promisedland“On the same day the Lord made a covenant (promise, pledge) with Abram, saying, To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates…..”

Genesis 15:18

God keeps his promises. No matter how bad circumstances are or how impossible it may seem God is in control.

After the Jewish people were liberated many had a longing in their heart to go to their homeland the land that God had given them in the oldest land contract in history.

After the liberation of the holocaust victims it was a time of rebuilding devastated Jewish lives.

There was a Displaced Persons Camp set up for the survivors. The DP camp was to provide shelter, nutrition and health care.

As the displaced persons were nursed back to health they began to search for family and they moved from camp to camp in hope of finding at least one relative.

Families had been moved from concentration camp to concentration camp, almost dead or so unrecognizable because of malnutrition and disease that it was difficult to find relatives.

The Jewish people longed to go back to their homeland their “Promised Land”.

Different organizations began forming to help Jewish displaced persons or refugees to migrate to the land of Israel.

That’s right The Land of Israel….Judea.

We now know it as Palestine which is a man-made invention.

Palestine is a whole story all of its own. I will try and give you a brief history of this misconception.

Truth is available if anyone wants it and seeks after it.

During the 1st and 2nd centuries Israel(Judea) was under Roman rule. The Jewish people despised the Roman pagan ways and rituals that were contrary to their monotheistic beliefs.

The Jews would try on three seperate revolts to regain their independence. Jewish lives were lost and destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple.

The Jews never lost the hope and desire to be free in their own land.

In 132 A.D. the Roman Emperor Hadrian defeated another Jewish revolt staged by Simeon bar Kokhba a Jewish warrior.

This revolt lasted 3 years and was a hard fought battle but Rome conquered and to defy the armies of The Living God Emperor Hadrian would rename Judea “Syria Palestina”.

Palestina is better known in Biblical times as Philistine. Yes the Philistines. Remember David and Goliath? The Philistines have always been the enemy of God’s people the Jews.

Palestine is from the Latin name “Philistia”

The Emperor wanted eliminate any symbols of Jewish presence is why he renamed Judea, Philistia or Palestine.

Long story short…….

Through a series of events and wars Palestine came under British rule by a mandate of the League of Nations called the Palestine Mandate.

After World War II the Jewish community began to engage with British rule.

Displaced persons or Holocaust survivors from World War II longed for their homeland of Judea(Palestine).

The intense pressure from Jews and Arabs on the British caused them to withdraw from the Mandate of Palestine and adopt a Partition Plan which the Jews accepted and Arabs rejected.

The Arabs began a civil war but eventually fled.

Declaration of Independence

On May 14th, 1948 which happened to be the last day of the British Mandate on Palestine, David Ben-Gurion 1st Prime Minister of Israel read Israel’s declaration of independence.

During the same day the United States issued a statement recognizing Israel’s sovereignty as well as other nations within the United Nations.

A Nation Born In One Day

Isaiah 66:7-8

7 Before [Zion] travailed, she gave birth; before her pain came upon her, she was delivered of a male child.

8 Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land [a]be born in one day? Or shall a nation be brought forth in a moment? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she brought forth her children.

God is Faithful to what he promises.

After being away from their homeland for almost 2,000 years, the Jews were given a national homeland.

A homeland to live, love and defend….defend they know all to well even up to now.