Two weeks ago, the Vatican Synod of Bishops declared that the Israeli claim to the Holy Land and Jerusalem, as a God-given promise, was not biblically legitimate. Monsignor Bustros declared, “we Christians cannot speak of the ‘promised land’ as an exclusive right for a privileged Jewish people... There is no longer a chosen people.”
The Anti-Defamation League immediately responded to the Monsignor’s comments as “the worst kind of anti-Judaism, bordering on anti-Semitism” (Jerusalem Post online, October 27, 2010).
Although the current Israeli presence in the Holy Land is not the ultimate fulfillment of the Bible prophecies that the modern nation of Israel claims, the Bible clearly demonstrates a time will come when God will bring “all of Israel” to this promised land. However, “all of Israel” involves many more people than the Jewish people. Israel originally consisted of 12 tribes, and it is their descendants that will once again be returned to the Promised Land following the coming great tribulation (Ezekiel 34:11-13, Hosea 3:4-5, Zechariah 8:7-8).
They will return from the ends of the earth, from their state of captivity, and return with joyful singing, never to hurt again (Isaiah 35:8-10). At that time, too, God will open up His truth to all nations of the earth, not just the Israelite-descended nations (Joel 2:28-29). For more information on the true identity of Israel, please call, write, or click for our free and eye-opening booklet The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy.