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2.4.02.09 Zion - The Promised Land 
(Heaven On Earth)

Introduction
The Hymn - Songs of Zion
The promised land
Modern use
Zionism
Anti-slavery
Ugaritic texts and the Bible

 Introduction

Abraham was a man that grew up in Ur. The city had declined as the the land rose removing it as an ocean port. The maps show how the shore line had receded.

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Ancient sea trade created harbor cities like Ur.

With affluence in the upper classes came wet nurses and hirelings for raising children. This is where sociopaths came from to setup priesthoods that worship the things that moved in the sky!

Comparing this map with the one above you can see how Ur was a sea port when the megalithic culture was sailing the ocean with knowledge of the stars for navigation. 

With the knowledge that the stars revolved around a central point in the North Pole, the concept of power was attributed to that point but the point was invisible. This gave rise to the concept of unseen power.  This in turn gave rise to the label of Most High Unseen God. 

Abraham moved north from Ur to Haran where they worshiped idols (seen gods) and sacrificed unwanted children to them as a gift to the god or gods.

Abraham was a friend of the Most High Unseen God and was uncomfortable living among the idol worshipers. His Most High Friend told him that he would give him a better country (Zion). Also, Abraham's Most High Friend told him not to do human sacrifice (Isaac) but to sacrifice an animal and then eat it after roasting with the smoke going to his Most High Friend!

This was the formal foundation for new type of culture in human development. The culture was founded on the old principal that the man was lord over his family with ownership of property and three new principles 1) the Most High Unseen God, 2) no human sacrifice and 3) sacrificing animals and eating them.


  Songs Of Zion


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FINGER POST No. 11

 The Promised Land

THE land promised in the Bible is a real and substantial part of this earth, a place for living men and women; and inheritance in it belongs to the future. It has no connection with the cloudy region sometimes referred to in hymns which speak of the dead as "safe in the Promised Land". It has none-the-less a very close connection with the hope of future life, as a later leaflet in this series will show more fully.

1. The promised land is the land that was Promised.

This very obvious statement emphasizes that the words of Scripture mean what they say, and opens the way for asking to whom the promises were made and what was promised.

2. The promises were made to Abrham and his seed.

"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made" (Gal. 3:16).

3. The land Promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for an everlasting possession was the land of Palestine and adjoining territories.

"And the Lord said unto Abram ... Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever" (Gen. 13:14-15). "I will give to thee (Abraham) and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession" (Gen. 17:8). "Unto thee (Isaac) and unto thy seed will I give all these countries" (Gen. 26:3). "The land whereon thou (Jacob) liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed" (Gen. 28:13). "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise" (Heb. 11:8).

4. The seed associated with Abraham in the Promise of the land was Christ and all who are adopted into him and covered by his name.

"He saith not, And to seeds, as of many: but as of one, And to thy seed, WHICH IS CHRIST. . . For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ ... and if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:16-17, 27, 29).

5. The Promise was not fulfilled in the lifetime of Abraham, Isaac or Jacob.

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having SEEN THEM AFAR OFF" (Heb. 11:13). "God gave Abraham none inheritance in the land, no, not so much as to set his foot on" (Acts 7:5). "I (Abraham) am a stranger and a sojourner with you; give me a possession of a burying place" (Gen. 23:4).

6. The occupation of the land by the descendants of Abraham under the law of Moses was not a fulfilment of the promise made concerning Abraham and Christ.

"The promise that he (Abraham) should be THE HEIR OF THE WORLD was not to Abraham or his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith" (Rom. 4 :13-14). "If the inheritance be of the law it is no more of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise" (Gal. 3:18).

7. The fulfilment of the Promises made to the fathers is spoken of in the Scriptures as future.

"Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old" (Micah 7:20). "To perform the mercy promised to our fathers ... the oath which he sware to our father Abraham" (Luke 1:72, 73). "My covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I WILL REMEMBER THE LAND" (Lev. 26:42). "Jesus Christ was a minister ... to confirm the promises made unto the fathers" (Rom. 15:8).

8. The fathers to whom the Promises were made have a prominent place in the pictures which the Bible gives of the Kingdom of God, and the Holy Land is shown to be the solid basis of the hope for the future.

"Ye shall see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the Kingdom of God" (Luke 13:28, 29). "The Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion". "The kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem (Micah 4:7, 8). "The Lord of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously" (Isa. 24:23). "At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart" (Jer. 3:17). "The Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married" (Isa. 62:4). "They shall build the old wastes ... they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations" (Isa. 61:4). "He shall swallow up death in victory ... In that day shall this song be sung IN THE LAND OF JUDAH" (Isa. 25:8; 26:1).

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zion (Hebrew: צִיּוֹן; transliterated Zion or Sion) is a term that most often designates the Land of Israel and its capital, Jerusalem. The word is found in texts dating back almost three millennia. It commonly referred to a specific mountain near Jerusalem (Mount Zion), on which stood a Jebusite fortress of the same name that was conquered by David and was named the City of David.

The term Zion came to designate the area of Jerusalem where the fortress stood, and later became a metonym for Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem, the city of Jerusalem and the entire Promised Land to come, in which, according to the Hebrew Bible, God dwells among his chosen people.

 Modern use

The name Zion appears 154 times in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). Some examples from the book of Psalms, which have been frequently recited and memorized by Jews for centuries, state:

 Zionism


A World War I recruitment poster. The Daughter of Zion (representing the Hebrew people): Your Old New Land must have you! Join the Jewish regiment. Main article: Zionism

The term "Zionism" coined by Austrian Nathan Birnbaum, was derived from the German rendering of Tzion in his journal Selbstemanzipation (Self Emancipation) in 1890.[13] Zionism as a political movement started in 1897 and supported a 'national home', and later a state, for the Jewish people in Palestine. The Zionist movement declared the re-establishment of its State of Israel in 1948, following the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine. Since then and with varying ideologies, Zionists have focused on developing and protecting this state.

While Zionism is based in part upon Torah mitzvot linking the Jewish people to the Biblical land of Israel, the modern movement is largely secular. Indeed, until 1967 the Tzion of the Tanakh (the Old City of Jerusalem) was not even within the boundaries of Israel (although Mount Zion itself, was).

In 2005, Ralph Uwazuruike from Nigeria pushed for the creation of the already disputed state of Biafra for the Igbo people. He approached the Israeli government to support this movement on the basis that Israel is the long lost home of the Igbos.

 

 Anti-slavery

The Jewish longing for Zion, starting with the deportation and enslavement of Jews during the Babylonian captivity, was adopted as a metaphor by Christian Black slaves in the United States, and after the Civil War by blacks who were still oppressed. Thus, Zion symbolizes a longing by wandering peoples for a safe homeland. This could be an actual place such as Ethiopia for Rastafarians or Israel for some of the Igbos in Nigeria for example. For others, it has taken on a more spiritual meaning—a safe spiritual homeland, like in heaven, or a kind of peace of mind in one's present life.

 

   Ugaritic texts and the Bible

In texts uncovered at Ugarit, references to "Zephon" (Tsephon) have been identified with the Syrian mountain Jebel Aqra. In these texts, the mountain is the holy place of the gods, where the god known as the "Lord" reigns over the divine assembly. The word "Zephon" is a common Semitic word for "North", and some[who?] have considered it to be possibly cognate with the Hebrew name Zion (Tsiyyon). Psalm 48:2 mentions both terms together: "...Har-Tsiyyon yarktey Tsafon..." ("Mount Zion on the Northern side"), usually taken to refer to the north side of Mount Zion, not necessarily indicating that Zion is found to the North.

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