When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, 2 and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, 3 then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. 4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back. 5 He will bring you to the land that belonged to your fathers, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. 6 The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. 7 The LORD your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you. 8 You will again obey the LORD and follow all his commands I am giving you today. 9 Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, 10 if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. (NIV)
- Has Israel ever returned to the Lord with their whole heart and
Please Read Ezekiel 36:8-12
- Has Israel, at anytime since their restoration from the Babylonian captivity bee more prosperous than they were during the time of king Solomon?
- Does this passage not say that God will restore the land of Israel, and to make them more prosperous than before?
- Is present day Israel a fulfillment of this and Deuteronomy 30:1-10?
Please Read Ezekiel 36:16-21
- HINT: Do the Jews today accept Jesus Christ as the Lord?
- Is this a fulfillment of the banishment to all the nations?
Please Read Ezekiel 36:22-32
- Hint: Ezekiel 36:19
- When this is fulfilled, will it also be the fulfillment of Deuteronomy
- Is the church a fulfillment of this?
- HINT: Ezekiel 36:31-32
- This is clearly speaking of the restoration of Israel and not the church.
This is all in clear, non figurative language and should be interpreted
Please Read Ezekiel 36:33-38
- Are there other Scriptures that speak of the literal restoration of the people and nation of Israel?
- Isaiah 11:10-16 Isaiah 14:1-2 Isaiah 41-8-10 Isaiah 49:13-26 Isaiah
Jeremiah 3:14-18 Zechariah 8:58 Zechariah 10:9-10 Ezekiel 34:12-16 Hosea 1:11
Hosea 2:14-23 Hosea 3.5 Amos 9:9-15
- There are many more than these that I have included.
- Many people teach that when Israel rejected the Lord, the Lord took all of the promises to Israel and gave them to the Church. This is not true.
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
"The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins."
28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God's mercy to you. 32 For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all. (NIV)
What we must understand is that after the Lord comes, and gathers the Church, all subsequent believers are not members of the Church--the Church as been taken. They are not born again. They are believers like the believers from before the Church Age.
I say this because Jesus said that every scripture will be fulfilled before the end, and if you read Ezekiel 40 through to the end of Ezekiel 48, you will see a return to a old testament type covenant, complete with a temple, priests, and sacrifices.
And look at this:
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (NIV)
Do you see how it says at the end that we partake of the cup of the new covenant only until the Lord returns.