Gen 22:2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
Sometimes God refuses to acknowlege a reality based on the flesh or human effort, versus a reality based on faith. Isaac was born out of faith, whereas Ishmael out of human effort or the works of the flesh to bondage. God still loved Ishmael and provided for him, but the promise and inheritance went to Isaac. Until this day, Ishmael is still trying to grab this inheritance from Isaac by their determination to destroy the Jewish nation and take away Jerusalem. Ironically, it is said, that Abraham took Isaac to Jerusalem to be sacrificed. It is this very place appointed that Israel has its everlasting inheritance.
The world/UN takes sides and nearly all the states demanded Israel to give up the temple mount in Jerusalem, and to handover ancient Jewish lands in West Bank to the palestinians. I believe God sees it differently. I believed God doesn’t see the Palestinians just like He didn’t acknowledge Ishmael as a child of Abraham, hence a bearer of his inheritance. God only see the Jews in the Promised land and Jerusalem. That was why the Arabs didn’t accept the creation of Israel in 1948 with only a few dotted towns and went to war the next day, because they knew the land weren’t theirs.
The only way to own the land is as if Israel never had existed. That is also why the Palestinian Authority claimed that Zionism is a product of European creation and that they were descendents from the pagan Cannanites!!! the first inhabitants because they have really no deep historical/ancient links but were recent migrants. Because the truth of the original Jewish ownership means that they had been camping illegally.
ISIS is not really new. The Arab religious army/Caliphates had conquered their way to Jerusalem by 637 AD. By AD 750, the entire middle East, north Africa, and Parkistan/Afganistan was under their rule. Ironically they were slightly more benevelont than the Roman Catholics, allowing the Jews to return in small numbers to Jerusalem. The reverse is coming. When Jerusalem is one, the power of God for the latter day revival will spread out from Jerusalem to the Arab nations.
The Liberal West over focused on the Palestinian cause because historical and blibical truths all but destroyed their assertions that Israel is illegally occupying the land. But God remembers His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and unlike many liberal christians who chose to ignore ancient truths to fit their own liberal theological construction. Once, Jerusalem was returned in 10 June 1967, the Holy Spirit of God moved in the Charismatic Evangelical Churches and withdrawn from the liberal churches. The United Churches of Christ membership has been failing for 50 years. Why? because the latter rain comes before the coming back of Jesus Christ for a lifetime just as Noah had 120 years to declare the flood, the Holy Spirit revival will last a life time even leading Christians out of the liberal mainline.
Almost all the recent US Presidents (Bush, Clinton, Obama) believed in two state solution, and for Israel to be divided. They had strongly pressured the state of Israel, until generous offers were given to the Palestinians, including even giving up East Jerusalem but it was all rejected by the Palestinians. Why? because the time of the Gentiles is over, and the Jews shouldn’t have had to suffer for 2,000 years, to come back to Israel, and to strive for the freedom of Jerusalem and see their lands be separated again and Jerusalem divided. Many millions would have died and their faith been for nothing. I believe it was the God of Israel hardening the hearts of the Palestinian leadership just like the heart of Pharoah was hardened. And just as when Abel died, his blood cried out for justice, the blood of the many millions of Jews who died for their faith in the God of Israel cries out to God, and this voice is blocking any notion that Jerusalem is handed over lest their deaths and sacrifice been for nothing.
If God doesn’t see the Palestinians, who does He see? He sees the nations in history that had invaded Jerusalem, who had expelled the Jews from their own land, and killed the remant. When we say, pray for peace in Jerusalem, it means peace from her enemies, those who had conqured her, and taken away from her people, the Jewish people. The world deems that peace will come when we have a two state solution, but peace will only come when the ancient sins of the invading nations are dealt with and they are brought down. The Romans, Ottomans, Persians, Babylonians all had a part in invading Jerusulem and putting her people into exile.
The world and the nations are not unwise and could read the ancient texts. They know. That is why the EU and the Middle East nations and Turkey are so vehemently against Israel and seek to divide Jerusalem. They know, when Jerusalem is one, and East Jerusalem is one with West Jerusalem, then judgement will come. They know their hands are filled with blood, millions of Jews killed, because the Jews had refused to worship the morning star. They fought against foreign invaders who would defile the temple, making it Babylon, fighting until their blood filled the land. The land cries out for the return. The land of Israel is deeply tainted by the blood of Jewish saints.
The European Union called for the rule of Israel over West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupation and against international law. But they are overdue for judgement since AD 33 when they crucified Jesus, and later demolished Jerusalem in AD70. Subsequent rebellion brough many millions more dead. The founding of the European Union is a return to the glory of Ancient Rome. It was the treaty of Rome in 1957 that first form the basis of the EU. The first five countries, were the nations of Rome. The EU is so against Jerusalem returning to Israel because it will mean the collapse and judgement upon Europe.
When Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, it is a sound of the trumpet declaring against the world and the UN, judgement against those who had soiled israel with the blood of the saints. Liberal Christians calls Trump “madness”, because they are also against the move of God and denied the simple facts of history. They called themselves wise and educated but foolish in the sight of God by denying the Abrahamic Covenant between God and Israel centered on Jerusalem as her inheritance. Judgement of God is coming, with the released of civil conflicts, internal wars, economic diasasters that will nations to their knees in the whole world. World War II was a demonic attempt to destroy the Jews because Satan knows that the end time clock starts ticking when Israel returned to their homeland which occured in 1948 just 3 years after the end of World War II.
The return of Israel was actually preceeded by earlier events of World War I, in the Battle of Jerusalem which ended to rule of the Ottomans on 30 Dec 1917. It is ironic that 100 years later, Trump declared in Dec 6, 2017 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel to the shock and horror of the world, because despite their cries of illegal occupation, and against international law, what Trump did is equivalent to the entry of General Allenby into Jerusalem. He entered on foot on 11 Dec 1917. Now the Ottomans are coming back as the greatest enemy of Israel, together with the Persians. History is repeating itself but this time judgement against them will come.
The day of vengeance is coming so that Jerusalem will finally be at peace when all her enemies are avenged., Ancient Rome, Ottomans and Persians. They were horrified when Jerusalem was declared the capital of Israel because they know what will happen next. These nations had fought to control Jerusalem in ancient times because they know by controlling Jerusalem, they controlled their own destiny.
The Catholic Church of Rome had called for the crusades because there is spiritual power in the Holy City as a stairway to the heavens. The Romans had earlier built the temple to Jupiter after destroying the Jewish 2nd Temple. Later the Arabs built their place of worship on top of this temple. They are all guilty of destroying and replacing the God’s Holy temple. They were trying to stop the power of God and the return of Jesus Christ.
When Jerusalem is one, then the alarm is sounded in Zion, for the battle begins against her enemies. This time, Jerusalem would not be ransacked, but her enemies defeated by the power of God, before the third temple. Instead of her people going into exile, they will return back to Jerusalem. Only then will there be peace in Jerusalem, and freedom in Zion.
Is 63:1-3 Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? “It is I, proclaiming victory, mighty to save.” 2 Why are your garments red,
like those of one treading the winepress? 3 “I have trodden the winepress alone;
from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing.
Ezekial 38 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[b] Meshek and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia, Cush[c] and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.