I am excited about today’s verse. Absolutely, it is not politically correct, not in 2017, in the wicked world we inhabit!
In Joshua 1:4 God actually describes to His man the dimensions of the Land of Promise! It’s almost a plat of Israel’s (future) real estate!
“From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.” Wow!
Well, let me give you the preceding verse as well …
“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.” It’s yours … go claim it! Step it off! To the Glory of God, Joshua 1:3-4.
Note … God is telling Joshua this in real time, as he begins his ministry over Israel. But do keep in mind these facts had already been made known to Moses, several times!
For example, though in far greater detail:
“Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward: and your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon: and the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea. And as for the western border, ye shall even have the great sea for a border: this shall be your west border. And this shall be your north border: from the great sea ye shall point out for you mount Hor. From mount Hor ye shall point out your border unto the entrance of Hamath; and the goings forth of the border shall be to Zedad: and the border shall go on to Ziphron, and the goings out of it shall be at Hazarenan: this shall be your north border. And ye shall point out your east border from Hazarenan to Shepham: and the coast shall go down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain; and the border shall descend, and shall reach unto the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward: and the border shall go down to Jordan, and the goings out of it shall be at the salt sea: this shall be your land with the coasts thereof round about.” Numbers 34:3-12
From the Mediterranean Sea on the west to the Euphrates River in the east! From Lebanon (maybe even Syria) in the north to the land of Egypt in the south!
Really, I think, more land they Israel has ever literally possessed, in all her history! (Including her “victorious” times under David and Solomon!) Yet this acreage is still promised to her, by God Himself!
This fact alone leads me to believe that there is coming a day in the future when Israel shall possess and enjoy every square inch of the (literally) Promised Land!
Yet the nations of the world today, perhaps without exception, seek to dispossess Israel of her ground … expelling her from this rightful Gift from the Lord.
Yes, I am saying that I believe God will keep His Word … and give His people everything He has told them!
And if a person is a Bible “literalist,” he or she is in favor of the geographical outline given above.
And today they (apostate politicians) want to argue over “settlements?”
Folks, only the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ will ever straighten this situation, which has become so very crooked!
By the way, God has promised each of us some (spiritual) territory as well!
As we occupying it all?
Living up to our full potential?
The Bible and read estate!
Who would have ever thought it?
— Dr. Mike Bagwell