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Palestinian Authority Chief Judge: ‘Jerusalem Will Be the Capital of the Caliphate’Breitbart – Jan 7, 2013Those who stubbornly insist that the Palestinian Authority represents the voice of moderation among Palestinians need to pay attention to recent comments by a PA official calling for the retaking of Jerusalem.
Palestinian Authority Chief Islamic Judge Tayseer Al-Tamimi uttered these words on Azhari TV on December 31, 2012:
The caliphate will be restored after this tyrannical rule comes to an end… What we are seeing in Egypt are birth pangs. The struggle between Islam and others, and all the conspiracies that aim at stopping the train that has already set out to liberate Jerusalem and to restore Islamic rule. Jerusalem will be the capital of the caliphate, Allah willing… That is why I say that it is imperative to awaken the nation, because it has the capabilities. It is imperative to awaken the nation to its duty to liberate the land of Jerusalem and Palestine – the land of the Prophet Muhammad’s nocturnal journal – using all its capabilities.
As I reported last month, related to part of this from the Palestinian Authority, a divided Jerusalem seems to be consistent with biblical prophecy (Palestinian Leader Says, ‘Jerusalem is Eternal Capital’).
The caliphate that the Muslim Brotherhood wants to establish from the western coast of North Africa to the Arab peninsula and beyond (see also The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy). Basically an Islamic empire that many Muslims hope will take over the world. Since the Arab Spring two years ago, more and more events have aligned for the possible foundations of this Islamic empire.
Although many associated with the Muslim Brotherhood feel that they need a caliphate first, and many want Jerusalem as its capital. This makes Jerusalem an item of contention as Israel basically claims it is its eternal and undivided capital (though it is somewhat divided already).
Talking about the end times, Jesus said, “Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” This suggests that Israel will no longer have control over all of it.
A division, for a while, appears to be coming.
A divided Jerusalem seems to be consistent with the following biblical prophecy:
2 For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem;
The city shall be taken,
The houses rifled,
And the women ravished.
Half of the city shall go into captivity,
But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (Zechariah 14:2, NKJV)
If half the city is Jewish and the other half not, then there would be a reason for only one half the city to go into captivity. The Bible is clear that Jerusalem will be an issue in the end time:
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. (Zechariah 12:2-4)
World events continue to align with Bible prophecy. An apparent peace deal will come (Daniel 9:27), though it may take a war to persuade some of the parties to make the deal, and it may involve the enforced dividing of Jerusalem. Which is something that Israel currently will not accept–but depending on other events (including possibly the outcome of the current USA presidential election), Israel at some point will agree to some type of division (there is also a de facto division there now, so technically Israel would not necessarily have to agree to anything, but likely will).
While the forming of an Islamic caliphate is consistent with Bible prophecy related to the rise of one called the King of the South (Daniel 11:40), it should be understood that he and his followers will not end up well (Daniel 11:40-43), nor will they control Jerusalem in toto for very long (if they ever do).
Yet the fact that some in the Palestinian Authority and elsewhere are calling for a caliphate, as well as Jerusalem to be its capital, suggest that they will work towards fulfilling at least some biblical prophecies.
But the end is not here, yet.
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2013 or 2014? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000?
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? Does God have 7,000 year plan? What year may the six thousand years of human rule end? When will Jesus return? 2019 or 202x?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? What does the Bible say?
The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first? What will happen to the nation of Israel and Jerusalem?