According to new reports this week if you go to Israel today you will see an increase in baby strollers and cranes, which was already a common sight to say the least! The Jewish birth rate is surging, as is the number of new homes in the so called west bank.
This week a new report has come
out from Peace Now (a group that wants anything but settlement growth) saying that
when you compare January-June 2013 to the same period in 2012 there is a 70% rise in the
starting of new building projects. It said according to Israel National News
“while work on 995 new homes was started
in the first six months of 2012, this year 1,708 new homes had been
begun, including 180 which the organization says are illegal. The report also said that work on 1,794 homes
had been completed with work on 2,840 continuing. This figure did not include
some 230 caravans, classed as temporary housing.”
Further to that, another report published this week from Israel's Central
Bureau of Statistics measured the Jewish birth rate at 2.98 - the highest it
has been since 2.53 recorded back in 1995.
The scriptures are very plain (we will look at some of them
in a moment) that God would bring His people back to their ancient homeland. The news can often be cliff hanging as we see
events unfold in Israel and around the world but this news is a constant sign
of Gods hand at work. Much seems to be
happening around the world that points to Christs return but Jewish population
growth in Israel is vital to Christs coming because according to Scripture God
is going to re-establish the kingdom of Israel.
It is clearly impossible to re-establish or restore a kingdom without having
the people of that kingdom. This restoration was spoken of by the holy prophets and has been
spoken of many times on this program but it can never lose its power as it is
one of the greatest signs in the world that God is at work. God does remember his promises and now God is
remembering his promises made with the great men of faith thousands of years
We may see the world pushing on Israel to give up land and
its nuclear deterrent, we may see Obama making nice with Israel’s recent arch
enemy Iran, but we must remember the words of Daniel the prophet “that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men...” Through all of this the building continues
because once God starts to move none can stay His hand.
As we see God bringing His people back we wonder as the
apostles did in Acts 1, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore
again the kingdom to Israel?”
They were told that “it is not for you to know the times or the seasons,
which the Father hath put in his own power.” When one keeps reading the book of Acts you
will actually come to an answer to that question in chapter 3:20, 21:
“And he shall send Jesus Christ,
which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution (Restoration - Revised version) of all
things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the
world began.” The revised version
says the “restoration of all things.”
open the old book and see what the prophets did say about the “restoration of
Psalm 102: 12-18
– “But thou, O Lord, shall
endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour
her, yea, the set time, is come.
For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust
So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
When the Lord shall build
up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their
This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people
which shall be created shall praise the Lord.”
From the prophet Isaiah:
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.
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble
the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the
four corners of the earth.”
From the prophet Jeremiah:
Jer 31:7-12 –
“For thus saith the Lord; Sing with
gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye,
praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy
people, the remnant of Israel.
Behold, I will bring them from
the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them
the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child
together: a great company shall return thither.
They shall come with weeping, and
with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of
waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to
Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He
that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his
For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that
was stronger than he.
Therefore they shall come and
sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the
flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they
shall not sorrow any more at all.”
From the prophet Ezekiel:
Ez 36:23 – “And
I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye
have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I
shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
For I will take you from among
the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your
Then will I sprinkle clean water
upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your
idols, will I cleanse you.
A new heart also will I give you,
and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart
out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within
you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and
And ye shall dwell in the land
that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”
Ez 37:21-28 - "And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen,
whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into
their own land:
And I will make them one nation
in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them
all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into
two kingdoms any more at all.
Neither shall they defile
themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor
with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their
dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they
be my people, and I will be their God.
And David my servant shall be
king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in
my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.
And they shall dwell in the land
that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and
they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's
children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.
Moreover I will make a covenant
of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will
place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them
My tabernacle also shall be with
them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
And the heathen shall know that I
the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my
sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore."
From the prophet Amos:
– “ In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is
fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I
will build it as in the days of old:
That they may
possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my
name, saith the Lord that doeth this.
Behold, the days
come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of
grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all
the hills shall melt.
And I will bring
again 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.
And I will plant
them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land
which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.”
When you read those passages there is a definite
clarity and clear message that the Jewish people had to regain their
ancient homeland and build the waste places in preparation for them to enter
into a covenant relationship with God once again.
Well there is nothing that brings Jews back to Israel like trouble. In the 1920’s prior to the dark days of Nazi
Germany there was a time when Jews could have gone back trouble free. The following is a quote from the book “Pillar
of Fire” page 85:
“On July 1, 1920, the battleship Centaur anchored at the port of Jaffa. The High Commissioner, Sir Herbert Samuel,
disembarked, wearing a white uniform with a sword at his waist. Thus commenced the era of the British Mandate
in the history of Palestine. This was
the Zionist movement’s finest hour: the
great British Empire supported Jewish aspirations of reesablishing a homeland
in the Land of Israel. In order to
ensure the success of this plan, Britan appointed Sir Herbert Samuel, a Jew and
a Zionist, to govern the land.
The Arab national movement in Palestine was in its infancy and was
incapable of interfering. Had they so
desired, the Jews could have returned to the Promised Land en masse and might
have even established a Jewish State prior to the Holocuast. This, as we know did not happen. During that very same month, July 1920, the
president of the Zionist Federation, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, uttered his famous
appeal: “Jewish People, where are you?”
In our own lives it is often trouble that brings you closest to God and to
His word. When everything is going well
it is easy to put mundane things like cutting the grass ahead of God. When trouble hits however the lawn is the
least of your worries, all of a sudden what the neighbors think is just too
So today when we look at the world, God’s is clearly at work. Consider the following written in the
Jerusalem Post in June of 2010:
dip in the North American and Western European economies over the past year has
led to a dramatic increase in immigration to Israel.”
was 2010, this was written in an editorial this week in the Jerusalem Post
entitled “European Exodus?”:
“Jews are being made to feel increasingly unwelcome
in Europe. Israel’s policy-makers must begin preparing for an influx of
European Jews who have come to the realization that the “renaissance” of
European Jewry after the Holocaust is a false hope. That seems to be the
operative conclusion of a major survey of European Jewry conducted by the
European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.”
When I read those words Hebrews 12:6 comes to mind
– “For whom the
Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son
whom he receiveth.” The times of the
Gentiles that Luke speaks of are coming to a close and we are the doorstep of
the re-establishment of the kingdom of Israel.
Our prayer is for the peace of Jerusalem that will come with the return
of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the son of David.
God is preparing the Jewish
people for great things, may he prepare us so that we might fit into that
Amos in chapter 4 says “Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel”; fitting
words for His natural people and those that desire a part in the Hope of
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