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Many years ago the Jewish people were dispersed all over the world but not because they had been on holiday. For more than 1000 years they had been a displaced people, ousted from their homeland by the Romans and forced to move on from nation to nation as they were persecuted and refused a place to settle. But God had promised that the time would come for them to return home, at His command:

“Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’ For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he” (Jeremiah 31:10,11).

The impediment to their return was significant: much more of an obstacle than just a bit of volcanic ash. Some of the land was occupied by people now described as Palestinians. Many nations had been responsible for the persecution of the Jewish people, so when the matter came to a vote in the United Nations the decision could have gone against partitioning the land to create a Jewish State. But it did not. Under the hand of God and in 1947 the majority vote was for the establishment of a Jewish state after a lapse of 1878 years. By then there were some Jews already living in the land, having bought estates and farms they had begun to reclaim the land from centuries of abandonment. The declaration of the State of Israel in May 1948 spurred on the process of resettlement and Jews from all over the world began to return and resettle.

 

The Exodus Again

Long before the nation had come from Egypt as refugees marching to the land that God had promised their ancestors. Now they travelled to Israel as Abraham had once journeyed from Ur of the Chaldees – leaving settled homes to become pioneers in a new nation, making a new start in life. Mainly by sea, for this was in the 1940s and early 50s, a dispersed community moved home to settle in a new land and to build it into a powerful nation.

The existence of Israel as a Middle Eastern nation is a modern phenomenon which is a testimony to the fact that God always keeps His Word. He promised that he would re-establish the nation of Israel on earth and that has now been accomplished, amidst opposition and in controversial circumstances, just as the Bible predicted.

The scene is now set for the final dramatic event in the prophetic calendar. Now that Israel is back in the land, surrounded by enemies, we can expect the return of Jesus from heaven to reign on earth over God’s restored kingdom. He may be a long way from home at present, but not for long!

 

- Glad Tidings

A Long Way from Home

July 6, 2010 at 5:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Belgian Christadelphians
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Read also at the kingdom ready blog: The Kingdom in the Prophets about Jerusalem that has been under the control of the Gentiles since the time of Daniel, as illustrated by his visions of the successive Gentile empires. But a time will come when it will be trodden underfoot, and Israel will turn back to God, at which time the Gentile kingdoms will be subdued by God’s Kingdom. God will never completely forsake Israel (Psalm 94:14; Isaiah 54:5-10; Jeremiah 31:35-40; 32:37-40; 33:23-26; Micah 7:18-20).

Israel, and Jerusalem in particular, will be the center of a coming world empire, in which God’s vice-regent, or co-ruler, will administer a perfect government. “A throne will even be established in lovingkindness, And a judge [literally, an administrator] will sit on it in faithfulness in the tent of David; Moreover, he will seek justice and be prompt in righteousness” (Isaiah 16:5, NASB).

July 6, 2010 at 6:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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