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Aliyah an overview: the Jewish Kingdom of Israel Part IV of IV

Aliyah of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel has been on going through ages. Their claim on the Land of Israel has all ways been based on their ancient history, their cultural and religious history tying them to the this land through centuries The main source …

… in which they recorded their ancient history is the books in the Hebrew Bible. Although the Bible as we know it today also speak of the Jewish people during the period of the Roman Empire. Besides this source there is of course information provided within the historical context of the several empires and kingdoms that had been taking turns in governing the region were the Land of Israel lies. All that these came and went through ages, couldn't hold on to the Land of Israel. The modern day government of some of these kingdoms and empires are pretenders to be the ones to claim the land of Israel. But, to this day only the Jewish people has substantiated their claims through their documented ancient history.

The Hebrew Bible is, besides a spiritual, philosophical and poetic book, also an historical book, has been an inspiration through out the process of Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel. Making the establishment of the modern day State of Israel a result of God's divine intervention in Jewish people's and other people's heart leading to a natural way of events, that can't be claimed by a single Jewish organization, nor person by using their symbols as one for the Land of Israel.

Biblical scripture also contains countless prophecies regarding the people of Israel concerning past, actual and future history.

The process of Aliyah started with God sending one man, Abraham to Canaan. That would be the land he promised him, the Promised Land. He would become the father, patriarch, of a great people. Abraham was a prophet - Genesis 20:7 - and to God he was a man that "... obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.” Genesis 26:5.

Prophecies given to Abram, renamed Abraham.

Genesis 12:1-9
1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.[a] 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”[b]
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring[c] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
[a: or be seen as blessed, b: or earth / will use your name in blessings (see 48:20), c: or seed]

Genesis 15:1-7
1 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield,[a] your very great reward.[b]”
2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[d] be.” 6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7 He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”

Genesis 17:1-14 and 23-27
… 1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty[a]; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”
3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram[b]; your name will be Abraham,[c] for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” 9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. ...

Regarding Abraham's wife, Sara , Genesis 17: 15-19,
15 God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”
17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”
19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac.[d] I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. [d:Isaac means he laughs.]

Concerning the future of Abraham's descendants, Genesis 15:12-21,
12 As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him. 13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there. 14 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions. 15 You, however, will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. 16 In the fourth generation your descendants will come back here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.”
17 When the sun had set and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi[e] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates— 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

Ishmael, Esau, Jacob and others

Sara's son Isaac

Genesis 26:1-5
1 Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to Abim′elech king of the Philistines. 2 And the Lord appeared to him, and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you; for to you and to your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will fulfil the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. 4 I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give to your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves: 5 because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”

God's blessing, Genesis 12:1-4,
1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you,and whoever curses you I will curse;and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.

Rebecca's son Jacob

Prophecies, blessing given to Jacob, renamed Israel, who was obedient to his father and mother, Genesis 28:6-7.

Genesis 26:1-5
1 Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2 The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring[a] all nations on earth will be blessed,[b] 5 because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees and my instructions.”

Blessing from Isaac for Jacob, Genesis 27:27-29,
27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said,
“Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed. 28 May God give you heaven’s dew
and earth’s richness—an abundance of grain and new wine. 29 May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed
and those who bless you be blessed.”

Genesis 28:1-5
28 So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman. 2 Go at once to Paddan Aram,[a] to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. 3 May God Almighty[b] bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. 4 May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.” 5 Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.

God's promise to Jacob Genesis 28:10-15,
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it[a] stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[b] 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Rebecca's son Esau

Esau relinquishes his first born rights to Jacob - Genesis 25:27-34 - and there for give him the right to receive Isaac's blessing. But, later when it's the time to do so, he wants to keep the blessing for himself, and be angry at Jacob who was obedient to his mother - by deceiving Isaac to receive the blessing. Esau''s problem with Jacob solved during his lifetime, Genesis 33.

Abraham's blessing for Esau, Genesis 27:38-40,
38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me too, my father!” Then Esau wept aloud. 39 His father Isaac answered him, “Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. 40 You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother. But when you grow restless, you will throw his yoke from off your neck.”

Hagar's son Ishmael

She was the Egyptian woman to whom God spoke twice on behalf of Abraham concerning their son Ishmael.
Abraham's eldest son Ishmael, the son of the Egyptian slave of Sara. God cared for Ishmael, and God would give him another inheritance - Genesis 16:7-16, Genesis 21:14-21 - although he would be sent away. Ishmael had to leave at the age of fourteen with his mother – Genesis 21:10-12 - to live in the Param desert east of Egypt, later he married an Egyptian woman - Genesis 21:20-21 - and he remained friendly - Genesis 25:8-9 - with his brother Isaac as he was since Isaac was borne, Genesis 21:8-9. Ishmael was also present at Abraham's funeral, Genesis 24:7-11. Esau, Isaac's eldest son later married one of Ishmael's daughters, Genesis 28:9. God answered Abraham's request concerning Ishmael with the promise that Ishmael's descendants would become a nation, Genesis 21:11-13 - and he would be the father of twelve rulers, Genesis 17:20.  Much later though it were Ishmaelites, who possibly didn't know of Jacob and his sons, that bought Joseph from his brothers, took him to Egypt and sold him there, Genesis 37.

Prophecy concerning Ishmael
20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” Genesis 17:20-21

And God made clear that Ishmael's descendants - being of Egyptian descent - and Esau's - the Edomites - would be welcome to Israel's religious gatherings unlike other peoples, Deuteronomy 23:2-8,
7 Do not despise an Edomite, for the Edomites are related to you. Do not despise an Egyptian, because you resided as foreigners in their country. 8 The third generation of children born to them may enter the assembly of the Lord.

Wouldn't Ishmael's descendants - Genesis 25:12-18 - who initially lived at the east of Egypt, have the same attitude towards Isaac's, being the Israelites, today as he did? Similar to perhaps that of the Israeli Druze people - an Arabic community who lives mainly in countries in the Middle East, including in Israel, that dissociate themselves from Arab nationalism and the hate that often comes with it - have in modern day Israel. Contrary to other peoples claiming to be Ishmael's descendants, those who show hatred and disdain towards the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. From where the hate? Abraham had other sons, those he sent away with gifts but who didn't receive an inheritance. And maybe the hatred towards the Jewish people by peoples of other nations came and is till present due to all the wars, the kingdoms and empires that came and went, but ultimately were not able to retain the Land of Israel as their own. 

Sons of Kethura

But Abraham's other sons, he remarried after Sara's death, would only receive gifts - Genesis 25:6 - and they would be sent away to the east. Ishmael remained friendly, wouldn't his descendants be the same? Contrary to Abraham's other sons who may have resented him for receiving so little compared to their other two brothers, and possibly also their descendants.

Genesis 25:6
5 Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. 6 But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.

All three Jewish patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, lived in the Promised Land to be the Land of Israel in their future. And all of Abraham's inheritance went to Isaac - Genesis 25:5, Genesis 17:15-19, 21 - and later to Jacob, Genesis 28:1-15.

Divine attention

God gave information concerning the Promised Land – Genesis 15:18-21 – itself. Despite of the desert it was a fertile land, Numbers 23:21-27. A land that God himself would take care of by giving the necessary rain - Deuteronomy 11 – because it wouldn't be a land like Egypt, depending on irrigation.

Deuteronomy 11:10-15,
10 The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. 11 But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. 12 It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul— 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.

Later God himself made Judah a desert – Jeremiah 9:10-15 – but he promised also promised he would revitalize the whole Land of Israel, Isaiah 41:18-20,

18 I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys.I will turn the desert into pools of water,
and the parched ground into springs.19 I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, 20 so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Isaiah 43:18-21,
19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.

The boarders of the Promised Land, Genesis 15:18,
18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi[e] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates


Today several biblical prophecies concerning the Jewish people, the Israelites and the Promised Land, the Land of Israel dating back as far as Abraham but also those in Moses time has been fulfilled.

More than four centuries after the death of Abraham, Moses together with Aaron, Miriam, Joshua and Caleb, led the Israelites out of Egypt through the dessert to the Promised Land. One of the prophecy Moses received concerning the future of the Israelites.

Deuteronomy 30
… 1 When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, 2 and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes[a] and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. 4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. 5 He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors. 6 The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. ...

One of the many blessings – he spoke also of curses – God gave at the time of Moses, Deuteronomy 28:8-9,
8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. 9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him.

The time we now live in was also subject to the biblical prophecies, Jeremiah 31,
... 23 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “When I bring them back from captivity,[a] the people in the land of Judah and in its towns will once again use these words: ‘The Lord bless you, you prosperous city, you sacred mountain.’ 24 People will live together in Judah and all its towns—farmers and those who move about with their flocks. 25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”...
27 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will plant the kingdoms of Israel and Judah with the offspring of people and of animals. 28 Just as I watched over them to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant,” declares the Lord. …

The future of Israel

Their are many biblical prophecies concerning the nation of Israel's future history. In the book of Ezekiel the Shoah, Holocaust was prophesied - Ezekiel 37:1-14 - but after which the return of the Israelites to the Land of Israel would continue and the future unity between Joseph and Judah, Ezekiel 37:1-28,

... 11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”...

15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. 
18 “When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ 19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’ 20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding,[a] and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
24 “‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. 25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. 27 My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28 Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.’”

All this will come to pass having the State of Israel becoming the Jewish Kingdom of Israel with one King.
As all these biblical prophecies about the history of the Israelites and their ancestors came to pass, it's to be expected that those meant for the future will also do. At that time Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael would be synonymous with Aliyah to the Jewish Kingdom of Israel, with its capital city of Jerusalem - Zechariah 14:1, Revelation 21 - and God will dwell among his people.

5 In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it— one from the house of David— one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness. Isaiah 16:5


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