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From Smallest To Greatest

December 31, 2015

Isaiah 11:12 – Yahweh “will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”

Yahweh promised to re-gather the Jews back into the land of Canaan, and that process is underway today. Once again, Israel is one of the smallest nations in the world today. But will it stay that way? Let’s see:

From The Smallest
Genesis 17:8 – “I will give to you and to your descendants . . . all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession.”
Deuteronomy 7:7 – “Yahweh did not set his love on Israel, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples.”

The borders given to Moses only comprises the land of Canaan, according to Numbers 34:1-13. These borders are basically repeated in Ezekiel 47:15-20. It is essentially the same land that today is called the State of Israel. The borders are:

  • Northern: the Northern Border extends from the Mediterranean Sea to Mount Hor, to Hamath, which stood on the east bank of the Orontes River in Syria between Damascus and Aleppo.
  • Southern: the Southern Border extends from the River of Egypt, also known as the Brook of Egypt or the Wadi el-Arish (not the Nile) to Kadesh-barnea which is located just a few miles north of Petra in modern day Jordan.
  • Eastern: the Eastern Border extends from Kadesh-barnea (Petra) via Zin, which today is called the Jordan Rift Valley (Arabah or Wilderness), and the salt sea to Zedad (called Sadad today located between Homs and Damascus) and Hamath (Aleppo) in the north.
  • Western: the Western Border extends from the Mediterranean Sea.

To The Largest
Genesis 15:18 – “I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates.”
Deuteronomy 11:24 – “Every place on which the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours; your border shall be from the wilderness to Lebanon, and from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as the western sea.”

This land would encompass most of Syria and Iraq, all of Jordan and Lebanon, and some portions of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Only the southern portions were originally given to the Jews in accordance with the “Mandate for Palestine” based upon the Balfour Declaration. This parcel was immediately divided with the largest parcel (77%), called the Trans-Jordan, going to the Arab nations and the remainder of the land (23%) to the Jews. It is believed that the entire parcel will only be given fully to Israel during the Millennial Reign of Yeshua. How much larger this parcel will be compared to its current size is unknown. We do know that the Mount of Olives splits in two, and the land moves both to the north and to the south (Zechariah 14.4).

To The Greatest
2 Samuel 7:23 – “Who is like your people Israel . . . whom Yahweh went to redeem to be his people . . .”
Isaiah 43:6-7 – “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, every one who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory.
Isaiah 49:3 – “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

That Israel is called to be the premier servant of Yahweh in scripture is undisputed. That Israel is to begin as the smallest and become the largest in scripture is also undisputed. This is made even more certain by the Hebrew language.

In Hebrew, the word Israel [יִשְׂרָאֵל H3478] starts with the smallest letter of the alphabet: the Yod [ יְ ]. The last letter of the word is the largest letter of the alphabet: the Lamed [ ל ]. Mark Biltz states one can interpret this to mean that “Yahweh is going to take Israel from the smallest nation and make it into the most prominent nation.” But wait, there’s more! The first three letters, Yod, Shin, and Resh spell the word yashar [יִשְׂרָ H3474] which means: to be right, upright, straight, or righteous. The last two letters, Aleph, Lamed spell the word El [אֵל H410] which means: God, the one true God, Yahweh! Mark Biltz puts it this way: “So, the straight way to God is through Israel!

Israel is the 100th smallest nation of the world, having only 1/1000th of the world’s population. Despite this, it has more Nobel Prizes per capita than any other country. Israel leads the world in cyber-technical, biotechnical, scientific, and agricultural inventions and patents, ranking third in scientific research institutions and second in space sciences. Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, Motorola and other tech companies have all moved their research development facilities to Israel. Microsoft-Israel developed the Windows NT software. Intel-Israel designed the Pentium MMX Chip. Instant messenger and voice mail programs were developed by Israeli software companies. Motorola-Israel developed the cell phone.

Givun Imaging-Israel invented the pill sized ingestible video camera. New devices to control the pumping of blood by the heart have been invented by Israeli researchers. It has the largest desalinization and solar industries. Israel is the only nation that has increased its number of trees and turned its deserts into productive farmland. Israel is the leader in minimizing airborne security threats. The list goes on – need I say more. Indeed, Yahweh is blessing the world through the descendants of Abraham, just as he promised in Genesis 18.

Conclusions
Genesis 18:18 – “Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed in him.”
Isaiah 49:3 – “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

Israel began as the smallest of all nations: one family, the family of Abram who became Abraham. Today, both in geography and population they are still one of the smallest. However, in cyber-technical, biotechnical, scientific, and agricultural inventions they are one of the greatest. Indeed, Yahweh is blessing the world through the descendants of Abraham, just as he promised in the scriptures. Yahweh is glorifying his name through Israel’s accomplishments.

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets. Today we are one day closer to the return of Yeshua than we were yesterday and tomorrow we will be even one day closer. For almost two thousand years the Jews would proclaim “Next year in Jerusalem!” I now proclaim “Next Yom Teruah in the clouds!” Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.

Related Links
What About Israel Article
Facts-About-Israel PDF
Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi Blog

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