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EMERGENCY REPORT: Is Jerusalem rightfully owned by Israel, Palestine or Christians?

Almighty God promised the Holy Land, the land now called Israel, to the patriarch Abraham's descendants - God's "chosen people." But exactly who are God's chosen people? Is it the Palestinians, the Jews or Christians? I will let you know coming up shortly in this post. but first...

Today's Israelites and Palestinians both claim the Holy land as their own, perhaps because they share a common patriarch in Abraham. So which one of the two owns the rights?

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof according to the Holy Bible (Psalm 24:1; Exodus 19:5). He is the rightful owner of the Land. And he gave the deed to His chosen people - the Hebrew Israelite Jewish people, according to the Bible.

"A Holy People"

"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 (Deuteronomy 7:6-King James Version).

"You are a holy people" - meaning unique to God. It was through God's uniquely chosen people that the 10 Commandments, the prophets and the Messiah Jesus Christ came into the world. Remember that the Book of Revelation describes Christ as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the offspring of David, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

In His infinite wisdom, the Lord selected one nation to show other nations, states and kingdoms how to worship one God - to highlight monotheism in a polytheistic world. Think about it, the ancient Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, etc. all worshiped many gods.

The Lord drove out seven different nations from the Land of Israel that were mightier than the Israelites, and commanded the Israelites to burn those seven nation's pagan idols, symbols and altars once the Jews moved in (Deut. 7).

The Abrhamic Covenant

God had commanded Abram to leave from his deceased father's house in the city of Haran and go to a land that the Lord would show him called Canaan. The Lord promised to make of him a great nation, to bless him, make his name great, bless them that bless him, curse them who may curse him and that through him all families of the earth would be blessed by way of the Messiah Jesus Christ, who was born through the line of Abraham, Moses and King David.

Orthodox Jews and Muslims worship one God but neither worship Jesus Christ. So why were Jews and not Muslims chosen?

Because Abraham's firstborn son was named Ishmael,who is highly revered in Islam because he is also Prophet Muhammad's ancestor. But the Promised Land was to be inherited through Abraham's second son, and his wife's firstborn - Isaac. Ishmael was born through Abraham's surrogate handmaiden named Hagar, at his wife Sarah's insistence, because Sarah was then barren.

But the Lord's covenant with Abraham made clear that Isaac not Ishmael would be the seed to inherit Abraham's promise from God. Israel is the alternate name for Abraham's grandson Jacob, who is Isaac's son. So Israel's namesake comes from the line of Isaac, the progenitor of the Abrahamic Covenant:

"I will establish My covenant with Isaac..." (Genesis 17:21).

Christians as a Chosen People

Those who believe in Jesus Christ are also referred to in the Bible as a chosen people - the Elect of the New Testament:

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

Christians also worship one God, similar to the Jews and Muslims, except His name is Jesus Christ who was born into the world as the Son of God. The Word of God made flesh.

Like the Jews showed the pagan world how to worship one God, Christians demonstrate how to worship the Lord and Savior who was crucified as a sacrifice for the world's sins, died, was buried and arose on the third day like He said.

But Christians in general lay no overarching claim to the Land of Israel. You do not hear about Christians insisting that both the Jews and the Muslims move out and let the Christians establish Jerusalem as the New Testament Holy Land. The everlasting Kingdom of God will take care of that by way of New Jerusalem, as described in the Bible (Rev. 21).


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