The Literalness of the Nation and the Land

All Prophecies will be Fulfilled Just as the Bible says


One glorious day not far from now "the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Hab. 2:14, Is. 11:9). As literal as the prophecies of Israel returning to their land after so many centuries of being scattered across this sin-cursed globe, so the prophecies that remain to be fulfilled will be just as literally accomplished in God's time.

"And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:  And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:" (Ez. 37:21, 22)

Ezekiel 37 is the vision of the valley of dry bones. In this vision Ezekiel saw a valley of dry bones that suddenly fall into place and then "the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above:" (v. 8). This is the rebuilding of the House of Israel, who was scattered throughout the world but is brought back together as a nation.  Isn't it amazing how one race scattered has actually kept its distinct and separate identity and is a nation once again?  

"Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD." (Ez. 37:11-14)

We see fulfilled here that Israel has been brought back into their own land, and they are one nation. This was literally fulfilled in 1948. This stems from the original promise to Abraham that he and his seed would be given the land of Canaan, in Gen. 13:14-17. From this passage the very fact that Israel has become a nation again should tell the world that there is a God who has decreed that Israel shall be a nation again in their own land; and that He has spoken it and performed it. It isn't just by accident that this has happened. How could one race keep a distinct national identity while being scattered around the globe for thousands of years when all others have been quickly swallowed up into the cultures wherein they dwell? Only God could have accomplished such a thing!

"And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee."

This is also stated in Gen. 17:8; "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." It was a literal land that was promised and a literal land that Abraham walked on, saw, and called by name. It was also literally given with no conditions and no time limit, since it is to be an "everlasting possession."

Then God foretold of a time when the "the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other;" because the Jews would not obey the Lord their God, Deut. 28:63-68. After this, God would regather them in mercy and literally bring them back to their land again.

"And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live."

Israel has been given their land again, but it still remains that their hearts will be circumcised to love the Lord.  This, too, will be literally accomplished when they see Christ at His return.

"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." (Zech. 12:10)

"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." (Jer. 31:31-34)

God also promised to David he would regather Israel even while they are still in the land.

"Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime," (II Sam. 7:10)

We see here they are literally given a place of their own to dwell, and will not be moved any more.    Notice in this promise God says "I will" and not "I have." This is definitely connected to the future for David and still future in our time to be completely fulfilled. It thus remains to be fulfilled that the children of wickedness will not afflict them any more.

"And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever:"  (Ez. 37:25)

Since Israel is back in her land, she will be there forever.  Nothing will ever remove them from the land again, no matter what sinful man and Lucifer himself will try.