Saturday, March 21, 2015

Whose Land Is It Really?

A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.  Psalms 24:1  NKJV

By now, I am sure, most everyone is aware of the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party in the election in Israel this past week.  Despite much opposition, including apparent interference by this administration, Netanyahu won the election by what in Israel politics would be considered a wide margin.  Most of the talk, however, has centered on a statement made by Netanyahu in the days before the election which to some, sounded as if he was abandoning his commitment to establishing a Palestinian state.

While being interviewed by the NRG, an Israeli news site, he was asked the question is it true a Palestinian state will never be formed while he was the prime minister.  Netanyahu replied in the affirmative, also going on to state that by giving territory away to the Palestinians for a state would actually, in effect, be giving land away for the establishment of bases for attacks by radical Islam against the state of Israel.  To anyone with a working knowledge of Palestinian politics, and the state of affairs between Hamas and Fatah, the statement by Netanyahu was simply an acknowledgement of the reality of what would happen at this time if Israel were to agree to give up more land.

Of course, the reaction by the world to this statement was easily predictable and swift in its appearance; almost universal condemnation.  Should we really be surprised?

Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision.  Psalm 2:1-4  NKJV

With this in mind, I thought I would share something today which immediately came to my mind as I followed the events of this past week, and the reaction by Israel’s enemies; “whose land is it anyway?”

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it. I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up From the land I have given them,” Says the LORD your God.  Amos 9:13-15  NKJV

God has a message in verse fifteen that the world should pay particular attention to, and that is simply this; Israel isn’t going to go away.  What the world refuses to believe is that Israel cannot, and should not, attempt to give away the land that God has given them.

“And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. “Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”                            Genesis 17:7-8  NKJV

Granted, for the most part the world does not believe in God, nor the fact that He has the right to “interfere” in the affairs of this world, yet God certainly makes it clear that this unbelief will have no effect on the decisions He will make concerning the earth in general, and Israel in particular.  I have mentioned before that I believe Prime Minister Netanyahu may well be a believer, and certainly has a working knowledge of God’s Word and the promises it contains.  Considering that, is it all that hard to understand some of the statements and decisions he has made in his efforts regarding Israel’s security?

The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.  Zechariah 12:1-3  NKJV

How do you spell “futility”?  Personally, I would say opposing Israel rather than supporting it.  I think it important as well for us to look at what God had to say about bringing Israel back from being scattered among all the countries of the world in His prophecy of the “dry bones” we find in Ezekiel chapter thirty seven.  This prophecy was fulfilled in 1948 when Israel was again established as a nation, and more importantly, notice where God says they will live.

Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. “Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.  Ezekiel 37:11-13  NKJV

Where does God say He will bring them?  Israel, not Palestine.  In God’s eyes, this portion of land is called Israel, and it is His to give to whomever He wishes.  He chose to give it to the Jews for an “everlasting possession” and also promises to protect that possession.   The talk this week is about how the United States is now “rethinking” its support of Israel in light of the statement made by Prime Minister Netanyahu as a way of forcing them to agree to give up land for a Palestinian state.  I suggest those who believe that could work should first read a book written by William R. Koenig which points out the error of that point of view.  This is the introduction you will find on Amazon about the book, Eye To Eye.

Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel  

What do these major record-setting events have in common?
• The ten costliest insurance events in U.S. history • The twelve costliest hurricanes in U.S. history • Three of the four largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history • The two largest terrorism events in U.S. history
All of these major catastrophes and many others occurred or began on the very same day or within 24-hours of U.S. presidents Bush, Clinton and Bush applying pressure on Israel to trade her land for promises of "peace and security," sponsoring major "land for peace" meetings, making major public statements pertaining to Israel’s covenant land and /or calling for a Palestinian state.
Are each one of these major record-setting events just a coincidence or awe-inspiring signs that God is actively involved in the affairs of Israel?
In this book, Bill Koenig provides undeniable facts and conclusive evidence showing that indeed the leaders of the United States and the world are on a collision course with God over Israel’s covenant land.
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem" (Zechariah 12:9)

Trying to force the state of Israel to give up the land given to them by God is not only a bad idea; I believe it is also a recipe for disaster.  If in fact our government adopts this position I would suggest it will do so at its own risk.

First and foremost, it’s God’s land.

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