God’s promises

I ran across this on the web here   This site seems to say with certainty that all of God’s promises intended for the past have been fulfilled.  They go on to say those which haven’t been fulfilled were “future promises” and you can expect them to be fulfilled sometime in the future.  I have made a few comments within parentheses .

Seems like pretty safe statements to me.  What are your thoughts ?  How does a Christian make sense of this ?

What promises has God made in the Bible?

God has made many promises. Here are just a few of them:

1.) To Moses God said: “But truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD” (Numbers 14:21). This proves that men will never destroy the earth.     (Really ?)

2.) To Abram (later Abraham), who became the father of the Jewish race, God said: “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2,3).   (Not sure this has happened)

When God led Abraham to the land of Canaan (modern Israel), He promised: “All the land which you see I give to you and your descendants for ever.  (Didn’t they have to kill everyone to get it ???)   And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth”     (Genesis 13:15,16)(I think there are only 15 million Jews on the Earth). God repeated these promises to Abraham’s son, Isaac, and his grandson, Jacob (Genesis 264; 28:13,14).

Many nations, like the once mighty Babylonians, no longer exist. But God made a special promise to the Jewish nation: “For I am with you, says the LORD, to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you” (Jeremiah 30:11).

The Jews have been scattered all over the world, yet they still exist as a nation. (Not always) A man once asked, “What is the secret of the indestructible Jew?” The secret is that the Jews are God’s chosen people, and His witnesses on the earth. God has great plans for them. We shall look at them later.

3.) King David was a great king of Israel, a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Because of this, God made a wonderful promise to David: “I will set up your seed after you . . . and I will establish his kingdom . . . and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. Your house and your kingdom shall be established for ever before you. Your throne shall be established for ever”  (2 Samuel 7:12-16).  (Who is the current King of Israel ?  Hmmm)

The Apostle Peter tells us that these promises will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God, and Saviour of the world. He is the great “son of David”. Peter said that God will “raise up the Christ to sit on his throne” (Acts 2:29-32).

Jesus has been raised from the dead, just as God promised in Psalm 16:10. One day he will return to be king upon David’s throne in Jerusalem (Acts 1:11; Revelation 11:15; Matthew 5:35). God has promised: “All kings shall fall down before him; all nations shall serve him” (Psalm 72:11).

God confirmed these promises about Jesus to Mary, his mother, by an angel: “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David . . . and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:32,33).

God has made many more promises in the Bible. However, we have looked at enough to show that God is serious about His future plans for the earth, and for Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Jesus and the Jews.

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Which promises has God already kept?

God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that Israel would become a great nation, has been kept. God also kept His promise to the Jews that they will never die out, in spite of terrible persecutions. Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, exactly as God promised.

However, God still has many important promises to keep.

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How do we know that God will keep all His promises?

We know this for two very good reasons:

  1. Every single promise God ever made, that relates to the past, has been kept. That gives us confidence that He will keep those which are promised for the future.
  2. God’s power is supreme. Nothing can go wrong with His future plans.

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Which promises does God still have to fulfil?

Abraham has not yet inherited the land of Israel for an everlasting possession. Nor have all nations on the earth yet been blessed in Abraham. Hebrews 11:13 says Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all “died in faith, not having received the promises”.

Is it too late, then? No. God will raise them from the dead, just as He raised Jesus (Where is the proof ?). God will then keep His promises to them. Jesus himself said that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob will be in God’s kingdom (Luke 13:28).

Jesus has not yet become king, sitting upon the throne of David. But he will, when he returns to the earth (Acts 3:19-21).

The Jews still exist as a nation.  (They didn’t exist as a nation for almost 2000 years) They are back in Israel, the land God promised Abraham. This is the first phase of God’s developing plan for them, because, “He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock” (Jeremiah 31:10).

After a time of trial, the Jews will receive God’s promised blessing: “They shall be my people, and I will be their God.” In that day, “One king (Jesus) shall be king over them all” (Ezekiel 37:22,23).

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  1. All I see here is a tsunami of cognitive dissonance.

    Man not destroying the earth, though, was said to me once in opposition to Climate Change. The lady actually said “Climate Change is not a problem because will not permit it.” And that’s where simple belief becomes dangerous.

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  2. Ken, your post, as well as John’s comment reminded me of a study I read a couple of years ago. According to the study, many Christians hold the belief, based on biblical end-time teachings, that human actions to “save the Earth” are futile because the “end of the world” has been fixed by God.

    http://prq.sagepub.com/content/66/2/267.abstract?etoc

    In a Pew Research study, they found approximately 41% of Americans believed that Jesus was going to return by 2050. I think it was around 58% among evangelicals. Not sure if Ken allows for more than one link at a time on comments, so I will post another link in the next comment.

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  3. Continue:

    This is what bible believing Christian leaders are telling their followers regarding concern for climate change:

    “As Christians, our focus should be proclaiming the truth of the gospel, the message that has the power to save souls. Saving the planet is not within our power or responsibility.”

    http://www.gotquestions.org/climate-change.html

    I’m in full agreement with John that simple belief can be dangerous. Lawmakers who accept bribes from fossil fuel corporations take full advantage of Christian’s apathy — irresponsibility.

    Great to see you back Ken.

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