Just prior to Israel entering their Promised Land in 1405 BC, God told them, through Moses, that they would be the benchmark for all the other nations to emulate.
“Therefore be careful to observe them (God’s commandments); for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has God so near to it…And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law…?” Deuteronomy 4:6-8
Israel had everything they could hope to have, similar to Adam and Eve in the garden before Satan entered the picture.
But Israel did not obey God’s commandments. They worshipped false gods and shed much innocent blood. The result was that God chastised them greatly, and redirected His attention to His church.
Approximately 450 years later; however, God spoke to King David via Nathan the prophet.
“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you…and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” 2 Samuel 7:12-13
Thus, the seed of David would build the temple in Jerusalem and establish the kingdom of Israel forever. The short term fulfillment was Solomon; the long term fulfillment would be David’s seed, i.e. Christ, the Seed of the woman.
And then approximately 275 years after David, the prophet Isaiah confirmed God’s promise to David and his seed.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder…Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it…with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.” Isaiah 9:6-7
But Israel was divided and was under the rule of other nations due to their failure to obey God’s commandments. Could they be restored in the future?
God addressed that question through the prophet Ezekiel describing Israel’s future.
“David My servant shall be king over them…they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant…forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever…The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” Ezekiel 37:24-25, 28
This Scripture passage speaks of David’s offspring.
And then 575 years after God spoke to Ezekiel, the angel Gabriel spoke to a virgin lass named Mary.
“Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be…called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’” Luke 1:30-33
Therefore, had God forsaken His chosen nation of Israel?
The Apostle Paul addressed that question.
“I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not!” Romans 11:1
God had a plan for His chosen nation and their capital Jerusalem from the foundation of the world. God’s promises to His chosen will be fulfilled during the millennial kingdom when Christ returns to rule the nations with a rod of iron.
The rest of the nations of the world had better take God’s words seriously and be preparing for the return of the King who will rule the world from Jerusalem.
And never forget:
“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.” 1 Corinthians 10:11
Do you suppose these Biblical truths are part of the discussion in the United Nations?
Again, the greatest future events in the world are ignored.