The hype and talk of Israel’s annexation of the West Bank, meaning the Jordan Valley and Judea and Samaria, is at an all time high. Unfortunately, it is causing much division not just in the world, but in the Body of Messiah in particular. We believe this is playing right into the hand of the fallen kingdom of darkness, when instead we should be in one accord according to the Word of Adonai. As the Great I Am knows and declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), and Scripture tells us the end from the beginning, we too have the great privilege and opportunity to come into agreement with the heart of the Father by declaring and decreeing that which is written. This is not a political statement, but a Biblical one. The Bible clearly tells us that the Promised Land is just that, a promise of the Most High to Israel, a promise that has not lost its strength or authenticity over time. YHWH is not One that He would lie. The boundaries of that Land are clear (Genesis 15:18-21), and we know the covenant was not made null and void because it is written that Israel after being scattered to the nations will return (Deuteronomy 30:2-4). The fullness of the restoration of Israel is foretold and written, so why do we as believers so often oppose it? It will come to pass and we can do nothing to stop it, and why would we want to as it is the will of Elohim? The deed of the Land was given by the King of kings Himself, and it was distributed to Israel according to His will.
Bnei-Yisrael, “How long will you be slack about going in to possess the land which Adonai, the God of your fathers, has given you? Joshua 18:3
“Go and walk through the land and describe it, then return to me, and I will cast lots for you here before Adonai in Shiloh.” Joshua 18:8
So the men went, passing through the land, and described it in a scroll, town by town, in seven parts. Then they came to Joshua at the camp at Shiloh. Joshua 18:9
Then Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before Adonai, and there Joshua apportioned the land to Bnei-Yisrael according to their divisions. Joshua 18:10
So let us pray in one accord in this critical moment aligning with the will of Hashem for the complete restoration of the Land promised to Israel which they have returned to as it is written would come to pass. If the Great I Am tells you He is going to give you a million dollars are you going to start bothering Him about the details of how, or just say yes and amen? How Abba Father will go about restoring completely the land of Israel is up to Him, and it will be done, but as for us as His children, our hearts cry should always be “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, and clearly it is the Father’s will that Israel be completely restored. On that we can all agree as believers, so let that be our prayer and declaration according to Scripture for the complete restoration of Eretz Israel that was promised by the Creator of heaven and earth. It means nothing less than the fulfillment of Ezekiel 36 and the coming closer of the return of Yeshua! Let us not encourage Israel to be slack in possessing the Land which Adonai, the God of Israel, has given to Israel as Joshua said, but instead encourage it according to the promises of YHWH. God bless Israel and its complete restoration, not annexation, but restoration. Shabbat Shalom 🕊
Be blessed in the name of Yeshua Ha’Mashiah as we enter the 4th Biblical month of Tammuz! This month is a month of being super free to worship the King of glory in Spirit and truth, a time more than ever to be intentional with our relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is a time to check our roots as this is the beginning of the Summer Months and we must be sure that we are planted and rooted by streams of living water. It is a month of worshipping from the place of victory on the foundation of the death, resurrection, and ascension of Yeshua to the right hand of the Father. This means we worship, pray, and prophecy not for the victory, but from the victory. It is a month of spiritual eyes being opened, of encountering the King glory in a new way, and of standing on the promises of Elohim unflinching in the face of adversity. This is what the month of Tammuz is all about, but it’s the opposite of what the fallen kingdom of darkness wants us to believe. According to Scripture, this month and the beginning of next month is a time of Israel’s disobedience to Adonai, resulting in calamity and judgment. So how is it possible that we should expect all of the above amazing things this month if the opposite is the case in Scripture? The answer is simple, but can also be easy to miss amidst all of the current noise in the world at large.
Vicious Cycle of Tammuz
4 months have passed since the beginning of the Biblical New Year. In that time, nearly the whole world has been gripped in lockdown, a sharp rise in unemployment and civil unrest in many places. Now, as we begin this 4th Biblical month we can’t help but see the glaring parallels between what happened on the Biblical timeline also happening now. The main difference now is that what was happening primarily to Israel in Scripture during this month is now a global event. In Exodus, on the 4th month of the year, Israel created a golden calf to worship, instead of YHWH, fearing Moses had died upon Mount Sinai. There was pandemonium and chaos as Israel worshipped the golden calf, with Exodus 32:25 clearly telling us, “Moses saw that the people were out of control—for Aaron had let them get out of control to the point of being an object of mockery among their enemies…” Sound familiar to the scenes we are seeing around the world? In the times of Israel’s exile in Babylon a similar thing was happening in Jerusalem when Adonai and the 4 living creatures appeared to Ezekiel in the 4th month and showed him the idolatry of the citizens and leaders of Zion, as well as those he was exiled with (Ezekiel 1-8). There was complete contempt and rebellion against the Great I Am during that time. During the same exile in Babylon, this idolatry led to the army of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon breaching the walls of Jerusalem on the 17th day of the 4th month (Jeremiah 39:2) before destroying the temple on the 9th of Av. In 70 A.D. the Temple was again destroyed on the 9th of Av by Rome. Starting to see a pattern? These tragedies are now referred to as the 3 weeks of sorrow, a time when the Jewish people, from the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av enter into a time of mourning, repentance, and reflection ended by a day of fasting on the last day. Now the question is, for us as Believers in Yeshua, is such mourning, repentance, and reflection also expected of us? The answer is critical for the Body of Messiah in this season and the seasons to come.
Solar Eclipse and Ezekiel’s Trip
On the eve of Rosh Chodesh of this month, a solar eclipse happened on the same day as the Summer Solstice, the time when the sun is highest in the sky and when the daylight lasts the longest. It was an extremely rare occurrence that speaks volumes of the times and seasons we are living in as we enter the month of Tammuz. The name of this month, Tammuz, is never actually mentioned in the Bible as the name of a biblical month but is, in fact, a later replacement after the Babylonian exile. However, Tammuz, a pagan god, is mentioned one time specifically in the book of Ezekiel when Adonai took Ezekiel by his hair and brought him in the spirit to Jerusalem (Ezekiel 8:3). It was there that he witnessed a woman weeping before the statue of Tammuz to the anger and disappointment of Elohim, and was then taken to witness the leaders of Jerusalem facing east away from the temple, worshipping the sun (Ezekiel 8:3-13). The solar eclipse is a reminder to all of us that worshipping creation is just plain stupid when instead the Creator is saying come up here! Anyone who was planning on worshipping the sun during the summer solstice on the eve of this month in any of the dozens of countries where the eclipse was visible must have been wondering why the sun would let itself be overshadowed by the moon 400 times smaller than itself. Truly though, many people who worship the sun also worship satan, known as lucifer before being thrown down to earth by Adonai. His name used to mean “morning star”, hence the worship of the sun as well. Once again, worshipping the creation rather than the Creator. Instead of putting our faith in creation let us take a look at the greatest of all examples who make those who worship the sun, moon, and stars just forget it altogether and follow his lead. Joshua said, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.”So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped until the nation [of Israel] took vengeance upon their enemies” (Joshua 10:13). We are being called to be Joshua’s whose strength lies solely in the Great I Am, so much so, He will stop even the sun and the moon for our enemies to be defeated. No situation is impossible with the great I Am, and that should be declared with a lion’s roar and a shofar blast now more than ever! As many of us are seeing what seems like impossible situations and circumstances, our stance is not that of the world, instead, knowing difficult times simply means greater miracles and testimonies of how the King of glory made the impossible possible and how the supernatural has become the natural. Enough is enough of status quo theory and theology not backed up by the manifest power of the Living King in our lives. Adonai will stop the sun and moon for you, so are you asking, believing, and expecting at His level, or are you settling for your own level? The bar is being raised, but are we rising with the times?
The Forgotten Remnant
Despite the somewhat depressing nature of the 4th month, there is a silver lining that we simply cannot ignore that is the antithesis of what the fallen kingdom of darkness wants us as believers to do and be. Everyone seems to remember the golden calf being worshipped, but forget those who refused to worship the idol when Moses said “Whoever is on Adonai’s side, come to Me! And all the sons of Levi [the priestly tribe] gathered together to him” (Exodus 32:26-27). Don’t forget that even though he was in Jerusalem at the time of its being burned down, Instead of death, the prophet Jeremiah was spared from the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Also, as we have seen, prophet Ezekiel who was living in exile with his fellow Jews that Adonai Himself called stubborn and obstinate (Ezekiel 3:7) had the most unimaginable encounter with the four living creatures and the great I Am upon his throne in His glory, not just once but twice! Lastly, the firstborn son of Jacob, Reuben the namesake of the tribe represented by the 4th month of the Biblical Calendar, is a misunderstood and often forgotten character that is a life full of compassion, mistakes, and redemption. He was the brother who saved Joseph’s life by telling his brothers to put him in the pit instead of killing him, thinking he would come back later to release him. He was the only brother grieved that Joseph had been taken into slavery. He then makes the infamous decision to sleep with Jacob’s concubine, essentially causing him to lose his inheritance (Genesis 35:21-22). But we then see him once again at the time of unknowingly re-uniting with Joseph in Egypt telling Jacob that on the lives of his two sons he will bring back Benjamin whom they had left as collateral in Egypt (Genesis 42:37). Reuben, though not perfect, did not let his mistakes make him waver in his calling, and because of this, when Israel finally crossed the river Jordan into the promised land, Reuben was granted his inheritance in the promised land. Reuben learned from the mistakes of the past, and just like Reuben, this month is crucial for all of us to put our bad habits and former mistakes behind us, instead, focusing on the promise that lies ahead of us. What a pleasure it is to be ones who love Him, as He makes all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). Even if you are the 1/12th outcast minority like the Levites, are in the middle of a war zone, or in exile, or the one brother out of many who dares defy the rest, all things work together for the good of those who love Him. Even though these people and instances lack attention from the world in the times of trouble associated with this month, they are speaking directly to you! You are not a minority when the King of the Universe has your back, nor should conflict or displacement make us think that somehow Adonai no longer has our best interests at heart. 1 against a billion with Yeshua at the side of the 1 is not fair for the billion. He is going to war for you as you adore Him, and it’s a guaranteed win.
Constellation of Tammuz
Just like we saw with worshipping the sun and moon, worshipping the stars is equally as stupid as they are part of Abba’s creation and not the Creator. Scripture does tell us however that they were created “to separate the day from the night and serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years”(Genesis 1:14). The Hebrew word for both cancer and most commonly crab, is Sartan. The Bible tells us crab is unclean to eat in Leviticus 9:12, but even we ourselves are unclean without the Blood of the Lamb. Our reality now is that we are forgiven and made clean, we are no longer defined by what was, but instead refined by what we have done and gone through. We are kosher crabs now, and like the crab, we are called to live in the deep places of God, the Holy Spirit, the presence of the Eternal that is always certain and without doubt, always comforting and without worry, always hopeful and without fear. Just like the crab with its natural armor, this month we must never forget the full armor of God that protects us from the lies of the principalities, powers, and the dark forces of this world, and putting our heavenly arsenal into proper use to destroy the enemy at every turn. We will not lose faith at the last minute as the Hebrews did at Mount Sinai with the golden calf, reverting back to old ways. We as Believers, the light of the World, are not, and refuse to be, quitters. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that Adonai has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). This is your month of breakthrough, a time to shine in the darkness as a witness and messenger of the King of kings, not only for people to see but for people to receive for free which was given freely to us. Miracles in family relationships, finances, living situations, complete healing of the body, mind, and soul. Eye to eye with Yeshua’s eyes that are like blazing torches, away from the noise of the world and in the presence of perfect love. What is He seeing for you that He wants you to see? Eyes on His and ears for His promises alone. Deaf to what is happening above the water, sunk deep to the bottom of the ocean of His love, His living waters is where your treasures lie. Undisturbed by the winds and waves, but comforted by the warm embrace of YHWH Who has said to you, “You are Mine” is where he wants us to spend time.
Prince of the Air and Times of Deception
In order not to be deceived by the enemy, let’s not only think in terms of the spiritual. Today, unlike any other time in history, the level of information and misinformation we have at our fingertips, and the number of voices and opinions we hear on a daily basis is literally 24/7. As that is the case, an important question to ask ourselves is how much the opinions of mainstream media and social media affect and shape our prayer life and how we view the world and the situation we find ourselves in? How much does it affect our walk with the Holy Spirit? Unfortunately, this is the direction of the question when really we should be asking, How much is my walk with the Holy Spirit affecting how I perceive the world instead of the other way around. Satan is referred to as the Prince of the air, and that should give us pause when we consider the medium that all information travels through to make it to our eyeballs. If we are spending more time in the news and social media than with the Great I Am, it wouldn’t be difficult to surmise that whichever one we focus on more will naturally be what shapes our paradigm. Just take a quick look at the owners of all of the major media outlets in your country and around the world, and ask yourself if you trust them to give you the whole truth and nothing but the truth devoid of bias and without an angle. Sounds ridiculous right? The One who is the Way the Truth and the Life is the only One Who will never deceive us or lead us astray, whilst the enemy is trying to do the exact opposite. This month we are being called to see through one lens only, the lens of heaven. It is better than glasses and laser eye surgery and allows us to see the year 2020 according to the heavenly 20/20 instead of the world’s. We are being called to the ear doctor of heaven to get the earwax cleaned out in order to hear the voice of Adonai more clearly instead of the phone, computer, or TV. One thing you can be certain of is that the nations who support Israel, and especially Israel itself will always be the most attacked and vilified by the Prince of the air, and those who stand upon the convictions of the Truth of the Word of God will be the ones called intolerant and irrelevant. Don’t believe us, just look and see. It is good to be informed, but the lens and ears through which we see it and hear it are the most important.
With all of the despair and destruction that happens in the Biblical timeline and is happening right now around the world, we’re being told, even by many believers that this can’t possibly be the month of worship like David worshipped, of spiritual eyes being opened, and new encounters with the King of glory. What does the Holy Spirit and the Word say? As citizens of heaven and co-heirs with Yeshua at the right hand of the Father, the real question is how can it not be so? As warriors of Christ risen where are our feet planted? On what foundation do we fight? Our very nature and reality as being re-born of the baptism of water and the Holy Spirit gives us a clear heavenly paradigm and inheritance. It would be different if Yeshua was dead, but He is not! Yeshua is alive!!! While we must be aware of what has come to pass, and clear about what led Israel into those previous times of judgment, this should focus our eyes in this time toward the living temple, not the destroyed one. As temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) we should take these lessons to heart, to remember not to serve the gods of our previous captivity. Question: Are we worshipping things that are defiling our relationship with the Holy Spirit Who lives in us and with Yeshua Who said He will never leave us or forsake us? Yes, clean the temple, not in order to mourn, but to worship in spirit and truth! As living temples, we don’t need a specified place to worship the Father in spirit and truth, just as Yeshua told the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well (John 4:21-26). It’s temple cleaning time, a time to get in the zone, our home before the throne!
The vicious cycle of Tammuz is no longer ours to inherit, and the worship of false idols and the created things in the heavenly places is no longer our lot. We are the remnant often overlooked and looked down upon by the world, but thankfully our faith is not in the world, but in YHWH Nissi, the Lord our Banner who fights our battles no matter how numerous and impossible. Is it better to be known by the world or known by Adonai? We are the once unclean made clean, former servants of the prince of this world, now servants, friends, sons and daughters of the King of kings. He is a permanent resident of our house, the living temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are also citizens of heaven where Yeshua lives. As crabs transformed by the blood of Yeshua our treasure no longer lies in the world, but in the heavenly places, in the place, Yeshua has gone to prepare for us. The Prince of the air continues to lie, deceive, steal, kill, and destroy, and that should not come as a surprise. Through our old glasses and contact lenses, and our old hearing aid given to us by the world these things were hard to see and discern, but with our news eyes and new ears from Adonai what was once hidden is now made clear. Therefore why should we fear when the Creator of heaven and earth is where our eyes focus and our ears hear. His eyes like fire and His voice like many waters erase the tears and wash away the fears. Let His love embrace you this month with your worship joining the angels with their harps and lyres. A new sound arises in the earth above the tumult and the fear, a remnant like lions with no fear releasing a great shout and roar and cheer! The enemy trembles, lashes out, and jeers because they sense the end is near. Stand fast, stand strong, be bold and courageous, and always ask the question whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27).
Inspired by the ancient emblem of the House of King David, the royal six petal flower is the identical symbol found at the ruins of the true birthplace of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, son of David, Son of God, in Efrata (Bethlehem). The circle at the center of the flower is Zion, the center of the world, the apple of the Father’s eye, whilst the letter Yod sits at its heart, the first letter of YHWH, Yeshua, Israel, Jeshurun (Jerusalem). Branching off from the place Adonai has chosen as His Holy Habitation, the six petals represent the nations aligning with Jerusalem through 6 regions: The Middle East, Africa, Greater Asia, Europe, The Americas, and Oceania. The circle encompassing the emblem represents the boundaries of the earth, as well as the eternity of YHWH Who has no beginning or end. Around the circle sits twelve diamond-shaped dots, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel returning home to the promised Land after 2,000 years of exile in the nations. At the bottom of the logo is an ancient Hebrew inscription originally written by a Jewish Scribe from Jerusalem that says “Align With Jerusalem”, inspired by and in the spirit of Psalm 132:13. The entire logo is a blueprint of the natural and spiritual highways and by-ways activated and interconnected, bringing the Gospel of Peace from the ends of the earth back to Jerusalem as the remnant bride manifests the divine designs of heaven preparing the way for the King of glory.
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On June 21st, 2020 a very rare event is taking place in the heavens, one that we as believers should be very aware of, as it is also a sign of the times. On the day the sun is at its highest point in the sky during the year, known as the Summer Solstice, we will also be simultaneously experiencing a annular solar eclipse. Also, as the sun sets on the 21st it also marks the beginning of Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, the fourth month of the Biblical Calendar. We do not mention this just so you can stargaze, but rather because the fallen kingdom of darkness, satanists, and luciferians in particular, are using the 21st as a global rally to march in the streets of nations capitals declaring the beginning of the new one-world government, saying specifically that they are doing so to fulfill the prophecies of the book of Revelation. As well as multiple state capitals in the United States, and others around the world, they also plan to gather at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem for the event. We couldn’t believe what we were hearing, and probably had a much different reaction than most when we heard the news. Laughter burst forth first when we heard that satanists and luciferians want to see the fulfillment of the Book of Revelation. I mean, seriously? Do they know who reigns victorious in the end? Secondly, satanists worship Lucifer, which was satan’s name before Adonai cast him down to earth and means “morning star”, and the sun is therefor the main focal point of their worshipping the devil. It makes sense then that they would come out en masse on the Summer Solstice, but it certainly does not bode well for them when the sun is being blotted out, a clear reminder that YHWH, the creator of the heavens and the earth, is clearly in control. Lastly, when the one-world government is established, it should be a huge excitement for all believers, because it is a very big sign that Yeshua is coming soon!
Let’s not think with worldly minds here, because if we do we will tend to get angry and have the urge to start praying against the satanists and luciferians who are planning these things. To be clear, praying against a person is releasing a curse and not from the Great I Am, meaning it is demonic. Nowhere in Scripture are we told to curse people or judge people, that the Father’s job. In other words, we as believers in Yeshua as Lord and Savior we are called to hate satan, but not satanists. When we think of this with our heavenly brains we must realize that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but rather the spiritual forces behind such things. We are called to love people just as Yeshua loves people, to bring the good news of salvation and victory over sin and death, so how can we pray and what are we being called to do on this auspicious day? Let satan put the nail in his own coffin just as he did with Yeshua upon the cross. If satanists want to see the fulfillment of revelation, so be it, but let’s pray for their souls as if it is for our brother or sister as if they might die tomorrow without having received Yeshua into their hearts! Raise a cry before the throne of the Great I Am for each and every person that is deceived and walking the wrong way. The devil is already defeated, and we pray from the victory of Yeshua’s resurrection, have been given the power to step on the heads of snakes and scorpions, to cast out demons whose job it is to drag men and women to hell, and to bring the manifest presence of the King of kings wherever we go for His glory to pave the way for His soon return. Give a satanist a hug and tell them Yeshua loves them, go to the places they will go before the marches begin and worship YHWH in Spirit and Truth, preparing the atmosphere for a great harvest of souls, snatching souls from hell into salvation just as it happened for each of us. We were all doomed to hell, but Yeshua pulled us out of that fate into one of victory as citizens of heaven and life everlasting. Perfect love has done that for us, and it is our job to give zealously that gift that was freely given to us. Join the global Body of Messiah in prayer, intercession, worship, blowing the shofars and prayer walks to deal the devil another defeat as many will be born again in Yeshua and the Holy Spirit on June 21st. Adonai bless you and keep you!
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Judea and Samaria in modern-day encompass 10 cities to the North, East, and South of Jerusalem, 11 cities if you include East Jerusalem. This land goes all the way up to the Border with Jordan on the eastern border with Israel which is made up of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea.
Are Judea and Samaria controlled by Israel?
Yes and no. There are three types of areas within Judea and Samaria:
Area A: Constitutes 18 percent of Judea and Samaria. The PA (Palestinian Authority) controls most affairs in this area, including internal security.
Area B: Comprises about 21 percent of Judea and Samaria, the PA controls education, health, and the economy.
* In both areas, Israeli authorities have full external security control. This means that the Israeli military retains the right to enter these areas at any time, typically to raid homes or detain individuals under the pretext of security. About 2.8 million non-Israelis live in Areas A and B whose major cities and towns are Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Nablus.
Area C: Comprises about 60 percent of Judea and Samaria. It is also the site of the vast majority of the more than 200 Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, where more than 400,000 Israeli settlers live.
What does Annexation Mean?
Annexation simply means all of the territory and those living in the annexed area will be under Israeli law and it will officially become a sovereign territory of the Israeli State.
How much of Judea and Samaria will be Annexed?
Roughly 22% of Judea and Samaria will be annexed, almost all of which is part of the Jordan Valley and the Northern half of the Dead Sea that acts as the border with Jordan. This is almost all completely Area C land.
Why does Israel control this land Militarily?
During the 1967 Six-Day War Israel defeated the combined attacking forces of Syria, Jordan, and Egypt doubling their territory in 6 days. Part of that territory is what we know of in the Bible and more normally today as Judea and Samaria. Since then Israel has maintained complete Military control of the area, only now receiving support from the United States to go through with its partial annexation.
* For the fulfillment of Bible Prophecy, Israel will have to have complete sovereignty over the Land Adonai promised Abraham in Genesis 15:18-21, and again in Exodus 23:31. This is not political, it is a promise of Almighty God and He is not one that He would lie. Ezekiel 36 prophecies the restoration of Israel and the Jews to the promised Land as well as the salvation of the Jews. The annexation of Judea and Samaria is one step closer to that prophecy being fulfilled which began 72 years ago when Israel was re-established. Ezekiel 37 then goes on to the end of that restoration with the return of Yeshua. That is how close we are!
* Judea and Samaria make up the gateway of the Gospel of Peace to the nations. Yeshua told His disciples as the last thing before His ascension in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.” The fact that it is now about to become an official part of Israel once again is a big loud bright sign from heaven that the Gospel of Peace is coming soon back from the ends of the earth, through Judea and Samaria, and finally to Jerusalem.
* Judea and Samaria are the very beginning of the founding of Israel starting with Abram. According to Genesis (12:6–7) Abram “built an altar to the Lord who had appeared to him… and had given that land to his descendants” at Shechem. The Bible states that on this occasion, God confirmed the covenant he had first made with Abraham in Harran, regarding the possession of the land of Canaan. Jacob then bought the same land and dug a well there (Genesis 33:18-20). It is where Israel buried the Bones of Joseph (Joshua 24:32) and where Joseph’s tomb is to this day. It is also the site of Israel’s first Capital City (Joshua 21:20-21), and is situated directly between the mountain of cursing and blessing. In the New Testament, Jacob’s Well in Shechem is the place Yeshua publicly began His ministry (John 4:4-42).
* Other very important Biblical sites within Judea and Samaria are the tombs of Joshua, Samuel, Rachel, as well as the cave of the Patriarchs that is said to house the remains of Abraham, Issac, Jacob, and their wives, Sarah, Rebekah, and Leah. As you can see according to the Scripture this is not annexation, but restoration.
The Deal of the Century
What should we as Believers think about the Deal of the Century?
If you have kept up with the very detailed and confusing political process of the Israeli-Arab Peace process over the last 50 years you will have strong opinions about the Deal of the century no matter what your politics may be. There are some things we like and do not like. Some things in the deal are Biblical and others are not. Here is the real point, The so-called Palestinians will never take the deal because they have shown after more than 50 years of failed peace plans that giving them more land does not create peace, and a two-state solution is not realistic to people who refuse anything less than the complete removal of all Israelis from the pre-1948 borders, meaning gone completely from the land.
What the proposition of the Deal of the Century does is give Israel legitimacy over the territory it won during the 1967 6-Day war, specifically the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley. This allows Israel to move forward with the annexation of the Land with support from a world superpower, the United States. Simply put, it is allowing for the process of the restoration of the land of Israel to take place which Ezekiel 36:24-27 says will also lead to the hardened hearts of the Jews being made flesh as Paul spoke of in Romans 11:25-26 , and being filled with the Holy Spirit. We are speaking not only about the restoration of the promised Land, but also about the salvation of Israel!
To be clear, the Jordanians have always since the 6 Day War been the custodians of the Temple Mount. That has not changed, and according to the Deal of the Century that will not change. There has been a lot of rumor and speculation about who will be the custodian of the Temple Mount if the Deal of the Century goes through. Secret talks and deals have been sai to be going on making people ask, will it be the Turks, the Saudis, will it continue to be Jordan, or is the Vatican somehow going to have control over the Temple Mount? Here is why it doesn’t matter and what we should really be keeping an eye out for.
No matter what, we know that one of the crucial signs of the end times is the building of a literal physical third Temple in Jerusalem according to Daniel 9:27, Mathew 24:15-16, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, and Revelation 11:1-2. The fact that a third Temple will be built is Biblical, but it does not mean we as Believers should sacrifice animals as worship. That should be very obvious as the blood of Yeshua was the last sacrifice once for all (Hebrews 10:1-18). It simply means these things will happen and be a clear sign of the beginning of Tribulation. What’s more, the sure-fire sign the first 3 1/2 years of tribulation has begun is made clear in Revelation 11:3-7 with the appearance of the two witnesses in Jerusalem who prophesy for 3 1/2 years before being killed by the beast who comes up out of the Abyss. The fact of the matter is, it will come to pass that the third temple is built, there will be a renewal of animal sacrifices, and when they stop it will be because the abomination of desolation, the Antichrist, has sat in the Temple proclaiming he is God at the 3 1/2 year mark of the seven-year tribulation of the end times before the return of Yeshua.
Let’s not get caught up in how Biblical prophecy will come to pass, but rather be very aware as to when it comes to pass so as not to be deceived. What is happening in the heavenly places should be what concerns us, because our closeness with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is what will never leave us guessing or uncertain of what he is doing and about to do. The prince of the air, satan is working double-time to make sure we are more glued to the news of the world instead of being focused on the News of the Kingdom. If we don’t see what has been bound and loosed in heaven, then we can’t know what we should bind and loose on earth (Matthew 16:19). The devil loves this and will continue playing his game until the bitter end to lead as many astray as possible. We as believers get to hate the devil, and we have been born again as a new creature of the Holy Spirit in order that we can be in Yeshua and Him in us having overcome sin and death, enabling us to live a life that exposes, steps on, and delivers the world from his plans, schemes, and demonic strongholds to reveal the living God of Israel, Perfect Love. This should be our focus, and as we delve into the Word of YHWH the things that are happening around the world will no longer surprise us or worry us, but simply tell us where we are on the Biblical timeline and give us an understanding of the times and seasons and what to do.
We pray this post gave clarity and insight into many questions that fellow brothers and sisters in Yeshua have asked, and most of all to realize that we are living in the most exciting times in history that is the culmination of Scripture and the soon return of Yeshua the Messiah.
From now until the time of the annexation of Judea and Samaria, which will be possible starting on July 1st, we are being called to join together as the global Body of Yeshua to press in praying for the leaders of Israel and their advisors, for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel as tensions may very well rise in the region, and very importantly for the salvation of Israel in this important apex of time in the Biblical timeline. Adonai bless you and keep you Kingdom Family.