By Dr. Elder Cumming.*


* At the Glasgow Conference, June, 1894. (Vol. 1. July, 1894.)






Romans 9: 2-5.


“I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart (for I myself

used to wish to be a curse [cut off] from Christ) for my brethren,

my kinsmen according to the flesh



[We have given this passage in our own translation; and omitted the speaker’s remarks on it as it stands in the A.V. - EDITOR.]*


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THERE are three words used for God’s ancient people in the Old Testament and the New.  I find that St. Paul uses two of the words with almost equal frequency.  “Israelites” is his favourite word.  There is the word “Jews which, used distinctively, means those of the kingdom of Judah; there is the word “Hebrews which refers, if we are to take it distinctively, to the race and to the language; and there is the word “Israelites,” which, if we are to take it distinctively, embraces two things - all the tribes - and specially to the race of the covenant blessing, not of Jacob, but of Israel.



All these words are embraced, more or less, by our subject to-day.  May I say a word about the Past, the Present, and the Future of Israel?                                        






By the past I mean the Biblical past.  We draw our line at the destruction of Jerusalem.  All before that is the past.  From that time to now is the present.



The people of Israel are the most ancient people on the face of the earth, except one.  The Egyptians as a people are as old, but the wonderful distinction between them is this - Egypt began under the curse of Ham, and Israel began under the blessing of Abraham, the chosen of God.  Can you realise in your minds the extraordinary fact that out of the whole world of men, and out of all generations, God should set His hand, His word, His heart on one man!  From the far distance of heaven, and amid the glories of heaven, that God’s eye, seeking out earth, should fix on one man?  A young man at home too - not the eldest son, not the head of the house, but a younger son.  His name was Abraham.  God tested him as I do not think He ever tested anyone else; and in his father’s house he said to him, “Get thee out; leave home; leave country; leave everything around you, and go out, alone if need be, to a place I shall tell thee of after thou hast gone  That was the beginning of Israel, and God’s gifts and callings are without repentance.  He has never changed in his love. “I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob, ye sons of Abraham, are not consumed



Where God begins in love He goes on in love.  “I have loved you before the foundation of the world,”  He says, and He loves unto the end.  This is the whole secret of Israel as a nation.  It is not that they are better than other people; it is not that they have any good qualities that we cannot see; it is all in God.  God chose them in love; God is unchangeable in His love; therefore to-day God loves Israel; therefore to the end shall God love Israel.



Who can tell what the Bible is?  We don’t half understand it, and never shall until we get to glory, and then the Bible will be ours still.  But have you ever realised the connection of the Jew with this book?  Every writer of Scripture, without exception, was a Jew.  Every book of Scripture, sixty-six in number, is written by a Jew.  Is not that a wonderful thing?  Every book of Scripture speaks about the Jews - generally speaks to them as well. The Jews are referred to in every book of the Bible.  There is a marvellous connection between the Jews and this book.



Then think of the history of Israel.  What a marvellous story of faith and patience and testimony for God; what a marvellous manifestation of God; what a marvellous revelation of God has come through that ancient people. I have said the whole Bible is penned by Jews.  What say you to another fact?  There is a chapter in the Bible that tells us of all the men whose history God has so cared for that He has perpetuated it to the end - the 11th  chapter of Hebrews, written in better than letters of gold.  Every man and woman in that chapter (except Abel, Enoch, and Noah) is a Jew or a Jewess.



Would that were all their story.  But we must look at the other side of the picture.  What a wayward people they were from the first.  Even the patriarchs - I was going to say with the exception of Isaac, but not even with the exception of Isaac, although he was the sweetest, the gentlest, the most self-forgetting of them all.  From the time of the patriarchs downward you cannot find one that did not sometimes forget and depart and almost rebel against God.  What a lesson this is to those who speak of the perfectibility or sinlessness of human nature here!  O all these men from Abraham down there is not one in whom you cannot trace a fallen heart, and the effects of that fallen heart in their forgetfulness of God.



Look at their history as individuals, or as a nation.  See how they turned away from God.  See how, generation after generation, they forgot the Holy One of Israel.  See how they tempted Him, how they grieved Him in the desert, when God, almost as a visible God, walked before them in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.  In the Shechinah within His tabernacle God almost appeared to them visibly.  And also in the gift of the manna and the quails.  How they forgot Him, and “tempted the Holy One of Israeland grieved the Holy Spirit of God.  We cannot say too much as to the faith and holiness of many individual Jews.  The 11th of Hebrews is true to the letter, but there is the other side.  Alas! alas! for the sins of Israel.  See how God dealt with them, how patiently, sending them prophet after prophet.  You remember the Lord’s own parable, the husbandman sending servant after servant.  One they beat, another they stoned, another they killed.



When God sent His Son, they said, “Lo, this is the heir, come, let us kill Him, and the inheritance shall be ours  That people, God’s people, Israel, my Israel, my chosen people, children of Abraham, children of Israel, children of the covenant and the promises, yes, it was they that crucified their Lord and ours.  “His blood be upon us and on our children” was their cry, and a time, of darkness fell almost at once.  That is the Biblical past.






Forty years after the Lord was slain, forty years after the cross, there came the destruction of Jerusalem.  What did it mean?  It meant the end of the whole Jewish outward economy.  Above all, it meant the ending of those blessed and sacred sacrifices which from the time of Moses had been the testimony that God would hear and save.  “It is the blood that maketh atonement and from the day, that Jerusalem was overthrown no atoning blood has been shed for the Jew.  None of the old economy, no sacrifices of blood have been shed by the Jew, and he stands self-condemned by his own law.  He says, “God has given me a law, and I hold to the law”; and we answer, “Yes, and God has said in that law, it is the blood that atoneth for your soul.  Where is your atonement now?”  I put that question to a Jew once, and asked him to give me an explanation of that extraordinary fact.  He shook his head and said, “We know not; we know not; will not God accept anything else?”  I said, “judge for yourself whether God can accept anything other than He has declared  That man became a Christian, and he told me afterwards that this fact was the first thing that shook him.



What has happened since the destruction of Jerusalem?  The Christian Church has hated the Jew.  Shame upon it for that sin.  Only now is the thought beginning to rise in the Christian Church that not hatred but love is. our duty to the Jew.  The Romans hated and tried to crush the Jews.  The Middle Ages is a long story of shame and sorrow.  The Jews were bitterly persecuted; thousands were cast out of the nations, others took different names and were not known.  Look at modern times.  Britain bears its own share; this country has been blessed with many opportunities for carrying the Word over the whole world; but there are some tremendous drawbacks of sin, which may God forgive.  Britain has a record of imprisonment and cruelty and blood lying against her for her treatment of the Jew for many generations.  Germany, to some extent, has taken up the tale; and now we have the hardness and cruelty of Russia.  These are remembered, and will be remembered before God.



Not hatred against the Jew, not attempts to crush the Jew, but affection towards the Jew, is the duty of the Church.  If you want to reach a Jew’s heart you must do it by affection, and I have reason to think that their hearts are easily touched by affection.  I remember being in a small company of Jews some time ago.  They were being driven out from their homes, and were emigrating to the Far West.  Looking around upon them, I looked to see if here were any Jews present that would remind me of the blessed Lord Himself, for He is said to have been a fair Jew.  Among the company I saw one, a tall man with a fair, comely, and sweet expression.  I kept my eye upon him until the end of the meeting, when they all came up to get a copy of the Hebrew New Testament, and one was given to each person with the blessing, “The peace of God be yours  When this young man came up to receive his Testament, he took my hand and kissed it.  I said, “What do you mean by that?” and he answered, “Sir, in my country a man in your position would not have condescended to look at the ground on which my feet were treading as a Jew, but I have found that you love the Jew; therefore I kiss your hand  Touch them with love, and the response of a Jew’s heart is wonderful.



Remember that man has never been able to crush them.  The hatred and cruelty of every nation with which they have been brought into contact have been in vain, because there is a shield around them.  God put it there, and man cannot remove it.  At the present time* we know they are more numerous than they were in Bible-history time.  They are supposed to represent twelve millions, and they never came to anything like that number in the olden time of Bible story.  In the face of all the persecution they have multiplied.  Hosea told us what they were to be - for many days without a king, without a sacrifice, without a priest, without a land - and there they are still.  It has proved [today by two world wars, and in the future Great Tribulation, that it is] impossible for the nations of the earth to destroy them.  They hold to their own still; they hold to their own nationality; and they hold - though I wish they would hold it more faithfully - to the written Word of the living God.


[* See PART TWO.]






They are obviously preserved for some marvellous destiny in the future.  Even worldly men are compelled to confess this.  At the present time the Jews are one of the greatest powers in the world, and they are only needing something to call them out so as to combine that great financial power and wisdom that belong to them.  It is obvious, even to men of the world, that there must be a future in store for Israel, although they cannot guess what it is.  But we know: it is plainly laid down in God’s word.  Let me direct your attention to two or three points. It is guaranteed, it is sworn to, by the oath of God.  In Jeremiah 33: 20, 21, there occurs one of the most solemn words in the Old Testament, “Thus saith the Lord; If ye can break My covenant of the day, and My covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; then may also My covenant be broken with David My servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, My ministers  Then again. in the 25th and 26th  verses, - “Thus saith the Lord; If My covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them  The whole of that chapter predicts a time long after their return from the captivity of Babylon, and speaks of the revival of their king.



Now in Jeremiah 31: 37 you find a very similar statement: “Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord  Then again in verses 35 and 36, “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is His name: if those ordinances depart from before Me, saith the Lord, the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me for ever



I say solemnly, we have two alternatives.  Either Israel continues for ever, or God’s word is no more to be believed.  Not only is the future of Israel guaranteed, but there are tokens of the revival already.  Read Matthew 24: 32, and it is agreed on all hands that this passage must refer to the Jews.  “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors  We are beginning to see the blossoming of the fig tree.



God has promised that His ancient people are to return to their own land.  Have you ever made a study of the closing words of the different books of the Bible?  If you have not, I would recommend that to you as a very useful study indeed.  In the meantime look at the closing words of the beautiful prophecy of Amos - 9: 14, 15: “And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.  And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall be no more pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord  This does not refer to their return from Babylon, because they were plucked out after that.  Turn to 2 Sam. 6: 10: “Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime



Therefore, if God in His most solemn word and promise is to be believed, Israel is to return to their own land.  But they are to return apparently in unbelief; they will be found in the Holy Land when the Lord returns.



Then turn to Zech. 12: 10: “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him  Just note how in Rev. 1:  7 this verse is quoted, “They shall look upon Him whom they have pierced, and all the tribes of the earth shall wail because of Him  That is the story of the Gentiles who have refused Christ.  The people of Israel in their own land when He returns shall “mourn” for Him.  The Gentiles shall “wail” because of Him.  There you see the distinction between the wailing of hopeless sorrow and the mourning of repentant sorrow.



There is a promise given to Israel that is not given to anybody else.  It is the old promise to the nation; it is still continued.  We have a promise not for Britain, but for individual souls.  We are not the most favoured nation - I am not sure about individual saints in the future, but I am sure about nations.  What does St. Paul tell us in Romans 11: 25, 26?  “I would not that ye be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob Yes, “all Israel shall be saved”; not a soul apparently left, not one left out of all [Jews then living in] Israel.  We don’t read that about any other nation, even in millennial days.  Even in those days the sinners shall be accursed; there shall be sinners, but very few of them.  Marvellous fulfilling grace to Israel.



One last word.  When the Jews are thus brought to God they have a great work to do, they have got to be the means of converting the whole world.  Isaiah 66: 19 is one of the texts that tell us this.  “I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, and to the isles afar off, that have not heard My fame, neither have seen My glory; and they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles  Now we are sending missionaries to the Jews, but the days are coming when they shall send missionaries to the Gentiles, and with far more effect than our missionaries to the Jews have [ever been].  In Romans 11: 15: “For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead  What shall the receiving of the Jews be?  What shall the gathering in of Israel be?  What shall the salvation of “all Israel” be when it takes place?  What shall it be for the rest of the world?  “Life from the dead  Oh, Israel, what a marvellous story, from the call of Abraham until “life from the dead” that shall come through thee.



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[*The following are published in: ‘Prayer For Israel,’ (WINTER MAGAZINE 2015-2016.)]







By Derek Rous



Israel continues to experience daily stabbing attacks upon its citizens and there seems to be no end to it.  The impact upon all is immeasurable.  People are fearful to travel in cars, buses or trains.  Like in the times of the Judges, “The highways were deserted, and the travellers walked along the byways village life ceased, it ceased in IsraelJudges 5: 6.  Daily travel and commercial life for all, especially in Jerusalem, is full of anxiety.



In the international arena, the shooting down of the Russian bomber over the Turkey/Syria border on the 24th November marked a new point in the descent of the Syrian crisis into chaos.  The world stands and wonders what could happen next and wrings its hands over the potential for escalation.  Where will this end?  What is the solution?  Who is at fault?  How can we get back to normality?



Presidents Erdogan and Putin each blame the other and seek to save face but the skies over the north of Israel are getting very crowded.  God is assembling the nations for judgment.  It seems the time for Ezekiel 38-39 and Joel 3:1-2 to be fulfilled might not be far off.



It was only the previous week when the attacks in Paris on the 13th November claimed 130 lives.  Europe is in turmoil as it agonises over refugees.  How can Europe be free of threat now that it is home to millions of Muslims, many of whom are committed to its destruction?  But the headlines are soon replaced by another more dreadful deed.  The cry of all is how can there be peace in a world that is full of conflict.  What is the cause?  Who is to blame and who will sort it out?






The president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, came up with his version of a solution by drawing a direct link between the November 13 terror attacks in Paris and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, arguing that terrorism, wherever it occurs, can be traced back to the Middle East and the absence of peace.



“The organized attacks in Paris have brought sharp focus onto the problem of global terrorism he said.  “Our continent has also been hit hard with ongoing attacks in Nigeria, sporadic attacks in Kenya and this weekend with attacks in Mali and the Cameroon  Zuma told Jewish leaders in Johannesburg.



“All these attacks, wherever they occur, put the spotlight on the Middle East peace processhe said.  “It is difficult to imagine peace in the world without the achievement of peace in the Middle East.  South Africa continues to contribute to attempts at finding peace in the Middle East especially with the age-old Palestinian-Israeli question  In other words, anything that goes wrong today – it’s all Israel’s fault!



His deduction of course is rooted in the evil and malicious belief that Israel is an illegitimate nation.  But in a strange way, he is right to believe that the solution to the conflict surrounding Israel will indeed only be found by looking at the roots of the conflict.  Unbeknown to him though, it is not a conflict over who owns the land but over who is the true and living God.



Israel was challenged by that question by Elijah in 1 Kings 18: 21 – “If the lord is God then follow Him.  But if Baal is God then follow Him  The god of the surrounding nations and today of Islam, is not the same as the God of Israel.  Israel by contrast was chosen by God to show to the Godless nations surrounding them that there was only one true and living God and one true way to live.  Instead of being part of a ‘death-cult’ they were to be a witness to the God of Life, Glory and Power.  But in this they tragically failed!  The book of Judges demonstrates the fickle nature of Israel as they sought to become like the nations.  Judges 10: 6 Nevertheless, God is the faithful and covenant keeping God who would not give up on them.



The SAS have the motto, “Who dares Wins The motto of true Christians ought to be like those on Mt. Carmel in 1 Kings 18: 39 “The lord He is God The lord He is God” i.e “Who dares to believe in The True God winsAnd despite the chaos and pain for those in the epicentre, God is already at work bringing about a solution and a victory over the enemy of all men, who can only deliver death and destruction.  He will win over all His enemies!






Aviet Girsh from Israel reminded us at the PFI Conference and tour in November that because of the breakdown in borders and barriers built in the past, (Britain having played a large part) God is working in extraordinary ways to bring the gospel of deliverance and redemption to people who could never have heard it in previous circumstances.



Thousands of displaced people have entered Europe.



PFI knows of several groups of Jewish and Arab believers who are working together to bring relief and the Word of God to neighbouring countries.  Aviel shared the huge new demand for Bibles to be sent from Israel and supporting countries to those reaching Muslims in Europe who have never been able to hear the Gospel before.  God is supernaturally opening the eyes of those who have been kept from hearing before.  One such city in the UK, to which Aviel has connection, is seeing numbers of Iranians who have fled to this country coming to the Lord and reaching out to their neighbours.  The world sees this as a problem but God sees it as an opportunity.  Praise God for the connections being made with the believers in Israel!



Psalm 50: 2 says “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth.  Our God shall come and not keep silent.  A fire shall devour before Him and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him Isaiah 2: 2 & 4 confirms “For out of Zion shall go forth the Law and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem - He will judge between the nations and rebuke many people...”



What we are witnessing today is unprecedented trouble.  But with the trouble comes great opportunity for the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus, the Messiah of Israel, and the Saviour of the world.  And as Jesus said, when this takes place, then the end will come.  When will He come?  The prophet Habbakuk cried to the Lord “How long 0 lord How long  The Lords answer to him was to be patient.  In this we need to take a lesson.






I believe we need to take much greater care in what we say about the timing of the lord’s return.  Extreme dogmatism is making enemies of friends.  It is a great sadness when divisions amongst the Lord’s people open up over this matter.  The words of the Lord Jesus are, Matthew 24: 32.  “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming  The prophet Amos warned - “Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!  For what good is the day of the Lord to you? it will be a day of darkness and not light...” Amos 5: 18.  We might well have a sense of anticipation and expectation of the coming Kingdom but until He comes we need to keep our focus and be about His business of bringing light and life - for when He comes, it will be for judgment.



May the Lord help us as we Watch and Pray for the Salvation of Israel.  We may not be able to do much, if anything, to change the situation in the world.  But we can make a difference to those around us as we recognise the spiritual battle of our times and encourage each other to pray in accordance with the Lord’s revealed will.  It is good and right to be supportive of, and focused upon, Israel as the nation and to stand with Jewish people wherever we can.  But we must never forget our responsibility to them to be a witness to the Messiah Jesus and to pray for their salvation as well as praying for gentiles to come to know the Lord.  This is despite the attitude of Churches and nations who are blind to the truth of God’s Word and His Spirit.



Friends, we are in a battle.  In battle, some people get hurt and killed but that should not make us give up.  Instead, carry on with His strength and resolve to finish the task.



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By Eddie Santoro



31st October, 2015



Several weeks ago I wrote an update, “A Day of Violence in Israel”, relating to the current spiral of violence and terrorism against the Jewish people in Israel.



Unfortunately there has been no reduction in Palestinian knifings of Israelis, motor vehicle attacks, rock throwing and rioting has been continuing.  Jerusalem’s streets are filled with soldiers, many civilians have been called up to active military service to help with Israel’s ongoing defence and new restrictions have been imposed in the West Bank and throughout East Jerusalem in an effort to further reduce the ongoing attacks.



The root of the violence against Jews in Israel and throughout the world has nothing to do with “Palestinian Rights” but is rather based on the ancient desire of the powers of darkness to destroy Israel, make God a liar and ultimately prevent the return of Yeshua [Jesus].  The ease with which so much of the world openly embraces the lie, condemns Israel and sympathizes with the Palestinians is nothing less than demonic “end time” strategy.



We who live here and know our God are certain that His promises will be fulfilled.  Israel will be blessed and will be a blessing to the entire world.  All of the satanic strategies and plans for this notion will ultimately fail.



Please pray for wisdom for our government, army and security forces as they endeavour to take control and end this current terrorist uprising.  Pray that Israelis would not be overwhelmed by a spirit of fear and intimidation.  Pray against the spirit of anti-Semitism that is so prevalent in today’s world.



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By Andrew Lessey, (Bashan Carmel Ministries.)


Israel - September 2015



Jeremiah 16 verse 14 and 15:



“However, the days are coming declares the Lord, “when men will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt’, 15 but they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where be had banished them  For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers



We can all remember the early 90’s when these verses were on the lips of many owing to the vast Russian Aliyah (return of Jewish people to the Land).  However, it is worth noting that these verses not only refer to the Jewish return from the north but also to their return from all the countries where God had banished them.  That this return is ongoing is clearly another example of the Lord’s faithfulness in fulfilling His word.  The conclusion of verse 15 reminds us of the destination of their return, it is of course to the Land He gave to their forefathers, the Land of Israel.



Much is written in His word about THIS LAND and for many years now the world’s media has also referred to it (usually on a daily basis) in some context or other.  But what does the Bible actually say on this subject and in particular what are the promises related to the land?



Let us turn to Genesis 12 verses 6 and 7: “Abram travelled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem.  At that time the Canaanites were in the land.  The Lord appeared to Abram, and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this landSo he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him



Here we can see the promise to give the Land to Abram’s offspring.  But where was he when God made the promise?  According to verse 6 he was at Shechem (site of modern day Nablus).






Now let us read Genesis 13 to 15: “The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, ‘Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west.  All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever  Here we can again see the Lord promising the Land to Abram and his offspring, although now the word “forever” is included.  But where was he when the promise was made?



Let us read Genesis 13 verse 3: “From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier  And then verses 17 and 18 of the same chapter “‘Go walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to youSo Abram moved his tent and went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he built an altar to the Lord  Logically then in view of these verses we can confidently assume that he was somewhere between Bethel and Hebron.



Let us continue on to Genesis 28 verses 12 and 13: “He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.  There above it stood the Lord, and he said: ‘I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.  I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.’” Here we read of God’s promise to give the land to Jacob and his offspring.  But at that moment in time where was Jacob?



Genesis 28 verses 18 and 19: “Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.  He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz  So according to verses 18 and 19 he was at Bethel.



At this point it is worth noting the location of the three places mentioned.  As we can see on the adjoining map they all lie within the confines of Judea and Samaria (referred to by the nations as the West Bank).  Certainly these verses in Genesis do not stand alone in recording the promises of the land to the Patriarchs and their offspring.  There are of course several more.



While the locations at which these promises were made are not always mentioned, it is reasonable to assume through the context that the majority of them were also made within this territory.  Conversely, it is interesting to note that at no point does the book of Genesis suggest or even hint at the possibility that such promises were made while the Patriarchs were strolling along the beach at Jaffa - situated beside present day Tel Aviv or Acre or anywhere else along the coastal strip.  (Some might refer to Isaac at Gerar in Genesis 26, but even this is some 10 to 15 miles inland.)



In view of this it seems logical to conclude that Judea and Samaria (The West Bank) and not Tel Aviv and the coastal strip, are actually the heart of the Promised Land.



Read now Psalm 105 verses 8 to 11:



“He remembers His covenant forever, the word He commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant He made with Abraham, the oath He swore to Isaac.  He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.*”


[* When “will” they - (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Israel) - “inherit” this “Land”? See footnote.]



Clearly these verses serve to confirm the promises made in relation to the Land.  Note that in verse 8 the word “forever” is used and the word “everlasting” appears in verse 10.  It is apparent therefore that these promises are not temporary in nature.  In fact, they are in effect for at least as long as planet earth continues to exist.



Ezekiel 36 contains further revelation regarding the Lord’s plans for the Land.  In verse 1 the prophet is commanded to speak to the mountains of Israel. “Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord.’”



As we delve deeper into the chapter we begin to see His purposes for those mountains.  Verses 8 to 12 for example make clear that the Lord intends that multitudes of His people live on those mountains. “But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home.  I am concerned for you and will look on you with favour; you will be ploughed and sown, and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel.  The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.  I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous.  I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before.  Then you will know that I am the Lord.  I will cause people, my people Israel, to walk upon you.  They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children



But where are the mountains of Israel?



Is the Lord referring to Mount Tabor, Mount Carmel, Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights or is he perhaps referring to the hills of the Galilee? Well actually the term “mountains of Israel” again refers primarily to mountains and hills of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).  Obviously this fact only serves to reinforce the reality that Judea and Samaria are actually the heart of the Promised Land.  Consequently we shouldn’t be surprised therefore that the lord wants multitudes of His People to live there.  Nor should we be surprised that the world actively tries to oppose this.





In fact, any of us with even a minor interest in current affairs knows that for many years now the world has sought to insert a Palestinian state into this territory.  Obviously the scriptures we have just read indicate that not only is this not God’s will, but it is actually the complete opposite of it.  That Jerusalem itself is situated on these mountains is surely not coincidental.  Neither can it be considered a coincidence that the three Patriarchs are all buried on these mountains, at Hebron.  Clearly these factors again strengthen the reality that this is the very heart of the Promised Land.



Sadly the nations are so deceived on this matter that whenever plans are announced to build homes for Jewish people in this territory, the government of Israel is harshly condemned.  In addition, intense pressure is directed against Israel in the hope that these decisions will be reversed.



Often world leaders proclaim that such moves violate international law.  Obviously that depends on how international law is interpreted.  It certainly seems that these pronouncements are made without due consideration of certain relevant legal factors.  Nevertheless, as believers in Yeshua (Jesus) we know that God’s promises far outweigh any man-made laws.  Therefore the ongoing actions and attitudes of the nations actually put them in great danger.  Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say that they are in fact on a collision course with God.




As we dig further into Ezekiel 36 it is important to take note of the consequences of this Jewish return to the Land and in particular to the Mountains of Israel.  Read verses 24 to 28: “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from the countries and bring you back into your own land.  I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put My Spirit in you and move you to follow My decrees and be careful to keep my laws.  You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be My people, and I will be your God



Clearly the results are of great significance.  In summation they are a restoration of the relationship between the people of Israel and the God of Israel.  No wonder the powers of darkness so intensely resist the movement of Jewish people into Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).



Hopefully for those who pray for the Land and People of Israel, this study will bring encouragement and perhaps additional revelation.  Obviously it’s important to pray for the ongoing return of the Jewish people to the Land.  However, in light of God’s word it would be especially fitting to pray that increasing numbers of them along with native born Israelis would take up residence in Judea and Samaria.  I believe that the current Jewish population there is only a tiny fraction of the multitudes God wants.



Clearly we can expect to see the lord rectify this situation.  Quite possibly He will use Aliyah along with future events and their consequences to facilitate this.  Let us be faithful and participate with Him in prayer on this matter.








The question as to when Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Israel will ‘INHERIT’ the ‘LAND’ which God promised to give them, is virtually impossible to answer correctly, by those who mistakenly believe “the RESURRECTION is PAST already”!! (2 Tim. 2: 18, R.V.).


In the book of Acts, Stephen, “a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit” (6: 5, R.V.), makes a statement relative to this future and earthly “inheritance” which God promised to gave to His friend Abraham.  Let is look at it.


When addressing “the elders, “scribes” and the “High Priest” (6: 12; 7: 1), Stephen said: -


“The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, and said unto him, ‘Get thee out of thy land, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall show thee  Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Haran: and from thence, when his father was dead, God removed him [Abraham] into this land [the land of Canaan], wherein ye now dwell: and HE GAVE HIM NONE INHERITANCE IN IT, NO, NOT SO MUCH AS TO SET HIS FOOT ON: and HE PROMISED THAT HE SHOULD GIVE IT TO HIM IN POSSESSION, and to his SEED after him, when as yet he had no child:” – See Acts 7: 2-5, R.V.


Again, this same truth, relative to this future ‘inheritance,’ is stated in Hebrews 11: 8, 13, R.V.: -


“By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out into a place [i.e., the Land of Promise] which he was to receive for an INHERITANCE; and he went out, not knowing whither he went… “These all DIED in faith NOT HAVING RECEIVED THE [the Divine] PROMISES, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims in the earth


Here is Scriptural proof of an Intermediate State and Place of the souls of the Dead “in the heart of the earth” (Matt. 12: 40); which where the holy dead are presently at “restwaiting for the “the First Resurrection” (Rev. 6: 9: 20: 4-6). 


This place is called by our Lord, - “Abraham’s Bosom, “Hades” and “Paradise” (Luke 16: 22, 23; 23: 43. R.V.).  Therefore it cannot be ‘to go out into a place which Abraham was to receive for an INHERITANCE’!  It is not Heaven.


The following is a small part of a tract by Robert Govett entitled: ‘The Promises To Abraham Never Yet Fulfilled”:-


“But it may be said - ‘Did not Abraham receive the fulfilment, if not in his own person, yet in his seed as represented by Israel


And we answer - No, in mo wise!


1.    Israel never entered the land on the ground of faith, and justified as Abraham was.  At Sinai they agreed to be dealt with on the ground of their deserts.  And hence, after God had pateiently borne with their evil deeds, they have been twice swept away.


2.    Never in their palmiest days, did they possess the land in its extent as given by the covenant, - from Nile to Euphrates.


3.    But the chief reply is – That it is not said, that Abraham should inherit the land in his seed; but that he AND his seed should possess it.  “All the land which thou seest, to THEE will I give it, and to thy seed for everGen. 13: 15.  Besides, if so, the Scriptures could not assert, that Abraham had never received the land.  On that supposition, he has received it in the persons of his representatives; which was all that was promised.


The covenant of Gen. 15, moreover, confirms the land to Christ as Abraham’s individual Heir; and no subsequent engagement of God can make it void: Gal. 3: 17.  But Christ has never possessed the land [as His inheritance].*


[*See Psa. 2: 8]


The promises of the land of Canaan, then, made by the Most High to Abraham, and to Christ his Lord, have never been fulfilled. …


While Abraham sleeps in death [i.e., waits and rests in ‘Hades’] the promises are unfulfilled.  But as truly as Christ - the Singular Seed of Abraham - has been raised [out]* from among the dead, so shall Abraham himself be. …


[* The preposition ‘out’ or ‘out of’ is in the Greek text, and indicates a select resurrection of reward.  See Luke 20: 35; Phil. 3: 11, etc.]


Then shall Israel, the plural seed of Abraham’s flesh enjoy the land of promise; and it shall stretch from Nile to Euphrates, embracing even the desert in which they wandered - then a desert no longer, but watered, verdant, and hababited: Isa. 35.  Then shall the heavenly seed of Abraham, children of his faith, raised [out] from the dead, ‘shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father  Then shall Abraham enjoy, not the earthly heritage alone, but shall receive also the ‘better country, the heavenly;’ and his poor tent shall be exchanged for the city of the twelve foundations ‘whose builder and maker is God


From this of course it follows, that Jesus is not coming to burn up the earth as soon as He descends from heaven.  … And till He rises up, [from His position in heaven at His Father’s right hand] the resurrection of the righteous tarries. …


As yet it is His people suffering at the hands of the wicked.  As Christ is seated at the right hand of God, waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.  He is already in heaven, crowned - because of His suffering of death - with glory and honour.  But we see not yet the promise fulfilled, that all things shall be set under His feet.  That is nigh at hand.  And to us it is set forth as our hope – that we may enter into that joy of our Lord.  The Father and the Son have been working hitherto, since the Fall introduced trouble into God’s creation-rest.  But all is moving on to the rest of God in His better sabbath of redemption.  Into this sabbath-rest of the seventh thousand year - shall enter those who have worked with God and His Christ, and suffered for them.  Let us seek this rest!  Let us labour to enter it!  Let is desire and strive for the prize, which the Righteous Judge shall give in that day!  Let us keep from unrighteousness!  Into the resurrection of the righteous, and the [millennial] kingdom of saints, the unrighteous shall not enter: 1 Cor. 6: 9-11.  We are sons of God by grace, let us seek to do the works of the Father!  Let us labour today in His vineyard!  He is not the God of grace alone; He becomes also the Rewarded of those who diligently seek him: Heb. 11: 6.


Nor let any discourage you by saying – that ‘To seek reward is to make ourselves mercenary in spirit  For this reward is to be given by the Heavenly Father to His obedient children: Matt. 6: 1-18.  And Jesus sought this: Heb. 12: 2.”