The Palestinian "Great March of Return"
What have ye to do with me, coasts of Palestine?
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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This week has seen further clashes along the Gaza strip between the Palestinians and Israel. We review this in the light of Bible prophecy and consider how accurate the prophets of old have been in describing the current tensions in the region.
Welcome to Bible in the News. This is Matt Davies joining you.
For the last five Fridays Palestinians have gathered to the fences marking the border with Israel and attempted to march into Israel. They have burnt
The protest is supposed to last up until May 15th which was the day that Israel declared itself an independent state in 1948, 70 years ago. The Palestinians call this - Nakba Day, the day of the catastrophe. The protest has been labeled the "Great March of Return" and the demand is that so-called Palestinian “refugees” and their descendants be allowed to return to what is now Israel.
The protests have been
Haaretz ran a report on the 28th April entitled: “Gaza Protests: 'Three Killed, 174 Wounded' as Palestinians March on Border for
“Three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces Friday as thousands participated in the "March of Return" along the Israel-Gaza border for the fifth week in a row, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. At least 174 Palestinians were wounded by live fire, said the ministry….
According to the IDF, hundreds of Palestinians rushed the border in central Gaza near the Karni Crossing. Several were wounded by Israeli fire in response.”
The ‘Times of Israel’ also ran a report entitled “IDF says ‘hundreds’ try to breach Gaza fence; 3 killed, over 300 hurt in clashes”. In
“The Israeli army says its troops only open fire at demonstrators who engage in violence, or who attempt to breach the barrier separating the territory from Israel. Palestinian videos have emerged that purport to show soldiers shooting protesters who did not pose a threat. The army has accused Hamas of fabricating video footage or releasing only partial clips. The military also says Hamas is using the protests as cover to damage the border fence and prepare to infiltrate and carry out attacks.”
Tensions are high and are set to escalate as we approach Israel's independence day. However, from Bible
The Bible has much to say about the time period we are living in today and hints at the situation with the Palestinian people in Gaza.
According to the prophets at the time of the end and of Christ’s return, there
Consider this prophecy which speaks of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, the son of David who was the son of Jesse:
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious… And he shall set up an ensign for the
This prophecy is yet to occur. It speaks of the future when Jesus Christ has returned and is setting up his Kingdom in Israel. We learn here that as Israel return they will "fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west”. It would seem therefore that this is a prediction of a people to the West of Israel who
In Joel 3 we have a prophecy about Armageddon and the attack of the nations on Jerusalem before the return of Jesus (see Revelation 16, Ezekiel 38, Daniel 11 and Zechariah 12-14). In Joel 3 we get a hint of an antagonistic people who reside on the coast:
“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for
So at the time when Israel has returned and been regathered the nations will attack Israel but will be judged by God. We are
How amazing it is that the prophets of the Bible foresaw long ago the tensions we are witnessing in the news today. This gives us great confidence in the scriptures of truth.
The prophecy of Ezekiel 38 sets out a picture of the time just before the attack of the nations on Israel. In it, it describes Israel as being at peace.
It mentions “the land of unwalled villages;” and the people as “them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,” (v11).
It would appear therefore that somehow a temporary peace is to be reached. How will this come about we wonder?
Current events with America could prove to be the key. In December last
On April 2nd Haaretz ran an article entitled “White House Officials Tell Haaretz Peace Plan Still on the Agenda - and Could Surprise Skeptics”. In
“The Trump administration thought
On Saturday 27th April the Jerusalem Post ran an article entitled ”Abbas Sets conditions for hearing out Trumps anticipated Peace Plan”. Within it, it
So we watch and we wait as we see world events bringing the nations into position just as the Bible predicts. These events herald the soon return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of God's Kingdom on the Earth.
If you are interested in these matters and wish to find out more, this week on the 1st of May God willing, the UK Nottingham Forest Road Christadelphians are holding two special talks at the University of Nottingham. The overall theme is “Jerusalem in Bible prophecy” and there are to be two talks:
1. Israel’s scattering, survival and regathering
If you would like to join us you will be able to watch online. Tune in on the 1st of May at
This has been Matt Davies joining you for another Bible in the News. Join us again next week God willing.