Regathering of Jews back to Israel "will occur right before the return of the Messiah"
Physical restoration of Israel prophesied in Tenach and Brit Chadasha only to happen in the Last Days.
A New and Unique Perspective
Posted on March 6, 2009 by joelmchernoff
This being the first blog entry in The Joel Chernoff Report (TJCR) I take the liberty (since it's my blog) to give some direction as to its future content. TJCR will look at and comment on a wide range of issues and events surrounding the Biblically prophesied physical and spiritual restoration of Israel.
Since I am very aware of these prophecies as I study them in Scripture, I believe that we live in a time when we are seeing Biblical prophecy come alive and be fulfilled. We know from Scripture what the prophetic trajectory looks like and now we have the privilege of seeing these events unfold before our eyes. These are both terrifying and exciting times.
The interesting thing about Biblical prophecy is that God chooses to share with us what I call "prophetic/signpost events". He chooses not to tell us exactly when and where or even in what order various important prophetic events will happen. He simply states that these events will transpire in the prophetic period called the "Last Days". In Scripture the "Last Days" is that time period just before the Messiah returns to Jerusalem and sets up His Kingdom over the whole earth. The reason these prophecies were given to us by God was to help us know that His return was imminent.
What do Messianic Jews believe about the Messiah?
Many within today's Jewish world either do not believe the Messiah has come or don't know or care. Messianic Jews (like me) believe that the Messiah has come and that He is returning at the end of the prophetic period called the "Last Days". He is known to Messianic Jews by His Hebrew name, Yeshua while the western world knows him in English as Jesus.
How do we know we are in the "Last Days"?
There are two significant prophetic events "that confirm with certainty that we are in the"Last Days".
Israel is Born
1. The Physical Restoration of the Nation of Israel: (ie the Jewish people being re-established in her original land grant) This event was prophesied over and over both in the Tenach (Old Testament) and in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament). This was only to happen in the "Last Days" and indeed this was fulfilled in 1948 after almost 2000 years of exile, with the re-establishment of the State of Israel. Significantly, this is the only time in history that a nation was disbursed from its original homeland and later restored to the very same homeland as a people. This was indeed a miraculous prophetic fulfillment.
2. The Spiritual Restoration of Israel: The Jewish prophets foretell a massive spiritual awakening will sweep the nation of Israel in the "Last Days" and move our people to a place of right relationship with God. I believe that Messianic Judaism also known as the Messianic Jewish Movement is that revival.
Why I believe Messianic Judaism is that revival?
In 1967 there were fewer than 2000 Messianic Jews in the US. Today that number, according to Jewish population studies in the US, estimates the number at between one to two million in the US alone. In 1967 there were zero Messianic synagogues and today there are over 700 worldwide and those numbers are increasing faster than anyone can keep track.
Consequently, I can confidently assert that since 1967, Messianic Judaism is the fastest growing stream of Jewish religious life on the planet today. This movement is not the product of any person or organization but simply the work of God's Spirit in fulfillment of prophecy according to God's purposes and plans.
Having said all of the above you can see why the events and continuing conflict surrounding Israel are so important. The spiritual and physical restoration of Israel is central in God's prophetic plan for planet earth and the Messiah's second coming is inextricably and prophetically connected to Israel's restoration. Indeed Yeshua himself said that He will not return to Israel until the Jewish people say "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord."
End-time prophecies always portray the Jews back in their land
"Ezekiel was told by the Lord that ... would bring them back to life and to their land of Israel (Ezekiel 37:11, 12). The passage affirms that the regathering will include both Israel and Judah (vs. 19), and that this will occur right before the return of the Messiah to reign over the nations (vv. 24-28). ...
The Importance of Jerusalem
On June 7, 1967, during the Six Day War, the Jews re-conquered the city of Jerusalem, which they were unable to hold during their War of Independence (1948-1949). This was significant, because the Jews had not exercised true sovereignty over the capital city since 70 AD—a span of 1,897 years.
Jesus Christ, during His Olivet discourse, said to watch the city of Jerusalem. He prophesied that it would fall by the sword, which happened 40 years later when the Romans destroyed it in 70 AD. He further prophesied that the city would be trampled down by the Gentiles "until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" (Luke 21:24).
This has been a fact of history; it has been trampled by the Romans (70-640), the Arabs (640-1090), the Crusaders (1090-1291), the Mamelukes (1291-1517), the Turks (1517-1918), the League of Nations (1918-1922), the British (1922-1948), and the Jordanians (1948-1967).
And this "trampling down" by the Gentiles has not yet finished, for Jerusalem will be a battleground during the Tribulation. But the re-occupation of the city by the Jews is prophetically significant, because end-time prophecies always portray the Jews back in their land and in their beloved city of Jerusalem (e.g., Zechariah 12:1-6)."
Dr. David R. Reagan, America the Beautiful?
Orthodox Jews Protest the State of Israel and Its Behavior
MONTREAL, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
Orthodox Jews demonstrated yesterday in front of the Israeli embassy in Montreal, against the Zionist government's destruction of an ancient Jewish cemetery in the city of Ashkelon.
The Zionist government has proceeded with plans to enlarge the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon by destroying an ancient cemetery. Thirty graves, identified by experts as Jewish graves from the Second Temple era, were evacuated by archaeologists. Beginning Saturday night, the government began bulldozing the entire lot, which certainly contains countless more graves.
"According to the Torah, Jews are currently in exile and are not permitted to have a state of their own. Therefore, Orthodox Jews who believe in the Torah never took part in the Zionist movement and its state. This is the reason for the bitter irony that the state calling itself Jewish is run by people who deny all of Judaism's basic principles," said Rabbi Elchonon Beck, a spokesman for Neturei Karta International.
"One of those principles is the immortality of the soul, its reward and punishment after death, and the eventual resurrection of body and soul together. That is why we are commanded to treat human remains with the greatest respect. It is forbidden to move bones, and it is an even greater offense to grind them in the blades of a tractor. We are appalled by the actions of the state calling itself Israel, which lacks the decency and respect for human dignity that most countries of the world practice...
The Zionists want to put an end to Jewish religious observance. They arrest religious Jews and keep them in prison, or use other brutal methods—even murder—against anyone who stands up against them. The fact that they desecrate that which is holy to Jews, and the fact that they treat Orthodox Jews brutally, is the greatest proof that 1) they do not represent the Torah; 2) they do not represent Orthodox Jews; 3) their goal is not the well-being of Jews, only their own political aspirations. They attempt to transform Judaism, a religious concept, into a nationalist concept, empty of Torah and dedication to the Almighty—which have always been the outstanding qualities of the Jewish people. After all this, they have the nerve to call themselves'Israel' and base their claims to the land on the Torah — the same Torah that they so proudly desecrate!
They use the Almighty's promise of the Holy Land, and at the same time they laugh in His face and violate His law. The Almighty commanded us to go into exile, and with three oaths forbade us to create our own country before the coming of the messiah, when the redemption of the world will take place and all mankind will willingly worship the One G-d.
"Jewish people do not want a state before the advent of the messianic era"
"STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
In view of the recent developments in the 'Middle East, we find imperative to reiterate our principles concerning the Zionist movement and the State of Israel.
In order that our stand be clearly understood, a brief historical review is necessary.
About a century ago some self-styled Jewish leaders started to propagate nationalistic ideals within the world Jewish community. This eventually led the formation of the world Zionist movement.
From the beginning, this concept was vehemently denounced by the Rabbinical authorities of the time as being diametrically opposed to Judaism.
One of the basic tenets of our faith is that since Divine will has placed us in exile, we are forbidden to have any nationalistic aspirations. We are bound by Divine oath to accept the yoke of the Diaspora and live in peace and harmony within the nations that Divine destiny has placed us. When the demand for a Jewish state became insistent, the opposition of our great Rabbis grew in intensity. They declared for the whole world to know that the Jewish people do not want a state before the advent of the messianic era.
This stand was in no way altered even by the de-facto establishment of the State of Israel.
In addition to this basic ideological transgression, this so-called State of Israel has consistently indulged in activities which constitute a breach of our religious rights. Complete communities were forced to expose their children to an atheistic education; autopsies are performed against the wishes of the deceased and their kin; the sanctity of the resting places of our sages are being violated in a most shameful manner.
From all the above it follows that the Zionist organizations and the State of Israel can in no way claim that they represent world Jewry. We also declare that all the belligerent acts perpetuated by the State of Israel are against our Divine law (the Torah) and thus completely foreign and repulsive to us.
It is our sincere desire to live in peace and tranquility in the nations wherein we reside and be able to observe our religious practices till our final Divine redemption, when peace and tranquility will come to all mankind."
Messianism, Zionism, and Jewish Religious Radicalism
Translated by Michael Swirsky and Jonathan Chipman
Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism
The Orthodox Jewish tradition affirms that Jewish exile will end with the coming of the Messiah. How, then, does Orthodoxy respond to the political realization of a Jewish homeland that is the State of Israel? In this cogent and searching study, Aviezer Ravitzky probes Orthodoxy's divergent positions on Zionism, which range from radical condemnation to virtual beatification.
Ravitzky traces the roots of Haredi ideology, which opposes the Zionist enterprise, and shows how Haredim living in Israel have come to terms with a state to them unholy and therefore doomed. Ravitzky also examines radical religious movements, including the Gush Emunim, to whom the State of Israel is a divine agent. He concludes with a discussion of the recent transformation of Habad Hassidism from conservatism to radical messianism.
This book is indispensable to anyone concerned with the complex confrontation between Jewish fundamentalism and Israeli political sovereignty, especially in light of the tragic death of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Web (Extracted 01-08-2016)
THE ALIENATION OF THE SHEKINAH
"Only a few years later, Rabbi Ezra, leader of the Kabbalist circle in Gerona, issued an appeal to the people to make their peace with the yoke of exile. "At this time," he wrote, "the people of Israel are already exempted from the obligation of [living in] the Land of Israel. When they suffer exile for the love of the Holy One, blessed be He, and undergo affliction and subjugation, this serves as an altar of expiation for them; as it is said: 'For Your sake...we are slain all day long' [Ps. 44:23]." Thus the concrete Land of Israel is not needed or required until the era of the Messiah; on the contrary, whoever goes there may be seen as forsaking the Shekinah, which now dwells with the dispersed people of Israel. A similar line was taken by Rabbi Azriel, the disciple of Rabbi Ezra (and apparently also his son-in-law). He too set aside the Land of Israel during the premessianic period, asserting that the Shekinah no longer dwelt there: "Wherever the people of Israel went into exile, sanctity dwells among them; therefore [the Holy One says], 'I will not come to the city' which has been joined together, to the lower Jerusalem, until the time of the End, when Israel will return there; and [only then] the Shekinah will return together with them...During the time of the Exile, however, because 'the Holy One [is] in your midst,' He will not come to the city [Hosea 11:9]."
The idea of the exile of the Shekinah illuminated the three oaths in a unique mystical light. The lower, historical exile reflects the metaphysical, supernal exile---the separation of the Shekinah from its higher, divine source; the oaths disinclined the Jewish people to rebel against their exile while the Shekinah had not been delivered from its supernal exile. In the language of Rabbi Ezra: "' I have adjured thee': these are the words of the Shekinah in the time of exile; adjuring Israel not to force the End and not to arouse love until there comes the time of favor... [At the present time, however], the Shekinah is far from its place." As noted by Haviva Pedaya, the particular notion of the three oaths may have been connected by Rabbi Ezra with specific Kabbalistic ideas regarding the concept of oath as such. According to this idea, the power of an oath forces itself upon the Godhead itself. God, too, is bound by the vow until the End of Days. In any event, it is clear that these oaths of passivity dovetailed with Ezra's mystical approach. Even at the time of redemption, he believed, the people of Israel will uphold their vow and not rebel against the nations of the world: "Thereafter Israel, the scattered ones who are dispersed among the nations, will place upon themselves one head, that is, Messiah son of David who was with them in exile, and will go up to the Land of Israel by the permission of the kings of the nations and with their help!" That is to say, the Third Temple, like the second one, will also be built only with the consent of the Gentiles.
Is it mere chance that the best-known immigrant to the land in the thirteenth century, Rabbi Moses Nahmanides, emerged from this same circle of mystics in Gerona, but profoundly disagreed with them as to the mystical status of the Land of Israel? Nahmanides took a diametrically opposed position on all the above questions. In contrast to the view exempting contemporary Jews from the obligation of living in the Land of Israel, Nahmanides was the first to formally establish the act of dwelling in the land as "a positive commandment incumbent upon any individual in every generation, even in the time of exile." In contrast to Rabbi Ezra's insistence that even in the messianic age the people of Israel will settle their land with the permission of other nations, Nahmanides insisted that "we not leave it [the land] in the hands of other nations, in any generation." Moreover, as opposed to the view distancing the Shekinah from the land until the messianic End, Nahmanides ascribed a supreme, exclusive significance to the religious life in the Holy Land. In fact, he denied any independent, inherent value to observing the commandments in the lands of exile. No one before him had gone so far in placing the Land of Israel at the very center of Jewish teaching---not only in the age of the Messiah, but in present historical time.
Does this ideological polarization---between the passive position of Ezra and Azriel, who would defer aliyah to the messianic era, and the activist stance of Nahmanides---indicate the existence of a dialogue and confrontation over this subject among the Gerona Kabbalists? It is not impossible. Apparently, the young Nahmanides learned Kabbalah from the elderly Ezra, while the latter used a work by the youthful Nahmanides. By the time that Rabbi Ezra, in his last years, had set down his thoughts regarding the oaths and the permission of the nations, Nahmanides was already in his forties. Of course, we do not know the formative wellspring of Nahmanides' doctrine of the Land of Israel. Nevertheless, we may presume that the passive posture adopted by Ezra and Azriel on this question was not divorced from the living presence of the land in the consciousness of others, nor from the growing tendency toward aliyah in their own generation.
"THAT THEY NOT GO UP EN MASSE"
Beginning with the fourteenth century, our assumption that a dialectical relationship existed between the references to oaths and the phenomena of aliyah is no longer based on circumstantial evidence alone. It has a clear basis in fact. Indeed, during this period the edict of the oaths, which had originated in midrash and in Jewish thought, found its way directly into halakhic literature too. Apparently, only after Nahmanides' ruling that made dwelling in the land an obligatory precept for future generations, and only when this ruling became widely known, was there a counterreaction, in which the three oaths were powerfully reinvoked and even worked into the realm of halakhic discussion.
Interestingly, this reaction is first apparent in the writings of those very sages who felt drawn to the Land of Israel, but considered themselves obligated by the oaths to qualify their positive attitude toward aliyah. They therefore distinguished clearly between the piously motivated move of an individual to the land, which was blessed, and a collective break out of exile, which was forbidden.
Thus Estori ha-Parhi, an aficionado of the Land of Israel and a researcher of its antiquities, although citing a Talmudic saying praising those who dwell in the land, yet hedged it with restrictions and denied any Jewish longing to acquire political control there in the present age: "[We read] in the Jerusalem Talmud, Shekalim (3:4): 'It was taught in the name of Rabbi Meier: Whoever dwells permanently in the Land of Israel and speaks the Holy Tongue, etc., is assured his share in the World to Come.' However, they may not go up in order to conquer until the End comes, as is stated at the end of tractate Ketubbot: '"Lest you arouse and awaken [the love]"...they should not ascend the wall.'"
This restriction was formulated in the Land of Israel itself at the beginning of the fourteenth century. Indeed, its author saw fit to characterize his own personal aliyah in the same spirit: "[God,] who knows every secret, knows that our [only] intention is to become sanctified by the holiness of the soil of Israel. We go there in awe [eimah], not to ascend the wall [homah]!" Estori ha-Parhi may have been responding here directly to contemporary opposition to aliyah.
At the end of the century we find similar restrictions in a halakhic responsum written in North Africa by Isaac bar Sheshet, "Ribash." This sage, a refugee of the persecutions of 1391 in Spain, ruled on the question of aliyah in accordance with Nahmanides: "Aliyah to the Land of Israel is a mitzvah." Surely, this dictum reflected the situation of Spanish Jewry following the pogroms, which inspired the move to the land. At the same time, the writer warned against any attempt to make a mass break from the Exile: "The prophet said to the people---'Build houses...' [Jer.29:5]--- addressing himself to those living in the Exile decreed upon them...Now, too, one of the three oaths the Holy One, blessed be He, made Israel take is not to ascend the wall."
Similarly, Solomon ben Simeon Duran, "the Rashbash," of Algiers, a son of refugees from those same pogroms, was asked a concrete halakhic question pertaining to aliyah. He responded in like spirit, taking great care to eliminate any possible messianic connotation accruing to aliyah: "It is incumbent upon every individual to go up to live [in the Land of Israel]." He wrote: "However, this is not an all-inclusive commandment for all of Israel in their exile, but is withheld from the collectivity... For it is one of the oaths which the Holy One, blessed be He, has adjured Israel, that they not hasten the End, and not go up in the wall. Consider what happened to the children of Ephraim when they forced the End prematurely."
Just as the opponents of aliyah made the Land of Israel a strictly messianic category, the proponents of aliyah attempted to dissociate the land from any messianic context. To go to the land, the latter said, is in fact an ongoing, binding commandment, but those who obey it are expected to be doubly careful to observe the high barriers separating the age of exile from that of redemption. They may not go up "in order to conquer" (Estori ha-Parhi); they may not "ascend the wall" against the will of the ruling peoples (Ribash); and they may not go up collectively---"the entire people" (the Rashbash).
During the second half of the fifteenth century, there was a mass movement in Castile; men, women, and children traveled by sea to the Land of Israel. This type of awakening, unprecedented for generations, was probably connected with messianic fervor and, as might be expected, aroused anger and suspicion among other contemporary Jews. The heads of the Jewish community in Saragossa were severely critical, emphasizing in a letter to their Castilian counterparts the dangers involved in a mass voyage to the Holy Land. In this protest it is difficult to separate theological considerations from pragmatic apprehensions of the Gentiles' reaction to such a move. In any event, this mass migration to the Land of Israel was openly denounced as an attempt to force the End and to meddle with messianic redemption. As the Castilians protested in their letter,
People of small value and great number have set out for the Land of Israel...We do not know what gave rise to this great foolishness...And if one will say: is it not well known and renowned from days of old that the people have always gone from every corner to the Land of Israel? [We answer:] This is true, but they have done it only in small numbers each time, and with adequate privilege from the rulers of the lands; never has such a great crowd been reported to go there together...Therefore, our learned brothers and leaders, we beseech you: Let all those making this move turn back, let every person return home in peace, and not hasten the End as the children of Ephraim did, heaven forbid...[We pray that] our eyes shall see the Lord returning to Zion...and all of the people of Israel shall [follow] and ascend there to see the presence of the Lord our God in His chosen house.
Again, the invitation of the oaths thrusts before us the way in which aliyah became an actual religious question in different eras and in different places. Their articulation in literature may reveal, paradoxically, the immediate presence of the Land of Israel in Jewish consciousness and its concrete impact upon the life of the communities. Although the three oaths were generally on the margins of Jewish discourse, from time to time they were drawn inside to build a high barrier between the people and the land.
Two questions remain to be dealt with in this context: First, was the edict of the oaths in fact limited to the Jewish collectivity only, to mass aliyah, or did it sometimes stand in the way of individual Jews too? As we have seen, already in the thirteenth century one can find some rabbinical reservations concerning aliyah as such---whether by individuals or by a group---rendering it an explicitly messianic category. The sixteenth century saw an additional, Halakhic (!) attempt in this direction, based explicitly on the old message of the oaths. The author was Rabbi Joseph de Leon, a Spanish immigrant in Italy. In his Halakhic work, Megillat Esther (on Maimonides' Sefer ha-mitzvot), de Leon sought to exempt even individual Jews from the call of the land.
The commandment to inherit the Land and dwell therein is not observed save in the days of Moses, Joshua and David, and so long as the people of Israel have not been exiled from their land. After they were exiled, however, this commandment is not binding upon subsequent generations until the advent of the Messiah. On the contrary, we are commanded, according to the end of tractate Ketubbot, not to rebel against the nations by conquering the land...not to ascend the wall. As for Nahmanides' statement that the Sages conceived the conquest of the land to be an obligatory war, this statement refers to a future time, when we shall not be subjugated to the nations."
Messianism, Zionism, and Jewish Religious Radicalism
Aviezer Ravitzky, Sep 1 1996, pp. 218-222
"For many centuries, Jews all over the world ended their traditional celebrations of the festival of Passover, commemorating the redemption of the Israelites from servitude in Egypt, with the cry 'Next Year in Jerusalem.' This expression reflected the indelible faith, maintained by the Jewish people since the destruction of their state by the Romans in the first century, that the time would come when the dispersed people of Israel would be gathered together once again and reconstituted as an autonomous nation in their own land. However, as historical circumstances seemed to conspire relentlessly against the realization of this aspiration, it soon became transformed into a dream that was expected to be realized only in a far-off messianic time to come.
There had always been a remnant of the nation living in Palestine, the name given to the land of Israel by the Romans to efface its memory as the national patrimony of the Jewish people. There also had always been a trickle of hardy individuals who immigrated there to immerse themselves in the sanctity of the Holy Land. Nonetheless, the idea of a political restoration of the ancient Jewish state seemed rather farfetched to a people the vast majority of whom had lived in the Diaspora for some eighteen centuries. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, however, the course of history had taken some unanticipated turns that slowly made realization of the dream of Israel's restoration appear once again to be within the realm of historical possibility...
An ancient Jewish teaching suggests that the arrival of the messianic era and Israel's restoration will be accompanied by much travail, the 'birth pangs of the Messiah.' There is an ongoing debate within the contemporary Jewish religious community about whether the emergence of the modern state of Israel represents the dawn of the messianic era and the long-awaited redemption and restoration of the Jewish people to their appropriate place in the divine scheme for the universe. Although this avowedly secular book can shed no light on this question, it does attest to the very troubled birth of the modern state of Israel."
Pangs of the Messiah: The Troubled Birth of the Jewish State
Martin Sicker, Praeger Publishers | January 1, 2000, pp. ix-xi
"About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamour and opposition." Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727 CE)
"God gave the prophecies of the Old Testaments, not to gratify men's curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event; and His own providence, not the interpreters, be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of things predicted many ages before, will then be a convincing argument that the world is governed by providence." Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
"The prophecies are to be unintelligible to the ungodly but intelligible to those who are properly instructed." Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662 CE)
Prophecy Regarding Israel; God's chosen people.
1. Jesus prophesied that the Temple would be destroyed.
Prophecy: New Testament: Matthew 24:1-2 (Recorded: About 30 AD)
Leaving the Temple, Jesus' disciples came up to him and exclaimed of the grandeur of its buildings. "Do you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."
Fulfilled: 70 AD: About 40 years after Jesus was crucified by the Romans the Temple was destroyed. In the year 70 AD, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and killed an estimated 1.2 million Jews. Fire was set to the Temple during the destruction; the fire caused the gold-leaf ornamentation on the Temple ceiling and many statues to melt. The melting gold flowed down the walls and settled into crevices within the stones. The Romans pried apart the stones to remove the gold. This in fulfillment of Jesus' prophecy that not one stone would be left standing on another.
The Holy Temple; dates shown are commonly ascribed by known historians:
1. The first Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC and was rebuilt 70 years later. The rebuilt Temple stood for 586 years and was then destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
2. Both Temples were destroyed by the most powerful empires of their day. (Babylonian Empire in 586 BC and the Roman Empire in 70 AD).
3. After the destruction of both Temples, hundreds of thousands of Jews were slaughtered, taken as slaves and forced out of Jerusalem.
4. According to the ancient historian Josephus, both Temples were destroyed on the same day of their respective years - the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av.
2. Jesus said Jerusalem would be destroyed.
Prophecy: New Testament: Luke 21:24 (Recorded: About 30 AD)
"They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled."
Fulfilled: 70 AD: Jesus said that the Jews soon would be forced out of Jerusalem and that the city would be destroyed. He said Jerusalem would be trampled upon by the "Gentiles" (non-Jews), and that the Jews would be scattered to all nations. All of this took place when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in the year 70, and again in the year 135. During the two destructions, the Romans killed an estimated 1.5 million Jews. Hundreds of thousands of Jews were taken as slaves to other countries, mostly throughout Europe and parts of Asia.
3. Daniel foretold the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Daniel 9:26 (Written: about 530 BC)
"After the sixty-two 'sevens,' the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed."
Fulfilled: 70 AD: The prophet Daniel said that a future ruler over the land of Israel would destroy Jerusalem and the Temple and that this would happen after an anointed one (messiah) is "cut off," which means "rejected" or "killed." A few centuries later, the Romans took control of the land of Israel, Jesus announced himself as the Messiah of Israel, and the Romans crucified him. Forty years later, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple.
4. Jerusalem would be destroyed and"plowed like a field"
Prophecy: Old Testament: Micah 3:11-12 (Written: between 750-686BC)
"Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, 'Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us' Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets."
Fulfilled: 135 AD: The prophet Micah said that Jerusalem would be destroyed and that "Zion"- a central part of Jerusalem - would be "plowed like a field." Micah's prophecy is believed to have been delivered in about 730 BC (about 2700 years ago). Since that time, Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 BC by the Babylonians and by the Romans in 70 AD, and again in 135 AD to crush a Jewish rebellion for independence. According to a text in the Gemara - a collection of ancient Jewish writings - the Romans ran a plow over Zion on the 9th day of the Jewish month of Ab. The Gemara said that Turnus Rufus, a Roman officer, plowed the area of the Temple . This prophecy was fulfilled in literal detail. Incidentally, there was a Roman coin minted during that era that shows an image of a man using a plow. The coin was intended to commemorate the founding of the pagan Roman city called Aelia Capitolina on the site of Jerusalem . The Romans sometimes minted coins showing the plowing motif as a symbol of the establishment of a new Roman city.
The Jews fast (abstain from food) on the 9th day of the Jewish month of Ab (sometimes spelled Av) in remembrance of five historic events that are recorded as occurring on that date. One of those events is the plowing of all or part of Jerusalem by the Romans.
5. Rome's destruction of Israel
Prophecy: Old Testament: Deuteronomy 28:49-52 (Written: about 1400 BC)
"The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young. They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine or oil, nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined. They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down. They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the Lord your God is giving you."
Fulfilled: 70 AD: There are several Bible prophecies foretelling of various destructions of the land of Israel . From the Bible's book of Deuteronomy that foreshadowed the destruction caused by the Romans in the year 70 AD (about 1900 years ago):
"The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand ... They will devour ... until you are ruined. ... They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down." (Deuteronomy 28:49-52 NIV).
And as recorded regarding the year 70 AD: The Roman Empire marched an army in a formation called the "flying eagle," and destroyed Jerusalem . As was typical of that era in Rome 's history, members of the Roman army came from many different countries.
6. Israel would become a wasteland
Prophecy: Old Testament: Deuteronomy 29:23 (Written: around 1400 BC)
"The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in fierce anger."
Fulfilled: 135-1800s: "Israel would become a wasteland" became a fulfilled prophecy. The land of Israel has been described many times as having been a sparsely populated wasteland, as recently as the late 1800s. American writer Mark Twain wrote this, in 1867, about the land of Israel, which at the time was called Palestine: "Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes... the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies... Palestine is desolate and unlovely... It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land."- From Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad.
7. The people of Israel would be exiled, scorned and ridiculed.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Deuteronomy 28:36-37 (Written: about 1400 BC)
"The Lord will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your fathers. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone. You will become a thing of horror and an object of scorn and ridicule to all the nations where the Lord will drive you."
Fulfilled: 135-1900s: The people of Israel, known today as "Jews", have been expelled from their homeland by the Assyrians, Babylonians and Romans. And the Jews - perhaps more than any other group of people - have been subject to hatred, scorn and persecution throughout the world. From the Hasmonaean Period, more than 2000 years ago, until 1948, the Jews did not have sovereign control over any part of their homeland. Nor had Israel been a united and sovereign country for nearly 2900 years, until 1948.
8. The land of Israel would be inhabited by enemies.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Leviticus 26:31-32 (Written: around 1400 BC)
"I will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries, and I will take no delight in the pleasing aroma of your offerings. I will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled."
Fulfilled: 135 to today: This prophecy has been clearly documented throughout history. Each time the people of Israel were forced out of their homeland by the Assyrians, Babylonians and Romans, other people took advantage and moved in. Upon their prophesized return to their homeland during the 1800s and 1900s, the Jews had ongoing skirmishes with the Arab peoples living there, who continue to live in parts of the land of Israel till this day.
9. The people of Israel will never cease to be a nation of people.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:35-36 (Written: 626 - 586 BC)
"This is what the LORD says, he who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD Almighty is his name: "Only if these decrees vanish from my sight," declares the LORD," will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me."
Fulfilled: Today: As surely as God's word decrees that the people of Israel will never cease to be a nation of people. God's promise of preservation continues to be fulfilled today, as the Jewish people maintain their identity as a distinct group of people, with its own culture, religion and language. Indigenous peoples throughout the world have lost their language and culture, yet the Jewish people maintained their cultural identity for nearly two millennia, even while exiled from their homeland.
10. The exiled people of Israel would return to Israel.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Jeremiah 32:37-41 (Written: 626 - 586 BC)
"I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. They will be my people, and I will be their God."
Fulfilled: late 1800s to today: The prophet said the people of Israel would return to their homeland. Jeremiah lived during a time when the Babylonians were forcing the Jews out of their homeland about 2600 years ago. Many Jews later returned but were forced out again, by the Romans, about 1900 years ago. During the past 200 years, millions of exiled Jews have returned to Israel from countries all over the world. God has truly "gathered them from all the lands."
11. The people of Israel again would be a united people.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Ezekiel 37:15-19 (Written: between 593-571 BC)
"The word of the Lord came to me: 'Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.'
Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. When your countrymen ask you, 'Won't you tell us what you mean by this?' say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim's hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah's stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.'
Fulfilled: since late 1800s: The prophecy stated that God would make the people of Israel a united people again. The people of Israel had already divided themselves into two separate kingdoms during Ezekiel's time. Both kingdoms had been conquered by foreign invasions, which resulted in the exile of many people. The southern kingdom, Judah, and the northern kingdom kept the name of Israel, although it was often referred to as Ephraim. The beginning of the fulfillment of this prophecy began during the late 1800s. Leaders of the Zionist Movement began uniting exiled Jews around the world for the common goal of creating a new and independent Israel . The Jews had been scattered to countries on six continents, where they spoke different languages and lived in different cultures. The Zionist Movement marked the first time in many centuries that the Jews had been united to this degree.
12. Ezekiel said the Jews would return to Israel.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Ezekiel 20:34 (Written: between 593-571 BC)
"I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered—with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath."
Fulfilled: late 1800s to today: In Ezekiel 20:34, the prophet said God would gather the people of Israel from around the world and bring them home to Israel . Forced out of their homeland in ancient times by the Assyrians, Babylonians and Romans, during the late 1800s, Jews returned by the thousands to the Holy Land . At that time the land was controlled by the Ottoman Empire, however during the early 1900s, Jews returned by the tens of thousands when the land was controlled by the British. Then, in complete of the prophecy, they returned by the hundreds of thousands after Israel had declared statehood in 1948.
13. Jeremiah said the Jews would buy back land.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Jeremiah 32:44 (Written: 626 & 586 BC)
"Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore their fortunes, declares the Lord."
Fulfilled: late 1800s, 1900s: About 2600 years ago the prophet Jeremiah delivered a promise of restoration. At that time, Jews were being forced out of their homeland by the invading Babylonians. Many were taken as captives to Babylon . But, Jeremiah assured them that they would be able to return in the future and purchase land in their homeland. After the collapse of Babylon, many Jews returned to Jerusalem and the surrounding area, but they were forced into exile again by the Romans in 135 AD (about 1970 years ago). During the last years of the Ottoman Empire, which ruled over the land of Israel four 400 years, ending in 1918, thousands of Jews returned to their ancient homeland and bought parcels of land from absentee landlords who lived in cities such as Beirut and Damascus. The Jews were forced out of their homeland twice, and each time they returned in large numbers in fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy.
14. The people of Israel would be persecuted in many nations.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Deuteronomy 28:65-67 (Written: around1400 BC)
"Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. In the morning you will say," If only it were evening!" and in the evening," If only it were morning!" —because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see."
Fulfilled: 1940s, 1930s, 135 AD, 721 BC, etc: The Bible said that the people of Israel would be scattered among nations and persecuted. They were exiled and scattered from their homeland in ancient times by the Assyrians, Babylonians and Romans. The exiles were intensely persecuted in Europe and Russia during the Crusades and Pogroms.
During the Holocaust of World War II, the Nazis killed about one-third of the world's population of Jews. The Nazis called it"The Final Solution" and their goal was to kill all Jews. Winston Churchill, a former prime minister of England, said: "The Final Solution is probably the greatest, most horrible crime ever committed in the whole history of the world."
During the mid-1900s, many Jews sought to relocate from Europe to the most distant countries in the hopes of outrunning the expansion of Nazi Germany. This led to new influxes of Jews to North and South America, Australia and even China .
Many of the exiles chose to return to their ancient homeland to escape persecution. But persecution followed. At that time, the land of Israel was called Palestine . It was controlled by the British and a majority of people living there were Arab, including the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who urged Hitler to deal with the Palestine's Jews with "the same method that the question is now being settled in the Axis countries. (Genocide)".
In 1948, the Jews declared independence for Israel . But, even then, the persecutions didn't cease. Shortly after the re-establishment of sovereignty for Israel, hundreds of thousands of Jews were forced out of the Arab nations in which they had lived in exile for many centuries.
15. Isaiah said God would preserve the Jews.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Isaiah 66:22 (Written: between 701-681 BC)
"As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me," declares the Lord," so will your name and descendants endure."
Fulfilled: 1940s, 1930s, 135 AD, 721 BC, etc: The prophet said that the people of Israel would endure and survive as a people, despite the persecutions they would face, as foretold by other prophecies. Isaiah delivered this prophecy 2,700 years ago. Since then, the people of Israel, who today are commonly called Jews, have been massacred at various times by the thousands, by the hundreds of thousands, and by the millions. In ancient times, the Assyrians virtually erased from history 10 of 12 tribes of Israel . The Babylonians and Romans exacted heavy damage on what was left of the people of Israel . The Nazis, during World War II, sought to annihilate the entire Jewish race. Even so, the Nazi empire was reduced to ashes shortly before the Jews reclaimed Israel as a sovereign country in 1948. The Jews are still here. And the empires that sought to destroy them are nothing more than pages in history books.
16. Israel would be rebuilt and resettled.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Ezekiel 36:33-35 (Written: between 593-571 BC)
"This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say," This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited."
Fulfilled: 1900s: In Ezekiel 36:33-35, the prophet gave another prophecy about the re-population and rebuilding of Israel's ruined cities. American author Mark Twain described the land of Israel as being thoroughly desolate in the late 1800s. Since then, millions of Jews have returned to Israel and have been rebuilding their ancient homeland. Some of the parched desert has been converted into productive farmland. And Israel has undertaken one of the world's largest reforestation programs. Israel's population was 10 times larger in 1998 than it was in 1948.
17. Isaiah foretold the restoration of Israel
Prophecy: Old Testament: Isaiah 35:1-2 (Written: between 701-681 BC)
"The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon ; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God."
Fulfilled: 1900s: In Isaiah 35:1-2, the prophet said that although Israel would become a desolate land, its deserts would one day bloom again. This Bible verse foreshadows the restoration of Israel that has been taking place since the early 1900s. Millions of Jews have returned to their ancient homeland and have innovated sophisticated farming techniques and extensive reforestation programs to convert parched desert into productive farmland. More than 200 million trees have been planted in Israel since 1900, according to the Jewish National Fund.
18. Israel's land would again become fruitful.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Zechariah 8:12 (Written: between 520 - 518 BC)
"The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people."
Fulfilled: 1900s: God would allow Israel to become a prosperous land again. Israel had been described as being a wasteland between the time that the Jews had been forced out of their homeland by the Romans (about 1900 years ago) and the time when the Jews began returning to and restoring Israel during the 1900s. Although the restoration continues, Israel is able to export food to many countries.
19. The people of Israel would live many days without a king.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Hosea 3:4-5 (Written: about 750 BC)
"For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days."
Fulfilled: Being fulfilled since 70 AD: Hosea's prophecy, found in Hosea 3:4-5, foretells three important events:
1. The people of Israel would lose their sovereignty ("live many days without a king or prince"). A Bible scholar, named John Gill, interprets Hosea 3:4 as meaning that the people of Israel would endure a period of time "Without any form of civil government ... being subject to the kings and princes of other nations."
2. The people of Israel would lose their ability to worship in the manner in which they were accustomed. (example: "without sacrifice ... without ephod").
3. The people of Israel would return to the land of Israel and seek"David their king." (The phrase," David their king," is often understood to refer the promised Messiah, who the prophets had said would be a descendant of King David).
Each of these three things has happened twice. The first time was about 2600 years ago when the Babylonians invaded the Holy Land, deposed the king, destroyed the city of Jerusalem, and the holy Temple, which was the center of worship for the people of Israel.
The Babylonians also forced many Jews into exile. But, after the collapse of the Babylonian empire, many eventually returned to their homeland and rebuilt Jerusalem and the Temple . A few centuries later, the second Temple had undergone a massive reconstruction, which was completed at about the time of Jesus, which was about 2000 years ago.
From a Christian point of view, Jesus, who is described as being a descendant of King David in the New Testament book of Matthew, is the Messiah who was promised when Hosea spoke of "David their king."
This prophecy is now going through its second fulfillment. During the Roman Empire era, the people of Israel had lost sovereignty over their homeland for the second time, and they had lost their Temple for the second time, when the Romans destroyed the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
Since the Roman era, the majority of Jews have lived in exile, in countries around the world, where they are subject to the kings and governments of other nations. And, because the Temple has not yet been rebuilt, they continue to be unable to perform various sacred practices that are important to Judaism. (Judaism is the Jewish religion).
But some of this hardship began to change in an important way during the first half of the 1900s, when many Jews from around the world returned to the land of Israel and reclaimed independence over a portion of their ancient homeland. In the year 2004, about one-third of the world's Jewish population lives in Israel, a nation that has been governed by Jews since 1948.
From a Christian perspective, this too is significant because we Christians believe that Jesus is to return a second time, after a significant number of Jews have returned to Israel, to establish a kingdom of righteousness on earth. From a Christian point of view, this prophecy will be completed - again - during the "last days" when Jesus returns.
20. Israel would rise again.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Micah 7:8-11 (Written: between 750-686 BC)
"Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the Lord's wrath, until he pleads my case and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light; I will see his righteousness. Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame, she who said to me," Where is the Lord your God?" My eyes will see her downfall; even now she will be trampled underfoot like mire in the streets. The day for building your walls will come, the day for extending your boundaries."
Fulfilled: Beginning late 1800s: In Micah 7:8-11, the prophet said that Israel would one day rise again. During Micah's lifetime about 2700 years ago, the Assyrians were destroying the northern kingdom of Israel . Later, the Babylonians conquered the southern kingdom of Judah . And then, the Romans brought more devastation to Judah . That led to many centuries of exile for the Jews. However, during the past two centuries, many Jews from around the world have returned to their ancient homeland and have reclaimed sovereignty for a portion of the original land of Israel. The declaration of independence in 1948 led to three major wars with the surrounding countries. Each time, tiny Israel prevailed and was able to seize additional land.
Ten Bible prophecies fulfilled in 1948; Israel became an independent, united nation for the second time in history, and for the first time in 2,900 years.
21. Jacob's descendants would regain control of Israel.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Amos 9:14-15 (Written: about 750 BC)
"I will bring back my exiled people Israel ; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them," says the Lord your God."
Fulfilled: Since 1948: In Amos 9:14-15, the prophet said that there would come a time when the exiles of Israel would again have Israel as their own land and that they would never be uprooted again. Amos lived about 2700 years ago, during a time when the people of Israel were being forced out of their homeland by a succession of foreign invasions. Despite many centuries of exile, many Jews returned to Israel and reclaimed sovereignty over a portion of their ancient homeland. This declaration of independence, in 1948, triggered a war with the surrounding countries, which objected to the presence of a Jewish state. On May 15, 1948, the day that armies from the surrounding countries invaded, Azzam Pasha, the Secretary General of the Arab League, said "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades." Similar quotes were uttered by others during the war of 1948-49 and during the two major wars that followed. Despite its tiny size, Israel prevailed in these wars, preventing its people from being uprooted again, as they had been in ancient times.
"I will bring back my exiled people Israel ; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them," says the Lord your God.
22. Israel would be brought back to life.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Ezekiel 37:10-14 (Written: between 593-571 BC)
"So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army. Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel . They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel . Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.'"
Fulfilled: 1948: In Ezekiel 37:10-14, the prophet receives a vision in which Israel was seen as a scattering of dried-up bones. In this vision, God tells Ezekiel that the bones ( Israel ) would be brought back to life. Just as Ezekiel had prophesized about 2600 years ago, the Jews were brought back to the land, and the country of Israel was brought back to life. Israel re-established sovereignty in 1948, a mere three years after the end of the Holocaust, during which the Nazis killed about one-third of the world's Jewish population.
23. Isaiah spoke of Israel being reborn in one day.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Isaiah 66:7-8 (Written: between 701-681 BC)
"Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children."
Fulfilled: 1948: In Isaiah 66:7-8, the prophet foreshadowed the re-birth of Israel in 1948. Isaiah describes a woman giving birth before going into labor, and he speaks of a country being born in one day. This accurately describes what happened on May 14, 1948 - when the Jews declared independence for Israel as a united and sovereign nation for the first time in 2900 years.
During that same day, the United States issued a statement recognizing Israel's sovereignty. And, only hours beforehand, a United Nations mandate expired, ending British control of the land. During a 24-hour span of time, foreign control of the land of Israel had formally ceased, and Israel had declared its independence, and its independence was acknowledged by other nations. Modern Israel was literally was born in a single day.
Isaiah said the birth would take place before there would be labor pains. And that too is precisely what happened. A movement called Zionism began in the 1800s to encourage Jews worldwide to move to Israel, which at that time was called Palestine. Within hours of the declaration of independence in 1948, Israel was attacked by the surrounding countries of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia .
When reading Isaiah 66:7-8, keep in mind that Israel's status as a sovereign nation was established and reaffirmed during the course of a single day, and that it was born of a movement called Zionism, and that its declaration of independence was not the result of a war but rather the cause of one.
24. Israel would be re-established as a united nation.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Ezekiel 37:21-22 (Written: between 593-571 BC)
"and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel . There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms."
Fulfilled: 1948: In Ezekiel 37:21-22, the prophet said that God would one day bring the people of Israel back to Israel, as a united nation. This might have been a shock for Ezekiel. He lived about 2600 years ago. At that time, the people of Israel had already divided themselves into two separate kingdoms. And, both kingdoms had been conquered by foreign invaders, who forced many of the people, including Ezekiel, into exile. But, when Jews reclaimed sovereignty in 1948, they did so as a united people, creating one nation - Israel .
25. The second Israel would be more impressive than the first.
Prophecy: Old Testament:: Jeremiah 16:14-15 (Written: 626 - 586 BC)
"However, the days are coming," declares the Lord," when men will no longer say, 'As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,' but they will say, 'As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers.
Fulfilled: 1948: In Jeremiah 16:14-15, the prophet said the second Israel would be more impressive than the first. In many regards, it is. The first time that Israel was established as a country was after Moses led the descendants of Jacob (typically referred to today as Jews) out of Egypt, where they had been enslaved for 400 years. They then conquered Canaan and established Israel about 3400 years ago. But the second time that Israel was established was after the Jews had been scattered far and wide for a few thousand years. This time the Jews had to return from as far away as the United States, China, Russia and South Africa .
26. Ezekiel predicted when Israel would be re-established.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Ezekiel 4:3-6 (Written: between 593-571 BC)
(In this Bible passage, Ezekiel is asked by God to symbolically act out the 430 years of punishment) ... "Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face toward it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel ." Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the house of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the house of Israel. "After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah . I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year."
Fulfilled: 1948: In Ezekiel 4:3-6, the prophet said the Jews, who had lost control of their homeland, would be punished for 430 years. This prophecy, according to Bible scholar Grant Jeffrey, pinpointed the 1948 rebirth of Israel . Here's a summary of Jeffrey's theory:
1. Ezekiel said the Jews were to be punished for 430 years because they had turned away from God. As part of the punishment, the Jews lost control of their homeland to Babylon . Many Jews were taken as captives to Babylon.
2. Babylon was later conquered by Cyrus in 539 BC. Cyrus allowed the Jews to leave Babylon and to return to their homeland. But, only a small number returned. The return had taken place sometime around 536 BC, about 70 years after Judah lost independence to Babylon.
3. Because most of the exiles chose to stay in pagan Babylon rather than return to the Holy Land, the remaining 360 years of their punishment was multiplied by 7. The reason is explained in Bible's book of Leviticus. (Leviticus 26:18, 26:21, 26:24 and 26:28). In Leviticus, it says that if the people did not repent while being punished, the punishment would be multiplied by 7. And, by staying in pagan Babylon, most exiles were refusing to repent.
4. So, if you take the remaining 360 years of punishment and multiply by 7, you get 2,520 years. But, Jeffrey says those years are based on an ancient 360-day lunar calendar. If those years are adjusted to the modern solar calendar, the result is 2,484 years.
5. And, there were exactly 2,484 years from 536 BC to 1948, which is the year that Israel regained independence.
27. The people of Israel would return to "their own land."
Prophecy: Old Testament: Ezekiel 34:13 (Written: between 593-571 BC)
"I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land."
Fulfilled: after May 14, 1948: In Ezekiel 34:13, the prophet said that God would gather the people of Israel scattered throughout the world and bring them back to "their own land." After many centuries of dispersion, hundreds of thousands of Jews returned to their ancient homeland beginning in the late 1800s. But, millions more returned after Israel declared independence in 1948. In other words, millions of exiles returned to their ancient homeland which was now truly "their own land" in the sense that it was now a sovereign Jewish state.
28. God would watch over the people of Israel.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:10 (Written: 626 to about 586 BC)
"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.'
Fulfilled: 1948, etc: In Jeremiah 31:10, the prophet said that God would one day gather the Jews back to Israel and that He would watch over them like a shepherd. Believe what you wish, but there is evidence that God indeed has watched over the re-established nation of Israel . Hours after Israel declared independence in 1948, the surrounding countries attacked, hoping to replace the Jewish state with an Arab state. These countries are much larger than Israel . But tiny Israel prevailed in that war and was able to capture additional land, increasing the land size of Israel by 50 percent. Israel also prevailed in the two other major wars that followed.
29. Israel's army would be disproportionately powerful.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Leviticus 26:3, 7-8 (Written: around 1400 BC)
"If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, ... You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you."
Fulfilled: 1948-49, 1967, etc: In Leviticus 26:3, 7-8, the Bible says that the army of Israel would have a supernatural power to prevail during times of conflict, if the people are obedient to the Lord. This Bible passage says that 5 people would be able to chase away 100 people, and that 100 would be able to chase away 10,000. Is there any proof to this incredible claim? Judge for yourself:
Example 1: Within hours of Israel's declaration of independence in 1948, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon invaded Israel . The combined population of those countries was at least 20 million at that time. Israel had fewer than 1 million Jews. Even so, the Jews won the war and expanded the size of Israel by 50 percent.
Example 2: During the War of 1967, Israel attacked the air force bases of the surrounding countries and took control of Jerusalem for the first time in about 2000 years. They also seized additional territory. That war lasted a mere 6 days.
Example 3: On Oct. 6, 1973, Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria . Other countries later joined the attack. But the Jews were able to push back the attacking armies and occupy land outside of Israel's borders.
"If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you."
30. The fortunes of the people of Israel would be restored.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Deuteronomy 30:3-5 (Written: 1400 BC)
"then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your fathers, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers."
Fulfilled: 1948, etc: In Deuteronomy 30:3-5, the Bible said the Jews would be scattered worldwide and that they later would return to their homeland and have their fortunes restored. This prophecy began to be fulfilled in modern times during the late 1800s when many Jews returned to Israel, from as far away as China and the United States, Russia and South Africa . Israel declared independence in 1948. Today, Israel is among the world's most prosperous countries. In 1999, for example, Israel's per capita Gross Domestic Product was twice as prosperous as the neighboring countries.
Prophecies fulfilled after 1948
Ten Bible prophecies fulfilled after 1948; Israel became an independent country for the second time in history. These prophecies find fulfillment in Israel's stunning military victories and in its transition from a desert wasteland to a prosperous nation.
31. Israel will ultimately prevail over its enemies.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Isaiah 41:12-14 (Written: between 701-681 BC)
Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you," declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Fulfilled: late 1900s: The prophet proclaimed that the tiny nation of Israel ultimately will prevail over its enemies, and that although its enemies will cease to exist one day, Israel will survive. This prophecy is interesting from an historical perspective. The country of Israel has been conquered and destroyed at different times by very powerful nations and empires, such as Assyria, Babylon and the Roman Empire . Those conquests led to the exile and worldwide dispersion of the people of Israel, and to the desolation of the land of Israel . Even so, Israel is again a sovereign nation today, and the empires of Assyria, Babylon and ancient Rome have vanished long ago. The Nazis tried to destroy the people of Israel during the 1940s. But that decade saw the rebirth of the county of Israel and the destruction of the Nazi empire. From the perspective of various Christian scholars, this prophecy has found partial fulfillment so far, and will be completely fulfilled in the future when all enemies of Israel are destroyed.
32. The ruins of Israel would be rebuilt.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Amos 9:11, 13 (Written: about 750 BC)
"In that day I will restore David's fallen tent. I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins, and build it as it used to be," ... "The days are coming," declares the Lord," when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills."
Fulfilled: late 1900s: In Amos 9:11, 13, the prophet said that God would restore the land of David . King David ruled Israel from about 1010 BC to about 970 BC. During that time, Israel was a united and sovereign nation. Afterwards, the land was divided into two kingdoms and later conquered by a succession of world powers. For much of the past 2000 years, the people of Israel have been living in exile in countries around the world, and the land of Israel has been in a state of ruin. During the past two centuries, however, many Jews have returned from exile and have rebuilt and reconditioned much of the land of Israel . The soil is again productive, producing food exports for many countries. And the nation is again sovereign and united.
33. Ezekiel prophesied prosperity for a restored Israel.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Ezekiel 36:11 (Written: between 593-571 BC)
"I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord."
Fulfilled: late 1900s: In Ezekiel 36:11, the prophet said that there would come a time when Israel would be more prosperous than it was in the past. The Bible describes Israel as being a prosperous nation during the time of King David and King Solomon about 3000 years ago. But, Ezekiel knew a very different Israel . In Ezekiel's day (he lived about 2600 years ago), the northern part of the land had been decimated by the Assyrians, and the southern part, called Judah, was being destroyed by the Babylonians. The land of Israel suffered greatly, falling into a state of poverty and desolation that would last for many centuries. But today, Israel again is a sovereign nation. And it is a prosperous nation. In 1999, Israel had the highest per capita Gross Domestic Product of any nearby country, even though the surrounding countries have many oil resources.
34. Trees would flourish again in a desolate Israel.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Isaiah 41:18-20 (Written: between 701-681 BC)
"I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it."
Fulfilled: late 1900s: In Isaiah 41:18-20, the prophet's talk of a future restoration of Israel coincides with an occurrence in modern Israel - the construction of a vast irrigation system to improve farming. The lack of available water, including rain, is one reason why Israel had been a desolate, unproductive land during much of the past 2000 years. But, during the 1900s, when many Jews returned to their ancient homeland, they built a network of irrigation systems. And during the past century, more than 200 million trees have been planted in Israel.
35. Isaiah said Israel's fruit would fill the world.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Isaiah 27:6 (Written: between 701-681 BC)
"In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit."
Fulfilled: late 1900s: In Isaiah 27:6, the prophet said Israel would one day blossom and fill the world with fruit. This prophecy has been at least partially fulfilled so far, literally and spiritually. Today, the land of Israel, which had been barren for centuries, is a leading producer of agricultural products, exporting food to many countries. This prophecy also has been fulfilled spiritually with the worldwide spread of Christianity, which began with Jesus in Israel.
36. Jerusalem; world's most important religious site.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Micah 4:1 (Written: between 750-686 BC)
"In the last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it."
Fulfilled: Partially in modern times: In Micah 4:1, the prophet said that the Temple mount in Jerusalem would become the focal point of the world. Various Christian scholars regard this as a prophecy that is to be fulfilled in the future. But it is interesting to note that Jerusalem is, and has been for centuries, the world's most important religious site. Christians and Jews have always regarded the city as important. Followers of Islam later adopted Jerusalem as an important city in their beliefs. No other city in the world is a religious focal point to as many people.
37. Egypt would never again rule over nations
Prophecy: Old Testament:: Ezekiel 29:15 (Written: between 593-571 BC)
"... I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations."
Fulfilled: 1967, etc: In Ezekiel 29:15, the prophet says that Egypt would recover from a desolation (perhaps Babylon's attack about 2600 years ago), but that it would never again rule over other nations. Up until the time of Ezekiel, Egypt had been a world power for centuries, dominating many nations, including Israel. But for most of the past 2500 years, Egypt has been controlled by foreign powers, including the Romans, Ottomans and Europeans. Today, Egypt is an independent nation again. In 1948, 1967 and 1973, Egypt tried to dominate Israel but was unsuccessful each time, despite the fact that Egypt is 10 times larger than Israel. Egypt today, in many respects, is an impressive nation. But since the time of Ezekiel, it no longer rules over other nations.
38. Zechariah prophesied the Jews return to Jerusalem
Prophecy: Old Testament: Zechariah 8:7-8 (Written: between 520 - 518 BC)
"This is what the Lord Almighty says: "I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem ; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God."
Fulfilled: 1967, etc: In Zechariah 8:7-8, the prophet said God would bring the Jews from exile back to their homeland (Israel) and that they would be able to live in the city of Jerusalem again. This prophecy has been fulfilled more than once. About 2600 years ago, Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and took many Jews as captives to Babylon. But many Jews later returned from Babylon. The Jews rebuilt Jerusalem but the city was destroyed about 1900 years ago by the Romans. The Romans killed more than 1 million Jews and forced many more into exile. And, the Romans banned Jews from living in Jerusalem. More than 1800 years passed before the Jews had control of Jerusalem again. They reclaimed control of their ancient capital during the Six Day War of 1967.
39. Israel's deserts will become like the Garden of Eden.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Isaiah 51:3 (Written: between 701-681 BC)
"The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing."
Fulfilled:Being fulfilled now: In Isaiah 51:3, the prophet said that God will restore Israel and make it a paradise, like the garden of Eden. This foreshadows what is currently happening in Israel. The Jews have been irrigating, cultivating and reconditioning the land during much of the 1900s. Many of the country's swamps, which had been infested with malaria, have been converted into farmland. And water from the Sea of Galilee has been channeled through portions of the deserts, allowing some of the deserts to bloom. Much work remains, but parts of Israel are blooming again. Although it was described as a wasteland as recently as the late 1800s, Israel is now a food source for many countries. And at least 200 million of trees have been planted there during the past century.
40. Isaiah foretold of the worldwide return of Jews to Israel
Prophecy: Old Testament: Isaiah 43:5-6 (Written: between 701-681 BC)
"Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth..."
Fulfilled: late 1900s: In Isaiah 43:5-6, the prophet said that the people of Israel would return to their homeland from the east, the west, the north and the south. Isaiah lived 2700 years ago. Beginning at that time, a succession of empires conquered the land of Israel and forced many into exile. This led to a worldwide scattering of Jews. But, during the past century, millions have returned to Israel.
From the east: Many Jews living in Middle East countries moved to Israel during the 1900s. After Israel reclaimed independence in 1948, more Jews moved to their ancient homeland after being forced out of various Arab countries in which they had been living for centuries.
From the west: During the mid-1900s, hundreds of thousands of Jews living in the West (Europe and the United States) began moving to Israel to escape various persecutions, most notably, the Holocaust in Nazi Germany.
From the north: Hundreds of thousands of Jews living in the former Soviet Union have moved to Israel since the 1980s.
From the south: During the 1980s and 1990s, Israel struck a deal with Ethiopia's communist government to allow Jews of Ethiopia to move to Israel. On the weekend of May 25, 1991, for example, 14,500 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel.
Isaiah's prophecy was also correct in saying that the north ( Russia ) and the south ( Ethiopia ) would have to be persuaded to allow their Jews to move to Israel. Many countries pressured Russia for years before it began to allow its Jews to leave. And Ethiopia had to be paid a ransom to allow its Jews to leave.
Isaiah's prophecy was also correct in saying that the Jews would return "from the ends of the earth," and Isaiah said that many centuries before the Jews had been scattered to the ends of the earth. During the past 100 years, Jews living as far east as China, as far west as the West Coast of the United States, as far north as Scandinavia, and as far south as South Africa, Australia and South America, have moved to Israel.
Ten prophecies being fulfilled today:
The following 10 Bible prophecies made it clear that Israel would become a country, that it would be destroyed, that its people would be scattered worldwide and persecuted, that they would have a worldwide impact, and that they would return to Israel. Each of these prophecies has been fulfilled or is being fulfilled.
41. Abraham's descendants would have their own country
Prophecy: Old Testament: Genesis 15:18 (Written: around 1400 BC)
"On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said," To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates ..."
Fulfilled:1400 BC and in 1948: The Bible's book of Genesis explains that about 4000 years ago, the Lord found a man who had strong faith. That man's name was Abraham. In Genesis 12:1-3, the Lord calls out to Abraham and chooses to reward him.
In Genesis 15:18, the Lord said that Abraham's descendants would have their own country, and that this country would be between the river of Egypt and the Euphrates River. (People sometimes call this the Promised Land.)
Genesis also explains that this promise of land to the descendants of Abraham was inherited by Abraham's son, Isaac, and then by Abraham's grandson, Jacob. Jacob is the father of the 12 Tribes of Israel. (This web site uses the terms Jews, Israelites, people of Israel, and Hebrews, interchangeably.)
This prophecy of nationhood has been fulfilled more than once. About 3400 years ago, the Hebrew descendants of Abraham first established Israel. The Bible's book of Joshua explains how Joshua led the Israelites into the land that had been promised to them, as descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and established the nation of Israel.
The nation of Israel was later divided into two kingdoms, called Judah and Israel, about 2900 years ago. The kingdom of Israel lost its independence when it was conquered by Assyria about 2700 years ago. Judah lost its independence about 2600 years ago when it was conquered by Babylon.
Then, about 2000 years ago, the Romans scattered the Jews (or Israelites, or Hebrews) throughout the Roman Empire.
But, in 1948, after many Jews from around the world had returned to the land of Israel, the Jews issued a declaration of independence.
That was the first time in 2900 years that Israel was both united and independent.
42. Jacob saw a vision of Israel's future.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Genesis 28:10-15 (Written: around 1400 BC)
"Jacob... had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. There above it stood the Lord, and he said: "I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you."
Fulfilled: Throughout history: The Bible says that Jacob, who lived about 4000 years ago, received a vision from God about the future of his descendants (the Israelites, who today are commonly called "Jews"). The vision accurately foretold their future. Here is our summary:
1. Jacob's descendants would have Israel as their own country. (Gen. 28:13). This was fulfilled about 3400 years ago when the Israelites first established Israel.
2. The Israelites would be like dust, spreading out to the east, west, north and south. (Gen. 28:14). Throughout history, the Jews have been scattered worldwide. They are the first and only group of people to be scattered worldwide.
3. The Israelites would have a worldwide impact. (Gen. 28:14). Jews have had a tremendous worldwide impact in science, art, literature, economics, music and theology. The worldwide spread of Christianity began 2000 years ago by Jews who were followers of Jesus.
4. Jacob's descendants would be brought back to Israel. (Gen. 28:15). This began to be fulfilled during the late 1800s when many Jews worldwide began returning to their ancient homeland. They re-established Israel's independence in 1948.
43. Abraham's descendants would be like counting the stars.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Genesis 15:5 (Written: around 1400 BC)
He took him outside and said," Look up at the heavens and count the stars - if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him," So shall your offspring be."
Fulfilled: Throughout history: In Genesis 15:5, the Bible said that Abraham would have many descendants and that counting them would be like counting the stars. Today, scientists say it is impossible to count the stars because the universe is too vast. Today, we also know that counting Abraham's descendants is also impossible. There are about 20 million Jews in the world today. But, it is impossible to know how many other people today are descendants of Abraham because many of the Israelites were scattered by Assyria during ancient times and history has lost track of them.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this prophecy is that Abraham, today, is still widely revered as being the father of many descendants. That in itself is unusual. Very few, if any, other people from ancient times are still revered today by their descendants.
44. The people of Israel would be scattered worldwide.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Deuteronomy 28:64 (Written: perhaps 1400 BC)
"Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other..."
Fulfilled: 721 BC, 586 BC, 70 AD, 135 AD, modern times: In Deuteronomy 28:64, the Bible said the Jews would be scattered worldwide. This prophecy has been fulfilled in detail. Take a look at the explanation of the Jewish "Diaspora," which means "scattering," from the Columbia Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition: "... by 70 A.D. Jewish communities existed in Babylonia, Syria, Egypt, Cyrene, Asia Minor, Greece, and Rome. Jews followed the Romans into Europe and from Persia and Babylonia spread as far east as China. In modern times, Jews have migrated to the Americas, South Africa, and Australia. The Jewish population of Central and Eastern Europe, until World War II the largest in the world, was decimated in the Holocaust. Despite the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, the vast majority of the Jewish people remains in the Diaspora, notably in North America, Russia, and Ukraine."
45. God will never forget the children of Israel
Prophecy: Old Testament: Isaiah 49:13-1 (Written: between 701-681 BC)
"Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. But Zion said," The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me." "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you. Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather and come to you. As surely as I live," declares the LORD," you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride."
Fulfilled: Throughout history: In Isaiah 49:13-18, the Lord makes it clear that even though the people of Israel are to be exiled from their land, the Lord will not forget them, and they will brought back to their land.
Isaiah lived about 2700 years ago. At about that time, the Assyrians invaded the northern part of the land of Israel and had scattered many of the people. More than a century later, the Babylonians would do the same to the people in the southern part of the land of Israel.
Many returned after the fall of Babylon, but the Romans later exiled and scattered the people again. And many remain scattered throughout the world today. Given the exile, the scattering, and the persecutions of the past 19 centuries, it is easy to understand the sentiment of Verse 14 (NIV translation): "The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me."
But Verses 15 and 16 show that the Lord will never forget. In fact, it says that even if a mother could forget her child, the Lord will not forget his children, for they are "engraved" on the palms of His hands. Verses 17 and 18 show that the sons of Israel will return to Israel.
Although there has always been at least a small number of Jews living in the land of Israel, millions have returned from around the world during the past 2 centuries, allowing Israel to reclaim independence in 1948, a few thousand years since the previous time that the nation had independence.
46. The people of Israel would have a worldwide impact.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Genesis 12:2-3 (Written: around 1400 BC)
"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
Fulfilled: Throughout history: In Genesis 12:2-3, and in Genesis 28:10-15, the Bible said that the descendants of Abraham and the descendants of Abraham's grandson, Jacob, would be a blessing for people worldwide. Jacob is the father of the 12 Tribes of Israel (the Jews). In 1898, Mark Twain wrote an essay for Harper's New Monthly Magazine that discussed how the Jews have had an impact on the world:
"... the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of stardust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also way out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all the ages; and had done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone. Other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all... All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?"
47. Israel would be partitioned by other nations.
Prophecy: Old Testament: Joel 3:2 (Written: about 400 BC)
"I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. (NOTE: "Jehoshaphat" means "the Lord judges.")
Fulfilled: 1900s: In Joel 3:2, the prophet said that the nations of the world will be judged for having scattered the people of Israel and for having "divided up" (or "parted" or "partitioned") the land of Israel. Christian scholars believe that this is a prophecy that will be fulfilled during the End Times. But portions of the prophecy already have been fulfilled. The Jews have been scattered to nations throughout the world, and the nations of the world have divided up the land of Israel. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly approved a motion to partition the land into two separate states, one for Jewish people and another for Arab people.
48. Israel would be restored and repopulated
Prophecy: Old Testament: Ezekiel 36:8-10 (Written: between 593-571 BC)
"'But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.
Fulfilled: late 1900s: In Ezekiel 36:8-10, the prophet Ezekiel said that the people of Israel would return, rebuild and repopulate their fallen cities. Ezekiel, according to the Bible, lived about 2600 years ago during the time of the Babylonian Captivity, when many Jews, including Ezekiel, were taken as captives to Babylon. After the Babylonian Captivity ended, many Jews returned to their homeland. But about 1900 years ago, the Jews again were forced into exile, this time by the Romans. However, since the late 1800s, millions of Jews have returned to their ancient homeland. And, once again, they have been rebuilding and repopulating their ancient cities. In 1948, there were about 600,000 Jews living in Israel. Today there are about 6,000,000.
Sun Aug 29, 2010
Dear people of the Spirit (Brahman),
Namaste - i bow to the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God) who resides in you!
i will be posting some articles revealing how the formation of the state of Israel is related to the timing of the coming of the Messiah, the Resurrection, the Last Judgment and the End Times. Without question, the formation of Israel is preordained as it is prophesied about in both the Torah and the Quran, and as such is a part and parcel of the Sure Signs of Divine intervention and universal redemption.
Prophecy is foretold news about any future event. In the religious world a prophecy, which is quite distinct from an educated or wise guess, is considered the most authentic criterion and a vital proof for the truthfulness or otherwise of scripture. The Torah, Bible and Quran have all mentioned this test and claim that the prophecies mentioned shall definitely be fulfilled.
In the modern era atheists have as such placed the religions on trial by presenting criteria with which to ascertain the genuineness or otherwise of the prophecies mentioned in the religious scriptures. Mr. Douglas E. Krueger, an atheist, on Pages 96-98 of his book," WHAT IS ATHEISM — A Short Introduction" has presented the following five criteria to judge a prophecy. He wrote:
"Some criteria are needed in order to distinguish cases of lucky guesses from those of true prophecy. Let us define a genuine prophecy as one that satisfies the following five criteria:
i) The prophecy must be clear, and it must contain sufficient detail to make its fulfillment by a wide variety of possible events unlikely.
ii) The event that can fulfill the prophecy must be unusual or unique.
iii) The prophecy must be known to have been made before the event that is supposed to be its fulfillment.
iv) The event foretold must not be of the sort that could be the result of an educated guess.
v) The event that fulfills the prophecy cannot be staged, or the relevant circumstances manipulated, by those aware of the prophecy in such a way as to intentionally cause the prophecy to be fulfilled."
It is difficult to comprehend why some Jews view the formation of the state of Israel as a desecration of the Torah, when the Torah explicitly prophesies that its formation signals the arrival of the Messiah and the beginning of the End Times! It is even more difficult to understand why 1.3 billion Muslims remain deaf, blind and mute to the Quran's clear injunction that the formation of the state of Israel is a prerequisite, a precondition if you like, for the universal salvation of mankind. This is the vantage point from which we are viewing this issue, i.e., from the high vantage point of universal salvation declared by the Messiah Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Jews and Muslims (Christians and others) remain unaware of Her. Despite the prophecy of both the Torah and the Quran that the creation of Israel coincides with the arrival of the Messiah who triggers the Last Judgment and universal salvation, no effort has been made to search for this divine personality.
Actually, i am now resigned to the collective hypocrisy of the Jews and the Muslims (and other traditions too) concerning the most central beliefs of their faith, based on their own scriptures. What we are doing is presenting supreme spiritual evidence to even the most fanatical of their followers, after which we repeatedly witness them quietly retreat, unable to lift one finger in protest.
In over a decade not a single Jew, Muslim, (Christian, Sikh, etc.) has taken up the gauntlet and challenged www.adishakti.org. And we are talking about the most sacred tenets of their faith, including the creation of Israel in 1948, the subsequent return of the Jewish diaspora from various nations, the arrival and declaration by the Messiah Shri Nirmala since the 1970s that the Resurrection (Al-Qiyamah) and Last Judgment has commenced! It speaks volumes as to who Shri Mataji really is.
regards to all,
Quest For Harmony: Truth is a pre-condition for harmony.
Quest For Harmony
by Valson Thampu
18 May, 2003
The stark truth is this: communal harmony is a logical impossibility. Otherwise, we would have attained it by now; or, at least, made some progress in that direction. Instead, we seem to be going from bad to worse. As a matter of fact, the idea of "communal harmony" seems to be a logical contradiction. Harmony can never be communal; for communalism — the word "communal" being the adjective in the Indian context — is necessarily disharmonious. What we ought to seek is not "communal", but "spiritual harmony".
Harmony among religions is possible, provided we are willing to shift from religion to spirituality. The seed of communalism is inherent in religion as religion. One indication is the inner decay of religions indicated by the growing gulf between their scriptural ideals and the norms that shape the lives of religious communities. Our practical life contradicts the spiritual ideals we endorse in theory. The spirit of negativity dominates the inter-religious space and shapes religious attitudes. It is this that leads us to mistake our neighbours to be the enemies of our faith. Though all religions recommend values such as generosity, selflessness and charity, increasingly people resort to religion only to secure limitless and unmerited advantages in this world and the next. It is this covetousness that fuels corruption in public life and communalises politics. Selfishness is the source of injustice, cruelty and exploitation. Today the more religious zeal a person has, the more selfish and heartless he is apt to be.
Only those who are at the wrong end of the communal stick care for communal harmony. That, in itself, proves that we do not deem harmony among religions to be basic to our spirituality. It is only an indulgence in nice sentiments in times of difficulty. Come normality, it is business as usual; and all it matters is that we must thrive at all costs and every game plan, communal or otherwise, that helps is welcome. Our commitment to inter-faith harmony remains unconvincing. For all our sentimental endorsement of this ideal, it is doubtful if anyone is willing to make any adjustment to attain it.
There are two essentials for spiritual harmony. The first is to spiritually renew and reform religions. This involves bridging the gulf between scriptural and spiritual values on the one hand, and the practices, values and goals of the religious communities concerned, on the other. Secondly, the practitioners of a religion have to develop adequate sensitivity and due respect for the religious practices and sentiments of others. Rather than glory in our differences as the markers of our superiority over others, we need to handle our spiritual heritage with humility and self-denial. There is an urgent need to evolve an inter-religious code through mutual consultation, within a framework that can accommodate the genius of each religion and minimise the offence of what is unique and different.
India has been a confluence of religious plurality for over two millennia. But we are still far away from developing an integrative, inter-religious spirituality. Each religious constituency has remained until recently self-enclosed, except in respect of festivals. The rise of rabid communalism now threatens to disrupt even this modicum of religious interaction. The time has come for us to work earnestly towards evolving a shared spirituality as consonant with the demands of a secular democracy blessed or burdened with religious plurality. The alternative to this is the slow but steady communalisation of the State apparatus, with unthinkable consequences for all citizens, especially the minorities.The bulwark again the communalist collapse of Indian democracy is the spiritual renewal of all religions, which has to be a prime inter-religious agenda.
It is customary, in interfaith exercises, to play up commonalities and to sweep differences under the carpet. This is escapism and self- delusion. Differences are as significant and valuable as the sameness we share. The specific business of spirituality is to enable us to accept and, at the same time, transcend differences, which is the opposite of glossing over them. Within a framework of spirituality, differences cease to be stumbling blocks and become a source of stimulation and enrichment. The problem is not in diversity or differences; the problem is in being infected by the communal spirit of negativity that disables us from relating to diversities harmoniously. The ability to welcome and celebrate differences is a sign of spiritual robustness. Unless this is achieved, the foundation for religious harmony cannot be laid.
The task of paving the way for spiritual harmony has to address also the need to regenerate our culture of governance. Communalism is the alternative to good governance. It implies a reductive redefinition of the political discourse in terms of communal loyalties in order to deflect the attention of the people from their basic needs and to make them turn against their own welfare. It is when a political party fails in respect of good governance that it resorts to the desperate remedy of playing the communal card. What is involved here is the prostitution of bhakti (spiritual devotion), which is the most sacred sentiment humans are capable of. Because of the decay in religion, people mistake bhakti for blind devotion. Blind devotion makes people vulnerable to manipulation by the religious and ruling elite. This is the logic for the marriage between the political and religious vested interests, and communal discord is the monstrous birth from this marriage of convenience.
The more our culture of governance decays with the result of aggravating human desperation, the more the people succumb to manipulation by political and religious demagogues. What makes communalism explosive is the psychology of mass-desperation that creates the ideal climate for inventing scapegoats and hypothetical enemies. It is in such an atmosphere that minorities are easily portrayed as the enemies of the nation and of Hinduism. In this respect, the Sangh Parivar is quite right in saying that facts do not matter. It is a total culture of negativity and the anxiety contrived within it that clinches the issue.
It is because of this that caricaturing the image of other religious communities is basic to every communal agenda. In this, not only the aggressive ideologues of majoritarian communalism but also the propagators and salesmen of minority communities too are to blame. Sweeping statements have been made in the past about other faiths, especially Hinduism, without trying to understand them in depth and in truth. The tendency to play up one's faith by playing down the faiths of others must be resisted at all costs. This is not a legitimate exercise of the right to propagate one's faith, but an abuse of it. We must practise the basic courtesy of speaking the truth about each other, without which the goal of spiritual harmony shall never be attained. Truth is a pre-condition for harmony.
Quest For Harmony
By Valson Thampu
Christian by birth, Hindu by
marriage, and Paraclete by duty
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"In my opinion, every Westerner has, as a matter of urgency, to understand the vital role he has to play in this great Age of Transformation and of the Last Judgment."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"Thus, the establishment of global peace can only come through people who have achieved this state in modern times which is very special and I call it a Blossom Time. In the Bible, it is described as the Last Judgment, also in the Koran it is called as Qiyamah (the Resurrection time)."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"This is the Last Judgment. Either you will go to heaven or you will go to hell. It's already working out like that. So let's see. Where are you? So I have to again and again tell you as your mother, I have to correct you and tell you that remember this is the Last Judgment and please, don't take anymore to the activities which are antichrist."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"Now this is the Last Judgment and those who miss will miss in any case. Christ has said, 'You will be calling Me Christ, Christ, but I will not recognize you.'"
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"So in this Last Judgment a new race, new race of great people is created. It is your own. It is your own power. Only to know how glorious you are. How great you are. Absolutely free because you get that superior intelligence. In the light of Spirit you know what is constructive for you. You know absolute knowledge."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"So, as it is, you are already marked, you have already been chosen by Christ in his Last Judgment, and you are there. But still one should know that there is also the possibility that you are hypocrites, that you are playing with only words. Could be that we still have to cleanse ourselves, so just put your mind into yourself, and just see for yourself that where have I gone wrong."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"People do not know what time has come. It is the last chance. You won't get any more chance. In Bible it has been described as the Last Judgment. Your Last Judgment is in Sahaja Yoga and how it will be done can be judged by yourself."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"This is the Last Judgment. Let us see what happens. Whatever people come is alright for me. Even if they do not come, it's still alright. Remember, God will not bow before you."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"For us, in between Christ and this destroying incarnation of Mahavishnu called as Kalki, there is a time given to human beings to rectify themselves, for them to enter in the Kingdom of God, which in the Bible is called as the Last Judgment. That you will be judged, all of you will be judged on this earth."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"I have to warn all the Sahaja Yogis who are here because Sahaja Yoga is the Last Judgment; not only that you will be judged, that you are entering into the Kingdom of God, but you become the citizens of God is correct."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"I am here to work for you day and night. You know that I work very hard for you. I spare no efforts, to help you, and do everything that is possible to make you all right; to make you pass this examination of Last Judgment; but you have to cooperate with me, and you have to go headlong about it, and devote most of your time for Sahaja Yoga and for imbibing all that is great and noble."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"This is the greatest of the greatest things which can happen to anyone that you know. Also you know, this is the greatest happening, which was prophesied long time back as the Last Judgment. You know that this is the way, you are going to be judged. So we have to work very hard. We have to work. It is effortlessly given to you, alright. But to maintain it, keep it up to go high, we have to religiously work it out."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"And that your Last Judgment is also now. Only through Kundalini awakening God is going to judge you. How is he going to judge you otherwise? You think of somebody now, a person comes in now. Here is somebody sitting to judge you. How? By how many hair-dressers you have been to? Or how many suits you have stitched for Christmas? Or what presents you have bought or how many cards you have sent? and to how many people you have sent some other things which may not be very palatable. That's not the way."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"This is the most important time because Sahaja Yoga is the Last Judgment. It is fantastic to have this but that's a fact & is the truth. Though you can understand, that Mother's love makes it very easy for you to get through your realization and that the whole story of the Last Judgment looks such as horrifying experience has been made very beautiful and very tender and delicate and does not disturb you. But this is the Last Judgment I tell you, and you all are going to be judged through Sahaja Yoga, whether, you can enter into the kingdom of God or not."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"The Last Judgment has started. We are facing the Last Judgment today. We are not aware of it. And all the satanic forces have come out like the wolves in sheep's clothes. And they are trying to attract you and you do not judge them. You only sit down and judge the Reality. It has started, it is a fact. It has started."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"That Krishna has said once you get your realisation your problems are solved, physical, emotional, mental, all problems are solved and you become absolutely relaxed. That goes without saying. But I'm not here to sort of cure people and go to hospitals. Nothing of the kind. It's just who are the seekers will be blessed because this is the reward of this Last Judgment."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"Christ has said very clearly in the second chapter of Matthew 2nd verse 'You'll be calling me Christ! Christ! I won't recognize you.' That's very true. It is not a question of who recognises Him, but He should recognize you because the advent of Christ is going to be absolutely terrible. He is not going to talk to you, convince you or comfort you or give you any council as I am trying my level best, but He will just come for the Last Sorting out because I declare that the Last Judgment has started. The Last Judgment takes place only through Kundalini awakening. There is no other way out. God is going to do it through living process."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"But, logically, you must understand. Where should we reach? What should happen to us? As seekers, what are we expecting? This is a very, very precarious and important time is more to say. The Last Judgment has started. That has started. That's how you are all here and you are seeking. The way it will judge, is the Kundalini has to rise. You have to become self realized. Then you start feeling your centers on your fingers."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
"Sahaja Yoga is for the emancipation of the whole world, at every level. Once we have people of a certain number in Sahaja Yoga, it will start triggering understanding of real righteousness, religiousness and our love for God, and enlightened faith in God. This is how the Resurrection time is going to be worked out. This is the Last Judgment time, and everyone can judge him or herself through the light of the Spirit."
The Paraclete Shri Mataji
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