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The Promised Land of the ancient Israelites was a type of the Promised Land of today’s
people of God. In order to understand how to enter the Promised Land of today’s people
of God, we need to study how the ancient Israelites entered their Promised Land.
Ex. 13:17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the
Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change
their minds and return to Egypt.”
Why didn’t God lead the Israelites through the short route that leads straight to Gaza,
but instead led them through a long way that involved long period in the desert?
Ac. 14:22 “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
Ja. 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
Ja. 1:3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Ja. 1:4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking
People generally hate tribulations, but tribulations happen to be avenues for a human
being to increase his faith. It is advanced faith in God that pushes a human being into
the Promised Land. Therefore, God led the Israelites through hard tribulation in order for
them to develop advanced faith in God. In a similar manner, the people of God of today
must pass through hard end-time tribulation before the rapture.
Nu. 13:1 The LORD said to Moses,
Nu. 13:2 “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites.
From each ancestral tribe send one of its leaders.”
Nu. 13:3 So at the LORD’s command Moses sent them out from the Desert of Paran. All of them
were leaders of the Israelites.
Nu. 13:27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it
does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit.
Nu. 13:28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large.
We even saw descendants of Anak there.”
Nu. 13:30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take
possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
Nu. 13:31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are
stronger than we are.”
Nu. 14:1 That night all the people of the community raised their voices and wept aloud.
Nu. 14:2 All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to
them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert!
Nu. 14:3 Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives
and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?”