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Written by Victoria Radin   

When He [G-d] roars, then His sons shall come trembling from the west; they shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt… (Hosea 11:10-11)

The fulfillment of biblical prophecy is our connection to the future. While some Bible scholars claim that all biblical prophecy has been fulfilled in Yeshua, numerous Scriptures contradict that opinion. Many of the forecasts that were spoken to the prophets of Israel by G-d not only applied to the nation of Israel and alluded to a further realization in the life of Yeshua but they also point to a yet future completion on a much larger scale encompassing an end-time performance. An example of this would be the New Covenant promised through the prophet Jeremiah:

“‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah…I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their G-d, and they shall be My people...they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,’” declares the LORD…” (Excerpts from Jeremiah 31:31-34)

The ‘near’ fulfillment of this prophecy occurred when Yeshua instituted the New Covenant at His Last Supper. Shortly after, many Jews experienced the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit and spread the Gospel to Gentiles as well, but the majority of Jews did not ‘Know the L-rd’ at that time. Yet the Jeremiah passage tells us that all Israel will know the L-rd. This has never yet happened. So the partial fulfillment applied only to a remnant of Israel, but the future realization will be when all Israel is saved (Romans 11:26) as described in Zechariah 12-14.

In Acts 2:14-21, it is clear that the Spirit of G-d was poured out at Pentecost, but not upon ALL flesh as is foretold in Joel 2:28. Yet Peter says that the out-pouring was a fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy.

“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh…”

The Acts account includes other information as well including the fact that there will be “displays and wonders in the heavens” and “the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood”, that did not occur at Pentecost. Therefore, this prophecy was only fulfilled in a limited way on Pentecost; but it will be fulfilled completely and literally during the end times when all Israel will be saved and the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all flesh. Then everyone will ‘Know the L-rd’.

These are only a few examples of how some prophecies were partially fulfilled in their original application but which will have a future realization that applies to the whole world. The prophecy that is discussed herein regards G-d’s proclamation to Hosea that has a future application in the days before Yeshua comes again.

“And out of Egypt I called My son.” (Hosea 11:1)

We know that Israel was ‘sent’ to Egypt by G-d to escape certain death during a 7-year drought and was “called out of Egypt” by G-d during the Exodus to return to Israel, the land that G-d set apart for His people.

When Yeshua was taken to Egypt by Joseph and Mary to escape death during Herod’s murderous reign, they were called by G-d to go back to the land of Israel so that Yeshua could accomplish His G-d-ordained purpose.

He remained there [in Egypt] until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the L-rd through the prophet [Hosea], “Out of Egypt I have called My Son.”  (Matthew 2:15)

While both of the aforementioned Scriptures fulfilled Hosea’s prophecy, it is apparent that there is a greater implementation to be performed in the end-times. We know from Jewish literature and from Christian theology that “Egypt” is used as a spiritual reference to ‘the world’. The New Testament calls all believers to be set apart. We live ‘in the world’ but are not ‘of the world’. G-d is calling His sons and daughters ‘out of Egypt’, i.e. ‘out of the world’ and into a relationship with Him.

Satan’s mission is to destroy both the spiritual children of G-d (Christians, being part of All Israel) and the literal children (Israelites/Jews) because they will be G-d’s instruments of judgment against the devil and his demons.

“You [Israel] are My battle-ax and weapons of war; for with you I will break the nations in pieces; with you I will destroy kingdoms.” (Jeremiah 51:20) (See also Mica 4:11-12, Isaiah 41:15, 16, Zechariah 10:3b)

In the same way that G-d protected His people in Egypt during the drought and protected Yeshua in Egypt from Herod, G-d scattered the Jewish people throughout the world (a type of Egypt) to escape total annihilation by the Roman Empire during the first century. This spiritual ‘Egypt’ was only meant to be a temporary place of refuge for them. And while the enemy sought to destroy them wherever they lived, they were so scattered throughout the world (to every island and nation) that Satan couldn’t kill them all.

In the beginning of the 20th Century, G-d began His end-time plan to call His people once again ‘out of Egypt’, to return to the land of their forefathers. The devil, knowing that this meant his end was near, devised a plan to wipe out the Jewish people before they could ever get back to former Israel. The Holocaust was the devil’s greatest effort to destroy the Jewish people before they could accomplish G-d’s purpose for their lives. The Almighty, however, used this great evil to restore the nation of Israel.

Many Jews did return to the new nation established after the Holocaust in 1948, but there are still millions of Jews who remain in the lands of the world where they have settled and are satisfied to remain. The L-rd is once again allowing intense worldwide persecution to force them to return to the only place that will be safe for them to reside–– in Israel under G-d’s protection. This persecution will continue and grow worse and worse until the end of this Age.

Before the L-rd’s second advent, the Scriptures teach that the Jewish people will arrive from the ‘four corners’ of the earth to the land of Israel. They will go there to escape all the persecution in the world filled with people bent upon killing them.

“Among those nations [where you are scattered] you shall find no rest, nor shall the sole of your foot have a resting place; but there the L-rd will give you a trembling heart, failing eyes, and anguish of soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you, you shall fear day and night and have no assurance of life.” (Deut. 28:65, 66)

The Word of G-d is faithful and Yahweh will bring His people back to the land. Then, after returning them to the land, G-d will restore their relationship to Him:

“Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, “Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off.” Therefore prophesy and say to them. ‘Thus says the L-rd G-d: Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves [the world] and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the L-rd when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the L-rd have spoken it and performed it,’ says the L-rd.” (Ezekiel 37:11-14)

It is time for the Jewish people to live in the sight of G-d once again. It’s time to agree with the L-rd and declare to the four winds, “Am Yisrael Chai (The People of Israel Live).”

 
 
 
 
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