“And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more” (Jeremiah 3:16).
We know that this prophecy was proclaimed around 700 BC. Yet when reading the first sentence, we may apply it to Israel today, “When ye be multiplied and increased in the land.” Based on the Jewish Virtual Library, in 1948 there were 716,700 Jews in the land of Israel. Today there are about 6.2 million. That qualifies as “multiplied and increased.”
However, this prophecy continues, particularly highlighting the Ark of the Covenant. Somewhat strangely, the Jews will not talk about it; they will not remember it, and “neither shall that be done anymore.” Luther writes, “shall not make it again.”
Why not? The answer is found in verse 17, “At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.” This most definitely speaks of the national collective salvation of Israel. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul puts a condition to the salvation of Israel; namely, the fullness of the believers from among the Gentiles, “…Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved…” (Romans 11:25b-26a).
When reading Jeremiah and most of the other prophets, we note that they often utter one sentence in one breath, which spans thousands of years.
For example: in Luke 4:18-19, Jesus is quoting Isaiah 61:1-2, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Isaiah, however, utters in one breath, “to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the vengeance of our God.” Jesus stops in the middle of the sentence, “the acceptable year of the Lord.” Then we read, “And he closed the book.” Why? Because He explains in verse 21, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
That is also the case on the day of Pentecost. The apostle Peter recites the prophecy of Joel, “And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: and I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come” (Acts 2:18-20). Parts were fulfilled, others not. The sun has not turned into darkness, nor the moon into blood—that’s future.
We know that anti-Semitism and the horrible result of the Holocaust were major contributing factors for the Jews to return to the land of their fathers. When we follow statistics regarding their return, we notice it goes up and down. Most immigrants, some 240,000, came in 1949. In 1967 it trickled down to a little over 14,000. Later in 1990, when the Berlin Wall fell, almost 200,000 immigrants came, followed by another 175,000 in 1991.
One article states that Jews coming home to Israel have increased by 40 percent in the first quarter of 2016.
From Haaretz we learn the following:
As reports of anti-Semitic remarks by European politicians take center stage, a report by Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center sees a drop in violence against Jews, citing a far-right focus against the Continent’s migrant influx. The number of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide declined in 2015 by nearly 50 percent compared to the previous year, hitting the lowest level in a decade, Tel Aviv University’s Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry said in a study.
The center’s Annual Report on Anti-Semitism, compiled in collaboration with the European Jewish Congress, said it had recorded 766 incidents in 2014, while in 2015 the number decreased to 410.
Another reason the researchers found was stepped up security at Jewish facilities and institutions. The report also noted that the fear in Europe of terrorism originating from extremist Islamist groups “created an opening for identification with, or at least admiration for, the Jewish community and Israel.”
There was a significant drop in violent anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, where such recorded acts fell from 76 in 2014 to 37 in 2015. Other countries seeing significant declines between 2014 and 2015 included Hungary (15 to eight), Belgium (30 to six), Sweden (17 to two), Australia (30 to four), Italy (23 to four) and South Africa (14 to 4).
Canada, ironically, saw a rise from 20 to 32 incidents, while the level remained stable in the United States at around 80 violent incidents.
4 May 2016
There is no rhyme or reason to the various ups and downs, but they are related to the activity of anti-Semitism.
One can find numerous analyses relating to the Jews returning to Israel, and also concerning the many conflict zones around planet Earth. Thus, we ask, what is the real reason? Simply that the regathering of the remnant of the Jewish people to the land of Israel, to take possession of their inheritance, is the cause for the global turmoil. God is directly involved: “the land I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers” (Jeremiah 3:18).
We as believers rejoice, being witnesses of the regathering of the dispersed to the land of Israel. In spite of the world’s opinion, we know and again confirm that the prophetic Scripture is accurate!
Midnight Call - 07/2017