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“The Coming War”
by Art Sadlier   
August 12th, 2012

In the following news item Palestinian President Abbas says, ["There will be no peace or security until the settlers leave Jerusalem."

PA president claims Israel has been trying to destroy al-Aqsa Mosque and rebuild ‘alleged Temple’ in its stead.

Jerusalem is a Muslim and Christian city, and there will be neither peace nor security until the Israeli occupation, settlements, and settlers leave the city, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday.

Abbas made the remarks in a statement published in commemoration of the 43rd anniversary of the torching of Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque by Denis Michael Rohan, an Australian Christian, Israel Radio reported.

Rohan entered the mosque on the Temple Mount on August 21, 1969, and set the building alight. He was tried and found clinically insane, and hospitalized in Israel until his repatriation five years later.

Despite Rohan’s conviction, Abbas claimed in his statement that Israeli authorities were aware of Rohan’s intentions. He further charged that Israel’s actions vis-a-vis the Temple Mount have been aimed at destroying the mosque and building in its stead “the alleged Jewish Temple.”

“The arson attack at the hand of a fanatic criminal happened under the nose of the Israeli occupation authorities. It was the beginning of a series [of attacks] that have not been interrupted since that fatal day,” the statement read. “Their ultimate goal is to rob Muslims and Christians of their holy shrines, destroy the Al Aqsa mosque and build the alleged Jewish temple.”

Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made similar comments in 2001 in commemorating Rohan’s attempted destruction of the mosque.

In a statement then made on Arafat’s behalf and published in the Palestinian press, PA Executive Council Zakhariya al-Agha said that the Palestinian people will continue along the path of Jihad until the occupation ends.]

In the above news item we see the attitude of Palestinians, who are descendants of the Edomites. This is a fulfilment of Bible prophecy, it is unique to this present hour. We read about this present situation and realize that it is prophesied in Ezekiel 35:10, "Because thou hast said, These two nations (Israel and Judah) and these two countries (north and south) shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was there."

Today this is happening before our very eyes. The Palestinians are claiming both that which is known as the land of Israel and that which is known as the West Bank, it has all been promised to Israel. Nevertheless the Palestinians are claiming it and seeking to drive Israel out. This is fulfilled prophecy, which I say again is unique to this present hour.

In verses 12-13 we read about the Lord's response to the Palestinians, "And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume. Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them."

We then read about how the Lord will respond to the Palestinians in verse 15, "As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD." We must be standing on the threshold of this response of the Lord to the Palestinians.

I believe we stand on the threshold of the destruction the Lord has stated will come upon those who today are cursing Israel, claiming her land and defying God. I believe this is the war described in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 35-36, Isaiah 17 and Obadiah 18­.

It looks like the coming war may well be the war of Psalm 83. If that is the case, we as believers will soon here the sound of the trumpet calling us into the glorious presence of God with all of the wonders and blessings of heaven.

"Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart"

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