Understanding Prophecy

Understanding Prophecy

Many biblical prophecies were fulfilled in these past 100+ years. True to His Word, the Diaspora of Jews scattered for 2,000 years to the four corners of the world, have returned to the very land God gave specifically to Abraham – just as He declared in Deut 30;

“Among the nations where the Lord your God has banished you, you will reflect on the situation. Then you will return up to the Lord your God.... He will gather you from among the nations... and bring you to the land that your ancestors possessed.

“God will remove the barriers from your hearts... and you will repent and obey God, keeping all of His commandments.... For you will return to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.” (Deut. 30:1-10)

Israel however, was chosen by God to be more than just another nation with a unique gift, culture or economy. Not only were they chosen to be the “keepers” of the Book, but the ones by whom the very presence of God was to be revealed in the world He created. This was first done in the Tabernacle (Mishkan) in the desert and later in the Temple that King Solomon built in Jerusalem.

Though the Jews have returned to their land and were declared a nation in 1948, they have yet to fulfill the spiritual mandate they were entrusted with; “…for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.” [Isa 56:7] For the specific purpose as stated by Isaiah; “…I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” [Isa 49:6]

Torah describes the national teshuvah (repentance) of the Jewish people as they return to their homeland and their faith. The next important phase after their return to the land of Israel, is that they “…will return up to God,”.

As Israel sincerely seeks the God of their Fathers, He will remove the barriers of their hearts and they will learn to fully love God and keep His commandments. This time the Torah says, using the preposition ‘אל’ ('el') “you will return to God”.

This spiritual element of return requires the Beit HaMikdash, or “House of Holiness” – the 3rd Temple.