Segment #8 Learning Objectives
After studying this segment, students should be able to:
- Articulate features related to the third facet of the final restoration of Israel, which is the possession of the Land, including its total boundaries and productivity.
- Provide a detailed explanation why the basis for this facet is the Abrahamic Covenant tracing it through the book of Genesis as well as the prophetical development beginning in Lev. 26:40-45 as well as through the Major and Minor Prophets.
- Explain the fourth facet of the final restoration of Israel which is the reestablishment of the Davidic throne based upon the Davidic Covenant, providing new insights from Dr. Fruchtenbaum that were not in the prior reading from Pentecost.
- Trace the prophetic development of the Davidic Covenant with special emphasis on Jer. 33:17-26.
- Gain an understanding of additional characteristics of Israel’s final restoration such as:
- Israel being reunited as a nation (e.g. Ezek. 37:15-23)
- Israel becoming the center of Gentile attention (e.g. Isa. 49:22-23; 60:1-3; 61:4-9)
- The righteousness, holiness, peace, security, joy, and gladness that will character Israel’s final restoration (e.g. Isaiah 32:16-20; 35:5-10).
- Meditate and pray through Jeremiah 31:11-14.
Required Reading For Segment #8
Fruchtenbaum, FOTM – Read Chapter 19, Part A.3. “The Possession of the Land,” Part A.4.
“The Reestablishment of the Davidic Throne,” and B. “Other Characteristics of Israel’s Final
Segment #8 Optional Reading
Stanley D. Toussaint and Jay A. Quine, “No, Not Yet: The Contingency Of God’s Promised Kingdom,” Bibliotheca Sacra 164 (2007): 131–147. Attached PDF – only for our students’ personal use; may not be posted online, copied, or shared with others without written consent from the publisher (Dallas Theological Seminary).
Segment #8 Study Questions from Fruchtenbaum, FOTM and Lecture
- The third facet of the final restoration of Israel is the possession of the Land. What two aspects will that encompass?
- When Abraham died, he had hardly possessed any part of the Promised Land. What had he acquired during his lifetime?
- What is a “wadi”?
- What is the “River of Egypt” roughly equivalent to in today’s geography?
- After Abraham, through whom is the Land Covenant reconfirmed?
- In what passages of the Law/Torah, is possession of the Land found?
- Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel bring out many aspects of the possession of the Land. What do each of them focus on?
- Which Minor Prophet emphasizes the increase in productivity as a restoration for all that has been eaten by the locust?
- What are the differences between II Samuel 7:11b-16 and I Chronicles 17:10b-14? Who is emphasized in each of these passages?
- Through which son of David is Yeshua a physical descendent?
- What are the three offices of the Messiah? When does He hold them?
- Further development of the Davidic Covenant is found in several passages. Which books of the Hebrew Bible are they in?
- Under what circumstances will the house of David become extinct?
- What does Amos 9:11-12 emphasize regarding the House of David and its throne?
- In the New Testament, the reestablishment of the Davidic Throne is found in Luke 1:32-33. Which key aspects of the Davidic Covenant are mentioned in this passage?
- One of the other major features of the final restoration is that Israel will be reunited as a nation, never to be divided into two separate kingdoms again. What is the key passage for this characteristic?
- Which prophet is commanded to take two sticks and put them together? What is he supposed to write on the sticks?
- What does Dr. Fruchtenbaum mean by Israel “will become the center of Gentile attention”? What are the key features that he lists? Which passage in Isaiah explains why this will happen?
- Dr. Fruchtenbaum shares five passages that emphasize the various characteristics of Israel’s final restoration: righteousness, holiness, peace, security, joy, and gladness. Where are these passages in the Bible?
Segment #8 Spiritual Growth: Implications and Applications Assignment
Jeremiah 31 is one of the most important chapters in the Hebrew Bible as it pertains to the promises of God for Israel. Spend time meditating upon 31:11-14. You do not need to memorize this passage but we do ask that you meditate upon it and utilize it as a prayer. Using the methods you learned in prior courses with us, in “Praying the Bible,” and formulate this passage, verse-by-verse, or phrase-by-phrase, into a prayer and record it in your prayer journal for this course. If you forgot how to pray the Bible or never learned how, you can review the following video series by Dr. Donald Whitney:
- Interview and Overview of the book, “Praying the Bible: https://vimeo.com/127298205
- Day #1 example – https://vimeo.com/127598699
- Six Reasons – https://vimeo.com/127494945
“For Jehovah hath ransomed Jacob, and redeemed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. And they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow unto the goodness of Jehovah, to the grain, and to the new wine, and to the oil, and to the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old together; for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith Jehovah.” (Jeremiah 31:11–14, ASV 1901)
By the way, there is a Messianic Jewish worship song that is based upon this passage as well entitled,“Then Shall the Virgin Rejoice.”