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Milepost 70: Israel Partitioned

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Milepost 70: Israel Partitioned

Primary References: Ezekiel 47:20-23

 

Sometime during the transition to Jesus’ reign, Jesus divides the land of Israel among the tribes of Israel and their survivors. It is unlikely the division of the land occurs before the judgment of the Jews since Jesus would have to redistribute the inheritance of anyone purged in the judgments. Since some gentiles receive an inheritance in Israel, it is equally unlikely that Jesus partitions the land before the judgment of the gentiles. The division of the land probably occurs after the national judgments because the elimination of the goat nations might affect Israel’s borders and consequently, the amount of land available for division. Israel’s permanent borders for Jesus’ millennial reign are likely those given in Genesis 15:18-21. These borders extend much further east, south, and probably north than those held by modern Israel. As with all references to ancient nations, the exact boundaries are difficult to determine but it is safe to assume that land currently controlled by Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt will fall inside Israel’s new borders.

With Israel’s borders established, the process described in Ezekiel 47:20-23 divides the land. In a manner very similar to Joshua’s division of the land of Israel, Jesus once again divides the land. This time, He divides it among the Jewish survivors of both the seven-year tribulation and the servant judgments. He divides it by lot, which fundamentally means people are unable to influence either the decisions or the process. Like Joshua’s division, Joseph receives two portions (Ephraim and Manasseh) and Levi receives none since they are the tribe of priests and receives their portion from the other tribe’s shares. Ezekiel 48 gives the resulting inheritance of the land. A quick comparison of Joshua’s boundaries and Jesus’ millennial reign boundaries reveals many differences. The significance of these changes is not clear but they are noteworthy.

Also noteworthy, is the allocation of land to the families of gentiles that have children born in the land of Israel. In contrast to popular opinion, Ezekiel makes it clear that both Jew and gentile, not just Jew, inhabit the land of Israel for Jesus’ entire reign. When the Jews receive their inheritance, they receive specific parcels of land based on tribal membership for themselves and their families for the next thousand years. This allocation along tribal lines will probably force many Jews to relocate to other regions of the country. By contrast, the gentiles receive their inheritance in the same region they currently occupy; however, they may still have to move but within the same tribal region. Figure 28 shows the approximate divisions of the Holy Land during Jesus’ millennial reign. In stark contrast to the list of tribes in Revelation 7, the tribes of Dan and Ephraim are both included. Clearly, God has forgiven and restored both for their roles in betraying their brothers and assisting the antichrist’s activities.

Jesus carves out an area of almost 70 [2500][1] square miles out of Judah, just south of a very high mountain, for Himself. Many have tried to map the area’s descriptions to specific points in modern Israel. This exercise is probably pointless since the earthquakes and the shaking of the earth during the seven-year tribulation period have dramatically altered the topology of not only Israel but also the entire earth. In the seventh vial judgment, many mountains and islands disappeared while it is likely that many others, including Jesus’ royal mountain, probably came into existence. Ezekiel 48:8 provides the basic allotment of Jesus’ land. Twenty-five thousand cubits is approximately 8.25 [50] miles. The land given to Jesus is a square with each side being 25,000 cubits [reeds] long. The land consists of three parts:

  • The oblation unto the Lord: 25,000 cubits [reeds] long by 10,000 cubits [reeds] wide (40%)
  • The inheritance of the Levites: 25,000 cubits [reeds] long by 10,000 cubits [reeds] wide (40%)
  • The profane place: 25,000 cubits [reeds] long by 5,000 cubits [reeds] wide (20%)

[1] There is no consensus whether these measurements are in cubits or reeds. Reeds are approximately seven times larger (around 10 ½ feet) and their distances are shown bracketed after the cubits measurements.