Israel’s Threefold Exodus – Part 3

Arno Froese

The Third Exodus is totally unique and incomparable to the previous two. When they came from Egypt, they were well-compensated with gold, silver, precious stones, and other valuables. When they arrived in the Promised Land, everything was ready-made and waiting for them.

The Second Exodus was supported by King Cyrus of Persia. In that case too, the Jews were loaded with valuables: gold, silver, precious stones, and they had the law of King Cyrus in support. But they came to a land that was destroyed; it was a semi-desert.

This time, they did not come back from one nation, Egypt or Babylon, but they came back from all the nations of the world. They had no support from the Gentile nations, except a democratic vote in the United Nations Assembly in November of 1947, in which the nations of the world agreed to partition the land of Israel (Palestine) into a Jewish part and an Arab-Palestinian part.

The pre-state Jews had virtually no chance to survive. The surrounding Arab countries had publicly proclaimed that they would chase the Jews into the sea. No chance was given to the Jews to establish their own Jewish state.

Jews, including many Holocaust survivors, were literally standing alone against organized Arab armies, such as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt. Even Saudi Arabia sent a special formation to ensure the destruction of Israel. But things happened quite differently; Israel conquered more territory than the United Nations, in their temporary decision, had assigned to the Jews.

Exodus Three
Moses writes this in Deuteronomy 30:3: “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.”

Prophesied Return
To better understand the process by which Israel was reestablished, let us take a closer look at the words of the prophet Ezekiel:

“For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country” (Ezekiel 34:11-13).

The “I Will” of God
We note the “I will” of God repeated. When we read these words, we immediately understand that the opinion of government leaders—whether they be prime ministers, chancellors, presidents, dictators, or royalty—does not count. What they say or don’t say, what they do or don’t do has absolutely no power against the “I will” of God.

A Barren Land
When reading sources or watching documentaries of the land of Israel before the state was officially proclaimed in 1948, there is no doubt it was a semi-desert. The following are testimonies describing the land of Israel (Palestine).

1590 Testimony
In 1590 a “simple English visitor” to Jerusalem wrote, “Nothing there is to bescene but a little of the old walls, which is yet Remayning and all the rest is grasse, mosse and Weedes much like to a piece of Rank or moist Grounde.”

Thomas Shaw
In the mid-1700s, British archaeologist Thomas Shaw wrote that the land in Palestine was “lacking in people to till its fertile soil.” An eighteenth-century French author and historian, Count Constantine Frangois Volney, wrote of Palestine as the “ruined” and “desolate” land.

Early 1800s Testimony
After a visit in 1817-1818, travelers reported that there was not “a single boat of any description on the lake [Tiberias].” In a German encyclopedia published in 1827, Palestine was depicted as “desolate and roamed through by Arab bands of robbers.”

These few testimonies clearly reveal the condition of the topographical Israel during those days. Everything changed when the Jews returned to the land of their forefathers.

Israel’s Success
Analyzing today’s situation, we see that the Arab world, and by extension the Islamic world, is in turmoil, to say the least. They cannot handle their own people. But Israel is prospering. Here an example: for 2016, the per capita GDP for Israel’s neighbors is as follows.

• Jordan $11,100
• Egypt $12,100
• Lebanon $18,500
• Syria $2,600 (2015)
• Israel $34,800

Wikipedia states: “The economy of Israel is technologically advanced by global standards. As of 2015, Israel ranks in the top 20 nations of the world on the UN’s human development index, which places it in the category of ‘very highly developed,’ allowing the country to enjoy a high standard of living comparable to many western countries.”

Ezekiel’s Prophecy
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and

I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). There is an abundance of documentation and testimony of Jews who came to the land of Israel with a changed heart and a changed spirit.

Here we see again the “I will” of God. The Jews, who were despised and rejected, are now highly respected. They are rather self-confident. In the short 70 years of their history, they have built a nation from scratch into one of the leading nations in the world.

Spiritual Renewal to Come
But that’s not all; there is more: “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezekiel 36:27). Note the distinct difference; in verse 26, the Lord gave them “a new spirit.” Here, however, we read, “…I will put my spirit within you.” In the first case we see the new spirit, the Israeli identity. The Jews finally have their own country, are in charge of their own actions, and no one can tell them what to do or what not to do.

There is a future fulfillment: “my spirit.” The purpose is so that Israel will recognize the Lord. “And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God” (Ezekiel 36:28).

Summary
The first ten words of the Bible read: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” and the last words in Scripture state: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Revelation 22:20-21).

Who is this God who created heaven and earth and promises, “Surely I come quickly”? It is none other than Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who opened the gate of heaven to all who, in childlike manner, come in repentance to Him, asking for forgiveness. He is the same God of which John testifies: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1-3).

God the Father
Moses, who was sent to Pharaoh with the message, “Let my people go,” made the following statement in a dialog with God: “And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” (Exodus 3:13). How did God answer? “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you” (verse 14).

The entire Old Testament deals with the subject of one people: Israel. Thus, the first Exodus, Israel moving out of bondage from Egypt on their way to the Promised Land, ended with the revelation of God the Father, thereby giving us the Old Testament.

The second Exodus caused the rebuilding of God’s temple in Jerusalem, and ended in the coming of God the Son; thus giving us the New Testament.

The third and last Exodus, the return of the Jewish people to the land of their fathers, is the work of God the Holy Spirit, with the specific task: “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Those who respond to the offer of free salvation, make up the spiritual temple, the habitation of God in the Spirit. What will be the result of the third return of the Jews to the land of Israel? It will cause a twofold outcome.

First, the completion of the Church, followed by the removal of the spiritual temple from earth into the presence of the Lord—and so shall the Church ever be with Him.

The second result will be the physical and literal return of Jesus to the Mount of Olives, making an end of the nations of the world and establishing His thousand-year kingdom. From Jerusalem He will rule planet earth, as documented in Revelation 19:15-16: “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Now, the most important question: where do I fit in? All who have been born again and sealed by God the Holy Spirit will be removed from earth. Those who are left behind will have to go through the Great Tribulation. During that time, Israel will make their worst mistake: “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43). However, in the end God’s grace will break through, as proclaimed by the prophet Micah: “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old” (Micah 7:19-20).

(This is an abbreviated message from the book Israel’s Threefold Exodus, Item #1088.)

Midnight Call - 04/2019

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