An Alphabetical Analysis
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so prominent a place not only in the Old Testament but in the Gospels, Acts
and early epistles of Paul, have now so completely passed off the scene, that
they are not even mentioned by name (except in a negative way, Eph. 2:12),
and God is never once called by His great name, 'The God of Abraham, Isaac
and of Jacob'.  This peculiar people of Titus 2:14 can have no reference to
Israel, but is the distinctive name of those called out from among the
Gentiles during this parenthetical dispensation.  If the Church of the One
Body had been intended by God to have occupied a similar position before Him
as that determined for His ancient people, we should surely have at least one
reference to the word laos in Ephesians, Philippians or Colossians.  The
complete omission of this great prophetic word is eloquent, and should be
respected by all who seek to be unashamed of their ministry, in the day of
This series of studies though occupying a fair amount of space is
nevertheless brief, and purposely elementary in character.  Those of our
readers who wish, will find upon closer examination, fuller and further
indications of the key place that Israel occupy in the prophetic Scriptures,
but enough has been brought forward to justify our present quest.  We live in
the days when Israel's name is lo -ammi, but the day is approaching when they
shall look upon Him Whom they have pierced, and the days of their mourning
shall be ended.  Meanwhile let every member of the high calling take to heart
the fact that now, in this parenthetical dispensation, he has been purified
unto the Lord as one of a 'peculiar people' zealous of good works.
The Promised Land, Its Boundaries
The boundaries of Palestine are given in Ezekiel 47:13 -21 as follows:
'Thus saith the Lord God; This shall be the border, whereby ye shall
inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall
have two portions.  And ye shall inherit it, one as well as another:
concerning the which I lifted up mine hand to give it unto your
fathers: and this land shall fall unto you for inheritance.  And this
shall be the border of the land toward the north side, from the great
sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad; Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim,
which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath; Hazar
-hatticon which is by the coast of Hauran.  And the border from the sea
shall be Hazar -enan, the border of Damascus, and the north northward,
and the border of Hamath.  And this is the north side.  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.  And the south side southward, from
Tamar even to the waters of strife in Kadesh, the river to the great
sea.  And this is the south side southward.  The west side also shall
be the great sea from the 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'.
Competent scholars estimate that Palestine, according to the Biblical
description, covers an area of 300,000 square miles, or 192,000,000 acres*.
This makes Palestine twenty -five times as large as indicated on our maps.
It makes Palestine much larger than France, which contains 212,659 square
miles, or 136,000,000 acres.  The Jews at no time have been in possession of
the entire land that God gave them.  But there is a future when they shall
have it all.