(We acknowledge the late Dave Hunt & The Berean Call Ministry for their contribution to this article)

Many bible texts attest to the special place in God's heart for the Jewish nation & it's people, with many endearing references such as: His “chosen” people, His people “Israel” or His “own", among many.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. (Psa 33:12)The fact that God chose the Jews for His special purposes is not up for debate or challenge, as the supporting scriptural & historical evidence is overwhelming... although God is not forthcoming as to why He chose them, other than, He simply loved them. However notwithstanding this favored position, it has not rendered the Jews and the Land of Israel immune to God's chastening and judgment down through the ages.

Indisputably, Israel is the major topic of biblical prophecy, just as it is in the daily news. The word "Israel" is found 2,565 times in 2,293 verses in the King James translation of the Bible, while "Jerusalem" is found 811 time in 764 verses....The conflict between tiny Israel and the vast coalition of Arab/Muslim nations arrayed against her is without question the most dangerous situation facing the world today. It is also the major subject of the Bible, in which are recorded in detail, two thousand to three thousand years before they occurred, the events leading to today's Middle East debacle.

Nine times God calls Himself the "God of Abraham...Isaac...and Jacob" From these patriarchs the Jews have descended. Yahweh, is called "the God of Israel" 203 times—and it was to Israel that He gave the Promised Land.

Most of the suffering and persecution which the Jews have encountered throughout history has been largely the result of their own self indulgent ignorance, religious zeal and disobedience, and rebellion against God.

Some of the most remarkable prophecies to be found in the Bible are the many declarations that Jews would be scattered to all nations, where they would be hated, persecuted, and killed like no other people. These prophecies are specific and vivid, describing in detail the plight of the Jews exactly as it has befallen them through the many centuries of their dispersion, and judgment at the hand of God.

God pronounced this severe judgment because of Israel’s disobedience and idolatry after being brought into the Promised Land, and He foretold it in numerous prophecies. This prophesied judgment has been fulfilled consistently throughout Jewish history—and after three thousand years is still being fulfilled today with a vengeance. It will continue to plague this tiny, but powerful nation and it's people, until they finally accept Jesus Christ as Messiah, and cry out to Him to save them from complete annihilation as a result of war with Gog of Magog and his allies, as we assess it, either just prior to, or very early after the Rapture of the church. (Ezekiel 38-39) A conflict which the scriptures reveal is promoted by God Himself, for the very purpose of reconciling Israel unto Himself as a redeemed people, having finally accepted Jesus Christ as Messiah.
What must it be like to be part of a people group that is hated and maligned worldwide, with so many lies told about them that it would be impossible to answer them all—and would do little good to try! It must be maddening, frustrating, and, yes, frightening to so many, and yet it all forms part of Gods' will according to bible prophecy.

Hitler, Rome and the Holocaust:

Hitler did not act alone in the Holocaust by any means, as we shall see, but with the consent and cooperation of other world powers, including the United States and the church of Rome.
More than one hundred official anti-Semitic documents have been issued by the Roman Catholic Church throughout its history. The knights and knaves who constituted the First Crusade, inspired by Pope Urban II (who promised heaven to those who died in this cause), slaughtered Jews all across Europe. When they took Jerusalem, they drove the Jews into the synagogue and set it ablaze. Centuries of Jew-hatred, inspired by the Roman Catholic Church wherever it was in power, helped to prepare the way for Hitler’s Holocaust.

Pope John Paul II tried to woo the Jews worldwide with his kindly but deceitful rhetoric. He even told them that Catholics “look upon you as our brothers and sisters in the Lord”; hardly compatible with Paul’s desire “that they [Jews] might be saved” (Romans 10:1). There was no way, however, that the Pope could undo centuries of his Church’s hatred and mistreatment of Jews. Such sweet phrases are not only inconsistent with history and official Church doctrine, but they were contradicted by his open friendship with the murderous terrorist, Yassar Arafat.(dec'd)
John Paul II consistently favored the “Palestinians” in their false claims. Never did he ever support or affirm the Israelis’ biblical right to the land God gave them. In fact, like popes and cardinals before him, he openly denied that right: “The existence of the State of Israel and its political options should be envisaged not in a perspective which is in itself religious, but in their reference to the common principles of international law.” So the opinion of secular world leaders overrides God’s Word!             
                                                                                                                         When did Arabs living in Israel become known as Palestinians?
                                                                                                                         Pastor JD Farag answers this and others re Palestine with Facts                                                                                                                                          which you won't find announced in the worlds media

Martin Luther never escaped the antisemitism of his Roman Catholic past, in spite of opposing that Church. In his later life, he advocated burning down the Jews’ homes and giving them the choice between converting or having their tongues torn out. Luther’s anger against the Jews was inexcusable, even though it grew out of a deep-seated frustration that they would not respond to the gospel he had embraced.
In an interview on September 25, 2001, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, claimed that terrorists “don’t hate America because of Israel...they hate Israel as an extension of America.” As an Israeli, he should be the expert on that subject. Perhaps he had forgotten, however, that Hitler did not hate Jews because of America, nor did the Czars of Russia, nor the popes, nor have Muslims throughout thirteen hundred years of history hated Jews for that reason. A blatant “antisemitism” has persisted from Israel’s very beginning and is awakening again worldwide, as foretold.

Irrational Jew hatred is pervasive
The frequent condemnations of Israel by the UN and EU for defending herself against deadly attacks by those determined to exterminate her, and the refusal to condemn the murderers and their backers who attack her, are only one part of a continuing fulfillment of numerous prophecies foretelling worldwide antisemitism. This is a major and irrefutable proof of the existence of the one true God and the fact that the Bible is His infallible Word. The hatred did not end with Hitler’s Holocaust but is actually escalating once again. It is a taunting mocking of six million exterminated Jews.

There is no rational explanation for this continuous animosity toward a particular people. It cannot be justified by saying that Jews, in contrast to all others, are so despicable that they deserve to be hated. Yet this irrational and implacable antisemitism is exactly what biblical prophets foretold. That fact provides another major proof that the Bible is God’s word. And there are no Jew-haters as vicious as the Muslims, who didn’t even exist when these prophecies were written, which surely must add weight to Israel's right to occupy the land which the 'Palestinians' are illegally laying claim to, with the unconscionable support of the UN, who have engaged a fervent anti semitic stance in all of their dealings with middle east affairs involving Israel.

A this point we have decided to defer to one more knowledgeable, and thus better equipped to complete the picture we've started to paint concerning the Jewish nation. Having read the contents, you will no doubt have a greater appreciation and awareness of just how important Israel is to God's prophetic plans and it's pivotal nature in end time world affairs. The late Dave Hunt, was and remains one of the most respected bible scholars and as a contender of 'The' Faith and the fundamentals of God's word, he was without peer in our opinion..

So it is our pleasure to reproduce for your enlightenment, “Road map to Armageddon”, and in doing so, strongly suggest you take all the time you can to study the scriptures quoted in the article below, if you seek full understanding of the important part Israel is playing in these end times, among other things. (Please note this article was written in 2004, and although we were tempted to seek permission to update it to better reflect current affairs, the decision was taken to reproduce the unedited version, and allow you, the reader, to fill in your own gaps for the intervening period. This exercise of course will include developments such as ISIS and the war in Syria etc, but will only add weight to the article here presented:-

Road Map to Armageddon

Dave Hunt - First published in January 2004

[This article by Dave Hunt was written in January of 2004. Although it speaks directly regarding the plans of the world's government leaders for Israel that were contrary to the Scriptures, it also sends a message to our newly formed US government today. The players have changed for us, and hopefully for the good. -T. A. McMahon TBC]

The "Quartet"of Bush, Putin, UN, and EU is determined, through a division of land, to bring a "just and lasting peace"into the Middle East between Israel and her neighbors. Assuming they are sincere and not just working for their own interests, their mental state must be on a par with those who gave the Nobel Peace Prize to Yasser Arafat, a mass murderer, habitual liar, and the world's leading terrorist, who has done more than anyone to destroy world peace. How thankful the West should be that Al Gore (who repeatedly, as vice president, warmly received Arafat into the White House) is not there now as president!

In fact, Muhammad, whose word cannot be changed, imposed upon every Muslim in every age the duty of exterminating all Jews. Only then can the "Last Day"(the climax of Islam) arrive. That fact makes "peace"between Israel and Muslims impossible - ever. Any apparent "peace"agreements signed by Muslim leaders are not worth the ink in their signatures! In the ten years prior to the signing of the Oslo Accords, 211 Israelis were killed by terrorists; in the ten years since, about 1,200 have been killed and 5,000 wounded [that number has only increased since then].

No Arab/Muslim political or religious leader can contradict Islam's founding prophet. Thus to continue to pursue a negotiated "peace"in the Middle East is the height of folly! Yet Western political and religious leaders continue to hold out that vain hope and to force concessions upon Israel that pave the road to her destruction!

Modern Israel occupies a relatively small piece of land. Arabs possess 700 times as much, with vast amounts of oil and minerals. Why are they determined to possess tiny Israel too? Islam says it belongs to them! A sovereign Jewish state proves that Muhammad was a false prophet, and that Allah is not God. Muslims must destroy Israel!

Both the Bible and Qur'an agree that 4,000 years ago God gave the Promised Land to Abraham and his Israeli descendants. Yet, the Arabs claim ownership through Ishmael, Abraham's first son. But God declared that not Ishmael, but Isaac, who would be born to Sarah, was the son and heir He had promised (Gen 17:15-21).

Like his father, Isaac also had two sons, Esau and Jacob; and again the Lord rejected the firstborn and gave the inheritance to the second - so the inheritance flows from Abraham to Isaac and on to Jacob, whose name God changed to Israel. Twelve times Yahweh calls Himself "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,"declaring, "This is my name for ever, and this is my memorial to all generations"(Ex 3:15). More than 200 times, from Ex 5:1 to Lk 1:68, Yahweh is called "the God of Israel."

Muslims claim that the Bible was corrupted by later revisions. However, the Bible's thousands of manuscripts, historical and prophetic accuracy, and the intricate integration of themes from Genesis to Revelation (none of which the Qur'an can boast!) reduce such a claim to nonsense. Furthermore, the Qur'an itself supports what the Bible says concerning Israel's claim to the Promised Land: "We made a covenant of old with the Children of Israel"(Surah 5:70); "We brought the children of Israel across the [Red] sea, and Pharaoh with his hosts pursued them..."(10:91). "[B]ut we drowned him and those with him all together. And we said unto the Children of Israel...dwell in the land [and] hereafter...we shall bring you...out of various nations"(17:103, 104); "[W]e delivered the children of Israel...from Pharaoh....We chose them, purposely, above all creatures"(44:30-32); "favored them above all peoples"(45:16); "Remember Allah's favor to you...He...gave you what he gave no other of his creatures. O my people, go into the Holy Land which Allah hath ordained for you"(95:20, 21); etc.

The territory God gave to Abram (later renamed Abraham by God) and to his descendants was not "Palestine,"but Canaan: "Into the land of Canaan they came"(Gen 12:5-6). There were no "Palestinians"from whom those who take that name today claim to be descended: "the Canaanite and Perizzite dwelled then in the land"(13:7). Abram remained there the rest of his life: "...Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan"(13:12). God told him, "For all the land...to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever"(13:15);"...all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession"(Gen 17:8). Abram settled in Hebron in Canaan and "built there an altar to the Lord [Yahweh]"(Gen13:18)-not to Allah.

Ten years later, Ishmael (the product of Abraham's and Sarah's unbelief) was born to him through Sarah's maid, Hagar. Fourteen years later, when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah 90, Isaac was born in Hebron to Abraham by his wife Sarah, exactly as God had promised. Thirty-seven years later, at the age of 127, Sarah died. Abraham was still living in Hebron, having been there more than 70 years. To bury Sarah, he bought the cave of Machpelah from Ephron the Hittite (Gen 23:1-20).

Thirty-eight years later, at the age of 175, Abraham died. Isaac and Ishmael buried him in Machpelah next to Sarah. Isaac lived in Hebron 110 more years. Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Leah were also buried in the cave of Machpelah. Abraham had entered Canaan 400 years after the flood and 300 years after the Tower of Babel. It was sparsely settled, the land was his for the taking, and he, Isaac, Jacob, and their families, lived there more than 300 years before temporarily moving to Egypt to escape a famine. There, for 400 years they were slaves, just as God had said, until the Canaanites became so wicked that He was forced to destroy them. God used Israel for that task, giving them Canaan as an everlasting heritage (Gen 15:13-16), as He had promised. God referred to Isaac as Abraham's "only son"(Gen 22:2). Thus Ishmael was not buried in Machpelah, but where he had settled far away, having "died in the presence of all his brethren"(Gen 25:17, 18).

No Arab or Muslim was ever buried in Machpelah. Arabs can't claim a pure descent from Ishmael. Ishmaelites intermarried with Midianites (Jg 8: 5,12,22,24), Edomites (Gen 28:9), and Hittites (26:34; 36:1-4). In contrast, during 400 years as slaves in Egypt, the Israelites became an identifiable ethnic people who were led en masse into Canaan. We know who they are today. Denying Israel's God-given heritage, Yitzak Rabin, who had secretly promised Clinton he would give up the Golan, declared, "The Bible is not a geography book."Shortly thereafter, he was assassinated, preventing him from giving to Syria the most strategically vital part of Israel.

It was not Arabs but Hebrews who settled in ancient Hebron and all of Canaan, creating Israel, whose kings ruled from Jerusalem over an empire stretching from the Sinai to the Euphrates. Around 600 BC they were conquered by the Babylonians and scattered to many nations.

Chased out of their land under God's judgment in the Babylonian dispersion, and later twice by the Romans, numbers of Jews always returned. This despised people continued living in Israel under the oppressive heel of various occupying foreign invaders for another 2,500 years. On May 14, 1948, Israel declared itself an independent nation once again. The Jews once again possessed their own land, as God had promised-but only that small fraction of it that had been allotted by the UN partition on November 29, 1947. In contrast, the Arabs never lived in Canaan but settled in the Arabian Peninsula. Not until the seventh century AD, through the Islamic invasions, did Arabs come in any significant numbers into the land of Israel, which, in AD 135, the Romans had angrily renamed Syria-Palestina, after Israel's chief enemy, the Philistines.

The so-called Palestinians of today are Arabs whose ancestors came from Arabia. They are a Semitic people, with no relationship either to the Canaanites or the Philistines, who were not Semites. It is a blatant lie that today's "Palestinians"(who at the same time claim descent from Ishmael) are descended from the original inhabitants of the land of Canaan, which God promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their heirs. David was first crowned king in Hebron and ruled there seven years before moving his throne to Jerusalem. This ancient city has no significance to Arabs/Muslims. Yet they have built a mosque at Machpelah, have forbidden access to Jews, and, at various times in history, have massacred Jews living there. Today Muslims are attempting to force out the few remaining Jews. They claim all of "Palestine"and state that Israelis are occupying land that belongs to them! And this fraud is the foundation for a so-called road map to peace!

President Bush, as a Christian, ought to tremble at God's solemn warning that He will destroy all who divide His land (Joel 3:2). Yes, His land: "the land shall not be sold [or traded] for ever: for the land is mine"(Lev 25:23)! Quartet, take heed: you are defying the God of Israel and will not escape unpunished! Those who make "peace"by taking land from Israel, which God gave her, will be destroyed: "[A]ll that burden themselves with it [Jerusalem] shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it"(Zechariah 12:3). On September 13, 1993, under the triumphant gaze of a smiling President Clinton, Arafat signed, with Yitzak Rabin, the Oslo Accords on the White House lawn.

The ink was scarcely dry when Arafat began publicly apologizing in Arabic to Muslims around the world. In fear for his life (remember Anwar Sadat's murder by fellow Muslims for making "peace"with Israel), Arafat pleaded that he was only following the example of Muhammad and the Islamic law he established. In ad 628, Muhammad led a few of his followers (recent converts to the new religion of Islam) from Medina back to Mecca, hoping to join thousands of pagan Arabs in the hajj. This annual pilgrimage to the Ka'aba (Islam, incredibly, claims it was built by Abraham and Ishmael!), with its elaborate ceremonies, had been practiced by pagan Arab tribes for centuries before Muhammad was born. He was turned back by the Meccans, but both parties signed a 10-year ceasefire known as the Treaty of Hubaybiya, as part of which Muhammad relinquished his claim to being "the prophet of Allah."This treaty allowed Muhammad the next year (ad 629) to lead a group of Muslims in the hajj. They joined thousands of "infidel"Arabs in the same pagan ceremonies that their ancestors had practiced for centuries (See TBC Q&A July '03 for the rituals). In 630, Muhammad broke the ceasefire on a pretext and took over Mecca. At first, he allowed pagan Arabs to continue in the hajj, mingling with the new Muslims in the ancient rituals. Then he gave the pagans four months in which to convert to Islam or be killed. Thereafter, no non-Muslims were allowed into Mecca, as is true today.

So it is with Ramadan, which President Bush (like previous US presidents) and other western leaders naïvely honor as a "holy Muslim holiday."Beginning with the first sighting of the new moon in the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar, Ramadan was celebrated by pagan Arabs in honor of Allah, the moon god, for centuries before Islam. To the hajj and Ramadan, Muhammad added the horror of jihad and commanded Muslims to take over the world. That belief has cost millions of innocent lives and drives terrorism today. Those promoting the Road Map to Peace are following a history of good intentions on the part of Israel and the West, which invariably have been betrayed by the Arabs/Muslims and have steadily made Israel's position more untenable. American presidents, one after another, have cajoled Israel into compromise after compromise with Arab/Muslim leaders that could only have been uproarious jokes as far as the latter were concerned.

Always, the good intentions of Israel and the West have led only to their further humiliation. Pursuing their impossible peace initiatives, world leaders defy the God of Israel and of the Bible. As the "heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing [and] the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed"(Psa 2:1-2), those with "ears to hear"(Deut 29:4; Eze 12:2; Matt 11:15; 13:9, etc.) detect the terrifying sound of laughter: "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision"(Psa 2:4).

We are in the late stages of the awesome fulfillment of Bible prophecy, behind which lies the omnipotent hand of God himself:"I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem"(Zec 12:2, 3). That remarkable prophesy is being fulfilled today. Never before in history have all those surrounding Israel been united to destroy her. This significant development in history and Bible prophecy has come about through the rise of Islam. Bush wants a "democratic, viable"Palestinian state living in peace with Israel, but no democracy exists, or can exist, in a Muslim society. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Bush is trying to create democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq. If that could happen, it would shake the entire Muslim world. Islam cannot survive in freedom. No wonder there is such fanatical opposition from Muslims worldwide, even for the capture of that sadistic mass torturer and murderer, Saddam Hussein. Muslims hold 80 percent of the world's political prisoners.

America's precipitous withdrawal from Lebanon 20 years ago, fleeing from known Syrian/Iranian-sponsored terrorists instead of pursuing them, encouraged the terrorism rampant today worldwide. Can Bush really, with terrorist partners, stand up against the evil of terrorism? When will he admit that it is endemic to Islam? Will the strategic (politically correct?) time ever come for telling the truth? It remains to be seen whether the US can eliminate terrorism, when our State Department secretly opposes Israel and favors Arabs.

The above article is totally accurate up to the time of the second US invasion of of Iraq when Saddam Hussein was removed.
Nothing that has transpired since in the middle east or elsewhere, has had a material effect on the status of Israel. Everything remains much the same, although it can be argued that their position in some measue is far more tenuous as a result of the civil war in Syria and Russia's involvement. The primary political/military objective of all the millitant ME Muslims, remains the destruction of the Israeli state altogether, as originally declared by that great Nobel peace prize recipient: Yasser Arafat. If you're wondering where he is right now, you can have one guess.
But the miraculous thing is that the tiny nation of Israel continues to prosper as the only democracy in the ME . Only recently it was recognized as the third most stable economy in the world. Not bad for a nation that was birthed only 70 years ago.
For us at Beyond Armageddon this is simply more evidence that God hasn't forgotten His covenant promise to this tiny nation and it's people, even though for century after century, they brought so much grief to Gods' heart. Which in turn reveals how merciful and faithful He is.

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