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The day arrived to cross over the Jordan and enter Canaan. Moses would die, just as the first generation did. His momentary pride was so unlike him. But God had to deal with pride in Moses lest it spread throughout Israel. It was time to go home: Moses to heaven, and Israel to the promised land. The people were greater and mightier than Israel. They had the descendants of Anakim, the giants that Israel feared forty years before. A question was well known in those days: “Who can stand before the descendant of Anak?” Just before contemporary Israel passes over the Jordan to possess the heavenly Canaan, the same question is raised, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Rev. 13:4b). The Global confederacy in the end-time (Rev. 13:1-4), supported by the kings of the earth, will be the final giant (Rev. 17:12-13). History will be repeated. Just as Moses said, “the Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you” (v. 3), so in the end-time the final giant “will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called chosen, and faithful” (Rev. 17:14). Just before the two crossings of Jordan to enter into the two lands of Canaan (ancient and heavenly) God defeats the giants for His people.

 

There is a difference between the two stories. Ever since leaving Egypt, ancient Israel was stubborn and rebellious, even molding a calf to worship as god. This even happened in the presence of God when He gave Moses the first tables of stone on which He had written. Israel was so rebellious that God said He would destroy them. “I will make you [Moses] into a nation stronger and more numerous than they” (v. 14b). But Moses pled with God to save them, for if He obliterated them, then God’s enemies would exclaim, “Look! God delivered Israel out of Egypt only to destroy them in the desert! “Imagine! He promised to give them the promised land and didn’t. What kind of God is He!?” Moses didn’t seek honor, He wanted God to be honored. Moses lay prostrate for forty days and nights, the same amount of time He had been on Mount Sinai with God prior to this. Eighty days and nights without food, but God miraculously preserved Him. What a great God we have!

 

God warned Israel that they would not gain victory over their enemies because they were righteous but because the enemies were wicked. In the end-time, God’s modern Israel will not take credit for their victory against the giant poised to wipe them out (Rev. 13:15), but glorify God alone for the victory. They will sing the song of Moses and the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O king of the saints! Who shall not fear [reverence] You, O Lord, and glorify Your name! For you alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested” (Rev. 15: 3-4). God will be vindicated. What a huge privilege it is for us to live in this end-time, and see a global deliverance far greater than the Red-Sea deliverance. In the end-time, modern Israel will be like Christ (1 John 3:2b) and depend on Him in this final fight. Let’s depend on Him today, so we will depend on Him then.

 

Norman Gulley

Southern Adventist University