Op-Ed: The Fisherman and The Hunters
As we enter the new year of 2018, and read world news, it seems more like we are entering the year of 1939 when WW II broke out. AND perhaps one of the most important things that needs to be said upfront is that what we are reading is exactly that: WORLD NEWS!
Instead of reading and listening to so much World News, maybe, just maybe a few Scriptures that bring to remembrance what God has written about what He is doing and going to do, might be more encouraging and inspiring for the days ahead in 2018.
The Vision of the Dry Bones Explained
Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’“Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. “Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord.”
Notice in the above prophecy by the prophet Ezekiel, written over 2,600 years ago, the specific words written regarding the Jews and the land of Israel.
When this prophecy was written there was no land of Israel. The nation of Israel had ceased to exist, as it was conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Israel ceased to exist as a nation until May of 1948, prophesied more than 2,500 years before these Scriptures were fulfilled.
Yet, what was prophesied, despite what Britain, Spain, the Third Reich and all the nations did to the Jewish people throughout the ensuing years, exactly what the Lord had written, He fulfilled.
“Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel.”
Today, once again, we see anti-semitism rising in Europe, England, the Middle East, and across the globe. So what does God’s Word say regarding events taking place in France, Europe, and in the nations of the earth at this time?
It has to do with a prophecy written thousands of years ago by the prophet, Jeremiah.
The Fisherman & The Hunters
Jeremiah 16:16 “Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen,” declares the LORD, “and they will fish for them (the Jews); and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks.
The Lord has been sending forth and continues to send forth many fisherman, and now, many hunters will be sent forth to hunt for the Jews, many who are experiencing persecution in the nations. Those who have His Spirit within them will come to life, know it is the Lord calling them to return to the Land, the very Land He promised to them as an ever lasting possession – the Land of Israel, and they will return!
Just as prophesied in Ezekiel, the Lord declares: “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken and done it,” declares the Lord.”