Eze 36:17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their way and by their doings: their way before me was as the uncleanness of a woman in her impurity.
Eze 36:18 Wherefore I poured out my wrath upon them for the blood which they had poured out upon the land, and because they had defiled it with their idols;
Eze 36:19 and I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.
Eze 36:20 And when they came unto the nations, whither they went, they profaned my holy name; in that men said of them, These are the people of Jehovah, and are gone forth out of his land.
Eze 36:21 But I had regard for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations, whither they went.
Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: I do not this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for my holy name, which ye have profaned among the nations, whither ye went.
Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which hath been profaned among the nations, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the nations shall know that I am Jehovah, saith the Lord Jehovah, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land.
I know that most of you who read this blog see the prophetic significance of current Israel and understand God’s plan for the people of Nation. But there is some within Christendom that say that Israel’s return is not prophetic and say that the Church has superceded Israel and the promises that once belonged to Israel now belong to the Church. I wonder if those same people concede that the curses that were issued against Israel now also belongs to the Church?
I have read the above verses very carefully and have underlined some areas that for me confirms that Israel has been gathered in unbelief but it has happened because God has His name and His plans for this nation. In other words, God has given birth this nation in one day and His plan is to ‘sanctify’ it. Interestingly the bible said this would happen…
“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?
Shall the Earth be made to give birth in one day?
Or shall a nation be born at once?
For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.”
(Note: This prophecy was fulfilled in one day – on May 14, 1948)
The word ‘sanctify’ is described in the Webster dictionary as…
SANC’TIFY, v.t. [Low L. sanctifico; from sanctus, holy, and facio, to make.]
1. In a general sense, to cleanse, purify or make holy.
2. To separate, set apart or appoint to a holy, sacred or religious use.
God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. Gen 2.
So under the Jewish dispensation, to sanctify the altar, the temple, the priests, &c.
3. To purify; to prepare for divine service, and for partaking of holy things. Exo 19.
4. To separate, ordain and appoint to the work of redemption and the government of the church. John 10.
5. To cleanse from corruption; to purify from sin; to make holy be detaching the affections from the world and its defilements, and exalting them to a supreme love to God.
Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.
John 17. Eph 5.
6. To make the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety.
Those judgments of God are the more welcome, as a means which his mercy hath sanctified so to me, as to make me repent of that unjust act.
7. To make free from guilt.
That holy man amaz’d at what he saw, made haste to sanctify the bliss by law.
8. To secure from violation.
Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line.
To sanctify God, to praise and celebrate him as a holy being; to acknowledge and honor his holy majesty, and to reverence his character and laws. Isa 8.
God sanctifies himself or his name, by vindicating his honor from the reproaches of the wicked, and manifesting his glory. Ezek 36.
When we consider what to sanctify actually means then we understand why Israel is a nation again.
Keil and Delitzcsh commentary states:
The Salvation of Israel Founded upon Its Sanctification
Because Israel has defiled its land by its sins, God has scattered the people among the heathen; but because they also profaned His name among the heathen, He will exercise forbearance for the sake of His holy name (Eze_36:16-21), will gather Israel out of the lands, cleanse it from its sins, and sanctify it by the communication of His Spirit, so that it will walk in His ways (Eze_36:22-28), and will so bless and multiply it, that both the nations around and Israel itself will know that He is the Lord (Eze_36:29-38). – This promise is shown by the introductory formula in Eze_36:16 and by the contents to be an independent word of God; but it is substantially connected in the closest manner with the preceding word of God, showing, on the one hand, the motive which prompted God to restore and bless His people;, and, on the other hand, the means by which He would permanently establish the salvation predicted in Ezekiel 34 and Eze_36:1-15. – The kernel of this promise is formed by Eze_36:25-28, for which the way is prepared in Eze_36:17-24, whilst the further extension is contained in Eze_36:29-38.
From what I understand, Israel has not brought back into the land because they deserve it, clearly they don’t. But because God hasn’t finished His work yet.
Here is an interesting look at all the scriptures that testify to this miraculous event, just in case you’re interested.