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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

God's Promises are Reliable (Ezekiel 40-48)

I think it's sometimes easy to think God no longer cares about us. We see promises of His 2nd coming. But it's been almost 2,000 years and Jesus still hasn't returned. What does that mean? What's taking so long?


I think what it means is that we are an impatient people. We want God to move and do things in our time. But God, the Creator of the Universe, does things in His time, not ours.


For example, Jesus hasn't returned yet because He is waiting for every last person who will repent and believe in Him during this current Church Age, to do so before He takes His followers out of here.


2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.


Isn't that amazing! He is waiting because He is long suffering and full of grace. Since God knows all things, He knows who will choose to repent and trust in Him and He is waiting for them to make that choice before He raptures His followers out of here.


That means each day that we are still here is a day we are to be on mission sharing the Light of Jesus and the love God has for all people with everyone who has ears to hear.


But in addition to the followers of Jesus, God also loves Israel. Although Israel has not returned to God, God in His mercy and grace has remembered His covenant promises with them and made a way for Israel, the descendants of Jacob, to return to their promised land. In fact over 50,000 Jews have made Aliyah back to Israel from various countries just this year alone.


But some time in the future, God will give Israel a new heart and they will recognize the one whom they pierced as their Messiah.


Zechariah 12:10 I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.


After that, Jesus will usher His people, Israel, into His millennial kingdom on this earth where they will finally have the land God promised them long ago without anyone trying to remove them from it or divide it in a two-state solution.


Ezekiel 40-48 tells us all about these future promises which will be fulfilled for the nation of Israel, from their temple to the exact land allotments for each tribe.


Ezekiel 47:13-14 13 Thus says the Lord God, “This shall be the boundary by which you shall divide the land for an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel; Joseph shall have two portions.14 You shall divide it for an inheritance, each one equally with the other; for I swore to give it to your forefathers, and this land shall fall to you as an inheritance.


What God has promised, God will fulfill. We can count on the promises God has given to anyone who repents and trusts in Jesus, Jew or Gentile. And we can count on the promises God has given to the nation of Israel.


Dear Lord, Thank you for your promises which have already been fulfilled. Thank you for being long-suffering and patient, not wanting any to perish. Yet in your great love, even though you don't want anyone to perish, you still give each of us the chance to choose our own eternal destiny. You let us choose to spend eternity in heaven with You or eternity in hell without You. Lord, thank you for loving us all enough to give us free will and the chance to choose. Lord, thank you for everything You do to make yourself and your great love known to everyone while there is still time. I pray many more would repent and trust in You even today. In Jesus' name, Amen.


Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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