The GEOGRAPHY of ISRAEL: GOD’s PROMISED LAND and PROPHETIC HAND …
“LOGO-Know-Sis” – SEEKING BIBLE LITERACY …
ISRAEL: GOD’s PROPHETIC HAND
“When the Most High DIVIDED to the nations THEIR INHERITANCE, when He SEPARATED the SONS of ADAM, HE SET the BOUNDS of the PEOPLE ACCORDING to the NUMBER of the CHILDREN of ISRAEL”
“Therefore, behold, I will do a MARVELOUS WORK and a WONDER among them: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the UNDERSTANDING of their prudent will be HID”. – Isaiah 29:10, 13
ISRAEL “WILL KNOW ME” – the GOD of ISRAEL –
33“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
34No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they WILL ALL KNOW ME, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord.
ABRAHAM – “FATHER of FAITH” …
5 And the angel of the Lordcalled unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for BECAUSE THOU HAST DONE THIS THING, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17 That in BLESSING I WILL BLESS THEE, …
…and in multiplying I WILL MULTIPLY thy seed as the STARS of the heaven, and as the SAND which is upon the sea shore; and thy SEED shall POSSESS the GATE of HIS ENEMIES;
18 And in thy seed shall ALL the nations of the earth be BLESSING; BECAUSE THOU HAS OBEYED MY VOICE.”
ISRAEL: GOD’s PROMISED LAND
“LIFT UP NOW THINE EYES” .
Abraham: “Go from your country and your kindred and your father‘s house to the LAND that I will show you”
Genesis 13:14 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:
BABYLON: ENEMY of ISRAEL
JACOB-ISRAEL had 12 SONS who would become the NATION of ISRAEL
EXODUS OUT of EGYPT
Genesis 15: And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I KNOW that I SHALL INHERIT IT.
And HE said unto Abram, Know of a surety that THY SEED shall be a STRANGER in a LAND that is NOT THEIRS, and shall SERVE THEM; and they shall afflict them four FOUR HUNDRED YEARS; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they COME OUT with GREAT SUBSTANCE. … But in the FOURTH GENERATION they shall come hither again.
In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I GIVEN THIS LAND, from the river of EGYPT unto the great river, the river EUPHRATES”
I (God) AM with thee (Jacob), and will keep thee in ALL PLACES whiter THOU GOEST, and will bring THEE again into THIS LAND”
When the children of Israel “sighed by reason of the bondage”, GOD “REMEMBERED HIS COVENANT with ABRAHAM, with ISAAC, and with JACOB”. (Exodus 2:23, 24)
After four generations, MOSES would lead them out of slavery on an EXODUS (ESCAPE) from Egypt.
The PROMISED LAND
ISRAEL – DAVID: “KINGDOM” and MESSIAH-KING
“Therefore now let it please thee to BLESS the house of thy servant (David), that it may CONTINUE FOREVER before thee: for thou, o Lord God, hast spoken it: and with THY BLESSING let the HOUSE of THY SERVANT (David) be blessed FOR EVER. (2 Samuel 7:29)
“When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up YOUR DESCENDANT AFTER YOU, who shall come forth from you, and I will ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM”
The TEMPLE to The Lord in Jerusalem was built on MOUNT MORIAH, the site of Abraham’s Sacrifice of ISAAC
GENESIS 28:1 “And ISAAC called JACOB, and BLESSED him, and charged him, and said unto him,thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan”. This commandment as meant to PRESERVE the DAVID-ic MESSIANIC GENEOLOGICAL line.
1 Kings 2:4 – “shall not fail thee a man on the THRONE of ISRAEL“
The Israelites had apparently settled down in one place and united as one nation under God and David.
Yet, the PROPHET NATHAN came and said that God has appointed a place for Israel, he WOULD PLANT them in that place, from which they’d MOVE NO MORE, and be free from their OLD ENEMIES?
Centuries before, GOD (through MOSES) warned of the consequences of WORSHIPPING IDOLS
“IF you walk contrary to me, I will CHASTISE you SEVEN TIMESfor your sins”
Deuteronomy 4:26 – “I call heaven and earth to WITNESS against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly PERISH from OFF the LAND where unto ye go over JORDAN to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be DESTROYED
II Kings 17:22– “for the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them,” …
II Kings 17:23 “until the Lord REMOVED ISRAEL OUT of HIS SIGHT, as he had said by all his servants the prophets …
… so Israel was CARRIED AWAY from their OWN LAND to ASSYRIA, as it is to this day”
Leviticus 4:27: “and the LORD SHALL SCATTER you AMONG the NATIONS, and ye shall be left few in number AMONG the HEATHEN, whither the Lord shall LEAD YOU”
Leviticus 26:33 – “and I will SCATTER you AMONG the HEATHEN, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be DESOLATE, and your cities WASTE”
Amos 9:8 – “Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the SINFUL KINGDOM, and I will DESTROY IT from off the face of the earth; savingthat I will notutterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord”
Amos 9:9 “for, lo, … I will SIFT the HOUSE of ISRAEL AMONG ALL NATIONS, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”
“and I WILL DESTROY YOUR HIGH PLACES, and CUT DOWN your IMAGES [IDOLS], and cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of YOUR IDOLS, and my soul shall abhor you” Leviticus 26:30
JUDAH – BABYLONIAN EXILE
Solomon’s son Rehoboam was king of the southern kingdom, with it’s capital in Jerusalem. 1 Kings 12:12-19
23 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, there were two women, daughters of the same mother. 3 They became prostitutes in Egypt, engaging in prostitution from their youth.
4 The older was named Oholah, and her sister was Oholibah. They were mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. Oholah is Samaria, and Oholibah is Jerusalem.
1 “Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister. 12 She too lusted after the Assyrians
22 “Therefore, Oholibah, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will stir up your lovers against you, those you turned away from in disgust, and I will bring them against you from every side— 23 the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, the men of Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them, handsome young men, all of them governors and commanders, chariot officers and men of high rank, all mounted on horses.
24 They will come against you with weapons,[d]chariots and wagons and with a throng of people; they will take up positions against you on every side with large and small shields and with helmets. I will turn you over to them for punishment, and they will punish you according to their standards.
Your lewdness and promiscuity 30 have brought this on you, because you lusted after the nations and defiled yourself with their idols. 31 You have gone the way of your sister; so I will put her cup into your hand.
35 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Since you have forgotten me and turned your back on me, you must bear the consequences of your lewdness and prostitution.”
36 The Lord said to me: “Son of man, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then confront them with their detestable practices, 37 for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them.
“Then will I REMEMBER MY COVENANT with JACOB, and also my covenant with ISAAC,and also my covenant with ABRAHAM will I remember; and I will remember the LAND.” (Leviticus 26:42)
Leviticus 26:44 “and yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies,
… I will NOT cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to DESTROY THEM UTTERLY, and to break MY COVENANT with them: for I am the Lord their God”
Jeremiah 31:10 – “Hear the word of the Lord, o ye nations, and declare it in the ISLES afar off, and say, HE THAT SCATTERED ISRAEL WILL GATHER HIM, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock”
History records that following the collapse of the Assyrians, “WAVES” of ISRAELITES (under different names [a.k.a. SCYTHIANS, CIMMERIANS and CELTS] then migrated north through the CAUCASUS, then ACROSS EUROPE.
Isaiah 24:15 “wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of ISRAEL in the ISLES of the sea”
Israel-ite tribe after tribe, Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Frisians, poured across the sea to make NEW HOMES in the British ISLES. Thus grew the British nation. . . formed of the union of various tribes of the same racial stock of ANGLO-SAXONS (sons of Isaac) and “CELTS” (Israelite Cimmerians).
Isaiah 41:1 “Listen, o ISLES, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far”
RETURN to REBUILD JERUSALEM
GALILEE, NORTHERN ISRAEL
John 1 states that two of John the Baptist’s disciples heard Jesus and followed Him. Andrew then told Peter that they had found the Messiah. The next day Jesus found Philip, who in turn found Nathanael and told him that he had found the one of whom Moses wrote. After some preliminary questions, Nathanael declared to Jesus, “Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel” (Jn. 1:49).
In Matthew 4:18–22, Jesus first saw the fishermen Simon Peter and Andrew casting a net into the sea. He challenged them to follow Him and He would make them “fishers of men” (v. 19). They immediately left their nets and followed Him.
The book of Isaiah prophesied that the gospel would come first to Galilee and, in particular, to the area west and east of the sea:
Nevertheless, the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined (Isa. 9:1–2).
But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, BUT in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
JESUS and the SAMARITAN WOMAN
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
4 Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did).3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.
4 He had to go through Samaria on the way.
5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7
Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food.
9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans.[b] She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”
10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”
11 “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again.14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”
16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.
17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.
Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”
21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem.22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”
27 Just then his disciples came back. They were shocked to find him talking to a woman, but none of them had the nerve to ask, “What do you want with her?” or “Why are you talking to her?” 28 The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” 30 So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
NEW TESTAMENT JERUSALEM
“GO to the LOST SHEEP of the HOUSE of ISRAEL”
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
CHRIST’S MISSION ON EARTH WAS to REDEEM ISRAEL, for He says, “I am NOT SENT, but unto the LOST SHEEP of the HOUSE of ISRAEL”
Jesus’ commission states in Matthew 10:5-6: “these TWELVE Jesus SENT FORTH, and COMMANDED them, saying, go NOT into the way of the GENTILES, and into any city of the SAMARITANS enter ye NOT: …
Jesus said “HOUSE of ISRAEL” because he referred to the REUNITING of the DIVORCED and “LOST” NORTHERN 10 TRIBES of “HOUSE” of ISRAEL and GOD …
WHERE Peter and others of the twelve went AFTER they LEFT PALESTINE has been one of the
BEST-KEPT SECRETS of HISTORY …
The BIBLE NARRATIVE of WHERE the EXILED “LOST SHEEP of ISRAEL” ENDED UP is an EXAMPLE of GOD’s CONTROL OVER HISTORY
We have the testimony of JOSEPHUS in the year 70 A.D. that the TWO TRIBES, JUDAH and LEVI, were captured by the Roman Titus. The TEMPLE in JERUSALEM was DESTROYED in the JEWISH “DIASPORA”
the TEN TRIBES were BEYOND the RIVER EUPHRATES, an IMMENSE NUMBER of PEOPLE
IDENTITY of the “LOST HOUSE” of ISRAEL WOULD NOT be revealed until GOD’s SET TIME (after 1800) …
IF the world had KNOWN the lands to which the twelve apostles journeyed, the House of Israel would NEVER have been “LOST” from VIEW …
PETER, from the city BABYLON, in MESOPOTAMIA, directed the work of all the 12 APOSTLES in the “EAST”
Christ did send Peter to the home of the Roman Cornelius (acts 10 and 11) to open the gospel to the Gentiles, but PETER’S LIFE MISSION was to CARRY the GOSPEL to “the LOST SHEEP of the HOUSE of ISRAEL”
We know Peter was for a time at BABYLON in Mesopotamia, from which he wrote the letters to the churches in Asia Minor (I Peter 5:13)
BABYLON was the major city from which the apostles in the east worked.
The order in which Peter, in verse one of his first epistle, named the provinces of Asia Minor – from east to west and back – clearly proves that the letter was sent FROM BABYLON in the EAST, NOT ROME in the WEST
SCYTHIA was the name of the vast plain north of the Black and the Caspian seas.
To this region a great colony of ISRAELITES MIGRATED after the fall of the Persian Empire in 331 B.C.
The House of Israel dwelt in captivity as aliens or strangers among the Assyrians. when the Assyrians were later removed from their homeland to northern asia minor, part of the house of israel migrated with them
Peter’s brother ANDREW preached to the so-called “white Syrians” – while they abode by the Bosporus and on the Black Sea.
THOMAS– Parthia, Media, Persia [Carman, Hyrcani, Bactria — that is Iran and Afhganistan today], northwest India: these “white Indians” – that is, whites living in India – were also known as “Nephthalite Huns”, in later Greek records. They were connected with the tribe of Naphthali.
THOMAS was MARTYRED with a Brahmin sword near Madras, INDIA.
BARTHOLOMEW shared, with Thomas, the same vast plains of PARTHIA, MEDIA, PERSIA, northwest INDIA.
Bartholomew also spent part of his time in neighboring ARMENIA and a portion of upper Phrygia in Asia Minor.
PHILIP was assigned the regions of SCYTHIA and upper ASIA (asia minor)
PAUL – APOSTLE to the GENTILES
It was PAUL, not any of the twelve, a special apostle and COMMISION to bear the GOSPEL to the GENTILES:
Saul, later named PAUL – “He is a CHOSEN VESSEL unto me, to BEAR MY NAME before the GENTILES, and KINGSand the CHILDREN of ISRAEL” (Acts 9:15)
FIRST, PAUL was to teach the GENTILES – which he did in Cyprus, Asia Minor and GREECE
SECOND, PAUL was to appear before KINGS– an event brought about by a two-year imprisonment at ROME.
Paul knew Gaul to be an area settled by the House of Israel. He bypassed Gaul on his way from Italy to Spain (Romans 15:24, 28). Gaul must have been reached by one of the twelve.
Paul originally planned to go “east” into Asia, BUT was “constrained” from going east.
Paul states he was stopped, ending up going WEST.
“Now passing through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia” – ACTS
Paul mentions a planned visit to Spain.(Rom 15:24, 28)
Paul visited Britain
The SAMARITAN WOMAN
SAMARITANS occupied the land of the EXILED NORTHERN 10 TRIBES of ISRAEL, TAKEN by the ASSYRIANS beginning in 721 B.C., as GOD’s PUNISHMENT for THEIR IDOLATRY
Then came she and worshiped him, saying, Lord, help me.
But he answered and said, It is not right to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs.
And she said, True, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is your faith: be it unto you even as you will. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour
And Jesus departed from there, and came near unto the sea of Galilee
ROMANS 11: I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.
Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.
But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I
Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.”take pride in my ministry
The WILD OLIVE BRANCH – The GENTILES and ISRAEL
But if some of the branches were broken off and you—being a wild olive—were grafted in among them and became a partaker of the root of the olive tree with its richness, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, it is not you who support the root but the root supports you.
You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” True enough. They were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.
Do not be arrogant, but fear—for if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you. Notice then the kindness and severity of God: severity toward those who fell; but God’s kindness toward you, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off! — Romans 11:17-22 TLV
The SONS of JOSEPH
EZEKIEL 22:15: I will disperse you among the nations and scatter you through the countries; and I will put an end to your uncleanness …
ISRAEL RESTORED (1947- )
In the LAST DAYS, ISRAEL WILL BE REVIVED and OPPOSE the NATIONS
EZEKIEL shares a kindred theme with ISAIAH and JEREMIAH – all three prophets deal with a DISOBEDIENT ISRAEL WHO HAVE TURNED AWAY FROM GOD, WHO ARE JUDGED BUT PROMISED RESTORATION
The Prophet Ezekiel describes the MESSIANIC KINGDOM, when ISRAEL will KNOW and have a relationship with the LORD GOD, through JESUS CHRIST, the KING of ISRAEL
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
“Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.”
“And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:”
“And DAVID my SERVANT shall be KING over them; and they all shall have ONE SHEPHERD: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.”
“And they shall dwell in the LAND that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.”
“Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.”
“My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
“And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my SANCTUARY shall be in the midst of them for evermore.”
The SEVEN CHURCHES of REVELATION
BATTLE of ARMAGEDDON
The BATTLE of GOG
“And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal:
… and I will turn thee about, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them handling swords’” (Ezek. 38:1-4; emphasis added).
“And when the thousand years are finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall come forth to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up over the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down out of heaven, and devoured them” (Revelation 20:7-9 — ASV).
The SECOND COMING (the Mount of Olives)
“And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave (split) in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove (move) toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”
“…and the Lord my God (that’s Jesus) shall come, and all the saints with [Him].” (Zech. 14: 4 – 5)
The Temple Mount (Mount Moriah)
The NEW JERUSALEM