Israel From Death to Life
by Arlen L. Chitwood

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  Chapter 4      Appendix


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On May 14, 1948, after almost 1,900 years — dating back to the time when Rome ruled the then-known world — an Israeli nation was reborn in the Middle East.  The time when this occurred was near the end of the 6,000 years allotted to man.  That is to say, the re-emergence of Israel in this respect was near the end of Man’s Day, near the time which the Prophets had declared that God would re-gather and restore His people to their land (cf.Isaiah 1:25-2:5; Ezekiel 39:25-29: Joel 3:1-21).

But, are the events of May 14, 1948 the beginning of this restoration?  And are the things which have occurred during the more than six decades ­since that time — a return of millions of Jewish people to the land, numbering some 6,000,000 today — a continuation of this restoration?

Then there is reclamation of parts of the land — cities built or rebuilt and parts of the land transformed from vast wastelands to fertile farmlands.  Are these things part of God’s restorative promises through His Prophets?

There is an inseparable connection of the Jewish people with their capital city and their land.  Both the city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel are, at times, spoken of in a synonymous respect with the Jewish people (Lamentations 1:7, 8; Jeremiah 22:8, 9; Ezekiel 14:11-13; Hosea 1:2; Matthew 23:37).  Thus, one cannot be restored apart from the other.

That which is being taught by most Bible teachers today concerning events in the Middle East — an on-going restoration of the people and the land, including Jerusalem and other cities — connect these events with God’s restorative promises through His Prophets.

But what does Scripture have to say about the matter?  Numerous Scriptures are being used to show that the things that have occurred and continue to occur are a fulfillment of God’s promises.  But, are these Scriptures being used correctly?  Or, are they being misused instead?

That’s what this book is about.  And Scripture is crystal clear on the matter.  There can be no mistake when one goes to the Scriptures as the final authority, paying attention to exactly what God has said.

Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity . . .

From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores . . .

Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; strangers devour your land in your presence . . .

How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. . . .

Therefore the Lord says, the LORD of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, “Ah, I will rid Myself of My adversaries, and take vengeance on My enemies.I will turn My hand against you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and take away all your alloy.I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.”

Now it shall come to pass in the latter daysthat the mountain of the LORDShouseshall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it.Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.”For out of Zion shall go forth the law,and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

(Isaiah 1:4a, 6a, 7a, 21, 24-26; 2:2-4)