Israelites & Christians

Wally Behan is preaching through Deuteronomy since Sunday. He began with Deut 1:1-8.

A difficult question is how Deuteronomy, and the entry of Israel into the promised land relates to Christians today. Wally saw Israel in Deuteronomy as a witness to the Caananite culture, as Christians are to be a witness to our culture today. The problem I see with this relation, is that Israel were not to witness to the Caananites, they were to absolutely eradicate them from the land, as the judgment of God upon them. I would suggest that typologically, Israel entering the promised land is closer to the book of Revelation than the book of Acts. Joshua the military commander is a type of Jesus, the rider on the white horse.

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army.

Revelation 19:11-19 ESV

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