The Promised Land: Between the Cross and the Kingdom


The exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt (late to mid- 15th century BC) is recognized by most students of the Bible to parallel the cross of Christ in the new covenant.

We recognize that the exodus from the slavery and bondage to a sinful and idolatrous nation was the type / foreshadow of the exodus under Christ in the new covenant from the slavery and bondage to death and sin under the law of Moses.  There are many studies on the parallels of Moses to Christ, and of the release from slavery and from sin.

But, for some reason the comparisons of the two events seem to stop at the cross of Christ.  The reason may be due to the confusion over the dates of the books of the New Testament, especially that of Revelation. (See additional resource below.)

Many people do not recognize the parallels of the wandering in the wilderness and that of the entry to the promised land.

At Mount Sinai, God told Moses to ask the people if they would agree to be His people and live according to His commandments.  The children of Israel agreed, and said they would do all He commanded (Ex. 19:5-8).  This was a bi-lateral agreement, with election of both parties to the agreement; the party of the first part – YHWH , the offer,  and the party of the second part – the people, collectively Israel, the acceptance.

Once the agreement was made, God gave His commandments to Moses.  But, the children of Israel set about to break the agreement before the commandments were even brought to them.  They continually went against God, and refused to trust in Him.

Even though they had first-hand knowledge of His power, even though they had seen the miracles of the plagues brought against Egypt and had crossed over the Red Sea between the walls of water (Ex. 14:21, 29), they were too immersed in the welfare dependent state of slavery to believe fully in Him.

The Holy Spirit recorded that the first generation of the exodus were not allowed to enter the promised land because of their unbelief (Heb 3:16-19).  They had been steeped in a welfare mentality, and had been made dependent upon their masters’ benevolence for food and shelter.

They did not know God.  They did not trust in God.  We cannot trust anything or anyone we do not know.

This is exactly the same situation with today’s welfare recipients who depend upon our government.  The government has stepped in front of God and has become their “benevolent” provider.  The knowledge of God through His word (the Bible) has been all but removed from the education of the people, and from their consciousness.

After being convinced to take money from the government, the dependents then adjust their living conditions to enable that welfare to continue. The government’s commands (laws / regulations) become necessary to keep that welfare.   The government’s commands are then foremost in their minds; in effect, replacing God in their minds and hearts.  If any of the government’s commands counter those of God’s commands, whose will they obey?  Whose servants will they be? (Matt. 6:24)

This dependence upon someone other than God was / is the basic form of idolatry.

That was the state of mind of the adults who were the former slaves of Pharaoh.  Their unbelief was the reason that the tribes of Israel wandered in the desert wilderness for 40 years (Num. 14:33; 32:13; Josh. 5:6).

We know from our study of the Old Testament that God has certain patterns that He followed.  We know that Moses was a type of Christ (Deu.18:15; John 1:17).

We know that Pharaoh ordered the death of every son born to the Hebrew women (Ex. 1:22), and that Herod ordered the slaughter of all the children in Bethlehem of two years and under (Matt. 2:16).

We know that Christ is our Passover lamb (1 Cor. 5:7), taking the place of the lamb that was slain in the exodus to mark the houses that were protected from the angel of death during the last plague of Egypt (Ex. 12:11, 21, 27)

We know that for 40 years God fed the company in the wilderness, providing them with manna from heaven – the corn of heaven (Psa. 78:24).

Deu. 8:3, “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.”  (KJV)

We know that Christ is now our bread (manna) of spiritual life.

John 6:57-58,  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.”  (KJV)

We know that God provided them with water from the rock which Moses struck (Ex. 17:6, Num. 20:8-11; Isa. 48:21).  We know that Christ, our Rock (Deu. 32:4; 2 Sam. 22:2), is the source of the living waters of heaven.

John 7:37-38, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”  (KJV)

With these and many more examples we have a firm basis to rely upon the complete parallel of the heavenly / spiritual exodus from sin and death under the gospel of Christ, which is the anti-type to the earthly / carnal exodus Moses led from Egypt.

The children of Israel were promised a land of milk and honey (Ex. 3:8). Their promised land was the earthly land of Canaan.

What was the promised land given to the disciples of Christ, the first century AD congregation, the Christians?  Wasn’t it the heavenly kingdom of God?

John the baptizer preached that the kingdom was at hand (Matt. 2:3).  Christ began His ministry preaching that the time was come (fulfilled) and the kingdom was at hand (Matt. 4:17; Mark 1:15).  Christ continually taught the people about the heavenly kingdom all throughout His ministry, providing many parables describing the kingdom, and entry into it.  Almost every page of the gospels speak of the kingdom of heaven.

The heavenly kingdom of God is that promised land which is the anti-type of the earthly promised land of Canaan of the old covenant congregation.

There are two before and after pictures that we should keep in mind when reading the books and letters of the New Testament.  One that we already know is the Cross of Christ.  We are familiar with the studies of before the cross, and after the cross.

But, there is another before and after picture in the new covenant: before the heavenly kingdom, and after the heavenly kingdom.

The before picture of the wilderness exodus involved a 40 year wandering before they could enter the promised land.   It involved maturing into a knowledge of God’s commandments, and growing to trust in Him.  After the older generation had died off in the wilderness, the younger generation which had witnessed all of the miracles Moses performed, and had learned to rely upon God were able to trust in God.

Just as before, those today who trust in, who have faith in God are the ones allowed to enter the promised land. (Rom. 1:17; 3:25-30; 4:5-20; 5:1-2;11:20; Gal. 2:16-20; 3:7-9; etc.)

The number 40 was used by God as a proving time, a testing time, a time for chastisement, and a time of maturing.  There are several studies on the number 40 as used in the scriptures.  (See sources below.)

The first exodus was a physical removal from physical slavery to a physical promised land.  The second exodus under Christ is a spiritual removal from spiritual slavery to a spiritual promised land.

Before the cross, John called the people to repentance immersing (baptizing) in water to prepare the way for the Messiah, and stating the kingdom was at hand.  Christ came, was manifested on earth bringing the promise of release from bondage and slavery of sin.  His death on the cross paid for all of the sins of the world, and fulfilled – filled up, completed – the old covenant laws.

The law was changed after the cross (Heb. 7:12).  But, the promise of a new kingdom, the promised land that was still at hand after the crucifixion, had not yet been fully realized.  Just as the promised land of the Israelites in the wilderness was not an immediate reality, the kingdom of God in the new covenant had to wait.

The 40 year proving and maturing time of the exodus wilderness is also seen in the new covenant under the gospel of Christ, and defines the end time of which Christ and the apostles so often spoke (Matt. 24:6; Matt. 28:20; 1 Cor. 10:11; 1 Pet. 4:7).

Just as the children of Israel entered the promised land of Canaan 40 years after the exodus, we can know that the first century AD Christians would receive their promised land, the kingdom of Christ, 40 years after the exodus of Christ, the cross of Christ.

For forty years after the crucifixion of Christ, from about 31 AD to 70 AD, the people had to learn of the new law, the gospel of Christ. They had to grow to depend upon Christ, and mature with the knowledge of the gospel of Christ.

The gospel of Christ had to be preached throughout all of the world (Matt. 10:6-7; Col. 1:23) for the knowledge of the unity of faith (Eph. 4:13) so that the people could learn to trust in God, to put their full faith and dependence upon Him, just as those of the younger generation of the exodus from Egypt had to learn.  (See previous post, “It’s Not The End of The World, Part X”)

Once that maturity and learning period was fully complete, then Christ came back with His kingdom to judge those who had crucified Him, rejected His sacrifice, and persecuted His church.  His judgment was swift.  It was not delayed.  He certainly was not going to wait 2,000 years to do so.

Just as the judgment of the wicked of the land of Canaan was simultaneous with Israel’s entry into the promised land, so Christ’s judgment of the wicked who had crucified Him was simultaneous with the full establishment of His heavenly kingdom, His spiritual promised land.

Christ had told them that His second appearance to that generation (Heb 9:28) would be:

1) for judgment – Matt. 13:37-42; 22:1-14; 23:33-39; 25:31-46; 26:64,

2) in glory – Matt. 16:27; 24:30; 25:31; Mark 8:38; 13:26; Luke 21:27, and

3) with the kingdom – Matt. 4:17; 10:7; 16:28; Mark 1:15; 9:1; Luke 9:27.

That judgment would destroy the temple in Jerusalem (Matt. 24:1-2) to completely remove the old sacrificial system. That was the end times spoken of in the New Testament books. It was the end of the Jewish world as they knew it.

It was the end of the old covenant, and the end of the animal sacrifices which became profane after Christ’s death on the cross.

Before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, the people were still looking forward to, patiently enduring, and waiting for the promise of His kingdom (Rom. 8:23-26; 1 Cor. 1:7; 2 Thess. 3:5).

That is why all of the books of the NT were still speaking in a future tense voice.  The kingdom had not yet been established when the books were written, and while the temple was still being used by the synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:9; 3:9) for the profane animal sacrifices by that generation of vipers (Matt. 3:7; 23:33).  The promise of the kingdom was still ahead of them until A.D. 70.

Once the temple was destroyed, once the power of the holy people was scattered (Dan. 12:7, Matt. 22:7), then the promise was completed.  Ever since the cross of Christ, everyone who has been baptized (immersed) into Christ has been covered by the blood of Christ and has put on Christ.  But the promised land, the promised kingdom still had to wait for the destruction of that temple in A.D. 70.

That was the second before and after picture: before the destruction of Jerusalem, and after the destruction of Jerusalem.

All of us on this side of A.D. 70 enter into that heavenly kingdom from the day that we are immersed into Christ.  Christ is the temple (Rev. 21:22), and we are of the seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:27-29), the Israel of the New Jerusalem, the city of God, the bride of the lamb (Rev. 21:2, 9-10), the church of Christ which is saved with an everlasting salvation (Isa. 45:17).

See other posts at the right margin for more scriptural evidence of the second appearance of Christ in that first century A.D.

Additional resource:

Dating The New Testament

MeaningofNumber40

Significance of the Number 40.

 

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5 thoughts on “The Promised Land: Between the Cross and the Kingdom

  1. It has been 40 years since Israel became a nation in 1947/1948 +40 =2017/2018 Psalm 117/118. Are you ready to enter the promised land of the Messianic Kingdom now?

    September 23rd, 2017 is the rapture and Armageddon is on Day of Atonement in 2018. 5 days after that the Messianic Kingdom begins.

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    1. Gina

      The promised kingdom under the new covenant is a spiritual kingdom, not an earthly one. The new covenant was never about re-establishing an earthly kingdom for Israel. That is why Jesus did not answer the disciples in Acts 1:6 when they asked Him if He was going to restore the kingdom to Israel. It was never about a physical kingdom on earth. Moreover, all those who call themselves Jews today, and who are living in that contrived state of Israel today do not acknowledge Christ as our Lord and Savior. They do not call Him Messiah.

      Begin reading at the bottom right margin with the first post, Part I of It’s Not The End of The World for the scriptural evidences you are missing.

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  2. jardalkal

    Jer 29
    12. Then shall ye call upon me (Jer 33:3; Ps 50:15), and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken (Ps 145:19) unto you.
    When we call upon God in the day of trouble, He will deliver us.

    13. And ye shall seek me (Deu 4:29), and find me, when ye shall search for (Jer 24:7; I Chr 22:19; 2 Chron 22:9) me with all your heart.
    If Israel returns to God, He will be merciful and restore her. He will give them a heart to know Him, and they shall be His people. They shall return to him with their whole heart.

    Jer 29:14. And I will be found of you (Deu 30:1-10), saith the Lord: and I will turn away (Jer 30:3; 32:37-41) your captivity, and I will gather (Jer 28:8, Isa 43:5,6) you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again (Jer 3:14; 12:15; 16:15) into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
    Deut 30:1-10 A prediction of the regathering of Israel from all the nations to which she was scattered. This regathering will occur at the second coming of Christ (v. 3, Mark 13: 26-27) and will include: (1) restoration to the land of Palestine (v. 5), (2) a work of grace in the people’s hearts (v. 6; 10:16 “separate yourselves from sin”), (3)judgment of Israel’s enemies (v. 7 Joel 3:1-2), and (4) prosperity in the land (v. 9; Amos 9:11-15).
    Jeremiah 31:31-34 that ties into (2) says, The principle on the new covenant (Isa 59:20-21; Jer 32:37-40; Ezek 16:60-63; 37:21-28; Heb 8:6). It will be made in the future (In the Messianic kingdom) with the whole nation of Israel (Jer 31:31); it will be unlike the Mosaic covenant in that it will be unconditional (Jer 31:32); its provisions will include (1) a change of heart, (2) fellowship with God, (3) knowledge of the Lord, and (4) forgiveness of sins. All this will be fulfilled for Israel when the Lord returns (Rom 11:26-27).

    New Covenant: Isa 59:17-21 At His second advent He will judge His enemies (vv. 17-19) and bring salvation to Israel (vv. 20-21; Rom 11:26-27).
    Ezek 37:21-28 Promises for Israel which will be fulfilled at the second coming of Christ include: restoration to the land of Palestine (v. 21), unification of the two kingdoms (v. 22), purification from all idolatry (v. 23), Messiah ruling over them (v. 24, possession of land forever (v. 25; Gen 18-21), and the presence of God and His sanctuary in their midst (v. 26-28).

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    1. Gina

      You need to read my posts on the definitions of Israel and the House of God. Those in Christ are counted for the seed of Abraham, and are now Israel. The definition of Israel changed under the gospel of Christ. The Israel that is saved with an everlasting salvation are all those that are in Christ. None of the scriptures you are quoting concern a physical nation of Israel. The “state” of Israel that was created 69 years (not 40 years ago) was created through guile and deceit by the Zionists and Jesuits. It has nothing to do with God, nor with the New Jerusalem which is His bride, and His church. Read through all of the posts at the right margin, and begin with Part I of It’s Not the End of The World.

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  3. jardalkal

    2017 2018 Psalm 117 118
    Leviticus 23 Feast Dates and Second Coming (Jardalkalatgmail.blogspot.com)
    Nibiru and Isaiah 24 (Jardalkalataol.blogspot.com)
    Both blogs have dates from Creation to 3017. Both deal with signs in the Sun, Moon, and Stars. Both partially deal with Leviticus 23. John Ashcraft, Albuquerque, NM on facebook.

    What do these years have in common? Abraham’s birth (1947 BCE) +2017 years = 70 CE Destruction of the Temple; Matt 24:1-2) + 1947 years = 2017. 6th day war 1967+50 years = 2017. Battle of Jerusalem 1917+100 years = 2017. Israel became a nation in 1948 1 to 2 days prior to Pentecost (Matt 24:32; Psalm 90:10) but the proclamation went out in 1947+70 years = 2017. Judah ben Samuel Prophecy 1517-1917, 1917-1967, 1967-2017 The Messiah comes. Woman clothed with the Sun in 2017 (Day of Trumpet with Virgo and Leo). Giza Pyramid Lineup of 2017 (Day of Trumpet). August 21 (Elul 1) Solar Eclipse over North America (Propheciesoftheendtimes.com) in 2017. 2017 minus generations 38, 40, 50, 70, 80, 100, and 120 line up to significant events with Israel. Miracle of the Sun (Oct. 13th, 1917—7th Day of Feast of Tabernacles) +100 years = 2017. (It was on the 7th Day of Feast of Tabernacles). Psalm 117= 2017 Psalms 1=1901. Psalms 47=1947. Psalms 48=1948. Psalms 67=1967. Psalms is 19 books from Genesis and 47 books from Revelation (Hint: 1947 Proclamation of Israel).

    4 views of September 23, 2017
    End of Humanity and Armageddon on the Day of Atonement (Rev 14:20ff; Rev 15 Day of Atonement Typology; Rev 16/19 Armageddon)
    Beginning of the Day of the Lord which is a one year event according to Isaiah and covers both the Trumpet and Bowl Judgments and ends on the Day of Atonement with Armageddon.
    Mid point of the 7 year tribulation.
    Beginning of the 7 year Tribulation
    The problem I have with numbers 3 and 4 is that if the beginning heavenly sign begins in the 7th month such as 5 planets lining up in a row on the 7th Day of Feast of Tabernacles in 2010, then the end sign 7 years later should be on the Day of Trumpet according to Revelation 12:1 and 11 –7th Trumpet and the only one between 2017 and 2100 + is the one on Sept. 23rd, 2017.

    Day of Trumpet –rapture (Lev 23:24-25; Zeph 1:14-16—Day of the Lord is a Day of Trumpet and Alarm; Matthew 24:31 (Day of Trumpet; I Cor 15:52 (Day of Trumpet); I Thess 4:16-18 (Day of Trumpet); Rev 6:12-17 (Day of Trumpet/Day of Atonement); Rev 11:15 ff-Day of Trumpet Typology; Rev 12:1 (Virgo/Leo, Sept 20-23, 2017.
    Sept 20/21 Rapture ?? Sept 23 Restrainer taken away and Antichrist (Obama) comes on full force including the Mark of the Beast
    Day of Atonement (Lev 16:13-27; 23:25-36; Joel 2:15; Rev 6:12-17; Rev. 8:1-5 (global earthquake—axial poleshift); Rev 14:20ff; Rev 15—Day of Atonement Typology; Rev 16/19 Marriage of Groom to Bride and Armageddon (Joel 3—Valley of Decision/Jehoshaphat). Rev 6:12-17 and Rev 8:1-5 is all related to the beginning of the Day of the Lord which begins with the Rapture on the Day of Trumpet.
    Sukkot 1/Feast of Tabernacles 1 Trumpet Judgment 1 Meteorite storm blankets 1/3rd of the earth (all of North and South America is 1/3rd of the earth). Feast of Tabernacles is also known as the Millennium/Messianic Kingdom/7th Day. May begin 2nd Month 17th Day.
    After that each Trumpet Judgment and then the Bowl Judgment should be poured on either on Rosh Chodesh (first sliver of the New Moon) or on the Full Moon.
    Christians teach the Day of the Lord will occur over a seven year period. What is shorter? Is 360/365 days shorter or 1260 days or 2550 days? If the Exodus 10 plagues can be poured out over a 5 month period why should it take 12 Judgments to be poured out over a 7 year period? If the Spring events for Jesus first coming can occur in one year why does it take 7 years to fulfill the Fall Feasts?

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