WHOSE LAND IS IT ANYWAY?
Ezekiel 11:16-20: “‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.” ’ Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” ’ And they will go there, and they will take away all its detestable things and all its abominations from there. Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.’”
On the 25th April, Jewish people will be commemorating ‘Yom Ha’zikaron’ (Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Israeli Soldiers).
So who does Israel, the land that has claimed so many young Jewish lives who died defending her, belong to?
Israel, a tiny strip of land; no larger than New Jersey in America, no larger than the Kruger National Park in South Africa. However so many peoples and nations lay claim to Israel.
The Arabs lay claim to Israel; the British divided Israel (then Palestine); the Americans and the nations say: ‘divide it some more’; the Israelis live in Israel, and G-D calls it: ‘My land’.
So if Israel is G-D’S land, who has He given it to? Let’s have a look at scripture:
In Genesis 17:7-8, G-D speaking to Abraham, declares: “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 to 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.”
We see clearly from Genesis 17:7-8 that G-D gave ‘ALL the land of Canaan’ to the Jewish people as an “EVERLASTING POSSESSION”. He did not give it to the Arab nations, to the Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza, to Hamas, to Hezbollah; He gave it to the Jewish people.
This is confirmed in Psalm 105:8-11 which declares: “He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan, as the allotment of your inheritance,””
Not only has G-D remembered His covenant with Abraham; He made an oath to Isaac (NOT Ishmael); He confirmed it to Jacob, and then to Israel (the Jewish people) as an EVERLASTING covenant.
And, of course, we see the words in Ezekiel 11:17: “‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will gather you (the Jewish people) from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel’”
I have no doubt who Israel belongs to and I have no doubt who G-D gave the land to. Do you?
So to the nations of the world I say: ‘Hands off Israel; it belongs to G-D; He gave it to the Jewish people and you have nothing to do with Israel’.
Israel will stand forever until the glorious day when the Messiah, Yeshua will return to Jerusalem, stand with His feet on the Mount of Olives, fight against the nations who come against Israel and destroy and judge them. Then He will set up His Kingdom in Jerusalem, His city; in Israel, His land.