1. Introduction

Archangel Gabriel has been speaking with me about the Palestenian conflict over the past few months and has instructed me to write about it. I will discuss:

  1. God created and owns the earth and its people
  2. God is the Landlord of the earth
  3. Figurative terms for earth and its people in scripture.
  4. God gave specific properties or title deeds to the nations  of earth
  5. Geographic boundaries of the  Land  of   Israel
  6. Land ownership and restoration  of property from heaven’s perspective

2. God’s ownership and concept of earth and its people

 God told me to remind us that He is the Creator and Landlord of  all of the earth and its people. This truth reverbates throughout the Holy Scriptures of Truth. In one example, Prophet David wrote that:

 “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods” (Ps 24:1, 2 [KJV])

In fact, ‘erets  (H776), the Hebrew word for earth, is also translated as:

  • Land
  • Land of your possession
  • Country
  • The ground (as in lying with one’s face on the  ground)

As an aside, synonyms for earth in scripture indicate that God (rather amusingly in my opinion), viewed the earth as His:

  • Pasture  and the inhabitants as His sheep  (Psalm 74: 1; 79: 13; 95: 7; 100: 3 & Ezekiel 34: 31)
  • Nations as gardens with the people compared to its trees  (Ezekiel 31: 3)

God expected the sheep to behave and not to push other sheep out of their designated pastures.

 

3. God deeded specific properties or title deeds to the nations  of earth

As owner and landlord of the earth, God  deeded properties or geographic land spaces with defined boundaries to indicate the appointed place in which the nations would live after the rebellion at the Tower of Babel. The text in Deuteronomy 32: 8 indicates that He gave out Israel’s portion first then deeded the rest of the earth to the other nations based on Israel’s inheritance or portion:

 “When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds (gbuwlah)  of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. (Deut 32:8 [KJV])

4. God set borders, coasts and landmarks to define the geographic location of each nation

Gĕbuwlah (H 1367)  is the Hebrew word used in the text of Deuteronomy 32: 8 for “bounds” of the people. The usage of Gĕbuwlah  in the scriptures indicates that God defined the coasts,  borders and landmarks of the lands  given to each nation of earth:

 And Jordan was the border (Gĕbuwlah/H 1367)  of it on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin, by the coasts (Gĕbuwlah/H 1367) thereof round about, according to their families  (Josh 18:20 [KJV])

When they had made an end of dividing the land for inheritance by their coasts  (Gĕbuwlah/H 1367), the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun among them   (Josh 19:49 [KJV])

 

5. God warned nations not to interfere with each others’ landmarks

 God warned the Jews not to remove, interfere with or  tamper with boundary  lines and about unfairly occupying the landmasses of other nations when He said through Prophet Moses:

 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it (Deuteronomy 19: 14)

Cursed [be] he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark. And all the people shall say, Amen (Deuteronomy 27: 17)

Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set (Proverbs 22: 28).

Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless (Proverbs 23: 10)

In modern times,  we understand a landmark to represent a marker for a boundary, a point of reference to find one’s way back to a particular location. However,  scripture clearly reveals that God’s intent was greater than that.  We need to understand that God had defined the landmarks of  nations.  We also learn from scripture that God had assigned landmarks or boundaries for the nation of Israel as a whole as well as its specific tribes.

A landmark in scripture  (gĕbuwl/H1366) therefore refers to territorial boundaries and landmasses of a nation.

Although protection of  another’s landmarks was a moral and ethical law given to the Jews, God’s law applies to any and every nation on earth since Deuteronomy 32: 8 warns us that the Almighty gave each nation a specific inheritance and set their national bounds or territorial limits.

6. Landmarks of other nations in scripture

Scripture refers to the landmarks  of  nations other than Israel, showing that the Jews were aware of and respected the territorial boundaries of other nations. These included, for example, the:

  • border of the Caananites (Gen 10: 19)
  • borders of the field of Ephron (Gen 23: 17)
  • Borders of Egypt (Gen 47: 21)
  • Border of Edom. Scriptures say that the Edomites refused to allow Israel to pass through their border or territory (Numbers 20: 21)
  • Border of Moab (Num 21: 15)
  • Border of the children of Ammon (Numbers 21: 24)
  • Read more on the landmark in the scripture

History shows that the indigenous peoples of  nations in the earth have vigorously resisted  foreign occupation of their lands. This was certainly the case of the American Indians and the Caribs of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Led by National Hero Joseph Chatoyer, early Vincentians withstood British rule  until Chatoyer and his troops were overcome by more advanced “technology” of the British onslaught.

Occupancy of another’s possession is a very painful issue. Job bemoaned the behavior of  thieving individuals when he complained that:

[Some] remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed [thereof].

Evil people steal land by moving the boundary markers. They steal livestock and put them in their own pastures. (Job 24: 2/New Living Translation)

 7. Why did God permit the Jews to occupy the land of Canaan?

Archangel Gabriel told me that the land inhabited by the nations overthrown by the Jews was the land that had been deeded to them by God:

 “When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds (gbuwlah)  of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. (Deut 32:8 [KJV])

 

Remember that God first promised that land to Abraham and to his descendants forever and fulfilled His promise by sending them back to occupy it after 430 years of slavery.

God gave Abraham a preview of the territory that had been deeded to him and to his descendants:

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:

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 (Genesis 15: 18 – 21).

 

More to come. Blessings!

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