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Prophecy strengthens Faith

12th February 2010, mgh

 

4) Restoration of Israel

As early as the time of Moses, it was prophesied that Israel would be gathered from all the nations to which God had scattered them. They would return to the land that God had promised their forefathers as a possession.

That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.
If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:
And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. (Deuteronomy 30: 3-5)

They would restore and rebuild the old waste lands, which had been devastated by generations of invaders.

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. (Isaiah 58:12)

In mercy and compassion the nation ,which would be revived, would obtain mercy and forgiveness for their sins, as the Lord will fulfil the promises that were made to Abraham and his seed and to all nations, the Gentiles, who are to blessed with Abraham's seed. Micah wrote;

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old. (Micah 7: 18-20)

Nations from the ancient world, such as India and China, have huge populations. The Jews have been subjected to tremendous persecution and in comparison to India and China there remains only a small remnant of Jews, estimated at approximating 15-16 million. Some are in Israel and the rest are still scattered throughout the nations of the world. The remnant shall yet return to their homeland,

The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.(Isaiah 10:21-22)


The Jews have suffered humiliation and persecution, of which the Holocaust is only a part, but as a witness to us all they will be saved and return to Israel.

But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.(Isaiah 45: 17)

and,
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.(Jeremiah 23: 5-8)


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