Proof of Purchase 003
Shalom, this is Yuval Shomron with another Prophetic
Proof of Purchase. God has given the land
of Israel to his chosen
people. He is bringing them back from
afar, as we see in JER 31:6-9 "For there shall be a day when watchmen On
the hills of Ephraim shall call out, 'Arise, and let us go up to Zion, To the
Lord our God.'" For thus says the
Lord, "Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chiefs of
the nations; Proclaim, give praise, and say, 'O Lord, save Thy people, the
remnant of Israel.' "Behold, I am bringing them from the
north country, And I will gather them from the remote parts of the earth, Among
them the blind and the lame, The woman with child and she who is in labor with
child, together; A great company, they shall return here. "With weeping they shall come, and by
supplication I will lead them; I will make them walk by streams of waters, on a
straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I am a father to Israel,
And Ephraim is My first-born."
Replacement theologians will tell you this scripture
was fulfilled when Israel
returned from the Babylonian exile.
Well, there are some major problems with that theory.
First of all, verse seven speaks of the “remnant of Israel”. The Babylonian exile included a majority of
the people of Israel,
not a remnant. On the other hand, the
holocaust saw the destruction of the majority of Jewish populations in almost
every country it affected. Only a
Verse 8 speaks of returning from the North
is due east. In fact, during the time of
Jeremiah’s prophecy, few Jews had strayed farther north than Phoenicia,
or modern day Lebanon. After World War II, the Jewish people began
to return from Europe, Russia,
and North America, and indeed, the remotest parts of the
Earth, which were not even populated until nearly 1500 years after the return
When we read of a “great company”, three specific
events come to mind. Operation “Magic
Carpet” in the early 1950’s, when tens of thousands of Jews returned from
Yemen, Morocco, and other nearby Arab countries, “Operations Moses and Solomon”
in the 1980’s and 90’s which ferried some 22,000 Ethiopian Jews back to Israel
in miraculous air lifts, and of course the unprecedented immigration of nearly
half a million Jews from the former Soviet Union, who returned within 2 years
of the fall of the “Iron Curtain.”
Verse 9 mentions the weeping, which accompanied many
of the remnant’s return in our days.
Jeremiah was being particularly prophetic when he mentioned a “straight
path without stumbling”. Considering the
geography and terrain of the Diaspora, this journey could only be accomplished
by jet planes.
As an interesting side note, the Hebrew word for
“watchmen” in verse 6 is “notsrim”, the modern Hebrew
word for “Christians”. Are you
watching and praying for Israel? Then YOU are helping to fulfill prophecy.
This is Yuval Shomron in Jerusalem.