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In 1988, the leader of the PLO, Yasser Arafat, declared Palestinian independence at the and of the 19th Palestinian national council meeting and immediately assumed the title of president.
This declaration which has been recognized by over 100 countries does not describe the borders of the state of Palestine but it does identify its capital as Jerusalem.
Since this declaration by Arafat, the Palestinian people have been raging an armed struggle in an effort to establish their state and to ensure that Jerusalem will be the Palestinian capital for this state of Palestine.
Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News
As the Palestinians celebrate the 24th anniversary of their declaration of independence by Yasser Arafat, this celebration is actually setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.
In 1988 when Yasser Arafat announced to the world the Palestinian declaration of independence, over 100 countries agreed and recognized this state of Palestine without defined borders. Since that declaration, there have been negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis with no noticeable change in the situation.
World leaders have weighed in on this effort to bring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but in fact, the conflict has only intensified. Today, with the peace negotiations on hold and the Palestinian leadership seeking recognition of Palestinian statehood, there seems to be no possible resolution in sight; however, the stage is being set for the prophetic scenario found in Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.
The ancient Jewish prophets spoke to this Israeli-Palestinian conflict 2500 years ago. Malachi 1 reveals the return of the Edomites, the Palestinian people of today, who will return and set up their borders of Palestine to be recognized, which Malachi says that the Lord will call the borders of wickedness. Ezekiel 35 says that God will judge the Edomites, the Palestinians, for killing Jews and taking their land, Ezekiel 35:5, 10. Obadiah foretells of the end of times when the Messiah comes back to the earth, that's when Jesus will reward the Jewish people and destroy the Edomites, the Palestinian people of today.