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Topic: Write in the HISTORICAL genre (05/03/07)
TITLE: The Regathering
By John Huckstep
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While America was enjoying the good life there was a gigantic biblical event that took place on May 14, 1948. It was on this date that David BenGurion announced on radio that the new state and homeland for the Jews was “Israel.” The dispersion had ended. The Jews were back home.
In a short three year span the Jewish people walked away from the holocaust of Hitler where the Nazis killed almost one third of the Jewish population and walked into Israel a sovereign nation. Within just a few hours after announcing their independence Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon attacked Israel. One million Jews stood firm against a combined army of twenty million bent on their destruction. The Jews won the war and increased the size of their territory by fifty percent.
Very few scholars at the time thought the Jews would ever reoccupy their nation. However, In 571 BC the prophet Ezekiel Prophesied that God would bring the Jews back to the land of Israel and settle them in their homeland. Ezekiel 37:12-14.
In June 1967 another miracle occurred when the Jews regained sovereignty over Jerusalem for the first time in 1,897 years. Jesus said in Luke 21:24 that Jerusalem would be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of Gentiles were fulfilled. In 1967 Jerusalem was freed of Gentile control. The land of Israel was now united and independent. The times of the Gentiles was over.
The Bible says one of the surest signs of Christ’s imminent return would be the re-occupation of Jerusalem by the Jews.(Luke 21:29-31) The Jews are home, the scene is set. The end of this age is fast approaching. Great difficulties lie ahead for the Christian church. Jesus gives us no longer than a generation after the restoration of Jerusalem before the Lord returns. (V32)
As history unfolds it becomes clear that the prophecies described in the bible are accurate and truthful. History confirms the Bible’s truthfulness about the end times. We are standing at the end of two thousand years of Christian history. The land of Israel is revived and once again Satanic forces are amassing an army all around the tiny nation of Israel seeking to drive it from the face of the earth.
“Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.” Is the tree of history sprouting it’s leaves? Is summer near? I will let you judge for yourself.
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