History foretells the future
Is it possible that the historical stories we read in the Bible are more than historical? Could it be that they are a prophecy of God's last-day church?
Interestingly, the apostle Paul wrote concerning the history of Israel:
"Now all these things happened unto them for examples [types]: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."
A type is "A figure, representation, or symbol of something to come, such as an event in the Old Testament that foreshadows another in the New Testament." The Free Dictionary. When this is applied to the history of Israel, what we find is an amazing prophecy of God's last day church.
Israel’s deliverance from Egypt is one of the most thrilling stories found in the Bible. One can’t help but wonder in awe at the mighty power of God as He brought His people out of Egypt and conquered the mightiest army the world had ever seen. When the fullness of time had come, God raised up a leader to deliver His people. The long hoped for promise would finally be fulfilled.
Although the journey would be slow on foot, the distance from Egypt to the Promised Land was short. It would not take too long to reach their destination. Under the direction of the great I AM, no one would be able to stand in their way. They were invincible. Or where they?
What started out as short journey to inherit the Promised Land, turned into forty long years of wandering in the wilderness. What went wrong? Were God’s promises faulty? How could over two million people fail to enter what was promised them?
The children of Israel did eventually inherit the Promised Land. God’s promises were fulfilled, but there was a delay of forty years. There are many lessons we can learn from this tragic event, but few realize the story of Israel’s deliverance and wilderness wanderings accurately foretells the Adventist movement from its rise until the time of its deliverance at the second coming of Jesus.
As we trace Israel’s journey through the wilderness, we will find amazing similarities between their experience and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As prophecy unlocks the future, so Israel’s wilderness experience unlocks the history of God’s last day remnant Church. Finally, we can find the answers to questions like, why hasn’t the Lord returned yet, and what does God require of me to be ready?