uslims and Jews are fighting over the Land God promised to Abraham and to his 'Seed.' Yet, the Bible is clear that it is God's Land. "The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants." (Lev 25:23 NIV). God permitted Israel to live in the land as tenants as long as they kept His Law. But they have rejected His Law, His Son, and the 'New Covenant.' God promised that Land as an everlasting inheritance to His SON, Jesus Christ, who is Abraham's promised 'Seed.' Only Jesus Christ and those baptized into him will permanently inherit the Promised Land. Those who reject the Son of God, and His Law, will be ejected by God from His Son's inheritance on the Day of the Lord, when He purges the Land by fire.
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 reiterated 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.' Read More.
The fulfillment of the everlasting Land inheritance promised to Abraham and to His ‘Seed’ was not realized by Israel under Joshua. This is proven by the Prophets’ reference to the future (second) inheritance of the Land, which would be forever. This promise was also associated with the arrival of the Messiah to reign.
In the second Psalm, God promised His “Son” the Land inheritance: “You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the Land for Your possession. You shall shepherd them with a rod of iron; You shall shatter them like a potter's vessel.” In Psalm sixteen, a similar Messianic Psalm, David prophesied again of Christ’s Land inheritance. Read More.
Jesus' teaching is often misunderstood by modern Christians because it is divorced from the Jewish background. Jesus frequently spoke of the "Kingdom of Heaven" in His parables. And many assume that this refers to a kingdom IN heaven. From such statements Christians often suppose that He meant believers would fly away to heaven to live in this "kingdom." This thinking is the result of imposing presuppositions onto Jesus. When His words are understood from a Jewish perspective, compared with other statements He made, and compared with some of the Old Testament prophecies that He cited, it is quite evident that the "Kingdom" is not IN heaven, but FROM heaven. Read More.
The Apostles were under the teaching of Jesus for three and a half years. They heard all of His teaching on the Kingdom and eternal inheritance, not only the few excerpts recorded in the Gospels. In fact, on the Sunday of His resurrection, while walking unrecognized along the road to Emmaus, “beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” A little later that afternoon, when appearing before all of the disciples, “He said to them, ‘These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.”
Immediately following this enlightening of their minds to all of the prophecies concerning Himself, Jesus spent forty more days instructing His Apostles about "the Kingdom of God."Read More.
The books of Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, and Hebrews contain the teaching of Paul the Apostle on the subject of the HOPE of those who are in Christ. Paul's Gospel is centered in the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant through Jesus Christ. Paul took great pains to prove that Abraham's promised 'Seed,' to whom the everlasting Land inheritance was promised, was Jesus Christ. He taught that by being baptized into Christ, we are joined to Him, and have therefore become "Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise."
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The earliest Christian apologists and martyrs testified to the true hope of the early Church which was handed down to them by the Apostles. It was not some vague notion of 'heaven' which tempered their wills to stare down wild beasts, or stand immovable on the pyre while the flames engulfed their bodies. No, their "anchor of the soul" was the promise God made to Abraham, which He confirmed with an oath to the "heirs of the promise," that He would give to Abraham and to his 'Seed' (who is Jesus Christ and all who are baptized into Him) the Land as an everlasting inheritance. And that in the Resurrection of the Just they would stand with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the very Land where these men lived as foreigners in tents, and where their bones were buried, looking forward to the promise of resurrection and everlasting inheritance of the Land. Read More.
We have provided many quotes from the earliest Christian martyrs describing the Christian hope handed down by the Apostles -- the resurrection of the physical body and an eternal inheritance in the Land God promised to Abraham and to his 'Seed' (who is Christ). This hope gave the early martyrs courage to overcome the most severe torture and persecution.
If this is what the Apostles taught, where did the idea of 'heaven' as the eternal inheritance come from? The answer is not hard to find for those familiar with paganism and Greek philosophy. The pagans developed a mythology of afterlife in the "underworld." No doubt, this was because corpses were buried in the earth. In ancient paganism, the afterlife was seen as a further descent into the underworld. However, around the 5th century BC,
Greek influence greatly altered this pagan view, from a descent into Hades to an ascent of the soul into heaven. Read More.
Debate Proposition: "The Christian's hope is not heaven, but the return of Christ to reign over the nations upon the Throne of David in Jerusalem, and to renovate this earth as the permanent inheritance of Jesus Christ and all who are in Him."