What land did GOD promise Israel?

What land did GOD promise Israel?

What land did GOD Promise Israel

Ask anyone of the Hebrew Israelites religious inclination of what land did GOD promise Israel? The one they expect to inherit. They will tell you that this is the land over there in the middle east of today. The modern state of Israel occupied by the Jewish people. They will ascertain this by Pointing to certain verses in the Bible.

(Eze_28:25)  Thus says Adonai  LORD; I will gather the house of Israel from out of the nations of which they were dispersed there. And I will be sanctified among them before the peoples, and the nations. they shall dwell upon their land which I gave my servant Jacob.

(Jer 30:3) For behold, days come, says the LORD, and I will return the resettlement of my people Israel and Judah, said the LORD. And I will return them into the land which I gave to their fathers, and they will dominate it.

Seeing they should see and not know

You can easily get that idea if you fail to handle the word of GOD carefully. It sounds straight forward, doesn’t it? The verses include code phrases. These are the land of Israel. The people dispersed among the nations; Return of the captivity; Land was given to Jacob their forefathers. This kind of careless interpretation often belies the key principles of sound Bible studies. There is an underlining principle that GOD conceals the truth of HIS words from the unbeliever.

  • (Luk_8:10) And he said, To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God; but to the rest — in parables, that seeing they should not see, and hearing they should not perceive.
  • (Mar_4:12) That in seeing they should see, and not know; and in hearing they should hear, and not perceive; lest at any time they should turn, and their sins should be forgiven them.

What land GOD promise Israel, Canaan or an eternal one?

We can easily get side-tracked here because we all know that GOD gave the land of Canaan to Israel after they came out of Egypt. We read in (Jos_21:43) And LORD gave to Israel all the land which he swore by an oath to give their fathers; and they inherited it, and dwelt in it. Therefore GOD fulfilled all HIS promises regarding the land of Canaan. Joshua lived in the 13th century BC.

Then obviously the land referenced in (Eze_28:25) and (Jer 30:3) are not about the land of Canaan because both these prophets lived in the 6th century BC. Since Joshua lived in the 13th century, then these must be references to future reality. These are prophecies yet to be fulfilled.

Did GOD promise the land of Israel to unsaved?

An equally important principle of good Bible study is that GOD distinguishes between good and bad Israel. We read the following (Psalms 73:1) O how good is God to Israel, to the ones straight in the heart. So we quickly conclude that HE is good to all Israel, but the second part of the verse defines the ones of Israel that GOD is good to. Obviously “the ones straight in heart”. Therefore GOD will not be good to the ones NOT straight in the heart.

We know that both Israel have two different eternal destinies. Because we read (Isa 10:22) And though the people of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them shall be saved. Also, an even more ominous warning (Mat_8:12) But the sons of the kingdom shall be cast out into the outer darkness; there, there shall be weeping and the gnashing of teeth

The bad ones have trusted GOD away. (Hosea 4:6) My people are likened as ones not having knowledge. For since you thrusted away full knowledge, even I will thrust you away so as to not officiate as priest to me. And as you forgot the laws of your God, I shall forget your children. The term “officiate as a priest” is a term signifying salvation. This verse locks it in.  (Rev_20:6) Blessed and holy is the one having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of the Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years.

GOD promise the land to saved of Israel

So then, did GOD promise the land of Israel to all or only the saved? It is the saved ones. Because we read (Micah 2: 12)  Jacob shall be completely gathered with all his people: I will surely receive the remnant of Israel; I will cause them to return together, as sheep in trouble, as a flock in the midst of their fold: they shall rush forth from among men through the breach made before them Absolutely no doubt that this scripture is referencing the saved of Israel. GOD rescued us in the nick of time! Also, compare the word “remnant” with (Isa 10:22) And though the people of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them shall be saved.

Who did GOD promise to give the land of Israel?

So far, we have ascertained a few things.

  • We will establish that when GOD refers to the land in (Ezekiel_28:25) and (Jer_30:3) HE is not referring to the land of Canaan.
  • And Secondly, the land will only be inhabited by the saved of Israel.

GOD will outline the dichotomy between HIMSELF and unsaved Israel through their disobedience to HIS laws. Here also we will see to our utter amazement that unsaved Israel does plunder and oppress the saved ones.

Israel unsaved leaders hate GOD and saved Israel

Talking to the sons of Israel in the context of Israel’s reality of today (Ezekiel_34:1-10) describes a relationship of oppression, plunder, and neglect to the sons of Israel. In this context, the ones doing the oppression is Israel’s political, social and religious heads. those who generate wealth and social status for themselves, straight off the backs of saved Israel. it is obvious also that They also use their lives as an encouragement to those who want to enter their degeneracy.

But GOD offers solace to the saved

Consequently, GOD is describing a new reality in which HE takes charge and removed them out of the hands of their oppressors and plunderers (Ezekiel 34:11) For thus says the Lord the LORD; Behold, I shall seek after my sheep, and I shall visit them. (Ezk_34:15) I will graze my sheep, and I will rest them. Thus says the Lord the LORD.

(Eze 34:16) The lost I will seek, and the one wandering I will return, and the one being broken I will bind, and the faltering I will strengthen, and the strong I will guard; and I will graze them with equity. The lost in Ezekiel 34:16 corresponds exactly to the “lost” of (Mat_15:24) And responding he said, I was not sent except unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

saves Israel oppressed by unsaved Israel:

Word study:

WORD STUDY- from Strong and Thayer dictionaries
(Ezk 34:4) “THE STRONG(G2478) worked(G2716) in trouble(G3449)
(Ezk 34:16) “the strong(G2478)” I will GUARD(G5442) AND I WILL GRAZE THEM WITH EQUITY(G2917)
(Ezk 34:4) The ones being weak you strengthen not, and the ill having a sickness you rejuvenated not, and the broken you did not bind up, and the one wandering you did not turn back, and the lost you did not seek after, and the strong you worked in trouble.
(Eze 34:16) The lost I will seek, and the one wandering I will return, and the one being broken I will bind, and the faltering I will strengthen, and the strong I will guard; and I will graze them with equity.

The strong-a picture of unsaved Israel

The word Strong(G2478) occurs 27 times in the KJV and has a negative connotation:  (Violent, forcible, boisterous, mighty, powerful, strong (-er, man) These are most definitely a representation of unsaved Israel because GOD goes on to say in (Ezk 34:4) that you (political and religious head of Israel) “worked(G2716) them: to work fully, that is, accomplish; by implication to finish, fashion: - cause, do (deed), perform, work (out)  in trouble(G3449) (a hard and difficult labor, toil, travail, hardship, distress) 

An accurate rendering of the phrase the strong you worked in trouble: The strong-willed, rebellious and sinful ones you (the political leaders, teachers, prophets, and religious head of Israel) encourage, ensnare and fashioned them into more acts of unrighteousness to cause spiritual harm to themselves.   

GOD will mark them for judgment!

(Eze 34:16) the phrase the
strong I will guard; and I will graze them with equity:  guard(G5442) through the idea of
isolation; to watch, that is, be on guard (literally or figuratively); by
implication to preserve. obey, avoid: - beware, keep (self), observe, save. Equity(G2917)
(a decision (the function or the effect, for or against [“crime”]): - avenge,
condemned, condemnation, damnation, + go to law, judgment.) 

An accurate rendering of the phrase would be I will observe, mark and serve to them damnation and judgment.

GOD separate the sheep from the goats

God has another name for the unsaved Israelite. HE calls them “he-goats”

(Ezk_34_17) and you, my sheep, thus says the Lord the LORD; Behold, I separate between sheep and sheep, rams and he-goats.

(Ezk_34:20) On account of this, thus says the Lord the LORD; Behold, I separate between the strong sheep and weak.

Here GOD continue to describe the evil activities of these “strong” sheep and he-goats

(Ezk_34:18) And is it not enough to you that you fed on the good pasture, and the rest of your pasture you trampled with your feet? and the place of water you drank, and the rest with your feet you disturbed?

(Ezk 34:21) With the sides and your shoulders you pushed away, and with your horns you gored, “‘and all the faltering you squeezed out, until of which time you thrust them outside! And I will deliver my sheep, and no way should they be yet for plunder; ‘and I will judge between ram to ram.

GOD speaks about the oppression of the gentiles

(Ezk 34:25) I will ordain with them a covenant of peace. I will obliterate the ferocious wild beasts from the land; they shall dwell in the wilderness, and shall sleep in the forests. GOD will ordain a covenant of peace to the saved of Israel.

WORD STUDY- from Strong and Thayer dictionaries

(Ezk 34:25) “obliterate(G853) The ferocious(G4190) wild beasts(G2342) wilderness(G2048)
(Ezk 34:25) I will ordain with them a covenant of peace. I will obliterate the ferocious wild beasts from the land; and they shall dwell in the wilderness, and shall sleep in the forests.
I will obliterate G853 (to snatch out of sight, to put out of view, to make unseen, to cause to vanish away, to destroy, consume) the ferocious G4190 ( in an ethical sense: evil wicked, bad) wild beasts G2342 (metaphorically a brutal, bestial man, savage, ferocious) from the land(G1093) ; (soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application): - country, earth (-ly), ground, land, world.) and they shall dwell in the wilderness G2048,(solitary, lonely, desolate, uninhabited) and shall sleep in the forests.

The doctrine of Annihilation for the unsaved

the above phrase can be rendered as:

“I will destroy, consume (by fire) the evil, wicked, savage, bestial man from off the earth and let them dwell in an uninhabited land.”

the entire phrase above is a true picture of the true Biblical doctrine of annihilation. to be discussed further in another post

But if you are still not convinced that this is referring to the gentiles, see the following passages.

(Ezk_34_27)  the trees, the ones in the plain will yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her strength. And they shall dwell upon their land in a hope of peace. And they shall know that I am the LORD in my breaking the chain of their yoke, and I will rescue them from out of the hand of the ones reducing them to slavery.

(Ezk_34_28  And they shall not be any longer for plunder by the nations. And the wild beasts of the land no longer in any way shall eat them. And they shall dwell in hope, and there will not be one frightening them.

(Ezk_34_29  And I will raise up to them a plant of peace, and no longer shall they be ones being destroyed by hunger upon the land; and in no way they shall bear any longer the scorning of nations. don’t the gentiles just love to scorn and abuse us now!!

Dealing with apparent contradictions

Another important thing that impacts our understanding of the scriptures is our manner of dealing with apparent contradictions in the bible. At some point, we believe we have established truth on a certain topic. If we run into an obvious contradiction later, we do not investigate the problem further. often electing to cover over or ignore the new information and plow on ahead. We think there may have been an error, or it is something that GOD failed to show us. We must have the mindset that GOD’s word is infallible. If you believe that (Eze_28:25) and (Jer_30_3) means that GOD will one day pick them up and transport them to the Jewish state in the middle, then there must be a problem with the following scriptures:

2Pe_3:7  But the present heavens and the earth, the one of his word, are treasured up for fire being kept for a day of judgment and destruction of impious men.

2Pe_3:10  But shall come the day of the Lord as a thief in the night, in which the heavens by a loud noise shall pass away, and the elements being destroyed by fire shall be loosed; and the earth and the works in it shall be incinerated.

(Mat 24:14)  And this good news of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the entire inhabitable world, for a testimony to all the ones among the nations; and then shall come the end

The present earth will be ended by fire

This world will be ended by fire. If so, then it means that one-day GOD will transport the saved of Israel to this Jewish state. But then HE is going to burn us up with the entire world with us soon after that! That would be a great tragedy for GOD’s saved people. But when confronted with this possibility they will offer scriptures that will contradict. For example, the following:

(Isa_45:17) But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

Other than the contemporary translations which came from the KJV (some are worse in certain cases) I have not found any genuine bibles to say, “world without end”. This is just one of the many lies perpetrated by the KJV translators. This phrase is rendered differently in the following translations:

Apostolic Bible Polyglot (Isa_45:17Israel is delivered by the LORD with an eternal deliverance; they shall not be ashamed,
nor should they feel remorse unto the eon still. The Brenton (Isa_45:17) Israel is saved in the Lord with an eternal salvation: you
shall not be confounded, and you shall not be ashamed for ever and ever. The Hebraic Root Bible (Isa_45:17) Israel is saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation: they shall not be ashamed nor confounded for evermore. First Century Aramaic Bible
(Isa_45:17) Israel is saved in YAHWEH with everlasting salvation (Y'shua*). You shall not be ashamed nor disgraced to the forevers of eternity. 

The heavens and the earth will be re-created

Th Bible never said nor infer that this world will never end. In fact, it says it will end and the heavens and earth will be recreated by the GOD who made it in the first place. For that reason, the Bible can declare

(Rev_21:5) And said the one sitting upon the throne, Behold, I make all things new. And he says to me, Write! for these words are true and trustworthy. 

(Isa_45_18) For thus says the LORD, the one making the heaven, this God, the one introducing the earth and making it; he separated it, he did not make it empty, but he shaped it to dwell in; I am the LORD, and there is none beside. 

(Luk_18:30) Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

What kind of land did GOD promise the saved of Israel? an eternal land!

Now let us re-visit the scriptures that purportedly reference Israel return to the land of Canaan

 (Eze_28:25)  Thus says Adonai  LORD; And I will gather the house of Israel from out of the nations of which they were dispersed there. And I will be sanctified among them before the peoples, and the nations. And they shall dwell upon their land which I gave my servant Jacob.

(Jer 30:3)  For behold, days come, says the LORD, and I will return the resettlement of my people Israel and Judah, said the LORD. And I will return them into the land which I gave to their fathers, and they will dominate it.

In examining these truths we must understand two established facts: Did ever Abraham Isaac or Jacob ever saw or dwelt in the land of Canaan? Nowhere in the scriptures is that evident.
Where are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob now dwelling? The scriptures inform us that they are alive and dwelling in the land that GOD promised them, as evidenced by the scriptures below.

(Mat_8:11) And I say to you, that many from east and west shall come, and shall be lain down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens.

(Mat_22:32) I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of living. Therefore the land that the saved of Israel will inherit is the one occupied now by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The land GOD promised Israel is the Kingdom of Heaven

You may often hear the phrases Kingdom of Heaven and Kingdom of GOD, land of Israel. They are recognized in the Bible as literally the same thing. Try not to get this twisted. These are talking about a real physical entity. This entity will include the (recreated) earth. But the kingdom would be much more. Because when GOD created the earth, HE also created the heavens too. Therefore, the saved of Israel inherits everything, both Heaven and earth as well as immortality! Now compare them with the verse below:

GOD appeared to Speak to Jacob our forefather, while he was in the land of Canaan, said;

(Gen 48:4)  And he said to me, Behold, I will increase you, and I will multiply you, and I will make you into a gathering of nations. And I will give to you this land(G1093), and to your seed after you, for an eternal(G166) possession(G2697)

GOD said and promised him that HE would give him and his seed “this land for an eternal possession” Notice the progression of the conversation:

 ”I will increase you” ….I will multiply your seed enormously. They were multiplied in the land of Canaan and thereafter
“I will make you into a gathering of nations”Israel did not become a gathering of nations when they came into the land of Canaan. They became a gathering of nations during the dispersion as they are now
“and I will give you this land”If this was the land of Canaan, this was not true for Jacob, neither his father Isaac nor his grandfather Abraham. They never came into the land with them. This is obviously referencing eternal Israel
“And to your seed after you , for an eternal possession”so here you have it in summary. Jacob and his descendants will be given the eternal land of Israel to possess to eternity 

The land of Israel our forefathers is the Kingdom of GOD

So which land is GOD referring to? It is Land G1093 (the ground, the earth as a standing place, the earth as a whole) refers to the earth or the entire world in this context. Which would include the heavens? Remember “the meek shall inherit the earth“. This is what the saved of Jacob seed will inherit. The entire earth an eternal G166 (forever, everlasting) possession G2697 (occupancy)

The more things change is the more they remain the same. The Israel of Ezekiel time mirrors that of the current sons of Israel. Because today they still have the same false doctrines.

(Micah 3:11) Her leaders judge with bribes, and her priests answer with a wage, and her prophets are divining with silver; but upon the LORD they rest upon, saying, is not the LORD among us? In no way shall bad things come upon us.  

They still believe GOD is among them and they expect to see good from HIM.

But this is how GOD responded to them, which is still applicable to their descendants

(Eze_33:24)  O son of man, the ones inhabiting the places being made desolate upon the land of Israel, speaking they say, Abraham was one, and he held down the land; and we, we are many; the land was given to us for a possession.

(Eze 33:25) On account of this say to them! Thus says the Lord the LORD; Since you chew upon food with blood, and lift your eyes unto your abominations, and you pour out blood — then shall you inherit the land? 

(Eze 33:26) And you stood with your broadswords, you did loathsome things, and each tainted the wife of his neighbor — then shall you inherit the land? 

The unsaved will not enter the land GOD gave Israel

The obverse is also true for those of the Sons of Israel that are unsaved—

(Ezekiel 13:8-9) On account of this, say! Thus says Adonai the LORD; Because your words are false, and your divinations vain, on account of this, behold, I am against you, says Adonai the LORD. And I will stretch out my hand against the prophets, of the ones seeing false visions, and the ones declaring vain things in instruction of my people. They will not be, nor shall they be written among the writing of the house of Israel, and into the land of Israel they shall not enter; and they shall know that I am Adonai the LORD.

Ezekiel was prophesying to Israel in the physical representation of the kingdom of heaven (Zion) here on earth, Israel. And yet GOD is saying that these false prophets will not be among the writing of the house of Israel.

(the book of life (Rev_3:5), (Rev_13:8), (Rev_20:15) nor enter the land of Israel

These men of Israel is referring to the land of Israel in Canaan, where they think is given to them and their ancestors forever! Because the word of GOD overtook them. Their sins have nullified that covenant GOD made with their forefathers. They no longer had an inheritance in the land, just as their contemporary of today.

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