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June 21, 2012
This Land That Was Desolate Has Become Like the Garden of the Lord
The land of Canaan was beautiful when the Israelites entered it after coming out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness 40 years. The Bible tells us that it was a land flowing with milk and honey (a prosperous land). Moses, in the book of Deuteronomy (as God directed him to write), told the children of Israel that they would disobey the Lord. As a result of their disobedience the Lord would scatter them from one end of the earth even unto the other. It was also said that the land would become desolate, which happened after they were driven out of their country. It became extremely desolate (Deut. 28: 24, 42). It did not produce for the foreigners as it did for the Jews/Israelites (Hebrews) after they were scattered.
The Jews/Israelites who were living in the northern kingdom were scattered when the Assyrians took it. Later, at various times, the Babylonians invaded the southern kingdom which included Jerusalem. Once again the Jews/Israelites were scattered. After living in captivity for 70 years, some, if not many, of the Jews returned to their homeland, Israel and Jerusalem, under Zerubbabel and Nehemiah. There may have been other leaders also.
In 70 A.D. the Jews/Israelites who were in Jerusalem were captured and again they were driven out of the land. The Jews/Israelites went to more than 100 nations of the world. During this time many Gentile nations controlled the land of Israel and Jerusalem. Some people called this land Israel, while others called it Palestine.
Other invading armies entered the land of Israel and Jerusalem from time to time (at various times in history) as well (From 70 A.D. to ?.). This too caused the Jews/Israelites to leave their homeland and Jerusalem. They were scattered throughout the nations.
In the late 1800's, some of the Jews/Israelites started returning to their ancient homeland. They began to reclaim the wastelands as Ezekiel said they would. Jerusalem had been under Gentile domination since before 70 A.D. The Romans controlled it in Jesus' day. It continued under Gentile domination until June 6, 1967; at which time the Jews/Israelites took the city of Jerusalem. In later years, they took control of the land (Israel). The Israelites may give part of it to the Arabs, Palestinians, and other groups of people, but only for a short time. The Arabs, who receive portions of the land of Israel such as the West bank, the Gaza Strip, and so forth, abuse their right to the land by sending rockets and terrorists into Israel. Israel has no other choice but to fight back and protect what is theirs. The British did provide a homeland for the Jews, but for a short time, then they left. From that time on Israel had to defend their land to keep it.
Now, let's take a look at some of the prophecies.
The Blessings Upon the Children of Israel and Their Land
As long as the Jews/Israelites were obedient to the Lord Jehovah they would remain in the land under God's protection and the land would prosper for them.
"And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:"
"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God." (Deut. 28: 1 - 2)
Deuteronomy 28: 3 - 14 tells us about the blessings.
The Curses Upon the Children of Israel and Their Land
If the Jews/Israelites would not obey the Lord their God things would happen to them.
"But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:" (Deut. 28: 15)
Deuteronomy 28: 16 - 68 tells us about the curses.
It is once again announced in this verse.
"Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded thee:" (Deut. 28: 45)
The Jews/Israelites Would be Driven Out
The children of Israel (the Hebrews) died due to war and disease. Others were taken captive and forced to leave their land.
"The LORD shall make the pestilence (deceases) cleave unto thee, until He have consumed thee from off the land..." (Deut. 28: 21)
"The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth." (Deut. 28: 25)
"Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity." (Deut. 28: 41)
"And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest (you go) [in] to possess it." (The land of Canaan.).
"And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other..." (Deut. 28: 63 - 64)
(See also Ezek. 34: 6.).
The Israelites Were Driven Out
The Assyrians invaded the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The King of Assyria and his army carried many of the Jews (Israelites) who lived in the areas given below back to Assyria.
"In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria." (II Kings 15: 29)
"Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes." (II Kings 17: 5 - 6)
"Until the LORD removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day." (II Kings 17: 23)
The King of Babylon and his army took the Southern Kingdom including Jerusalem, carrying the Jews/Israelites back to Babylon. The Babylonians did this more than once.
"The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue (language) thou shalt not understand;"
Those verses are referring to Babylon.
The description of those things that are given below that the Scriptures talk about are the same things that happened in 70 A.D. The soldiers, and maybe the mother's too, ate their babies during the siege of Jerusalem. However, I think these Scriptures are referring to the things that happened during the sieges of Jerusalem when the Babylonians entered the land of Israel and Jerusalem.
"They shall besiege you at all your gates until your high and fortified walls, in which you trust, come down throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you at all your gates throughout all your land which the LORD your God has given you. You shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and your daughters whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you. The sensitive and very refined man among you will be hostile toward his brother, toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the rest of his children whom he leaves behind, so that he will not give any of them the flesh of his children whom he will eat, because he has nothing left in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates. The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because of her delicateness and sensitivity, will refuse to the husband of her bosom, and to her son and her daughter, her placenta which comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears; for she will eat them secretly for lack of everything in the siege and desperate straits in which your enemy shall distress you at all your gates. If you do not carefully observe all the words of this law that are written in this book..." (Deut. 28: 52 - 58) (The 3rd addition of the K.J.V.).
The RomansIn 70 A.D. the Roman General, Titus, invaded Jerusalem when he and his army entered the land of Israel. A lot of the Jews/Israelites died, some were captured, and others fled their homeland. Read Matthew 24: 2, Daniel 9: 26, Luke 19: 41 - 44, 21: 20 - 23, and the first part of verse 24. They tell about the war in 70 A.D. (If you choose to you can read Daniel 2: 40 and 7: 7. The fourth kingdom was the Roman Empire.). The Assyrians, Babylonians, Romans, and others, invaded the land of Israel. A portion of the Jews (Israelites) were killed when those armies entered the land. Others were taken captive and carried into their enemies' lands. Sometimes the Lord would allow some of the Jews/Israelites to return to Israel and Jerusalem, but only to be scattered again. If they themselves were not driven from their homeland their siblings (and descendents) were. In due time the Jews/Israelites entered more than 100 countries of the world.
The Land Become Desolate
When they choose not to be obedient to the Lord He drove them out of their land and it become desolate as the Scriptures given below tell how the land would become desolate.
"The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust:..." (Deut. 28: 24)
"All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume." (Deut. 28: 42)
"For I will lay (make) the land most desolate, and the pomp of her [arrogant] strength shall cease, and the mountains of Israel shall be [so] desolate that none (no one) will pass through."
The invading armies had carried the children of Israel off into captivity. The Jews (Israelites) were not farming the land. The foreigners who entered the land were cutting down most of the trees in Israel. As a result of this, the land of Israel become desolate. Eventually, the entire land became desolate. It would not produce for the foreigner as it did for the children of Israel.
The land of Israel was desolate in the days of Edom. Edom would become desolate as well because the Edomites boasted against the mountains/land of Israel and God. (See Ezek. 35: 12 - 13, 15, 36: 4 - 6, 10 - 12.).
"And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume."
The Reason They Were Scattered
The Jews/Israelites were dispersed (scattered) throughout the world for their sin. For more details read Jeremiah 7: 31, 11: 17 and 19: 4 - 5.
"Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,"
(See also Ezek. 33: 29.).
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