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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

This is the north side of the land.

And the east side ye shall measure from Hauran, and from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land of Israel by Jordan, from the border unto the East Sea".

And this is the east side running along the Euphrates.

And the south side southward from Tamar to the waters of strife in Kadesh, to the river toward the Great Sea (Ezek.47:19; 48:28).

This is the south side toward Teman.

The west side also shall be the Great Sea from the (west end of the south) border, till a man come over against Hamath.

This is the west side.

So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel" (Ezek.

47:13-21).

Now, let it never be forgotten in the investigation of "the things of the kingdom of God," that the Israelites have never possessed the country as defined in this survey since it was revealed to them through the prophet.

The twelve tribes have not even occupied the land together; and those of them that have dwelt there after the return from Babylon to the overthrow by the Romans, held but a very small portion of it, while the Gentile kingdoms lorded it over all the rest.

Now either God is a liar, as some people make Him out to be who deny the restoration of the twelve tribes; or the time He refers to in the promise of the land according to these boundaries is not arrived.

This is the only conclusion a believer in the gospel of the kingdom can come to.

All theories opposed to this are mere sublimated infidelity.

If Israel be not restored, then the promise to Abraham will have failed.

But Abraham's seed are under no apprehension of this kind.

They believe in God, who has sworn by Himself, that what He has promised He is able, willing, and determined, to perform.

Here, then, is a noble domain, lying between Assyria, Persia, Arabia, the Red Sea, Egypt, and the Mediteranean, capable, when peopled by an industrious, enlightened, and well and strongly governed nation, of commanding the sovereignty of Asia, and the wealth of Europe and America.

Such is the land, containing, according to the survey of the British government, 300,000 square miles, concerning which God said to Abram, "to thee will I give it and unto thy Seed for ever".

But, the apostle says that the covenant, confirmed 430 years after the law was promulged, was " concerning Christ " especially.

It was the Father's will, of which Christ being the Mediator, He became the Testator of the will.

This being the case, His death was necessitated; for so long as He was alive the covenant had no force.

Neither Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, nor Himself, could inherit the land for ever, until the covenant was ratified by His death.