Who honestly has the rights to the Land of Israel/”Palestine”?

Originally posted August 25, 2021

“In the same day, the LORD made a covenant with Abram (Abraham), saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt (Nile?) unto the great river, the river of Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”
Genesis 15:18-21
When God Promised Abraham and his descendants a specific land area for their eternal possession, He first gave a geographical explanation of the boundaries being from the “…river of Egypt (Nile) unto the great river of Euphrates.” As you can see from the map above, the land mass Promised is far greater than what the Nation of Israel today possesses. In fact, it includes the lands today known as parts of Egypt, Jordan, parts of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, the Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon, and parts of Turkey. While many believe this “new” nation of Israel will not be in the final possession of the Jews until the 1,000-year Millennium reign of Jesus Christ from Jerusalem, the land “ownership” itself has been in dispute with Israel’s neighbors for thousands of years. Please remember, however, there NEVER has been a country of Palestine. When the Roman Hadrian finally defeated the Jews in 135 A.D. and killed many, he dispersed the rest to the four corners of the world and renamed Israel as “Syria Palestina” so the Jews would never be able to claim that land was theirs. But God had already given it to Abraham and his descendants FOREVER!
Interestingly, God not only gave a geographical boundary to the land He was giving to Abraham and his descendants forever, He also mentioned the people that would be living in those lands at that time to further define the boundaries. The Scripture above names them but most of us would probably gloss over their names when reading this passage because those names today are not well known. Ultimately, God was giving land to the descendants of Abraham but acknowledged those lands were occupied at the time by the tribes which He mentioned. When I read the Book of Genesis, I was wondering who these people were. A detailed search of the internet gave me the answers I was looking for. For example, the Kenites were people living in what we know of today as Lebanon, Syria and Northern Israel.
Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 15:18-21
  • Kenites – Lebanon, Syria, North Israel
  • Kenizzites (aka Druze) – Lebanon, Syria, North Israel
  • Kadmonites – Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip, West Jordan
  • Hittites – Turkey, Syria
  • Perizzites – Israel, Nomads
  • Rephaims – Israel
  • Amorites – Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Kuwait, Syria
  • Canaanites – Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria
  • Girgashites – Israel
  • Hivite – Lebanon
  • Jebusites – Israel (those who settled and created Jerusalem (Jebus)

When you place these indigenous people on a map today you can easily see the boundaries of the land God gave to Abraham matches exactly today’s map of the Middle East. That area matches the map above and yet, the Jews do not yet possess the total land God Promised them. Why not?

“And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee. Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare IN THE MIDST OF THEE (capitals mine).”
Exodus 34:10-12
God told the people of Israel He would drive out those inhabitants to make way for the Jews to possess their land. But, He also told them to NOT make any covenant with them. They were to be driven out of that specific land in order to give the land to the Jews AND they would have their own land (the rest of the Middle East). Do you remember when God promised Egyptian born Hagar, the handmaiden of Abraham’s wife Sarai (Sarah), who bore Abraham’s first son Ishmael (Two Brothers from different Mothers are shaping today’s world!) that He would make of her son a “great nation”?
Since Sarah was old and didn’t believe God could make her pregnant with the Promised son Abraham would have, she took it upon herself to have Abraham impregnate Hagar in order to fulfill God’s Promise with the birth of Ishmael. Of course, that was not God’s plan and eventually Sarah did become pregnant with Isaac. It was eventually Isaac who would lead the Jews into their God Promised Land. Unfortunately, Isaac and his descendants DID NOT do as God had told them and warned them about, even to the point of describing those people who today are “…thorns in your sides” and who shall “…vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.”

“Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye are passed over Jordan into the land of Canaan (Israel); Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images and quite pluck down all their high places: And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: For I have given you the land to possess it. And ye shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families: and to the more ye shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer ye shall give the less inheritance: every man’s inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falleth; according to the tribes of your fathers ye shall inherit. BUT IF YE WILL NOT DRIVE OUT THE INHABITANTS OF THE LAND FROM BEFORE YOU: THEN IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT THOSE WHICH YE LET REMAIN SHALL BE PRICKS IN YOUR EYES, AND THORNS IN YOUR SIDES, AND SHALL VEX YOU IN THE LAND WHEREIN YE DWELL. MOREOVER, IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT I SHALL DO UNTO YOU, AS I THOUGHT TO DO UNTO THEM (capitals mine).”

Numbers 33:51-56

Just as God commanded the Jews to kick the people in Israel out of the land, they did not follow His Words. He ultimately removed them from the land of Israel and dispersed throughout the entire world them for almost 2,000 years (135A.D. until May 14, 1948) exactly as He said He would IF they did not do as commanded.

If you have followed my posts for a while, you know I have written extensively about two future wars (The War of Psalm 83 and The War of Gog and Magog). The critical difference in these two wars is the first to occur, the War of Psalm 83, will be launched by those countries on the immediate borders of Israel. This appears to be what is happening in Israel TODAY! In the Scripture below, I believe you can see the words prevalent today in these Muslim countries with their terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, etc. They all want to erase the name Israel and drive the Jews out of the land and into the sea!

“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in rememberance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmeelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.”
Psalm 83:4-10
Like my exercise above, I believed it to be prudent to search the internet to try to determine what countries and people comprise those invaders spoken of in Psalm 83. The results were staggering, but not surprising! The difference between the two groups of people named in Genesis and the Book of Psalms is that the Book of Genesis was written in approximately 1500 BC while the Book of Psalms was collected and assembled in approximately 400 BC, about 1,100 years later. That appears to account for the different names of the same areas.
War of Psalm 83
  • Edom – Jordan, South Israel
  • Ishmeelites – Jordan, Desert Tribes
  • Moab – Jordan
  • Hagarenes – Mesopotamia, Syria, Egypt
  • Gebal – Lebanon
  • Ammon – Jordan
  • Amalek – South Israel
  • Philistines – Gaza Strip, Israel
  • Tyre – Lebanon
  • Assur – Syria
  • Midianites, Sisera, Jabin (?)

The second war, the War of Gog and Magog, like the War of Psalm 83 has yet to happen but current events are here making this prophecy inevitable and easily fulfilled today. The difference in these two wars is that while the War of Psalm 83 is a devastating war brought on by Israel’s immediate neighbors, the war of Gog and Magog is started by mostly Muslim countries on the outside of those in the first war but who still have a desire to see the end of the Jewish nation of Israel.

“And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.”

Ezekiel 38:3-6

One last time I decided to research the names listed in the Book of Ezekiel, chapters 38 & 39. As I wrote about in past posts (Why would Russia, Turkey and Iran Invade Israel TODAY? and Will Russia, Iran and Turkey SOON invade Israel?) it is absolutely amazing that in the entire history of the world, Russia, Iran and Turkey have NEVER aligned with each other but today they are!

War of Gog & Magog (Ezekiel 38 & 39)
  • Magog – Russia, Turkey
  • Persia – Iran, Afghanistan
  • Cush – Ethiopia
  • Put – Libya
  • Gomer – Germany
  • Togarmah – Turkey

It is interesting to note, one of the articles I read outlined that Gomer matches up with modern day Germany. The question raised in the article was if Germany is a NATO member, why would they align with Russia? If you recall, just recently President Biden removed the sanctions on the Russian pipeline that would take Russian oil from Russia to …Germany! From there the oil could be used to supply most of Europe with all the oil they need.

However, did you know one of the largest natural gas discoveries in the world was discovered a few years ago off the coast of Israel and they have formed an agreement with Greece to put an underwater pipeline (to be finished by 2024) through Cyprus to Greece and then on to Italy where they would be capable of supplying ALL the natural gas Europe needs? In other words, the Israel oil pipeline could cut off the supply of Russian oil going to Europe through Germany. Oh yeah, on the way to Greece the oil pipeline goes through Cyprus which Turkey believes belongs to them. Do you see how people outside of this group of nations will be asking the leader Gog of Magog “Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” – Ezekiel 38:13. Again, one of the nations asking this question are the “…merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions.” The same internet I have used in all the groups above points out that most Biblical prophetic scholars put the United States, an offshoot of Tarshish (Great Britain) as one of the “young lions” (The UK is symbolized by the lion). Based on recent examples here in the US regarding Afghanistan, does anyone dispute under our current administration, there will be NO help given to the people of Israel by the United States?

To quickly summarize this week’s post, the land of Israel was given by God to the Jews, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob forever. History and prophecy told us what would happen if the Jews did not push the people of that land out and into the land God gave them. As a result, we have had thousands of years of battles over who owns the land of Israel. The Arabs themselves believe they are the offspring of Ishmael, the “first born” of Abraham and therefore were promised the land of Israel. Remember, the Muslim Arabs DO NOT believe in God!  And God described the very nature of the majority of Ishmael’s lineage in Genesis 16:12, “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand will be against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of his brethren.” Does this Scripture explain not only the issues between the Jews and their Arab neighbors but the ongoing Middle East wars of history?

Also, please remember they believe in Allah who is not God. But God was clear:

“And for Ishmael, I (God) have heard thee (Abraham): Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiple him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great (large) nation. BUT MY COVENANT WILL I ESTABLISH WITH ISAAC (capitals mine), which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.”

Genesis 17:20-21

God warned everyone the nature of the descendants of Ishmael and God never lies. He said He gave the land to the Jews so case closed! What is so comforting is we are seeing the literal fulfillment today of so many of the prophecies which will soon happen. Israel will be invaded by their immediate neighbors and be defeated. Perhaps soon after that Russia, Iran and Turkey and their proxies will invade and be thoroughly defeated by God Himself. In a way, I hope we are all  present when either or both of these wars occur because the accuracy of who will invade and the way they will be defeated will enable each of us to go out to our friends and family and proclaim the fulfillment of yet another Biblical prophecy. We shouldn’t do this to scare anyone but rather to do as Jesus instructed us all to do and that is to “…therefore comfort one another with these words.” The Word of God again proven right before our very eyes.

Please forward and share this message with all so we may ensure when Jesus Returns, we, along with our family and friends will be able to meet up with Him in the clouds, at the twinkling of an eye. May God Bless you as we continue to bring as many as possible to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His Gift of eternal Salvation to all who accept His Gift and repent of their sins.

If you would like to read a historical summary of why there has never been a Palestinian state, I would highly recommend you reading the article below by Ken Harris who allowed me to repost:

A crash course on history of PALESTINIAN STATE:
1.   Before Israel, there was a British mandate, NOT a Palestinian state!
2.   Before the British Mandate, there was the Ottoman Empire, NOT a Palestinian state!
3.   Before the Ottoman Empire, there was the Islamic state of the Mamluks of Egypt, NOT a Palestinian state.
4.   Before the Islamic state of the Mamluks of Egypt, there was the Ayubid Arab-Kurdish Empire, NOT a Palestinian state.
5.   Before the Ayubid Empire, there was the Frankish and Christian Kingdom of Jerusalem, NOT a Palestinian state.
6.   Before the Kingdom of Jerusalem, there was the Umayyad and Fatimid empires, NOT a Palestinian state.
7.   Before the Umayyad and Fatimid empires, there was the Byzantine empire, NOT a Palestinian state.
8.   Before the Byzantine Empire, there were the Sassanids, NOT a Palestinian state.
9.   Before the Sassanid Empire, there was the Byzantine Empire, NOT a Palestinian state.
10. Before the Byzantine Empire, there was the Roman Empire, NOT a Palestinian state.
11. Before the Roman Empire, there was the Hasmonean state, NOT a Palestinian state.
12. Before the Hasmonean state, there was the Seleucid, NOT a Palestinian state.
13. Before the Seleucid empire, there was the empire of Alexander the Great, NOT a Palestinian state.
14. Before the empire of Alexander the Great, there was the Persian empire, NOT a Palestinian state.
15. Before the Persian Empire, there was the Babylonian Empire, NOT a Palestinian state.
16. Before the Babylonian Empire, there were the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, NOT a Palestinian state.
17. Before the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah, there was the Kingdom of Israel, NOT a Palestinian state.
18. Before the kingdom of Israel, there was the theocracy of the twelve tribes of Israel, NOT a Palestinian state.
19. Before the theocracy of the twelve tribes of Israel, there was an agglomeration of independent Canaanite city-kingdoms, NOT a Palestinian state.
20. Actually, in this piece of land there has been everything, EXCEPT A PALESTINIAN STATE.
Feel free to use this for the uneducated.
Reposted with permission by Ken Harris from Rapture in the Air Now

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