Jamma Mokhriby - Update 2004
As of 2004, the national dividing wall being constructed by
Israel is being put in place in the historical city of Jerusalem.
Many believe this wall is destined to become a unilaterally declared
border by Israel which will define and subsequently isolate a
permanent Palestinian territory.
The global concern over this wall as it progresses has taken
on such dangerous dimensions that Israel was called upon to defend
its construction and legality in February, 2004, before the International
Court of Justice ("Relief - more grief - grip Israel,"
Colo. Spgs., Gazette, 1/30/04). Israel declined to attend.
The significance of this wall in Bible prophecy and its placement
in the time of the last days has led us to review our 2002 Rapture
Watch message titled, "Looking over the Walls of Fear &
The Old Testament prophet Ezekiel had some fascinating insights
to share with this present generation about walls.
In Ch. 38:11 of the book that bears his name, Ezekiel prophesied
about the day when Israel would be a land of unwalled villages.
It is to be during that time of lowered defenses when Magog (that
is Russia) will lead an invasion against Israel according to
the prophetic narrative found in Chapters 38 & 39 of Ezekiel.
(For greater details on Russia's role in these last days, please
review our Rapture Watch message, "The Scythians Victory
As we have made note of in the past, the specific mention that
Israel will be dwelling in unfortified cities is a major key
to unlocking the time line for when this Russian invasion will
Quoting verses 10 & 11 of Ezek. 38 we read, "Thus says
the Lord God: "On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts
will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: "You
will say, I will go up against a land of unwalled villages;
I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them
dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates."
Through the process of elimination the time frame for the Russian
assault can be satisfactorily determined in our estimation.
It first can be proven by Scripture that this invasion cannot
take place during the final 3 ½ years of the 7-year Tribulation
It takes no more than a casual reading of the Book of Revelation
to find proof that Israel will not be dwelling safely during
that time. Israel's fearful suffering under the attacks of Satan
and the forces of the Anti-Christ will be beyond comparison to
any other time in history during those final years which Jesus
described as "Great Tribulation" in Matthew 24:21.
One can also just as easily eliminate our present day before
the Rapture of the Church to Heaven and the start of the final
7 years for the time of this Russian invasion.
Again, it would be naive for anyone to suggest that Israel is
currently dwelling safely in unfortified cities. It is essential
that a decisive Israeli victory over the surrounding Muslim nations
take place before such a time of tangible peace can come into
Even a short-lived peace could never be established in the present
climate of confident Arab hostility towards the Jews, and a Muslim
victory would mean the death of Israel.
In verse 11 of Ezek. 38, God repeatedly made mention of the fact
that Israel will be dwelling without walls at the time of the
Russian invasion. This is a far cry from the situation in Israel
back in 2002 when construction of a 215-mile anti-terrorist wall
began at a cost of $1.6 million per mile.
Quoting from a July 5, 02 Denver Post article which headlined,
"Israel's bombproof' wall rising rapidly" we
read, "On a leisurely morning in a sun-splashed square,
Israelis sip Starbucks coffee under giant green umbrellas. Barely
2 miles away, the entire Palestinian town of Qalqiliya is under
curfew as Israeli soldiers patrol the silent streets.
Between these two worlds, a construction crane groans as it hoists
another giant slab of concrete into place, part of the 30-foot-high
wall that is rapidly formalizing the separation.
After 71 Palestinian suicide bombings in less than two years,
Israel is attempting to make itself bombproof with an impregnable
barrier between itself and the West Bank.
"Before all the trouble, we didn't need a fence," said
Ziva Schmidt, a resident of Kfar Saba. "I thought there
could be a peaceful solution. I used to go shopping in the Palestinian
areas, and I felt safe."
Before the violence that erupted in September 2000, you could
easily drive between Israel and the West Bank, often without
realizing it. The dividing line was marked on road maps, but
rarely on the roads themselves. Once the barrier of walls and
fences began, there was no mistaking which side was which.
Israel intends the wall eventually to cover the entire length
of the West Bank, a distance of abut 215 miles. But the job,
expected to cost at least $350 million, was estimated to take
a couple of years, and the main focus was on the two most vulnerable
patches - the northern West Bank and Jerusalem.
A Palestinian attacker leaving Qalqiliya by car could reach the
center of Kfar Saba in less than five minutes, or just walk there
across the farm fields.
As construction workers put the two story concrete barriers in
place, they are shadowed by Israeli troops and security guards,
lest any Palestinians take aim from nearby homes. Similar walls
are going up outside other Israeli towns close enough to the
border to be targeted by Palestinians gunfire.
Much of the barrier runs alongside empty spaces and consist of
an electronic fence with sensors monitored in a control room,
said Izhar Dekel, general manager of Magal Security Systems.
The company's systems are in place along 95 percent of Israel's
Perhaps its best advertisement is its fence along the Gaza Strip.
Although Gaza is a center of Islamic militancy, no suicide bomber
has come from there.
Still, Palestinian attackers have found inventive ways to enter
Israel, including hang gliders. In March of 2002, a pair of gunmen
infiltrated the fenced -off Lebanese border and shot six people
to death. It later emerged that they went over the fence using
a ladder and chute and avoided touching it and triggering alarms.
Dan Schueftan, an Israeli professor, predicts Palestinians will
try hard to show they can get through the barrier.
Still, "the positive elements of the fence far overshadow
the negative ones," said Schueftan, author of the book "Disengagement,"
which argues that Israel should take unilateral steps to separate
itself from the Palestinians.
Construction of the 215-mile barrier began in June of 2002. The
first section stretched about 70 miles, from outside the West
Bank city of Jenin to a point northeast of Tel Aviv. Another
30-mile fence will eventually cut Jerusalem off from the West
With the ongoing construction of the walls of Israel, we are
left with only one other option for the time period when Russia
will invade Israel. This time must be during the first 3 ½
years of the Tribulation Period after the confirming of the 7-year
covenant by the Anti-Christ as is prophesied in Daniel 9:27.
Only then could Israel be experiencing the time of peace and
safety that is to be so readily in evidence when Russia attacks.
In Ezek. 38:14-15 God says to the leader of Russia for that time,
"...In that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will
you not know it? "Then you will come from your place out
of the far north you and many peoples with you..."
Of that awesome day God declarers in Ezek. 38:20, "...every
wall shall fall to the ground." Israel will have previously
taken down her walls in foolish trust of men. God will in turn
bring down the walls of all who aroused His fury.
It seems reasonable to assume that it will be immediately after
the 7-year covenant brings an authoritative illusion of lasting
peace to the region that the defensive walls of Israel will be
dismantled as a gesture and commitment to the conditions laid
In a dovetail of Scripture, Russia and its allies will then take
advantage of Israel's lowered guard at some time during the first
3 ½ years of this covenant, before the Anti-Christ exchanges
his cloak of friendship with Israel for an armor of betrayal
and death. At first the Anti-Christ will appear as a savior of
Israel, then a monster.
After the Anti-Christ fulfills his reign of terror during the
remaining 3 ½ years of the broken 7 year covenant, Jesus
Christ and His glorified saints will return to bring true peace
to Israel and the world (Zech. 14:3-11).
We are told in Isaiah 9:7, "Of the increase of His government
and peace there will be no end..."
Ezekiel tells us that once more a great wall will be found in
Israel after the return of Christ, but it will not be a wall
where the elect will hide behind. It will be a monumental wall
of glory and triumph which will define the earthly temple of
The functional splendor of this wall is revealed to the curious
in Chapters 40 & 41 of the Book of Ezekiel. In verses 6-7
of Ch. 41 God tells us through Ezekiel, "The side chambers
were in three stories, one above the other, thirty chambers in
each story; they rested on ledges which were for the side chambers
all around, that they might be supported, but not fastened to
the wall of the temple. As one went up from story to story, the
side chambers became wider all around, because their supporting
ledges in the wall of the temple ascended like steps; therefore
the width of the structure increased as one went up from the
lowest story to the highest by way of the middle one." As
a believer in Jesus Christ, whose citizenship is in Heaven (Phil.
3:20 - NKJV), no message about walls would be considered adequate
without sharing the vision that the Apostle John had of the wall
that surrounds the "heavenly Jerusalem."
In the Book of Revelation Ch. 21:12 we are first told of this
great, high wall where twelve angels are stationed at its twelve
gates. Verses 18-21 then reveal that, "...the construction
of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear
glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were adorned
with all kinds of precious stones...And the twelve gates were
twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the
street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass."
Our hearts go out to those who have not been born again by the
Spirit of God and can only regard the wall of heavenly Jerusalem
with visions of disillusionment and the doubt filled railings
of an unredeemed spirit.
The boundless, eternal glory which awaits every person who has
put their belief in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their
sins can confidently be glimpsed inwardly at any time on the
wings of heavenly bought hope. The promises are unwavering, the
places are real and faith in these truths will bring forth everlasting
freedom in the now and then.
This very moment, if you can give your heart in complete faith,
you can have every sin forgiven and washed away by the atoning
blood of Jesus Christ. He died on the cross and rose again so
that He now sits at the right hand of His Father ready to make
intercession for anyone who calls on His name.
For those who have faith, it is written of them about the once
impregnable wall that separated man from God, "But now in
Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been made near by
the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made
both one, and has broken down the middle wall of division between
us, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law
of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself
one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might
reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby
putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to
you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through
Him we both have access by one spirit to the Father" (Eph.