Posted by: austend | Friday, June 13, 2008

The Land of Israel–the Jew’s Everlasting Inheritance

More thoughts from David Baron gleaned from Israel in the Plan of God {here} about Israel’s possession of her Land:

As sure, then, as God is true, this land of Canaan is the inalienable possession of the Jewish nation, whatever the Gentile world-powers may plan about it.  That is the reason why God has never permitted any other nation to get permanent hold of it.  Both in ancient and in modern times almost all the Great Powers of the world have striven and fought for it.  To quote words of mine from elsewhere, ‘It has been conquered in turn by the Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Persians.  Then it became the bone of contention between the Ptolemies and the Seleucids.  Since the new phase in the dispersion brought about by the rejection of Christ, many Gentile nations have sought to establish their dominion over it.  It has been occupied in turn by Romans, Persians, Saracens, Crusaders, Mamelukes, Tartars, and Turks; but none of them have been permitted to possess it for long.  The Turk has been permitted of God in more recent times [1925] to tread it down and desolate it, but he cannot be said to have possessed it.  Rather has he served, in God’s good providence, as the custodian to prevent others from taking possession of it, and as the unconscious guardian of the land until the lawful possessors of it should return.

What an interesting thought from this Jew turned believer written in 1925!  The Land of Israel belongs to God, and He has given it as an inheritance to the Jews forever.  But since they were expelled from their Land as punishment for their sins, God has allowed other Gentile nations to “occupy” Israel and act as unwitting guardians of it until Israel is brought back and can truly possess her Land after her glorious restoration.

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