[J’lem is not a settlement](4)

A Divided House
In the coming Jerusalem settlement proposal, God's City may well be partitioned and have two
primary political districts – one Jewish, one Palestinian, and the remainder squatted on by other
religio-political factions.  The Old Testament prophet, Zechariah, clearly envisioned the endtime
geopolitical conflagration to take place regarding the ancient city of Jerusalem.

  “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about,
  when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.  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”. [Zec. 12:2-3]

A sovereign city/state arguably separated into two distinct political seats of governance certainly
exemplifies the admonishment setout in Matt. 12:3 –

  Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against
  itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will
  not stand …”

This current democratic administration (2010) seems pell-mell bent on waxing the present Israeli
political leadership into the proverbial corner. We know well from the animal kingdom any creature
trapped in the corner will come out and fight for its survival, almost irrespective the size and
strength of the pursuing aggressor.  The Zechariah prophecy indicates, “all people on the earth ‘will’
be gathered together against Israel (it)”, and that fulfillment surely will include America of that day.
All the present-day rhetoric and political jib-jab, directed towards Israel, emanating from the
Department of State, the Oval Office, and even echoing along the corridors of Congress is just that,
officious pinchbeck political oratory.  

Denial of God’s Supremacy
Those so eager to divide Jerusalem have not read applicable scripture, or do not know the scriptures,
or even worse, care less what the scripture says regarding Jerusalem, God’s City.  Jerusalem will be
the seat of Christ’s millennial reign, i.e., on the Throne of David.  Consider:

God The Father chose Jerusalem (II Chronicles 6:6).
God The Son cried over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41).
God The Holy Spirit confirmed His Word in Jerusalem (Acts 1:4 & Acts 2:1-5).                   
We find in Psalm 122:6,  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”. (Messianic scripture)

To cede half (or a portion thereof) of the Holy City (Jerusalem) to the son’s of Hagar
(Arab/Palestinian descendants) and to take away ownership from the son’s of Promise (Hebrew), is
tantamount to denying Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God.  Such a travesty is already a
chanting warble throughout the Middle East, as well as an increasing shrill in all four-corners of the
globe.  America’s recent mounting apostasia (falling away from scriptural Christianity and God’s
Absolute Truths) will become even more so.   America’s foreign policy towards the Middle East will
progressively involve increased attempts at wooing the Islamic/Arab world, at the expense of
Israeli/American alliances.  The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is not the same god of Allah,
Mohammed, and al-Mahdi … irrespective of how many proclamations are made that we all serve the
same ‘God’.

The Day of God’s Wrath (http://aamen.org/Dies_Irae_Site-NEW-11.html) is rapidly advancing from
the future-prophetic into the present-now.  The coming division of Jerusalem will be a seminal event,
which will usher in many of the remaining prophetic scenarios held in scripture, for the very last-
days of the endtimes.  We are literally living in a time where the prophetic future is becoming the
present, and history is being made before our very eyes. Netanyahu has emphatically stated, “J’lem
is not a settlement”
(4), however, those intent on dividing Jerusalem are relentless in their pursuit to
partition East and West  Jerusalem into two religious/political zones.

The New Jerusalem
The New Jerusalem comes from the Blessed Hope, Christ Jesus Himself, and is the expectancy of
His Promise that He will balance all things through His Righteousness, in the Millennial Kingdom to
come.  Even though carnal mankind will make every attempt to circumvent the integrity of God’s
City (Jerusalem), He will through His coming Wrath bring about the cleansing and purification of
that which is antithetical to His endtime Purpose [see Eph. 1:9-10, 2Cor. 10:4-6)
(1)] and Rev. 21:2-4.

"He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and
he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God
and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down
out of heaven from My God.  And I will write on him My new name.” [Rev. 3:12]

“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven
from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud
voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and
He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be
with them and be their God.” [Rev. 21:2-4]

The New Jerusalem will come as God’s dictum, pronouncement (answer), and His renewed
establishment of authority over all aspects of Religion, Government, and humankind’s efforts to
manage life on the earth.  Christ will rule and reign for one thousand years (Millennium) from the
Throne of David, in Jerusalem.   As the outworking of God’s remaining prophetic events take center-
stage, not only will the culmination of this final Dispensation come to pass, but God’s wrath will
have its full expression and redeeming manifestations.

US Military and Israel
Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the United States Military’s Central Command (CENTCOM),
testified before the Senate (3/2010) and expressed his overriding concerns regarding Israel.  Gen.
Petraeus has advanced the claim that Israeli intransigence is a problem for the US military in the
Middle East.  Further that this inveterate posture has now begun to gather lint and become an
significant obstacle to US sponsored Israeli “peace” negotiations.
(2)   Israel, under the Netanyahu
government, makes no bones about its sovereignty and unwillingness to further offer up land to
swap for any type of fleeting and ambiguous Peace Agreement.
In one of the most unexpected occurrences to take place, in recent Middle East geopolitics, is
America’s progressive distancing of herself from Israel and the courting (placating) of Islamic/Arab
states within the region.  US foreign aid to Israel was authorized to $2.775 billion for fiscal year
2010, with a proviso permitting Israel to expend up to 25% of the sum for defense purchases.
America is working itself into an untenable US/Israeli position of financially supporting Israel while at
the same time disapproving of infrastructure expenditures (i.e., settlement expansion). Further,
challenging Israeli efforts to bolster defenses, maintain sovereignty over present land areas, much
less ramping-up for an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities (recent quarantining of US Bunker-Buster
ordinance at Diego Garcia Island meant for Israel, is a prime today example) can only expedite the
inevitable – Islamic attack on Israeli mainland cities. [Psa. 83 and Ezek. 38 & 39]

The Advancing Time of Jacob’s Troubles
Either the geopolitical leadership of the world hold fast to Judeo-Christian biblical absolutes,
prophecy of things to come, and believe there is only one way to The Father (Jhn. 14:6)(3) or they
do not.  Obviously, the world is in significant transition where secular mankind’s belief systems are
positioning themselves to further trump western Judeo-Christian religious beliefs/practices. Non-
Christian religious factions are increasing worldwide in number and influence as the global
community races towards the prophesied Universal Ecumenism. [http://aamen.org]   NBC Nightline
dedicated an entire broadcast (3/2010) to the topic, “Does God have a future?” … which was a
fallacious and egregious debate between a Far East Mystic and an atheist.   The commercial media in
America is devoid of Judeo-Christian precepts and doctrine.
Not only are various ‘Christian’ denominations falling away from biblical adherences, but certain
Jewish enclaves in America are becoming increasingly disenchanted with current Israeli governance
and the protracted “peace process”.  Radicalized religious fervor seems, at times, to be the
motivating force behind a significant amount of global turmoil and aberrant outrage.  The time of
God’s Day of Wrath [see  http://aamen.org/Dies_Irae_Site-NEW-11.html] is rapidly approaching.  
All of the present-day geopolitical gamesmanship, military stockpiling, and world market disarray are
precursors to the Time of Jacob’s Troubles [Tribulation Period].

Israel is, and will continue to be, the epicenter for the escalating Middle East Theater of religious
conflagrations.  Jerusalem is the apex of the epicenter and will become the touchstone for all
rancorous coming military evasions.  America’s progressive political estrangement from Israel will
leave it without vital resupply of aerial defense systems, monetary underwriting, and ostensibly
isolate her from other Western alliances. In several respects Israel’s near-future, and possible fate, is
squarely in the hands of the present-day secular Israeli government, as well as America’s political-
will and loyal alliance.  God ultimately holds the continuation and safeguard of Israel, its peoples, and
place in prophecy.  America will, in the foreseeable future, “cut Israel loose” from its longstanding
dependency relationship, and in doing so signal to the surrounding countries, and territories, her
seeming vulnerability to spurious attack.   

Myopia vs Divine Intervention
The Executive and Congressional branches of America government seem to be progressively more
and more blind to the prophetic reality that Jerusalem is God’s chosen City, even in the midst of
Israel’s secularism, coming partitioning, and Palestinian attempts to usurp partial ownership. In
Christ’s Second Advent, he will return to establish His Kingdom governance (Millennial) in
Jerusalem, but not until it has been partially laid waste.
However, between then and now, Jerusalem will continue to experience a religio-political dividedness
with PLO/Fatah factions and the proverbial Two State Solution constantly in contention. Odds are,
Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic-Jihad etc. will form a united front just before Israel is set upon by the
malicious attacks setout in Psalm 83.  This Jewish State will experience a very brief confrontation
respite immediately following the brief war of Psa. 83, as well as come into the undeniable realization
God keeps His scriptural promises and will not allow Jerusalem to be occupied ever again by the
sons of Hagar, even though the full evasion of Ezek. 38 & 39 is close at hand.

The seeming utter Lack of Divine Wisdom
America’s seeming utter lack of divine wisdom, by our National political Leadership, will be a Third
Rail (metaphor - wiki) ushering-in America’s coming decline. That is not a Chicken Little Sky Is
Falling (fable), rather the realization America’s days are not only numbered, but also irrevocably
changed, by Yes We Can [Change]. One of the last straws to be cast upon the proverbial camel’s
back is Israel as a sacrificial pawn in the game of geopolitical international politics.  Israel will
continue to become too great a political burden for America to carry as it advances in its wooing of
the Arab/Muslim, and EU  world.   

Israeli intermediate security remains in her “Silos” and God’s Promise to bring forth a “remnant” into
His Kingdom (Millennium Reign). If the Middle East is forcefully co-opted, by international powers,
into a ‘nuclear free region’, Israel will have to rely on its alliance with the USA for its existential
safeguards.   Israeli leadership are well aware their nuclear-deterrents are just that, “annihilation
deterrents” and without them they are ostensibly subject to a willful annihilation by neighboring and
regional Arab/Persian states.

Fear can beget Wisdom (depending on the relationship between the two) "The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Prov.
9:10]  It is now becoming painfully obvious, those desirous of Israel’s quick demise, or alliance
forsakenness, have neither the wisdom nor the knowledge to understand ‘the providence of God’s
will for the chosen place to hold His Temple’.  

The God of the Judeo-Christian world is not the same ‘god’ of all other religious orders, even
though there are many voices today proclaiming, we all worship the same god(s), we just call
him/them by different names.  As America continues to foist-off its Christian heritage, for political
correctness and unbelief, it will likewise continue to reap the bitter fruit from the seeds it is sowing,
both domestically and internationally.

Settlements are a Stocking Horse for Jerusalem
The exacerbated arguments over new Israeli Settlements are in actuality a deflection away from the
direct subterfuge takeover of Jerusalem, by the Palestinians, for their envisioned Capitol.  The Gaza
Strip, The Golan Heights, and the West Bank were ostensibly spoils won by Israel from the two
wars fought against the Arab aggressors, which attacked without notice and lost.  Thus, Syria wants
the Golan returned, Lebanon wants all of the Shebba Farms area and Ghajar returned, Jordon wants
a part of the West Bank, and Palestinians want Gaza, East Old Jerusalem as their capitol, and a part
of the West Bank. What a hodgepodge!  Again, Jerusalem is not a Settlement, but it is the capitol of
Israel. Occupancy of Israel goes back 3000± yrs. for the Hebrew/Jewish peoples.    
Nevertheless, with all of the above said, there will be a partitioning of Jerusalem or the Two State
Solution is null and void.  The UN, USA, Quartet Roadmap, and surrounding Arab/Muslim will not
relent until the Two State Solution is established.  
Israel’s steadfast refusal to subdivide, partition Jerusalem with the PLO/Fatah, will in all likelihood
significantly advance the coming war prophesized in Psalm 83.  The fallout from that war-
conflagration will be a death-knell to the juxtaposed neighboring Muslim/Islamic governments and be
a primary catalyst for Ezek. 38 & 39.

The Rubicon(5)
The Rubicon (point of no return) has been passed on America’s slide down the slippery slope
towards national socialistic governance.  Israel’s staunch resistance to the Two State Solution is
rapidly approaching the same Rubicon.  Tectonic plates are shifting around the globe with resulting
earth quacking and tremors.  Geopolitical governmental strongholds are about to experience major
realignments especially among European Union members.  In order to administer a global
governance, the world will have to be segmented into geographical-bounded districts (probably at
least ten in number) which will require forfeiture of individual state/nation sovereignties, much as is
place in the EU.  However, such a volcanism in global governmental structures would never come
about by voluntary action, but rather as a consequence of catastrophic events, most likely initial
nuclear exchanges.  Once the international market begins to quake towards a collapse, and only
regional exchanges prosper, the global matrix of unified governmental oversight and monetary
regulatory stratagems will emerge, and segmented world government boundaries will evolve without
great outcry.  The mantra sounding like, “better to ‘change’ than to not be able to buy or sell”.

Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin


(1) Eph. 1:9-10
“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath
purposed in himself:  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one
all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: …”

2 Cor. 10:4-6
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,
bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all
disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

(2) http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=171510

(3) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but
by me.” [John 14:6]

(4) http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=171594  [B. Netanyahu – 3/2010]5

(5) Rubicon -  http://www.answers.com/topic/rubicon

(6) “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their
right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or
the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” [Rev. 13:16-17]