1.2. Restoration of the Kingdom to Israel
“I shall live here amongst the sons of Israel for ever” – Ezekiel. 43:7
Why then do the nations of the world deny Israel any Jurisdiction over the City of Jerusalem and the Promised Land?
Will mankind be so obstinate as to oppose God’s Decree to establish a Universal Kingdom ruling over the nations from Jerusalem, Israel right unto an Armageddon confrontation with Him?
Why do so many refuse to accept His Invitation to become part of His future Universal (Jewish) Kingdom of Peace over all nations from Jerusalem?
While opposing God’s current re-establishment of Jerusalem under Covenantal Jewish rule, as prophesied – mankind will soon be deceived into accepting non-Jewish rule over His Holy City – thereby bringing down the Wrath of God!
The Divine Purpose of the perpetuation of Israel throughout thousands of years, and the eventual establishment of a Holy universal Kingdom with Headquarters in Jerusalem, is the main theme of Prophetic Script. Chapter 20 of the Book of Ezekiel superbly summarises the history of Israel and the contentious issue of God’s relationship with this amazing nation. It also reveals the main reason why the Almighty has endured the nation of Israel for all that they have done in failing Him so often, and why He is busy resurrecting the actual Land of Eretz Israel and the City of Jerusalem in the sight of all nations.
It should therefore be expected, that opposing forces will direct their efforts at thwarting the re-establishment and rebuilding of Jerusalem under re-established Jewish rule after some 2000 years of exile of this nation, in preparation for this Divine Purpose. If this process, which started with the regathering and resettlement of Jews in their ancient Homeland over the last 70 years, could be stopped or reversed, as it is the intentions currently of the Palestinians, the Arabs, all member nations of the UN and the mighty USA, then the Creator God will have failed in His Divine Promise for mankind.
The surprise waiting for the world, is that not only Jews will be returned to the Land after they have been haunted and persecuted by all nations during their extended exile amongst the nations, but, unbeknown to even well informed Bible students of the world, an even greater exodus from the four corners of the earth is prophesied in Scripture. This will entail the reidentifying and return of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel after their ejection by God from the Land since their rejection of His Torah in the time that followed King Solomon’s Rule, 2,700 years ag
Jeremiah 23:7,8 So then, the days are coming,” declares YHVH, “when people 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 descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where He had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.”
The key to understanding this Great Event, lies in the fact that the Bible clearly defines betweem the House of Judah (the Jews) and the House of Israel (the Northern 10 Tribes which have been exiled). Refer Jer. 3:18 “In those days the House of Judah will join the House of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your ancestors as an inheritance.” (Check context).
Before we consult the Scriptures for Divine Directives, we shall review the proclamations of mankind in this matter. We shall quote two extreme views, to establish the great and paradoxical opposites of this nation which Scripture proclaims as “God’s Chosen People.”
No other nation on earth evokes such widely contrasting, universally felt emotions and attitudes as the Jews (from the House of Judah which remained identified throughout the ages). Why? Statistically, this nation (representing 2 Tribes only – Judah and Benjamin) numbers some 14 million worldwide. This is merely 0,3% of the total world population of some 6000 million people! Its current land mass fills a space so insignificantly small, that it can be blotted out by the point of a small child’s forefinger on a class room size globe of the world! For it’s size therefore, Israel should be totally insignificant. Its influence, though, is felt throughout all spheres of life throughout most of the world.
Mark Twain wrote about the Jews as follows:
“If the statistics are right, the (small proportion of Jews in the world) 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 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 very out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be excused for it. The Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendour; then faded to dream-stuff and passed away: the Greeks and the Romans 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, survived them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?” (Mark Twain and first published in HARPER’S magazine, September 1887).
Then there is the other extreme view which drove some greats amongst mankind to perpetrate the unthinkable in their vigour to rid the world of this ‘bastard nation’.
This inhumane hatred against Jews would most likely never have reached the depths of the pits of hell that it did, were it not for the statements of some of the most advanced thinkers and academics in history:
Martin Luther, one of the greatest Reformists and father of modern Protestant Christianity, wrote in his “Exhortation Against the Jews” of February 15, 1546:
“The Book of Esther is dear to the Jews, it is so well in line with their bloody and poisonous sentiment. There is no people under the sun so avid of revenge, so bloodthirsty, believing itself to be God’s people merely in order to strangle and immolate the heathens. Know, Christian, that next to the devil thou has no enemy more cruel, more venomous and violent than a true Jew”.
“These are thieves, brigands who do not eat any food, do not wear on their bodies a single thread, which they have not stolen from us and taken away by the most voracious usuries”.
“Who prevents the Jews from returning to Judea? Nobody….We shall provide them with all the supplies for the journey, only in order to get rid of that disgusting vermin”.
Bear in mind that this Jew-hatred permeated great sections of Christianity and the German mentality – which gave birth to the human butcher, Hitler, who went to great scientific extents to kill more Jewish masses faster and faster, during World War 2 in Germany.
Then there was Voltaire, an atheist and a humanist, who had this to say in his article “Juif” in the widely read DICTIONNAIRE PHILOSOPHIQUE: “In short, we find in them [the Jews] only an ignorant and barbarous people, who have long united the most sordid avarice with the most detestable superstition and the most invincible hatred for every people by whom they are tolerated and enriched. Still, we ought not to burn them”
Now we shall let the Bible speak out on this subject of the Divine Purpose with this intriguing nation of Israel – represented today by the House of Judah (Jews) while the rest of the 12-Tribed nation remains mainly unidentified at this time, though there is the phenomenon of millions of non-Jewish Bible student across the earth turning to the Torah precepts of Judaism. Many of these souls experience a puzzling notion to identify with and emigrate to the Land ofisrael: