Missing the point?

March 19, 2013

What Happened to the promised land?

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 Let me be very clear that the devil and his demon followers will try to seduce you in your mind, in your sleep and if  he here does not succeed he will send a person to you, one of his clear followers, another false angel of light now too,  and to try to do this as well now they will do this by    phone, email, personal visit and they  also will ask you to do something wrong on their behalf and/or falsely ask you to take sides in a fight or a dispute, like the one going on between the Muslim and the Jews.   Jews and Muslims are fighting over the sacred, promised land but so what? it does no  belong to any of them anymore..

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And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me;  Luke 12:14  But Jesus asked him, “Mister, who appointed me to be a judge or arbitrator over … to him, “Who appointed me to be your judge or to divide [your inheritance]?”;

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 I love Israel , has nothing to do with the reality they are no longer entitled to claim the Promised land as I have detailed.. or that Most of them will not go to heaven Romans 2 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

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Now God had promised  that He would give all the land of Canaan (modern Israel) to Abraham and his descendants. The kingdoms of David and Solomon did indeed stretch from the river of Egypt on the Sinai peninsula (not the Nile), across the Syrian Desert to Tiphsah on the Euphrates. When the children of Israel entered the promised land under Joshua, and took possession of it, the land was distributed among the 12 tribes. The selection of the  particular areas where each tribe would dwell was by lot.  In the NT, the land promise of the OT is fulfilled in Christ. Paul said “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.”  2  Corinthians 1:20   

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It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

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But there is still a serious debate whether  this God give land was given conditionally and  that it was not forever still..  “Israel does not currently enjoy a divine right to the Land. But I would argue that it has never been by divine right but rather by divine mercy that Israel  has dwelt in the Land.” John Piper. 

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Moses and the Hebrew Prophets repeatedly state that the land belongs to God and residence there is always conditional. For example, in Leviticus 25: ‘The land must not be sold permanently, because the land  is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants’ (Leviticus 25:23). The Scriptures  are very clear: residence in the land was always conditional. Notice the “if” and “because” in  Deuteronomy 19:8 If   the LORD your God enlarges your territory, as he promised on oath to your ancestors, and gives you the whole land he promised them, because you  carefully follow all these laws I command you today—to love the LORD your God  and to walk always in obedience to him. (Deuteronomy 19:8-9) Through your own fault you will lose the inheritance I  gave you. I will enslave you to your enemies in a land you do not know, for you have kindled my anger, and it will burn forever. (Jeremiah 7:4)

God declared that his judgment upon Israel for her unbelief would include removal from the Land. The  Jews had also been expelled from their promised  land 3 times already, and will be expelled again in the future according to Biblical prophecy by some persons.. Most of Israel they still do not acknowledge Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Today even the majority of Jews do not believe in Jesus and they have broken covenant with God and thus have no divine claim at this time to the land God had once promised them. And  the future of the land promised to Israel becomes subsumed under the promise of God that all believers will “inherit the land … because the entire new heavens and new earth will be Christian owned. Some people claim that God will establish a Jewish state   during the Millenium although there is no New Testament support of this? http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/left-out-of-the-kingdom-of-god-jews-included/

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Clearly even do note the contrast between the old and New Testament next in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus takes a promise made to the Jewish people concerning the Land from Psalm 37, and applies it to his own followers living anywhere in the world. Psalm 37:11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. vs Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Acts 3:24-25) says” Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed. “ Paul similarly asserts, ‘If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.’ (Galatians 3:29). Even Apostle Peter claims that the promise made to Abraham (Genesis 12:3; 22:18) were being fulfilled among Christ’s followers. No wonder the Jews hate the Bible and the Christian even these days.

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It was not through the laws, promises alone that Abraham and his offspring now even received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. (Romans 4:13) Faith in God, Jesus Christ even.

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John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

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The inheritance of the Jews or the Christian saints, the promised land now was ultimately never an ‘everlasting’ share of territory in Palestine but it was rather an eternal place in heaven. Hebrews shows that even Abraham, the Patriarchs and later Hebrew saints looked beyond Canaan to ‘another’ country where the covenant promises of God would be fulfilled.

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“For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God… And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one… These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:10-16, 39-40).

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The Promised land had served it’s main purposes – it provided a temporary residence for the ancestors of the Messiah, David’s greater Son, to host the incarnation, to provide a home for the Lord Jesus Christ, and so be made for ever holy through the shedding of his innocent blood upon it. Like an airport runway, the Land provided a base, a strategic launch pad for God’s rescue mission, from which the apostles would take the good news of Jesus Christ to the world. In the New Testament, the Land, like an old wineskin, has served it’s original purpose.

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The Romans kicked out almost all of the Jews from Israel in the first century.. the Jewish language, Hebrew was no longer spoken there next. Most governments today outside Israel claim Israel’s land expansion after 1948  has been illegal. During the seventh century prior to 1948 Arab armies conquered most of the Middle East, including the land now variously called Israel, Palestine and the Holy Land (some 10,000 square miles). This area, including Jerusalem, became part of the Ottoman Empire and was largely under Muslim control until the early 1900’s. Over this period most of the population gradually accepted Islam and so by the mid 19th century  Israel was occupied by some 400,000 Muslims, 75,000 Christians and 25,000 Jews and  the early 20th century the land was a mix of many peoples representing some 50 languages? In the 2nd century AD, the Romans renamed Judea as ‘Palaestina’ in an attempt to minimize Jewish identification with the land of Israel. The Roman Emperor Hadrian began using the term ‘Palestine’ for the whole Land of Israel, and this term has prevailed over the centuries. The final term ‘Palestine’ came to prominence after the Balfour Declaration in 1917, when shortly after this the British were given a ‘Palestine Mandate’. The 1922 Mandate  recognised the existence of a ‘Palestinian people’ , a local Arab population of non-Jewish communities. Naturally the Jews differ on all of this. Soley only old Testament Bible verses are used to try to justify the Jewish claim to their once promised Land since the New Testament clearly  does not formally recognize their right to the land anymore.

The Old Testament Bible instructs the people of Israel how they should treat foreigners (non-Jews). Old Testament Israel was commanded to love foreigners and to let them live normal lives amongst them (Deut 10.19):”When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall do him no wrong … (he) … shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself …” (Lev 19.33,34) “And they (strangers) shall be to you as the native-born among the sons of Israel; they shall be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.” (Ezek 47.22)  Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!( Psalms 133:1) The Jews of today do put up any false excuse as to why  they cannot live with others, Palestinians, Arabs in Israel.  God loves Israelis and Palestinians equally  “Israel “should seek a peaceful settlement not based on present divine right, but on principles of justice, mercy, and practical feasibility.” Israel’s government is secular and should be evaluated by the same standards as any other secular government. “

It is a fact that if you base even your Christian theology on the Old Testament alone you will be in serious error. Major error. http://wittnessed.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/jews-israel-arabs-and-jesus-christ-the-bible/

Classical Biblical Dispensationalist  do teach falsely a clear  distinctions between  especially the Church Age and the  Jews, Millennium,  and do teach  God’s promise to Israel of ultimate possession and enjoyment of the Promised Land in the time of an other Messianic fulfillment, the Millennium
http://pbulow.tripod.com/good.html

Of great significance that John Hagee and his scantly veiled two-covenant theology has falsely overlooked in pursuit of a personal political agenda (in the name of Christianity) called “Christian” Zionism and what appears to be a strong bid to hijack Biblical Christianity and replace it with Judiasm are the powerful words and teachings of Paul written in Romans Chapter 9 and Galatians Chapter 4,5  http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/05/23/good-and-bad-unacceptable-theology/

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God and I love Arabs, Palestinians, Russians, Jews , Chinese, Koreans, American, Germans, etc., yes everyone and do you or do you like to show false partialities? or favoritism?
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Both the Old and New Testaments indicate that God does not show partiality among people, since He is the Creator of all.16 Because of this principle, the Jews were commanded to be impartial. .”So I also have made you despised and abased before all the people, just as you are not keeping My ways but are showing partiality in the instruction. “Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers? (Malachi 2:9-10) “Now then let the fear of the LORD be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the LORD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe.” (2 Chronicles 19:7) Being chosen did not always bring great blessings, since the Jews were held to a higher level of accountability, and were judged for their failures. The Bible makes it clear that God does not show partiality, since He created all people. He commands His people to behave likewise.
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Acts 10 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
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In reality, “the Bible says that the Jews were selected to be a blessing to all the nations of the world. In fact, the same Bible now that says that God chose the Jews also says that God does not show partiality and commands the Jews to love other peoples. The Old Testament indicates that the Jews were not prospered because of their righteousness, since they were “a stubborn people.””

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So where then is the Promised Land finally? It is being prepared for you in heaven if you accept Jesus Christ as your own  Lord and Savior now firstly. For a Christian, to dwell in the land of promise is also a figure, or shadow, of the blessings of living by faith in Christ, in peace, and leaving the wilderness behind. The “wilderness” pictures the progressive journey of a believer to a mature faith. Thus, the land is compared to Eden, where the saints have access to the tree of life, and the promise of immortality. [Ezekiel 36:35; Joel 2:3]

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Do see also 

http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/you-are-a-messianc-jew/

 

 

http://lifebyjesus.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/the-big-difference-between-christianity-and-judaism/

 

http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/the-plymouth-brethren/

http://postedat.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/what-the-bible-says-about-israel-and-the-church/

http://wittnessed.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/do-we-all-realy-now-need-to-support-the-jews-now-why/

http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/even-heaven-awaits-jewish-return-to-god-jesus-christ-and-rather-not-to-the-promised-earthly-land/

http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/the-dangers-of-the-hebrew-roots-messianic-movement/

 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-lies-of-the-false-Christian-Zionism-Movement/166907416793938

10 Comments »

  1. Abraham was promised a land http://tcc.customer.sentex.ca/JLP/JLP.php

    Comment by thenonconformer — March 19, 2013 @ 10:52 am

  2. […] good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God. http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/what-happened-to-the-promised-land/; Contrary to many dispensationalists’ assertion that modern-day Jews are faithful to the Old […]

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  3. […] It is a fact that if you base even your Christian theology on the Old Testament alone you will be in serious error. Major, major error.  http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/what-happened-to-the-promised-land/ […]

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