Events and Signs of the Times
Gathering of Israel
BECAUSE of disobedience, what experience came to Israel?
"I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the
earth." Jer. 34:17. See Jer. 25:8-11.
What prophecy spoke of their return from captivity?
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. . . . And
ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your
heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away
your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all
the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring
you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away
captive." Jer. 29:11-14. See also Jer. 23:3.
first dispersion of the Jews occurred B.C. 606-588, under Nebuchadnezzar,
king of Babylon. In B.C. 457, under Artaxerxes, the Persian king, large
numbers of Jews returned to Palestine, their homeland.
How had Moses spoken of another and greater dispersion?
"The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of
the earth. . . . and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy
high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst. . . . and the
Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth
even unto the other." Deut. 28:49-64.
calamity and dispersion occurred in 70 A.D., under Titus, the Roman
general. Says the Popular and Critical Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. II,
article "Jerusalem," page 932: "Jerusalem seems to have
been raised to this greatness as if to enhance the misery of its
overthrow. So soon as the Jews had set the seal to their formal rejection
of Christ, by putting Him to death, and invoking the responsibility of His
blood upon the heads of themselves and of their children (Matt. 27:25),
the city's doom went forth. Titus, a young, brave, and competent Roman
general, with an army of sixty thousand trained, victorious warriors,
appeared before the city in April, 70 A.D., and the most disastrous siege
of all history began." See reading in Chapter 68. of this book.
Under what striking symbol was all this foretold?
"Thus saith the Lord, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and.
. . . break the bottle . . . and . . . say unto them, Thus saith the Lord
of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaks
a potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again." Jer.
city on the globe has suffered more from war and sieges than Jerusalem. .
. . Storming legions, battering-rams, and catapults have razed it again
and again. And yet, the general outline of the city has always been
preserved. Zion and Mt. Moriah remain in full view from Olivet, and there,
on those hills, stretching away toward the west, city after city has come
and gone in the passing ages."-Popular and Critical Bible
Encyclopedia, Vol. II, article "Jerusalem," pages 928, 929.
How long was Jerusalem to be trodden down of the Gentiles?
"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away
captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the
Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." Luke
stands for the people, the truth, and the true worship of God. It is first
mentioned in the Bible as Salem (Gen. 14:18); is spoken of figuratively as
a mother bringing forth the children of God (Gal. 4:26,27); and is a type
of the holy city, New Jerusalem, which is to be the metropolis of the new
earth. In Rev. 11:2 it is used as a type of God's people during the long
period of 1260 years of papal persecution, who are there referred to as
"the holy city," which the Gentiles "tread underfoot forty
and two months."
What will terminate the "times" allotted to the Gentiles?
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world
for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
Why was the gospel to be preached to the Gentiles?
"Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to
take out of them a people for His name." Acts 15:14.
What false idea of this gathering were some to hold?
"And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the
mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will
teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go
forth of Zion, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem." Micah 4:2.
For what will the heathen he assembled in Palestine?
"Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat.
. . . Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision [margin, concision,
or threshing; i.e., war] : for the day of the Lord is near in the valley
of decision." Joel 3: 12-14.
Under whose influence are the nations to be assembled?
"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of
the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the
false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working
miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole
world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God
Almighty." Rev. 16:13,14.
by the doctrine of the world's conversion and a temporal millennium of
peace, prosperity, and good will among men, the deluded nations will aim
to make Jerusalem the center of a glorious kingdom, at which place they
will doubtless expect Christ will come and take up His reign as their
king. This was the favorite idea of the crusaders in the Dark Ages. But
the crusaders were mistaken in their conception, and sorely disappointed.
So also will the modern crusaders be mistaken and disappointed; for one
object of Christ's second coming will be to "smite the nations"
and to destroy these armies assembled. Rev. 19:15.
Unto whom are God's people to be gathered?
"The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between
his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of
the people be." Gen. 49:10.
How did Christ speak of the gathering of the Gentiles?
"Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must
bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one
shepherd." John 10:16.
What great gathering yet awaits God's people?
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set
His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people. .
. . And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble
the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from
the four corners of the earth." Isa. 11:11,12. "And He shall
send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather
together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the
other." Matt. 24:31.
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