The Zionist longing at the turn of the 20th century was more than a transient dream.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth, and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David. Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people.
Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, Give them up! And to the south, Do not keep them back! Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth.
Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely.
In the mid-1800s, a dream began to coalesce that changed the course of history. It emerged in Russia and spread to Eastern Europe where the most beleaguered Jewish populations of the world lived.
And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between . . .
The rebirth of the nation in 1948 happened so abruptly, the world almost seems to have been caught by surprise. Most watching the situation unfolding in 1948 didn’t think Israel could survive the birthing process.
When God brings back the captivity of His people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.
“I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back because I have mercy on them.”
“Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
And 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.’
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD,
“When . . . I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” Says the LORD your God.
Therefore 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.
“‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
“I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: ‘Your seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.'” Selah!