The Land of Israel. What is that topic? God’s plan for the land of Israel.

The Land of Israel

by Derek Prince

Why Israel? The Land of Israel

Chapter 6

Why Israel? Chapter 6 – The Land of Israel by author Derek Prince.

In the first section of this book, we dealt with the subject of the people of Israel. Beginning with this chapter, I want to focus on what is possibly the most controversial topic in contemporary politics. What is that topic? God’s plan for the land of Israel.

In contemporary media language, the land of Israel is often mistakenly referred to as Palestine. Let me point out that it is totally contrary to Biblical truth to call it Palestine. Palestine means the land of the Philistines. That term was never used until the Romans had conquered and destroyed the second temple. Then they used the name Palestine to assert that the Jews no longer had any claim to this region. It was a deliberately chosen, anti-Semitic word.

Biblically, the land of Israel was called the Land of Canaan before it was taken by Joshua. But in the New Testament, do you know what this nation is called? The Land of Israel.

God’s Promise to Abraham
To begin our exploration of this controversial subject, let us look at what God has to say about this unique and significant land. In Genesis 17 verses 7 and 8, God appeared to Abraham. At that time, God made a covenant with him which was totally sovereign. Abraham took no initiative with this covenant. God simply decided that this was what He was going to do. He said to Abraham:

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.”

For me, it is absolutely clear that for everyone who believes the Bible, there is no dispute as to whom the land belongs. Whether Israel is in the land or outside of it makes no difference. According to Scripture, specifically stated in the above verse, God has given it to them as an “everlasting possession.”

A Firm Commitment
There is a remarkable passage in Psalm 105, which I personally consider to be one of the most significant passages in Scripture. This psalm contains the statement of God’s plan and total commitment for this land. It describes God’s covenant-keeping intentions for Israel so explicitly. We begin at verse 7:

He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. [In other words, what God decrees applies in every part of the earth.]
He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, …and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute.

In four verses of Psalm 105, the Word of God uses stronger language to describe His total commitment to this land than anywhere else in the Bible. You cannot find another passage quite like this one. Let me just list the words used: covenant, word, command, oath, statute, and everlasting covenant. Here is the pivotal question: to what is God making such a total, authoritative, unreserved commitment? My breath is taken away when I discover the answer to this question in verse 11:

To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance.

All those words—covenant, word, command, oath, statute, and everlasting covenant—are applied to God’s giving of all the land of Canaan. The strength and clarity of God’s words carry the implication that anybody who goes against that covenant would be going against God.

The Return of Israel
In Jeremiah, we have one of the countless passages predicting the return of the Jewish people to their inheritance in the last days.

“‘For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.” Jer.30:3

Anyone with a moderate knowledge of the Bible knows that the land God gave to Abraham and his descendants is the land of Canaan. The name for this territory became the land of Israel—the land we call the Holy Land. God says, when the time comes, I will bring back the descendants of Israel and Judah from their captivity to the land I gave to their fathers.

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