This article is taken from The FUTURE WAR Prophecies book in the chapter entitled, “God’s Middle East Peace Plan.”
It was mid-April of 2014 and I was on the set of the Daystar show entitled, “Marcus and Joni.” They were interviewing me about the impending Mideast-related Bible prophecies to be on the lookout for. One of the questions Joni asked me was, “If I could speak directly to (the then presiding) US Secretary of State, John Kerry, what would I tell him about how to achieve a lasting Middle East peace.”
This was an especially timely question because John Kerry had reached the nine-month deadline of peace talks that began on July 29, 2013, between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The talks were on the verge of collapsing any day at that time.
My reply to Joni’s question is encapsulated and expounded upon within this chapter. I essentially told her that “I would introduce John Kerry to God’s Middle East Peace Plan provided in Jeremiah 12:14-17.”
The Kerry Peace Plan collapsed shortly after my interview. The problem with President Obama’s and John Kerry’s plan was that it mostly mirrored the similar failed land-for-peace policies that were attempted during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidential administrations. Trading God’s Promised land for an elusive Arab peace is not the solution. It’s not biblically endorsed. This chapter will present the biblically approved plan.
Part One of the Peace Plan
“Thus says the LORD: “Against all My evil neighbors who touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit—behold, I will pluck them [the Arabs] out of their [the Jews] land [Israel] and pluck out the house of Judah from among them [the surrounding Arab nations]. Then it shall be, after I have plucked them out, that I will return and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone [Jew and Arab] to his [respective] land.” (Jeremiah 12:14-15, NKJV; emphasis added)
The Parties to the Plan
Part one of God’s plan identifies the parties. The Jews are called “My people” and the Arabs represent the “evil neighbors.” This plan rises above political correctness and deals directly with the heart of the matter. The LORD realized that when He restored His people back into their Promised Land of Israel, there would be a two-fold problem.
First, there would be some reluctance from Jews, who had become well established in the neighboring Arab lands during their centuries of diaspora, to abandon their homes, businesses and communities.
Second, there would be harsh resistance from the evil Arab neighbors who unrightfully homesteaded the Holy Land, while the Jews were dwelling outside of this land during the diaspora.
This assessment was 100% correct! In 1947, the evil neighbors all voted against UN Resolution 181, which legislated the reestablishment of the nation of Israel. Then they warred against Israel in 1948, 1967 and 1973. So let’s give God credit for recognizing centuries in advance, the regional realities that would exist in 1948.
The Preparations for the Plan
During the Jewish diaspora, the Arabs essentially homesteaded the Holy Land of Israel. So, in order for God’s plan to be implemented He would first need to, “pluck” the evil neighbors out of Israel to make room for the returning Jews. In addition, many Jews would need to be plucked out of the neighboring Arab territories so that the Arabs could go back to the lands of their inheritance.
This plan represents the compassionate peaceful political and spiritual solutions to the regional problems of the return of the Jew into the Holy Land. Jeremiah suggests that his God would cause the corridors to open for the Arabs to leave the land destined to become the Jewish state and return to the lands of their ancestry.
In addition, He would resettle the Jews out of the surrounding Arab nations, and bring them back into their homeland Israel. As each ethnic group migrated, they would vacate homes and jobs enabling economic opportunities for the returning peoples and in some cases, already existing communities to inhabit. These Jeremiah passages represent the ancient blueprints, divinely designed to insure the successful return of the Jewish people back to the land of their heritage.
Observe the keyword Jeremiah uses is “pluck,” which implies that the relocations of the Arabs and Jews back to their rightful places would require sovereign action by the LORD. He will need to uproot them and then transplant them. In order to implement part one of this plan the LORD had to free up all of these pertinent homelands because between 1517-1918 AD these territories were under the control of the Ottoman Empire, also known as the Turkish Empire.
Thus, first the LORD had to oust the Turks and second, He had to reestablish the Arab and Jewish states. This plan was put into sovereign place after World War I when the following countries regained their statehoods:* Egypt – 1922,
* Saudi Arabia and Iraq – 1932,
* Lebanon – 1943,
* Syria and Jordan – 1946,
* Israel – 1948.
Jeremiah 12:15 says, “I will return and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone [Jew and Arab] to his [respective] land.” How’s that for a land-for-peace solution? The remapping of the atlases after World War I makes the political land-for-peace deals of our time pale in comparison.
Part Two of the Peace Plan
“And it shall be, if they [the resettled Arabs] will learn carefully the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘As the LORD lives,’ as they taught My people to swear by Baal, then they shall be established in the midst of My people. But if they do not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation,” says the LORD.”” (Jeremiah 12:16-17, NKJV; emphasis added)
Part two of God’s plan provides the condition for the evil neighbors. If they want to be “established” in the Middle East as friendly neighbor nations to Israel, they need to worship Jehovah, the one true God of the Bible. They need “to swear by My name, ‘As the LORD lives.”
Being established in this context means more than simply achieving Arab statehood, but involves receiving God’s promise of “compassion” that is offered to them in Jer. 12:15. Some Bible translations interpret the phrase, “they shall be established in the midst of My people” as:1. “they will be given a place among my people.” (NLT)
2. “they will be built up among My people.” (HCSB)
3. “they will be built up in the midst of My people.” (NASB)
This requested worship of Jehovah needs to be sincere and presented with the full zeal that the Jews of Jeremiah’s time offered up to the false Arab god named Baal. At that former time, the apostate Jews were so devoted to Baal that they were sacrificing their children to him.
“They have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into My mind.” (Jer. 19:5)
Jeremiah is not suggesting the evil neighbors perform child sacrifices to Jehovah, but he is instructing them to swear by Jehovah with that comparable level of passion. This is not the case among the evil Arab neighbors today.
Thus, although the Arabs states exist on the map, they are not “established” in the manner prescribed in Jer. 12:15-16. They are not recipients of the national blessings from God’s “compassion.” The Arabs have been brought “back, everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land,” but they are not swearing their allegiance to Jehovah, the God of the Bible, rather they are full-heartedly worshipping Allah, the false god of the Koran.
Further hindering being “established” as a neighborly nation by God to His standards, is the fact that the Arab states, by and large, are refusing to receive the Palestinian refugees into their countries. These Palestinians are also incorporated into the clause of God’s peace plan that says, “everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land.”
God’s peace plan does not include any provisions for these Arab refugees. They likewise, need to be absorbed back into the lands of their heritage, which in large part includes modern-day Jordan.
Thus, it’s a double whammy of non-compliance by the evil neighbors. They don’t “swear by My name, ‘As the Lord lives,” and they are blocking out a large segment of Arabs from returning to the lands of their heritage. Making these evil neighbors more wicked is that they support and promote the misguided mindset of the displaced Palestinian refugees, which is that the land of their heritage is the nation of Israel.
Foreknowing the evil neighbors would not act in accordance with God’s Mideast Peace Plan, it concludes with a precautionary provision, which stipulates, “But if they do not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that [evil neighbor] nation,” says the Lord.”
The Middle East conflict that confounds the politicians today has not caught God off guard. The biblical peace plan took into consideration that there would be “evil neighbors” residing within the holy land. He foreknew they would need to be relocated to make way for the return of the Jewish people.
Provisions were included in Jeremiah’s prophecy for their future as well. They would be “plucked out” and resettled in their former homelands. A fertile future awaited them, if they entreated their affections to Jehovah, Jeremiah’s God. These evil neighbors were offered the following benefits in God’s Mideast Peace Plan, they:1. Get to return to the lands of their heritage after residing centuries without a homeland,
2. Would witness and be able to receive God’s compassion throughout the process,
3. Could mend their former ways and swear allegiance to Jehovah, the one true God,
4. Can become established as blessed neighborly nations alongside Israel.
In retrospect, we now realize that rather than capitalizing on these peace plan benefits, they continue to act out as “evil neighbors.” In this condition, they are:
1. Currently being deprived of God’s wonderful “compassions,”
2. Not qualified to be “established” as a good neighborly nation to Israel,
3. Will utterly be plucked up and destroyed.
The destructions of these evil neighbors are the subject of several chapters in The FUTURE WAR Prophecies book.
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