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God's Promise to Israel

Source: Art Sadlier, Thursday October 1st 2009

God promised Abraham three things:

  a  Land

  a  Seed

  a  Blessing

The Blessing

 “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”  Genesis 12: 2, 3

First Blessing -  Salvation made available to all mankind through Abraham’s seed. “For unto you is born this day in the city David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Second Blessing - A glorious, earthly kingdom of righteousness and peace, which will stand forever. “And, behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever and of His kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1: 31-33

The Seed

 “And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth; so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered”. Genesis 13:16
“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 thy seed after thee.” Gen 17:7 Later God confirmed that the seed would come through Isaac and Jacob.

The Land

 “And the Lord said unto Abram after that Lot was separated from him, lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward and southward, and eastward and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.”  Notice - “to thee”, “to thy seed”, “forever”. The writer to the Hebrews says that “it is impossible for God to lie.”

If God CAN lie to Abraham about the Promised Land to Israel then He CAN lie to us about the promise of eternal salvation, but God CANNOT lie!

God’s purposes for Israel and for World Government are bound up in the land. God made two major covenants with Israel.

  • The first was a Works covenant. Two parties were involved, God and man. Both had to keep their promise, man failed, making the covenant of no effect.
  • The second was a covenant of Grace. It involved only one party, God. Man was not involved in it, he made no promise. This covenant will always stand because it depends on God and God alone.

In Genesis 15:8 Abram said, “Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?” (The land) Lord how do I know that it will ever happen? How do I know you won’t change your mind? How do I know that when my seed displeases you, that you won’t cancel the promise? Lord, give me assurance that you will do what you say. Lord, prove it to me.

In the verses that follow (9-18) God did just that, study them and you will see that God made an unconditional, one-sided, eternal, promise (covenant) to Abram, in which his seed would inherit the Promised Land forever.

God said to Abraham, as long as the Sun, Moon and the Stars are in the sky my promises to Israel will not fail. (Study also Hosea 3:4, 5 and Jeremiah 31: 8-10, 35-37.)

M.R. DeHaan stated “to take the promises God made to the nation of Israel in regard to Palestine and their future glory and restoration; and to spiritualize them to the Church is one of the greatest of all evils which has ever beset the Church”.

It blinds our eyes to grace and closes our vision to the program of God for the closing days of this age. God’s Grace is greater than all of Israel’s sin; the dividing line for individual Jews is faith or unbelief, not God’s Grace. Romans 11:26

Today the whole world is saying Israel must give up the land God promised to them and the land God restored to them.  On September 24, President Obama in an address to the UN, condemned Israel’s presence in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. He said, “that he does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements” and called to “end the occupation that began in 1967.”
David Halvri, head of the Shromron Liaison Office, stated that, “President Obama’s speech reflects his failure to understand the basic issues,” which he went on to list:

  1. Jewish “settlements” in Judea are not illegal; Geneva 1V is not applicable.
  2. Israel has not illegally “occupied” anyone else’s land.
  3. The armistice lines of 1949 were never accepted by any Arab country as Israel’s borders; nor does Israel consider them as such.
  4. A second or third (Gaza) Arab Palestine state will not resolve core issues (refugees – Jerusalem – etc) the solution is regional and comprehensive, not local and piecemeal.
  5. Opposition to Jewish building in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria is rank discrimination.
  6. Palestinian terrorism and incitement are ongoing and officially sanctioned; it must stop immediately before anything else.

It is also true that prior to the war of 1948 there never was a Palestinian entity on the land they now claim. The 1967 war in which Israel gained control over Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem was a miraculous war in which God so obviously intervened to give Israel victory and return them to the land He promised them.

Obama went on to say that the U.S. would put more pressure on Israel to accept Arab demands. Barack Obama, in the words of John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN, has put Israel on the chopping block. He has made America Israel`s enemy for the sake of pleasing the Arab nations. But not only has he made Israel his enemy, he has made God his enemy. God said to Abraham, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee,” Gen. 12:3.  It matters not that Israel is still living outside the place of obedience to God, He will deal with Israel. The President has placed America under the curse of God. Judgment will fall on America, only God knows when and what that judgment will be.

When I was a young man the British Empire dominated the entire world, they bragged that the sun never set on the British Empire. Then Great Britain, which had been Israel’s benefactor, turned against Israel in the same way Obama has done. History records, that in a few short years the Empire vanished and was no more.

The fact is that God has been sending warnings to America for some time now, those warnings have gone unheeded.  In fact, Obama, instead of heading the warnings, has plunged into total defiance of God. Today the signs of America`s soon coming demise are multiplying.

Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital and author of Crash Proof 2.0 recently stated: "Ben Bernanke is keeping his record of perfection intact of never getting anything right. Once again he's gotten it wrong," Schiff says. "If the Fed really thought the economy was sound, why does he have it on life support? If he pulls the plug, our sick economy is going to die."
Although the Fed never said the economy is "sound", Schiff is referring to the FOMC's renewed pledge that "economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for an extended period."
Nothing that's occurred in the past six months has changed Schiff's view that America's economy is headed for disaster. In fact, he's even more convinced a true "currency crisis" awaits, and that China will soon stop enabling our reckless borrowing, the basis of our "phony" economy. The coming collapse of the dollar and bursting of the Treasury bubble will have devastating consequences for ordinary Americans, and any investors based in dollars, he says.

There are other warning signs of the imminent collapse of America, signs too numerous to deal with here. America has collapsed morally and spiritually. Obama is moving the country down the road to socialism, there is the possibility of a reaction which could have devastating effects.

The whole world is on a collision course with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That is the issue in our world today! God’s response will be, the Day of the Lord Judgment.

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead (judge) with them there for my people and for my inheritance Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted My land.” Joel 3:2
“Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the Day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand:” Joel 2:1

When Jeremiah warned Israel of the soon coming judgment of God upon them the people said, Jeremiah your crazy, you are not God`s messenger, everything will be just fine. They put Jeremiah in jail to shut him up. But the judgment of God did come upon them.