Bible passage: Genesis 35:9-12
Written: As early as 1400 BC
In Genesis 35:9-12, Jacob is given a prophecy that his descendants would inherit the land of Israel. Jacob was the grandson of Abraham and was the father of the 12 Tribes of Israel. The prophecy was fulfilled when his descendants claimed the land of Israel as their country in about 1400 BC (about 3400 years ago).
Israel was later conquered by other nations and the people were forced into exiled. Many Jews returned during the past two centuries and re-established independence for a modern state of Israel in 1948.
- Research and commentary is based on the book 100 Fulfilled Bible Prophecies. © Ray Konig and AboutBibleProphecy.com.
Here is Genesis 35:9-12:
9 After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him.
10 God said to him, "Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel. " So he named him Israel.
11 And God said to him, "I am God Almighty ; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body.
12 The land I gave to Abraham and Isaac I also give to you, and I will give this land to your descendants after you."
NIV Footnotes:  That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verse 26
 Jacob means he grasps the heel (figuratively, he deceives).
 Israel means he struggles with God.
 Hebrew El-Shaddai
(New International Version translation)