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By Dusty Peterson, 2005
What is the “restoration” of which the scriptures speak, e.g. in
Isaiah 49? If we take the
unbiased method of Bible interpretation that says “God’s literal
prophecies will all come true literally”
(i.e. before they have any allegorical meaning), then we would expect to
see a restoration of physical
confirmed several times in the New Testament including: (a) where Christ
says that we shall not see Him “til ye [i.e. Israel] shall say,
Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Matt. 23:39),
(b) where Paul reveals that Israel’s restoration is bound up with the
resurrection to come (Rom. 11:15), and (c) where Christ uses the
‘shooting forth’ of the fig
tree, an allusion to physical Israel, to be a portent of the
end-times (Mark 13:28-29, c.f. Hos. 9:10).
God will bring Jews back to their original home for at least one
very good reason:
had pity for Mine holy Name,
which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, … Thus saith
the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for Mine
holy Name’s sake, … I
will sanctify My great Name, … For I will take you from among the
heathen, and gather you out of all
countries, and will bring you into your own land” (Ezek.
also known the world over as “the God of Israel”.
The Israeli people thus affect God’s reputation.
Furthermore, the nation of ‘Isra-el’ actually bears God’s
name - “EL” - which the Lord will vindicate before the world – see
Ezek. 20:44 and Isa. 48:11-12. As
says: “The LORD will not
forsake His people for His great Name’s sake”.)
restoration, in many forms, of physical
of the Language
Hebrew, like Latin, being a dead language for many centuries, it was
restored in the 19th century.
We now have not just the limited range of Hebrew words that
appear in Scripture but the complete
tongue to enable everyday use - just as prophesied in Zeph. 3:9 and Isa.
of the People
the unspeakable and widespread persecutions committed against the Jewish
people by the enemy over the last two thousand years, the Lord has kept
them from being totally destroyed, as prophesied in places like Lev.
26:44-46 and Ezek. 11:16. He
is regathering them from numerous
(well over one hundred) nations - just as predicted in several passages
including Ezek. 36:24, Jer. 29:14 and Isa. 49:12-13.
… shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather
together the dispersed of
of the Land
huge improbability of such an event, the people have returned back,
nearly 2000 years later, to the original
land they were given, as prophesied in Ezek. 20:41-42, 37:12; Jer. 3:18
and Isa. 14:1. Note that
this is a land which God has
given them forever (Gen. 13:14-17 and Psa. 105:7-11).
If they have no right to the land now, why did they have a right
to it in Jesus’ day? (Incidentally,
the return and re-settlement has been greatly helped by non-Jews who
care about the Jewish people, as per Isa. 14:1, 49:22 and 61:5.)
saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble
you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give
reader is urged to be careful of the various ‘ten lost tribes’
arguments. Whenever parts of
of the Nation
the pressures on them to assimilate, God has kept the Jewish people
identifiable - and not just through genetic testing!
This was promised in Psa. 94:14 and Jer. 31:35-37.
God has also restored them as one Kingdom instead of two - as
specifically prophesied in Ezek. 37:21-22 and Jer. 3:18.
The restored nation was born in a single day as foretold in
Isaiah 66:8, and, despite overwhelming odds faced during each military
attack she has suffered, has been protected so that she can never be
uprooted again, just as promised in Amos 9:15, Jer. 24:6 & 31:38-40.
God of Jacob … will not
cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance” (Psa.
See the 'Materials' section of our page on Israel here for astounding details of Israel’s many Divine deliverances.
of the Capital
world’s great efforts to avoid it, another huge miracle has been the
return of the Old City of Jerusalem to the nation of Israel, as
literally prophesied in Zech. 8:7-8 and Luke 21:20-24.
The Lord also foretold that, despite Arabs controlling the two
places most sacred to Islam, there would be an immense fuss over
of the Environment
incredible desolation of the land of
promised that the land, which barely had any
trees on it as recently as the 19th Century, would become
fertile and blessed, just as we have witnessed (Ezek. 36:8-12, 34:13-14
and Amos 9:13-14). Unbelievably,
I will bring again [i.e. undo] 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” (Amos ).
of the Faith
We could go
on and on about Israel’s miraculous physical restoration. But
the most exciting thing is to see the beginnings of her spiritual restoration - particularly now that she has regained her
arguments, based on ambiguous verses pulled out of context, have been
invented to deny that God’s original purposes for physical
should categorically state here that, all
must have faith in the Messiah, the Word of God, to be saved (hence Rom.
if a person is “in Christ” then they have equal value and standing
regardless of their circumstances - hence Gal. 3:8 which says “there
is neither Jew nor Greek … in
Christ Jesus”. But to
take such a verse to mean that God sees His ancient People, the physical
“I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break My Covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the Covenant of their ancestors” (Lev. 26:44-45).
a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I
gather thee. In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment;
but with everlasting kindness
will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer” (Isa. 54:8).
See also Isa. 62:4 and Ezek. 39:33ff.
Note that the Bible still
identifies the Lord as the “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” after the cross (Acts 3:13; Matt. 22:31-32).
appeals to the flesh to believe that the Church has replaced
many of the deceived Jewish people of Christ’s day rejected Him, it would be unrighteous to blame the entire nation for
His death. For a start, it
was not Jews, but Roman soldiers who nailed Him to the cross.
And this was done at the insistence of the false leaders
of God’s People: “The chief
priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask
[for] Barabbas” (Matt. 27:20, see also Luke 24:20; Mark
or Matt. 21:37-39,45).
in truth it was all our sins
that put Him there. (And
just because the portion of Israel that was present said “His blood be
on us and on our children” does not
mean that every generation of the entire
People are cursed – especially since Christ said “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”.)
Gentiles were given the gospel to provoke
Satan continues to turn mankind against Israel to this day. He uses disgraceful deceptions and highly biased ‘news’ reports about her – freely propagated through the media. (Please see our page on Israel here for proof of this.) The truth is that she is the only true democracy in the region (the arrangement forced on Iraq by America aside); unlike many countries in the region she has freedom of speech and a free press; she has, despite facing fanatical terrorist threats, a vastly better human rights record than her neighbours – including the Palestinians; she shows a much greater religious tolerance than other nations (no Jew is allowed to live in Jordan for example); and she has far less government corruption than her Middle East counterparts. (She has also made big concession after big concession in the ‘peace’ process with the Palestinians, only receiving tiny salami slices back from the other side.)
It is important to realise
that, in 1948, Palestinians left the land for a variety of reasons –
but very few were expelled. In
1967, Palestinians fled
Arab nationalists never
referred to the Palestinians as such or to their rights. In May 1947
their argument at the U.N. General Assembly was that ‘
The tragic Palestinians who left the land could so easily have been absorbed by Israel’s many anti-semitic neighbours. They have instead been cynically exploited as political pawns, and held unnecessarily in miserable camps for decades. (Please see the superb book From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine by Joan Peters for much more information on this subject. Also see our page on Israel
Regrettably, the world’s
press has been duped. As the
fine website HonestReporting.com proves, the media have allowed in the
worldly spirit of anti-Semitism. The
world’s press use every lever possible to denounce
even make international news items about trivial problems in the Prime
Minister’s homelife - while barely finding a single column inch for
the frequent vicious conflicts within, and between, the nearby Arab
nations – or indeed the grotesque brutality and corruption of the
Palestinian Authority (which is so great that most Palestinians prefer
to live under Israeli rule). We
strongly recommend readers check the history of modern Israel. They
will discover that the media have given us a totally misleading picture
– something God is greatly angered by, according to Jer. 50:7,11-13
and Jer. 30:20.
Note: Because the
Jewish people are not yet spiritually restored, some commentators feel
that the ongoing restoration of the modern state of
is a satanic
counterfeit of a future restoration.
However, we should remember a few things:
Firstly, the Jewish people
have suffered appallingly through the centuries and yet have shown a
serious degree of godliness by withstanding unbelievable pressures to
assimilate into the world. Many
survivors of this ‘sifting’ have tried to remain faithful to their
veiled understanding of God‘s laws, and they are now displaying a
real, if rudimentary, faith in the God of Israel by returning to the
land He gave them.
Secondly, a physical
restoration in the Bible sometimes precedes spiritual restoration (e.g.
Ezek. 37:11-14; Gen. 42:25) and
spiritual restoration will apparently be fulfilled when Christ reveals
Himself to His physical brethren - just as Joseph made himself known to
the sons of
If any readers reject our
comments, then we would beseech them at least to look inside their
hearts and ask themselves if they love the Jewish people to begin with.
The spirit of anti-Semitism is very powerful and will certainly
colour one’s attitude to
we have seen, the Church has not replaced physical
Either the Church and Israel
are completely distinct (the much more popular view), or there is a
middle position where God’s spiritual nation and His physical nation
are different but related
(akin, in some sense, to the way in which believing Jews were obviously
related to unbelieving Jews before the New Covenant was made) - as is
indicated by Rom. 11:18-24; Gal. 3:6-9,29; 6:16; Eph. 2:11-22 and Rom.
4:11-18. But, either way,
the Church certainly cannot afford to spiritualize, or appropriate for
herself, any physical promises to physical
In fact, we owe
an unrepayable debt.
Moses, David, Elijah: all were produced by Israel. As were
all the other Patriarchs after Jacob.
Most of all,
we should pray regularly for her spiritual restoration (Jer. 31:7, 1
noted earlier, Queen Esther is a picture of the Lord’s Bride.
God promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, on separate occasions: “I will … curse those that curse you”. This promise has never been revoked. Christians need to think carefully about this before turning against God’s ancient People or stealing His promises from them. Indeed, I can vouch - from personal experience - that if we take God’s literal prophecies literally and obey His command to pray for Israel, it will not only transform our understanding of Scripture, but will revolutionise our whole walk with the God, for He also repeatedly said of Israel: “I will bless those that bless you”.
Israelites now routinely say this phrase as part of their culture.
And 99% of them also observe the Feast of Passover.
The return which followed WWII often involved only one or two people
from an entire village, just as prophesied in Jer. 3:14.
Note the way in which the Person who was killed forgave them
straight away, and compare this with His so-called followers who
still refuse to forgive them nearly 2000 years later.
(Many of these people purport to emulate Christ, if not to
actually BE Christ.)
An event at a place in Israel
Yassin has been grossly exaggerated and used very dishonestly as a
stick with which to beat Israel.
Be sure to read reports from ALL sides about this incident
before drawing any conclusions!
Lance Lambert, Battle for Israel, Appx,
 Esther was adopted into a Jewish family just as we have been.