The Coming Rebirth of Israel.
The Coming Rebirth of Israel.
Soon, all the tribes of Israel, will be regathered and reunited.
About seventy years ago, the Hebrew nation of Israel began a rebirth in it's rightful homeland, as the ETERNAL proclaimed through His written word. The massive gathering of the world's Jews to this land brings forward the most powerful message from the ETERNAL to humanity in over 2000 years.
When the mass ingathering of the Jews began in the mid nineteenth century, in the barren Ottoman backwater, a land that was promised to descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, hundreds of thousands of Jews gathered there from over 100 nations, and the population now stands at around 8 million. (2015) World Bank Report.
Notice in the Holy Scriptures:
(Ezekiel 34:12-15) (KJV) 12As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. 13And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. 15I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the ETERNAL CREATOR.
(Ezekiel 34:28) (KJV) And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.
Jeremiah continues this thought, but it is for all Israel and not just Judah:
(Jeremiah 32:37-38) (KJV) 37Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: 38And they shall be my people, and I will be their 'God' [SOVEREIGN]:
(Jeremiah 32:41) (KJV) I will delight in treating them graciously, and I will plant them in this land faithfully, with all My heart and soul".
The world as a whole has rejected the claim made by the Jews, that they returned to a land of malarial swamplands, desert, and almost entirely denuded of trees. Arafat told the United Nations in 1974:
The Jewish invasion began in 1881... Palestine then was a verdant area, inhabited mainly by an Arab people..."
But, this was not a true statement because; hundreds of visitors to the land in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries gave eyewitness accounts of how the ETERNAL kept His promise to the letter. For when He said the land of Israel would waste away and remain for the most part empty during the Diaspora*, it did. Notice the next two scriptures:
* The scattering of the Israelites (all 13 tribes), after the Babylonian captivity:
(Leviticus 26:33) (KJV) And I will scatter you among the heathen [nations], and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.
(Zechariah 7:14) (KJV) But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.
In 1835, the French poet Alphonse de Lamartine said:
Outside the gates of Jerusalem we saw indeed no living object, heard no living sound. We found the same void, the same silence, as we should have found before the entombed gates of Pompeii or Herculaneum. A complete, eternal silence reigns in the town, in the highways, in the country; the tomb of a whole people.
In 1867, Mark Twain gave a similar description of the Jezreel valley as "being devoid of a single village," the Galilee as "unpeopled deserts," Jericho as "a moldering ruin," Bethlehem as "untenanted by any living creature," and "renowned Jerusalem itself, a pauper village." Mark Twain continued saying, "Palestine sits in ashes. It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land." And so it was, until about 14 years later, the Jews began to return and rebuild, as CREATOR promised:
(Jeremiah 33:7) (KJV) And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.
(Ezekiel 36:34-35) (KJV) 34And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. 35And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
Over 100 years after the return began, the migration of Jews continue to pour into their land. One third of all the former Jews, totaling 649,097 people, have made aliya [ah-lee-ah = immigrating to Israel] which is about 12 percent of the Israeli population, and they have arrived in the last seven years. The expectation is that 70,000 more will arrive shortly.
For thousands of years, most if not all Jews have faithfully kept the Passover. It has not mattered where they were, inside the borders of Israel or in exile from it, and no matter under what kind of conditions they were in, in brief interludes of peace and prosperity, or under extreme conditions. If it was at all possible, they have kept this ONE ceremony. Sometimes under extremely difficult circumstances, they gave thanks to the ETERNAL for bringing them out of Egypt, and bringing them into the Promised Land.
We are told through the Hebrew Scriptures, that this gathering of the Jews is but a shadow of the coming exodus from all lands by all of the Israelites:
(Jeremiah 16:14-15) (KJV) 14Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the ETERNAL, that it shall no more be said, The ETERNAL liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15But, The ETERNAL liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.
By bringing physical Israel back to the Holy Land, the ETERNAL is raising a banner that is going to be very difficult for nations to ignore. It is going to confront the world into the reality of His unlimited existence, sovereignty, and His unlimited power. In Isaiah we are told:
(Isaiah 11:11-12) (KJV) 11And it shall come to pass in that day, that the ETERNAL shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12And he shall set up an ensign [banner] for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Ezekiel adds more:
(Ezekiel 36:23) (KJV) And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen [nations], which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen [nations] shall know that I am the ETERNAL, saith the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
(Ezekiel 36:36) (KJV) Then the heathen [nations] that are left round about you shall know that I the ETERNAL build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the ETERNAL have spoken it, and I will do it.
But among 'Christians,' prejudices remain. The Ingathering of the Jews in Israel has caused a cataclysmic event that has shaken the dust of blindness of the past centuries from the eyes of some 'Christians.' There are some 'Christians' that are beginning to realize it is a fact that the nation of Israel is still special in the eyes of our CREATOR, and still occupies an extraordinarily special place in His purpose for mankind. Regardless, the anti-Semitism still colors the eyes of many of these same 'Christians' who are excitedly observing this physical return of Jews.
Bear in mind, not all people declaring to be Jews are following the Hebrew Laws (Torah), or are religious, but they do know they belong there. Even those who do not follow Judaism recognize they have been hounded, harassed, and afflicted in every land they sought refuge down through the centuries. The vast majority of 'Christians' believe the Jews are returning to their ancient homeland, (i.e. the Promised Land) to face more of the ETERNAL's wrath and judgment. Furthermore, it is amazing how many cling to the belief, that when the church is raptured up to heaven at any moment, that the Jews along with the unbelieving Gentile world, are going to be left behind to face "God's" wrath.
This majority argues that the Jews are unsaved and will remain unsaved, and therefore have to be punished until they accept 'Christ' as their Savior. Moreover, the origins of this lie can easily be traced to the one person, with whom 'Christian' anti-Semitism originated; namely the "self-appointed [New Testament]™ Apostle Paul", who single-handedly created the 'Christianity' practiced today by all 'Christians' by saying among other things, that the Jews rejected 'Christ,' killed 'God', and so naturally they were cursed and made to wander and suffer until they converted to 'Christianity.'
The matter can be made clear from the Scriptures. The ETERNAL warned all Israel [not just the Jews] in (Deuteronomy 30), what He would do if they did not follow His commands. Israel was warned many times to change and they refused. The dispersion from the land was a curse; restoration to the land will be a blessing.
What does the ETERNAL promise a regathered Israel? (Psalms 80) tells us the "Shepherd of Israel is beseeched to cause his face to shine on scattered Israel" (asked not to pour out His wrath on them), and then later in the chapter the Israelites say "and we will or shall be saved." We won't go through the whole chapter, but you can read and study this on your own at your leisure. The context in Psalm 102 the prophet writes about the regathering:
(Psalms 102:13) (KJV) Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
(Psalms 102:21-22) (KJV) 21To declare the name of the ETERNAL in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem; 22When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the ETERNAL.
In many of the prophets, the ETERNAL has promised to gather Israel, notice only a few:
(Nehemiah 1:9) (MEV) but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though your outcasts are under the farthest part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and bring them back to the place where I have chosen to establish My name.
(Isaiah 43:5-10) (MEV) 5Do not fear, for I am with you: I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; 6I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 7Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. 8Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. 9Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. 10Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
(Isaiah 54:7) (MEV) For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will I gather you.
(Jeremiah 23:3) (MEV) And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
(Jeremiah 29:14) (MEV) And I will be found of you, says the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive.
(Jeremiah 31:8) (MEV) Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the ends of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travails with child together: a great company shall return there.
(Jeremiah 31:10) (MEV) Hear the word of the ETERNAL, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
(Jeremiah 32:37) (MEV) Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, where I have driven them in my anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:
(Ezekiel 11:17) (MEV) Therefore say, Thus says the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.
(Ezekiel 20:34) (MEV) And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries in which you are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out.
(Ezekiel 20:41) (MEV) I will accept you with your sweet aroma, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries in which you have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the nations.
(Ezekiel 34:13) (MEV) And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
(Ezekiel 36:24) (MEV) For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
(Zephaniah 3:20) (MEV) At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, says the LORD.
In (Isaiah 41:8-16), Israel is told to "fear not" and "be not dismayed." The promise goes on to say that by His "right hand" (not Israel's righteousness) Israel will be upheld, and any who strive and or war against Israel will perish and be as nothing. (Ezekiel 20:41) the ETERNAL said that He would accept them as a sweet aroma and gather them from the countries He scattered them. (Zephaniah 3:15), the ETERNAL promised He would take away Israel's judgments, remove their enemies, and they would see disaster no more. In (Deuteronomy 30:9, Jeremiah 32:41, Isaiah 62:5, and Zephaniah 3:17), the promise is that as he gathers Israel and establishes them in the "Promised Land" He will rejoice and be glad with singing.
Even with the weight of all the scriptural promises, many so-called Bible-believers around the world are convinced that when in next war (which by the way nearly everyone, including me, believe is inevitable) there will be a terrible toll of Jewish lives. They say, "Israel will be hammered until they call out to the ETERNAL". The fact of the matter is that the ETERNAL's wrath on Israel turned the Jews, as well as the nations, which they lived among, away from Him. In (Ezekiel 36:21-22), the ETERNAL said the dispersion profaned His Name among the nations, not glorifying it. Israel's regathering is not done in readiness for another holocaust, as is believed by some. It is being prepared for the restoration of the nation of Israel to their CREATOR (the ETERNAL).
In Ezekiel the ETERNAL tells us that He will gather [all] Israel from all the countries, and place in them a new heart of flesh.
(Ezekiel 36:24-26) (KJV) 24For I will take you from among the heathen [nations], and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Three chapters later we are told that the ETERNAL will pour out His Spirit on the House of Israel:
(Ezekiel 39:29) (KJV) Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN.
Samuel tells us that this restoration is only for Israel, as a nation:
(2 Samuel 7:23) (KJV) And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom the ETERNAL went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their [false] 'gods'?
If the physical restoration of the House of Israel has caused such a mighty stirring among the peoples of the world, what will their spiritual restoration do?
(Psalms 79:10) (KJV) Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their ETERNAL SOVEREIGN? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.
(Psalms 115:2-3) (KJV) 2Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their ETERNAL SOVEREIGN? 3But our ETERNAL SOVEREIGN is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.
(Joel 2:17) (KJV) Let the priests, the ministers of the ETERNAL, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O ETERNAL SOVEREIGN, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their ETERNAL SOVEREIGN?
Then YHWH was roused on behalf of His land and had compassion Upon His people. In response to His people YHWH declared: "I will grant you the new grain, The new wine, and the new oil, and you shall have them in abundance. Nevermore will I let you be a mockery among the nations. As you can see, they will say, "there is their CREATOR." The ETERNAL said:
(Ezekiel 36:22-30) (KJV) 22Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. 23And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the ETERNAL, saith the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 24For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 28And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your SOVEREIGN. 29I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. 20And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
Furthermore, here we see that there is a major discrepancy as to the validity of any of the claims made by the self-proclaimed 'son of god', or by any of his apostles, disciples, or followers, as to the nature of the future state of Israel:
(Ezekiel 37:21-28) (MEV) 21And say unto them, Thus says the ETERNAL SOVEREIGN; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, where they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: 23Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their SOVEREIGN. 24And David my servant shall be king over them*; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. 25And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince** for ever. 26Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them***: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 27My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their SOVEREIGN, and they shall be my people. 28And the heathen [nations] shall know that I the ETERNAL do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.
*Notice, that it is King David, and NOT the false deity called 'jesus' who will reign as King in the millennium and beyond; even forever.
**Notice, that it is King David, and NOT the false deity called 'jesus' who is called 'their prince' forever.
***Notice, that it is the ETERNAL, and NOT the false deity called 'jesus' who makes a new everlasting covenant of peace with Israel.
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