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“The Promised Land”
by Art Sadlier   
March 1st, 2010

In Jeremiah 2:7, the Lord called the Promised Land, “My Land”.  God promised this land of Canaan to Israel as an everlasting possession (Genesis 17:8).  He repeated the same promise to Isaac and Jacob and He repeated it many times.

In Ezekiel 36, the enemies of God and of Israel claim possession of the Land that God has stated is ‘His’ land.  “....Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession”, verse 2.  There is evidence to indicate that the Palestinians (PA) are descendants of the Edomites, (also called Idumeans). In speaking of the end times, Ezekiel referred to these same Palestinians. “Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey,” Verse 5.  We have been witnessing for some time now this attempt by the Palestinians to claim and possess Israel’s land and to drive them off the heritage God has promised to them.

This week Israel has designated a number of places as heritage sites. Among those sites are ‘Rachel’s Tomb’ and the ‘Patriarch’s Cave’.  

The following news item appeared this week.  “The Prime Minister announced earlier this week that the ancient tomb, located immediately south of Jerusalem, and the Patriarchs’ Cave (Me'arat HaMachpelah) in Hebron, are Jewish heritage sites that will be refurbished. Genesis Chapter 23 describes the purchase of the Patriarch's Cave by Abraham in order to bury his wife Sarah, and Genesis 35: 19 describes that Rachel "died and was buried on the road to Ephrata which is Bethlehem...the sign of her grave stands until today."

Noam Arnon stated that the Patriarch’s Cave “Was a Jewish site thousands of years before Islam ever existed.”

In response to this announcement we have the following news item. “The entire Muslim world has protested Israel’s initiative, and the United Nations has expressed “concerns.” Hezbollah, Iran, Egypt, Syria and Jordan warned that the move is a provocation, and Hamas out rightly called for violence. Abbas, visiting in Brussels, told the Belgian parliament in Brussels that the move is a “serious provocation which may lead to a religious war.”

Such audacity, that the enemies of Israel should make themselves the enemies of God and defy the living God. We are reminded of the audacity of Satan himself as he dares to claim that which is God’s in Isaiah 14:13-14, “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

Perhaps the most shocking of all is the response of the Obama Administration.  On Wednesday the US added its voice to those harshly condemning Israel over its official recognition of the Cave of the Patriarch and Rachel's Tomb as national heritage sites.

America has made itself the enemy of God and has joined with those who determined to drive Israel off the land that the living God has promised to her.

Another news item this week further indicates the extent of America’s betrayal of Israel,    “Recent meetings between the Obama administration and the Palestinian Authority revealed the White House is on board to support a Palestinian threat to unilaterally ask the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state outside of negotiations with Israel,” a senior PA negotiator told WND. 

It is amazing how this whole scenario is playing out.  America has been travelling down this road for some time now.  All the while the decline of America is progressing in sync with their betrayal of Israel and so very few seem to comprehend what is taking place

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