We are at a critical point in TIME and at the verge of fulfilment of major prophecies in scriptures—which pertains to the Nation of Israel.
Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? .—Romans 11:12, 15
There is an ongoing restoration of the Jews (Acts 1:6, Acts 3:19-21) and God must engage in series of events to bring about this complete restoration to the Jews.
And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. .—Genesis 32:28
Israel today is the focal point of world events and controversies—as God has made Jerusalem a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone (Zech 12:2-3), let’s take a look at this Nation as we try to examine the things that pertains to her restoration.
Let’s run from Abraham through Israel
God started speaking of a land to Abraham (Gen 12:1, Gen 13:15). It is worthy of note to state that the land being spoken of here is the Land of Israel and this land is available to Abraham and the heirs of promise with him (Hebrew 11:9).
Abraham had several sons, one of which is Ishmael whom the Lord blessed and gave 12 princes (Gen 17:20), yet Ishmael is not the son of promise and he is not to be counted as one. Other sons of Abraham include Midian, Sheba, Dedan (Genesis 25).
Having looked at the patriarch Abraham—Isaac, Abraham’s promised son continued with that same promise of the land, however, we must know that even though Abraham was promised that land, he never stepped foot on the land (Acts 7:5). Now, let’s look at the prophecy given to Abraham concerning the Nation Israel.
13. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
14. And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
15. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
16. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
17. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
18. In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:—Genesis 15:13-18
Here we see that the Nation Israel must first go through much suffering (symbolized by the smoking furnace and the burning lamp v17), this is applicable to both in time and in future. Israel must go through horrific suffering. We also see the extent to which the land of Israel cover and the borders thereof v18. In time past, Israel covered the extents of the land but from time to time, they lost territories and had never being able to recover the full extent of the land given to them by God.
Israel and Arab connections
Abraham had a son by Hagar named Ishmael and later had another by his wife, Sarah whom he called Isaac. We see the beginning of the Arab hatred against Israel here even when they both haven’t become nations (Gen 21:9-10). Because of the hatred, Abraham had to send Ishmael away. Afterwards, Isaac gave birth to two sons (two nations Gen 25:23). In the same chapter, Esau sold his birthright to Jacob and in Genesis 27, Jacob received the blessings from his father Isaac. This angered Esau and further set in place the Arabic hatred over Israel. We must also see the strategy of Esau to slay Jacob when he is weak (Gen 27:41).
We also see Ammon and Moab (children of Lot, Abraham’s nephew) in time and in the future being sworn enemies of Israel. God called the Nation of Israel out of Egypt showing great miraculous signs and wonders and in Israel’s sojournings, these Arab nations hindered and became stumbling blocks to Israel. Num 20, Num 23, Num 24
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