Prophecy Fulfilled -Israel Regathered...Blossoming fig tree,
comes from over land and sea,
time for jubilee!
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Israel, the Nation.......the blossoming fig tree.
(Hosea 9:10; Joel 1:7; Matthew 24:32;)
Re-established on the 14th May 1948, represents a most significant fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
Heralding the potential for the further fulfillment of...
- ...the time of Jacobís Trouble,(Jer. 30:7),
- ...the Battle of Armageddon, (Rev.16.16;)
- ...the Blessed Hope,(Titus 2.13; Zech. 14:4;),
- ...and the coming Kingdom of God.......,(...Matt.6:33; Mark 14:25; Luke14:15; Luke21:31; Luke22:16; Luke22:18;
John3:3; Acts 14:22; Rom.14:17; Gal. 5:21; 2Thes.1.5 etc.)
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? Verily I say unto you. There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.Matthew 24. 1-2
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.Luke 21.24
Following the Death, & Resurrection & Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the birth of the Christian Church the Jewish people went on to be dispersed to the four corners of the globe. This event known as the diaspora followed the Romans sacking of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. , under Emperor Titus.
Fulfilling the prophecy:
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.Matthew 24:2
Throughout the course of the diaspora the Jews encountered the most appalling levels of anti-Semitism and persecution. None so horrendous as that perpetrated by the German military under the leadership of Adolf Hitler.
With the general backing of the German churches approximately 6,000,000 Jews met their deaths in the many concentration camps in what has been generally referred to as the holocaust.
Undoubtedly one of the darkest periods in mankindís chequered history to date. The attempt by Hitler to wipe out the Jews, also intended to destroy the credibility of the Christian church. The victims of the holocaust included some Christians, some, now well known names, e.g. Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Websters Encyclopedia defines anti-Semitism & attributes it largely to the European Christian Church over the last two thousand years.
This is a damning indictment on an institution initially founded on...
the Great Commandments...
i.e. To love the Lord thy God and to love your neighbour as yourself.
Clearly the Churchís failure to preserve & encourage an attitude of love & compassion, for ALL mankind, throughout the age has left a legacy obviously demanding much prayer & repentance!
"Mans inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn."Robert Burns
The following quote from Ezekiel, although often tending to suffer at the hands of those who seek for only an allegorical or symbolic interpretation, has some commentators convinced that the Prophet Ezekiel was transported 2500 years into the future to witness the horror of the holocaust, (1933-1945).
It was only three years later that Israel was re-established as a nation!
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:Ezekiel 37:1-5
The regathering of the descendants of Abraham back to the very land from which they had been dispersed 1900 years later should, in itself, be regarded as a modern day miracle. The fact that the Old Testament prophets spoke of this regathering and its significance should be of particular interest to the student of bible prophecy. Consider the various prophecies fulfilled by the re-establishment Israel as a nation on 14th May 1948. Consider also the fact that an extinct language, Hebrew, has been reinstated, and an obsolete currency the Shekel is now back in circulation. Looking back to the centuries immediately prior to the nation of Israel being re-established it is interesting to note the various accounts of a number of explorers to the area. Without exception the opinion was one of regarding the country which we now refer to as Israel as one of the least desirable of habitats.
Consider that in 1610 George Sandys wrote...
"the land was bare of trees, the country is a vast empty ruin".
From the accounts written in the 1800ís of Mark Twain in Innocents Abroad :
"Where prosperity had reigned, and fallen, where glory has flamed, and gone out; where beauty has dwelt, and passed away; where gladness was, and sorrow is; where the pomp of life has been, and silence and death brood in its high places - there this reptile makes his home and mocks at human vanity".
Also, in 1877, Colonel C. R. Condor wrote:
"Palestine is empty. The population is not large enough to till the land".
The regathering of Israel defies the accepted knowledge of Anthropology, it is completely illogical and entirely miraculous to see an element of the human race to disperse to the four corners of the earth and after a period of 1900 years to return and establish a unique Nation and to convert a desert wasteland into the most desirable piece of real estate on the planet. These people whose origins have no common language, racial or ethnic background, yet somehow with the identity or label of Jew, carried throughout the ages, are now firmly established at the centre of the world stage. In some cases there return has come about by standing on ancient prophecies in scripture, and in others, many are ignorant of what being a Jew really means, yet seizing an opportunity to escape the evils of anti-Semitism and start a new life.
- As part of the blossoming fig tree. (Hosea 9:10; Joel 1:7; Matthew 24:32;)
Other Scriptures Fulfilled by Israel...
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.Isaiah 11:12
For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.Isaiah 14:1
He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.Isaiah 27:6
Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I 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;Isaiah 43:5-6
Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.Isaiah 49:12
In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.Jeremiah 3:18
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.Jeremiah 23:7-8
Hear the word of the LORD, 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 31:10
Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.Nehemiah 1:8-9
The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.Psalms 147:2
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.Ezekiel 39:25-28
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.Amos 9:14
Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.Zephaniah 3:19
Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.Zechariah 2:6
I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased. And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again.Zechariah 10:8-9
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
Remember to Beware of a False Peace Treaty!
they shall prosper that love thee...
Christians need to pray for Israel and particularly Jerusalem (Psalm 122.6), and for the conversion of the Jews. Praying that God will remove the veil from their eyes. In Romans Chís 9 to 11, Paul clearly states that the temporary spiritual blindness of Israel would be removed following the fullness of the Gentiles. Until such time, in faith the Church should be looking forward & praying to that end!
Christians owe a great debt to the Jews.
Likewise the world owes a similar debt to the Jews who have been the source of so much scientific & medical expertise, as well as cultural & artistic contributions to society.
Without the Jews we would have...
Jesus Christ, a Jew, left the world in ascension glory from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1.11), and likewise will return to the very same spot, (Zech. 14.4;)...
Not London...Not Washington...Not Moscow...But Jerusalem!!!
As we "Watch & Pray" for the peace of Jerusalem,
which is our Blessed Hope remember...
"Bible Prophecy is...
...more up-to-date than late-breaking news!"
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