The Zionist longing at the turn of the 20th century was more than a transient dream.
The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars. Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon. In His temple everyone says, “Glory!”
I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David. . . and nations who do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, and the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you.
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.
Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.
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.”