God’s Promise for the Land of Israel
God’s Promise for the Land of Israel
by Messianic Rabbi Eric Carlson
God promised the land of Israel to the Children of Israel forever! Jews, Christians, Muslims, and the world must know the truth of God’s plan for the Jewish homeland and the reestablishment of Israel’s biblical boarders that He Himself established. Please take a moment and read on as we look at numerous scriptures from the Bible that outline God’s plans and intentions regarding Israel and her land!
Deuteronomy 9:1-6 “Hear, O Israel! Today you are about to cross the Jordan River to occupy the land belonging to nations much greater and more powerful than you. They live in cities with walls that reach to the sky! They are strong and tall descendants of the famous Anakite giants. You’ve heard the saying, ‘Who can stand up to the Anakites?’ But the LORD your God will cross over ahead of you like a devouring fire to destroy them.
He will subdue them so that you will quickly conquer them and drive them out, just as the LORD has promised. “After the LORD your God has done this for you, don’t say to yourselves, ‘The LORD has given us this land because we are so righteous!’ No, it is because of the wickedness of the other nations that he is doing it. It is not at all because you are such righteous, upright people that you are about to occupy their land. The LORD your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath he had sworn to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”.
In this scripture we see that the land was given to the Children of Israel by the Lord Himself, because of His oath and the wickedness of those nations living there at the time. Before we move on I would like to pause at this juncture and mention a very important fact, there has never been a people group called “Palestinians”, nor is there one today! The people living in the land at the time Israel entered it from Egypt were Philistines who, through war and attrition, were completely absorbed into other cultures and no longer exist. The term “Palestine” came from Rome after the Bar Koba revolt in 164 C.E. The term “Palestine” was employed by an angry Rome as a humiliating insult against Israel.
To degrade Israel, the term Palestine was used in reference to her historical arch enemy the Philistines, as a punishment for Israel’s rebellion against Rome (this is historical fact recorded in the writings of Roman historian Flavius Josephus and others!) Most “Palestinians” are physically of Jordanian ancestry, Yasar Arafat was born in Egypt!
Let’s read on!
Psalms 105:7-11 ” He is the LORD our God. His rule is seen throughout the land. He always stands by His covenant the commitment He made to a thousand generations. This is the covenant He made with Abraham and the oath He swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to the people of Israel as a never-ending treaty: “I will give you the land of Canaan as your special possession.” Psalms 135:12-14 “He gave their land as an inheritance, a special possession to His people Israel. Your name, O LORD, endures forever; your fame, O LORD, is known to every generation. For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.”
God’s decree of giving Canaan to Israel is a “never ending treaty”, for a thousand generations, forever because God always stands by His covenants! Psalm 147:1-2 “Praise the LORD! How good it is to sing praises to our God! How delightful and how right! The LORD is rebuilding Jerusalem and bringing the exiles back to Israel.”
God Himself is rebuilding Jerusalem and returning the Children of Israel from Diaspora (dispersion among the nations) back home to Israel and Jerusalem! This is happening world-wide, right now as you read this article!
Isaiah 11:10-16 ” In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to him, for the land where he lives will be a glorious place. In that day the Lord will bring back a remnant of his people for the second time, returning them to the land of Israel from Assyria, Lower Egypt, Upper Egypt, Ethiopia, Elam, Babylonia, Hamath, and all the distant coastlands. He will raise a flag among the nations for Israel to rally around. He will gather the scattered people of Judah from the ends of the earth. Then at last the jealousy between Israel and Judah will end. They will not fight against each other anymore. They will join forces to swoop down on Philistia to the west. Together they will attack and plunder the nations to the east. They will occupy all the lands of Edom, Moab, and Ammon.
The LORD will make a dry path through the Red Sea. He will wave his hand over the Euphrates River, sending a mighty wind to divide it into seven streams that can easily be crossed. He will make a highway from Assyria for the remnant there, just as he did for Israel long ago when they returned from Egypt.” Isaiah 14:1 “For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.” Jeremiah 23:7-8 “In that day,” says the LORD, “when people are taking an oath, they will no longer say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who rescued the people of Israel from the land of Egypt.’ Instead, they will say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the people of Israel back to their own land from the land of the north and from all the countries to which he had exiled them.’ Then they will live in their own land.” Amos 9:14-15 “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.”
The Children of Israel will return a second and last time to re-inhabit the entire land that God gave them, as the bible explicitly states! Edom and the surrounding territory refers to what we know as the West Bank is Israel today. The settlements that are being contested by the world is fulfillment of God’s prophecy as we just read. There is no confusion in this matter. No nation, religion, or people group has replaced Israel or the land of Israel and any political agenda, doxology, or theology that claims to have replaced Israel or is the “New Israel” is not truth and is not of God.
Why is the nation of Israel (slightly larger then the state of Rhode Island) on the front page of the worlds newspapers every day? Because God’s word prophecies that this would be the case and Satan attempts to destroy God’s Holy Word and agenda, read on!
Zechariah 2:10-13 “The LORD says, “Shout and rejoice, O Jerusalem, for I am coming to live among you. Many nations will join themselves to the LORD on that day, and they, too, will be my people. I will live among you, and you will know that the LORD Almighty sent me to you. The land of Judah will be the LORD’s inheritance in the holy land, and he will once again choose Jerusalem to be his own city. Be silent before the LORD, all humanity, for he is springing into action from his holy dwelling.” Zechariah 12:2-4 “I will make Jerusalem and Judah like an intoxicating drink to all the nearby nations that send their armies to besiege Jerusalem. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone, a burden for the world. None of the nations who try to lift it will escape unscathed. “On that day, says the LORD, I will cause every horse to panic and every rider to lose his nerve. I will watch over the people of Judah, but I will blind the horses of her enemies.”
God states in Genesis 12:3 to Abraham and the great Nation (Israel) that was to emerge from his seed, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you” and in Zechariah 2:8 “He who touches Israel, touches the apple of God’s eye”. To be blessed by God, one needs to bless Israel! If America desires to be blessed, it must bless Israel, the Apple of God’s eye! We love the Arab people as does God, but the land of Israel belongs to Israel, period. God’s word declares to the world that any action or thought that promotes removal of any portion of land from the nation of Israel or any foreign invasion or foreign rule is contrary to the very word of God and those perpetrators will be cursed by God and suffer His wrath as stated in Genesis 12! In the “End of Time”, God has a mighty plan for Israel and Jerusalem that will bring all nations together to worship the “One True God”, the living God of Israel!
Zechariah 14:16-17 “In the end, the enemies of Jerusalem who survive the plague will go up to Jerusalem each year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles). And any nation anywhere in the world that refuses to come to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, will have no rain.”
In the following scripture we see God’s plan and purpose for Israel and Jerusalem
Revelation 21:2-3 “And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a beautiful bride prepared for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, the home of God is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.”
Yeshua Himself will fight in the last battle around Jerusalem and after His victory Father will send the new Jerusalem and all Nations will come to this new Jerusalem to worship the God of Israel and God will be with them. That’s why there is a constant battle and struggle over Jerusalem and Israel. The enemy knows God’s plan and through lies and deceit Satan will try to foil the scriptures and Fathers plans but he cannot as he is powerless. This is the very reason we are commanded in Psalms 122:6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper” You can make a difference today, join Sid and the staff here at Messianic Vision, stand in the gap and pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and Israel. It is “OUR” inheritance! Israel is God’s time clock!
For Sid, myself, and the Staff at Messianic Vision,
Sha’alu Shalom Y’erushalayim
Messianic Rabbi Eric Carlson and his wife Rabbitzin Barbara of Newport News Va., have been called to spread the Good News of Messiah Yeshua’s Grace and Glory in the United States and in the countries of the Former Soviet Union (having performed Gods work in Hungary, Russia, and the Ukraine).
Active in Aliyah, the world wide exodus of the Children of Israel back to Israel as prophesied in the Bible, Zion’s Sake has sponsored the return home of over 2,269 Jewish people from Russian and the Ukraine. Through a prophetic vision from God, they were called to spread the “Good News’ of the Jewish Messiah according to the Law of Evangelism; To the Jew First. To provoke the Jewish people to jealousy. To reach the lost and hurting through the Love of Messiah and to feed the starving and clothe the naked in Newport News, Virginia, America, and the Nations.
Rabbitzin Barb Carlson Leads the Zion’s Sake dancers, a “One New Man” (Ephesians 2:15) Messianic Jewish Dance Team. They are dedicated to restoring Jewish and Davidic Dance. Many of their dances consist of the “circle dance” which represents unity. It is also traditional Judaic beliefs that demonic forces cannot penetrate a circle. They dance before the Lord, sowing praise and worship unto the God of Israel!