Footnote

Jeremiah's Prophecy
Concerning the Early Return of Israel to the Holy Land

 


In 1948, the United Kings of Babylon
gave the House of Judah dispensation to return to the Holy Land ahead of the scheduled end of the Diaspora (before the end of the dispersion to Babylon).

That dispersion still has not ended, but this remnant of the Jewish House of Israel was given permission to return and rebuild Jerusalem ahead of schedule. This is a momentous biblical event. Therefore it has to be covered by prophecy. We have shown in our writings that the prophet Jeremiah defined this moment and explained its conditions with graphic clarity:

During the captivity of Babylon, a group of Jewish army leaders approached Jeremiah and begged that a remnant of Jews might return to the land of Israel (Jer. 42:1+). Jeremiah asked God about their request. He granted them permission, but told Jeremiah to explain the conditions of the return to them, and warn them that those conditions were absolutes that could not be violated under penalty of death.

The two primary conditions imposed by God with respect to this early return were that they had to remain peaceable in the land and stay strictly within the borders defined for them by the king of Babylon.

"If you are willing to remain peaceably in this country, I will build you and not overthrow you; I will plant you, not tear you up. For I am sorry for the evil that I have done to you. Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon any longer; do not fear him for I am with you to save you and deliver you from his hands. I will take pity on you, and move the king of Babylon to pity you and let you return to your native soil." (Jer.42:1-12).

"But if you say: We do not want to stay in this country; if you disobey the voice of the Lord your God, and say: No, the land of Egypt is where we want to go, where we shall not see war nor hear the sound of trumpet, nor lack for bread; that is where we want to live; in that case, remnant of Judah, listen to the word of the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel, says this: If you you are determined to go to Eyypt, and if you go and settle there, the sword you fear will overtake you, there in the land of Egypt; the famine you dread will follow on your heels, right into Egypt; you shall die there." (Jer.42:13-16).

"All the men who are determined to go to Egypt and settle there shall die by sword, famine and plague: not one survivor will escape the disaster I mean to bring them. Just as my anger and my fury have been poured out on the citizens of Jerusalem, so will my fury be poured out on you if you go to Egypt: you will become an object of execration and horror, a curse, a laughing-stock; and you will never see this place again." (Jer. 42:17-18).

Egypt stands for the Arabs (for Arab lands). In symbolic terms it stands for warfare, and in the days of the Exodus, it stood for this world. The Hebrew followers of Moses who returned to Egypt left the path of God to return to the world they were being led out of.

The Israel of the early return has been warned not to pursue militarism and not to go into Arab lands and settle there. The result, according to Jeremiah, will be horrific. This has nothing to do with politics, it is simply prophecy. It relates to a divine order straight from the mouth of God. It has nothing to do with the circumstances or conditions that form the excuse by which Israel claims rights to overrule these mandates.

When the United Nations (the kings of Babylon) decided to allow the Jewish army leaders to return to their native soil, they specified the boundaries. Their decision was to give both Israel and Palestine lands carved out of the existing province. Israel does not recognize the Palestinian rights to self-determination (independent country) as granted by the United Nations and has occupied these Arab lands since the war.

Refusing to give this land back to its owners, Israel, following the lead of Ariel Sharon, began building settlements all through the occupied Palestinian territories. Today those settlements (over a hundred in number, and growing at a furious pace) cover the Arab territories like a vast net. The sprawl of settlements make it impossible for a contiguous and viable Palestinian state to exist in the West Bank. Most Jews who have taken up residence in Arab land say they are there for Zionism. They see the West Bank as lands given to them by God at the time of Solomon.

But in their actions and in their pursuit of this viewpoint, they have ignored the warning of Jeremiah. According to the United Nations they have gone into Egypt (into Arab lands) and settled there illegally. According to the prophecy they have gone there in direct violation of God. According to the Bible there will be no survivors.

"Remnant of Judah!' Jeremiah answered, 'the Lord himself tells you, 'Do not go into Egypt". "Understand this clearly: Today I have given you solemn warning. You were playing with your own lives when you made me your envoy to the Lord your God and said, "Intercede for us with the Lord our God; tell us what the Lord our God orders and we will do it." (Jer. 42:19-20).

"Despite this...Johanan son of Kareah and all the army leadrs led off the entire remnant of Judah, those who had come back from all the nations into which they had been dispersed, to live in the land of Judah: men, women, children, the royal princesses too, and every single person entrusted to...the commander of the guard...and so, disregarding the voice of God, they reached the land of Egypt..."

"And now that I have told you, you have not obeyed the voice of the Lord your God today, or any part of the message he gave me for you. So understand this clearly: you are going to die by sword, famine and plague in the place where you have been wanting to go and settle." (Jer.42:21-22).

 



 

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