JPost: “The Jordanian parliament has passed a law prohibiting the sale and rent of real estate in the ancient city of Petra to Israeli citizens, following increasing reports of Israelis buying land in the city, the Jordanian daily al-Rai reported Tuesday.
The law differentiates between Israeli and other foreign investors, banning Israelis from renting or buying real estate in the entire Petra region, while allowing others to invest in land located outside Petra Archeological Park,”
Opinion: There are some headlines that jump right off the page and this one is almost too much for words.
Petra, or Mt. Seir, in southern Jordan was the home of Esau after he moved away from Abraham and his brother Jacob approximately 4000 years ago.
- Genesis 36:1 “… the genealogy of Esau, who is Edom.”
- Genesis 36:8 “So Esau dwelt in Mount Seir. Esau is Edom.”
Esau, throughout history and still today, desired to covet the land that Jacob inherited. Both Jeremiah 49:16-18 and Obadiah 1:10-15 speak to the future desolation of Esau’s home as punishment.
In the 6th century BC, a Nabatean tribe forced Esau’s descendants to flee Mt. Seir giving the Nabateans control of the most important trade routes between the East and the West.
In later centuries, caravans followed other routes between the Orient and Europe. As traffic through Nabataean territory dried up, Petra became deserted and forgotten in fulfillment of prophecy.
In Matthew’s Gospel, we find that when the great Tribulation (last 3.5 years) begins and Antichrist reveals his true character by standing in the third temple declaring himself god (Daniel 9;27), the Jews will turn from him and flee to the mountains (Petra) where they will be protected until the battle of Armageddon is completed.
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.” Mat. 24:15-16
How incredible that God uses the home of the eternal enemy of His elect as refuge.