The Lord Will Restore Israel
"As I live," says the Lord GOD, "surely with a mighty hand, x with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, I will rule over you.
"I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you are scattered, with a mighty hand, with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out.
"And I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there y I will plead My case with you face to face.
z "Just as I pleaded My case with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead My case with you," says the Lord GOD.
"I will make you a pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the b covenant;
c "I will purge the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the country where they dwell, but d they shall not enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
"As for you, O house of Israel," thus says the Lord GOD: e "Go, serve every one of you his idols - and hereafter - if you will not obey Me; f but profane My holy name no more with your gifts and your idols.
"For g on My holy mountain, on the mountain height of Israel," says the Lord GOD, "there h all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, shall serve Me; there i I will accept them, and there I will require your offerings and the firstfruits of your sacrifices, together with all your holy things.
"I will accept you as a j sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles.
k "Then you shall know that I am the LORD, l when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I raised My hand in an oath to give to your fathers.
"And m there you shall remember your ways and all your doings with which you were defiled; and n you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight because of all the evils that you have committed.
o "Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have dealt with you p for My name's sake, not according to your wicked ways nor according to your corrupt doings, O house of Israel," says the Lord GOD.' "
Furthermore the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
q "Son of man, set your face toward the south; preach against the south and prophesy against the forest land, the South,
"and say to the forest of the South, 'Hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, r I will kindle a fire in you, and it shall devour s every green tree and every dry tree in you; the blazing flame shall not be quenched, and all faces t from the south to the north shall be scorched by it.
"All flesh shall see that I, the LORD, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched." ' "
Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! They say of me, 'Does he not speak u parables?' "
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I Myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath.
Therefore I will yet bring charges against you," says the LORD, "And against your children's children I will bring charges.
Yet you say, 'Because I am innocent, Surely His anger shall turn from me.' Behold, I will plead My case against you, Because you say, 'I have not sinned.
I will spread My net over him, and he shall be taken in My snare. I will bring him to Babylon and try him there for the treason which he committed against Me.
Numbers 14:21 - 23
But truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD -
Say to them, 'As I live,' says the LORD, 'just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:
And concerning the tithe of the herd or the flock, of whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the LORD.
In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks shall again pass under the hands of him who counts them, ' says the LORD.
Psalms 89:30 - 34
If his sons forsake My law And do not walk in My judgments.
Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.
And I will establish My covenant with you. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.
And as for you, O My flock, thus says the Lord ...
For surely I will command, And will sift the ho...
All the sinners of My people shall die by the s...
And it shall come to pass in all the land," Say...
I will bring the one -third through the fire, W...
He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silv...
Malachi 4:1 - 3
For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an ...
All the nations will be gathered before Him, an...
'so that none of the remnant of Judah who have gone into the land of Egypt to dwell there shall escape or survive, lest they return to the land of Judah, to which they desire to return and dwell. For none shall return except those who escape.'"
"Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress."
So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, To walk in their own counsels.
Come to Bethel and transgress, At Gilgal multiply transgression; Bring your sacrifices every morning, Your tithes every three days.
Isaiah 1:13 - 15
Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies - I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
Moreover they have done this to Me: They have defiled My sanctuary on the same day and profaned My Sabbaths.
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD's house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.
Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it; and it will bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a majestic cedar. Under it will dwell birds of every sort; in the shadow of its branches they will dwell.
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD's house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it.
And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.
Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And...
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered toget...
'When these days are over it shall be, on the e...
Zechariah 8:20 - 22
Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Peoples shall yet...
Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem Will b...
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the merci...
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD," says the Lord GOD, "when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.
"Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD."'
"Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel."'
And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.
For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.
Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed, when you receive your older and your younger sisters; for I will give them to you for daughters, but not because of My covenant with you.
And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies' lands; also in their fathers' iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away.
Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations where they are carried captive, because I was crushed by their adulterous heart which has departed from Me, and by their eyes which play the harlot after their idols; they will loathe themselves for the evils which they committed in all their abominations.
I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
'Thus Ezekiel is a sign to you; according to all that he has done you shall do; and when this comes, you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.'"
Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.
Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, preach against the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel.
Now therefore, hear the word of the LORD: You say, 'Do not prophesy against Israel, And do not spout against the house of Isaac.
For wickedness burns as the fire; It shall devour the briers and thorns, And kindle in the thickets of the forest; They shall mount up like rising smoke.
Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts The land is burned up, And the people shall be as fuel for the fire; No man shall spare his brother.
But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings," says the LORD; "I will kindle a fire in its forest, And it shall devour all things around it." '
"For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?"
Because I will cut off both righteous and wicked from you, therefore My sword shall go out of its sheath against all flesh from south to north.
"Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, 'What are you doing?'
Son of man, pose a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel.
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father.