GOD GAVE ISRAEL THE LAND:
BUT IN 70 CE GOD TOOK IT BACK!
GOD GAVE ISRAEL TO THE JEWS:
BUT IN 70 CE GOD TOOK IT BACK!
As a follow up of my first article in this matter, here is Part II: which is the original article I referred to in that first one.
Let’s check out what exactly kind of heresy J. R. Church preached!
I comment on the article below and pointing to certain issues in it.
(THE COLORED MARKING OF SOME PARAGRAPHS
ARE MADE AS REFERRENCES TO MY COMMENTS)
Published Feb 6, 2024, on
Prophesy in the News website.
#A “It was on Nov. 2, 1917, that the British government issued the Balfour Declaration, promising a homeland for the Jews. Thirty years later, on November 29, 1947, the British government placed the matter of Israel’s future before the United Nations, resulting in another historic declaration—the establishment of the State of Israel. A few months later, on May 14, 1948, the nation was born.
The restoration of Israel is one of the most controversial political issues of the century. Palestinians have claimed that the land is theirs and that the Jews have no right to even one square foot of it, though the area had been under the control of the Turkish government for some 400 years, not under Palestinian control.
Just who deserves the land? Do the Jews? Do the Palestinians? Do Jews have a right to control the land in the so-called “occupied West Bank” areas?
Though the U.N. established Israel in 1948, most of the world no longer supports the concept of Jewish sovereignty. They regret ever giving them any territory in the Middle East. The controversy rages today as much as it ever did. The children of Abraham are still fighting it out!
If the fate of the Israeli government were placed in the hands of any human court, the verdict would probably be disastrous. Time and time again, the U.N. has taken the side of the Arabs against Israel.
While dedicated Christians around the world are in favor of Israel’s existence, their governments are not. The only political ally on the side of Israel is the United States—and many in Washington, D.C., are wavering. In light of these developments, let us appeal to the court of heaven for the final verdict in the case.
God Owns the Land
#B There is one verse of Scripture which declares the absolute ownership of not only the Middle East but the entire world: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1).
Since God created the Earth, the right to ownership is His. Whether man recognizes the existence of God or not is irrelevant, for in the final analysis, God will lay claim to His Earth. He not only owns the world but also everyone in it. Among the continents, however, there is one special area to which God lays a unique claim. It is the land of Israel. There are several places in the Bible where God calls the land “My land.” For instance, in Ezekiel 38:16, God condemns the mighty Gog and Magog for the invasion of His land:
“And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land” (Ezekiel 38:16). Here, God emphatically calls the land of Israel His land.
That claim is repeated in Joel 3:2: “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel 3:2).
Both of these verses pronounce a judgment upon Gentile nations for their part in denying the Jews a right to live in God’s land. Notice that God calls Israel “My people,” and He calls their land “My land.”
When Gentile nations challenge the integrity of the land and its people, God steps forward to proclaim His judgment upon them.
A Covenant with Abraham
#C God is the absolute Owner of the land, and as such, had every right to evict the Jewish people 20 centuries ago. But He also has the right to bring them back in this generation. God is Sovereign over the land. Let us review Genesis 17 —the days of Abraham—and determine God’s sovereign disposition over His land.
“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God” (Genesis 17:7-8).
There can be no doubt that such a covenant was declared and recorded 4,000 years ago. Ah, but the Arabs also claim to be descendants of Abraham. They are children of Ishmael. Does not the land then also belong to them? You may recall the Arabs are descendants of Ishmael, while the Jews are descendants of Abraham’s other son, Isaac.
The controversy was settled in Genesis 26:3-4. It is there that God narrows down the covenant to exclude the children of Ishmael. It was to Isaac that God said: “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 26:3-4). God not only promised the land to Isaac, but He gave what the Scripture declares to be “all these countries.” In fact, He used the term twice in His promise to Isaac.
However, Isaac had two sons, Jacob and Esau, and there is a good deal of evidence that the Palestinian people who live in the land today could be descendants of Esau. Do they not also have a claim to the land? God has decided that they do not have any claim on the Promised Land. He narrowed the inheritance of the land to Jacob and his descendants: “And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land” (Genesis 35:11-12).
The proclamation is clear. God has promised the land to Jacob and his descendants—namely the 12 tribes of Israel. When we consider these three covenants together, the line of descent to which the land is promised is evident. In each case, God narrowed His promise of the land—from Abraham to Isaac, to Jacob, and then to his descendants after him.
#D In view of God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we must declare a verdict in favor of Jacob’s descendants. We have no choice. We stand without reservation on the side of Israel. We must conclude that the land of Israel has been given to the people of Israel—to the descendants of Jacob. However, we know that the people were evicted from their land almost 2,000 years ago. It is the prophetic Scripture to which we must look for the final disposition of the land—and the prophecies do not differ from the original covenant.
Had It Not Been for Israel
#E Humanly speaking, we owe our eternal destiny to Jacob’s descendants. If there had been no Israel, there would have been no patriarchs, no prophets, no apostles, no Bible, and no Savior. In John 4:22, Jesus Himself summed up all of this in one simple statement. He said, “…for salvation is of the Jews.”
Regardless of our nationality or background, we owe a spiritual debt to the Jewish people that can never be calculated. The first 11 chapters of Genesis serve as an introduction to the main theme of the Bible. They fill in the background and set the stage for all that is to follow.
From that point forward, the Bible is essentially the history of Abraham and the nation that descended from him through Isaac and Jacob.
The Bible is basically the story of Israel embracing both the past and future. Geographically, the Bible is set in the land of Israel, and historically, its theme is the people of Israel. It is a Jewish Bible penned by Jewish men, giving both the history and the future of the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Even the New Testament is a Jewish book.
The most important person in the New Testament, Jesus Christ, was a Jew. Furthermore, He did not lose His Jewish identity after His death and resurrection. Sixty-three years after His crucifixion, Revelation 5:5 still referred to Jesus as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David.”
He is still identified with the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus is forever a Jew.
Furthermore, Jews penned all of the New Testament books. Contrary to the opinions of some, I am convinced that Luke was a Jew. The twelve Apostles were Jews. Paul, who became the Apostle to the Gentiles, was a Jew. Most of the co-workers of these great men were also Jews.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that the ultimate goal of all true believers is a “city which hath foundations whose Builder and Maker is God” (Heb. 11:10). In Revelation 21, the holy city New Jerusalem is described as having gates and foundations. On its gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. On its foundations are the names of the twelve apostles of Jesus.
Every name inscribed in the New Jerusalem is a Jewish name. I must say that no one with an anti-Semitic prejudice could ever feel comfortable in the New Jerusalem.
This article first appeared in the Prophecy in the News magazine in February 2008.”
END OF ARTICLE BY J.R. CHURCH.
COMMENTS TO J. R. CHURCH’S ARTICLE ABOVE:
Church calls the UN-Declaration of Israel in 1948 by a direct error – quote: …the nation was born.
This concept or anticipation of Israel as a nation which ‘was born’ on May 14th, 1948, is both unbiblical as well as directly impossible.
You see, Christian friends, that Israel DIED as a nation for God in 70 CE when God used ‘His army’ (Mat. 22:7) to execute it. They sent them as slaves back to Egypt on ships in 71-72 CE and thus fulfilled Moses’ prophesy of their DEATH in Deut. 28:68, NASB net version,
"The LORD will bring you back to Egypt in ships, by the way about which I spoke to you, 'You will never see it again!' And there you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves *, but there will be no buyer."
The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus wrote in his book works that they sent a huge contingent of war prisoners from the age of 17 – plus their eventual spouses – to the slave markets in Alexandria, so the market collapsed entirely!
Hoseah, the prophet who chastised the Northern Kingdom (10 tribes), spoke in behalf of the dead nation Israel in Hos. 6:1-3, telling of the future Israel of God at the coming of the Lord and the millennial kingdom is established,
1 "Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.
2 "He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him.
3 "So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth."
Israel was NOT born in 1948, but shall be REVIVED – raised from the dead as a nation – at the arrival of their Messiah, Jesus. Verse 2, which I emphasized.
These three ‘Days’ mentioned by Hosea, are not regular calendar days; they are three millennia. Verse 3 says: He will COME TO US LIKE THE RAIN. This is the Second Advent, and the nation cannot be legally in the land before the arrival of Jesus from heaven, Mat. 22:29-31 is clear,
«29 "But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
30 "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.
31 "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”
Jesus said, AFTER THE TRIBULATION…He shall gather the Israel of God from their dispersion, and thus bring them into the land.
J.R. Church taught heresy when he wrote that Israel was back in the land and born as a nation in 1948.
J. R. Church continued in heresy, and used the old cliché of ‘God owns the land’ – as if that is the same as if Israel would own it!
It can’t be told much dumber than that. This is typical Christian Zionist’s blabbering with their ‘loud mouths’.
We have to remind about what God said to the Hebrews at the foot of Mt. Horeb in Ex. 19:5, 6, NASB,
5 'Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine;
6 and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel." (Editor’s emphasize).
Here is the core of all Biblical truth when discussing Israel’s right to have a land: Verse 5 explicitly says that they should be God’s own people..in the same breath as His words of Himself as the one Who owns the earth! THE BIG IF!
IF you obey My voice, IF you keep My covenant, THEN Israel should be God’s own people on earth and the land become theirs.
They certainly DID NOT LISTEN to the voice of God: They denied Jesus Christ and had Him crucified, and their denial of Him continued the next thirty years throughout the Acts…until God had them destroyed entirely in 70 CE by the using the Roman Army.
Peter referred to Moses’ prophecy (Deut. 18:19) in Acts 3:13-23, NASB - the second speech after Pentecost,
13 "The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him.
14 "But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
15 but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses.
16 "And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.
17 "And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also.
18 "But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
19 "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,
21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
22 "Moses said, 'THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you.
23 'And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.” (Editor’s emphasize).
The ‘voice of your God’ as in Ex. 19:5, 6 quoted above, here is compressed down to a specific person, the man Jesus Christ whom they had crucified. Obeying Jesus would be the same as obeying the voice of God Jehovah. But IF they did not obey His word, God should have them ‘destroyed from among the people’ – as we just read Peter’s speech.
This ungodly disobedience was kept up throughout Acts – and God so concluded in Acts 28:25-28 that they fell from Him as a nation, and from that time on the Grace-gospel has been SENT TO US GENTILES. Paul was the messenger who told Jewry of this serious crime against Christ! Sanhedrin’s reaction to Paul in Rome Acts 28:25-28 was a point of no return for Israel as a nation for God. Sanhedrin did not fulfill God’s claim to have the nation repent to Christ. And just 8 years later the nation was entirely destroyed by Rome.
He had warned them times and times again over the centuries past, but still they would not listen to the voice of their God, - the voice of Jesus Christ.
God took back the land, and the nation has been illegally occupying it since 1948. J.R. Church was teaching heresy on Israel and their whereabouts.
Under this Paragraph #C, J.R. Church is pointing to the forefathers and what God promised them, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
This falls flat on its own lack of context in this matter. God’s promises cannot and will not ever be fulfilled to those who will not obey Him, and believe on Jesus Christ. This argument of ‘promise’ is dead in the water.
It is reported that over 80% of Israel’s population now has the Babylonian Talmud as their official religion. Talmud has blasphemies against Jesus written in it. Talmud is the written Pharisaic doctrine which they preached in the time of Jesus. It was written in Babylon 500 CE.
God promised them the land, but what happened? They were brought back to Egypt in 71-72 CE as low down ‘crap’: Namely as slaves! The lowest possible status a human being can have. So low that the Bible pronounce Israel as dead.
We have no choice but to agree in favor with the descendants of Israel, that they have the right to the land, say J.R. Church.
Well, we already know how big a lie this is: God judged the Jews in 70 CE to lose their land because of their lack of obedience to the voice of God. This is entirely non-negotiable.
Thus history shows that God allowed for Arabs and nomads and some tribal Jews to use the land through the following centuries. They had His permission obviously to use the soil to grow diverse agricultural food. It was, in other words, kept going and kempt by these folk and did not get overtaken by desserts.
This is in line with Jesus’ prophecy of the delivered man in Mat. 12, as He used the incident to demonize the future Zionist Israel: The ‘demon Israel’ found the house he had been cast out of, as – quote,
43 "Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it.
44 "Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came '; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order.
I emphasized verse 44, as we see that Jesus prophesied of the future Zionist occupants. They (the demon) FOUND THE HOUSE UNOCCUPIED, SWEPT AND IN ORDER.
Shure it was in order: The Gentile groups, and also some Jews, had kept the land up by using its soil to grow food-basics; Corn, vegetables and fruit - the lot.
The conspiring Jewish Zionists wanted to steal the land from these largely unarmed folks and farmers. Piece of cake!
J.R. church had become an expert in using arguments for Christian Zionism, by taking Bible quotes and Bible history out of context.
The whole end argumentation under paragraph E is like that.
‘Oh…my oh my….we would not even have gotten the Gospel, or Jesus, or..’ - an endless list of what we would not have gotten unless God had His people Israel.
And he expertly kept on shutting his spiritual eyes for the stern fact that this ‘people of God’ could only be His own IF they obeyed His voice. Mr. Church completely white-washed Israel’s grave sins, as if they had done nothing but glorious deeds throughout history.
This is so pathetic it is screaming back at you.
J.R. Church as well as his followers is just another example of heretics who made up their private ‘universe’ of Zionism as the only right doctrine regarding Israel. What the Bible actually shows us is of no interest at all.
I have in the above writing proved to the reader that Zionism is not of God. It is no doubt a set of kinky ideas and heresy composed by man, well helped by Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44).
Christian Zionism has supported and partially created a demonic monster, a murdering nation, armed by modern weaponry from USA. The present Gaza war is a full display of the demonic nature of this illicit nation! Media reports of 27 000 dead in the bombings of Gaza by the Israeli army (Feb. 2024).