In 1948, the United Kings of Babylon granted the House of Judah a conditional right to return to the Holy Land ahead of the scheduled end of the Diaspora.
(The Diaspora is the "70-year" dispersion of the House of Israel to Babylon universally prophesied throughout the scriptures). It cannot end until the Prince of Persia issues the decree conditioned by scripture:
"The people of Israel are to serve the king of Babylon until the king of Persia comes to power." (2 Chron.36:21).
Since this Persian prince has not yet come to power or issued his decree, the exile still is not over. The kings of Babylon have no authority to end the Diaspora. Only the Prince of Persia can do that.
Even so, God gave the kings of Babylon power to amend the exile in order to allow a limited return in advance of the Persian decree to a group of Jewish refugees with strong army affiliations (Jer.42:11-12). Amending, but not ending the Diaspora, a U.N. resolution was passed giving a remnant of the Jewish House of Israel permission to return and rebuild Jerusalem ahead of schedule. This is a momentous biblical event. We have shown in our writings that the prophet Jeremiah defined this moment and explained its conditions with precision.
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. The Lord granted them permission, but told Jeremiah to explain the conditions of the return, and warn them that those conditions were absolute and 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 peaceably in the land and stay strictly within the borders defined for them by the king of Babylon. These two conditions are essential because they duplicate those Jesus made with Babylon when He made His treaty of peace with that empire's king: "Israel is to remain peaceably in the land without any ambition except to do good." (Ez.17:12-14).
"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 (here, 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 (the army leaders) were warned not to pursue militarism and not to go into Arab (Egyptian) lands and settle there. According to Jeremiah, violation of these conditions would result in catastrophe. These rules and the warning accompanying them has nothing to do with politics, it is simply prophecy. It relates to a divine order direct from the mouth of God. It relates to the peace treaty that governs the Diaspora.
The terms of that treaty are inviolate. In fact, when the prince of the east nullifies them with proclamation and sacrilege, he will usher in the world's termination. The world only lives now in a state of repreive granted by Christ's treaty for the purpose of the divine exodus. Terminating the treaty will conclude the exodus and terminate the reprieve (Is. 24:5-6).
When the United Nations (the voice of the kings of Babylon) decided to allow the Jewish army leaders to return to their native soil, Israel and Palestine were each supposed to receive lands carved out of the existing province. They were to share lands side by side. Over the 55 years that have followed, however, Israel has either claimed outright or increasingly occupied the portion promised to Palestine.
Refusing to return this land to Arab rule, Israel, under the direction of Ariel Sharon as chief architect, began constructing settlements all through the occupied Palestinian territories. Today those settlements (over a hundred in number, and growing at a dizzying 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.
In their pursuit of this viewpoint, they have ignored the warnings of both Jeremiah and Ezekiel. 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. In other words, this is very serious because it goes beyond the United Nations. It involves God Himself.
"He has ignored the oath and broken the treaty by which he was bound. He has done all this and shall not go unpunished." (see Ezekiel 17:11-21).
On account of all this, a withering east wind is about to blow across the plains of Israel.
"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 leaders 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).
In an oblique prophecy, Jeremiah has forseen that the Israeli army, together with some mercenaries, will cross through Iraq and take up positions near the Euphrates river. There they will set up outposts. In an extraordinary counter-attack, the troops of the East will pour across the Euphrates, crush the outposts and race into Israel all the way to (and into) Jerusalem. According to prophecy, all in the settlements will perish in this swift and deadly invasion. (Jer.44:10-14; 46:5-12).
The prophet Daniel has shown us that only the intercession of the United States (country of the ships of Kittim) at the last minute will save Israel and Jerusalem from complete annihilation. By that intercession and a treaty signed between the combatants, Israel will be saved. But not western civilization.
After signing peace terms, the eastern forces, will turn direction and begin their total destruction of Babylon. A cohesive western civilization will collapse. Many nations will be absorbed and forced into eastern subjugation. The thrust of this eastern wall of armies will be so massive that some of their troops will even cross the Atlantic Ocean before being driven back.
A jerky descent into chaos will follow. Then Armageddon. The prince of Persia will take his place on the world stage. He will issue a proclamation ending the Diaspora officially. At the same time, he will order an abomination be placed on the perpetual sacrifice. With this sacrilege, he will destroy completely Christ's peace treaty with the world. That will bring the Wrath.
Christian proseletyzing will continue but it will be sporadic and preached from hiding places similar to the days of the catacombs in early Roman days because it will be forbidden by law. That is the circumstance of the "night" Jesus warned was coming. All of these prophecies are described in detail in the pages on this website (see table).
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