In what is undoubtedly the most significant prophetic development so far in 2018, Prime Minister Netanyahu has asked his coalition partners in the Israeli Knesset to get the final version of the Jewish Nation-State Basic Law finalized and passed this month before the next legislative recess (source). I’ve been closely following the status of this bill since March when it finally left committee (it has been in a limbo state since 2011).
Another way of looking at this is that in 1948 the nation was established; in 1967 the city was returned; and, possibly, in 2018 the people and nation’s identity will be restored. 1948 (nation), 1967 (city), and 2018 (identity). In effect, this month the nation of Israel will be accepting God’s promise to Abraham that the Holy Land belongs to him and his descendants through Isaac and Jacob. The country will no longer be a secular one with a name that happens to be the same as the ancient biblical Kingdom, but an actual restoration of the Jews’ ancient biblical homeland.
Side note: It’s interesting that the nation was established in May, Jerusalem returned in June, and it looks likely that the nation’s identity could be restored in July. From 1948 to 1967 to 2018 is a sequential ordering of months ranging from the month of Pentecost to the month before the Fall Festivals begin. There is a lot of agreement among students of Bible prophecy that Christ will return to earth in the Fall, likely on one of the September/October biblical holidays. That just leaves August, typically the month of Elul, to find some major significance soon (The unveiling of the Trump-Kushner peace plan? Or perhaps something of far greater importance during the Tribulation?). It’s interesting that Israel’s restoration over the past 70 years has coincided with the sequential biblical months leading up to Tishri, and mirrors how the restoration of the Gentiles also began in May, on Pentecost, in 32 or 33 AD, and could also be completed in Tishri if the rapture occurs on the Feast of Trumpets or Shimini Atzeret.
It’s also interesting that the momentous events last July on the Temple Mount, when Israel wrested control from the Jordanian Waqf for the first time in 50 years, were a potential one year prelude to a much more momentous event this month.
The Jewish State Bill has left committee (after being stuck for seven years) and passed its first full reading in the Knesset. Netanyahu wants his coalition to make a few small tweaks to the bill and then get its second and third readings completed this month.
1 — Basic principles
A. The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which they realize their aspiration to self-determination in accordance with their cultural and historical heritage.
B. The right to exercise national self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people.
C. The provisions of this Basic Law or any other legislation shall be interpreted in light of what is determined in this paragraph.
2 — Purpose
The purpose of this Basic Law is to defend the character of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, in order to anchor in Israel’s Basic Laws the State of Israel’s values as a Jewish and democratic state, in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel.
3 — The symbols of the state
A. The state anthem is “Hatikvah.”
B. The state flag is white with two blue stripes near the edges and a blue Star of David in the center.
C. The state emblem is a seven-branched menorah with olive leaves on both sides and the word “Israel” beneath it.
4 — The capital
Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
5 — Language
A. The state’s language is Hebrew.
B. The Arabic language has a special status, and its speakers have the right to language-accessible state services in their native language, as will be determined by the law.
6 — Return
Every Jew has the right to immigrate to the land [of Israel] and acquire citizenship of the State of Israel in accordance with the law.
7 — Ingathering of the exiles
The State shall act to gather in the exiles of Israel.
8 — Connection to the Jewish people in the Diaspora
A: The State shall act to strengthen the affinity between Israel and the Jewish people in the Diaspora.
B: The State shall act to preserve the cultural and historic heritage of the Jewish people in the Diaspora.
C: The State shall stretch out a hand to members of the Jewish people in trouble or in captivity due to the fact of their Jewishness.
9 — Preserving heritage
A. Every citizen of Israel, regardless of their religion or nationality, has the right to actively preserve their culture, heritage, language and identity.
B. The State may allow a community, including followers of a single religion or members of a single nationality, to establish a separate communal settlement.
10 — Official calendar
The Hebrew calendar is an official calendar of the State.
11 — Independence Day and memorial days
A: Independence Day is the national holiday of the State.
B. Memorial Day for the Fallen in Israel’s Wars and Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day are official memorial days of the State.
12 — Days of rest
The established days of rest in the State of Israel are the Sabbath and the festivals of Israel, during which no employee shall be employed except under conditions set in law. Members of [religious] community groups recognized by law may rest on their festivals.
13 — Hebrew law
Should the court encounter a legal question that demands a ruling and be unable to find an answer through [existing] legislation, legal precedent, or direct deduction, it shall rule in light of the principles of freedom, justice, integrity, and peace contained in the heritage of Israel.
14 — Protection of holy site
The holy sites shall be protected from desecration and all other harm, and from anything that may hinder access to their holy places for members of a religion, or that may offend their sentiments toward those places.
15 — Immutability
This Basic Law shall not be amended, unless by another Basic Law passed by a majority of Knesset members (Click to Source)
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