“War And Peace”

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Dispensations, Israel, Joshua, Promises

     The history of the world is primarily the story of humanity’s cycle of failure, the rise and fall of one empire after another, one civilization after another.  Some people are wondering if our form of government is going by the way side.  Do you find it interesting that the United States is not specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy as are other countries and nations?

     Utopia.  Man is trying his best to create a “Paradise” here on earth but he can’t seem to bring it to pass.  The proud, natural man wants to do all this without God’s help.  But Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).  The Prince of Peace was rejected about 2,000 years ago and He will be opposed again by the nations of this world when He returns to take them by force (Psalm 2; Zechariah 12, 14).

     Dispensations.  They are periods of time in which God tests some or all of mankind with different rules to regulate their lives.  Contrary to what some people believe, they aren’t different ways to be saved and get to heaven.  There is only one way (John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8, 9), one Savior (Acts16:31), and one message to believe today if we want to be saved from hell and enter heaven (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  When the Bible is interpreted normally we discover that there are seven distinct sets of rules: Innocence, Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Mosaic Law, Grace, and Kingdom. (Ask how you can secure our FREE “Dispensational Chart.”)

     War And Peace.  The book of Joshua in the Bible is a story of the Jewish people entering the land that God had promised to give to Abraham, Isaac,  Jacob, and their descendants (Genesis 15:13-21).  It’s a land from which they have been expelled several times because of their disobedience to God (Deuteronomy 28:15ff).  But all of it will be restored to the believing Jewish remnant when Jesus Christ returns to rule over this earth for 1,000 years as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16; 20:1-7).  Their land will extend from the River in Egypt to the River Euphrates.  God will keep this and all other covenants (promises) that He has made to the Jews and to Christians.  If the Jews don’t get all this land, then God is a liar and unworthy of our trust.

     Timing.  When the iniquity of the Amorites was full (about 400 years after God made the promise to Abraham), God sent the Jews into the land to destroy those who refused to turn to God and believe in Him.  The people in Canaan (Palestine) knew about the true and living God and the miracles He had performed in Egypt and at the Red Sea (Joshua 2:9-11).  But they continued to live in sin and became morally depraved and physically infected from sexually transmitted diseases (Romans 1:18-32).  God couldn’t/wouldn’t allow their rebellion to go on forever. 

     Longsuffering.  God is very longsuffering and not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  Judgment day is coming (Hebrews 9:27).  Now is the time to make peace with God (Romans 5:1).  Do you know how to do this correctly?  If not, ask us for help.

     Encouragement.  Imagine going to war against some ten feet tall giants such as Goliath (Numbers 13:3; Joshua 12:4; 1 Samuel 17:4).  How could desert nomads conquer them and a fortified city?  The Jewish General Joshua knew that the job seemed impossible but he had confidence in the true and living God who had performed many miracles for the Jews in Egypt (10 plagues) and in the wilderness (water, manna, and quails). God assured Joshua of His continued presence with him just as He had been with Moses (Joshua 1:5).  With God on our side we can/will win the battle. 

     Foolish Plan.  Any military general today would consider the plan that God had given to Joshua to be utter nonsense.  They were to march silently around the city of Jericho one time each day for six days.  On the seventh day they were to march around the city seven times and then shout.  When they did this God brought down the walls of that well fortified city and the Jews went in and took it (Joshua 6).  God got the glory.

     Travel.  If you would like to go back in time and travel with us and learn some valuable lessons from our study in the Book of Joshua, call us at 805-238-3549 to find out when and where we will be meeting.  There is no sense in our making the same mistakes that others have made and suffering the consequences of inappropriate conduct (1 Corinthians 10:11).  Christians can/do commit the “sin unto death” (1 John 5:16).  Do you know what it is?

     Blogs.  Our “Web logs” are usually a summary of our Sunday talks.  We also try to have corresponding audio messages on the Internet. Visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.

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