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THE BIG LIE SERIES

The BIG LIE of Al Quds – Part 1

By Dr. Richard Booker

This is a continuation of blogs on THE BIG LIE in its various expressions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. THE BIG LIE is the source of all the conflict in the Middle East. It is a serious threat to world peace and our way of life. We must educate ourselves and speak the truth in love.

If you missed the previous blogs on this subject, you can read them below. In this and the next two blogs I expose THE BIG LIE of Al Quds (Jerusalem and the Temple Mount). This information is taken from my publication, The Battle for Truth which you may purchase at www.rbooker.com bookstore. Please order your copy and share it along with this blog to your family, friends and social contacts.

There is a BIG LIE that has been repeated so many times even the tour guides in Israel believe it and pass the myth on to tourists. The BIG LIE is that the Temple Mount is the “third holiest site” in Islam. But let’s look at the facts.

Al Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem and includes the Temple Mount. We are constantly told that Islam has historical claims to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. We are told that Jerusalem is sacred to the three great monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. But is it really? Or is this another clever BIG LIE?        

We can tell how important a person, place or thing is to people by how often they speak of that person, place or thing. We speak most about what we love and cherish. Since people talk most about that which is dear to them, we should be able to get a good idea of how important Jerusalem is to Jews and Arabs by reading their holy books, the Hebrew Bible for the Jews and the Koran for the Arab Muslims.

In reading these sacred books, we discover that Jerusalem is mentioned over 800 times in the Bible. There are 657 references in the Tanakh and 154 references in the New Testament. Yet, Jerusalem is not mentioned even once in the Koran. Surprise, surprise! We do not have to be brilliant to grasp what this means.

Jerusalem is the heart of Judaism as epitomized in the vow, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” The Psalmist expresses the longings in the Jewish heart for Jerusalem with these words, “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth—if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy (Psalm 137:5-6).

Isaiah expressed this same intense love for Jerusalem with these words, “For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest …I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:1,6-7).

The Jewish sages of times past have said, “of ten measures of beauty that came into the world, nine were given to Jerusalem and one to the rest of the world.”

The words of Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel should stir our hearts to long for Jerusalem, “Jerusalem is not divine, her life depends on our presence. Alone she is desolate and silent, with Israel she is a witness, a proclamation. Alone she is a widow, with Israel she is a bride.”

We certainly won’t find these longings and sentiments for Jerusalem in the Koran. There is no reason why Jerusalem should be mentioned in the Koran because Muhammad never went to Jerusalem. In Muhammad’s lifetime, Jerusalem was outside the sphere of Islam. The Temple Mount did not become part of Islam until long after the time of Muhammad. This was for political reasons and the desire of competing Caliphs to control their subjects. I will explain this in the next blogs. Muslims have only seemed to be interested in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount when the Jews are in control of them.

This historical fact should be clear evidence to any honest inquirer that Jerusalem is of supreme importance to Jews, but has had little or no importance to Muslims until recent times. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray facing Mecca. Jews make pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Muslims to Mecca.

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THE BIG LIE OF AL QUDS PART 2

 

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THE BIG LIE SERIES

THE BIG LIE OF PALESTINE – PART 3

by Dr. Richard Booker

This is a continuation of articles on THE BIG LIE in its various expressions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. THE BIG LIE is the source of all the conflict in the Middle East. It is a serious threat to world peace and our way of life. We must educate ourselves and speak the truth in love.

If you missed the previous blogs, you can read them below. This information is taken from my publication, The Battle for Truth which you may purchase at www.rbooker.com bookstore. Please order your copy and share it along with this blog to your family, friends and social contacts.

Perhaps their biggest myth is THE BIG LIE, of Palestine. The Arab world would have us believe that the Palestinians have been in “Palestine” from “time immemorial” but were displaced by the Jews when Israel became a state in 1948.

Palestinian Pop Quiz

But what are the facts? Can you answer the following questions?

Was there ever a time in history when there were a people called Palestinians?

Was there ever a time in history when there was a state called Palestine?

Has there ever been a ruler in history of a nation called Palestine?

Have the Palestinians been in the land from time immemorial?

Was Jerusalem ever the capital of a Palestinian Arab state?

Has there ever been a Palestinian language?

Has there ever been a Palestinian culture?

Has there ever been a Palestinian literature?

Has there ever been a Palestinian currency?

What contributions in history have Palestinians made to the world?

Did the Jews steal the Palestinians land when Israel was declared a state in 1948?

What does the truth of history tell us? The revival of modern Jewish life in the land began in the 1880’s with the arrival of Russian refugees from the Russian pogroms. A second wave of immigration, also from Russia, was in 1905. This was followed by later immigrants resulting in a growing Jewish population in the land.

When the Jews came to the land, they found a malaria infested swamp in the north and an uninhabitable desert in the south. It was as if HASHEM had kept the land hidden away in obscurity until the rightful owners returned to claim it. The rightful owners, whose blood, sweat and tears reclaimed the land, are the Jews.

The Jewish pioneers did not steal the land from the Arabs any more so than the modern “settlers” of Judea and Samaria. They purchased the land at highly inflated prices from absentee landlords living outside the land. As the Jews worked the land, it began to prosper and attract the attention of neighboring migrant farm workers.

While there were Jews and Arabs, as well as Christians, living in the land, there were many poor migrant Arab and non-Arab farm workers in the surrounding countries who needed work. When they heard that the land was prospering under the hand of the Jews, they migrated to Palestine to get work from the Jews.

Furthermore, the British allowed many thousands of Arabs into Palestine illegally while barring the Jews from entering the land. For the most part, the present-day Arab Palestinians are the descendants of these peasant farm workers and illegal immigrants.

The so-called Palestinians have never been a distinct people. Neither have these mythical people ever had a sovereign land called Palestine. Jerusalem has never been the capital of an identifiable group of people called Palestinians. There is no Palestinian language or culture. The truth is there is no such thing as a “Palestinian people.” It is THE BIG LIE created after the Jews liberated Jerusalem in 1967.

Before the birth of the State of Israel, Arab leaders themselves denied the existence of an Arab country called Palestine. In 1937, Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi said, “There is no such country [as Palestine]! ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. ‘Palestine” is alien to us; it is the Zionists who introduced it.”

In 1946, a distinguished Princeton professor and Arab historian said, “There is no such thing as Palestine in Arab history, absolutely not.”

All who lived in the land, Jews, Arabs, and Christians, were called Palestinians. They were called this because they lived in the geographic area that Hadrian renamed Palestine. People who live in Texas are called Texans. People who lived in Palestine were called Palestinians.

Under the disastrous British Mandate, the Palestinian Jews were given a state. But before this state came into existence, Colonial Secretary, Winston Churchill, in 1922, took away seventy-seven percent of the geographic area promised to the Jews and created Tran Jordan as a state for the Palestinian Arabs. Israel would be for the Palestinian Jews and Tran Jordan (now Jordan) would be for the Palestinian Arabs.

When Israel became a state in 1948, Jordan illegally occupied Jerusalem, and 400,000-600,000 Arabs fled at the insistence of Arab leaders. Some stayed to become Israeli citizens. While we certainly sympathize with the plight of Arabs who have been oppressed by their own people, their problems could be solved if their Arab brothers cared enough to assimilate them. Unfortunately, they do not. They hate the Jews more than they love their own.

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THE BIG LIE OF AL QUDS PART 1

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THE BIG LIE SERIES

THE BIG LIE OF PALESTINE – PART 2
by Dr. Richard Booker

This is a continuation of articles on THE BIG LIE in its various expressions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. THE BIG LIE is the source of all the conflict in the Middle East. It is a serious threat to world peace and our way of life. We must educate ourselves and speak the truth in love.

If you missed the previous blogs on this subject, you can read them below. In this and the next blog I continue to expose THE BIG LIE of Palestine and Palestinians. This information is taken from my publication, The Battle for Truth which you may purchase at www.rbooker.com bookstore. Please order your copy and share it along with this blog to your family, friends and social contacts.

Perhaps their biggest myth is THE BIG LIE, of Palestine. The Arab world would have us believe that the Palestinians have been in “Palestine” from “time immemorial” but were displaced by the Jews when Israel became a state in 1948.

But what are the facts? Was there ever a time in history when there were a people called Palestinians? Was there ever a time in history when there was a state called Palestine? Have the Palestinians been in the land from time immemorial? Was Jerusalem ever the capital of a Palestinian Arab state? Did the Jews steal the Palestinians land when Israel was declared a state in 1948? What does the truth of history tell us?

While we are not certain of the exact dates, Joshua conquered the land God promised the Hebrews in the 13th century BCE. There were no Palestinians in the land when Joshua arrived. King David established Jerusalem as the capital of Israel around 1000 BCE. He captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites. Furthermore, David bought the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite (2 Samuel 24:24) and built an altar there to the LORD. This land area is what we call “The Temple Mount.” No Palestinians were to be found.

David’s conquest of Jerusalem is documented in the Tanakh for the entire world to read. We learn in the book of Samuel, “And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, ‘You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you,’ thinking, ‘David cannot come in here.’ Nevertheless David took the strong-hold of Zion (that is, the City of David)” (2 Samuel 5:6-7).

David took the fortress called Jebus and renamed it the “City of David.” This established his kingship over Jerusalem militarily and politically. He then established his religious leadership by moving the Ark of the Covenant to the City of David.

King Solomon expanded northward to Mount Moriah and built the Temple around the year 960 BCE. When Solomon built the Temple, there were no Palestinians present at the dedication. This was almost 1,000 years before the beginning of Christianity and 1,600 years before the rise of Islam.

As former Prime Minister Barak has noted, “When Jesus came to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts, he didn’t come to a church or a mosque, he came to the Temple. It was the Temple Mount many centuries before Christianity tried to make it the Church Mount and Islam tried to make it the Mosque Mount.

However, not to be confused with facts, in a personal audience I had years ago with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, he boldly declared that the Arabs have been living in the land for 10,000 years. Based on conservative Bible chronology, that would make the Arabs living in the land before the Almighty created Adam and Eve.

How did Israel become Palestine and who are the Palestinians? Let’s look at the facts.
The second Jewish war with the Romans took place in 132-135 CE. Led by Rabbi Akiva and Simon bar Kochba, the Jewish uprising was a disaster.

The Roman Emperor Hadrian showed no mercy to the Jews. Hadrian brutally set about to de-Judaize Jerusalem and transform it into a pagan city. He renamed Jerusalem “Aelia Capitolina” in honor of Jupiter. He changed the name of Judea and gave it the name of the ancient enemy of the Jews, the Philistines. He called it—Palestine. What God called Israel, the world would now call Palestine.

Over time, Palestine was ruled by the Roman Byzantines (312-637) [Persian interrupt 614-629], Omayyad Arabs (638-750), Islamic Abbassid’s (759-1099), Crusaders (1099-1291) [Saladin the Kurd interrupt 1187-1193], Mamluks (1291-1516), Ottoman Turks (1517-1917), and the British Mandate (1917-1948).

The record is clear. None of these rulers were Palestinians as there was and are no such people. None established a sovereign state in the land and Jerusalem was never the capital of any empire since the time of King David. The land the world called Palestine was a forgotten and desolate wasteland, but historical records show there was always an unbroken Jewish presence in the land. They were God’s caretakers of the land. More about this in my next blog, THE BIG LIE OF PALESTINE PART 3.

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THE BIG LIE OF PALESTINE

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THE BIG LIE SERIES

THE BIG LIE OF PALESTINE – PART 1

by Dr. Richard Booker

In my last blog I begin a series on THE BIG LIE in its various expressions regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. I summarized what I call “The Ten Commandments of Arab Myths.” THE BIG LIE in its various expressions is constantly repeated by the media and politicians to the point that good people believe them. As Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information said “Tell a big lie often enough and long enough and eventually it will be accepted as truth even by decent people.”

THE BIG LIE is the source of all the conflict in the Middle East. It is a serious threat to world peace and our way of life. We must educate ourselves and speak the truth in love.

As I completed the last blog a so-called Palestinian terrorist broke into a Jewish community in Samaria and in a demonic hate-filled rage stabbed three of the same family to death on Friday evening as they were enjoying their Sabbath meal and celebrating the birth of a new grandson. The terrorist had written on Facebook that Jews are the “sons of monkeys and pigs” who deserved to die. Where did he get such an idea about Jews? If you guessed in the Koran you guessed right where Mohammed has his god saying that he has cursed the Jews and transformed them into apes and swine (Surah 2:65; 5:60; 7:166). YES THAT IS IN THE KORAN!

And how did his family respond to their son committing such a horrible act? Were they heartbroken? Were they weeping? No, they were celebrating. The mother of the terrorist was arrested for calling for the killing of Jews.

Oh, by-the-way, the Palestinian Authority has decided to reward this hate-filled murderer with $3,125 a month for his heroic action. Over his lifetime this would be more than one million dollars. This is how our government uses your hard earned tax payer money. Instead of helping our veterans, they give over $500 million to the Palestinian Authority to reward terrorists. Ironically, the “sons of monkeys and pigs,” the Israelis, are providing medical care to the terrorist.

I say “so-called” Palestinian because there is no such thing as a “Palestinian.”  How is that for being politically incorrect! In this and the next two blogs I am explaining THE BIG LIE of Palestine and Palestinians. This information is taken from my publication, The Battle for Truth which you may purchase at www.rbooker.com bookstore. Please order your copy and share it along with this blog to your family, friends and social contacts. Better still, how about sending a copy to President Trump. As the Carpenter from Nazareth said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

So what is the truth regarding Palestine and Palestinians? In an article entitled, “The Lesson of Palestine,” printed in the Middle East Journal, October 1949, Arab activist, Musa Alami, wrote, “How can people struggle for their nation, when most of them do not know the meaning of the word? … The people are in great need of a “myth” of imagination. The myth of nationality would create “identity” and “self-respect.”

The Arab world has certainly demonstrated great skill in the “myth” of imagination. They have done such a good job that they have convinced much of the world that their “myths” are facts. While it is hard to believe, they have convinced themselves.

Perhaps their biggest myth is the myth, THE BIG LIE, of Palestine. The Arab world would have us believe that the Palestinians have been in “Palestine” from “time immemorial” but were displaced by the Jews when Israel became a state in 1948.

But what are the facts? Was there ever a time in history when there were a people called Palestinians? Was there ever a time in history when there was a state called Palestine? Have the Palestinians been in the land from time immemorial? Was Jerusalem ever the capital of a Palestinian Arab state? Did the Jews steal the Palestinians land when Israel was declared a state in 1948? What does the truth of history tell us?

Approximately 4,000 years ago, the God of Abraham made an eternal covenant decree in which He gave the Promise Land to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac and Jacob. This covenant is an unconditional, everlasting sacred blood covenant that is forever in time. This covenant of the land is recorded so many times in the Torah there can be no doubt about the will of the Almighty. While one may not like God’s agenda, His plan is clear. If you consider yourself to be one of the “People of the Book,” (Jews and Christians) you must understand and support the Word of the One True God regarding, “Who Owns the Land.” God owns the Land and He has leased it to the Jewish people as stewards of His holy Land Covenant.

The Lord said to Abraham, “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also, I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger; and I will be their God (Genesis 17:7-8).

At this time there were no people identified as Palestinians. Since no such people existed, there were no Palestinians living in the land and there was no Palestinian state. Furthermore, God said that His covenant promise of the land would be forever in time. He would never revoke it and would judge any power that tried to break it, replace it, or give the land to any other people (Joel 3:1-2).

We read, “He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance’” (Psalm 105:8-11).

God called the geographic region He gave Abraham the ‘land of Canaan.” The Canaanites, not the Palestinians, were living in the land at this time. They were descendants of Ham (Genesis 10:6). They worshipped idols and made human sacrifices. They were morally depraved and committed every kind of evil imaginable. THINK ISIS. Even so, God gave the Canaanites 400 years to repent before He judged them (Genesis 15:16).

This time would pass with the Hebrews in Egypt until the Lord called Moses to deliver the people out of bondage and bring them to the land He promised them. While Moses brought the people out of Egypt, He was not allowed the privilege to take them to the covenant land. That responsibility would be given to Joshua. When Joshua came to Jericho, he did not find any Palestinians.

This blog will be posted for the week. Please be looking for Part 2 the following Friday as I continue to expose

THE BIG LIE OF PALESTINE.

The Information from these blogs is taken from Dr. Booker’s important publication entitled, The Battle for Truth which is available our webstore just click on the image.

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THE BIG LIE

And the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information, said that a BIG LIE that is told often enough and long enough will eventually be accepted as truth. With cooperation from the world’s media, coupled with ignorance, apathy, and anti-Semitism among the nations, Israel is being presented as a giant Goliath killing little David Palestinians who are only armed with stones and knives.

We are made to think that there would be peace in the Middle East if only Goliath Israel would agree to little David’s demand for a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. This is one of the big lies, or myths, constantly repeated by the nations of the world. I am really sick of constantly hearing THE BIG LIE in its various expressions. The devil is the father of lies and the truth is not in him so we know who the author is of THE BIG LIE.

As I am writing this THE BIG LIE has to do with the Temple Mount and the murder of two Druze Israeli policemen by three Arab Israeli citizens near the Temple Mount. We have learned that a fourth terrorist smuggled arms onto the Temple Mount that were hidden in a back pack and then delivered to the terrorists murders. The Israeli government temporarily closed entrance to Muslims to the Temple Mount and has installed security cameras and metal scanners. The world is in an uproar. How dare Israel protect itself from these cowardly murders by installing these security measures. They are demanded the security provisions be removed. We will know in a few days how it will all play out.

Those of us who know the truth have a responsibility to share the truth. A Jewish carpenter from Nazareth said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” We must be set free from the lies and deceptions of those who want to destroy Israel and our Judeo-Christian history, heritage and way of life. That is why I feel compelled to expose THE BIG LIE and all its expressions which I plan to do in my blog for the next number of months. Please share this blog with your family and friends and help me educate as many people as possible in this “Battle for Truth.”

The Ten Commandments of Arab Myths

In this first blog, I summarize some of the more common expressions of THE BIG LIE which I call “The Ten Commandments of Arab Myths.” I plan to give more information about each one in the blogs that follow.

1. The “Palestinian people” have an historic connection to the land

This is very interesting since there is no such thing as a “Palestinian people.” There are no Palestinian people because there is not such place as Palestine. When the Romans changed the name of Israel to Palestine, the people living there at the time were Jews, not Arabs. If there had been a Palestinian people, which there never were, it would have been Jews, not Arabs.

2. The Palestinian people have been in the land from time immemorial

For centuries pre-Israel Palestine was a forgotten, desolate wasteland inhabited by a remnant of Jews, along with some Christians and wandering Bedouins who certainly had no thought of a national identity of any kind. The land was so uninhabitable, no one wanted it. It was as if the Almighty had make the land undesirable in order to keep it safe for the rightful owners—the Jews.

3. There were no Jews in Palestine until Israel became a state in 1948

The Romans officially banished the Jews from Israel (Palestine) in 135 CE. However, historical records show there was always a Jewish presence in the land. While many were scattered, other Jews simply moved out of “harm’s way” until a less hostile power ruled the land.

4. Arabs and Jews lived in harmony before Israel became a state

Throughout the centuries, Jews as well as Christians, living under Islamic rule suffered persecution and humiliation, the intensity of which was determined by the character of a particular Moslem ruler. As second class citizens, there was never a “good time” for non-Moslems living under Islamic rule.

5. The returning Jews displaced the Palestinian Arabs

The ancestors of most of the present-day Arab population migrated to the land after Jewish pioneers began to reclaim the land. They came from many different countries and were not original inhabitants of the land.

6. The Jews stole Arab land

Jews returning to the land settled on unclaimed, unoccupied land or bought land from absentee Arab landowners at outrageously high prices. They made every effort to buy vacant land.

7. The Jews forced Arabs to flee Palestine

When Israel was declared a state in 1948, leaders from the surrounding Arab countries declared war on Israel and instructed the Arabs living in the land to flee until the Jews were annihilated. Israeli leaders, to no avail, urged the Arabs to stay.

8. The Jews caused the Arab refugee problem

If Arab countries would assimilate and care for the “Palestinian” refugees, as Israel did for their Jewish refugees, there would be no refugee problem. Instead they use them as political pawns in their struggle against Israel.

9. Israel is the aggressor against defenseless Palestinians

In its brief history, Israel has had one war after another and each time they are blamed as the aggressor. The Arabs do not recognize the right of Israel to exist and are in a constant state of hostility against Israel. Their aim is to destroy Israel.

10. Jerusalem is holy to Moslems

While Jerusalem is mentioned over eight hundred times in the Bible, it is not mentioned one time in the Koran. Moslems have had little or no interest in Jerusalem until the Jewish presence in modern times.

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Haym Salomon

Jewish Patriot and Hero of the American Revolution

 By Dr. Richard Booker

As we celebrate July 4 many do not know the story of Haym Salomon, without whom, we would not have won our independence from Britain. His story is part of the lost pages of American history. May the story be lost no more. Please share it with your family and friends. Happy Fourth of July.

In 1975, the United States Postal Department issued a stamp honoring a man named Haym Salomon for his contribution to the cause of the American Revolution. This stamp was uniquely printed on the front and the back.

On the glue side of the stamp, the following words were printed in pale, green ink. “Financial Hero – Businessman and broker Haym Salomon was responsible for raising most of the money needed to finance the American Revolution and later to save the new nation from collapse.”

I personally have one of these stamps. Historians who have studied the story of Haym Salomon all agree that without his “contribution to the cause” there would be no America today.

Haym Salomon bought and sold financial papers to raise money for Robert Morris who was the Superintendent of Finance for the Continental Congress. He believed that America would be a safe haven for the Jews. But this son of a rabbi, also believed that one day in the future, Jerusalem would rise from the dust, the Jews would return to their ancient homeland, and Israel and Jerusalem would once again be the home of the wandering Jew.

Salomon determined to do all that he could to finance the Revolution so that America could survive until that future time when his people would once again fill the streets of Jerusalem.

From one crisis to the next, Robert Morris went to Haym Salomon for help, and Salomon always responded. Haym Salomon gave his entire personal fortune of over $800,000 to the cause of the Revolution. This debt was never repaid. He died sick and penniless at the age of 45, January 6, 1785, leaving behind a young widow, Rachel, and four children all under the age of seven.

Rachel tried for months after Haym’s death to collect on personal loans that he had made to Robert Morris, to the Congress and others. She was requested to turn all her securities and certificates over to the State Treasurer of Pennsylvania for evaluation. After several months she made further inquiries and was informed that all of the papers relating to her inheritance had been lost.

Haym Salomon was buried in Mikveh Israel Cemetery in Philadelphia in a grave which is now unmarked. Since we don’t know the exact location of his grave, we cannot even pay our respects at his grave nor erect a marker.

But the story of Haym Salomon doesn’t end with an unmarked grave. There is a plaque on a brick wall bordering the cemetery that was placed by Haym’s great-grandson, William Salomon in 1917. It says, “To the Memory of Haym Salomon … interred in this Cemetery the location of the grave being now unknown … .”

Was it just a coincidence that the year this plaque was erected was the same year of the Balfour Declaration issued by the British which begins, “His majesty’s Government views with favor the establishing in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”?

Wow! God assisted England in defeating the great Spanish Armada so they could be the superpower of the world and give their support to the Jews having their ancient homeland. Britain had no chance against the mighty Spanish Armada. Defeat was certain and with that defeat, England would lose its Protestant leaning and be forced to embrace Catholicism. If this had happened, the world as we know it would have changed and Israel would not be born. Prophecy would not be fulfilled. Those who have studied the history know that it was the violent weather that defeated the Spanish Armada. And who controls the weather? How can any honest inquirer think that this is all a coincidence? Surely the Almighty is involved in world events then as He is now.

Was it just a coincidence that in 1975 when the U.S. Postal Department issued the stamp honoring Haym Salomon, that same year the Israeli government issued a stamp honoring Harry Truman, the American president who was the first head of state to recognize Israel?

Come let us reason together. When Franklin D. Roosevelt died only a few weeks into his fourth term, his Vice President was Harry Truman. When Harry ran for the presidency, no one gave him a chance. His opponent, Thomas Dewey, was projected to win handily. In fact, long before the final votes were counted, the Chicago Tribune published their infamous banner headline which read, “Dewey Defeats Truman.”

In what was undoubtedly the greatest upset in American presidential elections, Truman won. Was it just a coincidence of history that Truman won? Or was there an unseen hand moving world events to place him into office?

Not many know that before Truman went into politics, he was in business with a Jewish man named Eddie Jacobson. While their business failed, Harry and Eddie remained friends. Harry was president on November 29, 1947 when the United Nations voted to partition pre-Israel Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state. He was also president on May 1948 and recognized the new State of Israel on behalf of the United States.

Before then, the renowned British chemist and Zionist, Chaim Weizmann tried to get an audience with President Truman to convince him of the rightness of the creation of the State of Israel. President Truman refused to see Weizmann.

Furthermore, Truman’s support for recognizing the new State of Israel was wavering. It was at that time, that Harry’s old friend and business partner, Eddie Jacobson interceded with Harry and convinced him to see Weizmann. Truman assured Weizmann that he would support the creation of the new State of Israel. Truman kept his word and Israel was born on May 14, 1948. Can you connect the heavenly dots?

As Haym Salomon believed, America has been that safe haven for the Jewish people and Israel has been reborn. May we remember the great debt we owe to Haym Salomon. While we may not be able to repay him personally, we can honor him by standing firm in our support and prayers for a strong and secure Israel and a united Jerusalem under the rule of Haym Salomon’s spiritual descendants, the Jewish people. If we turn away from Israel, God will judge America just as He did the Spanish Armada. But He will bless us if we bless Israel and the Jewish people (Genesis 12:3).

On a personal note, I wrote an article about Haym Salomon in the Jewish Herald Voice newspaper in Houston, TX. Several days after the article appeared, we received a phone call at our office. The man said, “I read your article in the Jewish newspaper about Haym Salomon. My name is Gregory Salomon. I’m a relative.” Wow, were we stunned. We were blessed to meet Gregory for lunch and greatly enjoyed talking about his famous ancestor. God is good.

This article is an excerpt from Dr. Booker’s Book, Christians, Jews and Israel: Standing Together in Troubled Times. You may purchase the book by CLICKING HERE

“THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS IN OUR HANDS”

These were the famous words spoken by Motta Gur, the commander of the paratroop brigade on June 7, 1967, the day the Israelis liberated Jerusalem. Fifty years later we celebrate this victory that saw Israel defeat the combined militaries of Egypt, Syria and Jordan in just six short days.

Many students of the Bible believe this stunning victory was the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. While predicting the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, Jesus then said, “… Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). Was this amazing event that caught the attention of the world the beginning of the end of the times of the Gentiles?

Let’s review this incredible victory. Egyptian President Gamal Nasser was an egomaniac who wanted to unify the Arab world under his leadership. But he had a big problem – the Arab world did not want to unify under his leadership. So how does he get them to do this – why start a war with Israel – of course.

Having resupplied Egypt with a massive amount of weapons, Russia convinced Nasser, as if he needed convincing, that he could defeat Israel. With encouragement from Russia, Nasser made an alliance with Syria and Jordan to destroy Israel. The stated Arab goal was not only to defeat the Israeli military and reclaim the land, but to kill every Jew in Israel – man, woman and child. DON’T EVER FORGET THIS!

In May, 1967, Nasser began to move his troops into the Sinai. He ordered the United Nations (UN stands for Usually Nothing) peace-keeping forces out of the area. Then as a final attempt to provoke Israel, he blocked the Israeli port of Eilat on the Gulf of Aquaba. (Against the better wisdom of the State Department, I was parasailing in the Gulf of Aquaba during the first Gulf War.)

Israel was left with no choice but to retaliate. On June 5, 1967, Israel made a lighting attack against her enemies. Israeli jets, flying dangerously low over the Mediterranean to avoid radar, approached the Egyptian airfields with the Egyptian planes all lined up waiting for the order to attack Israel. The Israeli pilots destroyed the entire Egyptian air force including approximately 500 Egyptian planes before they ever got off the ground.

Not able to face reality, Nasser proclaimed a great victory while boasting that Egyptian planes were bombing Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Believing the lie, King Hussein of Jordan entered the war thinking that Egypt was defeating Israel. This was a tragic mistake as the Israeli government had warned King Hussein that if he stayed out the war they would not attack Jordan.

The Egyptian ground forces in the Sinai were also routed. The Israelis captured 600-700 Russian supplied tanks including more than one hundred tanks that were undamaged. In addition they took huge quantities of weapons and other military equipment. Weapons were not all they took. They also captured, or shall we say, liberated land. By the time the short six-day war was over, Israel liberated the Sinai and the Gaza Strip, from which Egypt had made many raids into Israel.

They also liberated the Golan Heights from Syria. For years, Syria had fired on Israeli civilians from the strategic area of the Golan. Looking down from their fortified bunkers, Syrian snipers easily “picked off” Israeli citizens who were trying to farm the land below. It made no difference if it was men, women or children. On one of our many trips to Israel, we went in one of those abandoned bunkers to see for ourselves how easy it was for Syrian sharpshooters to murder at will.

The battle for the Golan was especially costly and dangerous as the land had been mined. Israeli soldiers had to climb the Golan in an “up-hill” battle against snipers and Syrian tanks while crawling through a land area full of mines. Even today, many of these mines are still there in areas fenced off with warning signs. One effort to liberate the Golan was featured in the amazing video series; “Against all Odds” which everyone should buy and watch over and over.

In the 1948 War of Independence, Jordan illegally occupied Judea and Samaria including the Old City of Jerusalem. This area is the heartland of Israel which the world calls the “West Bank” because it is west of the Jordan River. For nineteen years, the Jordanians demolished and desecrated everything Jewish in the Old City and forbid Jews from entering their ancient capital. During this period when Jordan had the rule, they never had the thought of declaring a Palestinian state. Isn’t that interesting!

The most important outcome of the six-day war was the Israeli liberation of the old city of Jerusalem (this is Biblical Jerusalem) and Judea and Samaria. The Jews had not been masters of Jerusalem in well over two thousand years. They had been banned from living there since A.D. 135 by the Roman emperor Hadrian after the second Jewish war with the Romans. Now after all these centuries, they are back in their land and in possession of Jerusalem their ancient capital promised to them as an everlasting possession by God. Truly this is cause to celebrate.

Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst, says the LORD. Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem (Zechariah 2:10-12).

Christians and Passover

By Dr. Richard Booker

“Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For Christ [Messiah], our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (2 Corinthians 5:7-8).

Paul wrote these words to the primarily non-Jewish believers at Corinth about 25 years after the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. The early Gentile believers realized that Christianity was a Jewish movement with a Jewish Lord that had spread to the non-Jewish world. As a result, they celebrated the biblical Feasts, including Passover. They didn’t see this practice as somehow “being under the Law.” No, they saw themselves celebrating the redemptive work of Jesus as the “Lamb of God” who had taken away their sins. To them, Passover was not just a Jewish Feast; it was a Jesus Feast. Of course there was no such thing as “Easter” as that was a pagan festival where the participants worshiped Ishtar with unholy activities I won’t even mention is this writing.

Christians understand that Jesus is our Passover Lamb. Yet, few have seen how Jesus perfectly fulfilled every detail of the Passover lamb of Exodus. When God revealed this to me personally in 1974, it changed my life forever. The complete record of the Exodus event is in Exodus 12. Let’s summarize what God said.

The Passover Exodus

In the Hebrew month of Nisan (March-April), on the tenth day of the month, every household was to select a lamb as their Passover sacrifice. They were to observe this lamb for five days to make sure it was without spot or blemish. Then on the 14th day, at three o’clock (between the evenings), they killed the lamb and sprinkled the blood on the doorpost of their dwelling. God told them to consume the entire lamb. Nothing was to be left over for the next day. Furthermore, not one bone of the lamb was to be broken. This required that they roast the lamb on a spit shaped like a crossbar.

The Hebrews dug a rut or hole in the threshold where they poured the blood. They then stepped over the blood-stained threshold and asked God to stand in the doorway protecting them from the angel of death. This is why Passover was originally called the “Threshold Covenant” or the “Crossing Over Covenant.” When the angel of death passed through the land, the presence of God standing in the blood covered doorpost saved the people from death and destruction. The angel of death could not cross that blood-stained threshold.

The Passover and Jesus

Now let’s fast forward to the time of Jesus. The Hebrew Bible is a picture book. It is a picture of a person. That person is Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth who acted out the reality of the pictures. Let’s see how He did this at Passover.

Jesus was introduced as the “Lamb of God” (John 1:36). He entered Jerusalem on the tenth day of the month of Nisan (John 12:1, 12-13). He was set aside to be tested for five days. They found no fault in Him (John 19:4), but He was born to die as the Passover Lamb. At nine o’clock in the morning of the 14th, as the lambs were being prepared for sacrifice, Jesus was crucified. At three o’clock when the lambs were being slaughtered, Jesus died on a crossbar (Mark 15:25, 33-37). The Roman soldier went to break Jesus’ legs to hasten His death but found He was already dead to fulfill the details that not one of His bones would be broken (John 19:36). Furthermore, the religious leaders hurriedly had Jesus’ body taken down so He would not be left on the cross the next day which was a high Sabbath (John 19:31).

Jesus was crucified at Passover on Wednesday, April 3, 30 AD. He took the leaven of our sins into His spirit, the leaven of our sorrows into His soul and the leaven of our sicknesses into His flesh. He was buried (placed in the tomb) at sunset which began the Feast of Unleavened Bread. He took our human liabilities with Him in the tomb. After fulfilling the sign of Jonah (Matthew 12:40), He was resurrected from the tomb at sunset at the close of the Sabbath at the Feast of Firstfruits. Jesus is our Passover, our Unleavened Bread and our Firstfruits.

The Passover and Christians

As Jesus came forth in newness of life, so can all of those who look to Him for redemption. When we apply His blood to the doorpost of our heart, He saves us from death and gives us the promise of forgiveness, redemption and eternal life. Satan and the angel of death cannot cross the blood-stained threshold of your life. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4) So this year, let us “Keep the Feasts.” Instead of searching for “Easter eggs” let us follow the instruction of the Apostle Paul and search for the hidden leaven of sin in our heart and purge it out so that we can keep the feast with a pure and sanctified heart.

Hag Pesach Sameach

BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY

Then God blessed them [Adam and Eve], and God said to them,
‘Be fruitful and multiply…’” (Genesis 1:28).

The Lord gave us a wonderful blessing when He designed love and marriage as the means for humans to perpetuate themselves. I have often said that “be fruitful and multiply” is the only commandment we humans have kept. However, in recent times some people groups have not even kept this commandment. They have kept the love part but not the multiplying part. We don’t need to be really, really smart to realize that if we don’t make babies, we won’t be around very long. Abortions not only kill babies, they kill civilizations.

People who study population rates and their impact on civilizations tell us that married couples must make 2.1 babies just to keep even. Now I don’t know how we can make a .1 baby but this is an average of the total number of babies we must have to maintain our civilization. Two must make at least two more just to replace themselves. Makes sense! So how are we doing? What people groups are “pulling down the shades” and which ones are not? The answer tells us some very important facts about the future of the nations.

The statistics below are a few years old but have remained about the same with some differences which I will point out. The bottom line of fertility happiness is that Western nations with a Judeo-Christian heritage are not reproducing at a rate to maintain themselves while Middle Eastern countries with an Islamic heritage are “taking care of business.”

European nations have the lowest birthrates while Islamic nations have the highest. In fact, if the current birthrate in Europe continues, Europe as we know it today, will “birth control” itself out of existence in one generation. Europeans will be a tiny minority among an Islamic majority. Take a moment and think what that might mean for the world, for America, for Israel and for the Jews in Europe. Can you hear God calling the Jews home?

The birthrate in Russia is so low that a few years ago the Russian government declared a “Day of Conception” and told workers to stay home and make babies. Those who were successful in this marriage encounter would be rewarded with all kinds of prizes. How is that for an excuse to miss work.

The only Western Judeo-Christian nation that is staying even is America. However the Americans who are having babies are Hispanic Americans not those with a Protestant European background who founded America. Protestant European America is diminishing in the percent of the total population of America while the traditionally Catholic Hispanic population is increasing in their percent of the American population. Today the Pilgrims might be eating tortillas rather than having “high tea.”

The marriage encounter in Israel is also changing but in favor of the Jewish state. When he was still alive, Yasser Arafat said the “Palestinians” would defeat the Israelis with the weapon of the womb. He meant that the Arab birthrate was much higher than the Jewish birthrate, and over a generation, the Arab population would overwhelm the Jewish population. At that time the Arab birthrate was about 5.0 while the Jewish birthrate was 2.6.

But for the first time in the history of Israel, the Jewish women are doing their duty to increase the Jewish population. The Israeli Bureau of Statistics recently published the current birthrates of Jewish and Arab women. It seems like the Israelis are missing a few days of work while the Arabs are working overtime. The Israeli women are having more children while the Arab women are having less. Both the Jewish birthrate and the Arab birthrates have evened out at an average of 3.13 children per woman. Way to go ladies!

This “population explosion” among the Israeli woman reminds us of Exodus 1:7 which reads, “But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.” This rediscovery of the joy of marriage, along with the coming Aliyah from Europe, will ensure that the Jewish people will indeed be a majority in their own state. They may be the only ones with a majority in their own country. Think about that.

Isaiah wrote of these times and said, “For our waste and desolate places, and the land of your destruction, will even now be too small for your inhabitants; and those who swallowed you up will be far away. The children you will have, after you have lost the others [in the Holocaust], will say again in your ears, the place is too small for me; give me a place where I may dwell” (Isaiah 49:19-20).

Take a moment and read the birthrate figures below and contemplate what this might mean for the future. Where appropriate, the Lord might say to some, “Don’t be shy, multiply.” Smile! Remember, a civilization must have a minimum of 2.1 to survive.

Spain – 1.1                  Germany – 1.4

Korea – 1.1                 Canada – 1.48             Middle Eastern

Russia – 1.14               U.K. – 1.8                      Countries – 5.1

Italy – 1.2                      Australia – 1.8

Japan – 1.32                France – 1.9

Europe – 1.38              America – 2.1

Purim

For Such a Time as This

by Dr. Richard Booker

Bible readers know the importance of Purim as told in the book of Esther. Set in ancient Persia, modern Iran, the One True God of Israel providentially allowed Hadassah (Esther) to be strategically placed in the king’s palace and find favor with him. Esther was Jewish.

People of the Book know the story. When the king dismissed his queen who refused his summon, the king chose Esther as his new queen. But there was trouble. The king had a prime minister who was an evil man. His name was Haman (boo). Haman (boo) hated Jews and plotted to kill them all.

As the story unfolds, Esther had a cousin named Mordecai (yay). Mordecai (yay) learned of the plot and told Esther that she had to go before the king and intercede for her people. Esther must have been struck with fear. You see, it was politically incorrect for Esther to appear before the king unless the king called for her. It was against Persian government protocol to speak without getting permission. But Esther wouldn’t just lose votes; she would lose her head. She sent word to Mordecai (yay) that whoever enters the king’s inner court without being called was subject to death. And the king had not called for Esther in 30 days.

Mordecai’s (yay) response to Esther was a powerful statement that has stirred the hearts and minds of people ever since they were written in the Book of Books.  He said, “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than any other Jew. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows if you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13-14)

WOW! What a challenge and what insight. Mordecai (yay) knew that when Haman (boo) discovered that Esther was a Jew he would have her murdered along with all the other Jews in Iran, oops, I mean Persia. Mordecai (yay) also knew that the God of Israel was sovereign and that, just perhaps, Esther was born and chosen for this one assignment to save the Jewish people. Mordecai (yay) also knew that if Esther failed in her assignment, God would use some other means to rescue the Jews. What a word that is for Christians today. If we don’t help the Jews in the coming perilous times, God will use others but we will suffer at the hands of the Haman’s (boo) of our world.

Now there was more to Esther than just good looks and a year’s free admission to the palace spa and Mary Kay cosmetics. She had an inner strength and the courage to answer Mordecai (yay), “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shusan, and fast for me; neither eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:15-17).

As students of the Bible know, the king did receive Esther who revealed Haman’s (boo) plot to the king. The king honored Mordecai (yay) and Esther and commanded that Haman (boo) be hung on the tree that he had prepared for Mordecai (yay). Haman’s (boo) wife and friends saw this coming and said to Haman (boo), “If Mordecai (yay), before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him” (Esther 6:13). God is a faithful covenant-keeping God. He will defend Israel and judge those nations and people who seek to destroy Israel and the Jewish people. We all have a choice – blessings or curses.

As things turned out, the king gave the Jews the right to defend themselves (hello Israel) who defeated those who plotted to murder them. Then all the Jews of Persia celebrated for two days with feasting and joy, exchanging gifts and helping the poor (Esther 9:20-23). Furthermore, Mordecai (yay) invited all who would join them (non-Jews who love the Jews) to celebrate with them (Esther 9:26-28). Christians – go get your groggers – it’s time to party.