While the land of Canaan (Palestine, ancient Israel) has a gloriously majestic past and stunning heritage, culture and history in preparing the world for the first coming of Jesus, today there is nothing more “holy” about the land today than there is about Detroit, Pittsburg, Ankara, Chittagong, Kuala Lumpur, and Shanghai today… (speaking from a Biblical perspective).
It is true that a visit there (highly recommended) can truly help one appreciate the place where Jesus walked, along with its archaeology and historical remnants, and give one a real feel for the geography of the Bible. However, what makes a place holy is not its location, culture or history, but the fact that the Lord dwells there. It is written that Christ now dwells: a) in heaven seated at the right hand of God the Father, and b) in the bodies of His born-again believers worldwide through the Holy Spirit.
This “holy land” claim is brought to you by those who also espouse the dispensational premillennialist false teaching, as a way to try to continue to justify the teaching. (see also the 3rd temple false teaching).
It was true that the land of Canaan was set aside for the ancient Hebrews, in preparation for the Messiah. However, they did fully occupy the land given to them under the Abrahamic Covenant, and then were removed from the land because they were not obedient to the word of God, just as Scripture specified to them. And furthermore, there is no such thing as “holy land” anywhere on the planet after Christ was crucified on the cross!
Those who espouse such claims today are simply pursuing the political and nationalistic agendas of man – but there is no Scriptural support for the claim today. Those who cry out today “the land, the land…it’s all about the land!”, should instead be crying out “Christ, Christ, Christ…it’s all about Christ!”
The only possible spot that could be still considered holy today (or in the future) will be the spot on the Mt. of Olives where Jesus’ feet will touch done again on His return. And at His return, despite ANOTHER widely shouted false teaching of the very same “dispensational premillennium” crowd, He will not setup government and rule on earth for “1000 years” as King from Jerusalem.
No, He will do as 1 Peter 3 clearly says: The dead saints will be raised, the live saints will be caught up with them to meet Jesus in the air, and the earth and all its works will be burned up; this all occurs on the great Day of Judgment. Then Christ will give His kingdom (and all saved) to God the Father to be in heaven forevermore! Amen and Amen!