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Is God Bringing His People Home ??????

26 Sep

 

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“For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers. “Behold, I am sending for many fishers, declares the Lord, and they shall catch them. And afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.”” (Jeremiah 16:15-16)

The miracles of God’s promises to Israel continue to unfold, even the good, the bad and the ugly. In very many places the Scriptures prepare us for the fact that God was planning to bring His people back to His land by one way or another. With anti-Semitism escalating out of all control around the world, many Jewish people are now deciding that they would be safer in war-torn Israel under the protection of the IDF than they are in Europe. They are packing up their bags to escape while they still can. They are being hunted and hounded back to the land given to their fathers, just as the Bible said.

“Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt’,but ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ (Jeremiah 16:14)

The regathering of God’s people to their land is one of the most frequently predicted prophecies in the Bible. Jewish people living there long before 1948, buying property and working the land, and the many waves of immigration continue to pour in. In Isaiah 11:11, God promised to stretch out His hand to regather Israel from the four corners of the earth “a second time” (the first time being from the lands of the Babylonian exile). We know from Hosea 3:4-5 that it would occur in the last days, and Amos 9:15 tells us that they will never be uprooted again. Sorry about that, Hamas.

The war in Gaza brought down such international fury that the difference between criticism of the Jewish state and hatred of the Jewish people became a blur, and now that blur has all but vanished. Now we are seeing young Jewish men and women beaten on the streets of Canada, a dentist refusing to treat Jews in Belgium, synagogues destroyed in France and fire-bombed in Germany, British supermarkets clearing Kosher foods off their shelves, swastikas popping up in America and a trend on twitter insisting that Hitler was right all along, Jewish people are considering leaving the smashed windows of their Western businesses, and taking safe-harbor in the Jewish State. Israel is the one and only place on earth they can call home.

There are approximately 14 million Jewish people in the world today, and make up only around 0.2% of the world population. The center of Jewish life has finally moved from America back to Israel which now has the largest population of Jewish people in the world. Just over 8 million people now live in Israel in total; three quarters of them are Jewish and the other quarter are Arab or other nationalities. Israel has one of the highest standards of living when it comes to education, life expectancy, safety for minorities, and economic prosperity, in the Middle East.

Over three million Jewish people have left their homes and emigrated to Israel since 1948, a move which the call “making aliya”. Biblically, moving to Israel or ascending to Jerusalem is referred to as “going up” and leaving is “going down”, and the word aliya means “going up” or ascending. The number of Europeans making this move will with the new outbreaks of anti-Semitism, the kind which we have not seen since the rise Hitler. It is quite staggering how quickly the world has forgotten its history. But the people of Israel have vowed never to forget, and they are packing up and boarding airplanes back to the land of their fathers.

El Al Airlines, Israel’s own, is the predominant transportation back “home”. These verses in Isaiah seem to speak of this.

“Who are these that fly like a cloud, and like doves to their windows? For the coastlands shall hope for me, the ships of Tarshish first, to bring your children from afar, their silver and gold with them, for the name of the Lord your God and for the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 60:8-9

We see this same image again in Hosea:

“When he roars, his children shall come trembling from the west; they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt, and like doves from the land of Assyria, and I will return them to their homes, declares the Lord.” Hosea 11:10-11

The parable of the Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37 is normally thought to be symbolic of the restoration of Israel after the Holocaust, but there is another part to this story. The physical resurrection of the return to the Land has to take place before the Spirit of God breathes new life into the people, so that they return to their God. The previous chapter, Ezekiel 36, also shows us this order of events. There is first the physical regathering of the people, and then their spiritual renewal:

The first step: “I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land.” (verse 24)

The second step: “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (verses 25-26)

God is faithful to all His promises, and to His covenant people Israel. As we watch with sadness the events shaking the world, we know that our sovereign God is still in control. He continues to work out His plans and purposes, drawing all things to Himself. There will be a time, just as Yeshua predicted, when the Jewish people will call out from the land of Israel to welcome their Messiah, “Baruch ha ba be shem Adonai! – Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Something to think about on this beautiful Fall Friday morning.

 

Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, hope, Inspiration, Life, Love, Religion

 

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28 responses to “Is God Bringing His People Home ??????

  1. Heather

    September 26, 2014 at 8:53 am

    God is indeed in control! Hallelujah! Thanks for the reminder today Levi!

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  2. tellthetruth1

    September 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I wish I could go there!

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 26, 2014 at 9:30 am

      It is a very wonderful place to be. The Bible comes alive in your mind reading it after you have visited. I wish you could go too. Have a great weekend my friend. 🙂

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  3. Levi Thetford

    September 26, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Happy Friday, Heather. We can rest in the fact that God is in 100% total control. This can bring great peace to our hearts. Have a great weekend young lady. 🙂

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  4. demilhadey

    September 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    its raining here this Friday morning, but still, i feel lighter knowing that these events happening to God’s people is not a means to an end, but a new beginning. God bless you Levi.

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      It truly is for restoration to fulfill His covenant with them. He is ever faithful to His word. Here is some sunshine for you Demi. ☀️☀️ Lord bless you girl!!!

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      • demilhadey

        September 26, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        Thank you. I’m in school now, so i may not get to go through your posts as i used to. But i will… 😀

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        • Levi Thetford

          September 26, 2014 at 9:45 pm

          Demi, you worry about school, girl. Thanks for reading whenever you can. Do well in your studies. I appreciate you!!!

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  5. IrmMa

    September 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Lamentations 3:22-24 “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

    31 – 31 “For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.”
    Y’all have a great weekend. 🙂 Be blessed.

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  6. Elaine

    September 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Great words and how wonderful to know that God is in control! Have a great weekend! Beautiful weather here!

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you, Elaine. It’s nice weather here in Oregon too. At home in Oklahoma it’s still fairly hot. Have a great weekend!!!😀

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  7. brianwilliamsen

    September 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Great post. We do not know when He is coming back but we must live like it is the end times!

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      I agree that we don’t know when He is returning but He is keeping His covenant with Israel in returning more than half back home. It’s great to see that God never reneges on His promises. Thanks! Have a great weekend!!!

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      • brianwilliamsen

        September 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm

        So many signs of this being the end times, agree with you.

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  8. mzpresser

    September 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Love it! I’m nominating you too lol

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 26, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      I love this pie! Thank you!!!! Is it cherry or strawberry? I like both. Lol. Are there rules to forwarding on?

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      • mzpresser

        September 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm

        No rules, just give it to someone who deserves to be recognized!!!

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  9. Sherry Bibb

    September 27, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Thank you for this encouraging post. The resurgence of anti-Semitism around the world is sad and frightening. As I’ve been reading the prophets it is amazing how fitting their warnings and pleadings are for our times. I certainly don’t understand it all, so I enjoy your perspective. I like what I heard Jan Markell of Olive Tree Views say on the radio, “when it looks like everything is failing apart, remember things are just falling into place.”

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 27, 2014 at 8:57 am

      The prophets do speak of our times. The quote from Markell is true. God’s ultimate plan is being fulfilled and will come to pass. Thank you for the great comment. Lord bless you!!!

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  10. SLIMJIM

    September 27, 2014 at 1:12 am

    i think it is amazing to see the Lord’s faithfulness to His covenants and promises to Israel; I think God is setting things up for the End Times since bringing Israel back to existence

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 27, 2014 at 8:54 am

      I agree, SJ. To keep “something” inside a whole people for thousands of years to go back to a certain country can only be God. He is ever faithful!!!

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  11. Sharon

    September 28, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. I knew the scriptures said that His people would return to their land but had no idea that it was taking place here and now. Also am thankful for the scripture references. The fields are needing to be harvested. There is work to be done.

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 28, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Good morning, Sharon. Yes, movement of the Jews going back home has, and is currently underway. Their is that inate desire for many to return there even though they have lived for generations is other locations. God is working and we should be as well. Have a great Sunday. Lord bless you!!!

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      • Sharon

        September 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

        Thank you, Levi, and the Lord’s blessings to you also.

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  12. Anna Waldherr

    September 28, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    This was both informative and distressing. As a New York expatriate, I have always had Jewish friends. This rising anti-Semitism is a warning. The cable channel AHC (American Heroes Channel) regularly shows chilling films depicting the rise of Nazism. But as you say, the world has forgotten. Darkness is rising.

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    • Levi Thetford

      September 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      We are actually to expect much more anti-semitism in the future. Most jewish people will return to Israel with basically all nations against them. It’s then that they will see Jesus is their Messiah. Lord bless you Anna.

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