Editor’s note: Joseph Farah is in Israel this week leading a tour of the Jewish state with best-selling author Jonathan Cahn.
JERUSALEM – What’s the most striking difference between Israel today and the Israel I first experienced as a foreign correspondent more than 30 years ago?
Israel is smaller today than it was then, but it has many more people.
While the Jewish state has been accused by its enemies of imperialism and colonialism, nothing could be further from the truth. Over the last 30 years, Israel has made one land concession to its enemies after another. Thus, the country is smaller.
But people keep flocking to Israel – not just Jews, but mostly Jews. As anti-Semitism sweeps Europe and begins to rear its hideously ugly head in the U.S., Jews continue their new exodus – a greater exodus.
What do I mean by a “greater exodus”?
What we have seen beginning in the latter part of the 20th century and continuing into the 21st is indeed evidence of God’s greatest miracle in modern times – the regathering of Israel.
In fact, God Himself predicted the miracle of this return of the Jews from all over the earth and proclaimed it a bigger miracle than the parting of the Red Sea.
What do I mean?
Throughout the Tanach (what Christians refer to as “the Old Testament”), God frequently describes Himself as the One who led the children of Israel out of Egypt. It is one of the names of God. The Exodus story represents one of God’s greatest miracles – so great that He adopts it as His own personal identifier.
Here is just a sampling of those key verses:
- “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” – Exodus 20:2
- “And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the LORD their God.” – Exodus 29:46
- “For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.” – Leviticus 11:45
- “I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt.” – Leviticus 19:36
- “Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you, That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 22:32-33
- “I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.” – Numbers 15:41
- “I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” – Deuteronomy 5:6
Who is God? He is the one who led the children of Israel out of Egypt. That’s how he defined Himself from the time of Moses and the Exodus. However, a prophecy in the book of Jeremiah (23:7-8) suggests God would come to be known in the latter days by an even greater miracle than the Exodus.
What would that be?
“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.”
It is to be the regathering of the children of Israel – a miracle that took place in the 20th century and that is still happening today – that would overshadow even the miracle of the Exodus.
Israel’s fate is not, therefore, in the hands of its enemies. Israel’s fate is not in the hands of the “international community.” Israel’s fate is not in the hands of Barack Obama. Israel’s fate is in the hands of God.
Israel was scattered and regathered more than once. But it will not be scattered, again. In God’s economy, it represents the center of the world – the apple of His eye. Because of its disobedience, its lack of trust and faith in Him, it will experience extremely difficult tribulations. But it will not vanish. It will not perish. It will not be dispersed, again.
That’s a promise, not from me, but from God – the God who led the children of Israel out of Egypt and who regathered them from all over the world so they could dwell in their own land.
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