God's promise to Abraham could not be clearer. The Land, from the Nile to the Euphrates rivers, would be the personal, eternal inheritance of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and also "Abraham's Seed." The following Scriptures explain the promise, first given to Abraham, then to Isaac, then to Jacob. Each time God appeared to these men, He reiterating that the eternal land inheritance was for them personally, and also for their 'Seed." The only way these mortal men can receive such an 'eternal' inheritance is through resurrection.
God's promise was sealed with an oath when Abraham obeyed, being willing to offer his son, Isaac, believing that God would fulfill His promise through resurrection (Heb. 11:17-19). Those who have the faith of Abraham receive the promise to Abraham and to his 'Seed.'
The Promise to Abraham and to His 'Seed'
Gen 12:8 KJV
7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
Gen 13:14-15 KJV
14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
Gen 15:18 KJV
18 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:
Gen 17:7-8 KJV
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
The Promise to Isaac and to His 'Seed'
Gen 26:1-4 KJV
26:1 And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.
2 And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:
3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
Gen 28:3-4 KJV
3 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people;
4 And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham.
The Promise to Jacob and to His 'Seed'
Gen 28:12-14 KJV
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 35:9-12 KJV
9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padan-aram, and blessed him.
10 And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.
11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.
Gen 48:4 KJV
4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
There are two critical questions associated with this promise which determine the entire direction of one's eschatology.
1. Did Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ever receive this promised 'everlasting' inheritance? Amillennialists say yes, they received all there was to this promise through Joshua leading their children into Canaan. But, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were promised the land to them personally, in addition to their 'Seed.' And it is an everlasting inheritance! How can mortals receive an everlasting inheritance unless they have first received "eternal life" through resurrection? Steven said that Abraham did not even receive one foot of the Land God promised to him, (Acts 7:1-5). Hebrews says that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not receive the fulfillment of the promise, but that its fulfillment was delayed so that we might share in it along with them, (Heb. 11:39-40).
2. Who is Abraham's 'Seed'? Dispensationalists, like the Pharisees, say that "Abraham's Seed" is exclusively the physical nation of Israel. Yet, Paul said that the promise was made to Abraham and his 'SEED' (singular), whom he identified as Christ, (Gal. 3:16). He then stated plainly that all who have been baptized into Jesus Christ have put on Christ, and are therefore also 'Abraham's seed' and 'heirs according to the promise.' (Gal. 3:26-29). Paul also stated plainly that the promise to Abraham, that he would be the heir of the world, was by faith, and this promise is also granted to all who have this same faith which Abraham had in God's promise to him, (Rom. 4:13-25).
Christians have abandoned the plain sense of the Abrahamic Covenant, the interpretation of the Apostles, and substituted the Platonic / Gnostic hope of 'heaven' in its place. This false hope will not provide the necessary fortitude for Christians to endure the coming trials just before Jesus returns. The 'heavenly destiny' hope, for which there is no biblical support, is a ruse of the Devil to strip believers of the faith and the inheritance of Abraham. But, "we are not ignorant of his devices" (2 Cor. 1:11).