The Patience Of God
God gave humans the power over life and death, that is to say, our own life and death. Salvation cannot be earned by "works" (see Works Means Obedience), but at the same time, God will only grant the gift of eternal life to those who repent and are obedient to Him (2 Peter 3:7,11-14). There will be no more Satans. God explained the principle of "obey and live" to the Old Testament Israelites in terms of their potential entry into their physical promised land, but it was ultimately intended for all humanity's potential entry into the spiritual "promised land."
"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance"
Although spoken to Israelites of long ago, The Lord was talking of all time, not merely of a physical promised land, but a Promised Land of eternal life.
"And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither The Lord thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto The Lord thy God, and shalt obey His voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul [see Where Is Your Soul?]; That then The Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither The Lord thy God hath scattered thee."
"If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven [see Heavens Below, Heavens Above], from thence will The Lord thy God gather thee [see Spiritual and Physical Gatherings], and from thence will He fetch thee: And The Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and He will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. And The Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love The Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. And The Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee."
"And thou shalt return and obey the voice of The Lord, and do all His Commandments [see The First Commandment,
The Second Commandment,
The Third Commandment,
The Fourth Commandment,
The Fifth Commandment,
The Sixth Commandment,
The Seventh Commandment,
The Eighth Commandment,
The Ninth Commandment and
The Tenth Commandment] which I command thee this day. And The Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for The Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as He rejoiced over thy fathers: If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of The Lord thy God, to keep His Commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the Law, and if thou turn unto The Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul."
"For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it."
"See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love The Lord thy God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His Commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and The Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it."
"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you [see Bind and Loose], that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love The Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which The Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them." (Deuteronomy 30:1-20 KJV)
Fact Finder: Is God patient? Does God prefer that all will choose to live?
2 Peter 3:9