The Jews’ return to the Promised Land

Arno Froese

In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore cubits” (Ezra 6:3).

When reading the historic document of the Jews’ return to the Promised Land, we must note the words in chapter 1, verse 1, “the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia.” Thus, the originator of the plan to return the Jews from Babylonian captivity was God. He implements His plan, and He fulfills His prophetic Word. And it is He who stirred the spirit of the king. 

We also take note that King Cyrus of Persia had global dominion: “The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth” (verse 2). What was the purpose, the aim, the goal? To send the Jews back to Jerusalem to build the temple on Mt. Moriah. This message was clearly given to the Jews dwelling in Persia, today’s Iran. 

Quite obviously, today’s Persia (Iran) is being stirred by the god of this world, the one who opposes fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Thus, their repetitious call for the eradication of the Zionist State.

Reading the first six chapters of Ezra, we notice that, when they returned to Jerusalem to build the temple, the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin appeared. The end of chapter 4 reads: “Then ceased the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem.”

The adversaries were dealing very smartly when they wrote to the king of Persia, accusing the Jews of building a city. Nothing was mentioned about the temple. Apparently, the enemies knew that the city, the temple, and the Jews were synonymous. You can’t divide one from the other. That, incidentally, is Israel’s challenge today. The Temple Mount is occupied by Arab Muslims. The city of Jerusalem as a whole is not recognized by the rest of the world as the capital of the State of Israel. Obviously, they reject Scripture’s outline of Israel’s territory. 

In the story of Ezra’s records, we see that the Jews finally did what they were supposed to do: build the temple regardless of the opposition.

In today’s world, the enemies of Israel have isolated the word “Zion” and “Zionist” from the Jews. The Times of Israel reports: 

When Iran speaks of wiping Israel off the map, it doesn’t mean the mass slaughter of the country’s Jews but rather eliminating the Jewish state’s “imposed regime,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
-www.timesofisrael.com, 15 November 2019

And the military leader makes it clear:

Four decades on from Iran’s Islamic revolution, “we have managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime,” Major General Hossein Salami was quoted saying by the IRGC’s Sepah news site. 
-www.timesofisrael.com, 30 September 2019

JewishPress.com, which reports on anti-Semitism in Canada, headlines an article, ‘Zionists Not Welcome’:

Foodbenders’ social media posts have said “police brutality is an Israeli export” and “Zionists are Nazis,” and included hashtags such as #intifada. Following complaints, Instagram shuttered the restaurant’s account.

“By stating that Zionists are not welcome to its store, this business is basically stating that Jewish people are not welcome,” Rabbi Meyer May, the center’s executive director, said in a statement. “This is clear anti-Semitism, extremely discriminatory and unacceptable.”

Taking legal action, the International Legal Forum (ILF) has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario charging that based on the guidelines of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism, Kimberly Hawkins, the owner, should be charged with anti-Semitic discrimination.

“IHRA acknowledges and incorporates the connection between Jews and Jewish national identity, and its fulfillment in the Jewish nation state, as a central expression of Jewish identity, similar to observance of Jewish holidays and religious practices such as dietary laws, Sabbath and other,” the ILF stated.

Euphemistic manifestations of hatred, such as calls against Zionists instead of Jews, enable the rise in hateful expressions towards Jews and the increase in anti-Semitism, while supposedly evading violating modern norms against discrimination, violence or incitement on racial or religious grounds. IHRA bridges this gap, and links anti-Zionism to anti-Semitism, the lawfare organization explained.
9 July 2020

Canada—the world’s second largest country, known for its peace-loving citizens—distinguishes itself from its southern neighbor, USA, as a peaceful and secure country with about one-third of the crime rate of the USA. But there too, anti-Semitism flourishes, hidden under the label of “anti-Zionism.” 

What will be the outcome? The fulfillment of Isaiah 65:17-19: “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.”

Midnight Call - 09/2020

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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