Return of Israel
will bring again
the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause
them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess
- Jeremiah 30-3.
CHILDREN OF ISRAEL GIVEN CANAAN BY GOD
is an important truth that God, the Creator, owns the Universe He created –
(Genesis 1-1; 14-19,22).
He owns this earth and all that is in it. (Exodus 19-5).
Therefore The Land of Canaan or Palestine, known today as ‘the Middle
East’, belongs to God, not to the present tenants, Jew and Arab – (Leviticus
God ‘called’ Abraham, the father of the Jewish people, he promised him and
his “seed” (or descendants) all the land of Canaan - from the River
Euphrates to the River Nile, (Genesis 12-7; 13-14/17; 15-17/21).
bringing the children of Israel out of their 200-year slavery in Egypt, God
promised, then, after
their 40 years’ wanderings in the wilderness of Sin because of sin, actually
gave them the land. (Deuteronomy
Jewish people possessed Canaan continuously from that time (about BC 1490) until
the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities (BC 722 and 597).
70 years later some 000’s of the children of Judah and Benjamin
returned to Jerusalem and Judah under Ezra and Nehemiah. They multiplied and
regained much of the old territory but became a vassal state under Persia, then
Greece and finally Rome.
In the days of the life of our Lord Jesus Christ, Herod the Great,
appointed by Rome, was King of Judaea.
CONDITIONAL UPON OBEDIENCE
promising Canaan, God solemnly told the children of Israel (the Jews) that
Canaan belonged to Him, and they were but covenanted tenants in the land – a
tenancy that would last only for as long as they remained obedient to God.
however, they chose to depart from God, their tenancy would be terminated and
God would drive them from the land just as He had previously driven the
Canaanites from the land.
OBEDIENT – BLESSING
assured Israel that while ever it obeyed God’s laws it would receive many
great blessings in the land.
- CURSING AND REMOVAL
God also warned Israel that if it turned from Him and disobeyed His laws then
great cursing would come upon them in the land. If they failed to repent after
receiving this punishment then the ultimate disaster would befall them – they
would be removed from the land.
Sadly the children of Israel proved to be, then as now,
a “stiff-necked” or rebellious people.
many warnings from both their Law and from the mouth of the many prophets that
God sent them, they refused to hear and obey.
Eventually God’s long-suffering patience ran out and He must “avenge the quarrel of my covenant” with the nation.
First, in BC 722 God sent the Assyrian army to overthrow Samaria, the
capital of the apostate northern kingdom of Israel, comprising ten tribes of
Israel, and take the people captive to Assyria.
in BC 597 God sent the Babylonian army to overthrow Jerusalem, the capital of
the also apostate southern kingdom of Judah, comprising the tribes of Judah and
Benjamin, and to take the people captive to Babylon.
RETURN TO CANAAN LONG PROMISED
God banished His people from their land, He still loved them greatly and
suffered with their sufferings. (Hosea
11-8). Because the people of
the Kingdom of Israel in the North had become so corrupt with idolatry and evil
doing, no special promise was given
them that they should return. Its
people remained in dispersion until the Modern Era when they have been returning
from all nations.
the people of the Kingdom of Judah in the South, however, God gave a promise
would return after 70 years – a promise that God faithfully kept. (Jeremiah
25-11; Daniel 9-2, Nehemiah 1-9; 7-6. Thus was about BC 527.
Sadly, in the period from then unto the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ and
His apostles (AD 26-69), Jewry lapsed again into a false, formal worship.
rejected and crucified our Lord, their Saviour and Messiah, and persecuted his
disciples. So God again
overthrew Jerusalem and its Temple and in AD 70, by the Roman army,
dispersed the people. But
the promise of the prophets predicting Jewry’s restoration still held good. (
Isaiah 54; Jeremiah 32-37/44; 33-6/11).
– A MODERN MIRACLE
1897, the first Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland, many 000’s of
dispersed Jewish people have returned and are still returning to the State of
Israel, proclaimed by Ben Gurion in 1948.
THIS IS A MODERN
“The time to favour Zion, the set time has come…. When the LORD
shall build up Zion, HE SHALL APPEAR IN HIS GLORY” –(Psalm 102-13/28).