By Jimmy DeYoung
The Jewish settler population in Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, is growing twice as fast as the rest of the population in other areas in Israel and the Ultra-Orthodox community is responsible for the major portion of the annual growth in these disputed territories.
In the areas where the Ultra-Orthodox move in to establish their young families, the annual growth rate is five to six times more than Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv's growth respectively and twice as much as the growth of many other Jewish settlements.
The Ultra-Orthodox rabbis sanctioned living in these settlements assuming that these territories would be annexed to Israel sometime in the near future.
Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News
The expanding population of Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Judea and Samaria is in essence a page out of Bible prophecy for these religious Jews and the land of their forefathers.
Since the end of the Six Day War in June of 1967, Jews - both religious and secular - have been moving into the area of Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, building their homes and raising their families. These disputed territories have increased in population over the years to nearly 500,000 people in two hundred Jewish settlements.
Now, the Israeli government is reporting that the fastest growth of population in any area of Israel is this area referred to as the West Bank, but known Biblically as Judea and Samaria.
As I mentioned, this report is a page out of the prophetic passages in God's Word. The Ancient Jewish prophet Ezekiel wrote 2,500 years ago that in the Last Days God would give the land of the forefathers of the Jewish people to the Jews of today, Ezekiel 36.
Ezekiel the prophet was actually told to preach to the land that would bring forth man and animal and multiply them on the land, Ezekiel 36:11. Ezekiel 36:6-22 reveals what God would do with the land for the Jews and in verse 22 tells us that it would be done for His holy namesake.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews deliver a population boom to the West Bank - Haaretz
Ultra-Orthodox Settlements in the West Bank - Jewish Virtual Library
US 'Regrets' Israel's Expansion Plans in West Bank - Voice of America
White House Questions Israel's Commitment to Peace Talks as Settlements Progress - FOX News
U.S. Rebukes Israel Over Settlement Plan - New York Times
Israel Under Fire: The Prophetic Chain of Events That Threatens the Middle East - Jimmy DeYoung/John Ankerberg (Book)