Vol. 31 New Series February, 1969 No. 1

Under this heading the whole Nation of Israel (Northern and Southern kingdoms, Judah with Benjamin and all the ten tribes are comprehended) is scattered amongst the Nations of earth, as prophesied through Moses in Leviticus 26:27-33

Is are amplified in Deuteronomy 4:23-31. But there is more to it than that. It is revealed to us in Deut. 30:1-6 Now, there can be no misunderstanding that God, speaking through Moses was addressing the children of Israel that had been redeemed out of Egypt in all three of these passages and in so doing he was addressing them as a Nation separated from all other Nations, and so separated for the carrying out of His purposes. They were of the direct line from the twelve patriarchs, sons of Jacob, grand sons of Isaac, the son of promise of Abraham, with whom God made His covenant of promise. It is in this connection that we return to Lev. 26:40-42, remembering that we left off at verse 33, There can be absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Jehovah the God of Israel, who foresaw the scattering of the Nation, intended to restore them to the land that their fathers possessed and that it was to take place "in the latter days" (ACHARITH YAMIM). It was also to take place after the Nation, in humility, had prostrated themselves before Jehovah their God, confessing their sins and the sins of their fathers in the face of some tribulation (Heb.—TSAR).
In Jeremiah 30:7 it is stated, This passage goes on to say, Then, in verses 22 and 24, we read Continuing, in chapter thirty-one: Jeremiah 16:14 and 15 and 23:7 and 8 express in slightly differing words much the same thought, declaring:
It may be seen from these two passages that the exodus from Egypt is a type of the greater exodus that is to come at the commencement of the 'latter days' (ACHARITH YAMIM) and just as the disunited tribes in bondage in Egypt were, by the Spirit of God united and in a night became a Nation, the Nation redeemed by the Lord, even so in the exodus to come the divided and scattered Nation will once more be united in their removal from all the countries of the earth to the rallying point before entry into the land of their fathers. It is here that we turn to Ezekiel 20:33-38 for a very detailed account of what is to happen. (In order to vary the English the N.W.V. is given, which can well be compared with any other). There are numerous other passages that are parallel to these, declaring the intention of the Lord Jehovah the God of Israel, many of them repetition, other explaining or expanding the theme, but all strengthening what has already been quoted. No excuse is offered for these lengthy quotations from the Scriptures themselves. It is "the Word of God that is alive and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword," not our opinions, nor our interpretations of that Word. The Holy Spirit alone can enlighten us through the Word. We can bur hold it forth and indicate its sequence, that others may be led to grasp what we have been shown therein, praying in earnest that they may see and understand.

Before closing, attention should be drawn to one other passage, that described. at great length the deep feelings of a man of God on this subject, when he was given visions of "what shall be in the 'latter days'" (ACHARITH YAMIM), the prophet Daniel. He was considering at the time the prophecies of Jeremiah and he was brought to his knees in prayer and supplication, and sackcloth and ashes:

By some catastrophe, bringing further distress, affliction and persecution, God's people Israel, known and unknown to us are by the words of the prophets heading for the time of Jacob's. trouble (which is not the great tribulation of the sunteleia tou aiOnios, the prelude to the restoration, the world wide exodus. The words of Daniel 9:3-19 are the words that the Lord their God desires to hear from every home and synagogue the world over. It will come, be it soon or later, but the longer it is withheld the deeper into trouble they will go. Israel has today no sacrifice to offer for sin or trespass and Godward they are helpless; but in so far as they are Nationally concerned, there are yet two words of real comfort; The first is in Ezekiel 11:16. The other is from Psalm 51:17-19. J.G.H.S.

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