The War Between Brothers: Jews and Arabs.


There is a recent study that proves genetically that Jews and Arabs are brothers one of another, and descendants of Abraham. Abrahams son, Isaac, had two sons, Esau and Jacob, and after the two sons parted, Esau intermarried with Ishmael’s descendants (Genesis 28:8-9) and became the Arabic people. God said they would be a great nation of countries (Genesis 17:20-21). There is a great love by the Most High Creator God for the Jewish and Arabic peoples. God speaks of a time when there will be a highway from Syria across Israel to Egypt. It will be a time when Arabs and Jews will worship the Lord together. Even though we cannot see it right now, the Lord will cause it to happen. Egyptians, Syrians, and Israeli's will have real peace and experience the blessing of the Messiah. Here is what the Lord says:


23In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. 25The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance” (Isaiah 19:23-25).


We cannot see it now because of a great war that is going on over the Middle East. This war is fought on a spiritual plane but has consequences on earth. Paul the Apostle wrote, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12). What was Paul saying? He was saying that behind the things that are going on in the political world are invisible spiritual forces of evil competing for control over people's minds and hearts. These unseen spiritual forces of evil plant thoughts and influence the minds of political leaders for a global agenda to be brought about—a One World Government under a dictator the Bible calls the Antichrist. The hatred pushed by the media between Jews and Arabs is of unseen demonic origin. It is being used as a ploy for trying to gain control of Jerusalem, and at a time in the future, a world leader, the Antichrist, will sit in a newly rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and proclaim himself as God (2 Thessalonians 2:4), seeking for all the world to worship him. The prophet Zechariah spoke 2500 years ago of the time that we are in right now:


2“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves (Zechariah 12:2-3).


It is essential to understand that the name "Jerusalem" never appears in the Koran. The claim to Jerusalem came years after Mohammad's death. Writer Hal Lindsey, in his book The Everlasting Hatred, The Roots of Jihad, says, “The justification for this comes from a verse which says that Mohammad traveled to the "uttermost mosque," (which is the meaning of Al Quds in Arabic) shortly before his death.” There is no evidence that this was Jerusalem, a distance of 1,500 miles from Mecca, which supposedly was completed in a single night. The legend of a visit to Jerusalem first appeared in the days of Khaliph Omar, the Muslim who conquered Jerusalem in April of A.D. 637, more than 560 years after the Jews were banished from Jerusalem by the Romans. There will come a time when the Arabic people will see that dark invisible forces have manipulated them and they will turn to the Lord for the free gift of His salvation that Christ won on the cross for all who will come to Him. They will see that He has a great love for them just as He has for the Jewish people. He will have mercy on all who call on Him—for He will forgive them of their sins when they cry out to Him. What a difference on earth that will make! Oh God, bring it about soon! Keith Thomas