Israel's Right To The Land

Introduction
A Scriptural Statement About Israel And It's Land

In the light of current events presently transpiring between the Israelis, it's Arab neighbors, the Palestinians, and yes, the world, this brief biblical study is compelling, relevant and important. The information presented, very much speaks to the situation in Israel today - a constant battle over the land and the desire of the Palestinian Authorities to establish a Palestinian state within the sovreign state of Israel. The idea of allowing an enemy to establish an independant state inside the borders of the Nation of Israel is "absolute insanity". World leaders are themselves insane (demon possessed) to pressure Israel into giving control of "blocks" of Israeli territory to a sworn enemy. It defies common sense! In giving control of portions of the land to the Palestinians, or in allowing the establishment of a Palestinian state within it's borders, Israel is putting a noose around it's own neck.

WOULD the American government give control of certain states and/or cities to a sworn enemy of America? Would the President of the USA or any country allow an enemy to take over it's Capitol city? Of course NOT - then WHY pressure Israel into doing what NO SANE country or leader would do? WOE unto the Nations which turn their back on Israel and fail to do that which is "right in the eyes of God". Since the time that God called Abraham and promised to make of him a great nation, that people, that nation which came out of Abraham, through Isaac, has suffered persecution. God Himself made this statement, "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee." It's a serious thing to lightly esteem or take a stand against the "chosen of God".

Because we believed what the Bible has to say about Israel we know that the pressure tactics of the Nations and the Intifada started by the Palestinians is misguided and doomed. The Palestinians have left no "stone" unturned (excuse the pun) in their attempt to turn world opinion against Israel. And WHAT warped parental mentality would allow their children and their youth to become involved in demonstrations which THEY KNOW always carry the risk of violence and death? Palestinian leaders WANT Palestinian children and young people to be killed - this is part of their plan to draw on world sympathy and turn world opinion against Israel. It is so much a part of their plan that the PA pay, to the parents, $300.00 for every young person injured and $2000.00 to every young person killed during the intifada. They are brain-washed into believing that they are "martyrs" if they die for 'the cause'.

So widespread and blatant is Palestinian use of children and young people in their intifada that Sweden's Queen Silvia, at the World Childhood Foundation (in October 2000), stated, 'the Palestinians are guilty of Child Abuse'. She strongly criticized Palestinian parents for abusing their children in this way - sacrificing their children for publicity. While the Palestinian leaders were cynically pursuing their political efforts to isolate Israel, in a special meeting of the UN General Assembly in October 2000, the Swedish Queen was placing the responsibility precisely where it belongs, declaring, "The Palestinian leaders are exploiting them [Palestinian children and young people] and risking their lives in a political fight." Queen Silvia's is not the only voice to be raised against this practice. Indeed, [and it's long over-due] there are also an increasing number of journalists, who are upset by the high price of Arafat's adventures, and in particular, the cynical exploitation of their children. The game of having Arab Children provoke the Israeli soldiers, before the news cameras, while Palestinian gunmen fire from behind, is something Palestinians don't mind, as long as this makes Israel look bad in the eyes of the world.

Of course, we know that all efforts of the Palestinians, World Leaders and the Media, to force Israel to compromise will ultimately fail and "backfire" in judgment on themselves and the Nations because the God of Abraham" is Israel's Strength.

According to the Scriptures Jehovah has a predestinated plan for Israel in the end times. The efforts of the Nations to force Israel to compromise with the Palestinians, and the Palestinian Intifada will serve only to bring the wrath of God's judgment upon the Palestinian people and the Nations of the world.

It shows a total lack of Biblical revelation for any professing Christian to be carried away with the idea that any Arab group, in the Promised Land or outside of it, has any claim whatsoever to that land. One of the main themes which we can trace all the way through the Scriptures is the presence of the chosen people in the land which God gave exclusively to Abraham and his seed (through Isaac) - NOT through Ishmael.


No dis-respect intended to Israel's Arab neighbors or the Palestinians, but as being the descendants if Ishmael they have no historical or religious right to the land. The son of the bondwoman (Hagar) would NOT be heir with the son of the freewoman (Sarah).

It is written...
And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, [even] with Isaac.
And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Genesis 21:9-12

Here, we find God acknowledging Abraham's grief at the thought of having to "send Ishmael away" but God assures Abraham that the seperation between Ishmael and Isaac must be implemented because the promise of the covenant and the land was to Abraham 'through' Isaac. God knew that if Ishmael were to live in the promised land with Isaac there would be (as it is today) controversy and strife. No doubt, if the Palestinian Authority and the present world leaders had lived in that day they would have been putting pressure on Abraham and God himself to "give some of the land to Ishmael.

Of course world leaders, the media, the Arabs and especially the Palestinians don't want to even think about the promises of God to Isaac. The Western world is becoming increasingly more and more secular - they consider it fanaticism and embarrassing to look at things from a Biblical or religious angle. This generation of western governments and the news media are far from the faith of their fathers. Still, they don't question the religious arguements of the Arabs and the so-called 'Palestinians' who claim the Land of the State of Israel as their "home land". It never was the 'home land' of the Arabs or the people who, today, call themselves Palestinians. For over three thousand years it has been the 'home land' for the Jews only. For the Arabs and modern day Palestinians it was just a place of existence but never a 'home land'. They never treated it like a 'home land' - they didn't look after the land; they didn't build up or nurture the land - they just let it lay waste. But because the Jews knew it to be their "Home Land" they always took care of it as a man would his "Home".

This small piece of land called "Israel" is, according to the Bible, ordained to be the center of operations for the Millennial 1,000 year reign of peace wherein "Israel" will be "THE" Nation and Jesus Christ (the Royal Son of David), with His Gentile Bride, will reign as King over the whole house of Israel and the world. After seriously considering the great miracle which God has performed in the restoration of a scattered and persecuted people; the restoration of a land laid waste by one nation after another, we realize that no other people, other than Abraham's seed, through Isaac, Jacob (Israel) etc., could control that parcel of land hemmed in between the Mediterranean Sea, the Jordon River and the Dead Sea.

The Prophet Amos speaks plainly...

"And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon "their land", and they shall no more be pulled up out of "their land" which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.(Amos 9:14-15).

The Christian can not be neutral in their opinions about Israel, no more than they can remain neutral about Jesus Christ and still remain a "Christian". The Christian is one who has made a definite decision about Jesus, acknowledging and receiving Him as their Redeemer and Lord. They enter into a "Life-changing" relationship with Him. If we are true Christians we have a definite "positive" opinion about Israel, acknowledging them as the "Chosen People" spoken of in Scripture; and believing that "He who blesses Israel shall be blessed and he who curses Israel shall be cursed". This does not mean that the Christian agrees with every decision or action of the Israeli government or people but we are acknowledging "God's choice". Israel knows full well that when they do wrong the God of Abraham chastens them.

All Christians, everywhere ought to stand with Israel in it's quest to regain and maintain control over all the Land which Jehovah promised to Abraham. I encourage you to become more acquainted with what the Scriptures say about Israel. Know WHERE you stand and WHY in a time when so much propaganda is spread around about this nation which plays a very important role in God's predestinated plan.

This link is not intended as "political-propaganda" but rather the sounding of a trumpet - a definitive Biblical Christian statement of Truth which desperately needs to be sounded in an age when Satanic Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world. Some readers, not familiar with what the Bible teaches about Israel, may conclude that some areas of this statement are partisan or debatable. But we have taken the utmost care to give clear, forceful, Biblical proof to back up our presentation. It is our prayer that after considering the information presented, you will have no Scriptural doubt whatever concerning "Israel's Right to the Land."

"WHAT RIGHTS DOES ISRAEL HAVE TO ALL THE LAND THEY CONTROL?"

According to Revelation 3:14-22 the Gentile Church is living out it's "final phase" - The Laodicean Age. This is the Age of the "people's rights". There has never been so much discussion and thought given to "rights." The "rights" of individuals, the "rights" of the "fetus", the "rights" of minority groups, even the "rights" of prisoners, the ''rights'' of different political and/or religious views as it relates to life, liberty, wealth, human dignity, and of course, property. Then there are the "rights" of nations. Men have fought and died over the "right" to control other human beings, property, and other nations. And no piece of land has been more coveted and fought for than that little parcel of ground on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Since the captivity of the Kingdom of Israel in 722 B.C. and, of the Kingdom of Judah in 556 B.C. that little parcel of ground has been conquered and ruled by one Gentile Kingdom after another other - claiming "the right" to have dominion over the land which God gave to Abraham and his seed through Isaac for an everlasting possession.

Now, in the 21st century another people are claiming right of ownership over the Land of Israel - a people who call themselves "The Palestinians". Possessing a "Hitler-like" spirit and attitude toward the "Jews", the Palestinian Leadership seeks the destruction of the Jewish State, claiming that the Jews are "occupying" the Palestinian State. The truth is that there NEVER WAS a Palestinian State - that is a propaganda ploy started in 1962 when the people who came to be known as "the Palestinians" were driven from the West Bank. Historically, the word "Palestinian" referred to ANYONE who lived in that geographical area, which previous to WW2 included what is now the State of Jordan. Jews were also known as Palestinians up until 1948 - the time of "NOT the beginning but the restoration" of the Jewish State. Another historical fact is that since the time of Christ many Jews have always resided in the Land.

NOTE: The modern State of Jordan is NOT an ancient State. Like the rest of Palestine it was dominated by different conquerors - the last being the British, who in 1946, out of appreciation for Arab assistance during times of war relinquished it's mandate over Jordan (or Transjordan as it was then called). By the terms of the Treaty concluded at that time Transjordan received recognition as a sovreign independent State. Therefore, it is a relatively young State.

In this Age of the "people's rights" "Who has the "right'' to determine "rights"?" Does that "right" or "authority" belong to the wealthy, the largest ethnic group, or the most powerful or strongest military machine? The world is in a crisis, with individual against individual, group against group, and nation against nation - one challenging the "authority" of the other. The vast majority of human beings are ignoring Him who alone possesses "absolute" authority and power - The God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. To determine Israel's right to the Land we turn, not to any particular nation, people or leader, we consult the Word of God - The Bible.

Even when dealing with the problem of morality - by what authority or standard do we determine what is morally "right" or "wrong"? Today's very secular world has determined NOT to allow "thoughts of God" or the "Bible" to influence their opinion of what is right and what is wrong. Therefore, man left to himself drowns in secularism; or with secular tools digs himself a ditch and falls into it - always striving but NEVER attaining. A perfect example of this is "how" the nations approach and try to solve the issue of Israel and the Palestinians, as it relates to "who owns what" in that Land which is presently under Israeli control - Who owns The West Bank? Who owns the Golan Heights? (Biblical Judea and Samaria) Who owns Jerusalem? Who possesses the "RIGHT" to inhabit and control it all?

Only when the issue is approached from a Biblical standpoint can there be success in any negotiations. More was accomplished through the "Camp David Accord" with Presidents Carter and Sadat, and Prime Minister M. Begin, than has been accomplished in all the summits held since that time to settle the problems in the Middle East. What was the "secret" of Carter, Sadat and Begin's success? President Carter and Prime Minister Begin had convictions which were founded upon what the God of Abraham said about Israel and the Land. I suspect that President Anwar Sadat was not ignorant of God's promises to Israel, recognizing that they (Israelis and Egyptians) were "Brethren".

The middle East is the "Land(s) of the Bible". It's "history" and it's "future" is inter-woven with Scripture. The two cannot be separated. The destiny of each nation is sealed into the Word of God - it cannot be altered. Because people fail to see things from a Biblical perspective, they still ask: "What rights does Israel have to the land?" The world seems to focus on the "rights of the Palestinians" as opposed to the "rights of the Israelis". Israel is presented as the "bad guys" because they won't give the Palestinians some land to call their own. Just from a natural, common-sense stand-point, this scenario is ludicrous. In the first place, the Palestinians are no more than Arabs whose forefathers came from the surrounding Arab countries. Secondly, WHY in the world would they insist that Israel give a portion of the smallest country (having less than one percent of land) in the Middle East to the Palestinians when the surrounding Arab countries have thousands of square miles of un-used land? It's just not logical thinking - in fact, it is nothing less than insanity. Does it make sense to allow your enemy to establish a country of his own within your land? That would be like America allowing Russia to set up military bases next to the White House, in Washington.

QUESTION: "Who has the absolute authority to sanction Israel's right to the Land?"

The Only Christian ANSWER: "God alone determines the "rights'' that any of us have, including Israel's "right" to the Land."

Human feelings, reasons and rationale have nothing to do with it. The very existence of God, His omnipotence and omniscience gives Him the right to determine our all rights. Without God there is no morality; without God there is no absolute; The whole Bible is the inspired "Thus saith the Lord" - that's our Authority! Israel's history was and is the result of Divine authority and direction. Almighty God has already determined the rights of Israel to its land. Think not that God is a passive observer to all that takes place in the land of Israel. Through His servant Moses the Lord God said in Deuteronomy 11:12, "a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year."

Defining "The Land"

Before considering what God says about the land of Israel, let's set the boundries of the "land" we're discussing. What "land" are we talking about? Genesis 15:18 gives us some boundries to consider:

"The Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, 'To your seed I have given this land, from the river of Egypt, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates."

Many times God has referred to this land, calling it "the land of Canaan." When the Lord spoke to Moses in Numbers 34:1-15 He gave more detailed insight concerning the boundries of this "Land". He was specific about it's southern, western, northern, and eastern borders. There are details in Numbers 34 which will show that the so-called "Israeli occupied" land, by Divine Right, belongs to Israel.

In order to answer the question, "What rights does Israel have to its land?" I would like you to consider the following Biblical facts. Some would challenge our Biblical arguements saying, "of course, the Bible favors the Jews because it was written by Jews". Regardless of who was involved in the writing of it's statements and prophecy, history bears record to the fact that Jehovah has acted according to what is written in the Book. This alone explains WHY the Jews have survived 4000 years of history, six civilizations and dispersion over four continents - it is a testimony to the Power of Jehovah and not the writters of the Book. One doesn't need a lot of education to comprehend this. Therefore we can accept the Divinely Inspired Bible as fact.

Fact Number One: This Land belongs to God! Leviticus 25:23 states: "The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me."

Fact Number Two: The Land was given by God to the seed of Abraham! In Genesis 12:7, we read: "The Lord appeared to Abram and said, 'Unto thy seed will I give this land." In Genesis 13:15, He repeated His promise when He said, "for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever." He said the same thing in Genesis 15:18, "Unto thy seed have I given this land."

Fact Number Three: The Gift of this Land to Abraham and his Descendants was based on an Unconditional Covenant from God Himself! Genesis 17:7-8 states: "And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God unto thee and thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."

The sign of that covenant for Abraham and his seed was circumcision. Twice in this passage God mentioned the everlasting nature of this covenant. There are some today who say that this covenant was conditional, that it was based on Israel's faithfulness to God. The Bible teaches otherwise. In Psalm 89:30-37 we read:

"If his children forsake My law, and do not walk in My judgments, if they break My statutes, and keep not My commandments, then I will visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless, My loving kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer My faithfulness to fail. MY COVENANT WILL I NOT BREAK, NOR WILL I ALTER THE THING THAT IS GONE OUT OF MY LIPS. Once have I sworn by My holiness; I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before Me. It shall be established forever like the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven."

We agree that God promised to judge His people if they disobeyed Him. We do not agree that Israel's disobedience would forfeit their right to that land. The promise of the land was not based upon Israel's performance but upon God's oath and character - He will not lie! Deuteronomy 7:7-9 reminds us:

"The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for ye were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, who keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations."

Fact Number Four: This Land was not given to any of the seed or descendants of Ishmael, but rather to the seed (descendants) of Isaac. I have no bitterness toward the descendants of Ishmael, nor do I wish to be unkind to our Arab friends. However, I must be faithful to what I know the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that Abraham did consider Ishmael as a possible descendant to whom God would give this land. In Genesis 17:18 Abraham said to God, "Oh that Ishmael might live before Thee!" But God corrected Abraham and stated very clearly what His Divine intentions were. In Genesis 17:19 God dis-inherited Ishmael from the land, saying, "...Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him."

God did promise to bless Ishmael and to make him a great nation, but His covenant to Abraham and his descendants was to be accomplished through his son Isaac, not Ishmael. The New Testament agrees with this in Hebrews 11:18 when it says, "In Isaac thy seed shall be called."

Fact Number Five: This Land was not given to the other sons of Abraham, but only to Isaac! Abraham had another wife besides Sarah and the Egyptian concubine, Hagar. Her name was Keturah, and she bore him six sons, ancestors of many Arab peoples today. Genesis 25:5-6 tells us this fact: "Now Abraham gave all he had to Isaac; but to the sons of his concubines, Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east. " The Bible is quite clear about the giving of this land to Isaac, the unique son of Abraham. In Genesis 26:3, God said: "Sojourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham."

Fact Number Six: Neither was this Land given to the Descendants of Esau, but only to Jacob! When Isaac and Rebecca finally had children, the first twin to come out of her womb was Esau, rather than Jacob. According to the Bible, Esau sold his birth-right as the firstborn son to Jacob. Later on, the blessing of Isaac, which should have gone to the firstborn son, Esau, was placed upon Jacob. Esau lost the birth-right and the blessing. Some people have tried to say that the birthright and blessing still belong to the descendants of Esau, rather than Jacob, because of the unusual circumstances involved, and because Esau was the first-born son. To argue this point is to deny what God said to Rebekah while Esau and Jacob were still in the womb. In Genesis 25:23 we find these words, "And the LORD said unto her, Two nations [are] in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and [the one] people shall be stronger than [the other] people; and the elder shall serve the younger."

In the New Testament, in Romans 9:10-13 we find these words, "And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins were not yet born, and had not done anything good or bad, in order that God's purpose according to His choice might stand, not because of works, but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, "The elder will serve the younger". Just as it is written, 'Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."

God chose Jacob over Esau because, according to His foreknowledge God knew what Esau's attitude would be toward the birthright - Esau despised the Birthright. That's why God said, "the elder shall serve the younger". Jehovah alone, knowing the end from the beginning, has the sovreign right to declare who owns the land!

In Genesis 28:4, Isaac said to Jacob:

"May He (God) also give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your seed with you; that you may possess the land of your sojournings, which God gave to Abraham.

But it wasn't simply the words of his father Isaac that guided the future of Jacob. It was a direct revelation from God Himself that convinced Jacob of his destiny . In Genesis 28, verses 10-17, Jacob had a dream one night of a ladder reaching up to heaven, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon it. The Lord God revealed to Jacob His message about this land. In verses 13-15, we read:

"I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. Your descendants shall also be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And behold, I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."

In Genesis 35:9-15, God again appeared to Jacob, changed his name to Israel, the name of this land, and made this promise to him (verses 11-12):

"I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings come forth from you. And the land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, And I will give the land to your descendants after you."

According to Genesis 36:6-9, Esau took his descendants and all his possessions and went to another land away from his brother Jacob. Esau lived in the hill country of Seir. The Bible tells us that Esau is Edom. It specifically tells us that the descendants of Esau are the Edomites, and that this land was not their land.

In Genesis 46:4, when Jacob was considering the, move to Egypt during the days of famine, God once again appeared in a vision, and said these comforting words: "I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again." That this truth was clearly in the heart of Jacob is evident even when he was old and near death. In Genesis 48:3-4, Jacob said to Joseph, his son: "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and He said to me, 'Behold I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I wil I make you a company of peoples, and will give this land to your descendants after you for an everlasting possession." The word "everlasting" is obviously a long time!

Proving that 'the land' belongs to Israel we have the testimony of God Himself; we have the testimony of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (Israel); and now Joseph further establishes the fact that the Land belongs to the Jews. Joseph, who died in Egypt, wanted his bones to be taken to this land. He said to his brothers in Genesis 50:24: "I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you, and bring you up from this land (Egypt) to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob." God's oath is behind God's promise!

Fact Number Seven: God continued to remind the children of Israel of this Covenant during their bondage in Egypt and wilderness wanderings!

During the Hebrews intense bondage in Egypt their faith was in a coming deliverer to lead them back to the Promised Land. Exodus 2:24 says: "So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." The purpose of the exodus from Egypt was to take them to their promised land. Speaking to Moses in Exodus 3:8 God says:

"So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite."

The Lord repeated these words to Moses in Exodus 3:15-17. In Exodus 6:1-8, God again spoke to Moses and reminded him of His covenant. In verse 4, He said, "And I also established My covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they sojourned." In verse 8, God said, "And I will bring you to the land which I swore to give to you for a possession; I am the Lord."

God, holding the "title deed" to all the earth, decreed to take the land (place) "occupied" by the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, the Jebusites and give it to the seed of Abraham 'through' Isaac. Since the land, by divine Right didn't belong to the others, God instructed the Children of Israel to "go in and take possession of the land" from the inhabitants.

In giving instructions concerning the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, God said in Exodus 13:5, "And it shall I be when the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, which He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall observe this rite in this month."

In Exodus 15:17, in his 'song' Moses said, "Thou wilt bring them and plant them in the mountain of Thine inheritance, The Place, 0 Lord, which Thou hast made for Thy dwelling, The sanctuary, O.Lord, which Thy hands have established." In the eyes of the inhabitants of the land Moses might have been mixed up in his politics, but one thing for sure Moses had his theology right! It was God's land and His place of dwelling! The political leaders of both the Western and Arab worlds need to get their Theology right.

While on Mount Sinai receiving God's laws and commandments, Moses intercedes for sinful Israel by reminding God of His promise, saying in Exodus 32:13: "Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Thy servants to whom Thou didst swear by Thyself, and didst say to them, 'I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heavens, and all this land of which I have spoken I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever." Constantly throughout the wilderness wanderings, God was reminding them of His covenant - His promise to give them their land.

Fact Number Eight: God God told Israel to conquer the Land which He had given to them!!

In Deuteronomy 1:8 we read:

"See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them."

It was not because Israel was righteous that God had them drive out the nations living in the land. It was because of the wickedness of those nations and the oath that God had made to give that land to Israel.

again Deuteronomy 9:3-5 says: "Know therefore today that it is the Lord your God who is crossing over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and He will subdue them before you, so that you may drive them out and destroy them quickly, just as the Lord has spoken to you. Do not say in your heart when the Lord your God has driven them out before you, 'Because of my righteousness the Lord has brought me in to possess the land, 'but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is dispossessing them before you. It is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land, but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord your God is driving them out before you, in order to confirm the oath which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

God said to Joshua, "Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun, will be your territory."

Yes, without a doubt the "land - the terrorities" upon which the State of Israel is established, belongs exclusively to the Jews. And moreover, it is not in the power and authority of modern day Jewish leaders to "give" any part of it to another people. He who tampers with God's Covenant answers, not to the United States, the Arabs, or the Palestinians, but to Almighty God.

We have Scripture after Scripture which speak of Israel's dispersion and regathering back into the land of Israel. God's promise to Israel is as certain as the existence and order of the universe itself. In Jeremiah 31 we find that the Lord God has bound Himself to Israel forever... "...Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, [and] the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts [is] his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, [then] the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD."

To destroy Israel one must first destroy the 'order' of the Sun, the Moon and stars; to destroy Israel one must first measure the heavens and search out the foundations of the earth - such is the measure in which Israel is tied into the plan of God. HE has promsed, "...when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, nor will I so abhor them as to destroy them, breaking My covenant with them; for I am the Lord"(Leviticus 26).

Fact Number Nine: The Name Of This Land Is NOT Palestine, But Israel!!

Over 2500 years ago the prophet Ezekiel spoke of the restoration of Israel to "it's" land. In his vision the prophet was shown a great valley of "dry bones" (Ezekiel 37)). The Lord said, "Son of man, these bones are the 'whole' house of Israel". Then the Lord asked a question: "Son of man, can these bones live?" And then the Lord instructed the prophet to prophesy upon the bones, saying, "Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will open your graves and cause uou to come up out of your graves, my people; and I WILL BRING YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL."

Notice that the name of the Land is ISRAEL! The land that so often is called the Land of Canaan in the Bible and referred to as Palestine in this modern age. But God says that in the last days it will be called "ISRAEL". God has interpreted His own Word by bringing it to pass - Praise be to the God of Abraham!

Fact Number Ten: Israel's FULL restoration to the Land, with peace, will require the Coming of the Messiah!!!

Today's modern Israeli leaders are attempting to bring peace, not by leading the people back to God in repentance and possessing ALL the land, but by a wishy-washy political process - they're compromising and back-tracking on the Land, foolishly thinking to appease an enemy who is sworn to the "total" destruction of Israel and it's people. Would to God that there were a hundred Menachem Begin's in Israel - those who know the promises of God to Israel; and that their only true ally is not the United states but the "God of Abraham".

Though the Jews have over the centuries suffered terribly at the hands of Christians, yet, in this age when the "mystery of God" is finished true Bible believing Christians everywhere support Israel and it's people - WHY????? Because, whether Jew or Gentile, we know that according to the Divine Scriptures, the Gentiles would be blessed through the promise given to Abraham. As Gentile Christians we know that the only ultimate hope of the world and world peace is the coming of the Messiah to Israel. The prophets have spoken of it over and over again.

Jeremiah prophesied..........

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Isaiah prophesied saying........

And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me, this [is] my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that [is] upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Ezekiel prophesied saying........

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made [them] afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I [am] the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

Yes, the day of Israel's FULL restoration is near! Messiah, the Prince of peace, even the Kink of peace shall reign. Until He comes to Israel, Bible believing Christians MUST stand and support Israel's right to the Land. It is a Divine right! Be patience with those who do not believe the Bible, nor accept Israel's right to the Land. God's Word cannot fail. We MUST strongly support Israel's right. We cannot do otherwise and have clear consciences. We cannot say on the one hand that we believe there is a God who has revealed His perfect will in His Holy Scriptures, and on the other hand, deny Israel it's right to the Land which God promised to her. In the Words of the Psalmist we are committed to Israel.......

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, [and] prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace [be] within thee. Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

Shalom

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