... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

20
March
2011

Israel: a miracle to stay!

ITAMAR, eleventh of March 2011
Intruders broke into the home of the Fogel family and stabbed to death in their sleep Udi and Ruth Fogel (36, 35 years) and their children Yoav (11), Elad (4) and Hadas (3-months). Their other three children survived unharmed.
But,

35 They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; ...
Ezekiel 36:35 (NIV)

11 ... a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.

Ezekiel 38:11

Yes, prophetic words over Israel's further future. What about the here and now? 

ITAMAR, June 2002
Palestinian terrorist broke into the home of the Shabo family and shot death Rachel Shabo and her children Neria (16), Zwi (13) and Avishai (5). Yossi Puito commander of the neighborhood was also shot dead while approaching the family's home to help. In the crossfire between the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and the gunman, the home of the Shabo Family caught fire and burned down. The gunman was killed.

ITAMAR, May 2002 
Yeshiva students, Netanel Riachi (17), Gilad Stiglitz (14), Avraham Siton (17, were killed by Palestinian gunman.

ITAMAR, May 2001
Gilad Zar, one of Itamar's founders and son of settlement leader Moshe Zar was shot dead by Palestinians in an ambush while driving between Kedumim and Yitzhar in Samaria.

Such low and inhuman acts. Why?


Itamar the settlement

Itamar is an Israeli settlement named after the youngest son of Aaron, Ithamar, Exodus 6:23 and 28:1. By tradition Ithamar's buriel place is in the vicinity of the settlement. Itamar means palm tree, isle/coast. The settlement was established in 1984 by seven families of the Machon Meir Yeshiva in Jerusalem with the assistance of Amana, a Gush Emunim's settlement organization.

Gush Emunim is an Israeli messianic and political movement committed to establishing Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. Their actions are based on the believe that according to the Torah, God gave the land to the Jewish people. Although the organization of Gush Emunim officially doesn't exist any more, nowadays they are referred to in Israeli media as Ne'emanei Eretz Ysrael, those who are loyal/faithful to the Land of Israel.

The settlement of Itamar is located in Samaria 5 kilometers southeast of Nablus. It is an orthodox Jewish community, within the municipal jurisdiction of the Shomran Regional Council, with a population of 1032 (1993) people. It is, alongside other settlements, considered by some in the international community as being illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. Under the Oslo Accords of 1993 between Israel and the PLO, Itamar was designated as Area C. Meaning, this area has full Israeli civil and security control.

Why such attacks on civilians even in there homes? For no reason than that Itamar is one of the settlements in Samaria, just like those in Judea. But why now? Revolution in the Middle East, while in Israel unlike the surrounding countries it's still quiet in comparison. Does the settlements need a "revolution" to bring justice and "change" about?


Justice

Forgiveness precedes justice! We can learn from King David's actions how forgiveness brings justice about. In 2 Samuel chapters 15 to 19 we can reed that King David with his household and those loyal to him had to flee Jerusalem because his son Absalom plotted with David's trusted advisor Ahithophel (2 Samuel 15:12,16:23) to become king.

It was a very sad day. For it was King David the anointed one of the Almighty Father, who brought unity in the hole of Israel, brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem and in doing so made Jerusalem (Salem, Genesis 14:18-20) the capital city of a united kingdom of Israel and brought peace to Israel's boarders, that was fleeing Jerusalem because of his own son. King David with his household and others amongst whom his heroes, with whom he fought many battles and would even defeated the giants like Goliath's brother (2 Samuel 21:21:15-22), were leaving Jerusalem to hide in the dessert.

... 23 The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the wilderness.
24 Zadok was there, too, and all the Levites who were with him were carrying the ark of the covenant of God. They set down the ark of God, and Abiathar offered sacrifices until all the people had finished leaving the city.

25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the LORD's eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again. 26 But if he says, 'I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him.”  ...

27 The king also said to Zadok the priest, “Do you understand? Go back to the city with my blessing. ...

30 But David continued up the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went; his head was covered and he was barefoot. All the people with him covered their heads too and were weeping as they went up.

2 Samuel 15

On his way out of Jerusalem, King David and all those with him encountered Shimei that cursed him and even called him a murderer, 2 Samuel 16:5-14. He had two choices, to order his heroes who were with him to kill Shimei. or forgive Shimei and leave justice to be done by the Almighty Father in his way and at his time. King David chose the later, and added a prayer, 2 Samuel 16:12 (Deuteronomy 16:23:5-6):

12 It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.”

In Psalm 109:28 King David says:

28 While they curse, may you bless; may those who attack me be put to shame, but may your servant rejoice.

King David acted with wisdom because he counted on the Almighty Fathers mercy and blessing. And, did he receive it? Yes, he did return victorious to Jerusalem, although grieving for his son who got killed, 2 Samuel 18 and 19. Shimei? 1 Kings 2 verses 8 to 9 tells us King David asked his son Salomon to do him justice, and he did as 1 Kings 2:36-46 tells us. And Ahithophel? 2 Samuel 17:23 tells us about his faith; he hanged himself up (Just like Judas who betrayed Yeshua Messiah did). So King David didn't first have justice done so he could continue his life. No, he forgave first, and than God's blessing and justice followed.

So, it's a no, to revolution mania. No, to chaos in Israel, that would endanger the state of Israel and there for also all the settlements in Samaria and Judea. No, to fear, anger and hate. If the enemy, those who did the killings in the settlement and those who sent them, don't achieve their ultimate goal, that is chaos in Israel so they can take over, they lost this battle. And, there is more.


Miracles

Forgiveness precedes miracles! Joseph forgave his brothers who sold him out as a slave, Genesis chapters 37 to 50 tells his story. Genesis 50:19-20, makes clear that early on he already forgave his brothers:

19 But Joseph said to them, “Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

And the Almighty Father did bless him with a position in Egypt and offspring, not only for Joseph's own sake, but also for the sake of his plans with the Israelites.

51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household.” 52 The second son he named Ephraim and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
Genesis 41:51-52

God the Father kept the Israelites safe and made them numerous until their return to Canaan. Moses words, Deuteronomy 19:10-11:

10 The LORD your God has increased your numbers so that today you are as numerous as the stars in the sky. 11 May the LORD, the God of your ancestors, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised! 

2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
Genesis 12:2


I believe if we want to count on the Almighty Father, the Creator of heaven and earth, forgiveness is the way to go. Personally I do forgive who ever did this in Itamar. But to forgive something like this, for those who are closer, it is hard, just extremely difficult, although not impossible. One needs a choice of the will, but also motivation for ones hart again and again. What better motivation than by his word in past, present and future?


Hope

So what good would forgiveness do? The answer: it brings about justice and miracles by the Almighty Father for his people, for Israel, and the wisdom to act! To be focused on him and do his will, to act guided by him. He has done miracles before, he will do this again, as already written ages ago in biblical scripture. But also in the recent history of the Jewish people by restoring them to the land he promised them. So there is hope yet. What miracles can we expect for Eretz Ysrael and the Jewish people in the more immediate future based on prophecy?

4 ... “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah ... 7 "The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, ..."
Zechariah 12:4-7

But also the dwellings of Samaria,

53 "However, I will restore the fortunes of ... Samaria and her daughters, ..." 
60 Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. ...
Ezekiel 16:53-63

For the Almighty father will join Judah and Joseph (Ephraim) to one, as written in Ezekiel 37:15-28:

15 The word of the LORD came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. ...

21 and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. ...

One land, one throne, one crown. The restoration of the Kingdom of Israel. All this will happen during the period after Ezekiel 37:1-14 came to pass. As we have seen in resent Jewish history this already happened. How to bring it all about to the next phase in fulfillment of prophecy?


Pray

What did Daniel do when he realized in his days that the time for prophecy to be fulfilled is near? Daniel prayed and fasted even more and he asked the Almighty Father forgiveness for himself and his people, the book of Daniel chapter 9. What was God Almighty's answer? He entrusted him with prophetic words of things to come for Israels future, eventually the Israelites did return to Israel and,

... 24 Seven times seventy years is the length of time God has set for freeing your people and your holy city from sin and evil. Sin will be forgiven and eternal justice established, so that the vision and the prophecy will come true, and the holy Temple will be rededicated. ...
Daniel 9:24

What did Moses do in his time, when prophecy spoken by God Almighty to Abraham, Genesis 15:13-18, was coming to pas? He prayed for himself and his people, as biblical scripture tells us from the book of Exodus on. What was God Almighty's response? He did give them the law and they did enter the land he promised them. Prophecy came to pass before so it will again.

Now we are living in a period of time that biblical prophecies are being fulfilled. Fulfillment of prophecy takes prayers, time and patience; there is a reason for this as Exodus 23:25-33 tells us:

... 29 But I will  n o t  drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. ... 

So, what do those who are faithful to the Almighty's will and plan do? 
I say: They shoot, we pray. To pray is to build.

If the Lord does not build the house, the work of the builders is useless;
if the Lord does not protect the city, it does no good for the sentries to stand guard.
Psalm 127:1

The State of Israel (1948) is a miracle to stay. Israel the Holy Land, with Jerusalem as its capital city (1967) is the miracle of the age. Not even getting men to the moon (1969) can top that. Itamar like the other settlements are also part of that miracle by God's grace,

... 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.
Zechariah 4:6

By the Almighty Father's grace Israel and Jerusalem will remain!


God bless you,

Note: my sincere condolences to all the families 
and the people of the Itamar settlement.


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Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Prophecy