I Will Remember the Land
Jerusalem, in its continuing endeavor to make available interesting and
doctrinally sound articles associated with Bible Prophecy offers this very
timely article on the subject of the Covenanted Land Stan Goodenough of the
Jerusalem Newswire. FOJ hopes that this presentation will inspire your further
interest in the wonderful study of the amazing prophetic world of the Holy
Bible, and the glorious majesty of our Coming Lord. (02-05-2008)
I Will Remember the Land
By: Stan Goodenough
will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant
with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land.
(Leviticus 26:42 – Emphasis added.)
Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a
woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on
the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me… (Isaiah 49:14-16)
the world is out to rob the Jewish people of half of what they have of their
ancestral homeland, and give it to the Arabs who already have 22 states of their
own. As 2008 began, George W. Bush came to Jerusalem to add his personal weight
to the momentum he generated just over a month earlier at the ‘International
Conference for the Creation of Palestine’ in Annapolis.
Speaking in Jerusalem, he repeated his full, personal commitment to helping
bring this Arab state into being before another 12 months have passed. The
entire international community supports this land theft and is willing to gamble
with Israel’s existence by exacting this price from the universally-despised,
yet peace seeking, Jewish leadership, instead of demanding payment for peace
from the aggressive and antisemitic Arab regimes.
“Christianity,” Protestant and Catholic, almost every denomination agrees that
the land-for-peace process is the right way to go, and exhorts its members to
support it and pray to this end.
Judaism, the majority of Jews are resigned to the “inevitability” of this
division of the land of their fathers and the surrender to Islam of the cradle
of their nationhood; exhausted, they are ready to sever themselves forever from
Shechem, Bethel, Shiloh, Bethlehem, Hebron and half of Jerusalem including its
most important site – the Temple Mount.
pro-Israel churches and Christian Zionist organizations, virtually all of them,
are unwilling to stand effectively against this land-grab for fear of upsetting
the government in Jerusalem and/or alienating the millions of Jews who now go
along with it.
really so surprising? Common sense and logic certainly leave little doubt that
Israel’s case is a lost cause; that those who have remained willing to stand
with the Jewish state might as well pack up and go home.
take a look at the first verse at the top of this article: Leviticus 26:42. It’s
amazing! Three times in a single sentence God spells it out, saying: “I
three times He uses the word “covenant,” emphasizing that He made it with
Abraham and with Isaac and with Jacob. Which covenant will He remember? He
will remember the covenant of the Land, and who He gave it to. ( the
descendants of Jacob)
is left for questioning which line of Abraham’s descendants this covenant was
made with. In fact, the way it is written, the Scripture is not merely saying
that the covenant was inherited by Isaac and Jacob; it says that God made this
covenant – this specific covenant of the Land – individually with each of these
this important? Because there are those who argue that due to the Arabs also
being descended from Abraham, they too are entitled to this land. God has surely
emphasized this very point for a reason! But the real point of this article is
to highlight God’s promise to never, never, never forget the centrality of the
Land of Israel to His covenant with the people of Israel.
Without the Land there is no covenant. The Land has always been at the heart
of the matter: It is the stage upon which God’s plan of redemption has been,
continues to be, and will ultimately be played out:
the institution of the covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; through the
forging into a nation of the people of Israel; through the founding in David of
the dynasty of the Messiah; through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus;
through the millennia-long yearning of the Jews to return home; through their
physical restoration over the last 160 years; through the foretold coming
alongside Israel of true gentile believers, 10 from each nation taking hold of
every Jew; through the alliance of all the nations against the Jews; through the
deliverance of Israel and her restoration as a nation to her God; to the
establishment of Messiah’s kingdom on earth, in the Holy Land, in Jerusalem:
From beginning to end, the little Land of Israel is front and center in the
purposes of God.
in fact, it’s more than just sad, many Christians who say they want to move with
God’s purposes for Israel and to comfort His people seem to have forgotten about
the significance of the geographical territory or, at least, to have downgraded
the Land’s importance in relation to the commitment they have made to stand with
one, high-profile believing author who has correctly identified Israel as “the
epicenter” of all the things that are coming upon the earth appears confused
about how Christians should respond to the international effort to divide up
this land, and has advised his audience to pray for progress towards success in
the “peace process.” As Bush flew to Israel on January 8, this brother urged us
to “pray faithfully that President Bush’s peace mission to the region is
fruitful and effective, that he be able to strengthen the resolve of the
Reformers, to become even more unified in fighting the Radicals.” “Let’s pray
that moderate forces within the Palestinian society feel strengthened to find a
peaceful coexistence with the Israelis and have the courage to oppose the Hamas
extremists…,” he continued.
Completely lacking was the perception that a “fruitful” peace mission for Bush
meant increased danger for Israel. And swallowed hook, line and sinker was the
State Department’s prescription for peace: strengthening the moderates to
withstand the extremists.
Devil is not confused. For him, the battle lines are clearly drawn and he knows
precisely where to direct his forces at this stage in the war. For Satan, the
number one issue remains the battle for the land. While he is without doubt
continuing his feverish work to spiritually corrupt and consume the people of
Israel, the main focus by far of his effort and activity is to secure ownership
of the Land away from the Jews.
to the extra-ordinarily loud volume at which the world is sounding its demand
for the establishment of a Palestinian state on Israel’s ancient homeland. Do
the math on the enormous amount of political capital being expended by the world
to ensure the realization of this goal. Witness the last-ditch efforts, in 2000
of President Bill Clinton, and today of President George W. Bush, to resolve the
Israeli-Arab dispute before they leave office.
those with eyes to see, Satan’s driven purpose in these days is to reverse or
roll back the physical restoration of Israel that has been unfolding over the
last 120 years.
accomplishing the compromise on the Land, Satan wants to prevent Israel’s
spiritual restoration which has been promised by God, but which is predicated
upon the Jews first being back inside, and sovereign in, their ancient land.
enabling the Jews to return to the Land of Israel and there establish their
national homeland was historically the first target and a central component of
biblical Christian Zionism (or, as it was first known, Restorationism,) and
which goal until just a few years ago directed the actions and strategies of
many Bible-believing Christians who had been led to embrace Israel, this is in
too many instances no longer the case.
the most well-known Christian Zionist organizations and individuals have, in
fact, relegated the question of the restoration of the Land to second or even
third place, to the point where the only thing they are prepared to do about
this question is periodically express their belief that the land belongs to the
Jews and will “one day” all be theirs. In the late 1990s, shortly before the
eruption of the “Second Intifada,” the Christian Zionist position that had been
held for so long began to unravel. Up until then, the movement’s mainstream
consensus had always been that:
thousands of years in exile, the remnant of the Jewish people – those who
survived the endless efforts to annihilate them as a race – would return to
would come from the four corners of the earth, a once great people sifted like
wheat among the nations, decimated by centuries of wandering and persecution,
but resolved to bring their ancient country back to life and to once again
become a nation with a homeland of their own.
majority of these returning Jews would be spiritually dead – claiming belief in
no God, an increasing number growing remote from the faith their forefathers had
miraculously clung to through the ages, they would strive to rebuild their
homeland in their own strength.
their return to their land, AND THE RETURN OF THEIR LAND TO THEM, the Jews as a
nation would have their hearts restored in relationship with the God of Israel.
then the Messiah would come.
Appealing to “solid theology,” or “new factors” which have come into play, a
number of Christian Zionist leaders steered their organizations off course, and
today their actions suggest that the restoration of the Land of Israel to the
Jewish people and its unification under Jewish sovereignty no longer demands our
“untiring international effort.” Some principle figures have actually gone so
far as to teach the opposite, aiming to pry the question of solidarity with the
Land away from the question of support for the People.
leader maintains that because so many developments have occurred during the time
between Israel’s 1948 rebirth and the present, Christian Zionists need to
reassess their stand and no longer “adhere without question to perceptions and
programs which were valid in the past.” This man, a British Christian, believes
that because “Israel has come to a point where there seems no human or political
solution to the situation facing her, …there is a growing conviction that God is
now not so much concerned to act politically as to act redemptively.”
influential leader insists that by focusing attention and action on the Land of
Israel, Christians have ignored or overlooked Israel’s spiritual condition.
Christians who involve themselves with the question of where Israel’s borders
should be are, according to this brother, “political Christian Zionists” instead
of “biblical Christian Zionists.”
prominent men hold that because the battle over the Land of Israel – the battle
we read about daily in our newspapers, is being used by God to turn the nation
back to Himself, we are getting in God’s way when we fight against the efforts
to wrest this land from the Jews; to whit, we are “being unhelpful to the
purposes of God.”
According to another veteran in the Christian Zionist movement, the “problem”
with Christians believing that the Jews should have control over all their
God-given land is that “Israel is largely a secular, unbelieving state.” It has
also been pointed out that, while God’s giving of the Land to the Jews as an
eternal inheritance was unconditional, their right to domicile (to live in the
land) was conditioned upon their right-standing with the Lord. The inference is
that Israel’s enemies would not be able to take parts of the Land from the Jews
if Israel was a nation of saintly, godly people.
Israel’s spiritual state is no different today than it has been for hundreds of
years. The majority of Jews who first came to settle the land in the late 1800s
and early 1900s were socialists. Theodore Herzl was agnostic. David Ben Gurion
was an avowed atheist, as were a great many of those men around him when he
stood to proclaim Israel an independent state 60 years ago this year. Chaim
Weizmann, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, Abba Eban, Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon:
almost every one of Israel’s great men and women have been secular Jews. God was
nowhere to be “found” among these people, yet He chose to use specifically this
“ungodly” crowd to pave the way for, and make possible, Israel’s rebirth.
these Jews’ lack of faith prevent William Hechler, Orde Wingate and other
Restorationists/Christian Zionists from whole-heartedly supporting the Zionist
movement and applauding the developments that culminated in the establishment of
the State of Israel? Thank God, no!
the century before the First World War, did the fact that enormous numbers of
the Jews in exile had embraced secular humanism and/or socialism, cause
Christians like William Wilberforce, the Earl of Shaftesbury, Lord Palmerston
and Arthur Balfour to wonder whether their efforts to facilitate the return of
the dispersed Jews to Eretz Yisrael were perhaps “not helpful to the purposes of
God?” Of course not!
vivid contrast, the Israelis who strive to live according to Torah, who spurn
the secular “Tel Aviv” lifestyle, remaining faithful in their marriages and in
their service to their families and communities; those who live in the “occupied
territories,” enduring the violence of the Arabs and the loathing of the world,
precisely because they WANT to obey God’s command to “settle the land:” It is
these most God-fearing of Jews, the very ones who seek to abide by God’s
conditions for their right of domicile, who are the main immediate victims of
the anti-God world’s “peace” efforts.
Christian Zionists then “have nothing to say” about the peace process and
disengagement which so blatantly operate against the declared purposes of the
Almighty and those Jews who want to be aligned with Him?
biblically foretold “restoration of Israel” has a sequence: The restoration of
the Land to the People followed by the restoration of the People to the Land,
followed by the return of the light of God’s grace and favor to His people in
their Land, followed by the return of the People in the Land to their God.
Israel’s restoration was always destined to be first physical, and
then spiritual. Bone first has to come to bone so that the skeletons are
fully rebuilt. These in turn have to be covered with sinews, tendons, flesh and
skin. Only then, after their physical reconstitution is complete, is the
eternal-life giving Spirit to enter the reconstructed bodies and cause them to
stand to their feet as a living, “exceedingly great army.” This is exactly what
God told Ezekiel.
move on into this year, which began with President Bush’s visit to Jerusalem
where he reiterated his determination to establish Palestine on the Land of
Israel before he leaves the White House, surely only those who do not want to
see the obvious can still doubt that the question of the Land is as crucial and
as central as it has always been. The battle over the Land is raging more
fiercely than ever, and yet for all our pledges and commitments, past statements
and vows, only a few Christian Zionists are fighting on this front.
standing politely by while the Jews are (again!) threatened with destruction is
any way to comfort, support, and stand in solidarity with them! The enemy is
directing a full-scale assault against the Jews’ presence in the heart of their
God-given land. Surely we Christian Zionists should be on our faces before God,
reminding Him of His promises and giving Him no rest until He routs the Evil One
and establishes Jerusalem as His and as Israel’s – a praise in the earth?
Israelis, responding to those who say “but Israel’s leaders themselves support a
two-state solution” have told this writer that the reason their prime ministers
have finally succumbed is because they have felt unable to stand alone against
the world. Had the millions of Christians who claim to love Israel effectively
demanded that their governments stop forcing Jerusalem down this road and
instead start pressuring the Arab side to “take risks for peace,” Israel would
never have reached this point.
specifically others have said that, if just 10,000 Christians had come to Israel
and made their way to the Gaza Strip in August 2005, there to take up positions
between the Israeli security forces and the Jews they were coming to evict, the
whole “Disengagement” might never have taken place. But where were are the
Christian Zionists? Now, in 2008, as the Bush administration, the Quartet, and
indeed the entire world musters to drive the Jews out of Samaria and Judea,
steal that land from them, and give it to a people who have never been a nation
there (or anywhere else), so that they can use it as a springboard to destroy
what will be left of the Jewish state, are we set to fail them yet again?
God will not fail them. He has not forgotten the covenant He made with Abraham,
the word which He commanded for a thousand generations, the oath He made to
Isaac and confirmed to Jacob, saying: “To you I will give the land of Canaan as
the allotment of your inheritance.” (1 Chronicles 16: 15-18)
will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste
cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them;
They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in
And no longer shall they be pulled up From the land I have given them,”
Says the LORD your God. (Amos 9:14-15)
will not fail them, and we as Christian Zionists, should visibly and in numbers
be seen to be standing with God when he returns to fight for them. And as we
proclaim God’s powerful and unchanging Word, may we position ourselves firmly
against the forces of this evil world, and unashamedly on the side of this
precious nation which the enemy so seeks to destroy. May God help us to bless