The Promised Land

The historical man Abraham lived some 4,000 years ago. God gave Abraham and his descendants the Promised Land. The Promised Land, Judea, was originally known as the land of Canaan. Later Palestine became a conventional name used to describe the geographic region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River and their various adjoining lands. Although the boundaries changed throughout various periods of history, they were in modern time defined by Franco-British agreement; but the original boundaries given by God rightfully define the Promised Land. No government or people have the right to alter the deed of God. The Promised Land belongs all and only to the country of Israel forever. No pagans or heathens or any nation can have any legitimate claim of the Promise Land. The Holy Land belongs to the chosen people of God – the Jews.

Palestine is an ancient word meaning ‘Philistines’ or ‘Land of the Philistines’ is used in the Bible to denote the southern coastal region that was inhabited by the Philistines to the west of the ancient Kingdom of Juday. Palestine was a wider region than Biblical Philistia. Aristotle once wrote about a fabled lake in Palestine, such that man or beast would float and not sink because of salt water. Of course it was referring to the Dead Sea. Under the Roman Empire, the land of the Hebrews was called the Province of Judea.

It is wrong today to call the Promised Land that God gave to Abraham and his descendants "Palestine", God calls it "the land of Israel."

Mat 2:20“Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child's life are dead.”

For this cause, no Palestinians, no Arabs, no other races can make claim to the Jewish land. Anyone who makes false claims to the land of Israel is an enemy of God. Any people or Gentile who wants to establish a state on the land of Israel is against God. Any nation who supports a non-Jewish state on the Jewish land is an enemy of God. All enemies of God will be dead and sent to Hell for eternal punishment. The whole size of the land of Israel in Jesus' time should be the same size of the State of Israel now, no more and no less. No one and no power under heaven has authority to give away an inch of the land of Israel to any other race or pagan who is not Jewish.

1.    God revealed the innumerable stars to Abraham.

Gen 15:5,“And He took him outside and said: Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them. And He said to him: So shall your descendants be.”

Note: Heaven in Hebrew is shamayim  which means the visible universe, abode of the stars; - it occurs 420 times in the Old Testament. There are three levels of heaven. The first is the commonly known as the sky where birds and airplanes fly. The second heaven is where the galaxies and stars and planets are, known as the universe. Only recently the scientists discovered the expanding universe. Prophets of Old like Isaiah and Jeremiah knew long ago that God stretched and expanded the universe. The third heaven is the abode of God and angels. 2Cr 12:2,“I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago -- whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows -- such a man was caught up to the third heaven.” Paul had been caught up to the third heaven.

Gen 22:17,“Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.”

Note: God first revealed to Abraham that the stars in the heavens (universe) were too numerous and impossible to count them, and promised his descendants shall be as many as the stars in the universe.

2.    God made a covenant with Abraham.

Gen 15:18-21,“On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”

Note: Covenant in Hebrew is bĕriyth  which means alliance, pledge, treaty, agreement; - it occurs 284 times in the Old Testament. God made a covenant with Abraham and gave his descendants the land of Canaan as the Promised Land which is far greater in area and size that what Israel actually possesses today.

Gen 13:14-17, “The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.”

Note: The ancient document records the north and south and east and west, its length and breadth of the land which God gave to Abraham and his descendants.

3.    God gave the land of Canaan an everlasting possession to the Jews.

Gen 17:8, “I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

Note: Possession in Hebrew is 'achuzzah  which means property, land, possession of the land, possession by inheritance; - it occurs 66 times in the Old Testament. Everlasting in Hebrew is `owlam  which means long duration, for ever, evermore, perpetual, continuous existence, indefinite or unending future; - it occurs 439 times in the Old Testament. The Promised Land that God gave to Abraham and his descendants was an everlasting possession that can never be dispossessed by any nation or people. No infidels and no heathens may make claim to the Jewish land and the capital of the great King - Jerusalem. Anyone who is not a Jew or a Christian is a heathen. Therefore, Arabs, Palestinians, Muslims and others do not have a claim to the land of the Jews.

4.    Joseph coined the Promised Land.

Gen 50:24,“Joseph said to his brothers: I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.”

Note: Promise in Hebrew is shaba` which means to swear, adjure, promise any thing by an oath to any one; - it occurs 187 times in the Old Testament. Joseph was the one who first coined the Promised Land.

5.    God coined the land flowing with milk and honey.

Exd 3:8,“So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.”

Note: Good in Hebrew is towb which means pleasant, agreeable, excellent, fertile; - it occurs 559 times in the Old Testament. Spacious in Hebrew is rachab which means long and broad, wide, large; - it occurs 21 times in the Old Testament. God was the first One who coined the Promised Land, “a land flowing with milk and honey.” I believe it is an idiomatic expression which means a very good and productive land.

6.    God fixed the boundary of the Promised Land.

Exd 23:31“I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you.”

Note: Boundary in Hebrew is gĕbuwl which means border, territory, region, bound; - it occurs 141 times in the Old Testament. God fixed the boundary of the Promised Land. Drive out in Hebrew is garash which means to expel, cast out, drive away, put away, thrust away, thrust out; - it occurs 47 times in the Old Testament. No part or parcel of the Promised Land may be given to the so-called Palestinians or any people. To do so would be to go against God. America has been wrong in many things, but America is right to stand with Israel on the Promised Land.

7.    God separated the Israel from other peoples.

Lev 20:24,“Hence I have said to you: You are to possess their land, and I Myself will give it to you to possess it, a land flowing with milk and honey. I am the LORD your God, who has separated you from the peoples.”

Note: Separate in Hebrew is badal which means to divide, set apart, disjoin; - it occurs 42 times in the Old Testament. God had chosen the Israelites and separated them from other peoples.

8.    Moses described the good land.

Deu 8:7-10,“For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land where you will eat food without scarcity, in which you will not lack anything; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.”

Note: Moses described the good land. Water resources are plentiful in the Promised Land: a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills. Water may soon be more important than oil. After water, food is most important to men. The Promised Land is a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey, a land of plenty. The land is also rich in minerals like iron and copper. A good makes people eat and satisfied.

9.    God cares about the Promised Land.

Deu 11:11-12,“But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year.”

Note: Care in Hebrew is darash which means to resort to, seek with care, enquire of, care for; - it occurs 164 times in the Old Testament. The Lord cares about the Promised Land; the eyes of the Lord are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year. The Lord is not pleased with those suicide bombers and terrorists.

Jos 2:9,“And said to the men: I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you.”

Note: Terror in Hebrew is 'eymah  which means dread, horror; - it occurs 17 times in the Old Testament. Melt in Hebrew is muwg  which means to soften, dissolve, dissipate; - it occurs 17 times in the Old Testament. Just as in the past, the enemies of the Jews will melt away because of the terror of the Lord.

Psa 42:6,“O my God, my soul is in despair within me; therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.”

Note: The land of Jordan was part of the Promised Land, including Mount Hermon and Mount Mizar.

Psa 105:9-12,The covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac. Then He 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 portion of your inheritance, when they were only a few men in number, Very few, and strangers in it.”

Note: Confirm in Hebrew is `amad  which means to stand, remain, endure, take one's stand, be in a standing attitude, continue, abide, persist, make a stand; - it occurs 521 times in the Old Testament. God confirmed the covenant which He made with Abraham for a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant to give the land of Canaan as the portion of their inheritance. Those who falsely claim the Promised Land (now known as Palestine) as their inheritance are fighting against God and violating the covenant which God made with Abraham. Portion in Hebrew is chebel which means a measured portion, lot, part, field, region, inheritance; - it occurs 60 times in the Old Testament. Inheritance in Hebrew is nachalah which means possession, property, heritage; - it occurs 222 times in the Old Testament.

10.    God gave the Promise Land to Israel as a heritage.

Psa 135:12,“And He gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to Israel His people.”

Note: Heritage in Hebrew is nachalah which means possession, property, inheritance, portion, share, portion; - it occurs 222 times in the Old Testament. The Promised Land is a national heritage God gave to Israel His people. All who want take the Promised Land are robbers and thieves. When God gave the Promised Land to Israel, only Egypt and Syria already existed.

Act 13:19,“When He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land as an inheritance—all of which took about four hundred and fifty years.”

Note: Distribute as an inheritance in Greek is kataklēronomeō which means to distribute by lot, receive or acquire as an inheritance; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. God destroyed seven ungodly nations in the land of Canaan in order to distribute their land as an inheritance to the Jews. God will destroy any people or nation who wants to rob the inheritance of the Jews.

Israel is now surrounded by enemies who vowed to destroy them and push them to the sea. Israel does not live securely on the land because the Jewish people had rejected their Messiah Jesus Christ.

11.    Palestine does not belong to the Palestinians.

Palestinian is a misnomer, unlike China belongs to the ChinesePalestine does not belong to the Palestinians. After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., the Jews were scattered all over the world. Peoples who were not Jewish such as Arabs moved into the region, especially under the British rule there were peoples of other cultures and nationalities who lived in Palestinian territories. Since Palestine was the land of Canaan, the Promised Land was given by God only to the Jews, the descendants of Abraham. Those who are not descendants of Abraham, although they may have lived in Palestine under different regimes are not the legitimate owners of Palestine. On May 14, 1948 Israel under David Ben-Gurion regained their statehood and their land from the British Empire. Ever since the independence the hostile Arab nations have been engaging in wars with Israel.

Palestinians may seek a state of their own only in Arab territories, not in the Promised Land. The U.N. has no authority to support a Palestinian statehood at the expense of the Jewish territory. Just like America cannot seek a statehood of Taiwan because Taiwan belongs to China long before the United States existed. For that reason the US-Taiwan Relations Act is an illegal act, a unilateral act taken by the United States. Except Egypt and Syria, Israel existed long before other Arab states. The U.N. Security Council has no jurisdiction or legal ground to make resolution in favor of a Palestinian state.

To use this story as an illustration of the Israel situation. There was a great man called Abraham, God gave his descendants a land called the Promised Land. By the time of King David and King Solomon, Judah was a great nation, rich and powerful kingdom. Later because the Jewish people disobeyed God and they lost their nation under the Roman Empire. The Jewish people were persecuted and scattered all over the world. The barbarians moved to live in the territories, many of their children were born there. After the strong Jewish leader regained their nation and land, the barbarians did not want to move out. If a great mansion of a great lord was lost to barbarians by his weak descendants, later his great great grandson regained the mansion, would it be wrong for him to drive out illegal occupants? Definitely not under any law. Can the illegal occupants make their home in the great estate? Definitely not. Why not? The latter illegal occupants do not have blood relation to the original great lord of the great mansion. The Israel State is unique, the Jewish people are unique, the Jewish religion is unique; they cannot be mixed with other races and other religions to maintain its unique status as God’s chosen people. Unlike the United States, it is a nation of many races; the Jewish State can have only Jewish people as its citizens. The descendants of Abraham cannot be descendants of false prophet and evildoers. The world media has misrepresented the fact about the Palestinian problem, and many peoples of the world do not know the history or fact behind the Promised Land. No international laws and norms can force the Jews to give up their land. Justice can only be served by what belongs to God should return to God. The Promised Land belongs to the Jews; only the Jews can have it. Israel cannot trade the land for peace because the Holy Land belongs to God. Those politicians in order to win Nobel Peace prize proposed to give away the Jewish land in exchange for peace will meet God’s judgment someday. No one can violate God’s sovereignty and get away with it. Theocracy is not democracy. The problem of Arab Palestinians is for Arab nations to solve; it should not be an Israeli problem. Instead of fighting and pushing for a Palestinian state, it is wise for Palestinians to seek settlement in other Arab states. It is duty of Arab states to take their own Arab Palestinians. How about compensation to the Arab Palestinians? Since the Arab Palestinians stayed in the Jewish lands for many generations without paying rent or taxes, there cannot be any compensation for leaving their houses behind.

In a prisoner swap took place on October 18, 2011, 1,027 Palestinian prisoners were freed and one captured Israeli soldier was returned home. The stark contrast was the fact while agents of Hamas looked healthy and strong returning from Israel, the Israeli solder returning from Gaza Strip looked malnourished, terribly pale, sickly thin and frail. The look of the captured Israeli soldier caused a few sympathetic tears in my eyes. I feel pain whenever pain is inflicted upon the weak and helpless. Years ago in America ABC presented a program on the plight of Romanian orphans. When my friends and I were watching on TV how the Romanian orphans were abused, we could not stop tears running down like a river. A human being who has no compassion is not a normal human being.

Torture is prohibited by the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which has been ratified by 147 states. Our subject here is not about war crime, it is about uncivilized behavior. Torture is ten thousand times worse than incivility. The more I learn about Hamas and Islamic terrorists the more I am convinced Palestinians are unworthy to have a state on Jewish land.

12.    God will fight for Mount Zion.

Isa 31:4,For thus the LORD has spoken to me: As a lion roars, and a young lion over his prey (when a multitude of shepherds is summoned against him, He will not be afraid of their voice nor be disturbed by their noise), so the LORD of hosts will come down to fight for Mount Zion and for its hill.”

Note: Fight in Hebrew is tsaba' which means to wage war, go forth to war; - it occurs 13 times in the Old Testament. God is a Warrior like none. God will wage war for Mount Zion and for its hill. The Lord will come down to fight for Mount Zion. Let those nations beware: It is not safe and stupid to fight against the Lord.

2Ch 6:6,“But I have chosen Jerusalem that My name might be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.”

There cannot be two Jerusalems, East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem. There is only one Jerusalem – the capital of the great king David.  Arabs and all gentiles have no claim to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is forever the Capital of the State of Israel.

Let the enemies of the Jews know this: God will fight for Zion, for Jerusalem.

13.    The two states solution.

The U.N. Resolution 1397 passed in 2002 with “a vision of a region where two States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side within secure and recognized borders” is delusional and unrealistic.

(A). A Palestinian state cannot be located in the Jewish land, and Jerusalem is the capital of a great king, can never be the capital of other race, religion or people. The New Jerusalem is the Holy City of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Compromise is not possible. Just as the demarcation of China by America and European nations can never be acceptable. There cannot be any land swaps of the Jewish land.

(B). The only possible land swaps are the Arab nations giving up some land to make the Palestinian state if they wish. This is the Palestinian issue to be resolved among the Arab nations, nothing to do with Israel. The Arab nations can take in Palestinian Arabs as their own citizens, or give some land to them to make their own Palestinian state.

(C). The Palestinian refugee problem to be resolved only on humanitarian ground, and Arab states must bear most of the responsibilities. There is no Palestinian refugee right in the Jewish land. By the same token you cannot move in to a neighbor’s mansion (no matter how big it is) and ask for compensation when you are driven out. You do not have the right to stay in the mansion of another person in the first place. How could you then make claim for compensation? The Palestinian problem must be viewed as a historical legacy of injustice; the injustice was not created by the Jews.

The Palestinian leader wants to bring a statehood resolution to the Security Council; even a majority of the 15-member council will not oppose the bid backed by most U.N. members does not make it legally and morally right. Property right of a sovereign state is not something the majority of U.N. members have jurisdiction to alter. What belongs to the Israel forever belongs to Israel. There is no nation on earth has a more legitimate right to its land than Israel because God gave it to Abraham and his descendants 4,000 years ago. Any nation or people votes to give away the Jewish land opposes God. The issue is not whether the Palestinian can have its own state or not, the issue is the Palestinian state cannot be established on the Jewish native soil. The Jewish settlements have every right to construct houses in the West Bank because it is within the Jewish territory. Although the U.S. recognition of a Palestinian state to pacify the Arab Islamic world may be an expedient thing to do, but it is morally wrong. The United States and American people must not stand on the wrong side of history, and on the side which is against God - the Lord of the universe.

14.    God will heal the Jewish land.

2Ch 7:14,“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Note: Heal in Hebrew is rapha' which means to make healthful, restore favor, repair, remove national distresses or hurts; - it occurs 67 times in the Old Testament. God will heal the Promised Land, but the Jewish people must humble themselves and pray and seek God’s face and turn from their wicked ways. My Jewish friends, would you do as the Lord requires? Your nation’s survival and success depend on it.

The Israel and Palestinian conflict can never be resolved until Palestinians realize and accept the fact that Promised Land was given by God to the children of Abraham the Jewish people only. Arabs and non-Jews have no legal or legitimate claim to the Promised Land. Arabs who used to live in the Promised Land (falsely called Palestine) should come to terms with the truth and seek permanent home in Arab nations or any country which would take them. It is a wrong dream and an unholy ambition to establish a Palestinian nation on Jewish land. It is impossible just as it is impossible for the evil empire of Japan to nationalize China's Diaoyu Islands and claim to have sovereignty.

If Palestinians want to establish their own nation, they have a right to do so; but they have no right to do it on the Jewish land – the Promised Land that God gave to Abraham and his children. If Palestinians do not have a land where they can establish their state, it is wise they assimilate into neighboring Arab nations. If Arab nations really want Palestinians to establish a state, they can donate or portion out their lands for the purpose. No one has the right to establish a state on other people’s land.

My Jewish friends, it is time to recognize and believe in Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, who is coming again to be the King of kings and Lord of lords.

It is time to recognize the United States is not able to protect the State of Israel. It is time for the Jews to repent and rely on the Jehovah of the Old Testament who is the Jesus of the New Testament for deliverance from a billion hostile people surrounding the Jewish State.

The devil was the first one who cast doubt on the Word of God and led Eve to sin. The children of the devil in the form of theologians, professors, scholars, etc. also have reconstructed many false theories about the Old Testament characters and Jesus Christ. They are enemies of the truth by hook or by crook to discredit the historical account of the Bible. Why would you believe fallible and mortal men and women who do not know the day of their deaths and reject the absolute and supreme Word of God? Such as a wicked female professor of a famous American university who falsely and maliciously claimed without ground that Jesus Christ had a wife, etc. She could claim she is the wife of the devil without objection.

There are infinite crooked ways, there is only one straight line. There are infinite lies, the truth is one. This is the truth that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, and that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Savior of the world. If you do not believe it, I have nothing to lose; if you believe it, you have eternal life to gain.

Shalowm!

January 9, 2016

Willie Wong

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