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Today, the primary Middle East question is, “Is Palestine Arab or Jewish land?”

Of course, if you were to ask that question of any Arab or for that matter most people, the answer you would get is that Palestine is Arab land. On the other hand, if the question was put to most orthodox Christians the answer would be different. Bible believing Christians accept the authority of the Bible. And Scripture makes it clear that the territory “so called” Palestine today is actually just a small part of the nation of Israel.

To begin with, it must be understood that the Jewish people are God’s chosen, always have been and always will be. And God chose them from amongst the nations of the entire world. “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth” (Deut 7:6).

This too is a fact rejected by many today. But the mere rejection by the misinformed in no way invalidates the Word of God.

Next, it must be understood that all the earth belongs to God. “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psa 24:1).

And God apportioned to nations according to the number of Jews in the world. “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” (Deut 32:8-9).

This means that God considered the number of Jews in the world as a factor when He established non-Jewish nation-states. However, Scripture does not reveal just how that factor was applied.

Plus, God never favored empires or one-world governments. That is why He divided the peoples by language at the Tower of Babel. “Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth” (Gen 11:9).

And God expected them to remain as such. Yet today we have another tower of Babel, the United Nations where once again the goal is to bring about a one-world government

Note all Jews residing throughout the earth are granted Israeli citizenship upon request. In fact, since 1948, Jews from every corner of the globe have immigrated to Israel with full citizenship.

Even before the nation of Israel was established, God appeared to Abram (later named Abraham) and promised him He would give his descendants a land that He would later call Israel. “And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him” (Gen 12:7).

But that was not the end of the story, for God again appeared to Abraham with the same message. But this time God was more specific in that He stated the land would be that of Canaan, part of which is today mistakenly referred to as Palestine, the land through which Abraham had sojourned. “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. 8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God” (Gen 17:7-8).

Note too, that in the above passage God said His covenant to Israel was everlasting. Simply stated, it was perpetual. And as we will later see, this is the same land the Jews will call home in the millennium, when King Lord Jesus Christ will rule the earth.

Both Jews and Christians consider Abraham their spiritual father through Abraham’s son Isaac. Of course, Muslims reject this Scriptural fact and say Abraham is their spiritual father through Abraham’s illegitimate son Ishmael.

But, as they are on almost everything else, the Muslims are dead wrong. That they are direct descendants of Abraham is not disputed, but that does not make him their spiritual father. In fact, Abraham petitioned God to make Ishmael his heir which would have made him the Muslim’s spiritual father. But God rejected that petition.

God then informed Abraham that his wife Sarah would bear him a son named Isaac, and that it would be through Isaac alone that the covenant would be perpetuated. “And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! 19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him” (Gen 17:18-19).

In keeping with God’s covenant, Abraham would eventually send Ishmael and his mother away to avoid rivalry between him and Isaac. “And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child (Ishmael), and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba: (Gen 25:5-6).

So, even though Ishmael was Abraham’s son, he and his descendants were not recipients of the Abrahamic Covenant, nor were they heirs to the Promised Land, part of which is today called Palestine. The covenant was through Isaac and his descendants only.

And to prevent further sibling conflict, Abraham sent away all the sons of his concubines. “And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. 6 But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country” (Gen 25:5-6).

Please read Part II as it is a follow on and covers more important information concerning the disputed land called Palestine.

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