Regathering

Arno Froese

“Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks” (Jeremiah 16:16). 

When reading Jeremiah 16, particularly the first 13 verses, one senses utter hopelessness and dejection. The Jews will be slain in their own land, and their children “shall die of grievous deaths.”

Verse 9 points to the end of the final “Babylon,” which is in the works today: “For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.” That prophecy spelled the end of Israel as a national identity in the land of Israel.

But there is a distinct difference between Israel and the rest of the world; here is what Revelation 18:23 says: “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” That will be the end of the commercial world—total chaos, similar to what we have read about Israel. However, while the nations of the world do not have a future, Israel does, as evident from Jeremiah 16:15. This is also emphasized by the prophets, particularly the 12 minor ones, where we read of utter hopelessness for the nations of the world, but at each instance hope for Israel.

Regathering
After the prophet thunders utter destruction, he speaks of the return: “But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks” (Jeremiah 16:15-16).

AI16 12 1Interestingly, the majority of the Jewish immigrants came from the north, the former Soviet Union.

From the 37 founding members of the Moetzet HaAm, (People’s Council), all but six originated precisely from the north of Israel: the Soviet Union.

According to the Jewish Virtual Library, over 1,231,000 came from the former USSR, followed by Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia with 354,852.

Based on the many news reports, anti-Semitism, which is a close relative of anti-Zionism, is increasing globally.

Thus we come to the introductory Scripture; it is the Lord who is sending “fishers.” Who are these fishers? Doubtless, the Jewish Agency. Wikipedia states, “The HaSochnut HaYehudit L’Eretz Yisra’el is the largest Jewish nonprofit organization in the world. Its mission is to ‘inspire Jews throughout the world to connect with their people, heritage, and land, and empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel.’”

Although there are a number of other organizations and groups supporting the return of Jews to Israel, they are of little to no measurable effect when compared with the Jewish Agency. This organization is responsible for bringing over 3 million immigrants to Israel. Any Jew, anywhere in the world may take advantage of the full support of this agency, to be brought to Israel and receive all the benefits associated with newcomers. The Jewish Agency has in the past and continues today to fulfill the words, “they shall fish them.”

Next comes something more unpleasant: “…and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks” (Jeremiah 16:16b). Who are the “hunters”? Categorically speaking, the entire world.

According to Wikipedia, Jewish identity in the Diaspora has become more and more difficult to determine because of intermarriage and conversions. The highest estimate of the world Jewish population stands at 20 million; conservatively, however, it’s estimated at 14.2 million. What will be the end? “But I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them anymore there” (Ezekiel 39:28b). That will and must happen in the final stages.

In recent years, we have been informed by the news media of terrorist acts particularly targeting Jews in Europe.

A voice from Moscow, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, had this to say:

Goldschmidt explained that “one train is radical Islam and Islamic terrorism... the other train is the antisemitism of old Europe, the extreme right.”

He told Parliament that both are existential threats and are the cause of “tens of thousands of Jews leaving France, Belgium and other European countries.”

This has resulted in a high percentage of people afraid to go to Jewish events and synagogue on holidays, he added.

Speaking with The Independent, Goldschmidt stated that antisemitism in Europe is so rampant that “40 percent of 1,200 Jews surveyed in France said they avoided wearing symbols that identified them as Jews for fear of antisemitic attacks.”

To confirm Rabbi Goldschmidt’s statement, another important voice:

Martin Schultz, president of the European Parliament, stated that “when we see that the Jewish population in Europe has decreased from almost four million in 1945 to barely more than one million today, then we know that it is high time not only to make a clear political statement, but to take effective action as soon as possible.”
-www.jpost.com, 2 October 2016

What will be the end result of God’s gathering of the Jews to their land, Israel? “…They shall know that my name is The Lord” (Jeremiah 16:21b).

Midnight Call - 12/2016

Excerpt from Midnight Call December 2016

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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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