Why Moses didn’t enter the Promised Land in New Testament?

Mar 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

Why Moses didn’t enter the Promised Land in New Testament?

Not sure if I understand this question.

1) Moses didn’t enter the Promised Land in the Old Testament because he struck the rock twice. He disobeyed God’s instruction and overstepped his bounds. God used this incident as a type, to picture the “second death class” (though Moses himself is not in that class). The lesson for us is that we will not get to the Promised Land (Heaven) if we disobey God’s commands. All the “Precious Promises” throughout the scriptures are only for those who are “keeping the commandments.” We do not get to heaven just because we raised our hand, obedience to God is required to spend an eternity with Him.

See our verse by verse study on Numbers Chapter 20

2) Moses didn’t enter the Promised Land in the New Testament, because he is still dead awaiting the resurrection.

1Co 15:50-52 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1Th 4:14-17 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  15  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

What does these scriptures show us: 1) There must be a change of nature to go to heaven, 2) Death is a sleep 3) This change of nature (resurrection) cannot take place until the “Last Trump”, which is the Second Coming.

Now these scriptures are talking about dead Christians, but notice they are said to rise first, “first resurrection”, therefore those who have not accepted Christ (since he opened the “new and living way”), are not part of the “first resurrection”, but must wait until the Bride of Christ is complete and the Reign begins (2 Tim. 2:12, Rev. 5:10).  Moses is not part of the Bride class, but of what we call the “Ancient Worthies” described in Hebrews 11. If we read the last verse:

Heb. 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

We see there is a difference between the Christian and the Old Testament saints. (There are other scriptures which is for another time)

We see Moses and Elijah on the mount of Transfiguration with Jesus, but we are clearly told it is only a vision and not reality. (see our verse by verse study on Matthew 17)

Mat 17:9  And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

So we see all the scriptures do harmonize when we put them together.

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  1. You are misinformed to say we have to keep Gods commands in order to get to heaven. The truth is we are saved by grace through faith in Christ not by works. The works or as you say obedience are mearly evidence of true faith. There can not be one thought in your heart that believes you have anything to do with your own personal salvation. Your obedience to God will never be perfected to the point that we deserve heaven. We will never be fully without sin until we leave this place bound for heaven. The bible says if you believe you have no sin you are a liar and the truth is not in you. If God truly has given you the faith to believe it will be evident in your life.

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