Israel: Whose land is it and why is it important to God?

You never see "the Jews" out there starting wars, engaging in terrorist acts or trying to force people to convert to their religion. But yet, the whole world hates them. Why is that? Why is it that whenever Israel tries to protect itself, "the world" condemns her?

Most of the time, when Israel does something good, you never hear about it. You don't hear about the fact that "the Jews" have done more good for the world than any other people in the history of the world; or how the Land began to flourish after Israel was returned to "the Jews" in 1948. But let her try to retaliate against her attackers, and the whole world screams and hollers and supports the Muslims - those who were merely squatters in the Land, back in 1948 when "the world" briefly felt sorry for the Jews and returned Israel to them, the RIGHTFUL OWNERS! Yes, all human beings make mistakes - "the Jews" included. But the fact is, they are being persecuted for trying to protect themselves and their Land from fiendish enemies.

If you are among those who hate Israel and "the Jews" then SHAME ON YOU, because you are going against God Himself! Please read this article which provides a history of Israel and serves to remind the world that Israel belongs to YHWH/God, and how He has warned anyone of the dire consequences that will befall them if they try to interfere with HIS Will.

First, a little history lesson: If it hadn't been for Elohim's CHOSEN being scattered into the nations (Ezekiel 36:19) who were ultimately and collectively referred to as "Jews," YHWH (Yahweh) and His Son Yeshua would have remained the best-kept secret of tiny, little Israel, and the rest of the world would still be writhing in Paganism. (Check out this website containing awesome, historical pictures of Israel.)

The Muslims certainly are not His "chosen" as revealed in Scripture which shows they are the direct descendants of Ishmael whom, we are told, was "a wild donkey of a man, with his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him, living his life at odds with all his kinsmen" (Genesis 16:12). Muslims have proven time and time again that they will not and cannot get along with anybody, unless they bow down to their god.... (Check out our article about the history of Isaac and Ishmael.)

Spawned from the mind of a polygamist murderer named Mohammed who borrowed scriptures from the Torah and then promptly twisted them to suit his agenda, Islam became a religion 600-700 years after the death of Messiah Y'shua. Adherents to Islam quickly spread the word that it was the REAL religion of God and Mohammed was "the final prophet." The thing is, Islam perpetuates mayhem and hatred (not to mention, it promotes the debasing, denigration and of abuse of women!) yet "the world" keeps catering to their demands.

Now, to the "other" religion that has become a thorn in the side of Jews and Judaism: Christianity. While Christianity is a lot closer to YHWH and His Torah than Islam, it too, includes many falsehoods - beginning with the idea that "Torah is just for the Jews." Obedience to YHWH's Divine Instructions has no value to Christians because Christianity is based upon the misunderstood writings of Paul, whom they believe to have negated Torah and suggested that Jesus came to bring a new religion with new ideas, and no one has any responsibility except to simply "believe in Jesus". And in the meantime, many Christians are busy bashing "the Jews" for not believing in their Jesus - who wants to take them away from Torah and cause them to ignore the commanded Seventh Day Sabbath and the Feasts/Appointed Times and begin keeping the pagan, man-made "holy days" of Christmas and Easter....

So, now we have the dilemma of "the Jews" and their religion (based on YHWH's Torah/Divine Instructions in Righteousness) being sandwiched in between the world's other "major religions" - Islam and Christianity; with both sides insisting "the Jews" aren't doing it right. You can read it in the history books: Both of those religions have done their level best to annihilate "the Jews" - or at the very least, force them to accept their respective "religions" - which severely veer from YHWH's Torah....

Harsh words? Yes, but we are living in the end times as outlined in the Bible, and time is short. Jew-bashing is NOT the way to please God! The Bible tells us that anyone who goes up against them in any way will suffer His wrath:

Genesis 12: - 3 I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."

Note that YHWH wasn't talking to "the Jews" at that point; but, rather, to the first Patriarch, Abraham who "crossed over" (which is what the term "hebrew" means) both physically and spiritually when he accepted YHWH as his Elohim. There were no "Jews" until the third Patriarch, Ya'akov (Jacob) had a son named Yehudah (Judah) whose offspring became one of the 12 Tribes of Israel....

Deuteronomy 7:6-8: For you are a people set apart as holy for ADONAI your God. ADONAI your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his own unique treasure. 7 ADONAI didn't set his heart on you or choose you because you numbered more than any other people - on the contrary, you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 Rather, it was because ADONAI loved you, and because he wanted to keep the oath which he had sworn to your ancestors, that ADONAI brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from a life of slavery under the hand of Pharoah king of Egypt.

Again, note that YHWH wasn't talking to "the Jews" at that point; but, rather, to the 12 Tribes of Israel AND those Gentiles who had come out of Egypt with Moshe and accepted YHWH as their God and were absorbed into one of the tribes....He didn't give the Land to just "the Jews"; He gave it to the descendants of Abraham. That is who the Land belongs to.

Genesis 15: 18 On that day YHWH made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates...."

Now, check out these facts:

Ezekiel 37: 21 Then say to them that Adonai Elohim says: 'I will take the people of Isra'el from among the nations where they have gone and gather them from every side and bring them back to their own land.

No tribe or race in history has remained a distinct people group outside of a national homeland for thousands of years like the Jewish people. No people on earth have ever been repatriated after dozens of generations had forgotten their distinct language. No people, that is, except for Yahweh's people.

As shown on this meme, no matter what anyone says (including people like Condeleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton, or any of the U.S. Presidents, all the way back to Jimmy Carter - none of whom know their Bibles), the Land belongs to Yahweh's Chosen People. God gave the Land to Abraham and his descendants (not "the Jews" per se) in Genesis 15:18-19. Abraham bought a large burial site at Hebron (Genesis 23:1-20); David bought the Temple Mount (1 Chronicles 21:25).

And who was the Land ever sold to? NOBODY! Only in recent years has anyone even been able to TAKE it from the Jews forcefully, thanks to "the world" (including the United States which sticks its collective nose into everything) insisting on dividing Israel! But, unless the Muslims are willing to buy the Land (which, as it happens, is not for sale!) then NOBODY has a right to it except for "the Jews"!

Genesis 15: 18 That day ADONAI made a covenant with Avram: "I have given this land to your descendants - from the Vadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River - 19 the territory of the Keni, the K'nizi, the Kadmoni, 20 the Hitti, the P'rizi, the Refa'im, 21 the Emori, the Kena'ani, the Girgashi and the Y'vusi."

Leviticus 25: 23 "The land is not to be sold in perpetuity, because the land belongs to me -you are only foreigners and temporary residents with me."

Let's add a couple of very important details that show exactly what YHWH told the Israelites when He gave them the Land. Please pay close attention because it shows that YHWH did not want any pagans/Gentiles in Israel - HIS LAND - at all!

Numbers 33: 50 ADONAI spoke to Moshe in the plains of Mo'av by the Yarden, across from Yericho. He said 51 to tell the people of Isra'el, "When you cross the Yarden into the land of Kena'an, 52 you are to expel all the people living in the land from in front of you. Destroy all their stone figures, destroy all their metal statues and demolish all their high places. 53 Drive out the inhabitants of the land, and live in it, for I have given the land to you to possess. 54 You will inherit the land by lot according to your families. You are to give more land to the larger families and less to the smaller ones. Wherever the lot falls to any particular person, that will be his property. You will inherit according to the tribes of your ancestors. 55 But if you don't drive out the inhabitants of the land from in front of you, then those you allow to remain will become like thorns in your eyes and stings in your sides - they will harass you in the land where you are living. 56 And in this event, I will do to you what I intended to do to them."

What strong statements! Here we can see that Israel is suffering BECAUSE they allowed the Arabs and other settlers (who did not accept YHWH as their God) to remain in THEIR Land back in 1948 when Israel was returned to them! The Jews are being harassed and killed still today because they didn't obey YHWH to force ALL foreigners out of Israel....

Numbers 34: 1 ADONAI told Moshe 2 to give this order to the people of Isra'el: "When you enter the land of Kena'an, it will become your land to pass on as an inheritance, the land of Kena'an as defined by these borders. 3 "Your southern portion will extend from the Tzin Desert close to the border of Edom. The eastern terminus of your southern border is at the end of the Dead Sea. 4 From there your border turns, goes south of the 'Akrabbim Ascent and passes on to Tzin. From there it goes south of Kadesh-Barnea, on to Hatzar-Adar, and on to 'Atzmon. 5 Then the border turns and goes from 'Atzmon to the Vadi of Egypt and along it to the Sea.

6 "Your western border will be the Great Sea. 7 "Your northern border will be as follows: from the Great Sea mark a line to Mount Hor, 8 and from Mount Hor mark a line to the entrance of Hamat. The border goes out to Tz'dad. 9 Then the border goes to Zifron and finally to Hatzar-'Einan; this is your northern border. 10 "For the eastern border mark your line from Hatzar-'Enan to Sh'fam. 11 Then the border goes down from Sh'fam to Rivlah, on the east side of 'Ayin, then down until it hits the slope east of Lake Kinneret. 12 From there it goes down the Yarden River till it flows into the Dead Sea. These will be the borders of your land." 13 Moshe gave this order to the people of Isra'el: "This is the land in which you will receive inheritances by lot, which ADONAI has ordered to give to the nine tribes and the half-tribe. 14 The tribe of the descendants of Re'uven have already received their land for inheritance according to their clans, and so have the descendants of Gad and the half-tribe of M'nasheh. 15 These two-and-a-half tribes have received their inheritance on this side of the Yarden, across from Yericho and eastward, toward the sunrise."

It couldn't be any more clear....

Archaeologists have confirmed Israel's settlement in Biblical times The Bible teaches us that YHWH (Yahweh) promised the land to the "Jewish people" (used as a generic term to denote all physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) as an "everlasting possession" (Genesis 15:18). He also promised that he would never again remove them from the land (Amos 9:15).

The Children of Israel took possession of the land about 2,000 years before the birth of Islam. Every part of the land yields distinctly Judaic archaeological findings. The very name "Judea" reflects the authenticity of its Jewish history. Arab villages still bear the Hebrew names of Biblical sites. No other state has ever been sovereign over this territory. Jordan, which illegally took over the so-called West Bank during Israel's War of Independence, claimed sovereignty over this land. This was rejected by virtually all nations, including even the Arab states, except for Great Britain and Pakistan. The last recognized legal document attributing sovereignty over the "West Bank" was the League of Nations Mandate - which mandated the land to the Jewish people.

Israel is the only free country in a region dominated by Arab monarchies, theocracies and dictatorships. Since its founding in 1948, Israel has been the victim of a battle - a battle not of "flesh and blood" but of principalities - a battle that can only be won when Messiah Yeshua returns to begin His thousand year reign.

Since its founding in 1948, Israel has had to fight five wars - all in self-defense - against 22 hostile Arab dictatorships, and has been repeatedly attacked by Palestinian terrorists.

The land Israel is supposedly "occupying" (according to the Muslim terrorists who are waging war against the "infidels" of this world) was captured in a war initiated by its Arab neighbors. Like any victim of aggression, Israel has a moral right to control as much land as is necessary to safeguard itself against attack. Only Israel has a moral right to establish a government in that area in Israel on the grounds, not just of an ethnic or religious heritage, but also of a secular, rational principle. Only a state based on political and economic freedom has moral legitimacy.

As to the rightful owners of particular pieces of property, Israel's founders - like the homesteaders in the American West - earned ownership to the land by developing it. They arrived in a desolate, sparsely populated region and drained the swamps, irrigated the desert, grew crops and built cities. They worked unclaimed land or purchased it from the owners. They introduced industry, libraries, hospitals, art galleries, universities - and the concept of individual rights. Those Arabs who abandoned their land in order to join the military crusade against Israel forfeited all right to their property. And if there are any peaceful Arabs who were forcibly evicted from their property, they may press their claims in the courts of Israel, which, unlike the Arab autocracies, has an independent, objective judiciary - a judiciary that recognizes the principle of property rights.

A Brief History

Source for the above history: U.S. State Department Background Notes 1998.