If the spies had not given a bad report about Eretz Yisroel or the people had not accepted their bad report, how would history have been different?
I have heard speculation that upon entering the land, Moses would have been moshiach, he would have built the Temple immediately, and we would be living in yemos hamoshiach now. Is there a basis for this idea?
UPDATE: I found an example of this idea (with no source) in ArtScroll's Megillat Eichah commentary (pp. xx-xxi):
The failure of that eloquent appeal was a turning point in Jewish history. Had the spies not fallen short, had Joshua and Caleb prevailed, had the people kept their faith in God and Moshe, then the evil potential of those forty days would have been forever destroyed. Israel, led by Moshe, would have entered its land, built the Holy Temple, and begun the reign of Messiah -- the ultimate redemption for which we still long.
Where might the author (Rabbi Nosson Scherman) have learned this idea?