Truth That Matters

"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" - Jesus Christ

Prophecy # 7: The nation of Israel would be unfaithful to Jehovah

Jehovah said to Moses: Behold, you shall rest with your fathers; and this people will rise up and commit adultery with the gods of the foreigners of the land, where they are going in to be among them, and they will forsake Me and break My covenant which I have made with them.” – Deuteronomy 31:16, spoken in ~1500 BC

Sure enough, the Israelis turned away from God.

The period from 1400 to 1000 BC was characterized by cycles:

Apostasy-Punishment from God-Repentance/Crying out to God-Rescue-Prosperity-Apostasy…

The Israelites would worship Arab and Phoenician deities patterned on the forces of nature. God would allow their enemies to oppress them. The Israelites would cry out to God, and He would forgive them. The whole process was repeated a few times. You can read about this in the book of Judges in the Old Testament.

The period from 1055 to 975 BC was the golden period of Israel. The reigns of kings David (1055-1015 BC) and Solomon (1015-975 BC) were characterized by spiritual revival and material prosperity. The period from 975 to 599 BC was a period of nearly unchecked decline. Just as Moses predicted, deep-rooted apostasy set in. You can read the details in Kings and Chronicles in the Old Testament.This apostasy was not the usual drift of religion that happens to all civilizations in the world. We see this in the way the Jewish prophet Jeremiah protests to his countrymen in about 620 BC:

"Go to the Mediterranean nations and check with the Arab tribes, and consider diligently if there has been such a thing: Has a nation changed its gods (which anyway aren't gods)?! But My people have exchanged their glory for what does no good!" – Jeremiah 2:10-11 

Thanks to severe calamities, which the nation attributed to God, the nation returned to the worship of Jehovah in about 500 BC. It had taken them a thousand years to learn Bible 101's first lesson: There is only one God; idols can't represent Him and He's not a force of nature. Unfortunately, they didn't progress much further. Although Israel did not revert to idolatry, they reduced their faith to dead ritualism and legalism. When Jesus came, the Jewish religious and political elites had him killed. Since then, Rabbinical Judaism has evolved into something completely different from what the Old Testament prescribes. Half of the Jewish population today is atheistic. Apostasy indeed, predicted in 1500 BC, and fulfilled over the next 3500 years.

Prophecy # 8: Invasions as punishment for apostasy

"If you do not listen to me and obey my commandments [which happened],...., I will bring a nation against you …that will besiege and destroy your cities. You will eat your own children in distress" – Deuteronomy 28: 49-53 

A few examples of fulfillment:

  • In 2 Kings 6:24-30, the Bible records Benhadad, king of Syria, laying siege to Samaria, Israel's northern capital, in about 845 BC. Running out of food, people resorted to cannibalism.
  • In 725 BC, Shalmaneser king of Assyria laid siege to Samaria for three years and then destroyed it.
  • In the sixth century BC, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon besieged Jerusalem and deported the Jews to Babylon.
  • In AD 66-70, the Romans besieged Jerusalem. Hundreds of thousands of Jews died of starvation. You can read the sordid details in "Jewish Wars", written by the first century Jewish historian Josephus.
  • Jerusalem is perhaps the city that has been conquered the most number of times.

Prophecy # 9: The Israelites would be scattered all over the world

"If you do not listen to me and obey my commandments [which happened],...., you will be plucked off from your one of the land. And Jehovah shall scatter you among all people, from one end of the earth even unto the other; and there you will serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known, even wood and stone." – Deuteronomy 28:63-64

This prophecy was partly fulfilled as follows:

  • In 722 BC, Shalmaneser king of Assyria conquered the northern part of Israel, and deported 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel to Assyria (Northern Iraq).
  • In 587 BC, Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon (southern Iraq) captured Jerusalem and deported the remaining two tribes of Israel to Babylon. This was the beginning of the Jewish Diaspora.
  • In 537 BC, encouraged by Cyrus king of Persia, some Jews returned to Canaan and rebuilt their temple that Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed. After Persia, Greece and Rome ruled Israel. In 66 AD, the Jews revolted against Rome. The Romans crushed the revolt in 70 AD and destroyed Jerusalem and the temple again. They scattered the Jews all over the Roman Empire.

As the Jews were persecuted by ruler after ruler, they spread far and wide. Shalmaneser and Nebuchadnezzar exiled them to what is now Iraq. In subsequent centuries, they moved eastwards to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. It is even reported that some of them went as far as Japan. After the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, the Jews spread all over Europe and Asia. Thanks to the Nazis, many Jews migrated to America. Some Jews migrated southwards to Egypt and Africa. No nation has been scattered all over the earth like the Jews. But it has happened to them just as God said it would!

“He who has ears, let him hear!” – Jesus Christ