May 14, 1948

Israel celebrates its 68th birthday this Saturday, May 14.

Isaiah said that Israel would become a nation again and that it would happen in one day.

Who has heard or seen anything as strange as this? For in one day, suddenly, a nation, Israel, shall be born, even before the birth pains come. In a moment, just as Israel’s anguish starts, the baby is born; the nation begins. Shall I bring to the point of birth and then not deliver? asks the Lord your God. No! Never! Isaiah 66:7-9

This accurately describes what happened on May 14, 1948 – when the Jews declared independence for Israel as a united and sovereign nation for the first time in 2,900 years.

During that same day, the United States issued a statement recognizing Israel’s sovereignty. And, only hours before hand, a United Nations mandate expired, ending British control of the land. During a 24-hour span of time, foreign control of the land of Israel had formally ceased, and Israel had declared its independence, and its independence was acknowledged by other nations. Modern Israel was literally was born in a single day.

Israel is still hanging on despite the fact that the vast majority of the world believes they have no right to exist–including a whole lot of people who call themselves Christians. Despite the fact that more than 150 verses promised that God would restore His people to their land.  And some of the verses even told us exactly when.

For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. Ezekiel 34:11-14

For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Ezekiel 36:24

 For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to {return to the land} that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. Jeremiah 30:3

For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim (2000 years so far without any of these). 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days. Hosea 3:4-5

I have also heard several well known teachers say that Israel could be restored and destroyed a dozen times before the final restoration just before the return of Christ.

But that is not what Amos says about the future restoration…

I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be removed from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God. Amos 9:15 

These same prophets had also been relaying to His people that God was unhappy with their disobedience and apathy towards him, and if they did not repent, He would bring judgment upon them by using their enemies to defeat them. (Jeremiah 5-7)

Jacob’s descendants ignored the warnings still, and finally, as promised, God brought the nation of Babylon against them, particularly against their Holy City Jerusalem, in the form of three successive sieges.

Nebuchadnezzar, in 605 B.C., lays siege to Jerusalem and defeats the southern kingdom of Judah under Jehoiachin in the first of three sieges.

The city and the Temple were destroyed during the last siege on August 13, 586 (Tisha b’Av on the Jewish calendar.)

God uses the Jewish calendar, which marks time very differently than our modern Gregorian calendar.  The calendar of the Bible has twelve months of thirty days; evidenced from Genesis (7:11, 7:24, 8:3-4) which define one month as 30 days to Revelation (12:6,14 and 13:5), which define three and a half years (forty-two months) as 1,260 days.

Hang on to that 30 day calendar.

God promised that the Jews would return from Babylon to their own land, and, sure enough, Babylon was eventually defeated by Cyrus the Great, who declared in 553 that all of Israel’s captives could return.  We know that the Siege of Jerusalem began sometime between June 605 and August 605 because Neb was proceeding over the battle of Carcamesh in early June and he returned to Babylon after the siege on August 16 upon getting word that his father had died.

Here’s where it gets interesting.  Jeremiah made two prophecies about the nation’s sufferings and release from Babylonian dominion:

And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Jeremiah 25:11

For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. Jeremiah 29:10

And if you do the calendar conversions, starting from the first siege in June 605, 70 years would take us up to June of 536 BC. (Remember that the Jewish year contains 12 months of 30 days, so is slightly different than ours). And, unfortunately, we don’t know the exact dates on either end.  But history records that the first group of Babylonian captives did return to Jerusalem in 536 BC, seventy years after the first exiles had been captured.

But here’s where it gets really interesting.

For this, we’re going to look at some prophecies by analogy from the Prophet Ezekiel (written sometime after the book of Jeremiah).

God gave Ezekiel a whole lot of verbal prophecies to share with us, but he also asked Ezekiel to act out some of his prophecies. In Ezekiel 4:2, Ezekiel is told to act out the siege of Jerusalem:

“You also, son of man, take a clay tablet and lay it before you, and portray on it a city, Jerusalem. 2 Lay siege against it, build a siege wall against it, and heap up a mound against it; set camps against it also, and place battering rams against it all around. 3 Moreover take for yourself an iron plate, and set it as an iron wall between you and the city. Set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it. This will be a sign to the house of Israel. 4 “Lie also on your left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear their iniquity. 5 For I have laid on you the years of their iniquity, according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days; so you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 6 And when you have completed them, lie again on your right side; then you shall bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days. I have laid on you a day for each year..”

This may look like silly nonsense, but it tells us a lot if we pay attention. God starts the analogy (and thus the timeline) with the sieges of Jerusalem, and tells Ezekiel that each day that he acts out will predict a year of penance for the nation. 390 days for Israel and 40 for Judah for a total of 430 days total, meaning 430 years total years of punishment for God’s chosen people.  So the 70 years of punishment have increased to 430 years.

Remember, again, you have to do the calendar conversion to get the exact date. But  we have a big problem.  Because this prophecy says, no matter what calendar math contortions you employ, the Jews should be back in their land as a sovereign nation before the birth of Christ.  But we all know that Israel was under Roman control (as part of the punishment) during the time of Christ.  So what gives?  We have to look at the whole counsel of God. And when we look back at the nation’s disobedience under Moses, we find a clause that makes it all make sense. A clause, in fact, repeated four times. In one chapter:

And if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant,16 I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart.And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.17 I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies.Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you. 18 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. 19 I will break the pride of your power;I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze.20 And your strength shall be spent in vain;for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit. 21 ‘Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins. 22 I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, destroy your livestock, and make you few in number and your highways shall be desolate. 23 ‘And if by these things you are not reformed by Me, but walk contrary to Me, 24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I will punish you yet seven times for your sins. 25 And I will bring a sword against you that will execute the vengeance of the covenant;when you are gathered together within your cities I will send pestilence among you;and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.26 When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied. 27 ‘And after all this, if you do not obey Me, but walk contrary to Me,28 then I also will walk contrary to you in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.
Leviticus 26:15-28

God’s chosen people did not change their ways after returning from captivity, and in accordance with Leviticus, their remaining punishment was multiplied by seven.

So let’s try this again. According to Jewish historical records, the first group of Babylonian captives left Babylon to return home to Jerusalem on July 23, 537 B.C. after serving 70 years of punishment in captivity. Then they disobeyed again so we have the additional Ezekiel punishment.  The original punishment prophesied by Ezekiel was 430 years, but they already served 70 in captivity before disobeying again, so we subtract that. If we multiply the remaining 360 years by 7 times as God dictated in Leviticus, and do the calendar conversions, we end up with 2, 483 years, 9 months and 12 days, which added to July 23, 537 BC lands us on the date May 14, 1948.  The exact date that the nation of Israel came into existence again.

But that’s if we used the first siege of Jerusalem as the start date. What if we use the last one? (When the city and the temple were destroyed?)

We land on June 7, 1967. The exact date that Israel regained the Temple Mount after the Six Day War.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years…2 Peter 3:8

Come, and let us return to the Lord;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight. Hosea 6:1-2

Or written another way…

Come, and let us [Israel] return to the Lord;For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After 2000 years (2,483 years, 9 months and 12 days to be exact), He will revive us; After the 2000 years, but before 3000 years, He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.  Hosea 6:1-2

 

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