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      Great Britain continued its limitations on Jewish immigration throughout the 1930’s. With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Jews found themselves trapped on the European Continent. The British quotas actually served as a means to enable Adolp Hitler, and Nazi Germany to wreak havoc upon the remaining Jewish residents of Eastern Europe. After the surrender of Germany in 1945, the world was exposed to the horrific atrocity of the Holocaust. Nearly 6 million Jews, including about 1.5 million children were exterminated under the brutality of Hitler’s Final Solution of the Jewish problem. ( Holocaust ) Faced with the realization that not enough had been accomplished to rescue European Jewry, the world moved to expedite a solution to the enmity the Jews faced in the world. The establishment of an independent state in the land of Palestine became the focus of the Zionist movement. Unfortunately Great Britain once again caved in to the Arab demands to limit Jewish immigration to Palestine. Finally, after succumbing to the pressures of the Middle East, Britain referred the controversy of a Jewish State to the United Nations. On November 29, 1947 the United Nations General Assembly voted by a 2/3 majority to again slice up the original British Mandate. The 1947 UN Partition Plan became the designated area allotted to become the new Jewish state. While Transjordan gained independence from Great Britain in 1946, Israel would not see its independence recognized until May 14th 1948; and then it would loose another 50% of territory. The UN Partition Map of 1947 attached shows that Israel would receive only the area shown in Brown, while the area shown in gray was reallocated to the Arabs, with the city of Jerusalem being designated as an “international zone”. The Jews accepted this revision of the Balfour Plan and British Mandate. The Arabs, although having sided with the loosing Nazi-Axis powers in WII, and being benefactors of most of the partitioning, totally rejected the UN Plan.

While many prophecy students are very much aware of the fact that Israel gained its independence on May 14th, 1948, not many people are aware of the reality that all of the present day Arab states also gained their national independence during the 20th century. The Bible is resplendent with prophetic analysis concerning the rebirth of Israel, but many of the Arab end-time players of prophecy have also regained their national identities at the same time. The attached map reflects the dates of independence for Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and many others.

Maps courtesy of JSOURCE used with permission.

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