Whenever we hear the term “Holy Land” most people will immediately think of the present State of Israel in the Middle East. Most people are aware that this is where Jesus the Christ [Messiah] literally walked this earth, approximately two thousand years ago, and millions of people have visited the “Holy Land” over the years, some upwards of forty times! There are churches that sponsor annual trips to the so called “Holy Land” without ever mentioning the truth that the land itself is filled with unholy, ungodly Jewish (and Gentile) people who still reject Jesus as the Messiah to this day! Millions of those same Christians visit the “Holy Land” as if it were some type of religious museum, and still insist that the Jewish people are “God’s Chosen people.”
Many so called Christian leaders have become nothing more than religious puppets,who are easily manipulated by UNSAVED Jewish and Gentile politicians, both here and abroad. They fail to evangelize the lost Jewish people because they do NOT believe that they are LOST in the same way that an UNBELIEVING Gentile is lost! Considering the truth that the Bible is strikingly clear in it’s pronouncement, that there is NO DIFFERENCE between the Jew and the Gentile why do the so called “Christian” leaders remain silent on that issue? Do YOU truly believe the Bible? The Jewish apostle Peter spoke under the anointing of the Holy Spirit and he made it clear that GOD, who knows the heart, put NO DIFFERENCE between the Jewish and Gentile people! Do YOU believe God?
And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago GOD made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And GOD, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put NO DIFFERENCE between US and THEM, purifying their hearts BY FAITH. Now therefore why tempt ye GOD, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (Acts 15:7-10)
Did you hear what the Jewish apostle Peter said there? He clearly stated that it was GOD who showed them that there was NO DIFFERENCE between the Jew and the Gentile. Peter said that GOD purified the heart of the Jew and the Gentile in the EXACT same way! How? By faith in the Lord Jesus Christ! Peter said that GOD gave the Holy Ghost to the Gentiles in the very same manner that he gave the Holy Ghost to the Jews! Let me say something right here. If a person has NOT received the Holy Ghost then they do NOT belong to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Those same people are as LOST and HELL-BOUND as any lost sinner on the face of the Earth! Let me also say right here that if a person rejects the Lord Jesus Christ, then they most certainly will NOT receive the Holy Ghost, because only BELIEVERS in Jesus Christ receive the Holy Ghost!
The Jewish apostle Paul also declared that there was NO DIFFERENCE between the Jew and the Gentile. Keep in mind that the Jewish apostle Paul thought that he was a holy and godly man until the Lord Jesus Christ showed him otherwise! (Acts 9:1-24)
But now the righteousness of GOD without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of GOD which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is NO DIFFERENCE: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of GOD; (Romans 3:21-23)
The righteousness which GOD accepts can be found in only one place and that is the person of Jesus Christ. GOD has made it possible for any person, whether they be Jewish or Gentile to get SAVED through FAITH in the one whom GOD sent into this evil world to SAVE lost sinners. That OFFER still stands today, and it will stand until the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this Earth! There is no DIFFERENT covenant OFFER to the Jewish people either. If a Gentile person chooses to reject Jesus Christ they will be lost in Hell for eternity! If a Jewish person chooses to reject Jesus Christ they will be lost in Hell for eternity! If the JEWISH man calls upon the Lord for salvation then they will be SAVED, but if they do not, they will be lost! If the GENTILE man calls upon the Lord for salvation, they will be SAVED, if they do not, they will be lost!
For with the HEART man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto SALVATION. For the scripture saith, Whosoever BELIEVETH ON HIM shall not be ashamed. For there is NO DIFFERENCE between the JEW and the Greek (Gentile): for the same LORD over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be SAVED. (Romans 10:10-13)
The land in which a person lives has NOTHING to do with holiness or being right with God! Did the Lord Jesus Christ tell us that the physical land of Israel was “Holy” in itself or did He teach us something different? We can get some spiritual understanding from a meeting that the Lord Jesus Christ had with a woman from Samaria. In this passage the Lord made a request for a drink of water as this woman came to draw water from a well. The woman from Samaria was surprised that this Jewish man would even talk with her:
Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the GIFT OF GOD , and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee LIVING WATER. (John 4:9-10)
The Lord then went on to teach this woman concerning the living water, and the everlasting life which was available to her. [John 4:11-20] At one point the woman brought up the subject of worship, and the fact that the Jewish people said that “… Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” [John 4:20] The next passage reveals much about the subject of the true worship of God.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, NOR YET AT JERUSALEM, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. BUT THE HOUR COMETH AND NOW IS, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias [Messiah] cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. (John 4:21-26)
THE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION DOES NOT MATTER!
The Lord made it clear, to this woman of Samaria, that the geographical location did not matter at all when it came to the worship of God, and He specifically mentioned the city of Jerusalem. The Lord told this woman that God MUST be worshiped in spirit and truth and there is absolutely no way around that. The Lord told this woman of Samaria that she had five husbands previous to the man she was now living with, who was not her husband. The woman perceived Jesus to be a prophet after that, and we can surmise that there was a hope that entered her heart, because she raced back to her village to tell others about Jesus Christ.
The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the CHRIST [Messiah]? (John 4:28-29)
This woman of Samaria probably never entered the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem but she met the true and living Messiah in the person of Jesus Christ. The woman did not bring an animal sacrifice into any temple, but she simply believed the gracious words that flowed out of the mouth of Jesus Christ. It was not long before an evangelistic spirit started to operate within this woman and she could not hold back the truth about this man named Jesus.
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the CHRIST [Messiah], the Saviour of the world. (John 4:39-42)
True salvation has nothing to do with a geographical location, and that would include the modern day State of Israel of today. The Messiah has come, and His name is Jesus. This woman of Samaria might have been looked on with disdain in the time of Christ, and some today might think that way also, but this mattered little to Jesus the Messiah. Jesus came to seek that which was lost, and every single one of us qualifies.
As it is written, There is NONE righteous, no, NOT ONE: There is NONE that understandeth, there is NONE that seeketh after God. (Romans 3:10-11)
For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23)
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately WICKED: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
You could take the best four weeks of your life, where you thought you really measured up as to what you would deem as “good.” Then, if you squeezed those four weeks into one really good week and presented it before God, do you know what you would have? You would have nothing but rags, nothing but stinking filthy rags!
But we are all as an unclean thing, and ALL our righteousnesses are as FILTHY RAGS; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
This is the Word of God ladies and gentleman, the very same word that the Lord will use to judge each and every one of us. There is no special “Holy Land” anywhere in the world. It is your heart that the Lord is after, and He does not care where you live in the world. God offers His mercy to the person living in India as much as He offers it to the person living in Pakistan! God offers His mercy to the person living in the USA as much as He offers it to the person in Russia! God offers His mercy to the person living in Iran as much as He offers it to the person living in Israel! Listen to the words of Jesus Christ:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
WE HAVE COME TO MOUNT ZION
Do you want to know where the real “Holy Land” is? It is UP above, and it is called the “New Jerusalem!”
But ye are come unto mount Sion [ZION], and unto the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are WRITTEN IN HEAVEN, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, (Hebrews 12:22-23)
Every single true believer who has put their faith in Jesus Christ, has had their names written in Heaven, in the book of life. It is not about a piece of real estate over in the Middle East, but it about the New Jerusalem which is above.
If ye then be RISEN WITH CHRIST , seek those things which are above, where CHRIST sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with CHRIST IN GOD . When CHRIST, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)
Why should a person be concerned with an earthy Jerusalem and an earthly Israel when we have already been raised up together with Jesus Christ? The most important thing for you to do is to recognize your own need for cleansing with the BLOOD that Jesus Christ shed for you on the cross.
But God commendeth his LOVE toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US . Much more then, being now JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD , we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5:8-9)
That is where the true and living God is going to meet you. It is time to recognize the wretchedness of your own lost soul, and accept the great mercy which GOD offers you! After you have made that spiritual transaction with the Lord, then you will be able to say: “I have come unto Mt. Zion the city of the living God!” Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!
Who are the BLESSED according to the Bible? The answer is quite simple and it comes from the mouth of Jesus Christ, the creator of all things (John 1:1-3, Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 44:24)! Read it for yourselves!
When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then JESUS answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And BLESSED is he, whosoever shall NOT be OFFENDED in ME. (Luke 7:20-23)
If YOU are OFFENDED by Jesus Christ then you are surely not blessed at all. If you reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, how could you possibly enter Heaven? It is impossible! Jesus Christ declared that YOU will DIE in YOUR sins if you do NOT believe in him!
Then said JESUS again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come. Then said the JEWS, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye BELIEVE NOT that I AM he, ye shall DIE in YOUR SINS. (John 8:21-24)