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So, there are some Palestinians who claim descendancy from Esau. Some from Philistines. Some from Canaanites. Some from Ishmael. Who knows who they are for certain? The Palestinians appear to definitely be a mixed group of Arabic people, and some may indeed have these roots. However, none of these inherit Covenant, regardless!
None of Canaanites received an inheritance blessing from God by Divine Covenant. So, Palestinians who claim to be descendants of either Philistines or Canaanites, are definitely excluding themselves from being pure descendants of Abraham, even if such descendancy could be proven, which now is pretty difficult.
The Divine Everlasting Covenant related to Land of Canaan was promised only to descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob, not through Ishmael or Esau. Therefore, Palestinians have no basis upon which to lay claim to any portion of Land of Canaan.
Does this mean there is no inheritance for Arab descendants of Abraham? Actually, Arabs of line of Esau were also given a blessing by Isaac, which requires much land with resources and wealth. Genesis 27:38- 41. "And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be fatness of earth, and of dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck. And Esau hated Jacob because of blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob." This blessing for Esau's descendants is yet to be totally fulfilled. However, Land of Canaan is not their inheritance. Esau is not to lay claim to Jacob's Covenant inheritance. Rather, Esau has his own! And, we must be honest. Not all Arabs are direct descendants of Esau! Some are of Lot, and some of Ishmael. Therefore, it is apparent that not all Arabs are able to lay claim to Isaac's blessing for Esau!
And, what of descendants of Lot? Lot did for a short while have his choice of sojourning in plain, while Abraham dwelt in mountains. Where are mountains Abraham dwelt in? They are what we now call West Bank area of Judea and Samaria! Lot was driven out because of abominable sin of people of cities of plain. Lot and his daughters became progenitors of two branches of Arabs. These Arabs cannot claim direct descendancy from Abraham, although they are shirt-tail relatives. Abraham was not given freedom to share Covenant, even with his own nephew!
So, what of Ishmael, Abraham's son by Hagar, bondwoman? Did Ishmael receive a blessing? Yes he did, even though he was son of a lack of faith! Genesis 17:18-20. "And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in next year."
The Arab nations now occupy multiplied times more land than Israelis! They have no need to oust Israel from any part of former Land of Canaan! In fact, God is not pleased with their desire to take over Israel's Covenant inheritance. The Palestinians, even if they could prove their descendancy, cannot usurp G_d's Covenant of Land with Jacob!
The Land is not to be possessed by "who was there first." Those who are descended from Esau's marriage with Canaanite wives, who were first in Land, can no longer be properly identified, because Canaanites were to be ousted permanently in compliance with G_d's decree when children of Israel entered Canaan. So, even if Palestinians could prove to actually be descended from Canaanites, there would still be no contest!
No matter how we look at it, Land of Canaan was given by Everlasting Covenant to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
To believe and act otherwise will only lead to more animostites, wars, and unrest. But this does not need to be! The Palestinians must recognize their jealousy of Jacob is futile!
Jacob's inheritance is tiny! Let him have his inheritance. The Arab occupation includes all lands surrounding Land of Canaan, but not Canaan itself. Click here to read rest of article
Maureen Metcalf is author of "The Final Schedule Revealed: In the Fall Feasts and Festivals" http://teshuvatrumpet.org