Regathering of Jews back to Israel "will occur right before the return of the Messiah"
"For thousands of years the Jewish people has longed for messianic deliverance; sustained by this belief the community has endured persecution and suffering, confident that they will ultimately be rescued from earthly travail. Yet with the rise of science and the growth of secularism, this fervent conviction has lost its force for many modern Jews. No longer does it seem conceivable that a divinely appointed redeemer will arise to deliver the Jewish nation and bring about the transformation of history. Nonetheless, for some members of the community the belief in the coming of the Messiah continues to retain its hold on Jewish consciousness." (Cohn-Sherbok 2000, xv)
"Jewish State is the 'beginning of the redemption', that is, it is paving the way for the advent of the Messiah." (Jacob, 1995, 150)
"The general view in the Rabbinic literature is undoubtedly of a personal Messiah... Orthodox Jews continue to believe in the coming of a personal Messiah who will lead all mankind back to God, even while acknowledging, as did Maimonides, that the details must be left to God." (Jacob 1995, 342)
"The doctrine of the Messiah, who will be sent by God to redeem Israel and usher in a new era in which all mankind will worship the true God, is one of the most distinctive of Judaism's teachings. With the strongest antecedents in the Bible, the doctrine was developed, elaborated upon, and given a variety of interpretations throughout Jewish history, but its basic affirmation is that human history will find its culmination and fulfilment here on earth. Ultimately, the doctrine declares, God will not abandon His world to moral chaos. Eventually He will intercede directly in order to call a halt to tyranny, oppression and the pursuit of evil so as to restore mankind to the state of bliss here on earth that is described at the beginning of the book of Genesis, where Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. The whole of human history is seen as reaching from the Paradise Lost of Adam to the Paradise Regained in the Messianic Age." (Jacobs 1973, 292)
"Redemption Heb. geulah. In Judaism redemption usually denotes the saving of the Jewish people from exile and oppression. The Exodus from Egypt, for example, is called the Egyptian redemption. The final redemption will take place with the advent of the Messiah. It is not, however, quite correct to say that Judaism, unlike Christianity, knows nothing of the idea of the redemption of the individual soul from sin. Psalm 130 certainly uses redemption in the sense of deliverance from iniquity. The difference between Judaism and Christianity with regard to personal redemption is that, in Judaism, the soul is redeemed from sin by sincere repentance and the power of the Torah to influence human conduct, and God and no other is the Savior. Redemption, in the sense of salvation of the people as a whole, is generally discussed in Judaism under the heading of the coming of the Messiah who will bring Israel's exile to an end and establish the Kingdom of God upon earth...
In the traditional understanding there is both a severely practical and a numinous approach to redemption. It is God who redeems Israel and the result of the final redemption is the emergence of a new and higher type of humanity. The Mizrachi, the party of religious Zionists, wishing to preserve both the practical and numinous aspects in the emergence of the State of Israel, coined the expression athalta degeulah, 'beginning of the redemption', as to say, the State of Israel is a state like any other, with normal political, economic and social concerns, and with the evitable faults and shortcomings of any political state. But for the Mizrachin thinkers, the final Messiah dream is yet to be realized and this dream is on the way, at least, to its fulfilment now that the State of Israel has been established." (Jacob, 1995, 414)
"In 1948 when the modern state of Israel was born, it not only became an important stage-setting development but began an actual fulfilment of specific Bible prophecies about an international regathering of the Jews in unbelief before the judgment of the Tribulation. Such a prediction is found in the following Old Testament passages: Ezekiel 20:33-38; 22:17-22; 36:22-24; 38-39; Isaiah 11:11-12; and Zephaniah 2:1-2 presupposes such a setting.
Zaphaniah 1:14-18 provides one of the most colorful descriptions of 'the great day of the LORD,' which we commonly call the Tribulation period. Zephaniah 2:1-2 says that there will be a worldwide regathering of Israel before the Day of the Lord: 'Gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation without shame, before the decree takes effect—the day passes like the chaff—before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of the LORD's anger comes upon you.'"
Charting the End Times: A Visual Guide to Understanding Bible Prophecy
Tim LaHaya and Thomas Ice, Harvest House (Sept. 15 2001) p. 86
"Similar changes took place with regard to the belief in the messiah. The personalistic version of the messiah gave way to messianism, that is, to the messianic idea as an essentially moral vision that will unite all humankind in a life of justice and righteousness. This conception occupied a central position in the thought of Jewish non-Orthodox philosophers; some of them tried to interpret it in terms of a universal ethical and social prophecy; others tended to identify it with the rise of emancipation. Still others converted the messianic idea into the idea of redemption, both on a personal and on the communal plane. This became one of the three focal notions of Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption, and traces of it can even be found in E. Bloch'c Marxist-utopian philosophy of hope. The idea of messianism was perceived by secular Zionist thinkers as self-realization, opposed to passive waiting for the coming of the redeemer. It thus became a symbolic expression of the national redemption of the Jewish people.
There was, however, an important Jewish philosopher, the late Steven Schwarzschild, who vehemently attacked all these attempts to replace the messiah by messianism. In his essay 'The Personal Messiah - Toward the Restoration of a Discarded Doctrine,' he was perhaps less concerned with reintroducing the traditional belief of the past than refuting modern versions of what he named 'pseudo-Messianism.' The great danger for modern humanity consists, as it were, in the illusion that the messianic idea has been accomplished, whether by the modern national movements, including Zionism, or in the so-called 'socialist' states (history has indeed proved him right on this), or by the establishment of the state of Israel. The doctrine of a personal messiah does not necessarily lead to quietism or passive waiting. On the contrary, the fact that we are still waiting for him ought to make us more suspicious of those who claim that messianism is already a fait accompli, and especially of its secularized interpretation. But Schwarzschild's rather idiosyncratic view on the matter, although inspired by humanist and socialist ideals, is not characteristic of the general trend of modern Jewish philosophy with regard to the messianic idea."
Daniel H. Frank, Oliver Leaman, History of Jewish Philosophy
Routledge; 1 edition (Oct. 20 2005) p. 585
"It took some time for the news of the birth of the State of Israel to reach the scattered Jewish communities of the Yemen. The news came to Sanaa immediately via the radio. Shortly afterwards Hebrew newspapers were passed around in Sanaa and other big towns. Others received letters from Israel or Aden. Some heard by word of mouth. The conventional view is that once they heard the news of the creation of the State these 'primitive' 'Messiah-haunted Jews' assumed that the Messiah had come and dropping everything flocked barefoot to Aden where, astounded by every smallest manifestation of the modern world, they waited to be taken up 'on wings of eagles' to Eretz Yisrael. In fact, in the immediate aftermath of the declaration of the State, there was very little emigration. In addition, many Yemenite Jews had seen photographs of Palestine in the Hebrew newspapers; they knew that its Prime Minister was not the Messiah. Many of them had seen cars, most of them had seen planes flying over the Yemen. As might be expected the news of a Jewish state to a people who had lived in servitude for centuries was overwhelming. But people were attracted by different aspects of the new situation. No doubt many were impelled by a strong religious sense, others by considerations of security, national pride, family or economic factors. Many started their preparations. A few left as soon as they heard the news. But few literally thought that Messianic Redemption had come, although many sensed no doubt that it might be at hand. Throughout 1948 as Norman Bentwich put it: 'The days of the Messiah, as they seemed to the Yemenite Jews, were postponed'."
The Road to Redemption: The Jews of the Yemen, 1900-1950
Tudor Parfitt, Brill Academic Pub (August 1997) p. 180
The return of Israel is a super sign of the end times
"The Re-establishment of Modern Israel
For centuries, Christians and Jews have been anticipating a miracle-the reestablishment of the nation of Israel in their ancestral homeland. The reasons behind this anticipation are the numerous prophecies and promises of God recorded throughout the Bible that clearly indicate there would indeed be a Jewish homeland of Israel in the last days. This miracle occurred on May 14, 1948, when the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel was proclaimed.
To understand the significance of this miraculous event, it is necessary to know the history of this land. As a bridge between Asia to the north, Iran to the east, Africa to the south, and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Israel has long been a battleground for the invading armies of the world.
Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, Cyrus the Persian, and Alexander the Great all trampled and battled their way across the land that God had originally deeded to the Jews. Eventually, the Romans succeeded in conquering everything west of the Euphrates River from Europe to Africa and were in power at the time of Christ. Since then, history has recorded one conflict after another in the Holy Land.
After 19 centuries of being expelled from the land of Israel, the Jewish people are planted again back in their own homeland. The Bible prophecies regarding future events assume that Israel will exist as a nation in the last days. But for about 19 centuries, there was no nation. There were a few Jewish people who remained in the land, but Israel did not become a nation again until 1948.
The prophet Isaiah, in the final chapter of his book, gives us one of the most amazing prophetic declarations in the entire Bible: "Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children' (Isaiah 66:8).
Both Christian and Jewish scholars acknowledge this passage as a prediction of Israel's rebirth in the land instantaneously, a nation born in a day. This has never happened before in all of history. Never has a nation or a group of people who were expelled from their land returned after 2000 years with their language, their heritage, and their commitments largely intact.
The very fact that Israel exists today is evidence of the fact that Bible prophecy is true and can be trusted. It demonstrates that God keeps His promises and that He has the power to fulfill what He has said will happen in the future. The return of Israel is a super sign of the end times. It is one event that should cause us to respond, 'The prophecy has already been fulfilled. Israel has returned.'"
Target Israel: Caught in the Crosshairs of the End Times
Tim LaHaye, Ed Hindson (2015)
End-time prophecies always portray the Jews back in their land
NOTE: The following is a review (interspersed with notes by the reviewer) of chapter 2 in Dr. David R. Reagan's book, America the Beautiful?—The United States in Bible Prophecy, Lamb & Lion Ministries, 2003. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, Copyright 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers.
The Key Nation
But before that question is addressed, readers should look at the centerpiece of end-time Bible prophecy regarding the nations. It is the nation of Israel. The Old Testament often prophesied that there would be a great end-time regathering of the Jewish people and the reestablishment of the nation of Israel, which is the most prolific prophecy in the Old Testament mentioned more than any other event. For example, Isaiah 11:10-12:
On that day the root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples. The nations will seek Him, and His resting place will be glorious.
On that day the Lord will extend His hand a second time to recover—from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, • Cush, Elam, • Shinar, Hamath, and the coasts and islands of the west—the remnant of His people who survive.
He will lift up a banner for the nations and gather the dispersed of Israel; He will collect the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
As a teenager, Dr. Reagan was told that this passage was about the return of the Jewish people from Babylonian captivity, that it was already fulfilled and that it had nothing to do with the future.
Sleuthing Isaiah's Prophecy
But this interpretation was and is inaccurate, since these verses in Isaiah speak of a "second" regathering. The first was from Babylon, but the second would be worldwide. The second one would include Babylon along with many other nations. In fact the passage uses the phrase "from the islands of the west ["sea" in some translations]," which is a Hebrew colloquialism for the "whole world." This is reaffirmed with the phrase "four corners of the earth," in verse 12.
The other clue that the prophecy isn't about the return from Babylon is in verse 12. It says that the recovered (those regathered) people will include "the dispersed of Israel" and "the scattered of Judah." Those who returned from the Babylonian captivity were only from Judah. They did not include the people of the northern kingdom of Israel who had been captured and dispersed 200 years earlier by the Assyrians. In this passage in Isaiah it will include Jews from both Israel and Judah.
Then there is the third clue in verse 10 where it says that the prophecy will be fulfilled in a time when a "banner" is raised for the Jewish people—a banner that contains "the root of Jesse." The word "banner" also means flag or pennant. The flag adopted for the modern state of Israel displays the Star of David, the son of Jesse—a symbol not used by the Jewish people in biblical times.
Other Regathering Prophecies
Similar passages that record God's promise to regather the Jews to the land He promised them are as follows:
Zechariah 10:6, 9
I will strengthen the house of Judah and deliver the house of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them, and they will be as though I had never rejected them. . . . Though I sow them among the nations, they will remember Me in the distant lands; they and their children will live and return.
This passage speaks of a regathering of both Judah and the "house of Joseph"—a term used for the northern tribes of Israel—from the "distant lands" ("far countries"). The significance of this passage is that it was written after the return from Babylon; therefore, it is clearly pointing to a future regathering of all the Jewish people.
This is the prophecy of the "valley of the dry bones," in which Ezekiel was brought by the Spirit of God to a valley strewn with bones and was told to preach to them. And as he preached to them, the bones came to life—coming together with flesh, and then they began to breathe and finally stood up.
Ezekiel was told by the Lord that the bones represented the Jewish people who had been scattered and had no hope, but that He 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 from Jerusalem (vv. 24-28).
Triggering the Prophecies
Historically, these prophecies were initiated near the end of the 19th Century when a Viennese journalist, an Hungarian Jew, by the name of Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) had a vision for the re-establishment of the state of Israel after he became convinced of the massive and incurable anti-Semitism in France.
He was convinced that the only hope for the Jews was for them to form a state of their own, and in 1896 he expressed this view in a pamphlet called, "Der Judenstaat" ("The Jewish State"), which pamphlet lead to the convocation of the First Zionist Congress, held in Basel, Switzerland in August of 1897. Herzl took credit for founding the "Jewish state" at Basel and predicted that within 50 years his boast would be proven true.
Fifty years later in November 1947 the United Nations authorized the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. And on May 14, 1948 the state of Israel was born.
Steps toward Statehood
At the start of the 20th Century there were only 40,000 Jews in Palestine. But in response to the urging of the World Zionist Organization, Jewish immigrants began to flood into Palestine, buying land from the Arabs and establishing collective farms called kibbutzim.
The Zionist vision for the state of Israel was endorsed by England in November of 1917 when it issued the Balfour Declaration, a product of the politics of World War I. The Turkish Empire sided with the Germans during this war, but by late 1917 it was obvious that they would be defeated. In anticipation of that victory, the Allies began to plan the division of the German and Turkish empires. Britain was designated to receive Palestine as a League of Nations Mandate—to lead Palestine toward self-government.
The Balfour Declaration declared Britain's intention "to establish in Palestine . . . a national home for the Jewish people." But after opposition (intifada or uprising) by the Arabs, Britain in 1922 attempted to placate the Arabs by converting 2/3rds of Palestine into the state of Jordan, leaving a small sliver of land for the Jews on the west side of the Jordan River.
At end of World War II there were almost 600,000 Jews in Palestine, most having fled from the Nazi Holocaust. As previously stated, in 1947 the United Nations voted to allow the creation of the state of Israel; but they also voted to divide the remaining sliver of land called Palestine between the Jews and the Arabs. Although disappointed, the Jewish leaders accepted the decision and proclaimed their state on May 14, 1948.
The Arabs rejected the UN decision and launched an all-out war against the new Jewish state, determined to annihilate it. They were soundly defeated. Since that time, the Arabs have fought five more wars with Israel: the Suez War of 1956, the Six Day War of 1967, the Yom Kippur War of 1973, the Lebanese War in 1982, and the Gulf War in 1991. But even though they have had a great preponderance of power, the Arabs have lost all wars with Israel.
The miraculous survival of Israel is a fulfillment of the prophecy in the book of Amos where God declares that once the Jews are restored to their land, they will never again be "uprooted from the land."
I will plant them on their land, and they will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them. Yahweh your God has spoken. (Amos 9:15)
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).
A Great Miracle
Today there are 5.2 million Jews in Israel out of a total population of 13 million worldwide. From over 100 countries they have mass-migrated to their home land, and they continue to come. Why? It is because God has put the road to Zion in their hearts (Psalm 84:5). For over 300 years they have been ending every Passover meal with the prayer, "Next year in Jerusalem!" God has activated the instinct of their hearts, and like homing pigeons, they are streaming home.
Jeremiah stated in Jeremiah 16:14, 15 that when God has completed His purposes for the Jews, they will look back on their history and consider their regathering from all over the world to be a greater miracle than their deliverance from Egyptian captivity. Against all odds, God has accomplished the impossible by preserving the Jewish people, restoring them to their land, and enabling them to reestablish their state—the key piece in the pattern of nations in end-time prophecy, i.e., the nation of Israel exists again. The rest of the pattern revolves around Israel.
Web (24 April 2015)
Orthodox Jews Protest the State of Israel and Its Behavior
MONTREAL, May 18 2010/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.
Web (24 April 2015)
"Jewish people do not want a state before the advent of the messianic era."
Masses of Anti Zionist Orthodox Jews demonstrate outside the White House Thousands of Orthodox Jews Gathered in Washington to Protest Netanyahu and his State
Thousands of anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews demonstrated outside the White House on Tuesday, July 6, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived to meet with President Obama. Their goal was to express their opposition to the existence of the Zionist state and to protest the ongoing destruction, permitted and encouraged by the Israeli government, of an ancient Jewish cemetery in Jaffa.
An open letter to Netanyahu appeared in Tuesday's Washington Post. The letter read in part: "Once again, news from the State of Israel leaves us horrified and deeply saddened. In heart-rending reports, we hear of the ongoing desecration of ancient Jewish cemeteries across the length and breadth of the country... For thousands of years, our sages and ancestors had rested in these cemeteries in peace, undisturbed by the various ruling gentile governments, who guarded the dignity and rights of those buried there. Tragically, and in a brutal twist of irony, these grave sites are destroyed now with the full protection and support of the so-called 'Jewish' government...
"In truth, this episode is but one link in the chain of anti-religious activities perpetrated by the Israeli government. Ever since its inception more than 60 years ago, the Israeli government has violated and eradicated Jewish religion and tradition whenever possible...
"Mr. Netanyahu: How dare you present yourself to the President of the United States as the 'representative of the Jewish People,' at the time that you and your government are eradicating Judaism and violating the Torah?
"Finally, we wish to clearly reiterate one of the fundamental tenets of the Jewish faith: Jews are forbidden by the Torah to establish sovereignty or to revolt against any nation or people. In fact, Jewish law commands that Jews be peaceful, law-abiding citizens in whichever countries they reside until the final Redemption, when peace and tranquility will come to all mankind."
One of the speakers at the demonstration, Rabbi Yaakov Shapiro, said, "They persecute Orthodox Jews, they persecute Orthodox Judaism, but the worst crime, the most insidious persecution that the State of Israel has ever perpetrated against the Jewish people happened in 1948, when they dared to call themselves the State of Israel - when they dared to refer to themselves as a Jewish state... Do you know that a week after the flotilla incident, Jews in Turkey were scared to leave their houses? They didn't even go to the synagogue because the local residents of Turkey blamed them and held them accountable for the acts of the State of Israel. That is the most insidious crime that that state has committed against our people: the theft of our identity. We are the Jewish people! We are Israel, here! We have been around for thousands of years practicing our religion: scholars, laymen. They have not been around long enough to collect social security! They are impostors!
"Everybody knows the history of Zionism. They weren't happy with the way Jews were. They had inferiority complex. They were not accepted by the religious Jews because they weren't religious, and they were not accepted by the non-Jews because they were Jews. They thought in their great brilliance that in order to eliminate anti-Semitism and in order to protect the Jewish people, we have to change what the Jewish people are, from a religion, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation, to a nation of soldiers and warriors...
"The hate - that seething, psychopathic hate - that the Zionist has for the Jew is not born out of bigotry, and is not born out of ignorance. It's born out of fear - fear because they thought by now there would be none of us left. They thought that by now all the Jews in the world - all that matter, anyway - would be remade in their own image. That the world would be at peace with them. That they would be able to vanquish their enemies with their army. And now they see that we still live. They see that we are here and we are rapidly expanding, and they see that we raise our voices. They see that they are a failure! And that's why they hate us.
"This is the greatest crime committed against the Jewish people by the Zionists: the identity theft. We too are blamed in the eyes of the world, we are held accountable for the actions of the State of Israel. We need to tell the world - because even though this is the worst crime they ever committed, it's also the easiest to undo - we need to tell the world that Zionism is not Judaism. We need to tell the world that the State of Israel is not our elected official. They do not speak in our name. We need to tell the world that that credit card that they're using to do whatever they're doing was stolen from us. We don't want credit for what they do and we don't want accountability for what they do...
"And you, Mr. Netanyahu, do you recognize these words? You should, because this is Judaism, untwisted and undistorted. We will fight until we will triumph, and triumph we will because you know what, Mr. Netanyahu? We do not fight alone. At our side are generations of Jews. At our side are the six million martyrs. At our side is our G-d, Who has kept us alive over two thousand years - one of the reasons being because we were not Zionists. Mr. Netanyahu, you can bring your air force and your army to fight us, but we will triumph, because with what we have on our side, you are outnumbered."
Following is the text of a flyer that was handed out to listeners and by passers:
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."
Web (24 April 2015)
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.
The Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi"Even in the Judaism or when they believe in the coming of the Saviour for their salvation, even they have talked about."
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
The Paraclete Shri Mataji—January 7, 1990
"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)."
"Is this eschatological symbol an appropriate way of describing the experiences with Jesus? Is it an arbitrary way of expressing them, or does it offer itself with an inward and inevitable cogency? It apparently grew up out of the apocalyptic structure of the 'seeing' of Christ. But does it also fit the experience of his death on the cross? The answer is 'yes', inasmuch as raising presupposes death, and the eschatological raising of the dead does not mean a revivification; nor does it mean a return to this life, which leads to death. The resurrection is not a revival, as in the case of Jairus's daughter, or Lazarus, whom Jesus brought back to this life but who later died once more. 'The raising of the dead' at the end of days means a qualitatively new life which no longer knows death and is not a continuation of this mortal life." (Moltmann 1990 Kindle 3315)
The Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi"And in this great happening of the Last Judgment and the Resurrection Time, one need not, and should not, believe blindfolded in whatever is said about ascent or salvation, but should treat it like a hypothesis, and observe the facts with an open mind like a, scientist."
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
"Israel's eschatological hope for the final indwelling of God is the foundation of the Christian hope for the `new heaven and the new earth'. Ezekiel 37.27 returns once more in the promise of Rev. 21.3: I will dwell with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my peoples. That is `the tabernacle - the dwelling - of God with human beings', God's sanctuary among them `for ever': the new Jerusalem...
And yet there is one particular Christian contribution to Shekinah theology. This is the idea of the mutual Shekinah of God and human beings `in Christ'. `In Christ' is God himself, God who has `reconciled the world with himself' (II Cor. 5.19). Those who are `in Christ' are `a new creation' (II Cor. 5.17). `In Christ' we find a double dwelling: the indwelling of God and the indwelling of believers. This double indwelling becomes the foundation for the eschatological and universal hope of Christians for the new creation of all things...
The difference between Shekinah theology and christology is that although - especially among the rabbis - God's Shekinah, as Israel's co-sufferer and its companion on the way, can take on human features, it has not yet specifically `become flesh' and as messianic person `dwelt among us'." (Moltmann 1996 Kindle 4351)
The Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi"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."
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
"The early Christian faith in the resurrection was not based solely on Christ's appearances. It was just as strongly motivated, at the very least, by the experience of God's Spirit. Paul therefore calls this Spirit `the Spirit' or `power' of the resurrection. Luke makes the end of the appearances with Christ's ascension be followed by the outpouring of the pentecostal Spirit. Believing in the risen Christ means being possessed by the Spirit of the resurrection. In the Spirit, the presence of the living Christ was experienced. Believing in Christ's resurrection therefore does not mean affirming a fact. It means being possessed by the life-giving Spirit and participating in the powers of the age to come (Heb. 6.5)." (Moltmann 1990 Kindle 3261)
The Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi"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."
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
"'There is no reference in the New Testament to any work of the Spirit apart from Christ. The Spirit is, in an exclusive sense, the Spirit of Christ.' In johannine thought, the activity of the Spirit is bound to the particularity of Jesus and the believing response to him. The Spirit's ministry is distinctively from Jesus and for the community that believes in Jesus... 'She will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify (15:26-27).'" (Stevick 2011, 294)
The Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi"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."
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
"When the Spirit of truth comes,
she will guide you into all truth. 16:38a
The Paraclete is referred to as the Spirit of truth (as in 14:17; 15:26 and 1 John 1:6 and 5:7). Again she comes. She will guide (hodego), a verb related to 'the way,' hodos, 14:6) the church into all the truth... The Spirit, in a movement that is through truth and into truth, will lead Jesus' followers into the Truth that Jesus is... The expression all the truth (te aletheia pase) refers not to speculative inquiry or a developed body of doctrine, but concretely to the truth which is Jesus, the word in which the church is constituted." (Stevick 2011, 257)
"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."
"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 Messsiah-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."
"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 Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi"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."
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
"Paul brought out the connection here very clearly: `If the Spirit of him who has raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who has raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit which dwells in you' (Rom. 8.11). He links the perfect tense of the raising of Christ with the present tense of the indwelling of the Spirit, and the present tense of the Spirit with the future tense of the resurrection of the dead. The perfect tense of the raising of Christ therefore designates, not a past event but an event in the past which in the Spirit determines the present, because it opens up the future of life. Without this history which it throws open in the Spirit and in hope, the resurrection is incomprehensible. The present liberating experience of the Spirit is grounded in the perfect of Christ's resurrection." (Moltmann 1990 Kindle 3589)
"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."
"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 Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi"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."
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
"The eschatological symbol of the raising of the dead is an interpretative category well suited to comprehend the contradictory experiences of the men and women disciples with Jesus: crucified in weakness - living in glory. No more can be said about the verification in Jesus himself. What happened to him between his death on Golgotha and his appearances no one saw, and no one claims to have seen. Only Christian painters have given free rein to their imaginations in the darkness of this mystery, yet without making the darkness any less. When Christ was raised, there were no eye witnesses of the event. Only `the empty tomb' gave ambiguous tidings of what had happened there. That Jesus' tomb was empty seems to be an extremely well attested fact, because both Jews and Christians knew of it. The message of the resurrection brought by the disciples on their return to Jerusalem could hardly have lasted a single hour in the city if it had been possible to show that Jesus' body was lying in the grave." (Moltmann 1990 Kindle 3306)
"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 Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi"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."
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
"Pannenberg writes that, 'The eschatological salvation at which Christian hope is directed fulfills the deepest longing of humans and all creation even if there is not always a full awareness of the object of this longing. Yet like the reality of God it transcends all our concepts.' For Pannenberg the Spirit is the agent who leads creation into this eschaton... Pannenberg asserts that the Spirit was an eschatological reality for primitive Christianity. Israelite prophecy had promised that the Spirit would be poured out at the end of history, and they experienced this eschatological reality as already present in the gift of the Spirit." (Varkey 2011 Kindle 6365)
"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 Messiah-Paraclete-Ruh-Devi"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. Your have to become self realized. Then you start feeling your centers on your fingers."
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
March 21, 1923-February 23, 2011
"Seeing history in the perspective of resurrection means participating through the Spirit in the process of resurrection. Belief in resurrection is not summed up by assent to a dogma and the registering of a historical fact. It means participating in this creative act of God. A faith of this kind is the beginning of freedom. If God reveals himself in the raising of the Christ crucified in helplessness, then God is not the quintessence of power, such as the Roman Caesars represented. Nor is he the quintessence of law, such as the Greek cosmos reflects. God is then the power that quickens into life, that makes the poor rich, that lifts up the humble and raises the dead. Faith in the resurrection is itself a living force which raises people up and frees them from the deadly illusions of power and possession, because their eyes are now turned towards the future of life. The proclamation of the resurrection of Christ is a meaningful statement against the horizon, or in the context, of the history which the resurrection itself begins - the history of the freeing of human beings and the whole sighing creation from the forces of annihilation and death. Understood as an event that discloses the future and opens history, the resurrection of Christ is the foundation and promise of life in the midst of the history of death." (Moltmann 1990 Kindle 3581)
"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
Mar 21, 1923—Feb 23, 2011 "Even in the Judaism or when they believe in the coming of the Saviour for their salvation, even they have talked about.So it is all described in Koran. There's a complete Surya describing about 'The Sent One', means the Avatar, means 'The Incarnation'. And also said that you won't believe, you won't accept and all those things.So now, once you are realized souls, then only you start seeing that all this talk is futile. You have to become a realized person. If you get your realization, then only you can get over the superficial illusions and you can go deep into it. All these illusions are there in all the countries, in all the religions and that's why there is a problem and we have seen people suffering from the pangs of fundamentalism.
And now the main problem is fundamentalism and that comes out of ignorance — ignorance and also selfishness because people want to say that "This is my religion, this is my prophet, this is my guru, this is my master" and all those things, but actually they don't belong to any party, to anyone. They belong to the whole world. One can understand if you establish something for your protection from other parties, but to start yourself in a way to establish a falsehood surprisingly — very surprising, I don't understand human beings. For such falsehood, they are very happy to join and so many will join. Without even thinking, knowing, they'll all club together for a nonsense like that. For a nonsense, human beings always club together, but for a sensible thing they don't want to understand."
January 7, 1990—India
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