The song keeps running through my head and is a beautiful lilting melody.
I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
for time won’t matter anymore.
Beulah Land, I’m longing for you
and some day on thee I’ll stand.
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah Land — Sweet Beulah Land
I’m looking now across the river
where my faith will end in sight.
There’s just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.
The lyrics need some mild adjustment, though. Isaiah tells us exactly where Beulah Land is, and a rapturous flight is not necessary unless El Al is really that good.
The Lord Takes Delight in Zion
1 “For the sake of Zion I will not be silent; for the sake of Jerusalem I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines brightly and her deliverance burns like a torch.”
2 Nations will see your vindication, and all kings your splendor. You will be called by a new name that the LORD himself will give you.
3 You will be a majestic crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal turban in the hand of your God.
4 You will no longer be called, “Abandoned,” and your land will no longer be called “Desolate.” Indeed, you will be called “My Delight is in Her,” and your land “Married.”(Beulah) For the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married to him.
The KJV renders v.4 as,
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married
In case you are slow on the uptake, Beulah Land is ISRAEL. The physical actual place. No rapture necessary. Now, Isaiah and others are speaking of the Millennial and post Millennial Kingdoms, but both will be rooted in the land promised forever to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel)!!
Scripture clearly teaches this over and over. Revelation 21, being one of the last places, says,
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Christendom’s schtick of some heaven in the sky is easily demonstrated to be utterly false, the pipe dream of antisemitic Israel-denying theologians.
Ezekiel tells us more about this Kingdom, exactly paralleling Revelation,
24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein,even they, and their children, and their children’s children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.
26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
The VERY important detail Ezekiel adds is that Torah will be the law, which, by the way, is precisely what Isaiah says,
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. note
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD
Oh, Christian, when you sing, “Beulah Land, I’m longing for you…” Do you understand what you are saying? I dare say that most do not.
Cast away the doctrines and traditions of men and begin to read your Bible as if it were actually true.
Note:from my Android while riding a bus. Editorial cleanup later. 😉