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Seeking After a Sign ...

"An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas ..." (Matthew 12:39)

An interesting question:

Some time ago I received an interesting question that I feel could well be of interest to many others. They asked .......

"I have a question about "Signs". I'm confused about it. In Matt. 16:4, it says A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign.... Also in Luke 11:29. I don't understand if it's a bad thing or a good thing because Jonah spent 3 days and nights in the belly of a whale and that was a sign. But that was a sign from God. And then there was Hezekiah in II Kings 20:8 who asked for God to give him a sign if he'd be healed.

"I guess I'm wondering what that verse means about a wicked generation seeks a sign. But then [other] people in the Bible also sought after signs. Are signs bad or are the people bad? Just puzzled and perplexed and would like to understand this scripture better."

The Passages:

The passages they are asking about say virtually the same thing ...

  • But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: (Matthew 12:39)
  • A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. (Matthew 16:4)
  • And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.(Luke 11:29)

As you can see, Jesus Christ very plainly said that the generation that seeks after a sign — in the way that they were attempting to do so at that time — is an evil and spiritually adulterous generation. In the same account from Mark, it is clear that He refused to even discuss with them the kind of sign they wanted. The only sign He gave was to come after His death — and be a sign for all mankind, down through the generations. And isn't it interesting that so-called Christianity today rejects even this sign, by attempting to condense His death and resurrection into possibly a day and a half!

  • And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.(Mark 8:12)
Signs Were Given:

But why were these people condemned for asking for a sign? Didn't the One who became Christ — the Eternal of the Old Testament — provide signs to His people in the past? God seems to realise that, human as we are, we sometimes need a physical, concrete example of His back-up, or the veracity of His promises. I think many of us can identify with Gideon, who was given quite a challenge as an inexperienced young man when God chose to use to him to save Israel from their enemies:

  • And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,
  • Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.
  • And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
  • And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.
  • And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground. (Judges 6:36-40)

And there is the classic example of Hezekiah in 2Kings 20:8, who was pleading with God for healing, and was provided with an awesome example of God's hold on reality!

  • In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
  • Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,
  • I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
  • And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
  • Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
  • And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.
  • And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.
  • And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?
  • And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
  • And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.
  • And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz (2Kings 20:1-11).
The Context:

Undoubtedly the above example of Hezekiah — where the sun moved backwards as a sign within the heavens — was the kind of example being alluded to by the Pharisees who asked for "a sign from heaven" (Mark 8:11). Merely asking for a sign therefore is not the problem. In fact, Jesus Christ Himself used the fact they asked for a sign from heaven to point out that they should indeed be recognising and making use of the real "heavenly signs" — the miraculous works that had been taking place all around them. And not just by Him, but also by the disciples He sent out (Matthew 10:5-8). Even without the modern communication systems that are in use today, it is not feasible that the feeding of multiple thousands of fellow Jews with a handful of loaves and fishes — twice — would have gone unreported! (Matthew chapters 14 and 15)

  • The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
  • He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
  • And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
  • A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. (Matthew 16:1-4)

So the context of the above verse shows clearly that the very point Christ was making was that they were not making use of the signs that they already had! This is why He called them a wicked and adulterous generation. The Pharisees and other religious leaders were guilty of spiritual adultery — a parallel with having a spouse but constantly looking elsewhere. In this case they were surrounded by signs but were wanting more. They were never satisfied with what they had — there, with them — in abundance!

The Problem Then:

So serious was their condition — of ignoring the clear proof of Jesus Christ's Messiahship —that they came very close indeed to committing the unpardonable sin; of knowingly, wilfully sinning and setting their mind against the evidence, refusing to repent. Notice how this is brought out in lesson 21 of the Ambassador College Correspondence Course — page 10:

3. Did Jesus speak of another sin that will not be forgiven by God? Mark 3:28-29; Matt. 12:31-32.

What grave accusation did the scribes and Pharisees hurl at Jesus? Mark 3:22; Matt. 12:22-24.

COMMENT: To intentionally speak abusively (the meaning of the Greek word translated "blasphemy") against the Holy Spirit and attribute works of God's Spirit to the devil is to deliberately reject the only power by which one can be converted and given salvation. It is a deliberate, premeditated, wilful rejection of God and His power!

These individuals knew that Jesus Christ was a righteous man, and it was the power of God that worked in Him. This was admitted by Nicodemus who "came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him." (John 3:2) Yet although they knew this, and it appears admitted it in private, in public they labelled the power as being satanic. They saw the dead raised, the demons rebuked, the sick healed — from someone who preached righteousness — but they ignored such very clear signs, demanding yet more "proof" so they did not have to publicly admit what was staring them in the face. As was said to the rich man in the parable of Lazarus, "neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." (Luke 16:31) In fact, when Martha's brother Lazarus was indeed raised by Christ from the dead, the response from the chief priests was to plot to murder him! (John 12:10)

The Problem Today:

But the question is, does the passage saying that "a wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign" still apply to us today? And the answer is, indeed it does — and on two levels:

First: As it says in Daniel, knowledge (scientific knowledge in particular) and communications have had unprecedented growth as we approach the end of this age (Daniel 12:4). From the honest analysis of that knowledge — especially the make-up of the genome — and the use of the communications available, the eternal power and godhead of the Almighty Creator God should have been proclaimed throughout all the earth from the signs made clearly evident today. But they are not, and instead the world as a whole and the scientific community in particular, "suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Romans 1:18). For this reason — because they refuse to receive the clear evidence and signs before them — the world is destined to believe the lying signs when the false prophets arise (Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).

But God declares they will ultimately have the "signs from heaven" they appear to demand:

  • And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
  • And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
  • And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
  • And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
  • And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
  • For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6:12-17)

Second: In a similar way, within God's True Church there are also problems with believing the signs that are already here — with people looking for another end-time Elijah for example, to perform mighty miracles, calling down fire and other "signs from heaven" before they will believe. But the restored Gospel did indeed go out in power in a way that was totally unprecedented historically. And as I brought out in chapter 9 of Just What IS an Apostle? ... many other signs are already all around us. For example, just notice the range and depth of foundational Truth that has been restored to the Church of our day:

  • The True Gospel of God’s soon coming Kingdom;
  • The Purpose of God – and how He is reproducing Himself through mankind;
  • The re-establishment of God’s Government within the Church;
  • Who and What God is – that God is a family of persons into which we humans may be born;
  • How God is not a trinity and the Spirit of God is not a person;
  • What and Why man is – that he is flesh, deliberately made incomplete, with a human spirit that is designed to be joined to God’s Holy Spirit – uniting him with God;
  • The nature of this “spirit in man” – that it imparts human intellect to the physical brain;
  • That man is not an immortal soul;
  • That those called by God and given His Spirit are only begotten now – like a human embryo – waiting to be born later in the first resurrection;
  • That God is not calling the world at large – only the first-fruits who are training to become the teachers of the future;
  • The purpose of the Millennium in eventually opening up salvation to the entire world for the first time;
  • The incredible Truth of the Last Great Day – when all who have ever lived will be given their first chance for salvation through a physical resurrection;
  • The identity of Israel – as physical nations within this modern world;
  • The specific identity of Ephraim and Manasseh – that unlocks our understanding to the vast spread of end-time bible prophecy;
  • Second tithe and its link to the festivals of God;
  • The administration of third tithe;
  • The identity of Babylon the Great and her harlot daughters – identified within the Catholic and Protestant churches of this world;
  • How Satan remains the guilty party today – even deceiving the so called “christian” churches whom God leaves blinded – so God’s Church should not sit in judgement of them;
  • The importance of God’s Church being separate – “called out ones” from this world of Babylonian confusion.

The point is, the above Truth we have been given has a clear Spiritual source. It did not come from Mr Armstrong, but it did come via him. To demand we see a "sign from heaven" before we recognise the true author of the above — the Living Jesus Christ — is to do what the Pharisees of old did. They had the evidence there before them — as a spouse who had the best of marriages — but cast their eyes looking for something else. When we truly grasp the profound list of Spiritual Truth above, should we reject it, then we too make ourselves "a wicked and adulterous generation seeking after a sign"!

Judges needed:

We might think that if we had been a close friend of Mr. Armstrong, and spent a lot of time with him, we'd most certainly recognise his role as our apostle. Or better still, if we'd been one of the 12 apostles, taught personally by Christ and walked and lived with Him for three and a half years, we'd certainly have no trouble in believing His Messiahship ... but would we? In John 14, Philip had a request of Christ: " Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" (John 14:8) Similarly with Thomas:

  • But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
  • The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
  • And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
  • Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
  • And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
  • Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20:24-29)

No, God is NOT looking for teachers who have to have a sign, or be backed into a corner before they have to admit His Way is right! He is looking for teachers who can accurately and honestly weigh up evidence that is right in front of them — as per the list of restored truth above and what we can read of His word — and with His spirit, make truly righteous judgements. This is undoubtedly part of the very reason God has allowed us all to experience the shattering today — allowing us to make OUR various judgements, as He makes His own righteous assessment of us.

Our Confidence:

We are reminded in I Corinthians 10, that what is recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures has been written for our learning — mainly how NOT to do things! Our forebears were given irrefutable signs of God's presence each and every day for 40 years — the cloud by day, the fire by night and manna provided six days out of seven. Yet, how often do we read of them tempting God, by in effect saying..."Is the Eternal with us or not?" (Exodus 17, Psalm 78)

Without the Holy Spirit, they could not "work up" the faith to know God would not leave them or forsake them, even though He had given His word that He'd take them into the Promised Land. Sometimes during trials, we too can waver in faith, wondering if God really knows what is going on, how much we or our loved ones are suffering — and does He even care? And how often we too would like some kind of "sign", big or small, to prove His concern.

Ancient Israel never seemed to look back and consider past miracles, interventions, blessings — all unmistakable proof of God's concern for them. But with God's Spirit, we shouldn't fall into the same trap of unbelief, as we can not only think back and bring to mind God's hand in our lives, but also we can have secure confidence in the plethora of promises, scattered throughout the Bible, just one of which is found in Romans 8 — with the "sign" of the death of His Son for us all:

  • What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
  • He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
  • Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
  • Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
  • Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
  • As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
  • Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
  • For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
  • Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39)
News Review - 8 Jun 2018
Israel2018Part2

The modern day Jewish state of Israel…

The Beginning… Part 2

An Eye-Witness Account

Seventy years ago, in an article in the Plain Truth Magazine entitled “Jews Are A Nation Again,” Mr Herbert W Armstrong explained the basic reasons for the current Middle East strife. He held interviews with the chief spokesmen of the two opposing factions. Here is his eye witness account:

“The Jews once again a NATION of their own in Palestine, after 2,550 years! What does it all mean? What’s back of this world-shaking event? Is this the prophesied regathering of Israel back to the Holy Land? The new nation was born in turmoil, and WAR between it and surrounding Arab nations flared out immediately.

The new nation is a REPUBLIC, its president is in America, and it calls itself, officially, ‘ISRAEL’!

All Topsy-Turvy

This is not the prophesied great coming exodus of Israel back to Palestine, but man-made blundering and CONFUSION!

This is not the restoration of Israel and of PEACE in the Holy Land, but strife, misunderstanding, bloodshed in open battle! But WHY? Why do the Arabs so desperately fight against this new ‘Israel’? Why do the Jews with such fanatical fervor sacrifice lives and money for it? What is prophesied, and what does this have to do with it?

To bring you the true answers – the PLAIN TRUTH behind the news you read in newspapers and hear in newscasts – I went to San Francisco to interview the man in charge of Palestine relations for the Arabs, Sheik Hafiz Wabba, and later to London for another interview with him. I went to New York for a three-hour interview with Itzhak J Karpman, executive director of the World Confederation of General Zionists. And the amazing, almost unbelievable truth from prophecy we bring you direct from the Bible.” (The Plain Truth – June 1948 [reprinted February 1979])

The Middle East Muddle

Writing in 1981, Mr Armstrong refers back to the 1948 article as he explains just how mixed up and confused the Middle East is today.

“The world news spotlight has been focusing on the boiling caldron of animosities and wars in the Middle East. This entire embroilment has enflamed out of an ancient jealousy between two women over one man. Yet out of the present emotional flare-up emerges now a prelude to final GLOBAL PEACE for the first time since mankind has inhabited the earth!

It is a factual story, stranger, more exciting and intriguing, than any fiction. Yet the world is unaware of this tremendous portent or its fascinating background …both Arabs and Zionists explained to me their respective view, prior to the United Nations’ declaration of 1948 making that part of the land assigned as ‘Israel’ a national Jewish state.

But what the Zionist leader, and the whole world, did not know – and does not know yet is that actually happened after God promised the land of Canaan to Abraham and his descendants.

True, the promise was made to the descendants of Abraham through Isaac, and not through Ishmael. And therein lies the very beginning of the age-long animosities between Arabs and Jews.

The prophecies of the Bible affirm that the ‘Promised Land’ shall be restored to ‘the HOUSE OF ISRAEL’ – not just Judah – at the Second Coming of Christ, and that Judah would be fighting there prior to that time - as they are now, believing they are ‘Israel.’

So the whole world, including Israel and Judah, is confused and mixed up as to WHO is WHO between Israel and Judah!” (The Plain Truth – February 1981)

Why The Arabs Fight

“My first interview with [Sheik Hafiz Wabba] from Arabia was at the San Francisco Conference in 1945… ‘Why do the Arabs oppose the Jews in returning to Palestine?’ I asked.

We do not oppose the presence of Jews in Palestine,’ he corrected me. ‘We only oppose further and unlimited immigration of Jews into Palestine.’

‘But the Jews claim Palestine as their Holy Land,’ I said. ‘They believe Almighty God promised that land to Abraham, and that they are the children of Abraham, and therefore that Palestine belongs to them by divine right. Now I understand the Arabs are also the children of Abraham, descended through Ishmael. Do you believe that, and claim the right to possess Palestine on those grounds?

‘We are the children of Abram,’ he replied, pronouncing it ‘Uhbrahm,’ with the accent on the last syllable, ‘and we are descended through Ishmael, yes, and Ishmael was the firstborn son of Abram and therefore the rightful birthright holder and heir to the land promised Abram. But,’ and he emphasized the point, ‘we do not present our claim to Palestine, or oppose further and unlimited Jewish immigration, on those grounds.

Then he explained the Arab position – and he gave me an UNANSWERABLE ARGUMENT – yet the Zionist director in New York later gave me a sizzling answer to the unanswerable argument! ‘Let me put it this way,’ the sheik continued. ‘How long have you Americans been here in California – when did your first white men come here?’

‘Only some three or four hundred years ago,’ I replied.

‘Exactly! And you have only been established as a government here a much shorter time than that. Now you are still at war against Japan. [This was in the spring of 1945.] A considerable number of Japanese had immigrated into California before the war and established homes here. You did not object or fight against this limited Japanese immigration and residence here, just as we did not, for a long time, against the Jews’ immigration into Palestine.

But now suppose the Japanese wanted to increase their immigration into California until there would be more Japanese than Americans here, and then they also demanded that you let them take over the State of California and set up a new Japanese NATION here on your soil. Tell me, would you oppose that? Would you call out your armed forces to fight against it?’

There was only one answer to that! Of course the United States would fight to prevent it, with all the power and resources of the nation, if need be!

‘Would you think you were right in doing so?’ he asked.

We would!

‘Well,’ he explained, ‘the Arabs have lived in, and had possession of Palestine, for thousands of years. Our homes are there. We didn’t object to a few Jews coming into our land. We know they have brought us many benefits. They have brought with them money, energy, industry. Our people have benefited by the additional prosperity and other advantages they have brought us.

That we welcomed, as long as they were a beneficial minority in our midst. But now Jewish immigration has been increasing at such a rate that soon there will be more Jews than Arabs. Now the Jews want to take our land away from us and make it their own NATION!

That land has belonged to us many times longer than California has belonged to Americans. You say you would oppose and fight against Japanese immigration flooding California with more Japanese than Americans, taking your fair state away from you and turning it into a new Japanese nation. Well, that is exactly why we oppose further Jewish immigration and will fight to the last man against the Jews setting up a NATION on our land!’

There is his ‘UNANSWERABLE ARGUMENT’!

The Jewish Position

But what is the Jewish view on this question? Have they an answer to Sheik Hafiz Wabba’s ‘unanswerable’ argument? In New York, returning from Europe, I spent nearly an entire afternoon in conference at the American office of the World Confederation of General Zionists with Itzhak (Isaac) J Karpman, executive director of the World Confederation. A young Jewish Palestine labor leader, Hapoel Hatzair, had just arrived in New York from Palestine, and he sat in on our chat for about an hour.

I told Mr Karpman what the Arabian minister had told me – the Arab’s ‘unanswerable’ argument. And did he have an answer? He had a sizzling answer!

…‘All right,’ said Isaac Karpman, ‘let’s take the Arabian minister’s example – California – and see if the circumstances are the same.

‘Conditions are altogether different. Today, the real life in Palestine is JEWISH! The real life in California is American, not Japanese. In Palestine today industry, banking, insurance, commerce is 90 percent Jewish! Only 10 percent Arab! Agriculture in Palestine – 40 percent Jewish! Jews pay 87 percent of the income tax in Palestine. How much do the Japanese pay in California?

…‘Mr Wabba’s California illustration is not a fair comparison at all!’ And Mr Karpman waxed almost vehement. ‘The Japanese have their ancient home in Japan. If such an absurd event should happen as for them to ask for California for a new Japanese nation, such demand would have no basis whatever. But we have every basis for demanding Palestine for our home! Or, I suppose he might say the Indians might demand California back as their national home.

The Indians were there before the white man. But the Indians had never developed California; the Jews did, and are now, developing Palestine. Arabs never did, and are not now, developing Palestine! California never was the center of Indian life, religion, and industry, or any semblance of national life. There is no comparison whatever!’

What Arabs and Jews Did in World War

…‘Prior to World War I, there was no independent Arab nation! All Arab peoples were under Turkey!’ The Zionist leader was far from finished! ‘After World War I the Arabs got independence – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, etc. They are still just deserts – and just backward, undeveloped people – but they were made independent! They didn’t contribute anything to the war – but they got independence!

‘The Jews participated, in the war in the US, British, and other armies and played an important part – there was a special Jewish Legion in World War I – and yet all our people got out of it was the right, by 52 nations, to have a national home in Palestine!

Now look at World War II. A million and a half Jews participated in Allied armies. The Palestinian Jewish Brigade fought in the desert, and in Italy against Rommel. It was help supplied by Palestine Jews which actually turned the tide of the entire war in the Allies’ favor at El Alamein. One of our greatest war correspondents wrote a book about Jewish participation, called Our Forgotten Ally. Yes, America and Britain seem to have forgotten their Jewish ally! But now what did the Arabs do? Arab leaders brought the Nazis into Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. The British had to force Egypt to change its government from pro-Nazi to King Faruk.

No Arab country declared war, or entered the war, against the Nazis until three months before V-E Day – and then only to get a place in the United Nations!

‘Arab leaders from Palestine, Iraq and Syria flew to the side of Hitler in 1941-42 and worked with him and helped him slaughter Jews! …After this last World War, the Arabs got additional new independent nations out of it – Iraq [formerly British], Syria and Lebanon [formerly French], and Transjordan [previously under the British and French] – all given independence – and what for? As a reward for helping Nazis during the war!’ The Zionist leader was a little bitter now.

But what do the Jews get out of it for helping the Allies defeat Germany? When we have these homeless survivors from Hitler’s race-hatred slaughter in their present pitiful plight, we get the door to our homeland slammed in our faces! After 25 years of the mandate from 52 nations which said it is the Jews’ right to go back to Palestine, that mandate is exercised by the British fighting against any Jews who try to go there – sending these Jews to Cyprus and detention camps, placing them as prisoners behind barbed wires!

The Arabs won six seats in the United Nations. The Jews won nothing for their help in the war. We have no representative – no voice nor approach – in the United Nations councils. Yet they sit in judgment over our fate in Palestine and give us not one voice!

‘Palestine,’ Itzhak J Karpman concluded, ‘is not an independent Arab nation at all, but has been under mandate to Great Britain. In this mandate, those 52 nations promised the Arabs nothing – they promised the Jews a home – and we have not been getting it!’

And thus the Zionist leader gave answer to my friend, Sheik Hafiz Wabba!(The Plain Truth – June 1948 [reprinted February 1979])

Jerusalem: An International City?

This was the goal when the United Nations voted to establish a Jewish homeland in 1947.

“On 29 November 1947 the member states of the United Nations – almost a quarter of the current membership – voted for the partition of Palestine into two states. Jerusalem was to be internationalised.(thejc.com)


Jerusalem: Before 1967

The armistice line drawn at the end of the 1948 war divided Jerusalem into two. Between 1949 and 1967, Israel controlled the western part of Jerusalem, while Jordan took the eastern part, including the old walled city containing important Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious sites.

Jerusalem: After 1967

Israel captured the whole of Jerusalem in 1967 and extended the city’s municipal boundaries, putting both East and West Jerusalem under its sovereignty and civil law. In 1980 Israel passed a law making its annexation of East Jerusalem explicit. The city’s status remains disputed, with Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem considered illegal under international law. Israel is determined that Jerusalem be its undivided capital…(bbc.co.uk)

2018 - Israel Changes Law To Make It Harder To Cede Jerusalem Control

January 2, 2018: “Israel’s parliament passed an amendment on Tuesday that would make it harder for it to cede control over parts of Jerusalem in any peace deal with the Palestinians, who condemned the move as undermining any chance to revive talks on statehood.

The legislation, sponsored by the far-right Jewish Home coalition party, raises to 80 from 61 the number of votes required in the 120-seat Knesset to approve any proposal to hand over part of the city to ‘a foreign party’.

Last month US President Donald Trump angered the Palestinians, Middle East leaders and world powers by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.” (reuters.com)

In 1980, Mr Armstrong wrote:

“NO SPOT ON EARTH is as fraught with explosive international tension as the Old City of Jerusalem. It is now a powderkeg, which could be loaded with nuclear potential.

It is the religious shrine of three major religions. It is the city that GOD chose, and therefore that is emotionally and violently a center of contention between religions and nations of this world…

The Arab world wants the Old City of Jerusalem back into Arab control. Some nations contend Jerusalem should be made an international city. But the State of Israel has control, having wrested it from Jordan in the war of 1967…

What about making Jerusalem an international city?

I would ask, as Mayor Kollek asks, WHO – and from what race or nation – would RUN the international city? The Jews would never accept an Arab and the Arabs would never accept a Jew. And neither would accept someone else. The very idea is out of the question.(The Plain Truth – October/November 1980)

The Future Revealed

We understand from prophecy that Israel is invaded by a ‘Beast-led’ European army – the resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire. This invading army surrounds Jerusalem and stops the daily sacrifices.

“And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate [Luke 21:20] set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days” (Daniel 12:11).

This indicates that the Jews are still in Jerusalem at the time of the invasion by the armies of the Holy Roman Empire!

Writing to the ministry in 1979, Mr Armstrong explained:

“‘…from the time the daily sacrifice shall be taken away…’ Consider this a moment. This does NOT imply a material temple to be built in our time in Jerusalem. It does seem to imply the Israelis may restore the daily (twice daily) sacrifice – possibly at the wailing wall. The indication is the armies of the ‘beast’ of Revelation 17, entering Jerusalem (Daniel 11:41, Zechariah 14:2), will stop this daily sacrifice.” (Pastor General’s Report – November 20, 1979)

Another prophecy about the end of the age reveals even more information:

IN THAT DAY shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them AT THAT DAY shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass IN THAT DAY, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem(Zechariah 12:8-9).

Not only will there be Jews in Israel when Israel is finally invaded, but this prophecy in Zechariah 12 indicates that they are there right up until the return of Jesus Christ!

Jerusalem – The Future

God once chose Jerusalem as His city. But ancient Israel polluted it and their covenant with God. They were conquered and driven out. God turned His back on Jerusalem. He says He will YET choose Jerusalem – it will YET become His chosen city – but it is not that today.

“In that day [now soon] shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them” (Zechariah 12:2-3, 6, 8).

…and continue in verse 9:

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zechariah 12:9).

Israel 2018

“But at Christ’s coming as KING of kings to rule ALL NATIONS – to usher in WORLD PEACE – He shall again choose Jerusalem as HIS CAPITAL – then to become the CAPITAL FROM WHICH THE WHOLE WORLD SHALL BE RULED FOR A THOUSAND YEARS!” (The Plain Truth – October/November 1980)

Transcript - 28 May 2018
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