From the River to the Sea?


What does it mean; from the river to the sea?” The RIVER being referenced is the Jordan River and the SEA is the Mediterranean Sea. It is a reference to having dominion over this particular stretch of land. Today we are witnessing antisemitic protests taking place that are anti-God and His Word – the Bible, directed against the Nation of Israel …and in some instances the protests have turned violent as they are full of hatred and calling for the genocide (murder) of a group of people! These “anti-Jew” protests chant;“ …from the river to the sea Palestine will be free!” Their slogans, signs, and chanting are all a direct reference to the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea! Hereby these protestors are making a proclamation (knowingly or unknowingly) of standing in agreement with the Islamic desired boundaries of a future ungodly “Palestine State!”

Did you know that the territory “…from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea” would encompass the ENTIRE land of Israel? So, in fact the real meaning of this “antisemitic phrase” is a call for the “TOTAL elimination of the State of Israel which would require the displacement and “genocide” of the Jewish people who live there. This is anti-Israel …BUT most of all it is anti-God! Little do the masses realize that their slogans have consequences and are in direct conflict with the Covenant that God has declared in His Word recorded in the Bible. For it is in Scripture that God reveals a series of truths regarding this particular plot of land spanning “from the river to the sea.”



Why is it impossible to separate the Jewish people from the Land of Israel? Throughout history, hatred of the Jewish people has surged and subsided …but antisemitism NEVER disappeared! In the late 1800s, Theodor Herzl witnessed brutal European antisemitism first-hand and was convinced the Jewish people could NEVER survive outside of a country of their own. Truly, God was in on Herzl’s decision for His people and Land and knew that the Jewish people would need to return to the Land that God had Covenanted to them. Hertzl began the movement called “Zionism” to re-establish them back in the land of their forefathers and of God’s Covenant …and it finally happened on the 14th May, 1948 - the State of Israel. BUT sadly today, in 2024 we see once more the brutal surge against Jews in our generation and this time it’s NOT only in Europe …it’s in America, South Africa and across the Western Nations of the world who once stood firmly with God’s Land - Israel and with God’s chosen people (like it or not) – the Jews!  So, who are Zionists? Anyone who supports and believes in the creation of the State of Israel as a country given by God for the Jewish People! The Bible is the only true Word of God!

Nobody can “plan” a homeland for the Jews ONLY God can …NOR can anyone even attempt to “divide” Israel! What many people don’t know is that in 1903, in a measure to protect Jewish people from “antisemitic” violence (Hamas in Hebrew), Theodore Herzl even proposed using British East Africa as “a temporary safe haven” UNTIL the dream of returning to their Jewish homeland could be fulfilled BUT that plan was destined to fail.! Why? Because British East Africa (today, Kenya) was NOT the land God had given His Chosen People, and it is NOT the land to which God vowed they will return. God gave them the Land of Israel and its borders were determined! A dire warning for the Last Days “dividing” God’s Land is very clear; “For behold, in those days (Last Days) and at that time, when I (God) restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I (God) will gather ALL the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I (God) will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land” - Joel 3:1-2.

When God makes a PROMISE, it’s forever – it’s Eternal! After God called Abram (later called Abraham) to leave Ur of the Chaldeans and go to Canaan, God declared, “To your descendants I will give this land” – Genesis 12:7. Then the Lord built on His declaration regarding Abraham’s “real estate” – Land; “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are - northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for ALL the land which you see I (God) give to you and your descendants forever. Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I (God) give it to you.” - Genesis 13:14–15, 17. Along with the land, Yahweh God promised Abraham’s descendants a blessing (Genesis 12:1–3). This promise went from; Abraham to Isaac (Genesis 17:19–21) …to Jacob and Jacob’s lineage - the Jewish people (Genesis 28:13–14). Jacob became Israel!

Later, we read that God turned His “promise” into a COVENANT with His people, dependent on Himself alone! It was completely unconditional and neither Abraham NOR his descendants could maintain it or void it! That Covenant cannot be broken! You see, God certainly has such power as He is the owner and “Creator” of everything and He does as He wishes; and NO one can stop Him (Isaiah 43:13). Unfortunately, people often fail to understand that the Abrahamic Covenant was a “package deal”- God promised land, descendants, and blessing! We cannot sever the land from the bundle and claim that it today belongs to someone else! Many, (including Christians), acknowledge that God made good on only a part of “the promise” by creating the Jewish people (descendants) …and by giving us the Jewish Yeshua (Jesus Christ) the Savior …and through the Jews came “blessing!” BUT, what about the land of Israel – God’s Land to where Yeshua will someday soon return to? That, they say, belongs to someone else, like “the Palestinians.” Not so! God’s package deal is a package deal – like it or not!

The ultimate right to the “Promised Land” (Israel) is determined by the sovereignty of God… As Psalm 24:1 declares; The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” Ironically, some believers today either ignore or redefine the word “ALL” because they do NOT apply it to “the Land of Israel.” They do the same with a related verse in Psalm 115:3; Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.” The Lord God’s Sovereignty is further expressed by His declaration in; Exodus 33:19; Rom 9:15 that; “I (God) will have mercy on whom I (God) will have mercy! Much more could be said about this subject, …but suffice it to say that the Bible makes it clear that YHWH - Adonai truly is Lord over the Universe …and He alone is God and has both the right and the power to grant possession of ANY part of His LAND to anyone that He so  chooses …and He chose the Jews for Israel!



What about God’s Boundaries set for Israel? Yahweh, God was extremely specific and even provided “physical boundaries,” and promised Abraham; To your descendants I (God) have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates”  - Genesis 15:18. Later, He became more specific (Ezekiel 17:15-20). God’s plan for the Jewish homeland is huge and appears to extend from the Mediterranean Sea through Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, much of Iraq and Syria, …and possibly even touches as far north as southern Turkey. Israel WILL possess ALL this territory when Yeshua (Jesus) returns, re-establishes the Davidic Kingdom, and RULES the earth for 1,000 years …after the Rapture (Harpazo) of the Church …and at His Second Coming. Maranatha Yeshua – Jesus!

God only gives good gifts, which is why He gave the Israelites (today the Jews); “…a good and large land …a land flowing with milk and honey!” -  Ezekiel3:8: Again, we read in; Deuteronomy 8:7-10; “ For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you “ Due to their (Jews) disobedience and idolatry, the Lord scattered the Jewish people from their land into the Nations of the world (Jeremiah 13:24; 18:17; 30:11) …and made the land “desolate” …just as He promised (Jeremiah18:16; Ezekiel 5:14; 33:28-29).

Yet the Lord God also “promises” over and over again to bring His chosen people (Jews) back to their; “land of promise” - Israel (Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:13-15, 27). How sad is it that many today (even believers) heartily accept “the scattering (exile) of the Jews” BUT refuse to accept God’s “promises of restoration” despite multitude of Scriptures that speak of it? BUT “a package deal is a package deal!” In God’s eyes, the LAND and the NATION go together with His chosen people, the Jews, because they are part of the same Covenant! How dare anyone attack what belongs to God! Surely, consequences WILL follow!

Interestingly, this “highly contested” piece of Middle Eastern Real Estate only yields its goodness when the Jewish people work it! Did you know that the country had become hideously barren under the Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, and countless others who exploited and mismanaged it for Centuries. The Gentile Nations destroyed  it of vegetation and allowed it to degenerate into putrid, “malaria-infested swamps.” It was as if the Land of Israel was in mourning! However, NOTHING just happens and NOTHING is a coincidence …and God saw His Land was being trampled by Gentiles!



In 1901, the Jewish National Fund was established to make a way for Jewish people around the world; to buy back their land piecemeal from the Ottoman Empire! And this they did, slowly and at exorbitant prices! As they (the Jewish people) toiled to make it habitable, God blessed their blood, sweat, and tears and allowed the land “to blossom again!” Israel yields its fruit best for the descendants of Jacob, to whom He gave it …and who have a deep love for it. As the Prophet Isaiah declared, “The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose” – Isaiah 35:1. The reality is that you cannot separate the Jewish people from their land – Israel!

Countless plans, measures, edicts, pogroms …and even Hitler in the Holocaust have tried to eradicate the Jews… Kings, Presidents, Ambassadors, and the many Nations of the earth have passed Resolutions, “condemning” the Jewish people!! The vicious terrorist attacks on Israel by Hamas (funded by Iran) on 07th October, 2023, led to the massive invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israel since a “genocide” of Jews was once again a threat to the Israeli people! Hezbollah, Syria with Iran in the North of Israel borders and Westbank within the country all joined the attack on Israel placing the “Arab-Israel” conflict under increased scrutiny …as if greater attention were even possible? The corrupt South African ANC President took bribes from Iran and became their “puppet” while they remained the “puppet masters” at the ICJ Courts in the Hague ( 29th December, 2023) accusing Israel of “genocide” and shamefully fought through LAWFARE for the destruction of Jewish People and Nation of Israel.



Many have tried to rewrite history to deny Israel’s ownership of its Ancient Homeland! BUT their works will NEVER stand! God has declared, “I (God) will. bring you (Jews) into the land of Israel. I God) will put My Spirit in you (Jews), and you shall live, and I God) will place you (Jews)  in your own land (Israel)” – Ezekiel 37:12-14. God already has given the children of Jacob a homeland in the Middle East, and it is a country called Israel! Once again, we see clear proof that God exists …and in 1948 Israel was reborn as a Nation …and are exactly where they belong! For us as true Judeo-Christian believers in Yeshua (Jesus) there is NO need for that proof as we know God’s Word is true and that He always keeps His Promises! However, much of the world walks aimlessly about looking for an answer that is as plain as the nose on their faces but refuse to see.

Historically, it seems that the phrase “…from the River to the Sea” originates from the heightened Middle East conflict in the 1960’s… The (PLO) Palestinian Liberation Organization founded in; May 1964 is a terrorist organization and the leader Mahmoud Abbas adopted it. The PLO’s activities are mainly “political and military!” It has tried, for example, to create a “Palestine Liberation Army” around a core of Palestinian units which had been formed in the Egyptian, Syrian, and Iraqi armies. It was a call; “…to return to all the borders previously established,” thereby essentially attempting “…to move the clock back prior to 1948” - when the Jewish State of Israel, was officially re-established. BUT If they really want “to move the clock back to prior borders” …then surely the Jews are the only people chosen by God and are entitled to the Land of Israel, since God gave it to them thousands of years ago  …which by the way today is only a fraction of what it should be?

The most prominent of the terrorist groups is “Fatah” (in the Westbank)! A reverse acronym of the Arabic for; “Palestine Liberation Movement.” Fatah is sometimes also known by the name of its commando; “arm, Asifa” (Storm). Fatah appears to be descended from a clandestine Palestinian Organization, now inactive, which was formed in the mid-1950’s, and some of its members had connections with the Muslim Brotherhood! “Fatah” emerged publicly in January 1965, when it claimed responsibility for terrorist incidents in Israel. Its leaders had previously participated in the organization of the PLO.



On Israel’s Northern border, Syria is the most hostile of the Arab States…, Iranian terrorists are situated in Damascus Syria. Syria’s government whose policy comes closest to Fatah’s violently anti-Israeli line. Damascus supports Fatah (with the help of Iran) by providing it with a base for its terrorist operations and training facilities …and is a propaganda outlet! However, Lebanon also is on the Israel’s Northern border and is where the terrorist group, Hezbollah is situated. Did you know that most of Fatah’s financial support comes from wealthy Palestinians living in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia? Now we get a bigger picture of why they refer to; “from the river to the sea!”

What does it really mean to  say; “…Palestine will be free from the river to the sea?” It is a saying familiar to most Islamists and Western Liberals by now …and it can be heard on College Campuses, Universities, at Black Lives Matters protests, all across social media and in the streets. These ten words describe “a liberated nation and a territory” with clearly delineated boundaries – yet, the meaning of these words is fraught with ambiguity and controversy! Does it mean that “a free Palestine” …throughout what is Israel and what Islamists now call; “the occupied territories” meaning East Jerusalem, so-called Westbank will be a “democratic state” with a robust civil society, where every individual lives in security, and is equal before the law? Or does it imply their creation of a state called; “Palestine,” is a “Palestine” that is; “Judenrein,”   (a term of Nazi origin to designate an area that has been “cleansed of Jews” during the Holocaust and where Jews will literally be;  “…chased into the river and the sea?” The slogan, in and of itself, can certainly be interpreted to mean either, along with various shades in between.

Since the 1920s, numerous Arab Organizations and Policies have claimed to represent the “Palestinian people” (who by the way originate from surrounding Arab Nations) … are today still calling for the “violent elimination” of Jews!” …and in 2024 NOTHING much has changed since they still want the Jews out of Israel …even though the Jews have been there for over 3,000-years and is their ancestral, God-given homeland! The radical Islamists want the Jews OUT “…from the river to the sea” …with the waters of the Mediterranean Sea as their FINAL destination of “total elimination!” So, we clearly see that since 1967 it is still their plan …and has remained the same to; “throw Jews into the sea! Hence the erroneous popular belief that by freeing the land between the river and the sea” involves forcing Jewish Israelis to swim or die! The Islamists Nations want ALL of Israel NOT only a portion! No matter how much land they are allocated for PEACE, it will NOT happen!



The use of this expression “…from the river to the sea,” implies a desire for a unified, sovereign Palestinian state and the dissolution of Israel. The Palestinians have been offered several treaties of a “two-state-solution,” and every solution has been rejected by them! Why? The Palestinians will only accept a “one-state-solution.” Yet, this “one-state-solution” has been expressed with extreme hatred toward Jews, NOT only in Israel BUT towards Jews around the world, calling Jews “colonizers” and “oppressors” and other negative words. Everyone who has tried to appease Islamic terrorists has failed! Anyone who stands for a “two-state-solution” is at odds with God Himself!

Historically, we know that the Nations have repeatedly “divided” the Land of Israel – God’s Land! Prophetically, we know they WILL continue to do so UNTIL the “Day of the Lord” comes. We cannot necessarily stop our countries from making foolish errors of Biblical proportions …but we can gently, but firmly and clearly warn them and this we must try to do! The Lord warns the Nations in; Joel 3:2So, we clearly see that the phrase, “…from the river to the sea” by terrorists; Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria, Iran, and other Palestinian leaders and their godless Cohorts references to a “genocide” of ALL Jews ALL over the world! This isn’t implied in their language …but clearly stated as a goal, in their speeches, mosques and charters as well as their Koran.

Let’s remind ourselves which came first; Israel or Palestine? Well, the land of Israel was first known as the “Kingdom of Judea,” hence it is where Jews originated from and called what they are and follow “Judaism,” that traces its origins to the Covenant God YHVH – Yahweh made with Abraham and his lineage that He would make them His people - a sacred people and give them a land called Israel. It was led by King Saul; then King David and then his son King Solomon. During the reign of King Solomon's son, the “Kingdom of Judea” split into two kingdoms, one was named “Israel.” Eventually, the pagan Roman Empire conquered the Jewish State and after some major revolts against the Empire by the Jews …the Bar Kochba (second) revolt occurred in 135 AD. In retaliation for the revolt, they exiled yet more Jews, took many more to Rome as slaves, outright banned Jews from Jerusalem, forbade “Judaism” (even though a remnant always remained in Israel)! Even in Exile the Jews always remained faithful to Yahweh God and this has never stopped!

The words “Palestine” or “Filastin” do NOT appear in the Muslim Koran and is also not mentioned in the Old or New Testaments of the Bible! The terms; “Palestine and Palestinian” came from the Emperor Hadrian of Roman Empire, who named it “Philistia” to reflect the “Philistines,” one of the major enemies of the Jewish people, and the Romans used that term specifically to upset the Jews. The Romans were the oppressive “colonizers” of the area at that time and then Musim “colonizers” followed! The Rabbis NEVER referred to it as “Palestine” …but always Israel – the name given to the land by God! “During the 2nd Century people who lived in what the Roman Emperor Hadrian renamed “Philistia” - “Palestine” were known as “Palestinians” …and did NOT describe any one ethnic or religious group …Its definition applied to anyone living in the territory.

“Palestine” was used to describe the area, NOT a people group! Even Jews were considered “Palestinians” because of lines drawn on a map - south of Syria  by Rome and subsequent Empires that followed and controlled the area “Syria Palestine.” It’s only recently that people have used the term “Palestinian” to refer to “Arab Muslims” in the area and to divide from the Jews! There NEVER was an actual “Palestinian State,” as only other Empires (colonizers) Politically controlled the area. Since, NO Palestinian State ever existed, there isn’t one to return to! Under the Ottoman Empire (1517-1917), the term “Palestine” was used as a general term to describe the land south of Syria; as it was NOT an official designation. Many Ottomans and Arabs who lived in “Palestine” during this period referred to the area as Southern Syria, not Palestine! There is NO letter “P” in the Arabic language!

The name “Palestine” is correctly used only when applied to the land of the Ancient Philistines thousands of years ago along the coast of the Mediterranean and has NOTHING to do with ISLAM as it did NOT exist until 610AD. The official name of the area, whether in Jewish or non-Jewish sources, including official data, such as inscriptions and coins, is Judaea – IsraelWere it not for Hadrian’s deliberate attempt to… “eliminate all trace of Jewish sovereignty,” then the name would have remained Judaea, as, indeed it did, despite the official change in many recent official documents! In contrast, the area was built and controlled by Jews for Centuries BUT taken away by other Empires. And, to use modern language, “oppressors,” whether Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, the Ottomans, or the British and Islam of today. There is clear, legitimate history of Israel and its indigenous control of the area and right of return by the Jews.

 



"…from the river to the sea" ...catch-phrase is associated with deeply anti-Semitic ideals! And, as a result, followers of Christ should NEVER use that expression at all! Israel has NEVER been the aggressor! History recalls Israel having compassion toward peoples of ALL faiths and backgrounds; Christians, Muslims, and others can live in Israel, visit Israel, work in Israel, hold political positions and women have equal rights. This isn’t true of the Arab and Muslim countries who have and still are attacking Israel! Are all Jews perfect? No! Are we Gentiles all perfect? No! Is Israel’s Government perfect? No!  Are our governments all perfect? Definitely No!

As believers we are called to stand with Israel as it pleases God and we will be blessed for doing so! We most sincerely believe that God WILL bless you for your faithfulness and love for His land and chosen people. God’s Word is true! He IS watching to see how the Nations are treating His people. God will have mercy on Israel through Gentile believers acting as mediators towards them. This is one of the most amazing revelations ever given to the Church – an opportunity to do something that carries the highest priority in the heart of God. Yet, sadly, so few have seen the potential and the rewards of serving God in this manner - as agents of mercy to Israel and the Jewish people! Israel was and still is despised today and a despised Nation continually turning away from God …BUT nothing ever altered the purpose of God for that Nation. The "despised element" is always a noticeable element in the purpose of God. When the Saviour of the world came, He came of that "despised Nation" (and just like Israel) He Himself was "…despised and rejected by men." And there is that despised element; "things that are despised God has chosen," - 1 Corinthians 1:28.

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Alf & Julie Saunders

01st July, 2024



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