Most Bible prophecy is difficult to understand for most of us because it is written in symbolic language. The one bold exception is the prophecy found in Ezekiel 11:14-17 concerning the descendants of Isaac and Rebekah being scattered throughout the earth and returning to the Promised Land prior to the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow exiles and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from the Lord; this land was given to us as our possession.’ “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’ “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.” (Ezekiel 11: 14-17 NIV)
So how do an outcast people keep their identity for over 1800 years and return to a land that is under the control of the strong Ottoman Empire. Although a few Jews returned to Jerusalem 100 years after they were expelled by the Roman government. It wasn’t until the Balfour Declaration that Jews could openly make Israel their home.
According to history, here are steps it took for that Bible prophecy to be a reality.
- In 70 (AC), as prophesied in the Bible, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple.
- In 135 (AC) all Jewish individuals were barred from Jerusalem. Many Jews were sold as slaves and sent to faraway nations.
- The powerful Ottoman Empire entered World War I on the side of the Central Powers.
- Ottoman Empire loses Jerusalem to the British troops during World War I.
- The British are in danger of losing to Germany, which is amazing considering Germany was fighting against France, Russia, and Britain
- Scientist, Dr. Chaim Weizmann developed a process for the manufacture of synthetic acetone at a time when the British needed it desperately. Acetone is used in the explosives used to blow up German soldiers foxholes.
- Britain wins the war and wishes to acknowledge it Dr. Weizmann accomplishment.
- Weizmann refused any monetary reward or a title, and said, “There is only one thing I want–a national home for my people.”
- Hundreds of thousands war weary, homeless European Jews move to Israel and rebuild their lives and Israel’s infrastructure.
- Hitler writes Mein Kampf, calling for an extermination of all Jews.
- The Western world ignores Hitler’s Final Solution plan to systematically remove Jews from Europe via genocide.
- Americans ignore it desperate cries of helpless Jewish women and children
- The Third Reich are unable to hide the war crimes committed during World War 11
- A guilt-ridden free world encourages and helps Israel become a state.
- Starved war-weary Jews eagerly fled Europe to Israel. Providing Israel with the skilled labor needed to build a nation that can with stand hostile neighbors.
I cannot think of one case scenario where a human group of people or an organization could develop a plan to remove all but a handful of the Jewish people from Jerusalem, wait 1800 years, and orchestrate the events to bring the Jewish people back to Jerusalem.
Consider, if the Jewish community has individuals shrewd enough to develop and carry out a sophisticated plan spanning over 2600 years (from recording of the prophecy to Jewish individuals returning to Jerusalem) without being detected, why have they not destroy their neighbors and enjoy the spoils of war.
From a human perspective the Jewish community has gained nothing from destroying Jerusalem, letting other people live there, and returning? They certainly did not make friends with other countries in the area while they were living in Europe, and have not enjoyed peace.
However, the Holy Bible states that God has used the prophecy to reveal his exist,
“This is what the Sovereign Lord [God] says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob.” (Ezekiel 28:25 NIV)
The captivity and return of the Jewish people to Israel has proven that the God of the Old Testament has remarkable abilities to predict the future or make future happen as He desires.