By now everyone recognises that all the troubles in the land of Israel have their roots in religion, so looking at this whole thing historically, a man called Abraham was told that his children would one day inherit this land, he was also told “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore;” (Genesis 22: 17) You may well read this verse thinking that Abraham’s children were going to multiply in numbers so much so that there would be as many as there are stars in the heavens or grains of sand that are upon the sea shore but this line of thinking would be wrong because to this day the physical Children of Abraham have not multiplied to this many so this is where people tend to go wrong with these prophecies because they are looking more at the physical children of Abraham rather than the spiritual children of Abraham.
The prophecy goes on to say in the next verse “And in thy seed shall all nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” The seed in this prophecy is Jesus and Jesus came as a blessing to ALL nations. Why is He a blessing to all nations? It is because if we believe in Him and accept Him as our Saviour and ask Him into our hearts, then we too can become one of His children because we would in this sense be what is commonly called “born again.” So looking at this spiritually, we would have become one of the spiritual children of Abraham and looking at this symbolically we would also have become one of the stars of heaven or one of these grains of sand which is upon the sea shore. The problem that a lot of people make when they read these prophecies is that they look at the whole thing physically but it is more to be looked at spiritually, and we also read in this prophecy that the whole thing is conditional due to the fact, speaking of Abraham, as it says, “because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
So we really are talking spiritually when we talk about anything to do with the land of Israel and the Person talking here from the spiritual dimension is Jesus, it always has been Jesus because Jesus said Himself that “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56) so in other words, Abraham was once told by Jesus Himself that the Messiah would eventually come and so any approach with anything to do with the land of Israel should always be approached spiritually through Jesus Himself! There is a well known prophecy, known to millions of people all around the world that simply states “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2) So clearly, the land of Israel has a ruler and a King and that King Who is now in the spiritual dimension is Jesus! Jesus Himself said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1) So if we look at the land of Israel as a sheepfold then we see that the only way into this sheepfold is through the door, the door here is of course Jesus, and if you try to enter the land of Israel any other way other than through Jesus then you are a thief and a robber, it doesn’t matter if you are one of the physical children of Israel, the conditions still apply today as they did to Abraham in his day “because thou hast obeyed my voice” – “my voice” here is Jesus’ voice whose goings forth have been from of old from everlasting! So the big question has to be asked of late: Is Donald Trump listening to Jesus’ voice or is he another thief and a robber in that he’s trying to climb up some other way into the sheepfold? We hear of late that he plans to place the American Embassy in Jerusalem and he has also officially recognised Jerusalem to be the true capital of the Jews that now reside in the land of Israel. The sad problem is that the Jews who now reside there didn’t go through the door, or in other words, they didn’t go through Jesus into the sheepfold and so they are as Jesus said, “thieves and robbers” so President Trump is making a big mistake in recognising Jerusalem as being their capital!
Another interesting prophecy that talks of Jesus being the True King of Jerusalem and Israel is in Zechariah 9:9, it says, “Rejoice greatly, Oh daughter of Zion; shout, Oh daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” Jesus literally fulfilled this prophesy and rode into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey. Jesus could have chosen a stallion to make Himself look big, powerful and warlike, but no, this was not Jesus’ message here with this donkey, He rode into town lowly and riding upon an ass as it says, it was to show that He didn’t want to tower over people and oppress them like other rulers do and He also would have known that the jealous religious leaders in the land of Israel would have hated Him and would have murder in their hearts, especially when the people started to recognise Jesus as being their True King – they were shouting out Hosanna to the King! – Hosanna means: save us we beseech thee! So they were looking to Jesus for salvation and all the problems in the land of Israel could have been solved there and then if it weren’t for the fact that the Jewish leadership didn’t want to release their hold on the reigns of power there and so they saw Jesus as a threat and decided to crucify Him and they even managed to get the people to go along with this through the usual propaganda methods, the assumption being that of course they knew best! So Hosanna to the King changed to Crucify Him! Crucify Him! just a few days later. Pilot was a good political leader in that he tried to get Jesus out of His crucifixion but sadly chose rather to compromise big time with the Jewish leadership of his day and hold on to his political career because to go all the way with Jesus in his mind would have meant political suicide!
And so this is how it has been to this day with a lot of these political leaders, they go along with the leadership of Israel following the line of the lust for power rather than giving up their lusts for power and turning to Jesus and acknowledging Jesus to be the True King of the land of Israel and the True King of not only the Jews but of EVERYONE on this earth and out of this earth and as many as the stars of heaven and the sand of the sea who believes that Jesus laid down His life in Israel as of course of event there. So it’s fair to say that the land of Israel is God’s land and Jesus is the Only One Who showed Himself to be the True King there and so until the day comes that people recognise Jesus to be the True King and true Prince of Peace there will be no peace in the land of Israel! But the story doesn’t end here with all bad news because Jesus will return to this earth as He went. When Jesus left this earth His disciples saw Him ascending into heaven and the two angels standing nearby said to them, “… Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11) So Jesus will one day return to the very spot that He was standing on when he went and this will be in fulfilment of another prophecy which says, So quite an earth shaking event when Jesus eventually returns to this earth, the True King of the land of Israel, and not only the King there but as the King of Kings of the whole earth because His Kingdom will at last cover the whole earth with peace and justice for all.
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!