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The Mountains of Abarim

Abarim, from the Hebrew pronounced awb-aw-reem, meaning beyond, was the name given to a mountain range on the east side of the Jordan River, east and southeast of the Dead Sea, in the land of Moab. It was from one of the summits there that Moses was allowed to see the physical Promised Land that he would not (at that time) be allowed to enter.

"Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel"

The Israelites' wilderness journey after the Exodus is listed in Numbers 33:1-50. The mountains of Abarim were the last stop before the Promised Land.

"And they departed from the mountains of Abarim, and pitched in the plains of Moab by Jordan near Jericho." (Numbers 33:48)

Map Of Israel's Wilderness Journey

At the end of the wilderness journey (for the reason that a journey that could have been done in 40 days took 40 years, see A Journey Without A Destination) The Lord instructed Moses to go up onto the mountains of Abarim where he would be allowed to see over across the Jordan into the Promised Land, but not enter into it (see Numbers 20:2-12 for why). Knowing that his time of service was over (for back then), Moses then asked The Lord to choose a new leader for Israel, to which The Lord declared that Joshua would succeed Moses.

"And The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] said unto Moses [see also The Education Of Moses], Get thee up into this mount Abarim, and see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother was gathered. For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify Me at the water before their eyes: that is the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin."

"And Moses spake unto The Lord, saying, Let The Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of The Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd."

"And The Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before The Lord: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation."

"And Moses did as The Lord commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation: And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as The Lord commanded by the hand of Moses." (Numbers 27:12-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) What future event will cause another great exodus and gathering of physical Israelites into the land of Israel? (b) What great event at the same time will cause a great gathering of spiritual Israelites?

(a) See The Gathering of Israel and Judah
(b) See The Gatherings To Come


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