Two prophecies concerning Israel's rebirth

as a nation on May 14, 1948.

 
by Watchman

       

 

Here we are in May 2008, and as we celebrate Israel's Independence Day, the Jewish State has grown to 5.5 million Jewish people as God has re-gathered His chosen people and something very exciting is about to happen soon. I believe that your involvement in this Bible Ministry is going to play a large part in seeing Ezekiel's prophecy fulfilled.

 

Now that the Jewish people are back in the Land, He will bring spiritual revival to His Chosen People.

  

In Chapter 36, Ezekiel prophesies about the Spiritual Rebirth of the nation of Israel.

"For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you." Ezekiel 36:25-27





Watchman, 13/05/2008


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Donald Boyd 16/05/2008 17:37
There are other prophecies which speak about the return of the Jews to the land of Israel.

In his commentaries on the post-exilic prophecies (Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi), T V Moore exegeted Zechariah to indicate that the Jews would return to Israel. This is the more significant as he wrote in the 19th century before there was any obvious prospect of this happening. Albert Barnes, a fellow 19th century American commentator, writes plainly on Isa 66:8: “Such an event never has occurred.”, but it occurred on 14/5/1948. I think the text Moore used was Zec 8:7-8. Zechariah chapters 12 to 14 evidently refer to New Testament times.

Ezek 37:11-14 is more appropriately applied in the first instance to the Jewish return from the Babylonian exile in Old Testament times. They came in repentance 36:25-27,31 and after prayer to God for their return 36:37. What evidence do we have that modern Israel did so? However, the Old Testament return from this Babylonian exile is no doubt intended to illustrate the 20th century return of the Jews to the land of Israel, which precedes their eventual conversion to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Clive Roberts (Guest) 06/01/2009 15:27
The verses following Ezek 37:14 make it clear that what God is doing (will do) is to unite the two separate tribes of the house of Judah and the house of Israel (i.e. ALL the SONS - 12 tribes - of Israel/Jacob).

Ezek 36:22-28 speaks of a re-gathering from "the nations" (plural) and "all the lands" prior to a sanctification process (v25-28).

Jeremiah prophesies:
"Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit. (31:5)"

This cannot possibly refer to the return from Babylon. Indeed the Jews were outcasts from Samaria (the West Bank so-called) even in Jesus' day. And the re-gathering is from all points of the compass.

"See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return. They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son.
"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: 'He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'
For the LORD will ransom Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they. (31:8-11)
Donald Boyd 09/07/2009 16:33
Sorry, Clive, but nothing that you have quoted proves that Ezek 37:11-14 “cannot possibly refer to the return from Babylon”.

“Cannot possibly” is a strong opinion which merits plain exegesis to prove it instead of mere assertion.

Ezek 37:11-14 is the Lord’s explanation of what Ezekiel saw in the valley. The Lord says it is about the Jews who are alive in Ezekiel’s day and who say that their hope is lost v11. Ezekiel is to tell them that the Lord will bring them into the land of Israel v12.

Ezek 37:15ff is a separate word from the Lord with another message. It is evident that the latter part of the chapter finds its fulfilment in New Testament times.
Ian Allan (Guest) 09/07/2009 18:01
Sorry Donald, but to draw a line of (millennia of) history between one sentence and the next (forget about verse numbers, these were inserted by man) without proof is lacking in honesty to the Word.

Chapter 37 (and I only quote the ch. for reference purposes) follows on from Chapter 36 (I am not being facetious) which in turn speaks time and again about the scattering throughout the nations (plural) - not Babylon.

However I do not believe that a Christian's view on God's latter day purposes can be won by argument. In spite of the overwhelming evidence provided by Scripture that God still has a purpose for His city, His land and His chosen people, it seems that this is still denied by a huge section of the church.

To me it is a matter of whether hearts are willing/prepared to receive the evidence before minds can be convinced. It is the same dynamic with Jews and their seeing Jesus as their Messiah. The Scriptural evidence is all there for the Jews, but it is only as they open up to the truth that they can come to see it.

It is the same 'denial' dynamic which underlies Replacent Theology.
Donald Boyd 10/07/2009 18:13
Ian, the point is still not proven. “Lacking in honesty” is strong language which needs proof instead of mere assertion. For some reason you cannot see a lengthy period of time between the fulfilment of Ezek 37:11-14 and the fulfilment of the subsequent verses, although they are separate messages. Presumably you think there is a short period of time, and you refer me to Ezekiel 36. Well, Ezek 36:8 says that the land can expect the Jews to return soon. If you are right, it took several millennia for this “soon” to arrive in 1948. Rather, the fulfilment was in Old Testament times.

Your ‘proof’ seems to be their “scattering throughout the nations (plural) - not Babylon.” Yet Ezek 36:19 says that they are already “dispersed through the countries” in Ezekiel’s time. It doesn’t say only Babylon. The Jews were already scattered among various countries, including Babylon, so when they return God naturally says that He will gather them from these countries Ezek 36:24.

I don’t subscribe to Replacement Theology and I believe that the Jews will yet nationally acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord according to Romans 11. Shalom.
Ian Allan (Guest) 10/07/2009 20:58
Donald said:
"I don’t subscribe to Replacement Theology and I believe that the Jews will yet nationally acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord according to Romans 11."

I think that we are agreed. However I also believe that the 'eternal' covenant with Abraham re 'the land' also applies. Ultimately however God calls Israel 'My land', and the Jews 'My chosen' and Jesus is coming back to the Mount of Olives to reign in Mt. Zion - God's 'Holy Hill'.

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