Students of prophesy will have to admit the prophet Ezekiel made many interesting predictions concerning Israel. We would call your attention to chapters 36-39, where a careful reading of these chapters will strongly suggest God is not finished with Israel.

Ezekiel was among the Jewish captives carried away to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar the king. He was there with Daniel and was a contemporary of Jeremiah the prophet who remained in Israel by decree of Nebuchadnezzar. We don’t know if he knew Daniel, but since Daniel held such a high position in Babylon it is possible he knew of him. Both Ezekiel and Daniel prophesied of future events that had to do with Israel. In the three chapters we are referring to, Ezekiel was told of the restoration of Israel back in the land, but this restoration is NOT after the captivity turning from Babylon, but a later restoration, the one AFTER their disbursement of 70 AD and the destruction of the temple.

Looking at Deut 30:3-5 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. If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. And again in Isaiah we read,

Isa 11:11-12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. From these passages see the plan of God for Israel is not completed as yet, and their reemergence into the land, along with the fact of the last seven year period yet to come, says the prophetic timetable is counting down to the coming of Messiah to set up his kingdom on earth. Jesus told the religious leaders of his day, Mat 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus could only be referring to gentiles who will come to Israel during the Millennial kingdom age, when he sits upon his throne, along with the 12 apostles, who will be judging the twelve tribes of Israel: Mat 19:28 ( Jesus speaking to the apostles) And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Now does this sound like God is done with Israel, or does it sound like God’s plan for them is still in play?

Once the church is gone, prior to the seven year Tribulation period, God will once again pour out his spirit upon Israel: Zec 12:10 says “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. Notice WHERE they are when this happens, in JERSUALEM! Which means they are IN THE LAND!! This will be at the time of the return of Messiah FOR THE SECOND TIME, Heb 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. His second coming to establish his earthly kingdom.

Zechariah chap 12 describes for us the heart of Israel when they discover what they did to their Messiah THE FIRST TIME, upon his return.

So we conclude by saying, anyone in the church today, who believes God is finished with Israel HAS NOT done as Paul told Timothy, II Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. How can anyone claim to be a disciple of Christ, who DOES NOT continue in his word, (I Tim 4:13) Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. What was good for Timothy is good for us also.

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