God made many promises to Israel concerning the land of Canaan He provided for them. These passages are important in understanding the restoration of Israel that came later.

ROBERT >> Good morning, and thank you for joining us on The Truth In Love. Today we continue our series on Bible prophecy and the last days, examining popular end time teachings with the Bible.

We have learned that Bible prophecy often speaks of the last days; but we learned that the last days does not refer to a time just before the end, but it began 2,000 years ago with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, and it will continue until Christ comes again. Christ will not come at the beginning of the last days, but the very last day of the last days.

We also learned that there’ll be no signs to indicate when Christ is coming. It’s not something you can wait to prepare for when you see some signs; but rather, you must always be prepared, because there are no signs of the end times. Christ will come suddenly and unexpectedly, and nobody but the Father knows when Jesus is coming again. We learned that the Bible never speaks of a secret rapture of the church, nor the rise of the antichrist in the great tribulation in the end times. No, when Jesus comes, every eye will see him, all the dead will be raised, all will be judged to go to heaven or to hell for all of eternity, and the world then will come to an end.

We learned that the battle of Armageddon is not a modern-day military holocaust in the end times, but a symbol of the utter defeat of the Roman empire, which fell under the wrath of God’s judgment for their persecution of the church many centuries ago. But today we want to take up another question: Will the nation of Israel be restored into the land of Palestine and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem in the end times? Stay tuned. I’ll be right back.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> According to some, all of the twelve tribes of Israel from every place on earth will be gathered back to Canaan land, the city of Jerusalem and the temple will be rebuilt, and its worship will be restored; and all of this they contend will begin to take place at the coming of the Lord just prior to a thousand-year reign rain on earth in the end times.

Let’s take a look at that, at least begin to look at that somewhat this morning. Let’s notice that certainly god promised Abraham and his descendants, Israel, the land of Canaan as a place for them to live, as a possession for them to inherit.

Let’s take a look all the way back at Genesis 12:1-7, where God made this covenant with Abraham long ago.

In Genesis 12 the Bible says, “Now the Lord had said to Abram, get out of your country, from your family, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, To your descendants I will give this land. And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

What a tremendous promise God made to Abraham, a many-fold promise God made to Abraham. He promised him a great nation, he promised him a great name, and he promised that through him would come a blessing to all nations. But God also promised to Abraham a great land.

And that’s what we want to focus in on today. Abraham and those of his family came into the land of Canaan; but you notice the promise was made specifically in verse 7, “To your descendants I will give this land, he said. It would not be until many years later that the descendants of Abraham would actually come to possess the land of Canaan.”

Look over in Genesis chapter 15 beginning in verse 13. Then He said to Abram, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.”

And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. “Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

And so yes, the descendants of Abraham would come into the land of Canaan, but it would be many generations to come.

In verse 18 of Genesis 15 it says,” On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates.”

And so this was a great promise, a land that extended all the way to the east to the River Euphrates.

We look a little further in the book of Exodus, Exodus 23:30-31 notice what the Bible says here about this promise. “Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land. And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you. And so the promise was made to Abraham and to his descendants.”

God would bless the descendants of Abraham with the land of Canaan. Their territory would extend all the way to the Euphrates River. But I want you to notice that this promise has already been completely fulfilled. And there are a number of passages I want you to notice in regards to this. During the time of Joshua, when Joshua brought the descendants of Abraham, the nation of Israel into the land of Canaan to conquer the enemies there, Joshua proclaimed at the end of that great contest, those great battles against the enemies of the land, that God had performed his work, that God had done everything he promised to do.

Let’s read it together in Joshua chapter 21 beginning in verse 43. “So the Lord gave to Israel all the land which of He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it.”

The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. So God was true to his word, he kept his promise, he brought them into the land, they dwelt in the land, they possessed the land, not one word which the Lord had spoken failed to come to pass.

We also see this in Joshua 23:14 where the Bible says, “Behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.

Now, I also want us to go to 2 Samuel chapter 8. In 2 Samuel chapter 8, we come to the time of King David. This was after the land had come to be possessed during the days of Joshua. When David became king, the Bible says in verse 3 of 2 Samuel 8 that, David also defeated Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his territory at the River Euphrates. We see David recovering territory all the way, as the Bible had described it before, the territory all the way to the River Euphrates. And then move a little further.

Go to 1 Kings chapter 4, where we come to the reign of David’s son, Solomon, and how that Solomon ruled over Israel, and again they possessed the land of Canaan. God’s people possessed this land all the way to the River Euphrates.

I Kings 4:21 says, “So Solomon reigned over all kingdoms from the River to the land of the Philistines, as far as the border of Egypt. They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.”

And so God again had kept his word. He had kept his promises. Not one word failed of all that God had spoken concerning Israel and the land that they were to possess.

Let’s go then to the prophet Nehemiah, Nehemiah chapter 9 and look at verse 7 and versus 8. “You are the Lord God, who chose Abram, and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans, and gave him the name Abraham; you found his heart faithful before You, and made a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it to his descendants. You have performed Your words, for you are righteous.”

In this same chapter, in Nehemiah chapter 9, verse 23 and 24 we read these words: “You also multiplied their children as the stars of heaven, and brought them into the land which You had told their fathers to go in and possess.”

So the people went in and possessed the land; You subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gave them into their hands, with their kings and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they wished. Now, it’s clear from the Old Testament that God gave this promise to Abraham and to his descendants and that that promise was completely and entirely fulfilled just as God had spoken. Not one word failed. Now, in the book of Acts in the New Testament, Stephen rehearses this history of God concerning his people and the promises that he had made to them.

Look in Acts the 7th chapter with me. In Acts chapter 7, let’s begin in verse 2. “And he said, Brethren and fathers, listen. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, and said to him, Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you. Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans, and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell. And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him.”

So let me pause here for just a moment at the end of verse 5. Stephen explains by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit here in this passage that though Abraham was promised the land of Canaan, it would actually not be given and possessed by him, but rather by his descendants. It would be through his son and their sons before God would ever fulfill this promise that he had made to Abraham.

Look at it with me here in Acts 7:17. In verse 17 it says, “But when the time of the promise drew near which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt.”

So we see then that the time for this promise to be fulfilled was not while Abraham was alive, or even his son, but many generations later when the people of Abraham, the descendants of Abraham would multiply in Egypt. And of course we remember their Egyptian bondage and how the nation multiplied there.

We go a little further in Acts chapter 7, and we look down in verse 34, and here it says, “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt. And this Moses whom they rejected, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge? is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush.”

He brought them out, after he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years. So you see, Stephen is telling us that, yes, God made a promise to Abraham, but it would be fulfilled by his descendants, and that would begin to be fulfilled when Moses would bring these descendants who had now multiplied into a great nation out of the land of Egypt.
Then look at it a little further down in 44 of Acts chapter 7. “Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen, which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of David, who found favor before God and asked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob.”

So here Stephen brings it further, after God brought them out of the land of Egypt through the hand of Moses, into the wilderness, and ultimately Joshua brought them into the land, up until the time of David, when as we’ve already read, God’s word was fulfilled completely. They came in and dwelt, they came in and possessed the entire land that God had promised to Abraham and his descendants. These passages teach us that Abraham will not be raised from the dead to possess the land, as some contend, but that it was promised to him as an inheritance for his descendants, and that not at the end times, but soon after Moses led out of Egypt, during the days of Joshua and all the way up until the days of David would these promises be fulfilled. The possession of the land by Israel, that was all fulfilled. But I want you to notice something about God’s promise concerning this land. The possession of that land by Israel was always conditioned upon their faithfulness to God. In other words, if they wanted to remain in the land, if they wanted to remain in possession of that land, they had to continue in faithfulness to God. This is emphasized over and over again in the Old Testament scriptures. And I want to look at just a few of those with you now.

Look at Numbers chapter 14. Numbers 14:27-35. Now, you might remember in this chapter, God’s people had already come into the wilderness, and they were about to enter into the promised land, but because of their unfaithfulness, because they refused to believe and trust in God, they would not go into the land. And as a result of that, God would punish them, and they would have to continue in the wilderness for many years.

Look what is said here in Numbers 14:27. God says, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. Say to them, As I live, says the Lord, just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you. The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who are numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. I the Lord have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.”

So that generation lost their inheritance of the possession of the promised land of Canaan. It would be given to the next generation whom Joshua would bring in. You see again how the possession of the land was conditioned upon faithfulness to God.

Read what Moses then said in Deuteronomy 4:25-28. Here we read, “When you beget children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land, and act corruptly and make a carved image in the form of anything, and do evil in the sight of the Lord your God to provoke Him to anger, I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess; you will not prolong your days in it, but will be utterly destroyed. And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord will drive you. And there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.”

Again, those who would come in to possess the land in time would grow corrupt, would lose their faith in God, and they would be taken from that land. Joshua said the same thing in Joshua 23:11-16. Let’s look there together. After they had come into the land, they had possessed the land, they had conquered the enemies there, he warns them.

Joshua 23:11, “Therefore take careful heed to yourselves, that you love the Lord your God. Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of these nations, these that remain among you, and make marriages with them, and go in to them and they to you, know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. But they shall be snares and traps to you, and scourges on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which the Lord your God has given you. Behold, this day, Joshua says, I am going the way of all the earth. And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed. Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all the good things have come upon you which the Lord your God promised you, so the Lord will bring upon you all harmful things, until He has destroyed you from this good land which the Lord your God has given you. When you have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed down to them, then the anger of the Lord will burn against you, and you shall perish quickly from the good land which He has given you. It should be clear from these passages and many others that, yes, the unfaithfulness of Israel would cause them to be taken from their land.”

In time, they’d be removed because of their disobedience. But didn’t God promise to return them?

Weren’t they going to come back to the land?

Weren’t they going to rebuild a temple?

Next week, Lord willing, we’ll look further at what the Bible has to say about the restoration of Israel to the land and the rebuilding of their temple.

In the meantime, let us all realize that God has a greater promised land for us if we’ll be faithful to him. And we hope that you’ll let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards that heavenly land today.

SINGING>> On Zion’s glorious summit stood
a numerous host redeemed by blood.
They hymned their king in strains divine.
I heard the song and strove to join.
I heard the song and strove to join.
While everlasting ages roll, eternal love shall feast their soul.
And scenes of bliss forever new rise in succession to their view.
Rise in succession to their view.
Holy, holy, holy Lord.
God of hosts on high adored.
Who like me thy praise should sing,
oh Almighty king?
Holy, holy, holy Lord.
God of hosts on high adored.
Holy, holy, holy.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary,
when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory,
of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall.
Sing to me of heaven,
sing the sweetest song of all.

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