Jerusalem History and Purim

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Prophecy Update: Jerusalem, history and the Feast of Purim. 3/9/2023

“Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” 

Luke 21:28

The prophetic scriptures regarding the last days reveal a pattern. The pattern is like a woven fabric. When Jesus told us to ‘look up’ He was referring to the pattern of prophetic events. When we see all of these things happening then we know that Jesus is about to bring into being, all that He said He would do!

On Oct. 30, 2008, Pres. candidate Barack Obama said, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” I would argue with President Obama that the fundamental change in America started before he was born. Obama was just one part of the process that Jesus initiated in WW2. The greatest generation was known for defeating fascism and Reagan was known for defeating communism, but no one could defeat Jesus’ plan to bring Israel back to the land and set up the last days.

The plan Jesus initiated regards the city of the Great King, the city of Jerusalem. On the heels of WW2, and for the first time since 70A.D. the Jews were no longer wanderers, they came back to the land promised to them by Jesus; 1948! That date is the start of the admonition given to us by Jesus in Luke 21:28, when you see these things begin to happen!

First, Jesus initiated the war that would kick the Turks out of Jerusalem (WW1) and give it to the British. The British had a long and tortuous relationship with the Jews. The Crusader king, Edward the First, expelled the Jews from England in 1291. Believing that they were doing their Christian duty, the Brits treated the Jews as the enemy of Christendom. It was not until 1656 that Oliver Cromwell gave permission to Jews to resettle in Britain.  Jesus was doing a work in Britain that would lead to the Balfour Declaration in 1917. It was in 1538 that King Henry VIII issued a proclamation “one book of the whole Bible of the largest volume in English to be placed in every church in England. The Bible was to be placed in some convenient place whereas your parishioners may most commodiously resort to the same and read it.” The next command will make you weep–King Henry then wrote, “that you shall discourage no man from reading or hearing of the said Bible but you shall expressly stir, provoke and exhort every person to read the same.”  If only our own nation would make such a proclamation!  

I will be very bold to suggest that God was stirring the hearts of the British to read the Bible so they would do what Jesus wanted them to do with the gospel and the Jews! In 1611, the King James Bible was complete and I highly doubt that this nation would have written the Balfour Declaration in 1917 if it had not been for the movement of the Spirit of God to cause the nation to read and learn from the Bible, as their final authority, what Jesus was going to do with the Jews. The nation that saw John Wycliffe murdered for translating the Bible into the English language in 1380, was now pushing everyone to read the Bible as their final authority in their lives. God raised up another group of people who would play a central part in this story. 

In 1649, the Puritans petitioned the government, “That this nation of England, with the inhabitants of the Netherlands, shall be the first and the readiest to transport Israel’s sons and daughters in their ships to the land promised to their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for an everlasting inheritance.” Part of the petition was to repeal Edward I’s act of banishment and restore Jews to their own land and give them permission to come back to England. To understand the motives for this move, one must see that the Spirit of God was using the reading of the Bible to cause people to see the teaching of Scripture regarding the Jews! The Puritan evangelical movement was instrumental in the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948! The Puritans embodied what we see in the evangelical movement the last three years, the uncompromising belief in the authority of God’s Word for our lives! The Bible is a higher authority than the government, church leaders, and police! 

Just as the Puritans ran into persecution in England from church officials and kings who refused to see the authority of the Bible, so Israel is seeing the same thing happening in the UN and its own country. We in America have been experiencing the same thing for many years, the Bible has been thrown out of the public square. 

Fast forward to the 1800’s in our story and a significant letter was written by Lord Palmerston in 1840 to his ambassador in Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The letter said, “There exists at the present time among the Jews dispersed over Europe a strong notion that the time is approaching when their nation is to return to Palestine.” Several British leaders, chief among them, Lord Shaftesbury, said that it was high time to fulfill prophecy and restore Jews to their land. It was said of Lord Shaftesbury that, “a deeply religious man who based his life on literal acceptance of the Bible. The Bible he said, “is God’s word written from the very first syllable down to the very last and from the last back to the first.” 

Let me say it as firmly as possible, whenever Christians return to the authority of the whole Bible, they will find the prophecies regarding the nation of Israel and Jerusalem pulling them, duty bound to obey God regarding a love for Israel! Paul had this love for his people when he said in Romans 9 that he wished he could be accursed for the sake of the salvation of his own people, the Jews; when he said in Romans 10 that his heart desire was for their salvation; and in Romans 11 that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of Gentiles has come in and then all Israel will be saved! That is a great prophecy!

A prophetic fact, in 1838 there were only 9,690 Jews in Jerusalem and zero in Tel Aviv! God was about to act! He started the Zionist movement among evangelicals in the 1600’s and among the Jews in the 1800’s. Now Jews were getting into the act to move their fellow countrymen to consider moving back to the land God promised their fathers!

In 1896, Theodore Hertzl made it be known that his nation, the Jews, were planning on going to their ancient homeland, Israel! He wrote the pamphlet entitled, Der Judenstat, the Jewish State. Arrayed against him were the churches, the antisemitic flavor of all of Europe, the movement against the bible in science, universities, and governments bent on liberalism! In evangelical Britain and America, a movement of christians in government and the churches were working to help Jews go home. A big event was about to take place, Jesus was moving by the Spirit in hearts and minds to make prophecy happen! 

The British made it a priority in WW1 to attack the Ottoman Empire through the Middle East, and especially to take Jerusalem. That happened when General Allenby marched into Jerusalem, taking the city from the Muslims! This happened in 1917 and Lord Balfour declared that the land was to go to the Jews. Lord Balfour was a Christian Zionist, God moved his heart to believe and act on doing his part to help establish the state of Israel. At the same time, Satan was raising up his leader, Adolph Hitler. 

Hitler and Satan could not stop the steady march to Israel being established as a nation. God would have His way on May 14, 1948. This provoked the nations to attack Israel and God saved Israel. In 1967 Israel won back territory in the Six Day War, all of Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria. The histoires of the nations are defined by their response to this war. Every nation has rebelled at what God is doing, and I have proof! Here is a list of the UN resolutions regarding that war and let’s start with the big one, Res. 242. That resolution says that Israel has no right to Jerusalem or any land conquered in the war. No to Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, Shiloh, Shechem, and Bethel. All of them are not Jewish cities and all of them belong to the Palestinians. 

All of the UN resolutions have been crafted to curse Israel and all of them America has either abstained from or voted against. That is until President Trump. What he did was so radical in the eyes of the world that he was made a pariah. He had the audacity to say that Jerusalem was the eternal, undivided, capital of Israel! 

Since that day, many nations have moved their embassies to Jerusalem, Hungary just announced that they will move their embassy to Jerusalem next month. If Satan could not stop God from reestablishing His nation in WW2, what makes people think that God will not fulfill His word regarding Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem? Israel is being pushed to civil war by the Biden Administration and the EU and UN, they think that they are being successful. Even Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah said that Israel is in the process of destroying herself making it easier for them to kill every Jew. Jewish reservists said they would not fight for the nation if Netanyahu brought about judicial reform. 

“Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi (Likud) came out strongly against the IDF reservists who are refusing to attend training in protest of judicial reform,To the impudent [IDF reservist] refusers, I will tell you what Mordechai told Esther: ‘Profit and salvation will arise for the Jews from another place, and your father’s house will be destroyed.’ The people of Israel will manage without you and you will go to hell.”  

Today starts the feast of Purim. I want to remind everyone to read the book of Esther. As Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, UN, Biden, and the EU, cheer the conflict in Israel, hoping they can destroy Israel, they should remember that God started the nation and God will never leave the nation again! This is the promise of Amos:

“I will also plant them on their land, And they will not again be uprooted from their land

Which I have given them, Says Yahweh your God.” 

Amos 9:15

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We live in the last days and the Bible commands us to watch for the Lord’s coming. I have a keen interest in history, prophecy and current events. I read widely about political and military developments and write a weekly blog from the things I follow. My special interest is in Middle Eastern affairs.

Since I was in college, I have also studied how God judges nations. It all started in Buck Hatches’ class at Columbia Bible College in 1979.

I fell in love with God’s word and especially the prophets. The results of this interest led me to writing The ‘I’ Judgements: Four Sins that Bring about the Fall of Nations. It serves as a warning to the United States, showing biblically of what we need to repent.

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