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Discover the Book - August 19, 2011

  • 2011 Aug 19


God's Chosen People: Re-Gathered

I believe that the prophesied "last days" are upon us and that our generation will likely see the remainder of what God's Word has foretold would happen to the nation of Israel. 

These multiplied dozens of specific Bible passages will come to pass literally because that is how all the prophecies have unfolded that have already come true. In brief, God has foretold the most dangerous for humanity since the Flood, lies dead ahead. In Noah’s day 99.999% of all humans died; and in the days ahead 50+% will be destroyed. God describes the entire end of days scenario as the "the time of Jacob's trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7). God foretold plan for His chosen people Israel spells danger and woe for the entire planet.

So the survival of Israel scattered all around the world for 2,600 years leads us to the next point in the roadmap God left for us in His Word:

REGATHERED: God promised to re-gather His chosen people of destiny back to the Promised Land.

The Bible records God’s promises to keep His chosen people distinct (Exodus 33:16; Leviticus 20:26); and bring them back into their land in the last days (Jeremiah 30:10, 31:8-12; Ezekiel 36:24, 35-38) before their Messiah's return. Those prophecies and promises, watched for so long, were fulfilled when Israel was reborn as a nation back in their Promised Land.

Almost 1900 years after the destruction of Jerusalem and the scattering of the Jews in A.D. 70 by the Roman armies of Titus—Israel was reborn in 1948. Becoming a nation again 25 centuries after utter destruction has never happened to any other group of people in the history of mankind. What has happened in the past 100 years to Israel could never have happened by chance, and is astonishing to everyone who will pay attention.

Goddeclared Israel, His Nation, would Survive: Dr. Henry Morris observes: It is almost impossible that a nation could survive as a distinct nationality, regain its homeland and be recognized as a viable nation once more after being completely destroyed as an organized entity by an invading army (as Israel was by the Romans, in A.D. 70). Its people were either slaughtered or scattered from one end of the world to the other; its land occupied and ruled by aliens for over 1900 years. Israel's survival is amazing, but even more so is the fact its survival was predicted many centuries earlier. When Israel, including Judah, first went into captivity, in 588 B.C., the period known as "the times of the Gentiles" began. Babylonia, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome were successive world empires and their domain included the land of Israel.

God declared Israel, His nation, would be Regathered:Even more impossible than the fact that a people could retain its identity without a homeland for two thousand years is the fact that they should then return and establish their ancient nation once again. Yet this is exactly what the Bible had predicted.

Isaiah 11:11-12  “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time [note, the second time -- the first was when He brought them back from the Babylonian captivity as recorded in Ezra, Nehemiah, and Haggai] to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, . . . and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth”

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