Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Sunday, 01 July 2012


by Jim Jordal

Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, "Go up…and see what the land is like…whether the people…are strong or weak, few or many; whether the land…is good or bad; whether the cities…are like camps or strongholds; whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land."

So they went up and spied out the land…and came back to Moses and Aaron…and…said, "We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey….Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large…."

Then Caleb…said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it." But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we…the land…is a land that devours its inhabitants…There we saw the giants and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."

Numbers 13:17-33, NKJV

This tragic passage combines desire, fear, unbelief and falsehood in a sad tableau leading directly to disaster. As you may remember, Israel had just finished 430 years of servitude in Egypt. They stood poised on the borders of the long-awaited Promised Land of Canaan, in which God had commissioned them to establish a new nation founded upon righteousness and justice. But the spies sent by Moses to assess the strengths and resources of the new land faltered in their faith after viewing the large fortified cities inhabited by what they termed "giants." They came back with a falsified report that angered God and demoralized the people.

Rather than unite behind their leaders under the protection of God, the people cried that better had they died in Egypt than to face the unknown terrors of invading a strange and powerful land. Their quandary caused them to select new leadership so they could return to the regimented but safe life under the Pharaohs. Despite the entreaties of Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb they persisted in their fear and disobedience, thereby incurring God’s wrathful promise that none of them but Joshua and Caleb would enter the Promised Land, but would instead perish during the 40-year wilderness experience.

The "Wilderness Experience" is a metaphor for many other spiritual sufferings during succeeding history. It has great currency today as the world endures the crucible of suffering under a new Egypt—the Global Corporate Financial Domination System. This evil system, known in prophetic passages as Babylon, is predicted to fall (Rev. 18) at some later time when the triumph of iniquity has run its course and God’s earthly kingdom draws near.

It should come as no surprise to most of you that I think the time is at hand. Yes, I know that mystics and prognosticators have predicted the end of the age ever since the time of Christ. But their predictions were generally based upon local events having little impact upon the entire earth. They interpolated local, limited happenings into world-shaking events. But there is a vast difference today between their separate, isolated cultures and our modern, complex, troubled world.

Never before has the world been so "small," due to advances in communication and transportation. Never before has the power to destroy all life with nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons existed. Never before has there been a financial domination system capable of controlling or even destroying money and credit over the entire earth. Never before has there existed a social media capable of influencing public events worldwide in a matter of minutes. And never before has there been a threat to human existence matching global warming and the massive natural disasters arising therefrom.

We are about to be delivered from the new Egypt into the Promised Land of the kingdom of God on earth. But now as then there will be fearful people desiring to stay in Egypt rather than face the unknowns of a new world based upon righteousness and justice under the rule of Jesus Christ. As worldly economic, political, social, and ecclesiastical systems not fit for the kingdom of God crash around us, some will again seek the safety of Egypt. But we are not destined to remain in Egypt, nor will we return there after our deliverance.

The next few weeks we will investigate some of the frightening "giants" now appearing. We will also compare there giants to God’s promises of deliverance and protection with the idea of developing a deep faith that God is in charge and will bring about the conditions he promises.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1978, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All tights reserved.