During his visit to the Bible lands, Pope Benedict visited the traditional site for the birthplace of Jesus Christ, the little town of Bethlehem, and during his religious pilgrimage to the Church of the Nativity, the Pope called for the Palestinian right to a homeland in the Palestinian areas. The Pope said that the Palestinian people have every right to have a state in the land of their forefathers, and at the same time, he urged the Palestinians not to resort to violence and terrorism, but instead to work for a just and lasting peace in the region.
Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News
Pope Benedict's call for a Palestinian state where there never was a Palestinian state is a precursor to the prophetic scenario that is found in Bible prophecy for the last days.
On his religious pilgrimage to the Bible lands, Pope Benedict has caused some controversy among the Moslem and Jewish communities and also with his political statements among some of the Israeli leaders as well. What has caused controversy is calling for the right of the Palestinian people to have their state of Palestine and doing this in the Palestinian areas. Though history is silent about a Palestinian state ever being in place in what is today Israel, the history of God's Word tells us the past and prophetic significance of these people, the Palestinian people who are actually descendants of Esau, the twin brother of Jacob.
God gave Jacob what is today Israel (Genesis 37:1) and he sent Esau to live in what is today the lower third of Jordan which in Biblical times was known as Edom (Genesis 36:8-9). The ancient Jewish prophet Malachi said that the Palestinian people would return to build a homeland and that God would call this a wicked place (Malachi 1:1-6). Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Obadiah, other Jewish prophets, also foretold of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would happen in the last days (Ezekiel 35, Jeremiah 49, and the little book of Obadiah).
Pope Benedict's call for a Palestinian state today is a precursor for Bible prophecy that will be fulfilled in a future tomorrow.