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What Christians Should Know About the Balfour Declaration Controversy

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On Wednesday, Palestinian Arab organizations called on Britain to apologize for the “crime of the Balfour Declaration,” a pronouncement that helped Israel become a nation and is almost 100 years old.

 

 

 

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Sue D.

The Palestinian / Israeli conflict -- not surprising. Israel was never supposed to become a nation. It's one of those God things.

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The Palestinian / Israeli conflict -- not surprising. Israel was never supposed to become a nation. It's one of those God things.

 

Do any of the prophets in the Bible point directly (or indirectly) to Israel becoming a nation state in the manner in which it did?

 

 

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Do any of the prophets in the Bible point directly (or indirectly) to Israel becoming a nation state in the manner in which it did?

 

 

 

 

What I Do know is that the conflict began way back with Isaac / Ishmael. In Genesis 12 God called Abram to leave his family and go to a land that He would show them. He took his wife Sarai and Lot and left. God promised to make him into a great nation. That everyone on earth would be blessed through him.

 

At the end of chapter 15 God describes the land that He's going to give Abram. Part of this chapter is telling about the captivity in Egypt for the 400 yrs.

 

Chapter 16 tells us about Hagar and Ishmael. Sarai hadn't really believed God's promise of a child. She and Abraham were already Very old. So -- as was the legal custom back then. If a wife was baron then she could give her handmaid to her husband to have children For her. Sarai's handmaid was Hagar. Hagar got pregnant and Ishmael was born. God Also changed Abram's name to Abraham in chapter 17 :15 they are promised a son. And through their son, Isaac God would establish an everlasting covenant.

 

God Also gives the Land of Canaan as the Promised Land.

 

Go to chapter 21 and Sarah Does become pregnant and Isaac is born.

 

Through Isaac -- a couple of generations in the future -- Jacob is born and over time produces 12 sons and 1 daughter. The 12 sons become the 12 tribes which become known as the Children of Israel ( Jacob's name is changed to Israel). One of the tribes is Judah -- the Jews and the line through which Jesus Christ comes.

 

Chapter 16: 11 and 12 describes Ishmael and ch 21;13 God says Ishmael will be made into a great nation, also.

 

There's a difference between Isaac being the child of Promise and the everlasting covenant of the Promised Land / Canaan. And Ishmael being made into a great nation. There has been conflict between who Really owns the Promised Land / Canaan /// modern day Palestine.

 

It's Also the conflict between Islam and Christianity. Allah vs God // Mohammad vs Jesus Christ.

 

If some of 'this' is confusing -- you can look at the various passages which is why I included them.

 

Through Ishmael there are sons who become leaders.

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