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Differing boundaries of the land promised to the Hebrew (Shemite) descendants of Abraham

There are individuals who contend that biblical boundaries cannot be used to demarcate the area of the land the Jews should have, since there are a number of accounts that differ from each other. That is really similar to "throwing out the baby with the bath water!"

The following  factors should be taken into account when it comes to the  borders of Israel:

  1. The unlimited greatness of the God of Israel enabling him to make unlimited promises in line his limitlessness.
    Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
     In fact He is so great that he cannot be contained in just one entity, El (Allah, like the god of Islam), he is multiple,  Elohim. Even His Spirit is SEVEN-fold!
    (Isaiah 11: 1 & Revelation 4:5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God).
    Since Israel is His inheritance, it also has to reflect its greatness. This study is aimed at trying to indicate the eventual borders of Israel, but it is really impossible in the respect that God will subject the nations and bring them under Israel's control. In this process some nations will even be destroyed and their territory will become Israel's domain - what one rules over, actually becomes yours. Israel will in reality reflect God's splendour.

    Isaiah 60:9 Surely the islands look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish, bringing your sons from afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor. 10 "Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you, in favor I will show you compassion. 11 Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that men may bring you the wealth of the nations-- their kings led in triumphal procession. 12 For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined.
  2. The God of Israel's tendency to express himself in hyperboles (overstatement, exaggeration) when he means, "A LOT!" Take for instance his promise to Abraham that his descendants will be like the stars in heaven or the sand of the earth. It's impossible to fathom, and all we can make of it, is that it will be more than what we can imagine. It is the same with the eventual territory of Israel. God's promise to Abraham was in excessive terms: On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates-- the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites." Genesis 15:18-21. Whereas these nations have actually disappeared and David and Shlomo did actually rule over much of this total territory, it is nevertheless difficult to fathom in our day since much of this territory is occupied by other nations.
  3. The land is God's inheritance too. To think he will be satisfied with a little sliver of land along the coast is ludicrous. Further to this the coastal plane doesn't include his mountains. The land needs to be worthy of the King of kings. It will be from there  that he will rule the nations: Joel 3:17 'Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.
  4. God's sovereignty to determine borders. Isaiah 10:13 For he says: "`By the strength of my hand I have done this, and by my wisdom, because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, I plundered their treasures; like a mighty one I subdued their kings.
  5. The culmination of the full scope of the promises to the arch fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel), and king David, in Messiah's rule on earth. This is, for instance, reflected in Psalm 89.
  6. The promise in Isaiah 14:2 that, Nations will take them and bring them to their own place. And the house of Israel will possess the nations as menservants and maidservants in the LORD'S land. They will make captives of their captors and rule over their oppressors.
    It means that they will also have control over the territory of the nations they rule over.
  7. Judgment on Israel's neighbors: "This is what the Lord says: 'As for all My wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave My people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the house of Judah from among them. But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to his own inheritance and his own country. And if they learn well the ways of My people and swear by My name, saying, 'As surely as the Lord lives' even as they once taught My people to swear by Baal - then they will be established among My people. But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,' declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 12:14-17).
  8. The Arabs, being Hamites, are inherently bound by the implications of the curse, spoken over them by Noah.
    Genesis 9:24 25 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him. He said, "Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers. 26 He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem. 27 May God extend the territory of Japheth; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave.
    It is foreseen that Israel will eventually rule over most of the nations. This is also reflected by Isaiah 24:2
    Nations will take them and bring them to their own place. And the house of Israel will possess the nations as menservants and maidservants in the LORD'S land. They will make captives of their captors and rule over their oppressors
    (See also Arabs are Hamites).