We have been talking about the setting up of the millennial kingdom. After the government is put in place, I think the second thing Jesus will do is order the enlargement of Palestine to its promised dimensions. The first mention of this land covenant is in Genesis 15:18.
On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying,
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:
This description, as you can see, is quite general and a bit vague. A more specific border description is in Numbers 34:1-12. It is the description that was given by the Lord to Moses just before the Jews entered the land. Well, wouldn’t you know it, the border description in Ezekiel 47:13-20, though worded a bit differently, is exactly the same.
Thus says the Lord God, “This shall be the boundary by which you shall divide the land for an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel; Joseph shall have two portions. 14 “And you shall divide it for an inheritance, each one equally with the other; for I swore to give it to your forefathers, and this land shall fall to you as an inheritance.
15 “And this shall be the boundary of the land: on the north side, from the Great Sea by the way of Hethlon, to the entrance of Zedad; 16 Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazer-hatticon, which is by the border of Hauran. 17 “And the boundary shall extend from the sea to Hazarenan at the border of Da- mascus, and on the north toward the north is the border of Hamath. This is the north side. 18 “And the east side, from between Hauran, Damascus, Gilead, and the land of Israel, shall be the Jordan; from the north border to the eastern sea you shall measure. This is the east side. 19 “And the south side toward the south shall extend from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribath-kadesh, to the brook of Egypt, and to the Great Sea. This is the south side toward the south. 20 “And the west side shall be the Great Sea, from the south border to a point opposite Lebo-hamath. This is the west side.
Hence, what God originally promised Israel is what they will be receiving in the millennial kingdom.
We don’t know exactly what the process will be of enlarging the land, but with God’s survey crew on the job, I don’t think it will take long—especially since much of the land will have recently been flattened—like Iowa!
This change in the topography will occur on the day of His coming. Here is the prophecy of how it will happen:
And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 5 And you will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him! 6 And it will come about in that day that there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle. 7 For it will be a unique day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light. 8 And it will come about in that day that living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.
9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only one, and His name the only one. 10 All the land will be changed into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; but Jerusalem will rise and remain on its site from Benjamin’s Gate as far as the place of the First Gate to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s wine presses. 11 And people will live in it, and there will be no more curse, for Jerusalem will dwell in security.
Copyright © 2014 by Stephen Nielsen