Day: November 1, 2023

Rabbi and Rebbitzen’s Corner November 2023

Rabbi and Rebbitzen’s Corner November 2023

By Eric Carlson in 11_2023-2 on November 1, 2023

It’s November already! Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 23rd 2023. November, is the 11th month of the Gregorian calendar. Its name is derived from “novem”, Latin for “nine,” an indication of its position as the ninth month in the early Roman calendar. November is the last of four months to have a length of 30 days (the other three are April, June, and September). There is still time to register and attend the MJAA South East Reginal Conference in Orlando, Florida next month, December 15th – 17th, 2023! This conference is a profound way to show your love and support for the Jewish people! https://mjaa.org/southeast2023/

The National Day of Giving takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, which occurs every fourth Thursday of November.  Did you know that the National Day of Giving was only created in 2012? The National Day of Giving, also known as Giving Tuesday or Global Day of Giving follows three major shopping days: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. It is created to unleash the power of radical generosity by giving a healthy donation to Non-profits and charitable organizations such as Congregation Zion’s Sake.

As we finished celebrating Sukkot last month, we were all, saddened, shocked, and horrified by the brutal, barbaric, and unprovoked attack upon Israel. As the conflict continues, please keep praying for Israel, for her safety, success, and victory over her enemies! It’s hard to believe after the despicable acts done to the elderly, children, families, and women that there are those who support Hamas or at the least don’t understand why Israel is so important! Interestingly, Gaza is mentioned no less than 20 times in the Bible – in both the Old Testament and the New.

Most references to Gaza are about how wicked its people and leaders are, how much they hate Israel and the Jewish people, and how God repeatedly sent His prophets to warn of Gaza’s impending judgment. The first time Gaza is mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis, chapter 10, where God describes Gaza as part of the land occupied by the Canaanites, the mortal enemies of God. Later in the scriptures, Gaza is described as the base camp of the Philistines, who were constantly attacking and terrorizing the Jews of Israel. Adonai will judge Gaza:

Amos 1:6-7 (TLV). Thus says Adonai: “For three crimes of Gaza, even for four, I will not relent. For they exiled an entire population, giving them over to Edom. 7 So I will send fire on the wall of Gaza—it will devour its citadels.

Many believers don’t know why Israel matters so much. We need to be a voice piece, a benefactor for Israel! Israel is the time clock of Yeshua’s return! It’s not based upon religion or man-made timelines. Yeshua’s return is based on what is happening in Israel. Here’s some discussion points:

Yeshua wasn’t a “Christian”, He was Jewish. He celebrated and kept the Biblical Feasts, the Moedim! He didn’t come to eradicate the Torah or the writings of the Tanach (Old Testament) or Prophets. In His own words:

Matthew 5:17-19. “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

When Yeshua returns, He isn’t returning to the United States, Europe, the E.U., the United Nations, or any other worldly capitol. The Bible says He is returning to Jerusalem! Yeshua us going to plant His foot down on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:2-5) and go through the Eastern Gate (Ezekiel 44:1-3), which is currently sealed off with 16 feet of concrete. A cemetery was also placed in front of that gate because touching the dead defiles. They don’t know that at Yeshua’s return the dead will be raised! The Word of GOD says He will return to Jerusalem and from there He will rule and reign for 1,000 years.

The final battle isn’t going to be on U.S. soil. It’s going to be in the Valley of Megiddo, in Israel. The Bible says as the nation’s wage war against Israel Yeshua will come and destroy His enemies with the breath of His mouth. (II Thessalonians 2:8).

Israel and the Jewish people have not been replaced as some believe. Gentiles are actually grafted into the Jewish rooted Olive Tree with the Jewish People; the wild branch is grafted into an existing Jewish olive tree (Romans 11). God is not done with the Jewish People as Sha’ul stated in:

Romans 11:1. In that case, I say, isn’t it that God has repudiated his people?” Heaven forbid! For I myself am a son of Isra’el, from the seed of Avraham, of the tribe of Binyamin.

The Word of GOD says, “When you touch Israel, you touch the Apple of GOD’s eye.” Zechariah 2:8. Adonai will keep and protect Israel:

Psalm 121:4-7. No, the guardian of Isra’el never slumbers or sleeps. 5 ADONAI is your guardian; at your right hand ADONAI provides you with shade 6 the sun can’t strike you during the day or even the moon at night. 7 ADONAI will guard you against all harm; he will guard your life.

There is a covenant blessing connected to those who bless Israel:

Genesis 12:3. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

Adonai remembers the covenant and oath He has with His people and Land of Israel forever:

Psalms 105:8-11. He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded to a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Avraham, the oath he swore to Yitz’chak, 10 and established as a law for Ya’akov, for Isra’el as an everlasting covenant: 11 “To you I will give the land of Kena’an as your allotted heritage.”

Lastly, we are commanded to pray for Jerusalem:

Psalm 122:7. May shalom be within your ramparts, prosperity in your palaces.

Please tell the world about Gods chosen people, their Promise Land, and most importantly Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah!

Blessings and Shalom!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

By Eric Carlson in 11_2023-3 on November 1, 2023

Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude to God for sustaining the early settlers and was originally celebrated in October until the start of the 20th century. The original celebration was a rare time of unity between colonists and the First Nations people as they celebrated together. The colonists would have not survived without the help of the natives who introduced them to life sustaining corn which is a vegetable exclusive to the America’s (Maze) and didn’t exist outside of the western hemisphere (the America’s) until the colonists shipped some back to England in 1609.

The traditional “first Thanksgiving” is the celebration that occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621. The Plymouth celebration occurred early in the history of what would become one of the original thirteen colonies that became the United States. However, there was another, more modest Thanksgiving at Berkley Plantation, Virginia on the banks of the James River in 1619, two years before the Pilgrims even landed at Plymouth. The celebration became an important part of the American history by the 1800s. Thanksgiving was modeled after the biblical celebration of Sukkot when Israel thanks God for sustenance and provision in the desert wonderings.

Thanksgiving as we celebrate it today is one of copious amounts of food: Turkey, stuffing, vegetables, gravies, and numerous pies and is centered around Family! Thanksgiving is the most travelled holiday in America, families reunite and come together and for some it’s the only time of the year they do so. Thanksgiving is also extremely biblical, not the holiday, but the act. It is a heartfelt response to God when we look past our blessings to the source of the blessing.

Psalm 50:14. Offer thanksgiving (towdah {to-daw’}: to give thanks, laud, praise, to confess, give praise to God, songs of liturgical worship in the Psalms, hymn of praise, thanks offering, sacrifice of thanksgiving) as your sacrifice (Z’vach: to slaughter, kill, to sacrifice) to God, pay your vows (neder {neh’-der}: vow, offering, promise) to the Most High,

“Thanksgiving” – (todah) is an extension of the hands, avowal, adoration, a Kehillat, a congregation of worshippers offering a sacrifice of praise. Giving thanks for everything that takes place in our lives to the glory of God.

I Thessalonians 5:18. In everything give thanks, for this is what God wants from you who are united with the Messiah Yeshua.

A Thanks, a Toda offering is always accompanied by a sacrifice. A sacrifice must always cost you something, there is always a price or it’s not a sacrifice. Sacrificing is always a difficult thing to do. A sacrifice is something you work hard for, something you honor or desire. To give up something you have no attachment to isn’t a sacrifice. A sacrifice also requires the worshipper to slay their own desires, the pride of flesh, our anger, and most valued of all our human reasoning and logic. Most of the authors who wrote biblical verses of Thanks and Sacrifice had endured persecution, injustice, treachery, slander, and scores of other intolerable situations. David was one of these authors who understood sacrifice:

I Chronicles 21:22-24. Then David said to Ornan, “Let me have the parcel with this threshing-floor, so that I can build on it an altar to ADONAI – I will pay you its full value – so that the plague will be lifted from the people.” 23 Ornan said to David, “Take it for yourself, and let my lord the king do what seems good to him. I’m giving you the oxen for the burnt offerings, the threshing-sledges for firewood and the wheat for the grain offering – I’m giving it all.” 24 But King David said to Ornan, “No; I insist on buying it from you at the full price. I refuse to take what is yours for ADONAI or offer a burnt offering that costs me nothing.”

Thanksgiving with Sacrifice establishes the protocol for entering into His presence! Psalm 100, one of the most well-known Psalms is written specifically about this. Numerous worship songs have been written using this Psalm:

Psalm 100:1. A psalm of thanksgiving: Shout (Ha’ri-u: to shout, raise a sound, cry out, a blast on the Shofar, to shout a war-cry, battle cry, to sound a signal for war, to shout in triumph) for joy to ADONAI, all the earth!

Hari-u L’Adonai Shout joyful to the Lord or Make a Joyful noise to Adonai. The root word of Hari-u is Ru’ah. Ru’ah is found 33 times in the Tanakh. A Ru-a is not just a shout, loud noise, or battle cry. It is the Battle Cry before engaging the enemy. It’s the joyful response to Adonai’s deliverance of His people from danger. There is a mystery hidden here regarding the power of worship! For many people, it’s not the first thing they do, entering into worship when engaging the enemy.

When receiving a bad medical report, when hearing of bad news or confronting a bad situation; releasing a Hari-u L’Adonai, Shouting for Joy unto Adonai is a battle cry to both engage the enemy and celebrating the victory….at the same time! When danger approaches, when we are under attack, when all hope is lost, when facing darkness, trials, and tribulation release the battle cry and the shout of victory! Hari-u L’Adonai, Shouting for Joy to Adonai is your victory shout, the Lord will deliver you! Release your sacrifice of Praise. Shout unto the LORD! Hallelujah!

Psalm 100:2. Serve (Iv’du: to work, serve, to make oneself a servant, to labour, to work for another, serve another by labour, to serve as subjects, to serve God, to serve or minister to God with Levitical service) ADONAI with gladness (Simcah: Joy, Gladness, Mirth, in celebration). Enter his presence with joyful songs (r’nanah {ren-aw-naw’}: singing, root ra’nan is to overcome).

Thanks, and sacrifice are intertwined which brings us back to service. We labour for God, we are to make ourselves His servant, His subject, to serve Him, to Minister to Him as priests! This service is to be done in joy and celebration.

Proverbs 17:22. A happy heart is good medicine, but low spirits sap one’s strength.

If you have no joy in your life something is missing, your life is being sapped, drained away. You are to walk in the strength of the Lord. This is directly connected to the American concept of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Nehemiah 8:10. Then he said to them, “Go, eat rich food, drink sweet drinks, and send portions to those who can’t provide for themselves; for today is consecrated to our Lord. Don’t be sad, because the joy of ADONAI is your strength (Ma’oz: place or means of safety, protection, refuge, stronghold, place of safety, fastness, harbor, stronghold, refuge of God).”

Psalm 100:2 says to “enter His presence”. We are seeing a pattern here. We come before Adonai with clean hands and a pure heart. We come unto Him with a broken, contrite heart, humbly yet boldly! And we also come before Him, we enter His presence with Simcah r’nana-joyful songs that overcome! If you haven’t caught this yet, there is a major revelation from God here! He wants you joyful before Him! In Simcah, in joy! He wants you to serve Him in gladness and joy, not grumpy and depressed! Adonai wants you to come before Him with joy filled singing! He invites you to come so close that you can see His face and worship Him in Spirit and Truth!

John 4:24. God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly.”

The reward for those who worship Him in Spirit and Truth is to behold the face, the Paniym of God!

Psalm 100:3-4. Be aware that ADONAI is God; it is he who made us; and we are his, his people, the flock in his pasture. 4 Enter his gates (Sha`ar: an opening, a door, gate to meeting place, a city or town, entrance into a palace, courtyard, camp, temple, or a city. Gates represent jurisdiction, dwelling, strength, power, dominion) with thanksgiving, enter his courtyards with praise; give thanks to him, and bless his name.

We are to be cognizant to the fact that God, Adonai is our creator, He made us and we belong to Him! We are His flock, His children under his care, we are in His pasture, and He is our shepherd. We, His flock, His people are to as the scripture says: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving.”

We are to come into His court, His Temple, His presence, His authority, His jurisdiction, His dominion, His courtyard with praise, with worship! Joyfully! We are to do so with thanks, with a thankful, grateful heart. With an attitude of joy, thankfulness, appreciation, awe, and respect. One cannot enter His gate, His presence with an ungrateful, bitter heart, in depression and scorn. We enter His presence, before His face with joyous, heartfelt thanksgiving unto the Lord. We enter His courtyards with Praise. There are seven specific Hebrew Words for praise:

Halal – Halal means “to be clear, to shine, to boast, show, to rave, celebrate, to be clamorously foolish.” Hallelujah’s root word is halal.

Yadah – From the root yad meaning hand. Yada is an extended hand, worshipping the Lord with extended hands

Todah – Todah comes from the same principle root word as yadah, but is used more specifically. Todah literally means: Thanks, adoration, acceptance.” To thank God for “things not yet received” as well as things already at hand.

Y’Shabach – means, “to shout, to address in a loud tone, to command, to triumph. Too laud, praise, and commend God.

Barakh – means “to kneel down, to bless God as an act of adoration.” B’rakhah is a blessing. It reveals the relationship, the connection between worship, blessing, and kneeling. It is the expectation to receive a blessing from the Lord.”

Zemar – means “to pluck the strings of an instrument, to sing, to praise; a musical word which is largely involved with joyful expressions of music with musical instruments. “To touch the strings” used concordantly with instrumental worship.

Tehillah (Psalms) – is derived from the word halal and means “the singing of halal’s, to sing or to laud; perceived to involve music, especially singing; hymns of the Spirit.

An attitude of Thanksgiving, gratitude is a quality that molds and shapes our lives, it’s a character quality, a fruit of being in Yeshua which we are to be engaged in continuously.

Hebrews 13:15. Through him, therefore, let us offer God a sacrifice of praise continually. For this is the natural product of lips that acknowledge his name.

Once we have properly entered His gates, hearts filled with thanksgiving and joy, our next stop and final destination are his courts, the place where we ultimately stand before our great King.

Psalms 100:5. For ADONAI is good, his grace continues forever, and his faithfulness lasts through all generations.

We must be thankful, grateful to Adonai! We are to confess His greatness, bless Him, and bend our knee before Him! The lord is good (tov), His “chesed”, His grace continues forever! His faithfulness, Emunah, and truth endure forever, in perpetuity, for all generations. Shouting for Joy unto the Lord is a battle cry and a victory cry. It’s what Israel declared with King Jehoshaphat when the defeated Moab and Ammon:

II Chronicles 20:18-22. Y’hoshafat bowed his head with his face to the ground; while all Y’hudah and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim fell down before ADONAI, worshipping ADONAI; 19 and the L’vi’im from the descendants of the K’hati and the descendants of the Korchi, stood up and praised ADONAI the God of Isra’el at the top of their voices. 20 The next morning, they rose early and went out into the T’koa Desert. As they left, Y’hoshafat stood and said, “Listen to me, Y’hudah and you inhabitants of Yerushalayim! “Trust in ADONAI your God, and you will be safe. Trust in his prophets, and you will succeed.” 21 After consulting with the people, he appointed those who would sing to ADONAI and praise the splendor of his holiness as they went out ahead of the army, saying, “Give thanks to ADONAI, for his grace continues forever.” 22 Then, during the time when they were singing and praising, ADONAI brought a surprise attack against the people of ‘Amon, Mo’av and Mount Se’ir who had come to fight Y’hudah; and they were defeated.

As Israel sang Psalm 100:5, thanking God, in both a war cry, a battle cry and a victory song God destroyed their enemies! It’s not happy people who are thankful, its Thankful people are happy! The power of thanksgiving and praise, of entering His courtyards with joyful praise will change your situation; it takes your enemies captive! Hari-u L’Adonai Shout joyfully into whatever situation you’re facing right now…….

Praying you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Rabbi Eric S Carlson

Prophetic Israel

Prophetic Israel

By Eric Carlson in 11_2023-1 on November 1, 2023

With the ongoing war in Israel, it’s important to remember who Israel is! Israel is mentioned in the entire bible 500 times, 78 times in the Brit Chadesha alone! There are over 1,800 biblical prophecies contained in scripture that involves over 8,300 verses. The whole bible contains just over 31,000 verses so about 27% of scripture, or one third of the bible deals with prophecy (Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy). Of those prophecies, over 95% deal directly with Israel and the Jewish people.

Israel’s existence continues to be controversial. Some say God fulfilled His promise to Avraham so there should not be a modern state, others say there won’t be a state until Mashiach returns. Yet others say that Israel is a spiritual concept not a physical state.

God covenants with two resources: People and Land. They two are connected and cannot be separated. All of human history revolves around God’s interaction with Israel, the land and the people coupled with the revelation of Him, God unto the World. ALL World History, the rise and fall of nations, the rise and fall of Empires, humanities wars, humanities renaissances, Israel’s Diaspora’s, punishment and restorations throughout the last 5,000 years hasbeen for one purpose: To establish and restore God’s reign here on earth through Yeshua.

Israel’s two diaspora’s (exile from their land) were periods of correction and realignment that caused Israel to intensely seek God and follow Him. Israel’s reemergence as a nation is prophetic, biblical, and sign of the times we live in, There are ten specific prophecies fulfilled when Israel became a nation again in May 14th, 1948.

These 10 Bible prophecies were fulfilled in 1948 when Israel became an independent, united nation for the second time in history, and for the first time in 1,900 years.

  1. Jacob’s descendants would regain control of Israel

Bible passage: Amos 9:14-15.

Written: about 750 BC.

Fulfilled: Since 1948

In Amos 9:14-15, the prophet said that there would come a time when the exiles of Israel would again have Israel as their own land and that they would never be uprooted again. Amos lived about 2700 years ago, during a time when the people of Israel were being forced out of their homeland by a succession of foreign invasions. Despite many centuries of exile, many Jews returned to Israel and reclaimed sovereignty over a portion of their ancient homeland. This declaration of independence, in 1948, triggered a war with the surrounding countries, which objected to the presence of a Jewish state. On May 15, 1948, the day that armies from the surrounding countries invaded, Azzam Pasha, the Secretary General of the Arab League, said “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.” Similar quotes were uttered by others during the war of 1948-49 and during the two major wars that followed. Despite its tiny size, Israel prevailed in these wars, preventing its people from being uprooted again, as they had been in ancient times.

Amos 9:14-15. I will restore the fortunes of my people Isra’el; they will rebuild and inhabit the ruined cities; they will plant vineyards and drink their wine, cultivate gardens and eat their fruit. 15 I will plant them on their own soil, no more to be uprooted from their land, which I gave them,” says ADONAI your God.

  1. Israel would be brought back to life.

Bible passage: Ezekiel 37:10-14.

Written: between 593-571 BC.

Fulfilled: 1948

In Ezekiel 37:10-14, the prophet receives a vision in which Israel was seen as a scattering of dried-up bones. In this vision, God tells Ezekiel that the bones (Israel) would be brought back to life. Just as Ezekiel had prophesized about 2600 years ago, the Jews were brought back to the land, and the country of Israel was brought back to life. Israel re-established sovereignty in 1948, a mere three years after the end of the Holocaust, during which the Nazis killed about one-third of the world’s Jewish population.

Ezekiel 37:10-14. So I prophesied as ordered, and the breath came into them, and they were alive! They stood up on their feet, a huge army! 11 Then he said to me, “Human being! These bones are the whole house of Isra’el; and they are saying, ‘Our bones have dried up, our hope is gone, and we are completely cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy; say to them that Adonai ELOHIM says, ‘My people! I will open your graves and make you get up out of your graves, and I will bring you into the land of Isra’el. 13 Then you will know that I am ADONAI – when I have opened your graves and made you get up out of your graves, my people! 14 I will put my Spirit in you; and you will be alive. Then I will place you in your own land; and you will know that I, ADONAI, have spoken, and that I have done it,’ says ADONAI.”

  1. Isaiah spoke of Israel being reborn in one day.

Bible passage: Isaiah 66:7-8.

Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC.

Fulfilled: 1948

In Isaiah 66:7-8, the prophet foreshadowed the re-birth of Israel in 1948. Isaiah describes a woman giving birth before going into labor, and he speaks of a country being born in one day. 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 2900 years.

During that same day, the United States issued a statement recognizing Israel’s sovereignty. And, only hours beforehand, 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 born in a single day.

Isaiah said the birth would take place before there would be labor pains. And that too is precisely what happened. A movement called Zionism began in the 1800s to encourage Jews worldwide to move to Israel, which at that time was called Palestine. Within hours of the declaration of independence in 1948, Israel was attacked by the surrounding countries of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

When reading Isaiah 66:7-8, keep in mind that Israel’s status as a sovereign nation was established and reaffirmed during the course of one single day, and that it was born of a movement called Zionism, and that its declaration of independence was not the result of a war but rather the cause of one.

Isaiah 66:7-8. Before going into labor, she gave birth; before her pains came, she delivered a male child. 8 Who ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Is a country born in one day? Is a nation brought forth all at once? For as soon as Tziyon went into labor, she brought forth her children.

  1. Israel would be re-established as a unified nation.

Bible passage: Ezekiel 37:21-22.

Written: between 593-571 BC.

Fulfilled: 1948

In Ezekiel 37:21-22, the prophet said that God would one day bring the people of Israel back to Israel, as a united nation. This might have been a shock for Ezekiel. He lived about 2600 years ago. At that time, the people of Israel had already divided themselves into two separate kingdoms. And, both kingdoms had been conquered by foreign invaders, who forced many of the people, including Ezekiel, into exile. But, when Jews reclaimed sovereignty in 1948, they did so as a united people, creating one nation – Israel.

Ezekiel 37:21-22. Then say to them that Adonai ELOHIM says: ‘I will take the people of Isra’el from among the nations where they have gone and gather them from every side and bring them back to their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Isra’el; and one king will be king for all of them. They will no longer be two nations, and they will never again be divided into two kingdoms.

  1. The second Israel would be more impressive than the first.

Bible passage: Jeremiah 16:14-15.

Written: sometime from 626 to about 586 BC.

Fulfilled: 1948

In Jeremiah 16:14-15, the prophet said the second Israel would be more impressive than the first. In many regards, it is. The first time that Israel was established as a country was after Moses led the descendants of Jacob (typically referred to today as Jews) out of Egypt, where they had been enslaved for 400 years. They then conquered Canaan and established Israel about 3400 years ago. But the second time that Israel was established was after the Jews had been scattered far and wide for a few thousand years. This time the Jews had to return from as far away as the United States, China, Russia and South Africa.

Jeremiah 16:14-15. “‘Therefore,’ says ADONAI, ‘the day will come when people will no longer swear, “As ADONAI lives, who brought the people of Isra’el out of the land of Egypt,” 15 but, “As ADONAI lives, who brought the people of Isra’el out of the land to the north and out of all the countries where he drove them”; for I will bring them back to their own land, which I gave to their ancestors.

  1. Ezekiel predicted when Israel would be re-established

Bible passage: Ezekiel 4:3-6

Written: between 593-571 BC

Fulfilled: 1948

In Ezekiel 4:3-6, the prophet said the Jewish people, who had lost control of their homeland, would be punished for 430 years. This prophecy, according to Bible scholar Grant Jeffrey, pinpointed the 1948 rebirth of Israel. Here’s a summary of Jeffrey’s theory:

  1. Ezekiel said the Jewish people were to be punished for 430 years because they had turned away from God. As part of the punishment, we lost control of the land to Babylon. Many Jewish people were taken as captives to Babylon.

  1. Babylon was later conquered by Cyrus in 539 BC. Cyrus allowed the Jews to leave Babylon and to return to their homeland. But, only a small number returned. The return had taken place sometime around 536 BC, about 70 years after Judah lost independence to Babylon.

  1. Because most of the exiles chose to stay in pagan Babylon rather than return to the Holy Land, the remaining 360 years of their punishment was multiplied by 7. The reason is explained in Bible’s book of Leviticus. (Leviticus 26:18, 26:21, 26:24 and 26:28). In Leviticus, it says that if the people did not repent while being punished, the punishment would be multiplied by 7. And, by staying in pagan Babylon, most exiles were refusing to repent.

  1. So, if you take the remaining 360 years of punishment and multiply by 7, you get 2,520 years. But, Jeffrey says those years are based on an ancient 360-day lunar calendar. If those years are adjusted to the modern solar calendar, the result is 2,484 years.

  1. And, there were exactly 2,484 years from 536 BC to 1948, which is the year that Israel regained independence. In this Bible passage, Ezekiel is asked by God to symbolically act out the 430 years of punishment.

Ezekiel 4:3-6. Then take an iron griddle and put it in place as a wall of iron between yourself and the city, and fix your gaze on it – the city is under siege, and you are the one besieging it. This will be a sign for the house of Isra’el. 4 “Next, you are to lie on your left side, and have it bear the guilt of the house of Isra’el – for as many days as you lie on your side, you will bear their guilt. 5 For I am assigning you one day for each year of their guilt; thus you are to bear the guilt of the house of Isra’el for 390 days. 6 Then, when you have finished that, you are to lie on your right side and bear the guilt of the house of Y’hudah for forty days, each day corresponding to a year; this is what I am assigning you.

  1. The people of Israel would return to “their own land”

Bible passage: Ezekiel 34:13

Written: between 593-571 BC.

Fulfilled: after May 14, 1948

In Ezekiel 34:13, the prophet said that God would gather the people of Israel scattered throughout the world and bring them back to “their own land.” After many centuries of dispersion, hundreds of thousands of Jews returned to their ancient homeland beginning in the late 1800s. But, millions more returned after Israel declared independence in 1948. In other words, millions of exiles returned to their ancient homeland which was now truly “their own land” in the sense that it was now a sovereign Jewish state.

Ezekiel 34:13. I will bring them back from those peoples, gather them from those countries and return them to their own land. Then I will let them feed on the mountains of Isra’el, by the streams and in all the livable places of the land.

  1. The people of Israel would return to “their own land”

Bible passage: Jeremiah 31:10

Written: sometime from 626 to about 586 BC.

Fulfilled: 1948, etc.

In Jeremiah 31:10, the prophet said that God would one day gather the Jewish people back to Israel and that He would watch over them like a shepherd. History proves that God indeed has watched over the re-established nation of Israel. Hours after Israel declared independence in 1948, the surrounding countries attacked, hoping to replace the Jewish state with an Arab state. These countries are much larger than Israel. But tiny Israel prevailed in that war and was able to capture additional land, increasing the land size of Israel by 50 percent. Israel also prevailed in the two other major wars that followed.

Jeremiah 31:10. Nations, hear the word of ADONAI! Proclaim it in the coastlands far away. Say: “He who scattered Isra’el is gathering him, guarding him like a shepherd his flock.”

  1. Israel’s army would be disproportionately powerful.

Bible passage: Leviticus 26:3, 7-8.

Written: perhaps around 1400 BC.

Fulfilled: 1948-49, 1967, 1973, 2023 etc.

In Leviticus 26:3, 7-8, the Bible says that the army of Israel would have a supernatural power to prevail during times of conflict, if the people are obedient to the Lord. This Bible passage says that 5 people would be able to chase away 100 people, and that 100 would be able to chase away 10,000. Is there any proof to this incredible claim? Judge for yourself:

Example 1: Within hours of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon invaded Israel. The combined population of those countries was at least 20 million at that time. Israel had fewer than 1 million Jews. Even so, the Israel won the war and expanded the size of Israel by 50 percent.

Example 2: During the War of 1967, Israel attacked the air force bases of the surrounding countries and took control of Jerusalem for the first time in 2000 years. They also regained control of the West Bank and the Golan. That war lasted a mere 6 days.

Example 3: On Oct. 6, 1973, Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria. Other countries later joined the attack. But Israel was able to push back the attacking armies and occupy land outside of Israel’s borders.

Leviticus 26:3. “‘If you live by my regulations, observe my mitzvot and obey them;

Leviticus 26:7-8. You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall before your sword. 8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand -your enemies will fall before your sword.

  1. The fortunes of the people of Israel would be restored.

Bible passage: Deuteronomy 30:3-5.

Written: perhaps 1400 BC.

Fulfilled: 1948, etc.

In Deuteronomy 30:3-5, the Bible said the Jews would be scattered worldwide and that they later would return to their homeland and have their fortunes restored. This prophecy began to be fulfilled in modern times during the late 1800s when many Jews returned to Israel, from as far away as China and the United States, Russia and South Africa. Israel declared independence in 1948. Today, Israel is among the world’s most prosperous countries. In 1999, for example, Israel’s per capita Gross Domestic Product was twice as prosperous than the neighboring countries.

Deuteronomy 30:3-5. At that point, ADONAI your God will reverse your exile and show you mercy; he will return and gather you from all the peoples to which ADONAI your God scattered you. 4 If one of yours was scattered to the far end of the sky, ADONAI your God will gather you even from there; he will go there and get you. 5 ADONAI your God will bring you back into the land your ancestors possessed, and you will possess it; he will make you prosper there, and you will become even more numerous than your ancestors.

Israel is the center of God’s prophetic timeline for the future Messianic Reign! Israel is nothing short of supernatural!

Blessings and Shalom,

Rabbi Eric S Carlson