Sunday, January 11, 2009

How Much Land Did God Give Israel in the Abraham Land Covenant?

God's Word declares Gaza is a part of the Land of Israel:

Joshua narrows it down and tells us that Gaza also was given to  Israel, specifically the tribe of Judah.

This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families. Joshua 15:20 Ashdod with her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her villages, unto the river of Egypt, and the great sea, and the border thereof: Joshua 15:47.

Map with land of Israel with borders in red below representing the Royal Land Grant that God gave to Israel through the Abraham Covenant compared to what Israel actually has today in yellow on the map above it.

I wonder what would happen if the Jewish people suddenly woke up and realized they are being cheated out of all the land God gave Israel in the Abraham land covenant instead of the little sliver of land they are now living on, which  is only a fraction of what  had been  promised to them? And even that, the arabs and nations of the world are trying to take the little fraction shown in yellow on the map, which is now Israel, little by little by waging terror war after war against the Jews and forcing a land for peace deal upon the Jews.

As indicated in an earlier post, this article will address how much land really belonged to Israel, and in the end, a remnant of Jews will have all of what God promised to them in the Abraham Land Covenant, not just a sliver of land; and the arabs and the nations of the world, the the Bible tells us, will be punished severely by God for the way they have treated the Jewish people of Israel and around the world all of these years if they do not repent.

A land called 'Palestine' does not refer to the covenant land God made a covenant with, with  Abraham and Abraham's descendants. The land is called Canaan, now called Israel. Abraham is the first to be called Hebrew, it is noted in Genesis 14:13. There is no such thing as a land of Palestine today. Palestine is mentioned in the book of Joel 3:4, and a few other places in the Bible, but for the purposes of this writing, I will use the Joel 3:4 verse as the meaning remains the same according to e-Sword Greek-Hebrew concordance.

Joe 3:4

From H6428; rolling, that is, migratory; Pelesheth, a region of Syria: - Palestina, Palestine, Philistia, Philistines.

Palestine, according to the above scripture, describes 'Palestine' as a region of Syria, which is an enemy of the Israelites.

It should be noted in biblical times, part of Syria was part of the kingdom of Israel according to the borders outlined in Numbers 34, which follows, and the map shown above with the red border, which represents all of Canaan Land, or Israel. After the Maccabean revolt, Judea then became an independant state and after King Herold died, the Romans took over and it became a Roman province. The Romans ultimately destroyed Judea and the second Temple in 70AD and renamed Israel Palestine in an effort to wipe out the name of Israel and the Jews of Israel forever. However, the Jewish people, tho driven from the land of Israel and scattered around the world as prophesied, have always had a presence in the land of Israel since biblical times.

There is much written about Abraham and his descendants, Isaac, Jacob and the Jewish people as it relates to Israel, the land God gave them in Genesis chapter 12, 15,26 and 28 and I suggest you look it up and read about it yourself in the scriptures. For the purpose of this article, I will include the relevant scriptures. Three times God, in the scriptures, made the same covenant to Abraham's descendants the Jews, so there can be no mistake.

In Genesis 12, it is declared by Moses"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 shew thee": vs. 1 Abram obeyed the Lord, and went into the land of Canaan. vs. 5

In Genesis 15:18-21, God made the covenant with Abram, saying: "Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river the river Euphrates. The land of the Kenites, Kenizites, Kadmonites; the Hitties, Perizites, Rephaims; the Emorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."

The southern border of Canaan is the river of Egypt, with the northern border being the River Euphrates.

The Lord appeared to Isaac, Abraham's son by Sarah, and who inherited the land promise of God to Abraham, and said: "Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father"; Genesis 26:3

After Isaac, Isaac's son Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel by God: "And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and men, and hast prevailed," Genesis 32:28, inherited the land covenant with Abraham as declared by God in Genesis Chapter 28: "I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed".vs. 13

After Moses delivered the Israelites out of Egypt into the promised land of Canaan, God gave specific boundries of Canaan land as declared in Numbers 34:1-2:

AND the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof: 1-2

The Southern border of Canaan Land or Israel:

Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward: vs. 3

And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon: vs. 4

And the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea. vs. 5

The Northern border of Canaan Land or Israel:

And this shall be your north border: from the great sea ye shall point out for you mount Hor: From mount Hor ye shallm point out your border unto the the entrance of Hamath; and the goings forth of the border shall be to Zedad: And the border shall go on to Ziphron, and the goings out of it shall be at Hazarenan: this shall be your north border. Numbers 7-9

The Western border of Canaan Land or Israel:

And as for the western border, ye shall even have the great sea for a border: this shall be your west border. Numbers 34:6

The Eastern border of Canaan Land or Israel:

And ye shall point out your east border from Hazarenan to Shepham: And the coast shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain; and the border shall descend, and shall reach unto the side of the sea of Chinereth eastward. And the border shall go down to Jordan, and the goings out of it shall be at the salt sea: this swhall be your land with the coasts thereof round about. Numbers 34:10-12

The Lord further declares in Leviticus 25:23 that "The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me."

A land for peace deal, and chopping up the land of Canaan or Israel that the arabs and nations of the world have done and are now trying to force upon the Jewish people again with Judea and Samaria that they have renamed and dubbed the "West Bank" is completely off limits and God will deal severely with all those involved in the cutting up of His land that He promised to Israel.

As for the war going on today with the Israelis and the terrorists Hamas who have taken over Gaza, Joshua narrows it down and tells us that Gaza also belongs to Israel, specifically the tribe of Judah.

This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families. Joshua 15:20 Ashdod with her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her villages, unto the river of Egypt, and the great sea, and the border thereof: Joshua 15:47.

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  1. it's very helpful to see the borders on a map. I have people ask me this all the time. thanks for the visual AND the bible references. I posted it on my FB page.
    Blessings to you..........

  2. Shalom and blessings to you, Jan!

    This entry, "How Much Land Did God Give Israel In The Abraham Land Covenant" is a very popular one for my readers from FB, as well as readers from all over the world.

    Thank you for helping to spread the truth of God's Word via FB.

    April 11, 2011

  3. This was very helpful, and I've referred it to several people. I have not seen your blog before, but look forward to reading more! Thanks!

  4. Anonymous2:33 PM

    Shalom from an egyptian. I think it is time for bed to let all of your people to dream about whatever great country you hope for....Shaloom

  5. Anonymous7:40 AM

    You call it truth. I call it fraud that will only lead us in perpetual war and nothing else. Because of this attitude Jews have been prosecuted throughout the history. They consider themselves as promised people of God. Everything is promised to them and others will get what will be left by these promised people of God. If you continue this attitude, Then only thing is promised to you is prosecution.

  6. To the antisemitic visitor from which my data base tells me is from Kuwait, I urge you to denounce your hatred toward the Jewish people and seek the Lord with all of your heart for forgiveness of your sins. Jesus is there for you if you repent of your sins and turn to Him.

    As far as the land that God gave to Israel in the Abraham land covenant, that still stands. God will never abandon His people Israel as the Scriptures say, and He Himself will defend them.

    Not "everything" was promised to "them" as you call the Jewish people. God gave the arabs a great land mass, which as you can see from the map, the arabs have taken from the Jews. Much of the land given to the Jews the arabs sit upon. In the end, the Jews will have all the original land mass God promised to them.

    Believe upon the Lord and be saved and receive eternal life. Then you too will have a share in the New Jerusalem and God's Kingdom with eternal life. The alternative is eternal death separated from the creator God, the Lord Jesus Christ forever. The Lord loves you.

    Blessings to you.

  7. Anonymous5:50 PM

    I think that the southwestern border is too far west. Most scholors believe that the "river of Egypt" meant the Wadi el-Arish.

  8. the Red or Reed Sea is the Red Sea, not the Nile (some biblical historians believe that it actually refers to a river that had the word Egypt in it's name that ran across the Negev Desert starting at the Med Sea just south of Gaza); the eastern border for most of the Promised Land is the Jordan River from the Gulf of Aqaba to about Jericho; and the Great River (the Euphrates) is touched in the region due north of Israel, not in the Persian Gulf region as the map suggests. People tend to take liberties with the interpretation of the general geography of the Promised Land. The Promised Land of Joshua and the Millennial Kingdom geography are very close to the geography of the Kingdom under Solomon.

  9. Hi Johnny:

    We'll know soon enough when the Lord returns to save His people Israel!


  10. Anonymous9:17 AM

    God bless Israel