“An insult to Jews and Christians!”

Revising biblical history to fit today’s political agendas should be as abhorrent to Christians as it is to Israelis and Jews.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: United Nations, CHRISTIANS
Unsurprisingly, the United Nations has ignored the Bible and decided that Jericho is an ancient "Palestinian" heritage site. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90
Unsurprisingly, the United Nations has ignored the Bible and decided that Jericho is an ancient "Palestinian" heritage site. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

You don’t necessarily have to believe the message of the Bible to accept it as a viable historical document. So much of the details contained in Scripture has been validated by third party historical documents and archaeological finds.

But leave it to the United Nations to completely ignore the Bible, even as a historical document, as it rewrites history to fit modern political agendas.

On Sunday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to recognize Jericho, one of the oldest known cities on earth, as a World Heritage Site…in Palestine.

Yes, Palestine. And when they say “Palestine,” they don’t mean a geographical region as the Romans and later the British did. They mean the “State of Palestine,” a political entity that does not and never has existed.

But in our era of relativism, identity is a fluid thing that can be changed and altered on a whim.

And so ancient Jericho is now considered by the international community to be “Palestinian,” just as the Great Wall is Chinese and Machu Picchu is Incan.

What’s so egregious in this case is that reimagining Jericho as a “Palestinian” heritage site is essentially an assault on the Bible. Israelis see it, and they hope Christians will, too.

“Jericho is first and foremost a city of biblical significance,” wrote Member of Knesset Dan Illouz (Likud) in a strongly-worded letter to UNESCO earlier this month. “Blurring this fact,” he continued, “is an insult to millions of Jews and Christians all over the world. It is our duty to stop the PA’s subversion and insist on our right to our land.”

Illouz noted, as so many others have, that the Palestinian Authority, with the aid of the United Nations, is trying to “erase all ties of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.”

The Jewish people’s history in this land is known from multiple sources. But chief among them is the Bible, including the New Testament, which is replete with references of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel and Jerusalem.

To promote a narrative that says the Jewish people have no history in this land is to call into question everything else the Bible has to say, as well.

And that should be of great concern to the Christian world.

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3 responses to ““An insult to Jews and Christians!””

  1. Masami Cobley says:

    “Repentance” and “confession of sins” on behalf of own people or church are the most powerful weapon to destroy the works of the devil, the Accuser, because the ground for accusations would collapse through such prayers.

    On the one hand, it can be said that bringing many hostile Gentile nations to stand against God’s chosen people is what the Lord himself is doing – because His Salvation History is getting into its climax. He Himself will fight against them to show to the world that the God of Israel is the LORD and the remnant He gathered His Chosen People. Scripture-believing Jewish people need to offer much prayer of repentance and confessions of sins on behalf of secular Jews in Israel and plead for His mercy on them for His Holy Name’s sake. (cont.)

  2. Masami Cobley says:

    Even more such prayers need to be offered from the Gentile Christians. The UNESCO may be regarded as “secular” today, but its founding principles are most likely being formed by Gentile Christians of the day. Today’s persistent anti-Jewish sentiment among the Bible-believing Christians, in Europe and the UK in particular, is “guilty” before the Lord, and they will face their dire consequences if they don’t repent – their names may even not be added to the Lamb’s Book of Life. Yeshua is the forever King of the Jews.

  3. Disciple 1978 says:

    Joshua cursed the rebuilding of Jericho after he destroyed it in Joshua 6:26. This curse was fulfilled in 1 Kings 16:34. What UNESCO are doing is rebuilding a Jericho that fits the Palestinian narrative they want to legitimise. This is a fiction not worthy of an international body. I suppose they’ll also be ruling that the Moon is made of cheese and that the Klingons are real!
    Jericho is important to Christian history because it’s the first major city destroyed for its moral perversity by God’s people. The city is brought down by God, then is conquered by his people. Several international bodies are becoming Canaanite strongholds that need pulling down.

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