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The Two-Way Promise Of The Promised Land

Abraham, who was born in Ur of the Chaldees (Genesis 11:31), in southern Mesopotamia (today known as Iraq), became a key ancestor of the Israelite people after he immigrated to "the land of promise, as in a strange country."

"11:8 By faith Abraham [see also Circumcision], when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise." (Hebrews 11:8-9 KJV)

The land of Israel was named after Jacob, Abraham's grandson, who the LORD (see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM') renamed as "Israel" (see The Origin Of 'Israel'). It couldn't have been called "the land of Abraham," in that sort of limited way, because Abraham's numerous descendants (plus his relatives back in Iraq) also included many of the Arab people who live throughout the Middle East. Abraham became "the father of many nations" through his descendants with Keturah, as well as those through Hagar (see Ishmael's Paran).

The Two-Way Promise Of The Promised Land

When the Israelite kingdoms (i.e. The United Kingdom became two kingdoms after The Division Of Israel) became corrupt in their "promised land," (a term that "goes both ways" - in return for His promise to bless them, they had to keep their promise to obey Him - see the Fact Finder question below), the LORD "sent them back to where they came from" - Babylon.

The Middle East The first to go was The Northern Kingdom, known as "Israel," by 721 BC (see The Galilee Captivity), into Assyria (the Assyrian empire was ruling the land of Babylon before the Babylonian empire itself rose to power; see Ancient Empires - Assyria) who thereafter became known to history as "the lost ten tribes." The two primary reasons that they became "lost" is that they had forsaked the LORD for Babylonian paganism and "culture," and they were, by appearance, practically indistinguishable from their family of origin there, back where Abraham was born. Many Iraqi people today are in fact descendants of the exiled Israelite people, who were descendants of Iraqi people, during and from the time of Abraham.

"17:5 Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria [see also Baal's Samaria], and besieged it three years.

17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea [see Kings of Israel and Judah] the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

17:7 For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, 17:8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. 17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. 17:10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 17:11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: 17:12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets." (2 Kings 17:5-6 KJV)

The next to go was The Southern Kingdom, known as "Judah," by 586 BC, into Babylon (see Ancient Empires - Babylon), because they too eventually failed to keep their part of the promise of "the promised land" - so the LORD sent them back to where they came from. The difference between Israel and Judah however was that "Judah," for the purpose of The Messiah to come, was allowed to return 70 years later, in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah (see also The Origin Of The Essenes, Sadducees And Pharisees) - their children and grandchildren that is, because those who were exiled were left to die in exile, "back where they came from," over those 70 years.

"25:1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it: and they built forts against it round about. 25:2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.

25:3 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land. 25:4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the king's garden: now the Chaldees were against the city round about: and the king went the way toward the plain. 25:5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were scattered from him. 25:6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him. 25:7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.

25:8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king of Babylon, unto Jerusalem: 25:9 And he burnt the house of the LORD [see also Raiders Of The Lost Ark], and the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt he with fire. 25:10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about. 25:11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry away." (2 Kings 25:1-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where is the "land of milk and honey"? How is it found by means of a "two way" street?
See Milk and Honey


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