There has been much discussion regarding the “two-state solution” for Israel and the Palestinians. Presidents Bush and Obama have both supported this position. Politically, the Israeli government has supported this “solution” because of demographics. Israel has given Arabs citizenship and the Palestinians have a much higher birth rate than the Israelis. At some future time, the Palestinians would control Israel. The political solution is to carve out part of Israel and create a separate, Palestinian state.
This is not the Lord’s solution. He has specifically allocated the land of Israel to the descendants of Jacob, renamed Israel by the Lord. The parameters given by the Lord include all the land claimed by the Palestinians and a great deal more.
Daniel prophesies a future evil man in Daniel 11:36-45. Probably, this man is the same person we would call the Anti-Christ. Daniel says, “the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods . . .” Daniel also says that this person will “divide the land for gain.”
For all the discussion about the “two-state solution,” it is nothing new. It was built into the 1947 United Nations resolution which created Israel. “Independent Arab and Jewish States and the Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem, set forth in Part III of this Plan, shall come into existence in Palestine . . .” (1) It is interesting that Israel created a government within the time allotted, but apparently the Arabs were incapable of doing so. Sixty-two years later and they still have no government.
Further, in the Resolution, the concept of Jerusalem being an international city and not the capitol of Israel is also already “baked into the cake.” “The City of Jerusalem shall be established as a corpus separatum under a special international regime and shall be administered by the United Nations.” (2) (author’s emphasis)
This is even more interesting because south of the Old City of Jerusalem is a place known for thousands of years as the “Hill of Evil Counsel.” The wretched Antioches Epiphanes IV, who sacrificed a sow on the Temple altar in 165 B.C. made his home on this hill. At least two High Priests of Israel, Hannas and his son-in-law Caiphus lived there. Of course, Caiphus was priest when Jesus was crucified.
When the British took over Palestine in World War I, they made their headquarters on the Hill of Evil Counsel. Because of Arab oil, the British did not treat the Jews fairly. This may explain their decline from world supremacy. When they left Palestine in 1948 with a battle imminent, they left all of their tanks and artillery to the Arabs. The Israelis only had the rifles that they had been able to hide from the British!
It is interesting how traditions continue to hold true. The Hill of Evil Counsel traditionally has been the location of anti-God or anti-Israel forces. Guess who makes the Hill of Evil Counsel their headquarters today? If you guessed the United Nations, you would be correct. How long will the Lord tolerate the defamation of His name and His plan? Come, Lord Jesus!
1 - U.N. Resolution 181 (II). Future government of Palestine, Part I., Section A.
2 - Ibid., Part III., Section A.