the Promised Land
by Joseph Chambers
There is no place on earth both
loved and hated as is the city of Jerusalem and the surrounding land promised to
Abraham. The present "State of
Israel" is a small part of the final geography that will constitute its
completed territory. Jehovah God
made an undisputed covenant to Abraham and gave him the basic perimeters of his
final inheritance. The Jewish
people, Abraham's seed, will soon take full possession. Jesus Christ will be seated on the
re-established "Throne of David" and the glory and riches of the world will flow
into this "World Capital."
From this golden city there will be
established a righteous theocracy to ensure justice, equality, and mercy on a
worldwide scale. Men have dreamed
of a one-world government ruled by man.
This dream has always been the antithesis of God's future design. The rebuilt city of Babylon will be the
last challenge to Jerusalem as the capital of a worldwide government. These two cities are the exact
opposites. Jerusalem is the center
of all spiritual revelation while Babylon is the springboard of every hateful
and evil spirit.
Jerusalem, The Joy Of The Whole Earth
While Abraham was still a wandering
Bedouin, only recently having arrived from the land of heathens, Jerusalem had a
king/priest named Melchizedek. He
was called King of Salem, Priest of the Most High God, King of Righteousness,
and King of Peace. (Hebrews
7:1-28) God had already chosen the
city and its king and priest was described in language befitting a God. In fact, Jesus Christ, God's eternal
Son, was made a priest after the order of Melchizedek, not after the order of
Aaron. Very simply, Melchizedek
predated Aaron and was of a spiritual order too expansive to describe in this
article. It is clear that the
Father Himself had chosen this city.
"But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there." (II Chronicles 6:6a).
The children of Israel were the
chosen heir of Abraham and established Jerusalem as their capital under David,
their second king. The Jebusites
had made this city a military stronghold cleverly defended by a strong wall and
situated on a hill surrounded by a continuous valley.
(II Samuel 5:6-9). In what appeared to be a military
victory without firing an arrow, David took the city and renamed it "The City of
David." They immediately brought
the "Ark of the Covenant" to King David's new capital with great
celebration. God's presence was now
in the chosen city and it was cause for great joy. Note the celebration and holiness this
"And David arose, and went with all
the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the
ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth
between the cherubims." "And David
and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments
made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on
cornets, and on cymbals. And when
they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of
God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the LORD was kindled
against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the
ark of God. And David was
displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the
name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of
the LORD come to me?" "And it was
told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all
that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought
up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with
gladness. And it was so, that when
they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and
fatlings. And David danced before
the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel
brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the
trumpet. And as the ark of the LORD
came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and
saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her
heart." (II Samuel
Jesus was born in a small hamlet
called Bethlehem just a few miles away.
Jerusalem was the central city of His life. He was condemned and scourged in the
city of His earlier arrest. Final
death by crucifixion and burial were immediately outside the walls. He ascended to heaven from a mount
overlooking the city and He will return to that same place, called the Mount of
Olives. This golden city will be
the location of His residence palace and government headquarters. While Jerusalem has been God's chosen
city with His name clearly associated in its rise and fall, now the city will
see the glory, which the great God intended. Human minds cannot envision the riches,
grandeur, and indescribable glory that will be its fortune. Only the New Jerusalem coming down from
God out of Heaven will eclipse its magnitude and splendor. In fact, I believe these two cities will
be connected and serve to enhance each other. New Jerusalem will probably be suspended
in the heavens above the earthly city and become the light overarching it as the
fiery cloud did for camping Israel in the wilderness.
Before arriving in Jerusalem, the
returning Son of God will defeat the Antichrist in a glorious display of His
position as "Lord of Host."
Zechariah describes His arrival at Jerusalem. "And his feet shall stand in that day
upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount
of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west,
and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove
toward the north, and half of it toward the south." "And it shall be in that day, that
living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea,
and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it
be. And the LORD shall be king over
all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. All the land shall be turned as a plain
from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited
in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the
corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses. And men shall dwell in it, and there
shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely
inhabited." (Zechariah 14:4,
The city will be greatly expanded
as the topographical outlay is completely altered. Zechariah's description points clearly
to the mountains moving in a northern and southern direction while the Mount of
Olives moves in both of the opposite directions of east and west. The cleavage of the Mount of Olives will
unleash a living fountain of waters that will flow from the great city toward
the Dead Sea on the east and the Mediterranean Sea on the west. These waters actually flow from the
Mount of Olives and through the temple altar or from the temple altar through
the Mount of Olives and then east and west. As they flow east to the Dead Sea,
Ezekiel tells of the healing of this body of water and of all the deserts in the
eastern direction. It will do the
same to the deserts on all sides of Jerusalem. "Then said he unto me, These waters
issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the
sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that every
thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall
live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters
shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither
the river cometh." (Ezekiel
This will create a great lush
valley ("And there shall be a very great valley." [Zechariah 14:4]), which will change
much of the landscape from mountainous terrain to a prosperous garden-like
environment. Isaiah spoke of this
grand day, "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and
the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice
even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the
excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the
excellency of our God." (Isaiah
35:1-2). The Garden of Eden was cut
off because of Adam's sin. Now it
is recreated and Jerusalem is its new center.
Ezekiel describes the extent of the
city's new boundaries. "And over
against the border of the priests the Levites shall have five and twenty
thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth: all the length shall be five
and twenty thousand, and the breadth ten thousand. And they shall not sell of it, neither
exchange, nor alienate the firstfruits of the land: for it is holy unto the
LORD. And the five thousand,
that are left in the breadth over against the five and twenty thousand, shall be
a profane place for the city, for dwelling, and for suburbs: and the city shall
be in the midst thereof. And these
shall be the measures thereof; the north side four thousand and five hundred,
and the south side four thousand and five hundred, and on the east side four
thousand and five hundred, and the west side four thousand and five
hundred. And the suburbs of the
city shall be toward the north two hundred and fifty, and toward the south two
hundred and fifty, and toward the east two hundred and fifty, and toward the
west two hundred and fifty. And the
residue in length over against the oblation of the holy portion shall be ten
thousand eastward, and ten thousand westward: and it shall be over against the
oblation of the holy portion; and the increase thereof shall be for food unto
them that serve the city. And they
that serve the city shall serve it out of all the tribes of Israel." (Ezekiel 48:13-19).
The city will be approximately
sixty miles square with a twelve mile square inner city allowing a twenty-four
mile perimeter on all four sides.
This will stretch almost the entire distance from the Dead Sea to the
Mediterranean Sea. Many parts of
the country are already becoming a garden, but not to compare with its
The Psalmist David could see the
future glory of his capital city and sung of that day in Psalm 48:1-3. "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be
praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the
whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great
King. God is known in her palaces
for a refuge." David even
details the hatred kings would feel in envy for this city. "For, lo, the kings were assembled, they
passed by together. They saw it,
and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away. Fear took hold upon them there, and
pain, as of a woman in travail."
(Psalm 48:4-6). He also
spoke of the city's eternal presence as the enduring city forever. "As we have heard, so have we seen in
the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for
ever. Selah." (Psalm 48:8).
Jerusalem, as it now exists, shall
be attacked by the Antichrist, her temple desecrated by his false religion, and
her palace partially destroyed; but, immediately, upon the triumph of the
Messiah, she shall start her rise to greatness. The previous mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy
Kollek, stated that he had the
greatest task in the world: to prepare Jerusalem for the Messiah. I believe this is the generation that
will witness the final events that lead to the Millennium Kingdom of the Son of
God, Jesus Christ, and His rulership in this "Eternal City." One can almost hear the words of Isaiah
as they near fulfillment. "Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O
Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth
there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean." (Isaiah 52:1). Ezekiel prophesies of Jerusalem,
""and the name of the city from that day shall be, (Jehovah Shammah) The Lord
is there." (Ezekiel 48:35).
The Promise Land Stretching
The great city of Jerusalem will be
the capital of all the territory promised to Abraham. Its boundaries will eliminate several
existing nations and finally experience peace with the two nations left on her
borders. Assyria and Egypt will be
her northern and southern allies, while the heirs of promise inhabit the rest of
the geographical region between the two.
The God that cannot lie has given His Word.
This is the promise as given to
Abraham. "In the same day the
LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land,
from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the
Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the
Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites." (Genesis 15:18-21).
Not only did Abraham receive this
great assurance of his inheritance, but also it was given with the cutting of a
covenant unique to this promise. A
great Biblical scholar, G.H. Pember details this covenant experience in
then, to the command of God, Abraham brought the prescribed animals, and
proceeded to divide the beasts, laying each half opposite to that which
corresponded with it.
"The birds he did
not divide, being thus in accord with the later Mosaic ritual, but probably
placed one on either side. And so,
having completed his preparations, he waited for the arrival of the Other Party
to the covenant, being watchful in the meanwhile to drive off the birds of prey
that flew down upon the carcasses.
"Now, when God
had called him out of the tent, the stars were shining: at least, therefore, the
time must have been very early morning.
Hence the patriarch seems to have waited and watched during the whole of
the long day, and still his faith was tried; for God did not yet appear to
confirm the covenant. Just,
however, as the sun was about to set, a deep sleep fell upon him, in which he
experienced terror and great darkness.
Then, the gloom was pierced by the voice of God, and Abraham heard words
by no means out of harmony with his direful circumstances, though ending in
strains of far distant hope.
"The sun had gone
down, and Abraham seems to have awakened to a consciousness of his
surroundings. It was dark, and he
saw moving towards the carcasses an appearance in shape like to a cylindrical
furnace, from which smoke was issuing, and a fiery flame streamed forth. It was the sign of God's presence,
corresponding to the pillar of cloud and fire by which He subsequently
manifested Himself to Israel. In
this form He passed between the pieces; but Abraham was not invited to follow
Him. The reason of this departure
from ordinary custom seems to lie in the fact that the covenant, which God was
about to establish, involved an absolute promise, the fulfillment of which did
not depend upon conditions to be required of Abraham.
"After the Lord
had thus passed between the pieces, He defined, in the plainest and most
unmistakable terms, the extent of the territory which He had reserved for the
children of Abraham. "Unto thy
seed" He said, "have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great
river, the river Euphrates: The
Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the
Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the
Girgashites, and the Jebusites."
"Such then, is
the memorable promise in which the boundaries of the land of Israel were
defined, and its full extent made known.
As we have before remarked, it was given without any conditions:
consequently, no possible circumstances can prevent its ultimate
fulfillment." (The Great
Prophecies of the Centuries Concerning Israel and the Gentiles, G.H. Pember,
M.A., original publisher, Hodder and Stoughton, London, England, 1909, pp.
The extent of the boundaries was
set in unmistakable terms. Israel
was to drive out all its inhabitants and inherit this entire territory when she
returned from bondage in Egypt.
Instead, she bargained with her neighbor, started serving their gods,
intermarried with the heathens, and, finally, ended in destruction and rejection
by God. Nothing that has happened
in the 3,000 plus years since Abraham heard from God has annulled God's
faithfulness. Israel will be
chastened and scourged until her heart is humbled and then the Messiah will
come. "Then shall ye remember
your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall lothe
yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your
36:31). That day is fast
Several additional Scriptures will
help define the land expanse involved in these promises. "From the wilderness and this Lebanon
even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites,
and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your
coast." (Joshua 1:4). "Every place whereon the soles of
your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the
river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast
be." (Deuteronomy 11:24)
We can clearly define several
areas: the wilderness (Arabia, present Saudi Arabia, and several small Arab
nations), Lebanon (controlled by Syria), to the river Euphrates (the portion of
Iraq west of the Euphrates river), land of the Hittites (described below) with
the Mediterranean Sea for the western boundary. "All the land of the Hittites" includes
a large portion of eastern and southern Turkey and all of Syria is included in
this promise. Other areas are
described in the text from Genesis 15:18-21. "From the river Egypt" is believed to
represent the area from the north end of the Gulf of Suez going in a
northwestern direction toward the Mediterranean Sea. It appears that the whole of the Sinai
Desert and all of Jordan will belong to the Promise Land. The tribes of the Canaanites, all of
which lived in Palestine were dispossessed, either partially or entirely by
Joshua and no longer exist in any natural form. This presents a fairly clear picture of
the future possession of Israel.
With the Mediterranean Sea as a western border, the southern lines of the
Sinai and Arabian Desert as the southern border and going north along the
Persian Gulf and the Euphrates River to embrace at least the southwestern half
of Turkey from the Euphrates River to the regions running north of Syria and
Lebanon and then ending again at the coast of the Great Sea. For Israel to speak of this kind of
territorial design would be an act of war.
Yet, God's promises that cannot fail are unquestionable in declaring
Abraham's seed as the rightful heirs.
There are some areas of this
territory that are to be judged and uninhabited at least until God creates a New
Heaven and a New Earth and the former things are forever vanquished. I believe that the New Creation begins
at the start of the Millennium and will continue until all things are made new,
and God the Father, Himself, dwells with men in the New Jerusalem. It will all be final by the end of one
thousand years when the Bridal City descends from God to dwell among men. As the millennium kingdom is
established, righteousness, and prosperity will fill the whole earth beginning
in the new, greatly enlarged "State of Israel."
Jewish People to Return
After the Millennium Begins
Immediately after the return of
Jesus Christ to end the Battle of Armageddon and to inaugurate His kingdom,
there will be an influx of Jewish descendants from every corner of the
globe. The return of the children
of Abraham has begun, but is only a trickle compared to the future. The following prophecy given by Isaiah
is clearly dated after the beginning of the "thousand years of Christ's
reign." A remnant is going home at
present, but the entire seed of promise is soon to follow. "And in that day there shall be a
root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the
Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. And it shall come to pass in that day,
that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of
his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros,
and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the
islands of the sea. And he shall
set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and
gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. The envy also of Ephraim shall depart,
and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and
Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But
they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall
spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab;
and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and
with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it
in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. And there shall be an highway for the
remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to
Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt." (Isaiah 11:10-16).
The multiplied city of Jerusalem
and enlarged "State of Israel" will easily incorporate millions of Jewish
citizens. The people of Israel
represent a level of expertise and brainpower unknown in any culture on
earth. This intellectual and
creative ability will be mightily enhanced by the spiritual transformation of
serving the Glorified Messiah and now their new king, Jesus Christ. The glory that King David and Solomon
dreamed about will be a stark reality as wealthy Jews bring all their riches to
the "Land of Promise." No longer
will they be required to leave their accumulated possessions in the country from
which they immigrate. It will now
serve to increase the wealth of the "Zion of God."
Information is now surfacing that
there are millions more Jewish people in many countries of the world than
previously believed. Debate has
raged for decades over the ten tribes (Israel) that were deported into the
Assyrian kingdom before the destruction of Jerusalem (Judah) and the deportation
of its inhabitants to Babylon. I"m
not an authority on this subject, but I do believe millions will respond to the
call when the Millennium kingdom is established. Isaiah clearly distinguished between the
two groups with his prophecy. He
said, "and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the
dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." (Isaiah 11:12b). He called Israel "the outcast;" that
could refer to their rejection even by the present "State of Israel." All of that will change when the Messiah
is seated on the Throne of David.
Israel to Possess
Inhabitants of Babylon as Slaves
Citizens of Israel will not only be
wealthy, they will possess the heathens for an inheritance. It will be a Godly rule of justice and
fairness, but they will be their servants.
Isaiah spoke of this day when Babylon would be destroyed as Sodom and
Gomorrah. His words are as
follows, "For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel,
and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and
they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the
house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and
handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they
shall rule over their oppressors.
And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest
from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast
made to serve, That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon,
and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The LORD hath broken the staff of the
wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.
He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled
the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth. The whole earth is at rest, and is
quiet: they break forth into singing."
The Psalmist David saw this same
reality in his prophetic utterances.
He ties this historic future to the time when the King would set upon the
holy hill of Zion. "Yet have I
set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son;
this day have I begotten thee. Ask
of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the
uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of
iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." (Psalm 2:6-9).
Our twentieth century minds cannot
grasp this kind of thinking. We
forget that God is just and all of us will reap exactly what we sow. Not only do individuals reap the fruit
of their labor, but families and nations also answer for the corporate action of
their past. The Tribulation Period
will purge the earth of its wickedness, but those who survive this holocaust
will be judged by their individual and corporate treatment of the Jewish
nation. Their lot in the millennium
will be decided by their action during Israel"s darkest period of all
history. Remember, these are
natural people who manage to survive the "Seven Year of Tribulation." Three classes of people will share the
millennium kingdom: the Jewish nation, the glorified saints, and the natural
people. Israelis will rule the new
State of Israel, the saints will rule the rest of the world and the natural
people will serve both.
Assyria and Egypt to be
Partners with Israel
The promise land will stretch from
Egypt on the south to Assyria on the north and east. The heirs of Isaac and Jacob will
possess everything between these two nations. The Moabites, Ammonites (parts of Modern
Jordan), and Edomites will share the land given to them, but Israel will rule
over them. A partnership will
develop between Israel, Egypt, and Assyria that will give them control of the
entire Middle East. Peace will
finally come to this "Hotspot of the World."
Isaiah gave specific prophecy of
this day. "The burden of Egypt.
Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the
idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt
in the midst of it." "And the
Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king
shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts." "In that day shall Egypt be like unto
women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the
LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it.
And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh
mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD
of hosts, which he hath determined against it." "In that day shall there be an altar to
the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof
to the LORD. And it shall be for a
sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they
shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a
saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. And the LORD shall be known to Egypt,
and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and
oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it. And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall
smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be
intreated of them, and shall heal them.
In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the
Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians
shall serve with the Assyrians. In
that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing
in the midst of the land: Whom the
LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the
work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance." (Isaiah 19:1, 4, 16-17, 19-25).
Prophecies of this magnitude always
overwhelm me. When I was in Egypt
in February 1990, my heart melted at the depression hanging like a cloud. When I arrived at my hotel the first
night, after a day of sightseeing and research, the Holy Spirit miraculously led
me to these verses. Suddenly, the
hope of my Messiah's (Jesus Christ's) coming was more than escape. It was renewal, re-creation, and glory
for every part of God's earth, including Egypt.
These verses show that after Egypt
and Assyria are judged, God will renew both and make them the followers and
worshippers of the King of Israel.
They will share with Israel the blessings of the eternal kingdom. Israel will be a blessing in the midst
of Egypt and Assyria. Egypt He
called "His people," Assyria He called "the work of His hands," and Israel He
called "Mine inheritance." Assyria
and Egypt will be possessed by Israel"s King and not by Israel as a nation. It will be a unique partnership for
The New Center of
Jerusalem, the Golden City, and
the Nation of Israel will be the center of God's new world. Its King will be the triumphant one who
trod the winepress of God's wrath at Calvary and earned the right to rule. The old center of creation was Eden and
the land of Shinar (Sumer). The
people forfeited their position and God called a new nation by Abraham. Jerusalem took the place of Eden or
Babylon before Abraham arrived in the land. Finally, after centuries of human
failure, the promise will be final.
The promise land will become the "center of God's New World." For one thousand years it will be
perfectly ruled by the King of Kings.
The followers of the Second Adam will enjoy what God designed for the
First Adam. "And they shall say,
This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and
desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round
about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that
that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it. (Ezekiel 36:35-36).
It does not end with the millennium
kingdom. That's only the prelude to
an eternity in the presence of God.
The "Earthly Jerusalem" and "New Jerusalem" coming down from God out of
heaven will be the focus of God's entire cosmos. The Father, Himself, will be with us for
eternity. We will enjoy a "New
Heaven" and a "New Earth." The
glory of God and of the Lamb will enlighten and fill the sinless eternal
existence of mankind.
"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." "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." "And I saw
no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of
it. And the city had no need of the
sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it,
and the Lamb is the light thereof."
(Revelation 21:1, 3, 22-23).
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