Three Returns of Israel
By Daymond Duck
An interesting event has taken place, but I need to set the stage before I reveal what it is.
According to the Bible, the children of Israel will return to the Promised Land three times and no more.
The first return was when God brought the out of Egypt in unbelief (about just a few years before 1400 B.C.). During their first return, God dealt with the unbelieving Jews by commanding 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.
Several hundred years later, in the days of Isaiah, God said there will be two more returns (Isa. 11:11-12).
There would be a return from Babylon in the days of Daniel (about 536 B.C.; Jer. 25:8-13). And there would be a later return that would take place in two phases.
In phase one, some of the Jews would return in unbelief from all over the world before the Tribulation Period. That will set the stage for the Tribulation Period (a time of trouble and distress; Ezek. 22:17-22; Zeph. 1:15-16). And it will be after 69, but before the 70th of Daniel (9:24-27; Matt. 24:32-33).
In phase two, the remainder of the Jews will return as believers from all over the world at the end of the Tribulation Period (after the 70th week of Daniel; Matt. 24:29-31). All Israel will be saved and this phase will set the stage for the Millennium (a time of blessings; Rom. 11:26).
Following phase two of this third return, God will establish the tabernacle of David (restore the Davidic dynasty) and all of the Jews will never be removed from the Promised Land again (Amos 9:11-15; Acts 15:13-18).
Now, let’s get to the interesting event.
On Sept. 27, 2016, it was reported that the Jewish Sanhedrin concluded several months of deliberation and ruled that Israel has returned as a nation not as a group of individuals.
To clarify, one Jew or even 100 Jews returning to the Promised Land does not mean that Israel has returned as a nation. So the Sanhedrin turned to the Scriptures for an answer.
And they learned that during the return from Egypt under the leadership of Joshua 601,730 Jewish adult males entered the Promised Land (Num. 26:51, 63). This was slightly more than Moses and Aaron counted while they were still in the wilderness (Num. 1:46).
We see 601,730 adult males in the days of Joshua plus approximately the same number of women plus many children and teenagers under the age of 20 would probably be 1 ½ to 2 million people.
Today, there are close to 7 million Jews in Israel. And this is the basis for the Sanhedrin ruling that Israel has officially possessed the Promised Land for the third time.
This means the Jews are in the Promised Land for the last time. There won’t be any more returns. And they won’t be put off the Promised Land again.
Everyone that tries to expel them will fail. There are not enough troops and weapons on earth to expel them.
God is always watching over Israel. “He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psa. 121:4). God will never be caught off guard. He will never stop watching over Israel.
Those who test Him are making a terrible mistake.
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Daymond & Rachel Duck