Zionism at Work

Arno Froese

Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock” (Jeremiah 31:10).

The prophet Jeremiah is one who uses the word “nation(s)” quite frequently; a web search shows that the word occurs 76 times. The Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible states, “In this, the longest prophetic book in the Old Testament, are 1,364 verses, 812 of those being predictive in nature or 60 percent.” We take special notice of the word “nations,” which is not exclusively about Israel but all the nations in the world.

It is the prophet Jeremiah who also reveals fulfilled prophecy; for example, in verse 15: “Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.” Matthew confirms the fulfillment of Bible prophecy when he writes about King Herod murdering children under 2 years of age: “Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not” (Matthew 2:17-18).

It is Jeremiah who speaks of the virgin birth: “for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man” (Jeremiah 31:22b). The Hebrew word sabab can be translated, “to revolve, surround, or border.” Luther translates it, das Weib wird den Mann umgeben, which means “to detour.” Joseph was told, “fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 1:20b).

Jeremiah continues, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah” (Jeremiah 31:31). That, of course, is the new covenant. Hebrews 8:13 declares: “In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.”

When reading or listening to the news media, it seems as if Israel is drowning in endless chaos. That may all be true and right, but we must understand that these things that are occurring today, whether positive or negative, are only of a temporary nature. The same prophet declares the unconditional existence of the nation of Israel: “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever” (Jeremiah 31:35-36).

Yes, Israel collectively is still blind when it comes to the Messiah. As the apostle Paul testifies: “blindness in part is happened to Israel” (Romans 11:25b). But—and this is important to emphasize—grace will break through: “For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins” (verse 27). That is yet to come. When? Back to verse 25: “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.”

That is why we will tirelessly continue to proclaim the glorious, liberating gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to people everywhere. That is why we pray for Israel, particularly for the Church in that nation. According to reliable sources, believers are growing exponentially in the land.

Over and over, the question is asked: What will happen to our (any) beloved country? Here again, Jeremiah answers: “Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the Lord: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished” (Jeremiah 46:28).

Zionism at Work
A recent article in the Jerusalem Post was headlined, “Vast majority of Russian and Ukrainian Jews expected to immigrate in mass ‘exodus.’”

An in-depth study conducted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) has shed light on the recent migration trends among European Jews, providing valuable insights into the political realities and experiences of Jewish communities across the continent.

Most Ukrainian Jews are expected to leave the country in the next 7 years, if they haven’t already, as well as more than half of Russian Jews, according to the report.

Of particular note is the situation in Russia and Ukraine, where 2022 marked a turning point. If current migration rates persist for the next seven years, it is projected that 80% to 90% of Ukraine’s 2021 Jewish population and 50% to 60% of Russia’s 2021 Jewish population will have emigrated. 

-www.jpost.com, 5 July 2023

This report and many others reconfirm prophetic Scripture: “And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase” (Jeremiah 23:3).

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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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