Dividing the Land of Israel for Gain


by Jerry Robinson

There is a common belief among many Westerners that the current cycle of chaos and violence in the Middle East is completely unavoidable. Some falsely believe that the regional turbulence has come simply as a result of Muslims being a violent people. (This view often finds its roots in a particular interpretation of Gen. 16:12) However, since World War I, history demonstrates that Western nations bear much of the blame for the destabilization and violence of the region.

Sadly, many modern Bible prophecy students have attempted to interpret prophetic verses and current events through their own cultural lens. A proper discernment of the prophetic scriptures, however, can only come when we are willing to toss aside our own heavily-ingrained-from-birth cultural beliefs, which are typically rooted in one-sided versions of history — as told by the victors.

Our environment, and our view of that environment, greatly impact our ability to discern the many prophetic texts found in the Bible.

There are few prophetic topics that have been more mishandled by modern day Christians than that of the nation of Israel.

What does Israel mean to you?

Our conceptual understanding of the word “Israel” either agrees with God’s or with the world’s. Please read on…

How does God define “Israel?”

 
The sovereign state of Israel most certainly exists and indeed thrives today. By a miracle, Israel has developed one of the most advanced and flourishing economies in the world in their short modern-day existence. Many American Christians, and especially Bible prophecy followers, get excited about modern-day Israel and jump at every chance to defend her. But is this truly the land that God promised to Abraham? Scripture tells us that it is not even 10% of the Promised Land.

“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the River Euphrates, even to the Western Sea, shall be your territory.” – Deuteronomy 11:24

When the Lord made his everlasting covenant with Abram, He clearly demarcated the borders of His land, saying:

“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” – Genesis 15:18-21

These two passages tell us that Israel is in fact much of the modern-day Middle East region, including:Greater Israel

• All of modern-day Israel
• All of Jordan
• All of Lebanon
• Most of Syria
• Parts of Iraq
• Parts of Saudi Arabia
• Parts of Egypt
• Parts of Kuwait
• Parts of Turkey

 
According to a literal reading of the Bible, this is God’s land.

Technically speaking, when a nation’s military drops a bomb on western Iraq, they are bombing “greater Israel.”

True, or not true?

Most good history students know that in the post-World War I era, Western nations secretly carved up this exact area for gain through the Sykes-Picot treaty.

Men drew lines on maps and declared the birth of nations on a whim. We have created such man-made borders, not only within Greater Israel, but also across the entire globe.

Some may still choose to believe that God is impressed with the borders that mankind imposes upon itself. But scripture affirms that “the earth is the Lord’s.” (Ps. 24:1) He does with what He wishes. His will and authority are not bound by the man-made lines cleverly scribbled on a world map — including those borders so hastily created under the Sykes Picot treaty.

Interestingly, many American Christians believe they are somehow Biblically mandated to “protect” the man-made borders that surround our nation while completely ignoring the only borders that God truly recognizes in His Word… Namely, those of Greater Israel!

Every other border created under heaven has been man-made. If you believe the Bible, only Israel’s borders have been clearly dictated by God Himself. After all, it is His land.

Christians have been convinced that when the Ottoman Empire carved up the land in prior centuries, it was a “bad” thing. Later, when the West carved up the same land, it was considered “good” for the region.

Do you think God is impressed with the Western re-creation of greater Israel?

As God’s people, it is imperative that we cling to only one truth regarding Israel. That is, God’s truth.

Allow me to bring this to its logical conclusion…

Today, we are witnessing the complete collapse of Sykes Picot.

In recent months, Islamic militants have retaken much land that was divided for gain by the West after World War I. Considering that God has used terrible dictators and tyrants in the past to accomplish his will concerning Israel (i.e. Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, etc.) how do we know that God is not using ISIS to tear down the borders previously imposed upon His land by Western powers?

It’s a sobering thought.

In order to truly value and bless God’s nation, we must stop bringing destruction upon the land that belongs to God.

The West did not do Israel a favor by carving up the land of “Greater Israel” and giving 90% of it to Muslims and 10% to the Jews.

In this current deceptive environment, Bible prophecy students do well to and look solely to the Word of God for prophetic insight.

Part II – The Petrodollar-Greater Israel Connection (Coming Soon)

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Jerry Robinson has been teaching the Word of God since 2002. His desire through this website is to help others know God's Word and to be sensitive to His voice. He is a grateful husband and proud father. He resides deep within the Boston Mountains in Northwest Arkansas.


'Dividing the Land of Israel for Gain' have 4 comments

  1. January 23, 2015 @ 6:45 pm Roger Dallman

    The current Israel is a false Israel created by man. The Greater Israel land will be given to the True Israel by God when they come to obedience & say Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord. His name is Jesus Christ. Currently, this false Israel is completely apostate. We must put aside man made doctrines and look only to Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit for the Truth.

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  2. January 25, 2015 @ 3:07 am Ward Kelly

    Glenn Beck did a wonderful show on Sykes/Picot

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axlCisNjIds

    We in the west often fall into the trap of trusting our governments writing of history. We compound that lack of discerning by wrapping ourselves in the flag, nationalistic patriotism, and a misguided notion of what we should be doing in the middle-east as result of our Christian faith.

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  3. January 26, 2015 @ 3:00 pm Diane

    Wow! Eye-opening! Greater Israel! How have we neglected such a thing? It is foolishness to believe that God has change the boundaries of HIS LAND to the boundaries of HIS LAND that have been made by man. Thank you, Jerry! As a follower of Jesus Christ, you have challenged – and corrected – my beliefs in exactly how we are called to love and worship Him. My allegiance is to the words of the only true God, the God of Israel, and His Son, Jesus Christ, our only Lord and Savior. His boundaries of Greater Israel are clearly established in His Word as His truth and His truth does not change. I’m repenting now as I realize, woe to those of us who have rejected His truth, even out of ignorance. We are called to study and know the Word of our God. Again, how have we neglected such a thing? My prayers for Israel have changed…

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  4. February 5, 2015 @ 12:26 am Erwin

    Hello Jerry,
    I am wondering a bit about the possibility that the taking the Bible literally could be expanded to the whole. According to some scholars there are 63,779 cross-references in the Bible, these links provide us with extra dimensions on which to base our interpretation or more importantly our understanding of the Scriptures. So for example if we only take the verses you mentioned it would seem that there is only one way to discern the meaning. But what if we were to factor in the cross references, such as “If you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples” (Exodus 19:5). Now we have the big “If” at the beginning which obviously indicates a conditional premise. We read in the Bible that many were the times in which Old Testament Israelis suffered the consequences of breaking the conditions. It is our actions that determine the outcome, either our obedience or disobedience determine God’s blessings. finally if we begin to include the biggest of all factors in the equation, the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus we are catapulted into a completely new dimension. “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21 Jesus’s answer just blows away our carnal limitations. He is basically bringing us into the reality of His Spirit. Expanding our vision beyond national boundaries of human origin and towards the universal Church . Can it be that Jesus message “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3″If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4″And you know the way where I am going.” John 14 liberates all humanity regardless of race, and nationality from the shattered materialistic dream of a literal Promised Land, an ancient bondage, a binding tradition, a childish, earthly fancy of a worldly dreamland, into the fullness of the stature of God?

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