Word of the Week: Transcendence

Two-state solution on UN Security Council agenda

In May of this year, it was reported that "The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, said Obama is determined to vigorously pursue "a comprehensive peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors" in the months ahead." This peace includes pressuring Israel to accept division of her land to create a Palestinian state. The pressure to create two side-by-side states has been ongoing and relenting, ever since the United Nations adopted the Resolution in January 2009 and it was accepted by the General Assembly. Here is what the Resolution says the UN will pursue:
Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources
Just looking back in the months since the Resolution passed, the UN Security Council has issued continuous statements that creation of a Palestinian State is and continues to be their intention. Often, the votes for these resolutions are unanimous. The UNSC stated it in January 2009 here, and again here, and again here, and most recently here. It seems like the UNSC means it.

In September, it was reported that President Obama will take over the Presidency of the UN Security Council, something no other US President has done. That spot is always filled by the US designee, the Ambassador to the UN. Why Obama has inserted himself into a position to which there already exists a career appointee has not been made clear by Obama or his staff.

Obama's insistence on a Palestinian State is not new, he articulated it as far back as January 2008 during his presidential campaign, when he said "he supported the division of Israel into at least two parts by a Palestinian state."

May 2009 Obama assured us that two states “would provide the Israelis and Palestinians the peace and security that they need...” The UNSC's main task under the Charter is to "to maintain international peace and security..."

Finally in June after years of opposition, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has at last acknowledged, with caveats, the need to establish a Palestinian state.

As the UN opens a new session this month, on the UNSC agenda Chaired by President Obama, #42 on the Provisional Agenda A/64/150 includes the following item: "Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources (resolution 63/201)."

Meanwhile Palestinians warn of new "Intifada" against Israeli settlement, "The possibilities that another Palestinian popular Intifada erupts against Israel are high and are expected to occur at any moment ..." and indeed, a few minutes ago "At least two rockets were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Friday, Lebanese security sources said."

Now, the UN is famous for making resolutions that remain on the dusty shelf. The UNSC's agenda is long and producing conclusions or call to action in the limited time they have to discuss the issues may well not occur. However, the split between the US and Israel for the first time ever, the unusual pressure by the US, for the first time, brought to bear against Israel to accept division of their land, the fact that the Security Council will be, for the first time, chaired by the US president who has stated unswervingly for years that he wants to see Israel divided, the fact that the Israeli PM has even voiced for the first time the notion that he may accept this solution ... all firsts that may indicate a completion of some of the prophecies in the not too distant future.

Prophecy means that it will come to pass. The LORD's Word is sure. He has said "I will gather all the nations And bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there On behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land." So Israel will be divided by the end.

He has said, "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." So at the time of the end, all nations will hate Israel.

He has said, "When they are saying, "There is peace and security," destruction will strike them as suddenly as labor pains come to a pregnant woman, and they will not be able to escape." So there will be an undue focus on 'peace and security'.

The powder keg is heating up. When will these things come to pass? We do not know. What will be the spark for God's prophecies to be fulfilled? Only God knows. Are we nearing that moment of igniting? The Lord did tell us to remain watchful and to know and understand the signs of the times. Pray for discernment as to the Lord's will for your life of service. Seek the Lord's will for all you do. He is our hope and our salvation. Whether these things come to pass tomorrow or next year, matters not for the saved Christian in the face of eternity. For the unsaved, though, the time is short...and growing shorter by the day.