The recent UNESCO vote on Hebron placed the Cave of the Patriarchs entirely in Palestinian domain, ignoring the existence of both the Bible and modern Israel. The move earned the ire of Israel and the Jews, while millions of Christians joined in, decrying the outrage as an offense against their religion as well.
Last Friday, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held an unprecedented secret ballot in which Hebron and the Machpela (Cave of the Patriarchs) were declared an Endangered World Heritage Site in “Palestine“. The most disturbing aspect of the UNESCO vote is that it effectively erases an entire chapter of the Bible which describes Abraham purchasing the site in perpetuity from Ephron the Hittite.
So the field of Ephron, which was in Machpelah, which was before Mamre, the field, and the cave which was therein, and all the trees that were in the field, that were in all the border thereof round about, were made sure unto Avraham for a possession in the presence of the children of Heth, before all that went in at the gate of his city. Genesis 23:17-18
This aspect of the vote, graphically illustrating that Islam is the most egregious form of Replacement Theology, should be of dire concern for Jews and Christians alike. Assigning the site significance to one nation or religion negates God’s promise to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations.
‘As for Me, behold, My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be the father of a multitude of nations. Genesis 17:4
Many Christians were deeply disturbed by the UNESCO resolution; David Swaggerty, Senior Pastor and Debra Neybert, Assistant Pastor, of CharismaLife Ministries decried the vote in a statement they made to Breaking Israel News.
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