Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Preface: I believe it to be very important that the people of God understand Biblical prophecy, especially since we are living in what the Bible calls “the last days.” Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for not recognizing the season they were living in. They, of all people, should have recognized their Messiah but they did not. The church in this hour can ill afford to be uninformed and unprepared. Therefore, beginning with this article, I will focus on prophetic events in the Middle East in a series of articles, which, I hope, will help prepare us for the unprecedented events of the last days.
Part 1: The Palestinians
Due to the bias of media coverage of events in the Middle East, there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding concerning the so-called “plight” of the Palestinians. Much of the world blames Israel for the refugee status of those who are mostly of Arab decent. In order to gain a clear understanding, we need to look briefly at the history of the region.
During the time of Israel’s dispersion among the nations, Arabs living in the nations that border on Israel began to “homestead” within the borders of Israel, taking over vacated villages and land originally given to the sons of Jacob by God. Then, in 1948, when the nation of Israel was reborn, the Jews began to migrate back to their land as the Holy Spirit began to re-gather the outcasts of Israel just as the prophets said would happen. History records that many of the nations surrounding Israel immediately declared war against the newly birthed nation. Arab leaders instructed those of their people living in Israel at the time to “temporarily” come out until they could defeat the Jews, which they fully expected to do. However, we know that Israel defeated their enemies, leaving a large number of displaced Arabs virtually homeless.
God’s plan was for the Arabs to be assimilated back into their ancestral lands but, sadly, their Arab brothers have refused to allow them to come back. As a result, there are numerous Palestinian refugee camps within the borders of Israel. The Palestinians are not refugees because of Israel but because their own people refuse to receive them back into their lands. Politically, they are being used as pawns to stir up strife and hatred for the Jews.
Over 2500 years ago, God informed the prophet Jeremiah (Jer. 12:14-17) that the Palestinians could either go back to their own lands or they could learn Israel’s ways and swear by God’s Name and, in so doing, they could remain in Israel and be blessed. This was God’s provision for a people He loves! He has not forgotten them!
In coming articles, we will look at prophecies concerning the Psalm 83 War, Iran, Russia, and some of John’s Book of Revelation. These will not be exhaustive studies by any means but, hopefully, enough to “whet your appetite” to do your own studies. We want to become watchmen who are fully aware so we can intercede wisely and fully prepared so we can help others.