- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Phoebe's Song; 2nd Edition edition (August 20, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9659010001
- ISBN-13: 978-9659010004
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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About the Author
Norma Archbold, MA, former Director of Religious Education, served the Lord in Jerusalem and the West Bank where she researched and wrote The Mountains of Israel, provided free Bibles for Arabs, arranged for emergency aid to Christians, and fought for a high standard of truth in the media and for the release of new believers jailed and tortured by the PA.
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For everyone who loves the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the events unfolding in the Middle East are important.
It is difficult, however, to form a clear picture of what is happening. The news in the West about the Arab-Israeli conflict is incomplete and often inaccurate and is interpreted by people, who do not necessarily believe in the Bible, or have a clear overall picture of the 4,000-year-old conflict.
Without an overall picture of the conflict the events mentioned in the news are meaningless. Years of historical research is necessary to find the missing pieces. To match history with the Word of God one must also be a serious student of the Bible.
For many people understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict is so difficult that they have given up.
In studying the Middle East conflict I was struck by the similarity of Middle East events and chapters 35 and 36 of Ezekiel.
These chapters are two halves of a whole. Chapter 35 is a prophecy "against" a mountain (Mount Seir) and chapter 36 is a prophecy "to" mountains (the mountains of Israel). Mount Seir and the mountains of Israel are the homelands of twin brothers Esau and Jacob, ancestors of today's Arabs and Jews.
Although chapter 35 contains warnings and chapter 36 contains promises, the purpose is the same. Both chapters end with the same words, "Then they shall know that I am the Lord."
By revealing the similarity between these chapters and historical and current events The Mountains of Israel provides a context for the bits and pieces we pick up in the news.
The Bible has much to say about the Arab-Israeli conflict. But without knowing the identity of Edom and the location of Mount Seir and of the mountains of Israel, one can read right past some startling information without understanding that it affects the Middle East, the world and important decisions being made today.
The Mountains of Israel provides important missing pieces which point out the truth of the Bible, revealing God's great power, wisdom, and faithfulness.
This is not a chatty book. I use just enough words to help you to see the picture without getting lost in complicated side issues. Simple maps and other illustrations make a point with few words.
To help you to feel the desolation of Israel before the return of the Jewish people, I have included quotes from eyewitnessesGentiles who traveled here in the 18th and 19th centuries. You will see that Israel was a treeless, barren wasteland.
The population a century and a half ago was less than 4% of today's population. As you read the eyewitness reports, imagine what Israel must have been like without 96% of its population.
In the19th century those who visited the Holy Land testified of its condition. "A desolate country," "wretched desolation and neglect," "almost abandoned now," "unoccupied," "uninhabited," "Thinly populated" is how they described the land.
The Reverend Samuel Manning said about the coastal plain, "This fertile plain, which might support an immense population, is almost a solitude...Day by day we were to learn afresh the lesson now forced upon us, that the denunciations of ancient prophecy have been fulfilled to the very letter'the land is left void and desolate and without inhabitants.'"
Jews were among the sparse populationas prophesied more than 2,500 years ago. "...the forsaken places are many in the ...Land...but yet a tenth will be in it...as an oak whose stump remains when it is cut down so the holy seed shall be its stump." (Isaiah 6:12-13)
An official report in 1864 reveals that the largest group living in Jerusalem was Jewish.
God is keeping his promise to bring the children of Israel back to their land. Jewish people have been returning to Israel for more than 120 years. For a glimpse inside their hearts I have included the story of an Ethiopian girl, who walked through a desert, to fulfill her desire to be in Jerusalem.
What is happening today was foreseen and is working out according to the promises of God.
When the Bible and the events in the Middle East are understood one cannot reasonably deny the existence of God. Properly understood, the events of today are earth shaking.
I took information from many sources and named them so you can study the subject as thoroughly as you wish. Bible references are given. The authority for this work rests firmly on the Biblethe Word of the Lord.
Those who do not accept God's Word will not accept the conclusions in The Mountains of Israel. But those who do accept the Bible as God's Word and who love Him, will find reason to rejoice. The Lord is keeping His promises in our day, proving that the Bible is true.
If you are one of the small group who have a good basic understanding of the Middle East situation, you already know how difficult it is to explain to others. The Mountains of Israel can give your family and friends the overview they need to understand the issues. Teachers and others who speak about the Arab-Israeli situation will find this book helpful. You may want to use it as a text.
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Top Customer Reviews
Christian, Jew, conservative, liberal, or even free-thinking Muslims alike... You must familiarize yourself with the content of this valuable little book, if you ever hope to have a clear understanding of Israel's valid place within the region that the rest of our uninformed, modern world calls "Palestine" and the middle-east.
The author attacks head on the Replacement Theology movement, which clearly plays into the hands of the devil as we move toward the Arabic Muslim's "final solution" (pps. 80-84). The book would be worth the price just for the information it provides against this terrible error.
Another valuable part of the book is the graphic illustration found on pages 86 and 87 showing that the Arab nations control more than 500 times the land area of Israel. When one realizes that God has given the Arab nations tremendous wealth (oil) and land but that they have steadfastly refused to resettle any Arab refugees, you begin to get the picture--it is not peace they want but the land that God promised to the Jew. The truth is that the Arab nations have forced their own brothers to live in squalor conditions for decades to be used as a battering ram against Israel. At the same time Israel has resettle many times more of their Jewish brothers who left the persecution of Arab lands, in most cases leaving behind all their earthly possessions for their Arab neighbors or their governments.
My wife and I went to Israel in May 2009 and, of all the books I read before and after our trip, this book provided far and away the most bang for the buck. I highly recommend it.
Enhanced by explanatory maps, the book argues that the scriptural name for the so-called West Bank is the Mountains of Israel. This area forms part of the land promised to Abraham's descendants through Jacob (Israel) in Genesis. This is an unconditional promise that will be kept just like the restoration of Israel has been fulfilled. The maps cover ancient history, demographics, the British Mandate period and Israel's wars for survival in 1948 and afterwards.
In the chapter The Desolate Land, the pitiful state of the area prior to the return of large numbers of Jews is described with reference to the reports of visitors like Mark Twain (The Innocents Abroad) in the 1860s, W M Thompson in 1866 and Samuel Manning in 1874. The Ottoman Turkish occupation of this land from 1516 to 1917 was mostly a time of neglect when the Holy Land was administered as a part of Syria.
The chapter titled Promises deals with the return of Jews to Israel from the middle of the 19th century, the League of Nations' designation of Palestine as a homeland for the Jewish people and their emigration from Europe, the Arab world, Ethiopia and Russia. Mount Seir explains the identity of the Biblical Esau or Edom and contains genealogical charts of Arab and Jewish ancestors. Israel's neighbors like Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon are discussed here.
The next chapter examines the ancient historical roots of the hatred for Israel, the creation of Transjordan in 1922 and the UN vote to create Israel in 1947. It includes a section on the infamous Mufti of Jerusalem and his ties with Hitler. On its day of birth in 1948, six Arab states moved to destroy the infant state. Outnumbered and poorly armed, Israel repulsed them, although Jordan occupied most of Judea and Samaria whilst Egypt took Gaza.
Again in 1967, Israel repulsed numerically superior Arab armies, finally gaining control of the Mountains of Israel, plus the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula. Although caught by surprise in 1973, Israel once again triumphed over its enemies in the Yom Kippur War. Only the willfully blind would fail to recognize that some kind of intervention took place.
The chapter They Boasted Against The Lord analyses the statements of Arab leaders from the 1930s and the never-ending demonization of Israel that is now increasing in intensity. This section looks at the plight of the Palestinian refugees in a compassionate way by comparing the absorption of Jewish fugitives from Arab lands to the situation of the Palestinians today.
In Balaam And The First Exodus, the author observes that this story of Balaam (Bileam) and his donkey is so well known for a definite purpose, pointing out how the scenario is repeating itself. The United Nations has been condemning Israel for its every move whilst ignoring atrocities and genocide worldwide like those in Chechnya and Sudan. Western leaders ought to take note too; they must cease their appeasement of Middle Eastern oil producers and stop trading with Iran.
The text includes Ezekiel 35 and 36, an extensive bibliography and three indices: by year, by Biblical books and alphabetical. The maps and illustrations make the text come alive and easy to understand. This book is a most informative and enlightening resource on the history of reborn Israel. Not only does it clear up the ignorance and dispel the myths, it also establishes an undeniable link between Biblical prophecy and ME history of the last few decades. What's more, it points toward some awesome developments that will take place in that area in coming decades, events that will affect the whole world.
It is improbable if not impossible that the rebirth of Israel, its victories in 1948, 1967 and 1973 and the return of its people from all corners of the globe have happened by accident. The little country's remarkable achievements that benefit all of mankind are not well-known but of major significance. The author convincingly explains the global surge in antisemitism and the pathological hatred of Israel and the USA in certain quarters as part of a predictable pattern.
The Mountains Of Israel will assist the reader to make sense of developments on the international stage and ought to give open-minded secularists plenty of food for thought. Epicenter: Why Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future by Joel C Rosenberg is a speculative but thought-provoking look at the future whilst Denis MacShane's Globalising Hatred investigates the geostrategic implications of the tidal wave of anti-Zionism which is just the latest mutation of antisemitism.