Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Did LORD fulfill the Land Promises made to Abraham?

Friends,

There is a popular concept among Christians that Jehovah has not fulfilled the land promises made to Abraham. I am sad to say that this concept is the result of not studying the scriptures thoroughly. Most of the Christians' study of the Old Testament ends with the book of Exodus. There are many who haven't studied books like Ezra and Nehemiah. A thorough study of the scriptures can dispel many misconceptions.

Here is the land promise LORD made to Abraham (then Abram). 
Gen 15:18 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 15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, 
Gen 15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, 
Gen 15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites. 

There are many who claim that LORD has not fulfilled this land promises. They claim that this has to be fulfilled in the future. Here is a map of the land promises made to Abraham, taken from the website of someone who says that the land promises are not fulfilled.



Please refer back to this map as you read the scriptures that I quote below.

As I study the Bible (I use KJV) I see definite fulfillment of the land promises in the Old Testament times. I present three testimonies here, because the scriptures tell clearly that any dispute should be settled by 2 or 3 witnesses (Deu 19:15, Mat 18:16).

Witness ①


Jos 21:43 Thus the LORD GAVE TO ISRAEL ALL THE LAND THAT HE SWORE TO GIVE TO THEIR FATHERS. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. 
Jos 21:45 NOT ONE WORD OF ALL THE GOOD PROMISES THAT THE LORD HAD MADE TO THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL HAD FAILED; all came to pass.

This is after Israel under Joshua crossed over Jordan and towards the end of the tenure of Joshua. If you have any doubts please check the concordance for the words translated for all [H3605] and land [H776].

Witness ② 


1Ki 4:21 SOLOMON RULED OVER ALL THE KINGDOMS FROM THE EUPHRATES TO THE LAND OF THE PHILISTINES AND TO THE BORDER OF EGYPT. They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.

Unless one can find some technicalities, this encompasses the same stretch of land promised to Abraham in Gen 15:18-21.

Witness ③


Neh 9:7 You are the LORD, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and gave him the name Abraham. 
Neh 9:8  You found his heart faithful before you, and made with him the covenant to give to his offspring the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Jebusite, and the Girgashite. AND YOU HAVE KEPT YOUR PROMISE, FOR YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS.

This is Nehemiah's narration of the righteousness of the LORD and he says the LORD kept his promise.

I have no doubt in my mind that whatever was promised to Abraham is fulfilled and for me 3 witnesses are more than sufficient.

In Christ,
Tomsan Kattackal

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