Who Owns The Land Of Palestine?

from Bible Prophecy Revealed by Grant Jeffrey

(transcribed by Cynthia Nuara)


The whole world is concerned about the conflict in the Middle East.  Who is in the right, the Israeli’s or the Palestinians?   We watch fascinated each day despite ourselves at the terrorist suicide bombings and Israel’s response, the targeted assassination of Islamic leaders.  And we wonder who is in the right?  Whose land is this land of Israel?  It’s a vital question, not only because of the political and military implications, but because as Christians we are commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. 

It’s important for us to understand the right and wrong of this situation.  Many claims have been made on both sides.  The Palestinians have claimed that they have been there from time immemorial.  They say that the Jews are interlopers who’ve come in at the last minute.   They say that, as a result of the holocaust and the Jews being destroyed in Europe, the nations were feeling guilt and set up the nation of Israel, the Jewish national homeland, in consequence.  They have claimed that the land was theirs from ancient times and that the Jews do not belong there at all.

What is the truth of the matter?  The bible shows us and history shows us that Israel has a right to the land.  This very small fraction - that is only one fifth of one percent of all the land that was given to the Arabs following World War I - is the bit of land that belongs to the children of Israel according to the holy deed that was given to them by God.

For many years since the year 1948 - the year of the recreation of the state of Israel - a miraculous deliverance of the chosen people from living in exile for almost 2000 years to becoming a nation once again, something that had never happened before in history, has been disputed by many nations around the world.  Though in 1948 on May 15th the United Nations endorsed it together with the United States and Canada, Russia and Britain, many of the Arab nations were wholly against it from the very beginning. 

The conflict had begun way back in the late 1890s.  As the Jews began to flee from the programs and the persecutions from the Russians and from Eastern Europe, and all the way through the early period before World War II, there was growing animosity among the Arabs.  Many of the most intelligent of the leadership of the Arabs, including Faisal, the head of Saudi Arabia, acknowledged that the Jews coming to the virtually empty land of Palestine would be of great benefit, not only to the Jews restoration to their homeland, but also to the Arabs. 

It was an incredibly poverty-stricken era.  There was almost no agriculture to speak of.  Absentee landlords back in Turkey owned much of the land.  When the Jews began to buy up the land, the land prices increased.  And because of the difficulties the Jews had of bringing their own people in to work the farms and work the stores and factories, they were forced naturally to hire the Arabs from

surrounding countries.  Many of the Arabs who now live in Palestine were Arabs who originally, one or two generations ago, lived in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, or Egypt and many other countries including Lebanon.   They actually moved because they are a nomadic people who followed the opportunity, as is natural.  As they moved into that land, unfortunately many agitators among them encouraged them to hate the Jews and to make claims that the Jews didn’t belong there whatsoever.

What does the bible itself say?  Of all the nations throughout the world, we own the territory in Canada, in the United States, and in Britain based on the right of conquest.  We conquered someone else, and because of that we have the right to rule and reign.  But there is one nation that the whole world can see has a title – a title deed from The Creator, God Himself – and that is Israel. 

The bible tells us in Genesis 12: 1-3  “Now the Lord had said unto Abram,  ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee:  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 them that curseth thee:  and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.’”

Genesis 12: 7  “And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, ‘Unto thy seed will I give this land;’ and there built He an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.’”

Israel has the land of Palestine by right, not exclusively of the Arabs, because the Arabs live among the Jews to this day; and the bible tells us the Arabs will live at peace with the Jews in the Millennium as the strangers who will receive an inheritance of land.  But throughout the bible we’re told repeatedly that the land belongs to Israel, to the Jewish people.  In 1 Samuel 13:19 it is called “The Land of Israel.”  In Zechariah 2: 12, Zechariah the prophet calls it “The Holy Land.”  In Hosea 9:3 he calls it “The Lord’s Land.”   It’s also called “Emmanuel’s Land” by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 8:8.  It was granted unconditionally to Abraham and his seed in Genesis 12: 1-7.  The promise was renewed again to Isaac in Genesis 26:3 and renewed once again to Jacob in Genesis 28:13.  Each time God reaffirmed His covenant with the children of Israel that this land was given to their sovereignty, not to the exclusion of others, but the Jews would be sovereign and in command of the land.

In Ezekiel 34: 11-16 God talks about the return supernaturally of the Jews to the land, their own land.  When we look at the question of the land of Israel, we discover in Jeremiah 31: 35-37 that God talks about the covenant He has made with the sun and the moon and the seasons.  He goes on to say that covenant is absolutely unbreakable, and so is His covenant with Israel.  He’s given the ordinance of the sun for a light by day, and the ordinance of the moon and the stars for a light by night.  In Jeremiah 31: 36-37 God says, “If those ordinances depart from before Me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me forever.  Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations for the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.”

Here God affirms that His covenant with Israel for the land is as unshakable as His eternally promised covenant with the sun and the moon.  God says that He made it, and even despite the sins and disobedience of the children of Israel, He would not break this covenant. 

Knowing that this is true, the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 11: 25-26  “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery… (He’s speaking here to the Jewish and Gentile Christians.  Even in the early church there was a rising of replacement theology where people thought, since the majority of the Jews rejected Jesus as the Messiah, that maybe God had set them aside and broken His covenant with them, that maybe the church was now the sole inheritor of the promises of God.  That is not so.)  ….”lest you should be wise in your own opinion; that blindness in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles is come in.”  Notice Israel is blind but only in part, and only for a time until the fullness of the Gentiles is come in.  At the end of the Battle of Armageddon there will be no more blindness in Israel, but all Jews who survived will recognize Jesus as their Messiah. 

Romans 11: 25-26  “And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, The deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away all ungodliness from Jacob:”

Replacement theology arose in the early Roman church when the church started as a Jewish Christian church, with Gentiles gradually entering in, according to the Book of Acts.  Eventually after 100 to 200 years the church was 98% Gentile.  Only a small fraction were Jews who had accepted Jesus, the Messiah, because the Gentile church was growing so rapidly.  In that time it was natural for the Gentile Christians to by and large forget God’s plan for Israel, to not deny it so much as to just ignore it.  And that’s what happened. 

As the centuries went on, eventually came Gentile theologians like St. Augustine.  He wrote “The City of God” in 426 A.D. in which he began to prophecy, not in a literal way, but in an allegorical or symbolic way.  He began to look at the promises made to Israel, and he symbolically applied those to the church.  He said that “since we’re the spiritual seed of Abraham, then we inherit all those promises.”  Curiously, they did not want to inherit the curses for disobedience that God had promised Israel, only the promises!

This went on all the way through the medieval period and the Dark Ages for over 1000 years, when the bible was out of the hands of laymen.  But with the Protestant Reformation in 1520 and the discovery of the Gutenberg Press, which now made possible the printing of the bible in the common language of men, it now became possible for Christians to read the bible in their own language and compare that to what they were being taught in the church.  The Protestant Reformation’s theme was Sola Scripture – in other words “based on scripture alone. “  If the bible said it they would believe it.  If it was simply based on tradition, they would forget it.  As they returned to the bible they began to return to reaching into bible prophecy, to study what God had to say to mankind about prophecy and Israel, because you cannot read prophecy without realizing Israel is a major aspect of that. 

Now, as they returned to a literal view of scripture, we went forward until around the 1800s there began to arise a renewed interest in prophecy.  Many of the evangelical and later charismatic churches  (out of which all of our churches today in America and around the world derive their interest in bible prophecy) began the literal reading of the prophecies, and an acceptance that Israel  still has a place in God’s plan.  

The hypocrisy of the world’s nations is really quite astonishing.  Israel built a security fence to try and stop a multitude of over 295 suicide bombing attacks that have killed thousands of innocent Israeli civilians.  Israel builds this security fence, and what does the world, and CNN and all the other networks call it?  They call it a security wall.  96% is not a wall, but a fence made of barbed wire or electronic sensors.  Only 4% of that security fence is a concrete wall surrounding Jerusalem in a couple places that cuts off the line of sight from the West Bank (where the Palestinians are to Israel proper and overlooking an Israeli highway).  The purpose is simple for this.  Palestinian snipers were shooting into Jerusalem and into Israeli citizens driving along that Israeli highway.  In order to stop them a fence would not do.  It was necessary to block their line of sight.  So an 18-foot high concrete wall that is rather ugly, but my friends, when all the media show the security fence, all they show are pictures of the concrete wall, implying that it is entirely a concrete wall like the Berlin Wall.  But as I said, the hypocrisy of the world knows no bounds. 

The nations of the world took Israel to the world court and condemned it almost universally for building such a wall, even though it has been 98% effective in stopping the suicide bombers from entering into Israel and killing individuals.  Even though the wall is not yet completed totally surrounding Jerusalem,  and the fence part around the West Bank is not yet totally completed (there is about 30% still to go) the Israeli government has plans to complete it all shortly since it has been so effective.  But the nations have condemned Israel.  This is hypocrisy.  Here are nations that have their own security fence and barrier, though none of them are faced with suicide bombers like Israel is.  Most of them are faced with illegal immigration.  South Korea has an entire wall upon its border with North Korea.  Kuwait has a security fence, also Lithuania, Namibia and South Africa and Slovakia.  Spain has a ten mile security fence surrounding Morocco and North Africa to stop illegal immigration.  Saudi Arabia has built a huge security fence.  The United States has portions of the Mexican border as a security barrier today and is now planning a 2000-mile security fence to stop illegal immigration.  The hypocrisy that is present for these nations to condemn Israel is breathtaking. 

Do you know that the European Union has actually gone to the Israeli companies that built Israel’s security fence and have asked them to bid for a contract to build a wall that would stop illegal immigration from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics?  

The history of Arab opposition to Israel is very grim.  Way back in 1948 when Israel was created, five Arab nations simultaneously with their armies invaded the tiny state.  Almost no one believed Israel

could stand, but they did and were successful.  Azzam Pasha, the former secretary general of the Arab league said,  “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre.”   This was only three years after the end of the horrible holocaust, and he was calling for the annihilation of the Jewish people - every man, woman and child. 

In 1967 after the withdrawal of the U.N. emergency force in the Sinai, the voice of the Arab’s radio proclaimed on May 18, 1967, “The sole method we shall apply against Israel is total war which will result in the extermination of Zion’s existence.”

Before the six-day war, Hafez Al-Assad, who was then the Syrian defense minister, said, “The time has come to enter a battle of annihilation.”  No other nation in the world is faced with annihilation and genocide if they lose a war.  They may lose a province.  They may lose a city.  But Israel knows that if they ever lose, their whole population will be killed.

Former president of Iraq, Rahman Arif, back in 1948 said, “Our goal is clear…to wipe Israel off the map!”  Does that remind you of something?  The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, states that Israel should be wiped off the map.  His former vice president, Rafsanjani, stated that the moment that Iran had a nuclear warhead to go on a nuclear missile, it would launch it at Israel to wipe it off the map.  Even though Israel could respond, he said “That’s alright, because all Iranians killed would go to Paradise, but at least they would kill the Jews.” 

What a tragedy, this satanic hatred that is in the heart of the Arab people to annihilate the Jews!  But they will not succeed.  The charter of Hamas says, “I promise to assault and kill…assault and kill…assault and kill.”

When the Arabs talk about the occupation they wish to eradicate, they’re not talking about the West Bank and Gaza, my friends.  They’re talking about all of Israel from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean.  But God said when He brought the Jews back to the land of Israel they would never ever again be exiled.  Someday God is going to eradicate the hatred in the Arabs’ heart. 

It is interesting to note that even in the Qur’an Mohammed wrote and said in Sura chapter 7 verse 104, “We said to the children of Israel after him: dwell in the land then when the final and last promises come near.”  In several places in the Qur’an, Mohammed wrote that Allah, his word for God, had actually given to the children of Israel the land of Palestine and none other.  It is said that the Arabs do not read this or understand that even their own prophet said that the Jews would have the Promised Land.  What does it all mean?  It means we are living in the last days, my friend. 

King David 3000 years ago in Psalm 83 prophesied clearly that in the last days all the Arab nations surrounding Israel – and he named the tribes – in the place of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and

Saudi Arabia – would come together in a confederacy to annihilate Israel from being a people.  But God says that He will have judgment upon them and save Israel.  My friends, Israel will survive.  And those like America and Canada who are the friends of Israel will survive.  We’re in the Hands of God, and nothing can happen to our nation without God’s Divine permissive will.

 

{Note C.Nuara: Since Dr. Jeffrey’s passing, support for the nation of Israel has dwindled even more worldwide – and we are and will continue to suffer for it as long as we pressure them to give up more land.  Israel will also suffer if it gives in to these demands.  You know the old saying, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” 

 

For instance, when the Jews captured Jerusalem and the Temple Mount in the Six-Day War of 1967, Moshe Dayan decided to let the Arabs stay and have the rights to the Temple Mount.  He should have heeded God’s warning in Numbers 33:55-56 which says, But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.” The Arabs have been a thorn in the side of the Israelis ever since, and Israel is going to suffer terribly in the coming battles.  But God will save them from total annihilation. 

 

The song/video below was recorded live in Israel.  In one of the verses it says, “His Son He sent to you, who testified of Him.”  I can picture the Jewish nation singing this one day soon when they will cease to be secular (41% are non-religious).  As the bible tells us, in the very last days, they will once again turn to God and recognize Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

 

“He is Jehovah (God of Salvation; God of Messiah)”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eDTFRZeHIA&feature=share&list=FL7n0nqFaf_1HXBYQ_PpuX7g

 

Questions and Answers from Dr. Jeffrey

Question:  How do you respond to the claims that the Arabs were a strong majority population in Palestine before the Jews began to arrive in great numbers following 1890?

Answer:  These claims are false.  In a brilliant study called “From Time Immemorial“ we find the actual census figures given by the Turkish government that was in control of the whole area of greater Syria, which included Palestine right up until World War I.  They show clearly, as do the British records from the time of World War I until 1948, that the Jews were an absolute majority in the two major cities of Palestine, Jaffa and Jerusalem.  In fact there are Jews that I have met in Israel who can trace back their ancestry 14 generations.  The truth is, most of the Palestinians (Arabs) who live in Israel today in the West Bank and in Gaza and in Israel proper have names that refer to the villages where they lived for many centuries, and those villages are in Lebanon, in Syria, in Jordan, in Iraq, in Egypt and in Saudi Arabia.  Why then did they move into Palestine which was basically empty?  Well, first of all let me show you that it was empty.  

Samuel Clemens, known to most of us as Mark Twain, took a trip to Israel in about 1868.  He wrote a book called “The Innocence Abroad” in which he talked about his adventures in his travels.   He said the land was desolate.  He’d never seen such a desolate land.  He said there was no agriculture to speak of. There was no population.  He traveled from Jerusalem to Galilee, a distance of over 40 miles.  He said that he saw one single tree and saw one Arab at a great distance.  The land was empty.  I have pictures in my office at home which show Jerusalem, even in 1880, that outside the tiny walled city of Jerusalem there was no one living whatsoever. 

It was renamed for a wealthy Jewish-French multimillionaire who brought Jews down to Israel back in about 1890 to begin building the first settlement of anyone living outside the ancient walls.  Many of the homes in the old walled city were empty.  The land was desolate.  There was no agriculture and no industry until the Jews returned to their Holy Land.  When that occurred, the Palestinian people, Arabs who would never call themselves Palestinians before, who had lived in their other countries, came into Palestine because there were jobs there.  As there was continuing obstruction to immigration from the Turkish officials until World War I; and the British officials (despite their promise in the Balfour Declaration) continued to refuse to allow Jewish immigrants to come into the land until 1948 - very few Jews were allowed to come.  But there were no limits on Arab immigration.  And so the Jews that were able to get there and start farms and businesses were able to employ people.  But they were forced to employ the Arabs who came in and took the jobs that were available.  There’s nothing wrong with that. 

But the idea that the Arabs now claim, that they were the majority population there forever, is simply wrong.  It was mostly an empty country, according to historical and census documents. 

When it was proposed that the Jews come back into the Holy Land, The Promised Land, even King Faisal of Saudi Arabia said it would be an excellent thing.  In a letter he wrote to Felix Frankfurter, he said it would bring about the restoration of the land and would bring about fertility for both the Jews and the Arabs.  This was back in 1918. 

Question:  Will the Palestinians and Jews finally be reconciled when the Messiah, Jesus Christ, comes?

Answer:  Thank goodness the answer is yes.  For the children of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac, and their descendants, who had hatred and enmity for 4000 years, this will finally end, according to the bible.  The bible tells us that Ishmael would be a violent man, and he would be in the face of all his brethren.  The history of the Arab people has been one of violence and brutality.  They have never been conquered by outside powers in their whole history.  They have had a hatred for the Jewish people, and that has been intensified unfortunately from the time of their prophet, Mohammed.  But that is going to end, because the bible tells us by the prophet Ezekiel in chapter 47 that, when  the Millennium comes about and Jesus Christ, the Messiah, rules and reigns, He is going to take the evil and hatred out of the heart of the Arab for the Jew and the Jew for the Arab. 

There have been terrible atrocities on both sides, and these have produced a desire for vengeance.  But God is going to remove it.  Let me read to you what the prophet Ezekiel said in Ezekiel 47: 22-23  “And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide the land by lot for an inheritance unto you… (The land will be divided in all these different horizontal slots from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates, but among them - here’s what he says, “…and to the strangers (that’s the Arabs) that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you:  and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel; they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.” 

God is going to reconcile the Arabs to the Jews.  They are going to live in peace in the millennial rule of the Messiah.  Jesus Christ loves the Arabs as much as He loves the Jews, as much as He loves Americans and us Canadians.  He is going to reconcile them, and they are going to dwell in peace together under the Messiah.  We long for that day when true peace will come as each day we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. 

God bless you,

Grant Jeffrey 

Note From Cynthia Nuara of “The Bible and Prophecy” : 

 

Grant Jeffrey was one of the “Who’s Who of Bible Prophecy.”  He is sorely missed as are the other great bible prophecy teachers who are suddenly dwindling in these last of the last days (he passed away May 11, 2012).  As Todd Strandberg of Rapture Ready said in the April 15, 2013 Nearing Midnight article (link below), “One possible reason God has been calling so many of His key saints home lately is because we are about to transform from a time of warning to a time of judgment.”  http://raptureready.com/rap16.html

My friend, Pastor Dan Henning, recently made this statement when speaking of the true believers in Christ.  “All of our problems can be solved with one little trumpet solo.” 

 

"For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words."

 

Lord Jesus, come soon.