Gathering of Spiritual Israel
The Scattering of
Because of disobedience,
what experience came to Israel?
Therefore, this is
what the Lord says: You have not obeyed me; you
have not provided freedom for your fellow
countrymen. So now I proclaim freedom
for you, declares the Lord freedom
to fall by the sword, plague and famine. I will
make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the
earth. Jeremiah 34:17. (See Jeremiah
How had Moses spoken of
the dispersion of Israel?
The Lord will bring a
nation against you from far away, from the ends
of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a
nation whose language you do not understand, a
fierce-looking nation without respect for the old
or pity for the young. They will devour the young
of your livestock and the crops of your land
until you are destroyed. They will leave you no
grain, new wine or oil, nor any calves of your
herds or lambs of your flocks until you are
ruined. They will lay siege to all your cities
throughout the land until the fortified walls in
which you trust fall down. They will besiege all
the cities throughout the land the Lord your God
is giving you. Then the Lord will scatter you
among all the nations, from on end of the earth
to the other. There you will worship other gods
gods of wood and stone, which neither you
nor your fathers have known. Deuteronomy
28: 49-52, 64.
Under what striking
symbol was all this foretold?
This is what the Lord
says: Go and buy a clay jar from a potter.
Take along some of the elders of the people and
of the priests. Then break the jar while those
who go with you are watching, and say to them,
This is what the Lord almighty says: I
will smash this nation and this city just a this
potters jar is smashed and cannot be
repaired. They will bury the dead in Topheth
until there is no more room. Jeremiah
19: 1, 10,11.
In what words does Daniel
refer to the Babylonians captivity as a
fulfillment of these writings?
All Israel has
transgressed your law and turned away, refusing
to obey you. Therefore, the curses and sworn
judgments written in the Law of Moses, the
servant of God, have been poured out on us,
because we have sinned against you.
What prophecy spoke of
their return from captivity?
For I know the plans I
have for you, declares the Lord, plans
to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future. You are to seek me and
find me when you seek me with all your heart. I
will be found by you, declares the Lord,
and I will bring you back from captivity. I
will gather you from all the nations and places
where I banished you, declares the Lord,
and will bring you back to the place from
which I carried you into exile. Jeremiah
29: 11-14. (See also Jeremiah 23:3.)
Note The first
dispersion of the Jews occurred under
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Under Cyrus and
Artaxerxes, Persian kings, large numbers of Jews
returned to Palestine, their homeland.
After the restoration of
Jerusalem and the coming of the Messiah what
further desolation of the city was to take place?
After the sixty-two
sevens, the Anointed One will be cut off
and will have nothing. The people of the ruler
who will come will destroy the city and the
sanctuary. The end will come like a flood:
War will continue to the end, and desolations
have been decreed.
What warning did our Lord
give of a second captivity, or
dispersion, and a second desolation of Jerusalem?
They will fall by
the sword and will be taken prisoners to all the
nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the
Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are
Note When Jesus
stood on the Mount of Olives, weeping over
Jerusalem with the sad lament, How often
would I gathered thee, He said, Behold
your house is left to you desolate. In A.D.
70, about thirty-nine years later, occurred the
destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman armies of
Titus, and the scattering of the Jews all around
the world. The gospel was first preached in
Jerusalem and Judea, but soon thereafter the
Christians were scattered by persecution and went
everywhere preaching the word. (Acts 8:4.) Paul
and Barnabas later said to the Jews at Antioch,
It was necessary that the word of God
should first have been spoken to you: but seeing
you put it from you, and judge yourselves
unworthy of everlasting life, so, we turn to the
Gentiles. Acts 13:46. By the crucifixion of
the Savior and the persecution of His disciples,
the Jews as a nation filled up the cup of their
iniquity. The death of the Christian martyr
Stephen in 34 A.D. marked the culmination of the
period allotted to the Jewish nation or 30
Jubilees cycles, and the beginning of the times
of the Gentiles or 40 Jubilee cycles down to end
of time in 1994.
What will terminate the
times allotted to the Gentiles?
And this gospel of
the kingdom will be preached in the whole world
as a testimony to all nations, and then the end
will come. Matthew 24:14.
Note - In April of 1994, the
Jubilee cycles for the Gentiles also came to an
end. Since then we have been living in literal
time because the Jubilee cycles is no longer
operating. Currently, here in 2010 we are
living 16 years past the time when Jesus gave the
seven angels the seven trumpets because Earths
cup of iniquity over flowed at that time. The
only thing that Christ is waiting for is the
selection of the 144,000 servant prophets to
preach the everlasting gospel to 7 billion people
now living upon the Earth. The Lord has told the
seven angels who are holding the seven trumpets
to wait a little while longer until this process
Why was the gospel to be
preached to the Gentiles?
Simeon has described
to us how God at first showed his concern by
taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.
True Israel in Gods
It was not through
law that Abraham and his offspring received the
promise that he would be the heir of the world,
but through the righteousness that comes by
In view of the fact that
this promise was never fulfilled to Abraham, and
that his descendants are scattered among all the
nations, how shall we understand Gods
promise to Abraham?
The promises were
spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scriptures
does not say and to seeds, meaning
many people, but and to your seed, meaning
one person, who is Christ. Galatians
Who are included with Christ
in this promise, as being of Abrahams seed?
A man is not a Jew
if he is one outwardly, nor is circumcision
merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew
if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is
circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by
the written code. Such a mans praise is not
from man, but from God. Romans 2:28,29.
Note - Here, then, is the
key that unlocks, not merely one, but many
otherwise mysterious passages of the Sacred
Scriptures. The gathering of Israel to their own
land is not a regathering of Abrahams
literal descendants to Old Jerusalem in
unbelief, but a new gathering in faith of
the spiritual seed to the New Jerusalem, the city
for which Abraham looked, whose builder and
maker is God. (See Hebrews 11:8-10.)
What will this promise to
Abrahams seed be fulfilled?
When the Son of Man
comes in his glory, and all the angels with him,
he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All
the nations will be gathered before him, and he
will separate the people from another as a
shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He
will put the sheep on his right and the goats on
the left. Then the King will say to those
on his right, Come, you who are blessed by
my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom
prepared for you since the creation of the world.