The Future Restoration of Israel: 12 Points In the Biblical Argument
From Robert D. Culver’s “Daniel and the Latter Days”, the following list of 12 related points: what the scriptures say regarding “the restoration of Israel to the land and the conversion of the nation, to be followed in the Millennium by the fulfillment of the Old Testament covenant promises distinctive to that nation.”
1. Numerous Old Testament predictions which treat of a repentance and restoration of Israel in eschatological times which is distinct and separate from that which followed the Babylonian captivity. Reference: Hosea 3:4-5; Ezekiel 37:11-28
2. The perpetuity of the nation of Israel, in spite of repeated apostasies and restorations after divine chastening. Reference: Lev. 26:44-45; Numbers 23:9; Jeremiah 30:10-11; Jeremiah 46:27-28; Amos 9:8-11
3. Isaiah 11:1-12:6 – an Old Testament prophecy which in unmistakable and utterly unambiguous language predicts a national restoration of Israel in yet future Messianic times.
Verses six to nine following describe conditions in that final kingdom of earth’s history, the Millennial kingdom. It is a time of universal peace and prosperity among all of God’s creatures. Verse 10 adds that the peoples of the earth shall seek Christ, in that day–something, by the way, which can never, and will never, take place during this present age.
4. The Scriptures speak of a restoration of Israel which will be absolute and permanent. Amos 9:14-15
5. Jesus predicted events in the future which presuppose the restoration of Israel to Canaan and the re-establishment of the ancient tribal organization of the nation. Reference Matt. 19:28 and Luke 22:28-29. Unless the nation of Israel is to be revived and restored, this prophecy has no meaning at all.
6. In his most important eschatological address, Jesus suggested that a period of Jewish rulership of their ancient city, Jerusalem, would follow on the conclusion of this age, which He called “the times of the Gentiles.” Luke 21:24
7. It was the plain belief of the apostles, even after the death and resurrection of Jesus, that the kingdom would be restored, as of old, to Israel. Acts 1:6
8. The Apostle Paul declared that a time is coming in which “all Israel shall be saved” and that in such a context that the national repentance and conversion of the nation, if not national restoration, is a necessary inference. Romans 11:25-26
9. The Scriptures describe a future time when a temple of God in the Jewish city of Jerusalem shall be appropriated by God as His own and be misappropriated by Antichrist. Revelation 11:1-2; 2 Thess. 2:3-4
10. The Revelation predicts a resumption of God’s dealing with Israel in the sealing of 144,000 Israelites, organized according to their tribal divisions. Revelation 7:1-8
11. The prophets speak as if the honor of Jehovah God is at stake in the restoration of Israel in a final and permanent way. Ezekiel 36:21-22
12. The Bible reveals that the very worthiness of God as the object of the faith of the patriarchs, requires that He yet restore Israel and fulfill the promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Romans 11:28; Lev. 26:40, 42-45; Jer. 33:25-26