Rebirth of the Nation of Israel

In the book of Deuteronomy, God makes it clear that He alone will decide when the Jews will live in the land of Israel:

"1 And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Keep all the commandments which I command you this day. 2 And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaister them with plaister: 3 And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over, that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, a land that floweth with milk and honey; as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee." (Deuteronomy 27:1-3)

God told the Israelites that if they obeyed His commandments, He would bring them into the land of Israel. Conversely, if the Jews did not obey His commandments then He would remove them from the land:

"15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee...36 The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. 37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee...63 And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. 64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. 65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: 66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life." (Deuteronomy 28:15, 36-37, 63-66)

However, God promised the Jews through the prophet Amos that one day He would restore them to the land of Israel forever:

"14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God." (Amos 9:14-15)

Thus, it is clear from God's word that He alone decides when the Jews live in the land of Israel. On May 14, 1948, the nation of Israel was reborn and the Jews once again lived in the land that God promised to them.

Some church groups do not believe that the return of the Jews to Israel in 1948 is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. However, as we just read, God determines when the Jews live in the land. Since He promised to one day return the Jews to the land of Israel permanently, why would they doubt that God had a hand in the rebirth of the modern nation of Israel? If this wasn't what God was referring to in Amos then when will He fulfill His promise? Will the Jews once again be removed from the land and later on God will return them in order to fulfill the prophecy of Amos? This last question is meant to sound ludicrous because the modern nation of Israel has to be the work of God. For the last 1800 years, the Jews were dispersed throughout the nations of the world. They should have been assimilated into every country lived, yet miracuously, they maintained their Jewish identity throughout their sojourns.

I believe that with the Jews return to Israel, God has started fulfilling the prophecy He gave to Ezekiel concerning the restoration of the Jews to Israel and ultimately to their salvation at the second coming of Jesus Christ. (Ezekiel 37:1-28)


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