Sites of the history of Israel
Sites of Ancient Heights
An Introduction to:
The Ancient Heights Part 2***"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity...It is...as the dew that descended upon
the mountains of Zion : for there the LORD commanded the blessing,
even life for evermore (Psalm 133)."***
"JUDAH [Judea] & EPHRAIM [Samaria] MARCHING ARM & ARM"Many years after the Patriarchs, Joshua would enter this area to take back the "Ancient Heights", the "backbone" of the land that God had given to the Israeli patriarchs, and that Joshua was told to repossess.
"ONE STICK: JUDAH & JOSEPH"
“Two Centers of Gravity”:
“...This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph - which is in Ephraim’s hand - and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand…I will gather them…and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel (Ezekiel 37:19-22 NIV)…”
WHAT HAPPENED IN JUDEA & SAMARIA AFTER THE PATRIARCHS:
Time-That-Was of the Conquest
JUDAH ["Judea"] & JOSEPH ["Ephraim"/"Samaria"/"Israel"]
After the time of the four generations of the Patriarchs, their descendants, the twelve tribes of Israel, became slaves in Egypt. After 400 years, God raised up a deliverer, Moses, and they returned and entered their promised land. The tribes [of the 12 sons of Jacob] were given their own regions of the greater land inheritance (Joshua 18:10) [except for the Levites who were priests - Joshua 18:7]. The "Ancient Heights" of the Patriarchs were divided between the descendants of the two most significant sons: -Joseph - A TYPE OF CHRIST because he had been the deliverer of Israel from famine in the time of the Patriarchs. The Egyptian name given him by the Pharoah means "Savior".His portion was north of Jerusalem and was divided between
his sons, the half-tribes of *Manasseh [given the land of northern Samaria - extending into the Golan Heights], and *Ephraim [given the land of middle Samaria], and
his younger brother, *Benjamin [given the land of southern Samaria, next to Jerusalem].Their birth mother was Rachael, the second wife of Jacob. -Judah - THE LINEAGE OF CHRIST because from him would come David, Joseph, & Mary. His portion was the land south of Jerusalem. His birth mother was Leah, the first wife of Jacob.
***“So Joshua said to the Israelites…‘You are to divide the land into seven parts [for the seven tribes not yet with land]. Judah is to remain in its territory on the south and the house of Joseph in its territory on the north (Joshua 18:3-5 NIV).’”***
Time-That-Was of the Judges Even though they had their own regions, they were loosely united. In those days, every man did what was right in his own eyes.
Time-That-Was of the United Kingdom When Israel's second king, David, was on the throne, he united the tribes into solidarity with one capital, Jerusalem. That continued when his son, Solomon, became king, and it was known as the Golden Age of Israel.
Time-That-Was of Two Kingdoms DividedJUDEA [Judah] AND SAMARIA [Joseph] BECAME TWO STICKS After the time of King Solomon, there arose a great tax revolt that split the kingdom into two. -The northern ten tribes called themselves "Israel" and had their own line of kings, capital in Samaria [in Ephraim - the crossroads] and worship of golden calves [not sanctioned by God] at Bethel and Dan; -the southern two tribes called themselves "Judea" [Benjamin & Judah with Jerusalem between them] had their own line of kings and continued with their capital & place of worship in Jerusalem. Thus the "ancient heights" were divided into two "countries", but the prophet, Ezekiel, foretold of a future when they would again be united. After God showed Ezekiel that, in the end times, He would cause the Dry Bones [Israel in a Holocaust condition] to live again, return to their covenant land [fulfilled in 1948], and become an Exceedingly Great Army, He told him that He would make their two “sticks” become one stick in His hand and they would never again be two nations (Ezekiel 37:16-22 KJV).
Time-That-Is of the 2nd RestorationJUDEA & SAMARIA ARE NOW ONE STICK Ezekiel's prophecy became fulfilled May 14, 1948, when a returned Israel stood united in it's declaration of independence in the Promised Land. Isaiah had also prophesied about this time when the Lord would set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people and bring them back into their land (Isaiah 11:11-12 KJV). ***"The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim (Isaiah 11:13 KJV)."***
Time-That-Is of the Current World EventsNOW CALLED THE "WEST BANK”
Samaria, Jerusalem, and Judea are the ridge-heartland of the everlasting land covenant that God made with the descendants of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob (also called Israel). That covenant has become the subject of an international dispute. Many of the towns are now inhabited by people who in recent years have begun to call themselves "Palestinians", although the word means "Philistines", and they are not Greek-speaking or from the Aegean Sea as the Philistines were. Many scholars believe that their main ethnicity is Edomite. We can know that the Edomites, descendants of Esau, twin brother of Jacob, are still an ethnicity because of their presence in end-time prophecy (such as Obadiah's). Many attempts at a two-state solution by man have failed thus far. The first attempt was the forming of the country of Jordan by Winston Churchill for that very purpose, but that was not enough for those who do not recognize the right of Israel to exist. Israelis know that when they have given away pieces of their covenant-land in exchange for peace, such as Gaza, that land has been used by extremists as a launching place to send thousands of rockets into Israel. The video below explains why the leadership in Israel believes they cannot give up any more of their covenant-land.
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NOTHING LESS THAN THE HALLOWED FAMILY BURIAL GROUNDS The “West Bank” includes nothing less than the hallowed Israeli family burial grounds of their beloved patriarchs, judges, kings, and other ancestors of the Israelis. Just to name a few: - In SAMARIA in the north are the burial sites of Joseph [4th generation Patriarch] & Samuel [their last judge], - In Jerusalem in the center is the Tomb of David [their beloved King],- In JUDEA in the south are buried Abraham & Sarah, Issac & Rebecca, Jacob & Leah/Rachael [1st, 2nd, 3rd generations Patriarchs] and Ruth & Jesse [of the time of the Judges]. The tombs of all of these may still be visited today. God made an eternal covenant giving this land to Israel, and it cannot be broken.
GOD IS BUILDING JEWISH SETTLEMENTS ON THE "WEST BANK"A 2,500-year-old message to the United Nations concerning settlement of the "West Bank": 'The LORD is doing the settling' - ***"Son of man [Ezekiel], prophesy to the mountains of Israel [Samaria, Jerusalem, & Judea] and say...'The enemy said of you, Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession'. Therefore...This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because they ravaged and hounded you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people's malicious talk and slander...I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you [in context: border states & Edomites] will also suffer scorn, but you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home...and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel...I will SETTLE people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before...I will cause people, my people Israel, to walk upon you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children (Ezekiel 36:1-12)."***
Time-That-Is-To-Come of the Pre-Trib War of Ezekiel 38-39 The invading hordes [Russia, Iran, & allies] of the War of Ezekiel 38-39 will cover the "mountains" of Israel like a cloud. This will be this ridge heartland of Israel: Judea (the southern part), along with Jerusalem (the central part) and Samaria (the northern part).***"...in the latter years you [Russia, Iran, Turkey, & allies] shall come into the land that is brought back from the sword, that is gathered out of many peoples, UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL...And you shall ASCEND, you shall come like a storm, you shall be LIKE A CLOUD TO COVER THE LAND, you, and all your hordes, and many peoples with you (Ezek.38:7-9 ASV)."******"...I...will cause you to come UP from the uttermost parts of the north; and I will bring you UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL...and you shall fall UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL, you and all of your hordes...I will give you unto the ravenous birds of every sort...says the Lord Jehovah (Ezek.39:1-5 ASV)."***
Time-That-Is-To-Come of the Mid-Point of the Tribulation
Jesus, in His Olivet discourse, has left a warning for Judea:
***“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes..For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (Mt. 24:15-21 KJV; also Mr. 13:14, Lu. 21:21 ).”***
Those in Judea, such as in Hebron, are already living in the “mountains of Zion”, also called in the Bible, the “ancient heights”. How can they flee to the mountains when they are already in the mountains? The “mountains” in Israel are what we would call “hills”, compared to the Rocky Mts. of the United States. Because of the Scriptures about “Bozrah”, “the place prepared for her (Israel) in the wilderness” and “the judgment in the wilderness for the Jews”, we can know that the mountains to which they flee will likely be that of Petra, called Mt. Seir in the Bible. From this, without realizing it, we have our oft-used expression, ‘Run for the hills’.
The refuge in Petra for the last half of the Tribulation is the place where the LORD’s remnant will come to the realization that Yeshua is their Messiah after all; perhaps their prophesied national redemption will happen because of Mt. 24:15-21. They will realize it was Jesus Who left this warning for them, thereby saving them.
Time-That-Is-To-Come of the 2nd Coming The LORD will appear in His glorious coming over the skies of Bozrah [Petra, Jordan] to save the “tents” of Judah first. The word, tents, in this case, implies a refugee condition; the Jews from Judah will have taken refuge in the place prepared for them in the wilderness for the last three and a half years of the Tribulation.
***The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah (Zech. 12:7 KJV).”***
There is today a disagreement between some of the Jews in Jerusalem and the Jews in Judea. Some in Jerusalem believe that those in Hebron should not be living there, “standing their ground” for their covenant-land. They believe that, by appeasing the Palestinians and Arab countries surrounding them, that perhaps there would be peace. Perhaps this is the way in which they are magnifying themselves, thinking they “know better” than those in Judah.
There will be a "Sheep-Goat" Judgment of the Nations at the Coming of the Messiah; -the sheep nations who have helped restore the Jews to their land and -the goat nations that have tried to divide the covenant land of the Jews. The two groups will be separated, the sheep to reward and the goats to banishment. ***"(vs. 1)...at that time when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat [Kidron Valley between the Temple Mount and Mt. Olive]. There I will enter into judgment against them...concerning My people Israel, for they scattered My people...and DIVIDED UP MY LAND...(vs. 12) Let the nations...advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side. Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow--so great is their wickedness!..Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision (Joel 3 NIV)..."***
Time-That-Is-To-Come of the Thousand-Year Reign of the Messiah ***"...At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers (Jeremiah 3:14-18)."***