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Israel & the Palestinians in Prophecy
Two peoples claim Canaan as their historic and religious home: the Israelis and the Palestinians. These two peoples are more similar than many believe. As the “latter days” approach, the prophecies in the Bible are clearer. There is actually only one people claiming the land of Palestine, but they are a divided people: the descendants of Judah, and the descendants of Israel. The descendants of Israel are the Palestinians.
Is this possible? Ancient Israel split into two kingdoms. The Bible gives a different future for each. This is clearly stated in Ezekiel 4:5-6, and Zechariah 11:10 and 14. Ezekiel gives two time periods, one for Judah and one for Israel. Zechariah tells us these two kingdoms will continue to be at odds with one another. This prophecy was given after both kingdoms had fallen! Together these two prophecies can only refer to the future.
Ezekiel 4:5-6 For I assign to you a number of days, three hundred and ninety days, equal to the number of the years of their punishment; so long shall you bear the punishment of the house of Israel. And when you have completed these, you shall lie down a second time, but on your right side, and bear the punishment of the house of Judah; forty days I assign you, a day for each year.
Zechariah 11:10 And I took my staff Grace, and I broke it, annulling the covenant which I had made with all the peoples.
Zechariah 11:14 Then I broke my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
God ended the union between Israel and Judah. Both kingdoms went their separate ways. Zechariah tells us the “brotherhood” was “annulled.” Israel and Judah will not remember each other, probably will not recognize each other, and most likely will not accept each other.
In light of this, the verses below (mostly concerning Israel) take on new meaning in our time.
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All scripture references are from the Revised Standard Version.