DISPERSION AND GATHERING OF THE ISRAELITES

GOD'S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM


God's covenant with Abraham is to establish His plan for the nations of the world through His chosen people Israel (Ge 12:3). The promise was realized through Jesus Christ, the Seed of Abraham. Israel was later captured by the Assyrian, the Babylonian, Persian, Greek and Roman empires. God dispersed the Israelites because of disobedience and sins, but God did not completely forsake them. In the end time, God will gather them from the places where He had dispersed them.

God appeared unto Abraham and asked him to leave his country and kindred: "Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee" (Ge 12:1). In verse 7, "And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I given this land (Israel)."

Abraham was justified by faith and Canaan was again promised, and confirmed by a sign and vision (Ge 15) "In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying , Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:"(v. 18).

Before Isaac was born, God promised Abraham that He "will establish my (God's) covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him." The covenant is everlasting but Abraham and his seed after him must keep God's covenant (Ge 17:9,10). The three covenant promises, namely, land, descendants, and blessings are foundational upon keeping of God's covenant.


INGATHERING OF THE ISRAELITES


This drawing by Dr. Semion Natliashvili depicts the modern ingathering of the Jewish People after 2,000 years of Diaspora.

The center image of the picture shows young and old man attired in prayer shawl and reading from a Torah scroll that has united the Jewish People. The written portion shows Shema Yisrael Adonay Eloheynu Adonay Echad (Hear, Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One).

The Star of David symbolizes the gathering of the Jewish People from all corners of the world including Georgia (country of birth of the artist), Morocco, Russia, America, China, Ethiopia, Europe and other countries joining together in dance and celebration. Other images inside the star symbolize modern Israeli industry, agriculture and military. The images on the margins of the picture symbolize the major threats that the Jewish People faced in Exile starting from the Exodus from Egypt, followed by Romans, Arabs and culminating in the gas-chambers of the Holocaust in Europe.


DISPERSION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT


God said to the Israelites that He would scatter them in the countries, but eventually would gather them back again to Israel.

"I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries" (Ezekiel 12:15).

"And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries ..." (Ezekiel 22:15; 36:19).

Solomon sinned against God by worshipping the strange gods of his many wives, resulting in God's wrath. God's covenant with Solomon is quoted In 1 Kings 9, "Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, ... 6. But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ... 7. Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight;"

The land of Israel was in the hands of the Hebrews from the time of Abraham (2000 BC) until after the death of Solomon. During the reign of Rehoboam, son of Solomon, the kingdom was divided into two, Israel with 10 nations in the north and Judah and Benjamin in the south.

Second Kings records the destruction and captivity of Israel by the Assyrians (2 K 17) in 722 BC as well as the destruction and captivity of Judah by the Babylonians (2 K 25) in 587 BC.

About 50,000 people returned to Jerusalem during the reign of Cyrus, king of Persia to restore the temple. After eight-one years later, a smaller group of less than two thousand men returned.

Daniel's vision in chapter 7 portrays the Babylonian, Persian, Greek and Roman empires whereby the Israelites were probably taken captives to their countries.


DISPERSION IN THE NEW TESTAMENT


Jesus Christ was born when Israel was under Roman rule. One day His disciples showed Him the buildings of the temple and Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:2, "See ye not all these things? verily, I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down." Seventy years later, the prophecy of Jesus came to pass. The destruction of the temple was the destruction of Israel.

Israel did not exist as a nation until 1948 when the people were recognised again as a nation which was about 2000 years since the birth of Jesus Christ.


PROPHECY AND FULFILMENT OF THE GATHERING


"And 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 ... ... and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth"(Isaiah 12:11,12).

It is confirmed by Jeremiah 29:14; 23:3 and Ezekiel 11:17.

"I will gather you from all the nation, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive" (Jeremiah 29:14).

"And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase" (Jeremiah 23:3).

"I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel" (Ezekiel 11:17).


FULFILMENT OF THE GATHERING


Don McLaughlin, Director of Outreach, Bible Voice wrote on August 27, 2002 re Messianic News:

"the Jews to return, (Isa. 11:12) and to the nations of the world to give up His people so they may return to Israel. (Isa. 43:5,6) In fact, the Lord Himself has even declared that the nations of the world will bring the Jews home.

(Isa. 60:9 & 49:22)

In recent days, Jews have emigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Argentina, Ethiopia, France, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Canada, USA, England, Germany, Austria, Australia, Switzerland, South Africa, Germany and India. In all, Jews from 20 nations have come back home in only recent months, and at a time when Israel suffers its most difficulty."


Subject: NEWS FROM JERUSALEM - February 22, 2003

Do you know that 17,000 "Falash Mura" - Ethiopian Jews were given the green light to emigrate to Israel?.

" Israel has decided to allow 17,000 "Falash Mura" - Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity - to immigrate to the Jewish state. The Falash Mura are black Jews who accepted Christianity generations ago, but secretly kept their Jewish identity. ... Meridor told Israel Radio. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says a goal of his new government will be to increase immigration."

In the past, thousands of Ethiopian Jews were taken to Israel by airplane. Many Indian Jews from India recently also returned while in the latest news, thousands of Argentinan Jews also flocked home to Israel in spite of the threats of suicide bombers to disrupt the country.

"And 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, which shall be left, ... v. 12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth" (Isaiah 12:11,12).

Thus God spoke and the prophecy is being fulfilled now. Praise the Lord.


ISRAEL PROVES BIBLE PROPHECY

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ICEJ Bringing Ukrainian Jews to Israel

In March 2014, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem were raising funds to sponsor more than 100 Ukrainian Jews to Israel due to crises in Ukraine,. They were expected to arrive in Tel Aviv soon.

The ongoing revolution caused great concern for the Jewish community of about 200,000 people. The number of Jews going to Israel has increased double in 2014.

Since the early 1990s, the ICEJ has sponsored over 42,000 Ukrainian Jews to return to Israel.


Indian Jews Return to India

Indian Jews Today

75,000 Indian Jews now live in Israel making over 1% of Israel's total population

The majority of Indian Jews have "made Aliyah" (migrated) to Israel; since the creation of the modern state in 1948. A total of 75,000 Indian Jews now live in Israel (over 1% of Israel's total population). There are reminders of Jewish localities in Kerala still left such as Synagogues.

Recently in 2014 another group of 250 Bnei Menashe Jews made aliyah on flights sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. Another 500 are expected at the end of this year.


http://einron.hubpages.com/hub/indianjewsreturntoisrael

Aliyah Hts 12-Year High - February 2016

www.israeltoday.co.il

Despite wars and terror, the exiles continue to return to Zion! More than 30,000 immigrants arrived in Israel in 2015, a 10 percent increase over the previous year and the highest immigration (aliyah) figure since 2003.

According to a report by the Jewish Agency, a record 7,900 immigrants arrived from France, a 10 percent rise from 2014. ...

The second largest group came from Ukraine, prompted by the fighting with Russia. Some 7,000 Ukrainian immigrants reached Israel in 2015, up 15 percent from 2014; and 6,600 immigrants came from Russia, a spike of 40 percent over the previous year.

Immigrants from North America stood at 3,768 in 2015, a slight decrease from 3,871 in 2014. ...


NEW IMMGIRANT, M.D.

ICEJ March/April 2016

Immigration of Jewish physicians to Israel is a real win-win situation. while Israeli universities produce some 120 doctors annually, some 300 of doctors of doctors from abroad make aliyah each year

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Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

I am very happy to have a chance to read this excellent hub. It is very informative and educational. Congratulations and thanks for good work.


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Vladimir Uhri

Thank you so much for your encouraging remarks. I had been waiting for some comments and at last, your very welcome remarks reached me, and I am blessed for the article has long been ignored. I really believe that this prophecy will be fulfilled and surely but slowly unfortunately. I am glad that you have agreed. May God bless you.


ClareBaros 7 years ago

Thank you for referring me that I might know.


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einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Glad that you now are aware of the situation. God bless.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Einron, Very intersting and informative hub! You have brought out some very good points along with appropiate Scripture references!

"And 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 ... ... and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth"(Isaiah 12:11,12)." God's Word will not return void. We are seeing His Word being fulfilled...

Thank you for sharing, In His love & Blessings!


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thanks Deorrah!

God's words will not return void. Watch the things happening in the world today. The sun, moon, stars, weather. Believe it not not, Houston had snow. The weather is topsy, turvy in many parts of the country.


Denise Zimmerman 6 years ago

I love what you wrote I really gets me to think, what the lord did for us. Thank You.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Denise Zimmerman

The Lord's words will always be fulfilled though it may take a long time.


ellemy 4 years ago

The error in this thinking by most Christians is they don't take into account that it was not the House of Israel that was taken into captivity by Babylon. It was the House of Judah. They were known as the Jews. The House of Israel was taken into captivity prior to the House of Judah by the Assyrians and some 800 years before Christ came for the "lost sheep of the House of Israel."

It was only the House of Judah(Jews) that returned to Jerusalem after their captivity. The House of Judah was comprised of only two tribes: Judah and Benjamin and then also the Levites who were not given land rights.

Israel split into TWO NATIONS (houses) after the death of King Solomon. The House of Israel comprised the remaining 10 tribes. These are the Israelites! Their capitol was in Samaria and they were ruled by Jeroboam.

The House of Judah was ruled by Rehoboam and their capitol was at Jerusalem. These are the jews. Most people think that the Israeli State today is the regathering of the House of Israel, but it is not. It is a politically motivated state run by Zionists. Christians have been duped into believing this is Prophecy being fulfilled.

There is much information out there if anyone cares to do the research. The 10 tribes of Israel are in fact still "lost" in their identity and in they diaspora. Who do you think James was writing to? These are the ones Prophesied in Hosea. They will be GREATLY MULTIPLIED at the time of the end. Comparatively, there are very FEW JEWS in comparison tho the world's population today. Roughly only 13.42 million as of 2010 with 42% now in the Israel State and MANY of them converts! This doesn't sound like a great multiplication.

Many speculate that the LOST HOUSE OF ISRAEL is compromised mostly of the current population in Europe, America, Canada, Australia and Canada and are known as the Caucasians. When Israel was taken into captivity by the Assyrians they multiplied greatly, eventually passing through the Caucus mountains and taking on different identities. Scholarly study of history will reveal this to a student who will desire to know the truth.

The Lord has been busy regathering this LOST HOUSE OF ISRAEL through His Son Jesus Christ. So the fulfillment of the TWO Sticks has not occurred yet. ISRAEL and Judah are still not gathered together and will not be until the coming of the Lord. Most nations do not know their true identity and will be greatly surprised.

If you read 2Kings 11-16 you will see that Israel divided and the ten tribes under Jeroboam were THE ONLY ones that retained their identity as ISRAEL. So not all Israelites are Jews or were ever known as Jews. Jew is a shortened name for JUDAHITE, those who were part of the HOuse of JUDAH. Their nation was called JUDAH NOT ISRAEL!! They have usurped the name by calling themselves Israel in these modern times.

Do you see the difference? Most Jews (orthodox)will tell you they are not from the HOUSE OF ISRAEL. What is called Israel today is really old Judah.

It is a fascinating study if one wants to find out the truth. There are a wealth of resources if one wants to google and research and dig and compare scripture and take a fresh look at scripture with open eyes to see. We have been swayed by public opinion and media hype and political Zionism (also behind the holocast). Most of the professing Evangelical church today are blind to these facts. They are supporting Zionisn, which is Talmudic. This, people, is Not a good thing.

Things are not always as they seem. Buy truth and sell it not! Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction but the Lord knows His Sheep and every one of them will be found.! Be careful to distinguish between prophecies to Israel and Prophecies to Judah It will open your eyes.


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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

ellemy

Granted that Jews were named after Judah and they should be named Jews. However, Judah can also be an Israelite because God changed the name of Jacob, his father to that of Israel.

Go back into history and see how Israel was named (Gen.32:28; 35:10).

"Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel."

Henceforth, all the 12 sons of Jacob are called Israelites.

After the death of Solomon, the northern state of Israel with 10 nations rebelled against the southern state of Israel. Judah and Benjamin though they were in the south were still Israelites.

They could not change the name given by God to Jacob because all the 12 sons of Israel were still the sons of Israel.

The separation of Israel (10 nations) from Judah (and Benjamin) are human wishes, but not the will of God for He blessed the nation of Israel as a whole. Many years after the death of King Saul, David was accepted as king over Israel, and Israel became united again.

Jesus was descended from the line of David which was prophesied again and again in the Old Testament. Israel is blessed.


ellemy 4 years ago

Hi einron,

I didn't mean to suggest that Jews are not Israelites, only that all Israelites are NOT Jews.

The tribes of Israel were separated after the time of king David as punishment for Solomon's sins according to the account in 1Kings 11:28-36:

28 Now the man Jeroboam was a valiant warrior, and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious, he appointed him over all the forced labor of the house of Joseph [i.e., Israel]. 29 And it came about at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road. Now Ahijah had clothed himself with a new cloak; and both of them were alone in the field. 30Then Ahijah took hold of the new cloak which was on him, and tore it into twelve pieces. 31 And he said to Jeroboam, "Take for yourself ten pieces; for thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give you ten tribes 32 but he will have one tribe, for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel,

34 Nevertheless I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, but I will make him ruler all the days of his life, for the sake of My servant David whom I chose, who observed My commandments and My statutes; 35 but I will take the kingdom from his son's hand and give it to you, even ten tribes. 36 But to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David may have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My name.

There are separate prophecies to Judah. It was Israel who was taken into Assyrian captivity, not the Jews. My whole point is that these people, the Jews, always have gone under the banner of Judah. And yes, David and Jesus, did come through that lineage as was prophesied. Judah was returned to Jerusalem from captivity in order to bring about those prophesies. That was their sceptre mandate as prophesied in Gen.49:9-10:

9Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, thou art gone up; he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? 10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.

Judah was given the Kingly lineage and their prophesied fulfillment was at the birth, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. "Until Shiloh come."

But Jacob Israel had other sons. He prophesied over Joseph as recorded in Gen. 49:22-26:

22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; its branches run over a wall. 23 The archers bitterly attacked him, and shot at him and harassed him; 24 but his bow remained firm, and his arms were agile, from the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob. From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel, 25 from the God of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. 26 The blessings of your father have surpassed the blessings of my ancestors up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills; may they be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of the one distinguished among his brothers.

Jacob was giving Joseph the birthright mandate by this prophecy which was confirmed in 2 Chron. 5:1-2

1 Now the sons of Reuben the first-born of Israel for he was the first-born, but because he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; so that he is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright. 2 Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright name of Israel belonged to Joseph.

When Jacob Israel prophesied over Joseph's sons (Ephraim and Manasseh) he was given yet a double portion because his father Jacob made them each a tribe:

Genesis 48:11-16,

11 And Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your children as well." 12 Then Joseph took them from his knees, and bowed with his face to the ground. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel's left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right, and brought them close to him. 14 But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, crossing his hands, although Manasseh was the first-born. 15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, "The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, 16 the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and may my name [Israel] live on in them, and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

The point is that not all Israelites are Jews. Joseph's son's inherited the birthright name Israel which we are being led to believe are the people inhabiting Israel today. They are not all Israel, nor were they given that name blessing by Jacob (Israel). There are 10 tribes still unaccounted for, especially the 2 who inherited the birthright name of Israel. (Check the laws on birthright to first born privileges.)

If you study Hosea 1, you will see that the scripture has yet to be fulfilled with true Israel.

Hos 1:2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.

Hos 1:3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.

Hos 1:4 And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.

Hos 1:5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.

Hos 1:6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.

Hos 1:7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.

Hos 1:8 Now when she had weaned Loruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.

Hos 1:9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.

Hos 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

Hos 1:11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Yes, Israel is blessed and shall be blessed when they come together under the headship of Jesus Christ along with Judah.

The Jewish state we see today is not true Israel by birthright or blessing. Shiloh has come. He will come again to gather in Israel as the His bride.

Enough said. There is much that can be researched if one desires. I'm not affiliated with any movement, but have been learning this through the teaching of the Holy Spirit. It should never be about the flesh side of things. In the end, the Lord will save all Israel and be their God and they shall be His people. For we seek not an earthly Kingdom, but a heavenly one and the celestial city, New Jerusalem. May we all press on into Jesus and toward the prize of the high calling.

Many blessings,

Emily


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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Hos 1:11

Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

They are united, the northern and southern nations of Israel under Judah from which Jesus Christ was descended.


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einron 2 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Rom. 2:29

But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly: and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of

God.

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Mavis Amponsah 21 months ago

Praise be to God that His promises are true and amen. God bless u guys very educative.


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einron 21 months ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

God's promises are always true. Bless you.


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Jacquelyn fuller 21 months ago from Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Thanks for this rewarding blog teaches us about the tribe of Judah and the children of Israel. yes i agree that the children of Israel were dispersed allover the land because of their disobedience to God and yes I believe that god will gathering them all back together when they hear his voice and obey leading all people into righteousness. Until then we will remain divided and conquered being tossed around as little children with no direction. so let us all stay inn prayer for hope, guidance and direction from the Lord and be obedient to him and receive his everlasting blessing.


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einron 21 months ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thank you for agreeing. We have to continue in prayer for direction from the Lord to to receive His blessing.

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