Christian Pilgrim


37. Inherit the Land

When the Bible refers to the meek inheriting the earth, it refers to the Millennium, when all unbelievers will be apart from their bodies in "Sheol" ("Hades"). Only believers in their resurrection bodies will be left at that time to "inherit the earth." Note that it does NOT refer to Jews inheriting a piece of real estate at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea.

Matthew 24:37-41 - "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left."

Here we see that at the end of time it will be like as it was in the days of Noah. i.e. the unbelievers will be swept away ("taken") and the believers will be "left" to "inherit the earth." This is no "rapture" of the saints, but exactly the opposite.

Psalm 25:13 - "His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth."

Psalm 37:9 - "For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth."

Psalm 37:11 - "But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace."

Psalm 37:22 - "For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off."

Psalm 37:29 - "The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever."

Psalm 37:34 - "Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it."

Proverbs 2:21,22 - "For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it."

Proverbs 10:30 - "The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth."

Isaiah 13:9 - "Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it."

Isaiah 17:2,6,7 - "The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.. Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel. At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel."

Isaiah 60:21 - "Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified."

Zephaniah 3:11-15 - "In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain. I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD. The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid. Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more."

Matthew 5:5 - "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."

Matthew 13:41-43, 49 - "The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just"