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In recent years the mantra of Zionists, both Christian and Jewish, has been to oppose the creation of a Palestinian state on the grounds that it is unlawful to "divide My land." I believe they are quoting from Ezekiel 36:5, which says in the KJV, "against Idumea, which have appointed My land into their possession." The word "appointed" means to give, to appropriate, or to divide.
These people argue that it is wrong to divide God's land among people other than Jews on the grounds that God has given only Jews the land of Palestine.
Strangely enough, Ezekiel penned those words while writing a prophecy against Idumea, which is the Greek form of the name Edom. In other words, it is the Edomites who are guilty of "dividing My land." Just who are those Edomites? The Zionists apply it to the Palestinians, but there is no historical proof that the Palestinians are Edomites. As every historian knows, the Edomites (Idumeans) were conquered and absorbed into Jewry in 126 B.C. by forcible conversion. Virtually all Jewish historians agree that this ended the Idumean nation totally, and that "Edom is in modern Jewry."
Thus, Ezekiel 36 is about the Jewish occupation of Palestine, NOT the Palestinian desire to remain there. The Palestinians did not divide the land. The Edomite Zionists divided the land, appropriating it for themselves first by immigration and then forcibly appropriating Palestinian land by military means. So Ezekiel 36 describes it:
" (1) And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say . . .
Take note that the prophecy is directed toward the land itself. So when the text uses the term "you," it is referring to the land.
" (2) Thus says the Lord God, Because THE ENEMY has spoken against you [the land], 'Aha!' and 'The everlasting heights have become OUR POSSESSION,' (3) therefore, prophesy and
say. . .
Who is this "enemy"? The enemy is defined in verse 5, as well as in the entire previous chapter.
" (5) Therefore, thus says the Lord God, 'Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who appropriated My land for themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and with scorn of soul, to drive it out for a prey.' (6) . . . Thus says the Lord God, 'Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you [the land] have endured the insults of the nations.
The rest of the chapter is a prophecy of the regathering of the House of Israel--that is, the northern tribes of Israel, who were the birthright nations. It is not talking about the regathering of Judah.
Actually, Ezekiel 34 and 35 are a single prophecy about Edom, so really, one ought to begin a bit earlier to get the bigger picture. Chapter 34 makes it very clear that Edom has replaced Israel by possessing the land in the absence of the House of Israel. Ezekiel 34:2 shows that it is a prophecy against "Mount Seir," which was the territory of Edom in ancient times. Ezekiel prophesies that Mount Seir would become a wasteland and a desolation (vs. 7). It is not a pretty picture. The reason for this divine judgment is found in verse 10,
" (10) Because you have said, 'These two nations and these two lands will be mine, and we will possess them'. . .
This was speaking of Israel and Judah, whose lands were coveted by Esau-Edom.
" (11) Therefore as I live, declares the Lord God, I will deal with you according to your ANGER and according to your ENVY which you showed because of your HATRED against them; so I will make Myself known among them when I judge you. (12) Then you will know that I, the Lord, have heard all your REVILINGS which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel saying, 'They are laid desolate; they are given to us for food.' (13) And you have spoken ARROGANTLY against Me and have multiplied your words against Me; I have heard."
And so God prophesies against the arrogance and revilings of the Edomites. He is saying that the Israeli state, by which Edom has appropriated God's land for his own "food," will ultimately be judged and destroyed and made a desolation.
The Zionists have twisted this prophecy by applying it to the Palestinians or other people, when in fact, it is specifically applicable to the Zionists and the Israeli state itself.
The Jewish Encyclopedia, 1903 edition (which I have in my office), says this under the heading ofEdom:
"Judas Maccabeus conquered their territory for a time (B.C. 163) . . . They were again subdued by John Hyrcanus (c. 125 B.C.) by whom they were forced to observe Jewish rites and laws . . . They were then incorporated with the Jewish nation, and their country was called by the Greeks and Romans 'Idumea' . . . From this time the Idumeans ceased to be a separate people, though the name 'Idumea' still existed (in) the time of Jerome."
There are hundreds of such statements in all history books dealing with Idumea, written by both Jews and non-Jews. And yet most Christians are blind to the fact that Edom is now represented by Jewry and is the only candidate left on earth to fulfill the biblical prophecies of Edom-Idumea.
Christians have largely missed the point that Esau-Edom coveted the land which he lost when Jacob tricked his blind father into giving it to him. This deceit was the cause of the long blood feud that has existed from the beginning between Jacob and Esau. It is called in Isaiah 34:8, "the controversy of Zion." That is a chapter about Edom and its ultimate destruction by what appears to be a nuclear disaster. Read it for yourself.
Esau has been a Zionist throughout history. This is proven by Malachi 1:4. Obadiah is a short book dealing with the divine judgment upon Edom.
The only truly relevant question is this: WHO IS EDOM TODAY? No one can present a single scrap of historical evidence that proves Edom to be any modern nation other than the Israeli state. And the fact that Edom was to "return" to that old land, as Mal. 1:4 prophesies, makes it doubly clear that this has been fulfilled by the Zionist "return" in the past century.