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Does Zionist Israel Have a Divine Right to the Land?

Let’s explore if God was involved in the establishment of modern-day Israel by looking at the Bible. Regardless of how the land was acquired, I am opposed to expelling people from it.

This doctrine is based upon several assumptions for which there is no proof. First, it is assumed that certain Old Testament prophecies, which if taken literally seem to imply the national restoration and blessing of “Israel after the flesh,” have not yet been fulfilled; from which it is argued that they will receive a “literal” fulfillment hereafter. Secondly, it is assumed that the fulfillment of those prophecies will take place during “the thousand years,” mentioned in Revelation 20:2–7 (and nowhere else in the Bible); though the passage itself contains nothing whatever to indicate that the millennium has any connection at all with Israel, or even with the earth. Philip Mauro — How Long to the End? (1927)

In the “Scofield Reference Bible,” it is stated (footnote to Romans 11:1) that “Israel as a nation always has its own place, and is yet to have her greatest earthly exaltation as the earthly people of God.” And again, “According to the prophets, Israel, re-gathered from all nations, restored to her own land, and converted, is yet to have her greatest earthly exaltation and glory” (note to Romans 11:26).
Here we have the proclamation of a special salvation for the Jews, a salvation different from gospel salvation, to wit, “earthly exaltation and glory.” What is this but “another gospel” Philip Mauro — How Long to the End? (1927)

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9

About God’s Promised Land Inheritance

City Temple

Because the promised land was always a conditional arrangement based on covenant terms, this is not of God. There is currently no covenant governing Israel’s rights to claim the promise because it has been fully fulfilled. The former covenant that governed the Israelites’ access to the land ended with the acceptance of the New Covenant.

Multiple passages in Deuteronomy warn the people that if they forsake their promises, they will be banished from the land. They were never given land without a stipulation.

But I must die in this land, I must not go over Jordan: but ye shall go over, and possess that good land.
Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee.
For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy God, to provoke him to anger:
I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. Deuteronomy 4:22-26

In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. Deuteronomy 30:16-18

The prophets told you, ‘Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways and evil deeds, and you can dwell in the land that the LORD has given to you and to your fathers forever and ever. Jeremiah 25:5

The Israelites breached their agreement with God, which is why, after their divorce, the House of Israel was banished from the land (Jeremiah 3:8). “Ephraim is laid waste in the day of rebuke,” Hosea, the prophet who foretold God’s approaching vengeance on Israel, said (Hosea 5:9), which is the same as “Ephraim shall be desolate.” The Northern Kingdom was destroyed when the Assyrians invaded Samaria’s capital in 721 BC. They couldn’t return to the covenant until the Messiah comes, according to Deuteronomy 24:4.

The Promise Was Already Fulfilled

While God had kept His word by giving the Israelites all the land He had promised, they could only keep it if they stayed in covenant with Him.

And the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And the Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.

There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass Joshua 21:43-45

and so that He may establish you today as His people, and He may be your God as He promised you and as He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Deuteronomy 29:13

And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror;
And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;
And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them: Jeremiah 32:21-33

The House of Judah stayed in the country until the scepter was passed from them to Shiloh (Jesus) (Genesis 49:10), at which point they were likewise cast out of the covenant, and their land was laid waste in their coming wrath, which occurred in 70AD. When Jesus died, it rendered the previous covenant they had null and void.

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were unwilling! Look, your house is left to you desolate. Matthew 23:37-38

This is why Adam was expelled out of the land/garden from the beginning (Genesis 3:23-24) and why the House of Israel was booted out of the land when they divorced because of covenant obligations. This is also why, as a result of God’s wrath on the House of Judah in 70AD, they lost their land inheritance, fell out of covenant with Him, and were scattered throughout the land. The only path back into the land was to enter into a covenant, and only one covenant became available for the prior two houses to join.

The New Covenant

By His Blood

Jesus is the land’s and Israel’s fulfillment. Those who are grafted into Him become spiritual Israel. So, when we enter into covenant with Him (Ephesians 5:30), we become “One Flesh” and “Israel” (a Holy Nation, a Royal Priesthood)

And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:
And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn. Exodus 4:22-23

The Zionist state of Israel does not qualify scripturally for a “divine right” to the land because they have no covenant with the Father and are not obedient to such present covenant conditions; the “promised land” is only given to those who walk in God’s ways, according to God’s Word (Deuteronomy 4:26-27, Deuteronomy 11:17, Deuteronomy 30:16)

Can you keep a covenant that is no longer valid while refusing the only way to the Father?

The earthly land promises were fulfilled when they united as a nation at Sinai, as God had promised, and Joshua led them into the land, which they inherited. This was accomplished. These were shadows of the reality found in the coming seed through an eternal inheritance. Through Jesus, we are once again created a Holy Nation, and we ascend to Mt. Zion to receive the “adoption as sons” and the deposit of our inheritance through the Holy Spirit.

Acts 7 is a “recap” of what happened, not to diminish the temporal promises that were kept under the old covenant of the land. It says the people will be slaves at first, but then they will come out and worship God. This took place.

And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place. Acts 7:7

It would have made no sense for God to scatter the Northern Kingdom out of the land unless it was connected to the inheritance they had received. They were promised a New Covenant. So that they might receive the “promise of the everlasting inheritance”:

Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were strangers to this earthly place, just as we are because they were searching for the heavenly city prepared for and purchased by Jesus, just as we are (Hebrews 11:9-10, 16)

It says that Abraham received the promise concerning his son Issac after he waited patiently (Hebrews 6:15). Which was the type of Christ, of which the promises went. As a result, Abraham received the promise (his inheritance) through the New Covenant when Christ fulfilled everything that was said about Him (Hebrews 6:20).

For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God freely granted it to Abraham through a promise. Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions, until the arrival of the seed to whom the promise referred.
Abraham, like us, are considered heirs to the Kingdom, the Land. Which is all completely fulfilled through Christ, through the New Covenant. Galatians 3:18-19

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3: 26-29

Abraham, like us, are considered heirs to the Kingdom, the Land. Which is all fulfilled through Christ, through the New Covenant.

In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. Hebrews 8:13

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 1 Peter 2:9

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. Jeremiah 31:31-33

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) Romans 2:12-15

Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. 1 John 2:23

The Land Promise