God's plans and purposes are always going to be done. When it comes to certain things like the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, many people make the mistake of dismissing God's prophetic promises simply because, from a human perspective, things have taken a long time. However, the Bible teaches that a thousands years is like a day, and a day is like a thousand years to the Lord (2 Peter 3:8). What seems long to people is like no time at all to the Lord. Thus, as many people have attitude that, "people have been saying that for years and nothing has happened" regarding God's prophetic plans, one can simply look as history to see that God's prophetic plan is always carried out.
In Genesis 9:18-28 the Word of God provides an incredible piece of prophecy that shows that God's will is going to be done regardless of how the circumstances appear. Genesis 9:18-28 begins with describing an unfortunate set of events for Noah. Though Noah was considered a "righteous" man in the eyes of God, Genesis 9:18-28 reveals that it was only the faith of Noah that cause him to be righteous - not his actual works. The scriptures describe that after Noah and his family left the ark, Noah planted a vineyard and one day got drunk off of his wine. Upon becoming drunk, the Bible explains that Noah went out of control and was naked in his tent in shame. The scriptures go on to explain that Noah's youngest son, Ham, discovered that his father was drunk and naked in his tent, and rather than seeking to help his father, Ham simply went and told his brothers and left the situation alone. In contrast, the scriptures explain that as Shem and Japheth learned of their father's situation, they sought to cover the shame of their father. The Bible explains that Shem and Japheth took a blanket, walked in backwards into their father's tent to avoid seeing Noah's nakedness, and covered him in order to cover his shame in nakedness.
As Genesis 9:18-28 progresses, the Bible reveals that as Noah sobered up and awoke from his situation, he learned about what had happened between his sons. Noah understood that Ham was the one to discover him naked and didn't seek to help the situation. Rather than cover his father's sham, Ham sought to ignore it. Noah also learned that Shem and Japheth did what needed to be done to cover his shame in nakedness. Thus the scriptures provide an incredible prophecy to explain powerful pieces of God's prophetic plan concerning Israel. In Genesis 9:18-28 Noah cursed the son of Ham - Canaan. It is interesting that Noah cursed Ham's son instead of Ham. Though it was Ham that was unwilling to help his father, it is Ham's son that is cursed. It is also interesting to note that when Ham is first mentioned in Genesis 9:18-28, he is referred to as "Ham, the father of Canaan." The person Ham is immediately associated with Canaan. This is an important detail to consider since Canaan, the son of Ham, is the one who settled in the land that became known as Canaan - the Promised Land that ultimately became the land of Israel.
The creation account revealed God's understanding of future events. God's judgment against sin revealed God's understanding of future events. The flood revealed God's understanding of future events. The prophecy against Canaan also reveals God's understanding of future events. Genesis 9:18-28 explains that Canaan would be cursed as being the lowest amongst the sons of Noah. Canaan was cursed to be a slave of Shem. While some would criticize Noah for this seemingly unfair judgment, one must consider the cultural perspective of Noah. As Noah remained in his shame on account of his son Ham, Ham would be in shame on account of his son's position as a slave in Canaan.
The scriptures go on to explain that the world was populated by the offspring of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. While some have criticized the Bible, questioning the reality of three people being the cause of billions in the world today, population growth studies have verified the plausibility of the scriptures. The laws of exponential population growth show that billions of people would be the result of normal population growth from only 30 generations of people spanning just over 1,000 years. In fact, many people who study population growth wonder how there are not more people on the earth today. Nevertheless, as the families of these three men grew and spread around the earth, Canaan eventually planted roots in the area known as Israel today. As the scriptures progress, they reveal that God desired Abraham and his descendants to have that land. Since Canaan was already cursed to be a slave of Shem, God did right to provide Abraham with that land since Abraham was a descendent of Shem. As the scriptures continue, they explain that the children of Israel were in bondage to Egypt for 400 years after the death of Joseph and later God rescued them. The children of Israel wandered through the wilderness for 40 years, and then by the leadership of Joshua, were commanded by the Living God to overtake the land of Canaan.
In Genesis 9:18-28 God prophesied through Noah saying that Canaan would be a slave to Shem. In Deuteronomy 20:17-18 God commanded the children of Israel to overtake Canaan's land and destroy them since the Canaanites had become rebellious against God and sinned greatly against Him. However, in Joshua 16:10 the scriptures reveal that the children of Israel did not do as the Lord commanded. They did not destroy the people of Canaan as commanded, but as they were victorious in battle against them by the Lord's mercy, Israel overtook the Canaanites as slaves in their own land just as Noah predicted over 500 years before.
In this way, God demonstrates His understanding of future events so that His prophetic proclamations of judgment prove to be fair and just. God knew that the Canaanites would rebel against Him and commit abominations against Him. God knew that their sin would reach its measure at a certain time so that they would need to be disciplined and destroyed to a certain degree. God knew that He wanted to give the descendants of Abraham the land that Canaan was in. Therefore, God exercised His transcendence, sovereignty and power to utilize the circumstances to His favor in order that His will would be done. God was able to give His people the land that He desired and administrate judgment to another group that deserved it at the same time. Two birds, one stone. Since God knew He would do this work, He even utilized the circumstances of Noah's shame to work in His favor as a way to show His perfect understanding of the future by proclaiming Canaan's judgment nearly 600 years before it came to pass.
It is likely that many generations figured Noah's prophetic statement against Canaan was a sham since it took so long to be fulfilled. There were likely many Canaanites that said things like, "They've been saying we'd be enslaved for years, and its been 500 years and we're still here." Nevertheless, history shows that God's will was done. It may have seemed like a long time to the people living during those 500 or so years, but God's prophetic Word came to pass. While it might seem unfair that Noah cursed Canaan instead of Ham, it is only because God knew that it would be on account of Canaan that the people would need to be judged. The people were referred to as Canaanites and lived in the land of Canaan, not the land of Ham. God knew what He was doing. God knew the things that Noah was saying. God was in control the entire time showing that, no matter what the circumstances look like, and no matter how much time elapses, God is in control to ensure that His Word is fulfilled to completion 100% of the time, showing that the Bible is truly God's inspired Word, and not the words of mere men!