- 1. Introduction
- 2. Moses - Genesis to Deuteronomy
- 3. Israel in the Promised Land
- 4. Solomon’s Splendour
- 5. The Exile to Babylon
- 6. Conclusion
- 7. The Thread - traced in The Promised Land
The Thread - traced in The Promised Land
This timeline will highlight a thread of truth which runs throughout human history from creation, through every time period illustrated on this timeline, right through to the end times as recorded in the book of Revelation.
That thread is this:
God is Alpha and Omega; as creator, he has revealed himself to mankind as the only true and supreme God for all nations. He communicates with us and desires to participate in our lives in order to have a relationship with us.
His ultimate goal is to prepare us to spend eternity with him in perfect holiness and happiness through salvation.
This thread starts in Genesis chapter one and continues through all of human history as recorded in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
There are two opposing forces which can also be traced from Genesis to Revelation.
First - is the unrelenting sinful nature and stubborn rebellion of mankind refusing to submit to God's laws.
Second - is the constant stalking and harassment of that ancient serpent, the devil. He never gives up in his vain attempts to thwart the will of God in his dealings with mankind.
All through human history, God reigns supreme and in the closing chapters of Revelation, Satan finally meets his eternal doom while the saved of earth enter an eternity of bliss and happiness with God.
Period 6: The Promised Land
Throughout this period of history we see the fickle nation of Israel grow hot and cold in their relationship with the God who redeemed them from their life of slavery in Egypt.
We see the various Judges, Kings and Prophets who were raised by God to keep the people in a right relationship with him. Sadly, despite the Godly voices of the faithful prophets, the final outcome of this stiff necked and rebellious nation was their eventual exile to Babylon, far away from the Promised Land.
God demonstrated to Israel that if they chose to rebel against his commands, he could and would use other people to bring glory to his name.
What we witness in the book of Daniel is astounding; God used the Gentile kings of Babylon and Medo-Persia to exalt his holy name to the world in a way that Israel had failed to do.