You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
13 These [houtos] all [pas] died [apothnesko] in [kata] faith [pistis], not [me] having received [lambano] the promises [epaggelia], but [alla] having seen [eido] them [autos] afar off [porrhothen], and [kai] were persuaded of [peitho] them, and [kai] embraced [aspazomai] them, and [kai] confessed [homologeo] that [hoti] they were [eisi] strangers [xenos] and [kai] pilgrims [parepidemos] on [epi] the earth [ge]. KJV-Interlinear
13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. NASB
From Adam to Jacob, all of the Old Testament believers in the Messiah, died. None of them received the promises offered by God because those promises pertain to the entire human race. The entire human race will not come into existence until human history is completed of course.
Neither Adam, nor Enoch, nor Abraham knew any of the details of human history. They obviously knew of the coming of the savior, but they would not know the details of the enslavement of the Israelites, the details of the Levitical codes, certainly they knew nothing of our Church Age.
You and I have a better advantage from the hindsight view of history. Most of history has already been completed. The only history yet to occur is the remainder of our dispensation, the resumption of the Age of Israel (the seven year Tribulation) and then the Millennium which will last 1000 years. So all that human history has left is 1007 years plus the remainder of our Church Age.
Our dispensation could last another day, or a year, or another century. We do not know how long our dispensation will continue. But regardless of that time, we do know that knowledge of our future human history is unimportant. What is important is our daily study and our spiritual growth. God will take care of all of the details of history.
The ancient patriarchs were given promises of salvation and a life with God in eternity. We have those same promises. The ancient patriarchs believed those promises. They saw the world around them and saw the very same things that we see in our current day. They saw apathy, indifference, people of varying political passions, people with all sorts of opinions, self righteous people and criminal people. Human history hasn't really changed that much. Only the technology and the styles and the attitudes seem the change.
Gods promises never change. They remain the same today just as they were in Adam's day. Salvation, eternal life, and future reward is there for everyone who pursues their spiritual life.
4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to meditate in His temple. NASB
25 'And as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. NASB
Faith is not what you can see or measure in this life, but the promise that one day we will forever be with the Lord, and have a home in heaven which we have never seen, and possess many things which we do not know what they might be.
People whose faith does not extend beyond the things of this world have their eyes on the things of this world. Things that are temporary. And they wonder why they aren't happier.
We can see the things in this world and we know that there is better out there. God gives us that promise.
This planet earth is not our real home. God has our real and a far better home, for each one of us, in heaven. All we have to do is grow up spiritually and be patient. God will take care of everything in due course at His convenience.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.