If you’ve been paying attention at all you know the news. Israel has been under attack by ‘lone’ terrorists since October 1st. In that first month-long wave of violence, 9 Israelis have been shot or stabbed with knives or screwdrivers and murdered. More often the attacks have not gone well for the Palestinian assassins. Whether at the hands of Israeli security forces or armed civilians, 52 would be attackers have paid the ultimate price. (But the press, the NPR types, have even used this failure on the part of the assassins as another tool with which to bash the Israelis. Perhaps more Israelis should have let the knife-wielding Palestinians finish the job. It would have made for better press and public sympathy.) The origins of the violence seems to be centered around increasing tensions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. Rapture Ready’s Terry James explains. “The great military hero, Israel’s General Moshe Dyan, following the June 1967 Six Day War, it is sad to say, prepared the way for seeding the disastrous storm to come. He turned over the Temple Mount to the Jordanian waqf, or Islamic trust, that continues to administer the site. He did so after a thorough victory had been won over a much-greater-in-number combined Arab world army determined then, and determined still, to wipe Israel off the Middle East map.”[i] That’s the long-term view. An ABC News report gets us up to date. “The existing frustration has been fueled by ongoing and intensifying confrontations around the al-Aqsa mosque and the Temple Mount. A key national symbol for Palestinians, it is Islam’s third holiest shrine and the most sacred site in Judaism. Palestinians fear increasing visits by Jewish groups, and continued restrictions on Muslim access, will erode Muslim religious control there. But Israel has adamantly denied the allegations, saying there are no plans to change the status quo.”[ii]
But what’s behind these attacks is really an Islamic theology that paints every Jew as something less than human and the really big lie – that a Palestinian people even exists. As documented here before, even members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization have admitted Palestine was an invention of the 1960’s and that the aim – once Israel is destroyed – is to merge the so-called Palestinians with other Arab states. Visit the halls of Arab academia and you will find attempts at an intellectual justification for the planned genocide against the Jews. It is spoken of openly. And the West turns a blind eye to these outrageous claims by Arab academics. The Jerusalem Post, for instance, reported that the Dean of Quranic Studies at the Islamic University of Gaza went on Hamass al Aksa TV to publicly justify the murder of Israeli women and children. Dr Subhi Al-Yaziji said, “All Jews in Palestine today are fair game – even the women. Every single Jew in Palestine is a combatant, even the children. They train their children to use tanks and various kinds of weapons. They breastfeed them on hatred for the Palestinian people.”[iii] Of course the real story is quite the opposite. It is the Palestinians who teach their children to hate and kill and prepare themselves for jihad and martyrdom. The intellectuals of Egypt have taken it one farther. They’ve even proscribed the method of genocide to be employed. Breaking Israel News reported: “In a recent Egyptian TV interview, the host, Dr Muhammad Khaled, and his guest, Islamic history professor Yusri Ahmad Zidan, came to an agreement that burning was the only solutionfor the Jews, MEMRI reported … ‘The history of the Jews has been black since the dawn of time’, said Khaled. ‘Nebuchadnezzar burned them, the Crusaders burned them, and even Hitler and Nazism burned them. Is burning the only solution for the Jews?’ he asked. ‘So it seems. So it seems’, Zidan concurred.”[iv] This hatred extends well beyond Israel, to the realm of all things non-Muslim.
Researcher and writer Raymond Ibrahim warns us now that this hate is spreading to Europe and the US with the waves of immigrants that are settling in those nations. Despite the overwhelming, verifiable evidence of violence and crime that follows the Islamic migration, the halls of Western academia repeat a mantra that colors Islam as the ‘Religion of Peace.’ Here’s Ibrahim: “According to the Narrative, there is nothing to fear from Islam. If violence and mayhem seem to follow Muslims wherever they go—not to mention plague the entire Islamic world—that is because Muslims are angry, frustrated, and aggrieved, usually at things the West has done. Although Islamic doctrine calls on Muslims to have enmity for and strive to subjugate non-Muslims whenever possible; although Muslims initiated hostilities against and were the scourge of Europe for a thousand years, until they were defanged in the modern era; although most of the so-called ‘Muslim world’ rests on land that was violently seized from non-Muslims; although reportedly some 270 million non-Muslims have been killed by the jihad over the centuries; and although many modern day Muslims maintain the same worldview that animated their ancestors—most people in the West remain ignorant.” In defense of his argument he cites the soaring crime and rape rates that have followed Muslim refugees into Germany and Great Britain.[v] And then there is Sweden.
Since going multi-cultural and admitting large numbers of Muslim immigrants in the 1970’s, violent crime is up by 300% and rapes by 1,472%.[vi] Writing in The Daily Caller, James Zumwalt explains what’s happening in Sweden – and is soon to happen in countries that accept large numbers of Muslim immigrants [Here’s a hint: Their culture comes with them.] “As Muslim men immigrated to Sweden, they brought with them an Islamic culture sanctioning rape….Under sharia, this rape culture also impacts upon Swedish women as they are “infidels” and, as such, are — according to Allah’s teachings — sanctioned targets for rape by Muslim men…. A 1996 Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention report bears this out. It noted that Muslim immigrants from North Africa were 23 times more likely to commit rape than Swedish men.” But what’s worse is that the Swedish government has buried the facts. News media refer to Muslim rapists only as “Swedish males.” Governments tracked gang rapes over a ten year period. But when the evidence pointed directly to the immigrant, Muslim community – they quickly abandoned further studies and failed to take corrective action. It seems “the government’s fear of being labeled Islamophobic proved greater than its concerns about warning Swedish women about the threat.”[vii]
The aggressive hostility of the Muslim immigrants combined with the limp-wristed response of the European governments has resulted in an explosion of incidents across the continent. The German paper Die Zeit described “an atmosphere of intimidation and hostility towards Christians.” While in Denmark, “Christian asylum seekers are repeatedly exposed to everything from harassment to threats and physical abuse by other [Muslim] refugees in the asylum centers.” This level of hate was expressed most violently when Muslims threw 53 Christian fellow-immigrants overboard from a ship headed to Sicily.[viii] The persecution against Christians has gotten so bad that a UK based Catholic charity group issued a report that Middle East believers in Jesus Christ may be in danger of extinction within a generation. And the West does nothing.[ix]
Well Israel for one is not taking this lying down. The Israelis are erecting 15-foot high concrete barriers to separate Jewish and Palestinian neighborhoods. This is an extension of the separation fence whose construction was started back in 2000.[x] Now Netanyahu has authorized the erection of temporary blast barriers at critical intersections. These barriers are beginning to set up a more permanent separation between Palestinians and Israelis. And that may be playing into prophecy.
There is a prophecy penned by the Prophet Obadiah that is among the most chilling in all of Scripture. It talks of the annihilation of the entire Palestinian population. Obadiah 1:1 tells us that the prophecy of this one chapter book concerns Edom and verse 6 adds in Esau. So here’s the set up. David Bay of Cutting Edge Ministries contacted the Israeli embassy and asked for an identification of the House of Esau. This is what he wrote of the answer he got. “A couple days later, I received an email back from a rabbi, who told me that the Palestinians were the modern-day descendents of the House of Esau! These Palestinians lived in both Edom, a province of Jordan, and within Israel.”[xi] Bay holds to the belief that the separation of Arab and Jewish populations within Israel is a necessary condition for the fulfillment of the prophecy contained in Obadiah; specifically the total destruction of the Palestinians. Here are the words of the prophet. “‘For violence against your brother Jacob, Shame shall cover you, And you shall be cut off forever…. For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you; Your reprisal shall return upon your own head. For as you drank on My holy mountain, So shall all the nations drink continually; Yes, they shall drink, and swallow, And they shall be as though they had never been. But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance,
And there shall be holiness; The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. The house of Jacob shall be a fire,
And the house of Joseph a flame; But the house of Esau shall be stubble; They shall kindle them and devour them,
And no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau,’ For the Lord has spoken.” (Obadiah 1:10, 15-18)
[i] Terry James, Temple Mount Turbulence, Nearing Midnight, Rapture Ready, November 2, 2015
[ii] What’s Behind Escalating Violence in Israel, ABC News, October 19, 2015
[iii] ‘Every single Jew in Palestine is a combatant, even the children’, The Jerusalem Post, October 22, 2015
[iv] Egyptian TV: Only Solution for Jews Is Burning, Breaking Israel News, November 1, 2015
[v] Raymond Ibrahim, Direct Experience: The One Benefit of Accepting Muslim Migrants, Front Page, October 25, 2015
[vi] Ingrid Carlqvist & Lars Hedegaard, Sweden, Gatestone Institute, February 14, 2015
[vii] James Zumwalt, Sweden Opened Its Doors To Muslim Immigration, Today It’s The Rape Capital Of The West, Daily Caller,
October 23, 2015
[viii] Raymond Ibrahim, CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED BY MUSLIMSEVEN IN THE WEST, Front Page Magazine, October 23, 2015
[ix] New Report Finds Mideast Christians May Disappear, Breaking Israel News, October 22, 2015
[x] Temporary wall erected between flashpoint Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post, October 18, 2015
[xi] David Bay, News 1422, Cutting Edge Ministries, viewed November 4, 2015