Rejoining the Two Sticks
A recent article by Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu titled “Abbas Rejects ‘Two States’ if One is ‘Jewish’” makes clear that Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, will not accept Israel as a Jewish state. That’s the same thing as saying that he will not accept the existence of Israel:
He [Mahmoud Abbas] said he will not accept a French resolution in the UN that gives him everything he wants except wiping “Jewish” off the map of Israel.
Mahmoud Abbas once again has grabbed an opportunity to miss an opportunity and has rejected a French-sponsored resolution in the United Nations that would give him a Palestinian Authority state based on the old 1949-1967 borders.
So what is his problem?
The problem is that the French proposal not only recognizes the Palestinian Authority as a country but also recognizes Israel as a Jewish country.
This is not the first time that Abbas has rejected recognizing “the Jewish State of Israel,” but he has never done so in the face of such a golden opportunity to emasculate the country.
Abbas has no problem with Israel as long as it does not exist, and recognizing it as “Jewish” would preclude the dream of the Arab world and UNRWA to transform Jews into a minority in the country by importing a few million Arabs who have been under the U.N. agency’s so-called care for decades.
Israel has lobbied against the French proposal, and the United States has not promised it would veto it.
But it turns out that Abbas will cast the veto, just as he has scotched every other chance for an agreement with Israel for 11 years since being elected to a four-term that expired seven years ago.
This is one important reason why there can never be a lasting two-state solution: it’s not acceptable to the Palestinians. That fact alone is a deal breaker.
Both the Palestinian and Hamas charters call for Israel’s annihilation. Palestinians have not budged one iota on that bedrock piece of their plan. They have talked about Israel’s destruction for so long that it is widely accepted as a fact that any Palestinian leader who dares to sign a peace treaty with Israel that formally recognizes the “Jewish State of Israel” will be assassinated.
But there is another more important reason why the two-state solution can’t happen, or if it happens, it won’t last for very long. Yahweh will not allow it to stand.
This is a little complicated, so bear with me.
The Jewish people in Israel today who represent the tribe of Judah are in the world’s crosshairs. World leaders are trying to impose a plan that will divide the land that Yahweh promised to the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob/Israel between Judah and the hodgepodge group of people that we call “Palestinians”. The other tribes of Israel aren’t being considered at all. Eventually, every tribe of Israel has to be taken into account.
Jacob/Israel had 12 sons:
- Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulon: the sons of Leah.
- Dan and Naftali: the sons of Bilhah.
- Gad and Asher: the sons of Zilpah.
- Joseph and Benjamin: the sons of Rachel.
Yahweh awarded Joseph two portions for his sons Manasseh and Ephraim. Thus, there are 13 tribes of Israel to be considered. All of them are heirs to the Promised Land.
Again, Judah is just one tribe of Israel, and they are known to the world as Jewish people. They are caretakers of the land as it were until the other tribes recognize who they are and claim their heritage. When that happens, the seemingly impossible problem between Israel and “Palestinians” will look even more improbable.
To understand what is going to take place, you need to read Ezekiel 37.
That’s where we are heading. It’s not obvious yet, but it will be.
Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones
1 The hand of Yahweh was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of Yahweh and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. 3 He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Adonai Yahweh, You know.” 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of Yahweh.’ 5 Thus says Adonai Yahweh to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. 6 I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am Yahweh.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9 Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says Adonai Yahweh, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”’” 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
The Vision Explained
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says Adonai Yahweh, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you will know that I am Yahweh, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. 14 I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, Yahweh, have spoken and done it,” declares Yahweh.’”
Reunion of Judah and Israel
15 The word of Yahweh came again to me saying, 16 “And you, son of man, take for yourself one stick and write on it, ‘For Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions’; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 17 Then join them for yourself one to another into one stick, that they may become one in your hand. 18 When the sons of your people speak to you saying, ‘Will you not declare to us what you mean by these?’ 19 say to them, ‘Thus says Adonai Yahweh, “Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will put them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’ 20 The sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes. 21 Say to them, ‘Thus says Adonai Yahweh, “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.”
The Davidic Kingdom
24 “My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them. 25 They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons’ sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. 27 My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. 28 And the nations will know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.”’”
This is Yahweh’s perspective, and His perspective is the only one that matters. It may sound foolish to unbelievers, but it’s true no matter what they think.
The two-state solution is dead because Yahweh has other plans. Ezekiel 37 explains what they are.
Get ready because it’s coming. If Mahmoud Abbas and people of his ilk don’t like what’s happening now, they are really not going to like what comes next.
Zechariah 12 deals with it from another angle.
1 The burden of the word of Yahweh concerning Israel. Thus declares Yahweh who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him, 2 “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. 3It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. 4 In that day,” declares Yahweh, “I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 5 Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through Yahweh Sabaoth, their God.’”
6 “In that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples, while the inhabitants of Jerusalem again dwell on their own sites in Jerusalem. 7 Yahweh also will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem will not be magnified above Judah. 8In that day Yahweh will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of Yahweh before them. 9 And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”
10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn. 11 In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo. 12 The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves; 13the family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves; 14 all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves.”
This will be the time when the tribe of Judah, Jewish people living in Israel, will realize that the Messiah is Yahweh and that their ancestors hung Him on a tree. The acceptance of that fact will have stunning consequences.
It will also be the time when Yahweh deals with Israel’s enemies and reunites the two sticks. HalleluYah!
Are we getting close?
I think so.
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