"Behold, we go up to Jerusalem..."

Arno Froese

Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death” (Matthew 20:18).

From the above Scripture, we learn that Jesus went deliberately to Jerusalem, knowing that He would be killed. Fully consciously, He realized His task to fulfill Bible prophecy.

Jesus knew Holy Scripture. This is made clear in Luke 2, where Jesus—at the age of 12—went up to Jerusalem with Joseph and His mother. We read: “And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers” (verses 46-47). Thus, it is self-evident that He knew Isaiah 53, where it speaks of His rejection, His bruising, and His death. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (verse 7).

While we know from the four Gospels of the mighty signs and wonders He performed publicly, we also know that it did not help the Jews in Israel to believe on Jesus, although a great multitude followed Him.

When He arose on the first day of the week, two disciples on the way to Emmaus had the privilege of hearing, although not recognizing, the resurrected Lord. “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).

When we open our Bible and read Moses and the prophets, we see over and again that God will restore the land of Israel to the people, and the people to the land. After Moses pronounces the blessing and the curse in Deuteronomy 28, chapter 30:3 reports: “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.”

When one studies the return of the Jewish people to the land of their forefathers, one is overcome with emotional excitement. But contrary to the expectation of many well-meaning Bible scholars, the Jews did not turn first to Jesus, and then return to the land of their fathers, but in the opposite direction.

The father of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl, was at best an agnostic and at worst an atheist. But he is highly respected and venerated by the Jewish people in Israel. Even before he sponsored the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland in 1897, large numbers of Jews from Russia moved to the Promised Land, beginning in 1882.

That was followed by the second Aliyah (return), Jews from Russia and Poland. Then in 1919-1923, another exodus followed of Russian Jews to the Holy Land. The fourth Aliyah came from Poland in 1924-1932. The fifth Aliyah was mainly Jews from Germany during the period 1933-1939. Later, between 1970-1988, some 291,000 Soviet Jews were granted visas. Also, important to mention are the Jews who were living in Islamic countries, of which more than 800,000 went to the land of Israel.

Considering the mixture of Jews from the Islamic nations, Europe, Asia, and Africa, many speculated that it would be impossible to form a nation from such a diverse group of people. Each had their own language, culture, holidays, and behavior. Yet this nation has seen virtually uninterrupted growth, from about 600,000 Jews in 1948, to 8,420,417 in April 2018, of which about 75% are Jews.

Thus, we see it is not a matter of how or when God will fulfill His plan with His people; the irrevocable fact is God is gathering the outcasts of Israel, and He is bringing them back to the land. They are prospering beyond imagination.

But, there is a very distinct purpose behind all this. The prophet Amos has this to say in the last two verses of his book: “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. 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).

Midnight Call - 11/2018

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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