. They have swallowed this hook like a fish nibbling at some tantalizing bait. They have referred to it as the only “creative solution” toward peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The international community, spurred on by the Council on Foreign Relations and its influential “land for peace” advocates, have been floating many proposals for implementation of the Saudi plan. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met March 7th with President Bush and, while calling for an Israeli-Palestinian summit, told him that it would be a “unique first” for Saudi Arabia, the protector of the Muslim world to normalize relations with Israel, and extend the hand of peace. Before the appearance of the Saudi plan, it appeared as though President Bush and other administrative leaders understood the importance of the Covenant Land. They had steadfastly refused to accommodate Mr. Arafat and the PLO terrorists, insisting upon the implementation of terror elimination steps from the West Bank facilities before any negotiations could even begin. Now all of a sudden this “Saudi Last Chance option” has both leaders foaming at the mouth to grab onto that mirage of hope. The bottom line is that only an American President and an Israeli Prime Minister that will stand firm on God's covenant land can offer even the slightest human hope for peace. As long as any proposals or plans call for giving away any portion of covenant land, there is simply no solution, and God's judgment will continue to intensify in these Last Days. The ultimate solution, of course, lies with the return of Israel's Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as the Bible has prophesied, the nations of the world are rapidly moving towards a major collision course with the God of Israel. For those who have not accepted the Lord, the scenario isn't going to be pretty.

    “And it shall come to pass in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” Zechariah 12:3

•     The Palestine Liberation Organization was not formed in order to secure a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza. It was created in 1964, when these territories were under Arab sovereignty, and before the 1967 war that resulted in the so-called occupation. So what was the conflict prior to 1967? How is it that land–for-peace with pre-1967 borders is a solution now?

    The Covenant Land is not "Palestinian land." And the Covenant Land is not to be Partitioned! There has never been an independent Palestinian state on the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. The area has always contained Arabs and Jews. The United Nations approved a “partition plan” in 1947 that would have created two states, one Jewish and one Arab. The Jews accepted this arrangement. The Arabs refused. Five Arab armies invaded the new state of Israel. In the ensuing war, thousands of refugees fled. Jews fled Arab nations for Israel, and Arabs fled Israel for Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. The Jewish refugees became full citizens of Israel. The Palestinian refugees became pawns. Israel came into possession of the so-called “occupied territory”, namely the West Bank and Gaza only because she was attacked yet again by five Arab armies in 1967. It should be noted that Saudi the plan is termed by Arab ministers as “Israel's last chance for peace”. It sits mysteriously on the desk of Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. Egypt's Mubarak parades it as being a historic opportunity for Israel. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak report that Arabs were committed to peace with Israel if it withdrew from occupied Arab land and established a Palestinian state. The minister offered Israel "complete peace from Arab nations" in exchange for Israeli withdrawal from Arab lands and the creation of an independent Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital.

    Up until the present time, the many prayers of Christians for Israel and for God's mercy have helped to hold off His wrath on an unsuspecting secular world. What is yet to come, for those who come against Israel, is going to be devastating. To know where the world is headed in the coming days and weeks, keep your ears and eyes on the words and actions of the world leaders as they pertain to Israel. Most, if not all of them, do not even suspect what could await them. They have a divine appointment with the God of Israel, the God of the Bible. His fury is building. And that very same God may well be laying a device for entrapment for the United States if it compromises the Covenant Land! I am greatly burdened that my country may become entangled in a web of evil, a Godly judgment of “entrapment” that has been laid for it in the War-on-Terror, if it does not recognize the evil of terrorism in the Holy Land!

    Jeremiah 18:11 Behold, I frame evil ( plot ) against you, and devise a device ( trap ) against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.

Author: Darrell G. Young

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