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Discover the Book - Feb. 4, 2008

  • 2008 Feb 04
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Israel - Returned and Restored by God

In Isaiah 11:11 God describes the second Return of His People. The first was after the Babylonian Exile in 586 BC, this is the second Return after the Roman Destruction of Israel in AD 70-130 and this second Return has happened in OUR GENERATION! People alive today who have witnessed this happen!

Does your heart thrill as your mind sees the modern day "Miracle of Israel” that has occurred in the re-gathering of almost ½ of all Jews from 100 nations around the world back to Judea and Samaria of the Bible?!

And they have returned since 1948 under the “banner” of a flag containing the blue of the Messianic longings of the prayer shawl and the Star of David (symbolizing the Messianic line of Jesus through David) boldly centered as the only sign of their flag!

Where exactly did God say they would come back to in this second Return? Jeremiah helps us by naming the places that the bones (the destroyed bits of the nation Israel) would come and be clothed with flesh (a nation again) awaiting the breath of God (revival) to come in the Tribulation Hour of Jacob's Trouble.

Is there any reason other than chance that half the world’s surviving People of the Lord have returned to the Land the Bible has always called Israel? Is there any way this has to do with the 20% of the Old Testament that is not yet fulfilled? I believe the answer from God's Word is YES!

To understand the Bible, the Plan of God for the FUTURE and where we His people fit, we need to see what God is still doing with His people, The Lord’s People in the Lord’s Land.

Why Did God Choose A Particular People And A Particular Land?

There was an important reason for God to establish His covenants with His chosen people in His chosen land.

You see, God chose a particular place, Israel, and a particular people, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for a particular purpose.

The Jewish people were chosen:

1) To witness to the unity of God in the midst of universal idolatry.
2) To show the nations the blessedness of serving the true God.
3) To receive, preserve, and transmit the Scriptures, (64 of the 66 books of the Bible were written by Jewish writers), and,
4) To be the human channel for the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

The land was chosen for one reason. As they say in the advertising business: location, location, location. While small in size, strategically, the land of Israel sits right in the middle of the great trade routes of the ancient world - between the great empires of Assyria and Babylonia in the north and Egypt to the south. One of the best descriptions for Israel could be, "The Land In-Between." This is exactly where God wanted His people.

Israel is actually a hinge, like the hinge on a door, between the great regions of the ancient world. Whoever controlled the Land of Israel, could exert great influence in the world. That is why conquering Israel was, and still is, a strategic goal of nations seeking to control the Middle East. However, this parcel of land is not up for grabs, for God had, and has, a plan for it.

God put His chosen people in a precarious place, right where God wanted them for a chosen purpose. At times of war or at times of peace, God's message would get out to the known world.

But why? God could have taken them to the remotest desert of the Middle East and created another Garden of Eden for them. There, they could have just basked in God's glory and provision, being removed from the conflicts of the world. In fact, out in the driest part of the desert where no one travels, they could have gone unnoticed until this century when our satellites would have finally photographed them from above.  

God Had Other Plans

1. The strategic location of the land would create special pressures. You might call it, "God's testing ground of faith." In this land, there was much pressure and many tests. But, through these tests, with all odds against the Israelites, God showed forth His miracle power to sustain them and bless them, even in difficult situations. That made people sit up and take notice.

2. Since all communication, trade, and even armies of the ancient world had to pass through this land, the message of God's relationship to man through His chosen people would be spread to the known world.  

The people of Israel were to be the living testimony of God through their lifestyle and message. In times of peace, traders and travelers could see and hear God's message and take it to the world.  

In times of war, God showed His power to miraculously defend them. This message also went around the world. For example, the great King Sennacherib of Assyria invaded Judah in 720 BC. When he reached Jerusalem, he blockaded the city and mocked King Hezekiah and the God of Israel. God moved. The angel of the Lord killed the soldiers and officers of Sennacherib. II Chron. 32 says that Sennacherib returned back to Assyria in disgrace. Not only is this recorded in the Bible, but Sennacherib left an account of this event chiseled in stone which testifies to what God did on this day in Israel 

What Does All Of This Mean To Us?

"I will establish My covenant with him (Isaac) for an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him" (Gen. 17:19)

God's eternal, redemptive plan is clear in the Bible. Man sinned, separating himself from God. Yet, God wants to fellowship with us, so He implemented a plan that involved a man, Abraham, and a land, Israel, to bring about the salvation of the world.  

However, this plan is not finished and the fulfillment of God's prophetic Word is taking place and relates to Israel and the Jewish people today. No doubt, there was, and is, a destiny that has shaped the history of the world.

The people of Israel were chosen to be a testimony for God. They did not have books, tapes, radio and television, as we do today. Their lives were a living message of God's love and power which He used to spread His Word to the people of the world.

I believe God's Word[2] teaches that He chose the Jewish people and bequeathed to them as an everlasting possession the Land of Canaan, so that they should give to the world His Word, men of faith, the Messiah and a living example of what it means to follow this one true God and experience His faithfulness and correction.

  • Acts 15:14-18 Simon has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: 16 After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; 17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things. 18 Known to God from eternity are all His works.

I am also convinced from God's Word that the modern restoration of Israel is not a political anomaly, but evidence of God's on-going faithfulness to His people through His covenant made with the Patriarch Abraham.

  • Acts 17:26-27 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

The more we understand God's Word the more we recognize the debt that we as Christians owe the Jewish people, since we share in their spiritual blessings and it involves repaying this debt by demonstrating our concern for them through deeds of genuine love (Psalm 122:6; Matthew 25:31-46; Romans 15:27).

  • Psalm 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.
  • Romans 15:27  It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things.

 

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