7. Israel restored and
the Temple Rebuilt
Daniel’s 70th Week
Verse: Daniel 9:27
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to
sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations
shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the
consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the
The end of the 69th week occurred when “Messiah”
Following the death of Messiah the “People of a
prince who is to come” will destroyed the city of
Jerusalem and the Temple. Written about 538 B.C.,
Daniel’s words were fulfilled in 70 AD, when the Roman
armies of Titus destroyed Jerusalem. At the end of the
siege the Jewish Temple was destroyed. Every stone from
this temple was throne to the ground. Josephus, the
Jewish historian reported that over 1,000,000 Jews were
killed following the capture of the city of Jerusalem.
In Rome the Arch of Titus was constructed to
recognize the victories Rome over the Jews. On the Arch
of Titus the Roman soldiers are pictured carrying the
Temple treasures to the Rome. The Jewish nation was
scattered throughout the Roman empire following the
From the destruction of Temple until today
the Temple Mount has been vacant of a Jewish Temple. At
the start of the 70th week of Daniel we see a 7-year
agreement being made between the “Prince who is come”,
and “Many” and Israel. This agreement concerns
the future Jewish Temple, the Third Temple. The
agreement is broken at the midpoint, 3 ½ years, causing
the Temple sacrifice to cease.
There are significant problems in building a
new Temple. The destruction of the earlier one by the
Romans in 70 A.D. is documented on the Arch of Titus.
In A.D. 638 The Muslim armies conquered the land of
Israel from the Byzantine Empire. In 687 The Muslims
built the Dome of the Rock on the location of the
Jewish Temple. Today Islam is over 20% of the earth’s
population. Muslims view the “Dome of the Rock”
as the 3rd most holy site to Islam. From the top of Mt.
Moriah, Muslims believe Mohammed ascended into Heaven.
The Muslim building was built on the Jewish site to
demonstrate Islam as the final religion and, to honor
Mohammed supposed ascension. This creates a problem for
Israel is only permitted to construct a Temple on the
top of Mt. Moriah. David purchased the location at God’s
Now Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at
Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had
appeared to his father David, at the place that David
had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the
2 Chronicles 3:1
puts Israel’s future Temple at odds with the Islamic
world. Islam would never accept the building of a
Jewish Temple over this location. Orthodox Judaism, the
ones in favor of building a Temple would not accept the
“Dome of the Rock”. So either Islam defeats the Jews or
Israel defeats Islam. The bible tells us that Israel
will build the Temple. Once the “Dome of the Rock” is
removed, only then could a Jewish Temple be built.
For the Dome of the Rock to be removed a significant
event must take place. This event will pit the Islamic
world against Israel. Israel will vanquish the armies
of Islam in a coming battle foretold in the Bible.
Prerequisite of Daniel’s 70th Week
Before the “70th Week” of Daniel can begin two events
must happen to the Jewish people.
They must be gathered into the Land of Israel
Israel must have the desire to rebuild the Jewish
Daniel’s 70th Week especially concerned “Your
People” the Jews, and “Your Holy City” Jerusalem.
Before Israel can rebuild the Temple they must first
occupy the land of Israel and Jerusalem. And before the
Temple can be rebuilt the “Dome of the Rock” must be
demolished and the Temple mount area must be purified.
The ashes of the “Red Heifer” will permit the cleansing
of the future temple. Before this, Islam as a threat to
Israel will be eliminated.
God unique relationship with Israel
One of the most prophesied events in the
scriptures is the gathering of Israel. Israel’s
gathering is central to God’s relationship with
Abraham’s descendents. God’s relationship with Israel
is eternal. God gave his word to Abraham, Moses and the
other prophets about his unique relationship with
Questioning the unique relationship would
be to question the bible. Israel as the nation is made
up of the descendents of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob. When
Abraham first went to Mt. Moriah,God promised him the
land. This same land was later promised to Isaac and
his son Jacob. Jacob is the forefather of tribes of
Israel. The Bible details God’s relationship with
you are a holy people to the LORD your God;
the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for
Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on
the face of the earth. 7The LORD did not set
His love on you nor choose you because you were more in
number than any other people, for you were the least of
all peoples; 8but because the LORD loves you,
and because He would keep the oath which He swore to
your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a
mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage,
from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and
the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a
special treasure above all the peoples who are on
the face of the earth.
God’s relationship to Israel, is based on his
word, to the fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The
special relationship between Israel and God is holy,
Israel has a specific purpose in the Earth. They are
unique amongst the nations. From these verses in
Deuteronomy we can conclude the following points about
God’s relationship with Israel.
Israel as a nation is distinct from all the other
The Lord loves
God will keep his word he made to the fathers
God revealed to Jeremiah the extent of His relationship
to Israel at a time when Israel’s existence was
uncertain. God assured Jeremiah his relationship with
Israel was as certain as the Sun and Moon shinning on
the Earth. If the Sun and Moon could cease their light
then the descendents of Israel would also cease from
being a nation before the Lord.
says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day,
The ordinances of the moon and the stars
for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its
waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name):
those ordinances depart From before Me, says the
LORD, Then the seed of
Israel shall also cease
From being a nation
From Jeremiah we can conclude God’s relationship with
Israel’s descendents is more secure then the Sun, moon,
stars. Only if they pass will the Israel cease from
being a nation.
Israel’s being a nation is more secure then the Sun,
Moon and stars
Before Israel entered the land of promise, current
day Israel. They agreed to a covenant with two
provisions, one of blessing and one of cursing.
If Israel was obedient as a nation they would be blessed
above all nations on the earth.
it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice
of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His
commandments which I command you today, that the LORD
your God will set you high above all nations of the
But if Israel disobeyed they would be cursed. One of the
curses was to be scattered throughout the nations. The
land of Israel would then become desolate during this
the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one
end of the earth to the other, and there you shall
serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers
have known—wood and stone. 65And among those
nations you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of
your foot have a resting place; but there the LORD
will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and
anguish of soul
And I will bring a sword against you that will execute
the vengeance of the covenant….33. I will scatter
you among the nations and draw out a sword after you;
your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.
34 Then the land shall enjoy its sabbaths as long as it
lies desolate and you are in your enemies' land; then
the land shall rest and enjoy its sabbaths.
But with the scattering God also promised a day of
gathering. The restoration of Israel back into the
physical land promised to Abraham. A day when Israel
would receive her position amongst the nations.
Israel’s descendents and blessings will be greater in
the future then the past.
any of you are driven out to the farthest
parts under heaven, from there the LORD your God
will gather you, and from there He will bring you.
5Then the LORD your God will bring you to the land
which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it.
He will prosper you and multiply you more than your
The Gathering of Israel has only occurred
twice in the history of the national existence of the
Jewish people. This first gathering occurred after they
were scattered by the Assyrian and Babylonian Armies.
Assyria first conquered the northern 10 tribes but Judah
was spared. The tribes were scattered within the
Assyrian empire. Later Assyria was defeated by Babylon.
The Babylonian armies would then conquer Jerusalem.
Jerusalem was conquered in 605 BC, 597BC and 587 BC. In
587 BC, the destruction of the Temple occurred by
Babylon. Also the residents of Judah were removed from
the land and forced to relocate within Babylon. The
residents of Judah who could flee, fled to Egypt.
Jeremiah was taken captive to Egypt. Ezekiel and Daniel
were taken to Babylon. Only after Babylon’s defeat by
Persia were the Jews allowed to return to the land.
This was the first gathering of Israel. The
Second time Israel was gathered as a nation occurred in
our own day. Jewish Immigration to Israel started to
increase in the 18th century as anti-Semitism in Europe
increased. Only after WWII and the creation of Israel
did the Jewish emigration accelerate. Jews came from
Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Africa, North and South
America back into the land. They were descendents of
those forced out by the Roman armies over 1800 years
The creation of modern Israel was an event
foretold by the prophets before the time of Jesus. The
gathering of Israel is linked to the time when God will
judge the nations.
Israel as a sign
The curses of Deuteronomy 28:64-65, Leviticus
26:33-34 and II Chronicles 7:19 were fulfilled, Israel
was scattered amongst the nations. But Moses foretold
of a future gathering of scattered Israel. As mentioned
earlier, this happened once after the Babylonian
captivity. The second occurrence has been in our century
when Israel was gathered out of the nations. This
gathering will one day lead to a righteous nation who
puts their trust in the Messiah Jesus.
The gathering of the Jews from Ethiopia occurred in
1981 and 1991. The extraction of these Jews from Africa
were known as operations “Exodus” and “Solomon”.
The Falashi Jews of Ethiopia were restored to the
land of Abraham. The gathering from Ethiopia was
foretold 2700 years ago in the book of Isaiah. Chapter
11 tells us the Lord will set his hand a “Second time”
to recover his remnant. Cush is known as Ethiopia, and
is part of this second gathering of Israel in this
century. This first gathering was after the Persian
conquest of Babylon in 539 B.C.. The “Second time” is in
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 who are left, From
Assyria and Egypt, From Pathros and Cush, From
Elam and Shinar, From Hamath and the islands of the sea.12He
will set up a banner for the nations, And will assemble
the outcasts of Israel, And gather together the
dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.
The book of Joel links the gathering of
Israel to the judgment of the nations. Israel is a sign
to the nations, they serve as God’s prophetic clock
(Daniel 9:24), they also serve as an instrument used by
God. Through actions to them and by them God will judge
the world in righteousness.
1 “For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I bring back the captives of Judah and
2 I will also gather all nations, And bring them
down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into
judgment with them there On account of My people, My
heritage Israel, Whom they have scattered among the
nations; They have also divided up My
Israel’s restoration is linked to the beginning of
Messiah’s kingdom and the judgment of the nations. Thru
Israel God will judge the nations.Israel’s gathering is
the time qualifier for the judgment of the nations. The
word “When” is connected to Israel restoration. When
Israel is restored God will also gather the nations for
judgment. In Ezekiel 38:8, Israel will be gathered into
the land after it had “long been desolate”. The first
gathering of Israel took place after a 70 year
captivity. When Cyrus conquered Babylon in 539 BC, he
allowed Israel and Judah to return to the land. The
Jewish Temple was rebuilt in 516 BC seventy years after
it was destroyed. In 444 BC Nehemiah was given orders
from the King of Persia to rebuild Jerusalem and its
walls. At that time Jerusalem had been desolate for 142
Today’s Israel is gathered out of many nations and
into the land after 1900 years. Over 10 times longer
then the first desolation. The Israel of today was the
subject of Ezekiel’s prophecy over 2500 years ago. In
Micah 5:2 we are told Israel will abandoned till the
time when “She who is in labor gives birth”. Then the
brothers will return to join the Israelites. Following
the return, the Messiah will stand as Shepherd to his
flock. The reign of Messiah is linked to the return of
For the 70th week to begin, the return of Israel
and the desire to rebuild the Temple are two
prerequisites. Today, the rebuilding of the Temple is
prevented by a lack of desire combined with the presence
of the “Dome of the Rock”. The Muslim world, over 20% of
the Earth population would not allow the construction of
the Jewish Temple on the site. Before a Jewish Temple
could be rebuilt Islam must be defeated. Its threat to
Israel must be eliminated.
Defeat of Islam
In Order for the Jewish Temple to rebuilt the Dome of
the Rock must be removed. In the Muslim world, a Jewish
Temple on this location is an unthinkable event. Islamic
councils have already threatened world war if Israel
attempts to construct a Jewish Temple. So its not
without a war such an event will take place.
There are several scenarios that could lead
to a conflict with Israel and her Muslim neighbors.
Jews have already been arrested for attempting to blow
up the “Dome of the Rock”. Earthquakes or missiles off
course could easily destroy the building. A bulge in
one of the walls that support the Dome of the Rock has
recently been detected by Israeli archeologists. The
bulge is a result of Muslim excavation at the Temple
mount site. Underneath the Temple mount construction is
underway to build one of the worlds largest mosques.
This excavation has already threatened the structural
integrity of the Dome of the Rock. All these are
potential risks to the third most holy place to Islam.
If the Dome of the Rock fell on its own accord would
Israel allow its reconstruction? Israel refusal could
lead to a worldwide conflict.
Currently in Israel there is a growing
movement to make the Temple Mount central to the Jewish
nation. The elections in February 2003 have pushed
Israel to the right with the Likud and the religious
parties gaining a majority. The religious parties have
indicated a reluctance to join the government unless the
Temple Mount is open to Jews. Currently only Muslims
are allowed on the site.
The US and Britain’s confrontation with Iraq
is seen as humiliation by Islamic countries. Any attempt
by Israel to open the Temple Mount will be seen as an
additional insult to Islam. As Israel becomes more
religious and move to the right the Temple Mount will
take on a greater importance. This will lead to a
potentially explosive situation. The coming conflict
will result in Israel rebuilding the Temple. This
Islamic conflict with Israel is foretold in the book of
Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.
Gog and Magog
In Ezekiel 38 and 39 we read about a conflict that will
involve a future Israel. The characteristics of this
nation only fit current day Israel.
Characteristics of this conflict are:
Many days in the future
Israel gathered out of many nations
The land had long been desolate
Israel dwelling safely
Cities without walls
Prophesied long ago by Israel prophets
Israel was a nation birthed into existence out of the
nations into a land that was long desolate.
Nations involved in this prophesied attack
on Israel are Iran, Libya and Ethiopia. All three
nations are Muslim and have a hostile relationship with
Israel. In Ezekiel's day these nations were known as
Persia, Put and Cush. Also involved in this future
attack is a nation named Gog living in the land of Magog
in the far north. Moscow is located directly north of
Jerusalem. Russia has for the most part sided with the
enemies of Israel in the past. Russia supplied weapons
and aircraft to Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Iran in their
wars against Israel. This future conflict includes
other nations against Israel. Other nations mentioned
are Beth Togarmah and Gomer, The Armenians consider
themselves the descendents of Togarmah. Togarmah was a
supplier of horses to the nations of east (Ezk 27:14) .
Armenia supplied 10,000 horses as annual tribute to
Babylon. Today Armenia is allied with Russia and
Iran. Gomer is the forefather of European nations. One
of the reasons there is a state of Israel is because of
European anti-Semitism. Some European nations will be
allied against Israel in this coming conflict. This
very well could be a UN sanctioned operation against
This future battle results in Israel’s
victory over the invading armies. Victory is from the
hand of God who fights on Israel’s behalf. The victory
is not for Israel’s sake. Israel victory is for the
world to come to know of the God of Israel.
I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be
known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know
that I am the LORD.”’
will set My glory among the nations; all the nations
shall see My judgment which I have executed, and My hand
which I have laid on them.
Israel’s victory will turn Israel toward
God. And in the process Israel will build the Temple.
In the future Temple Israel will put their hope of
salvation. But Israel’s only hope will be in Jesus the
Messiah. The one “Cut off”, who was rejected by the
nation in the first century.
After Gog’s defeat in Ezekiel 38 and 39 we
see in the 40th chapter plans for a new Temple. This
future Temple will be the Temple during the time Messiah
reigns on Earth. Israel because they do not see Jesus
as Messiah will erect the Temple for the coming Messiah.
This Temple will later be desecrated by the “Prince who
shall come”. The Temple will not save Israel only
Messiah Jesus can.
Israel construction and peace agreement with
the “Prince to come” will be the beginning of the 70th
week of Daniel.
The Temple Rebuilt
Jesus also foretold the coming of the Third
Temple, after the destruction by the Romans in A.D. 70.
In Matthew 24:2, Jesus told the disciples after they
commented about the beauty of the Temple, that not one
stone would be left upon another. This was fulfilled in
A.D. 70, by the Romans under Titus. Later Jesus refers
to the time of the end, when the Third Temple would be
defiled, causing the abomination of desolation.
this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the
world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end
will come.15“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination
of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let
The abomination of desolation is referred to
three times in the book of Daniel, (Daniel 9:27,11;31,
12:11). Each mention refers to the Temple being defiled.
Paul also notes the need for a Third Temple
and the role the Temple will play. The anti-Christ will
enter the Temple and proclaim himself to be God. This is
consistent with the words of Jesus and Daniel about the
role this Temple will play.
no one deceive you by any means; for that Day
will not come unless the falling
away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the
son of perdition, 4who opposes and exalts
himself above all that is called God or that is
worshiped, so that he sits as God in the
temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
The long absence of a Temple and Israel’s
gathering are also foretold by Hosea. The many days
refers to our own day. The only other time, since Hosea
day there was no Temple was for the 70-year period,
between 586 B.C. and 516 B.C. Seventy years does not
qualify as a long absence when when the only other time
is over 1900 years.
the children of Israel shall abide many days without
king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar,
without ephod or teraphim. 5Afterward 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.
To rebuild the Jewish Temple there first
must be a desire to construct on the Temple Mount.
Construction would bring the Islamic world against
Israel. Israel would also need to prepare for this
Temple. A Priesthood would need to be trained and
preparations of Temple objects such as the Menorah,
Shewbread table, alters and clothing for the priesthood.
Currently an organization known as the
Temple Mount Faithful is preparing for the Third
Temple. They have a website detailing their
According to the Bible only a select group
descendents of Aaron could be priests in the Temple. A
question often asked is how can we know who is a
descendent from Aaron. The Jewish last name Cohen and
its other forms is a priesthood marker. The last name
Cohen and a traceable family line means the male is a
potential candidate for Jewish priesthood.
Much of the items for the rebuilding of the
Temple are accounted for at this time.
Israel is in control of the Temple Mount.
There is a Jewish Priesthood in training for Temple
Many of the Items for Temple service have been
Items taken in 70 AD have been located in Rome under
Vatican control. Their return has been requested.
What Israel lacks for the Temple is:
A desire to build the Temple
Ability to overcome worldwide Islamic power.
A suitable Red Heifer to purify the Temple Mount
In the Numbers 19 God gave Israel a method of cleansing
the defiled. The procedure is to take ashes from a
burned Red Heifer and combine them with water and
perform a cleansing ceremony. This would be the
procedure to cleanse the Temple Mount once construction
of the Temple was completed or started.
To date a Red Heifer has not been found that
is considered suitable by Rabbis for the cleansing.
Several have come close but a perfect Red Heifer has not
been found. The possibility also exists that If there
were a perfect Red Heifer its existence would be kept
secret. In Texas there are ranchers who are selectively
breeding cattle to bring about the birth of a perfect
the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2“This
is the ordinance of the law which the LORD has
commanded, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel,
that they bring you a red heifer without blemish, in
which there is no defect and on which a
yoke has never come. 3You shall give it to
Eleazar the priest, that he may take it outside the
camp, and it shall be slaughtered before him; 4and
Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his
finger, and sprinkle some of its blood seven times
directly in front of the tabernacle of meeting. 5Then
the heifer shall be burned in his sight: its hide, its
flesh, its blood, and its offal shall be burned. 6And
the priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet,
and cast them into the midst of the fire burning
The lack of a Red Heifer or at least a
reported one tells us the Third Temple might be still in
the distant future.
The US and Israel
The world views the United States as the
reason the state of Israel exists. The enemies of
Israel see the US as an equal enemy. US money and
weapons are the bulwark for the state of Israel. So
those who want to destroy Israel see the US as the
The United States is not in Bible prophecy.
A revived Roman Empire is the power behind Israel’s
rebuilding the Temple.
Based on Bible prophecy there will be a shift in Europe
against Islam. The shift in Europe will allow the
Antichrist to guarantee Israel’s security and their
desire to rebuild the Temple. Several questions arise;
What causes Europe to be pro-Israel?
What would cause Europe to become anti-Islamic?
Where is the United States? Here we are forced to
The population of the United States is
roughly 300 million. Of that 50 million are reported
to be evangelical born again believers. Evangelical
believers support Israel and see its existence as
fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Combined with the Israel
lobby this group is the force behind America pro-Israel
posture. Without this group America would have the same
animosity toward Israel the rest of the world has.
Islamic terrorism could easily turn the world against
radical fundamentalist Islam. The problem is
fundamentalist Islam is real Islam. Islam as the Quran
requires is the true Islam. Worldwide Islamic terrorism
could cause the shift against the Muslim world in
Israel’s favor. Islamic terrorism could also cripple
the United States. Even a world war involving nuclear
weapons or nuclear terrorism could cripple the United
States. In Ezekiel we are told fire being sent on those
who live in security in the coastlands. Could this be
the United States?
Ezekiel 38:6 tells us
I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in
security in the coastlands.
A pre-tribulation rapture seems like the best bet to
remove US from worldwide role of leader. If 50 million
plus are removed from the US what happened on September
11th will look very small. Those left in the US would
really be European in their outlook. This could result
in a merger of European and US nations forming the
greatest power the world has ever known.
Israel gathered from the nations
Bible prophecy clearly links Israel being gathered from
the nations, as end times event.
the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose
Israel, and settle them in their own land. The
strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling
to the house of Jacob. 2Then people will take
them and bring them to their place, and the house of
Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the
land of the LORD; they will take them captive whose
captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.
says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I will lift My hand in an
oath to the nations, And set up My standard for the
peoples; They shall bring your sons in their
arms, And your daughters shall be carried on their
Kings shall be your foster fathers, And their queens
your nursing mothers; They shall bow down to you with
their faces to the earth, And lick up the dust of
your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD,
they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, Or the captives
£of the righteous be delivered?
thus says the LORD: “Even the captives of the mighty
shall be taken away, And the prey of the terrible be
delivered; For I will contend with him who contends with
you, And I will save your children
The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of
Israel, says, “Yet I will gather to him Others
besides those who are gathered to him.”
it shall be, after I have plucked them out, that I will
return and have compassion on them and bring them back,
everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land.
behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that it
shall no more be said, ‘The LORD lives who brought up
the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 15but,
‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel
from the land of the north and from all the lands where
He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into
their land which I gave to their fathers.
I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all
countries where I have driven them, and bring them back
to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
4I will set up shepherds over them who will
feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed,
nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD.
behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD,
“that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who
brought up the children of Israel from the land of
Egypt,’ 8but, ‘As the LORD lives who brought
up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from
the north country and from all the countries where I had
driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.”
word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2“Thus
speaks the LORD God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book
for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.
3For behold, the days are coming,’ says the
LORD, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people
and Judah,’ says the LORD. ‘And I will cause them to
return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and
they shall possess it.’”11 For I am
with you,’ says the LORD, ‘to save you; Though I make a
full end of all nations where I have scattered you,
will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct
you in justice, And will not let you go altogether
says the LORD: Behold, I will bring back the captivity
of Jacob’s tents, And have mercy on his dwelling places;
The city shall be built upon its own mound, And the
palace shall remain according to its own plan.
Behold, I will bring them from the north country, And
gather them from the ends of the earth,
Among them the blind and the lame, The woman with
child And the one who labors with child, together;
great throng shall return there.9
They shall come with weeping, And with supplications I
will lead them.
will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters, In a
straight way in which they shall not stumble;
am a Father to
And Ephraim is My firstborn.10
“Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He who
scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a
shepherd does his flock.’
will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out
of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty
hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured
out. 35And I will bring you into the
wilderness of the peoples, and there I will plead My
case with you face to face. 36Just as I
pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of
the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you,”
says the Lord GOD.
will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you
into the bond of the covenant; 38I will purge
the rebels from among you, and those who transgress
against Me; I will bring them out of the country where
they dwell, but they shall not enter the land of Israel.
Then you will know that I am the LORD.
for you, O house of Israel,” thus says the Lord GOD:
“Go, serve every one of you his idols—and hereafter—if
you will not obey Me; but profane My holy name no more
with your gifts and your idols. 40For on My
holy mountain, on the mountain height of Israel,” says
the Lord GOD, “there all the house of
all of them in the land, shall serve Me; there I will
accept them, and there I will require your offerings and
the firstfruits of your sacrifices, together with all
your holy things.
there shall no longer be a pricking brier or a painful
thorn for the house of Israel from among all who are
around them, who despise them. Then they shall know that
I am the Lord GOD.”
says the Lord GOD: “When I have gathered the house of
Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered,
and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles,
then they will dwell in their own land which I gave to
My servant Jacob. 26And they will dwell
safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yes,
they will dwell securely, when I execute judgments on
all those around them who despise them. Then they shall
know that I am the LORD their God.”’”
will multiply men upon you, all the house of
all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and the
ruins rebuilt. 11I will multiply upon you man
and beast; and they shall increase and bear young; I
will make you inhabited as in former times, and do
better for you than at your beginnings. Then you
shall know that I am the LORD. 12Yes,
I will cause men to walk on you, My people Israel; they
shall take possession of you, and you shall be their
inheritance; no more shall you bereave them of
I will take you from among the nations, gather you out
of all countries, and bring you into your own land.
says the Lord GOD: “On the day that I cleanse you from
all your iniquities, I will also enable you to
dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt.
34The desolate land shall be tilled instead
of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by.
35So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate
has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted,
desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified
and inhabited.’ 36Then the nations which
are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD,
have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what
was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken it, and I
will do it.”
prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:
“Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause
you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the
land of Israel. 13Then you shall know that I
am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My
people, and brought you up from your graves. 14I
will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I
will place you in your own land. Then you shall know
that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed
it,” says the LORD.’”
say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will
take the children of Israel from among the nations,
wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every
side and bring them into their own land; 22and
I will make them one nation in the land, on the
mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over
them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall
they ever be divided into two kingdoms again
many days you will be visited. In the latter years you
will come into the land of those brought back from the
sword and gathered from many people on the
mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they
were brought out of the nations, and now all of them
Gentiles shall know that the house of
went into captivity for their iniquity; because they
were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from
them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and
they all fell by the sword. 24According to
their uncleanness and according to their transgressions
I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.”’
thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Now I will bring back the
captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of
Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name—26after
they have borne their shame, and all their
unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when
they dwelt safely in their own land and no one
made them afraid. 27When I have
brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out
of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in
the sight of many nations, 28then they shall
know that I am the LORD their God, who sent them
into captivity among the nations, but also brought them
back to their land, and left none of them captive any
longer. 29And I will not hide My face from
them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on
the house of Israel,’ says the Lord GOD.”
“Yet the number of the children of Israel Shall be as
the sand of the sea,
cannot be measured or numbered. And it shall come to
pass In the place where it was said to them,
are £not My people,’ There it
shall be said to them, ‘You are sons of the
Then the children of
and the children of Israel Shall be gathered together,
And appoint for themselves one head; And they shall come
up out of the land, For great will be the day of
I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will
not again destroy Ephraim.
am God, and not man, The Holy One in your midst;
And I will not £come with terror.
“They shall walk after the LORD. He will roar like a
lion. When He roars, Then His sons shall come
trembling from the west; 1 They shall
come trembling like a bird from Egypt, Like a dove from
the land of Assyria. And I will let them dwell in their
houses,” Says the LORD.
“Ephraim has encircled Me with lies,
the house of
still walks with God,
with the £Holy One who is faithful.
surely I will command, And will sift the house of Israel
among all nations,
grain is sifted in a sieve; Yet not the smallest
grain shall fall to the ground.
Therefore He shall give them up, Until the time that
she who is in labor has given birth; Then the remnant of
His brethren Shall return to the children of
And He shall stand and feed His flockIn the
strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the
LORD His God; And they shall abide, For now He shall be
greatTo the ends of the earth;
up! Flee from the land of the north,” says the LORD;
“for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of
heaven,” says the LORD. 7“Up, Zion! Escape,
you who dwell with the daughter of
thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to
the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you
touches the apple of His eye. 9For surely I
will shake My hand against them, and they shall become
spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the
LORD of hosts has sent Me.
says the LORD of hosts:
‘Behold, I will save My people from the land of the
east And from the land of the west;
I will bring them back, And they shall dwell in
the midst of
Jerusalem. They shall be My people
will be their God, In truth and righteousness.’
“I will strengthen the house of
Judah, And I will save the house of Joseph.
will bring them back, Because I have mercy on them. They
shall be as though I had not cast them aside;
am the LORD their God, And I will hear them.
Those of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, And
their heart shall rejoice as if with wine. Yes, their
children shall see it and be glad; Their heart
shall rejoice in the LORD.
I will whistle for them and gather them, For I will
redeem them; And they shall increase as they once
“I will sow them among the peoples, And they shall
remember Me in far countries;
shall live, together with their children, And they shall
I will also bring them back from the land of Egypt, And
gather them from Assyria. I will bring them into the
land of Gilead and Lebanon, Until no more room is
found for them.
He shall pass through the sea with affliction, And
strike the waves of the sea: All the depths of the
£River shall dry up. Then the pride of Assyria
shall be brought down, And the scepter of
“So I will strengthen them in the LORD,
they shall walk up and down in His name,”