Delegates representing eight states: Kansas,
Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, N. Carolina, Washington and Florida came to
our weekend conference in June. The theme was “God’s Plan for God’s Land.”
We came to a delightful small city, Bethany, Missouri. As brought out in the
keynote message by John Stembridge (God’s Plan for His Land &
People), it was significantly
named after the Biblical city by that name. Incidentally, if you’d like to
see such a conference in your area, let us know.
God choose Israel and gave them the land:
1. Not because they were more in number.
“The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were
more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all
people” (Deut. 7:7).
2. Nor did He choose them because of their
righteousness, but rather to MAKE them a righteous people (Deut. 26:16-19).
Does Israel’s possession of the land depend
now upon their obedience? Nahum 1:15 links with Isaiah 52:7, “Behold upon
the mountains the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes
peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked
shall no more pass through thee: he is utterly cut off.” Isaiah 26:2,
“Open you the gates that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may
In Deuteronomy 27:1-8 we learn that the
first time the Children of Israel entered the Promised Land, they were told
by God to set up landmarks with the Torah written on the stones of the
altar. (See the article, “Honoring
the Land and the Landmarks of God” in Bible Light on the News
Vol. 7, No 4.) Concerning this passage in Deuteronomy, the Jewish sage
Nachmanides wrote: “The inscription of the Torah on the stones by the
banks of the Jordan was to serve as a reminder to the people that they were
to observe those laws in their daily life, and thereby be worthy of entering
and possession the land.”
Scattered through the pages of this issue
are maps depicting man’s plan for God’s Land. They contrast God’s
plan which reaches from the Mediterranean to the Euphrates, from the River
of Egypt to Lebanon. (Joshua 1:4; Gen. 15:18).
Israel has never possessed all of this and
has no plans to do so now. But God has said it and He will accomplish it in
His due time. It will all be needed for the center of His Kingdom on earth
for “Out of Zion shall go forth the Torah and the Word of the Lord from
Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3 & Micah 4:2). The True U.N.!