The borders of the Promised Land

Arno Froese

And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee” (Exodus 23:31).

This promise, confirmed by God with His “I will,” is about 3,500 years old. Regarding the “Red Sea,” the Tanakh reads: “from the Sea of Reeds.” Interpretations of this verse differ greatly. But we know God gave an unconditional promise to Abram in Genesis 15:18: “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.” While there is no doubt about the River Euphrates in the north, there are varied opinions regarding the “river of Egypt.” Some insist it is the Nile.

One sure way to determine the borders of the Promised Land is to follow the footsteps of Moses, because he never entered the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 34:4 reads: “And the Lord said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.” He saw the land but did not enter. 

Barnes Bible Notes also mentions the additional regions Israel requested, such as Gilead and Bashan, as recorded in Numbers 32:33: “And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, even the cities of the country round about.”

One thing becomes crystal clear: the Hebrew nation displaced the people living in the land of Canaan. That was according to God’s election and purpose. Quite naturally, it was opposed by those who lived in the land—the Canaanites—who were divided into ten different kingdoms, according to Genesis 15:19-21: “The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”

In that year, Israel was attacked by seven armies from the Arab League: Egypt, Trans-Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, along with foreign volunteers from the Muslim Brotherhood, Pakistan, and British Sudan. The result? Israel expanded its territory.

At the end of the Six-Day War, Israeli forces were compelled to accept a ceasefire just a few miles before reaching Damascus in the north, and Cairo in the south. The result? Israel vastly expanded her territory. The nations of the world protested; they suddenly pointed an accusing finger toward Israel, and called the Biblical territory of Judea and Samaria, the “West Bank” and “Israeli-occupied Arab territory.”

From a Biblical perspective, however, much of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon is actually Arab-occupied Israeli territory. Israel continues to act in their own interest to protect their citizens, yet the world at large points to so-called international law, condemning Israel for taking possession of parts of the Promised Land. Interestingly, all nations on planet earth were established with weapons of war. Conquerors took the land and changed the borders according to their power. International law apparently changed when Israel conquered parts of the Promised Land.

For the first time in human history, the whole world is being affected by this coronavirus. Yet Israel sees an opportunity. An article by Israel21c is headlined, “The longer the downturn, the more startups will emerge.” Here are some excerpts:

Not everything is doom and gloom in the global economic outlook. E-commerce, digital health and video conferencing are performing well out of necessity in the Covid-19 economy. And we have yet to see what will happen in the next two quarters.

Tough times create opportunities, with over half the Fortune 500s today established during economic downturns. 

There have been signs of an uptake in interest regarding accelerators in the US and Israel. For the first time in many years, we are seeing well compensated and accomplished professionals in tech who have been laid off and are thinking about building new startups.

“The last couple of months have been challenging for many startups,” says Raz Bachar, head of Microsoft for Startups in Israel.

“Israel is appreciated in tech mainly for innovation and R&D. Trends that happen in the West right now may affect Israel with latency,” says Assaf Luxembourg, a startup advisor and promoter of Israel overseas.

The global economy is still in tatters and it is an uphill battle to build anything, regardless of the economy. This could be the period of the camel rather than the unicorn, writes Alex Lazarow. He defines camels as startups that adapted to and survived harsh business climates with less capital and ecosystem support., 15 June 2020

What this shows is Israel’s preparedness: taking advantage of the situation and making the best of it.

Midnight Call - 08/2020

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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