Ephraim And The House of Judah: Part 4 of 9.

Part 4:  Prophetic of the 21st Century.
What becomes of Ephraim and Manasseh in the end times?  Let’s turn to the book of Ezekiel and look at chapters 34-38 to find out.
(The Jewish people return to the newly formed state of Israel.)

 

God Will Seek Out His People.
Ezekiel 34:11-15
11 “For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day. 13 And **I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord God. 16 “I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and feed them in judgment.”  
**This prophecy was fulfilled in 1948!
In parts 1-3 we talked about Joseph, his two sons, their significance to the Church, and the blessing of Abraham. In particular, we’ll see how this portion of scripture is prophetic of our day and age; of things that have already happened and things yet to come. Exciting!
In chapters 34-38 are prophecies that are more than 2,500 years old, written long before Jesus walked this earth.  Incredibly, they speak of the 21st century.

From Every Nation.

No way the above passage could be referring to the Babylonian captivity.  After they were captives there, they came back from one location only:  Babylon.  Neither could it could have been referring to the Assyrian captivity because they only came back from Assyria after that time.  

Even when Jesus walked this earth, they were still not all back in their land.  Jewish people lived all over the civilized world at that time.  That is why the Apostle Paul went on three separate missionary journeys:  To preach the Gospel to the Jewish diaspora.  For more on that topic, follow the link below:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/peter-and-paul-part-11-of-16-rightly-dividing-the-word-of-god/

Never before in history was there a time that the Jewish people came back to israel from all over the world…..until today.  In the last century, by a miraculous event effected by God Himself in 1948, they returned from EVERY NATION on earth where they had been scattered.

Don’t get me wrong; that doesn’t mean that every single Jewish person on the planet has returned to Israel.  Not even close.  There are still Jews in every nation today.  But isn’t it cool that God did exactly as He said He would, gathering them from all the nations where He had scattered them?  They continue to return…..and we are the generation that saw it begin to happen!
Destruction of Rome
(Destruction of Rome.)

Destruction Of Evil Leaders.

God also said He that would “Destroy the fat and the strong,”  in Ezekiel 34.  He is referring here to evil leaders.  This has certainly proved to be true.  Every nation that has ever tried to come against God’s people, that has shed their blood, and attempted to anihilate them have, in turn, themselves been destroyed.  Not one of them are around any more.  

But Israel is still here!  After 2,000 years and all they have endured, they remain a nation under God.  They even speak the very same language they did in the Old Testament!  Why, the prophet Ezekiel could literally walk down any street in modern-day Israel, sit down in any restaurant, and read the menu.  He might not know what a Reuben sandwich was, but he could read it nonetheless.  

God Will Seek What Was Lost.

God further says that He will “Seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick.”  

Who is this flock?

30 Thus they shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says the Lord God.’  It’s clear that The Holy Spirit is not referring to the Church here but to Natural Israel.  God prophesied that Israel would ultimately come back into their own land.  That they have!

As I said, when Jesus walked on earth, the Israelites were not all back in their land.  They had, in fact, been scattered for generations.  At the time of His birth, they were still out there.  

During His time on earth, it was predominantly the tribe of Judah who were living in the land.  Most of natural Israel had settled among the peoples of the lands where they were taken during one of their many captivities.  The tribe of Judah, in that sense, is more guilty of the rejection of Jesus than the rest of natural Israel.  

When Paul went on those missionary journeys, he preached the Gospel to them so that they would have the same opportunity to accept Jesus as their Messiah, too.  But they also rejected Him.  You can read the whole sad story by following the link listed earlier in this article.

(Treasure hidden in a field.)

The Treasure Hidden In The Field.

Do you remember the parables of Matthew 13?   One of them was about the “Treasure hidden in a field.”  If you read carefully, you’ll notice that it was hidden twice.  That’s how God protected His people.  He hid them among the nations long before Jesus walked on earth.

After He ascended back to heaven, in 70 A.D., He allowed the Romans to destroy the temple.  He hid them again, scattering them among all the nations so that, in these last days, He could bring them back into their own land to be a nation once again.


(For more on that topic, follow this link:  https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/a-fundamental-change-in-jesus-ministry-part-5-of-16-rightly-dividing-the-word-of-god/)

Even though all of them are still not back, the twelve tribes are not lost.  They’re all out there…..somewhere. 
God did say, however, that when they came back, there would be enemies who would shed their blood.  Please continue to part 5 where we’ll be discussing that topic:

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