The second and final restoration took place in 1948. It took two world wars to convince the Jews to return to their land. At the end of the first World War, on November 2, 1917, a statement by A. J . Balfour declared that Britain would support the establishment of a national home for Jews in Palestine. This statement is known as the "Balfour Declaration." Palestine was ready for the return of the Jews. But they did not want to go back to their homeland at that time, they were living comfortably in many countries.
Then in 1933 Hitler came to power in Germany and wanted to resolve what he called the "Jewish problem" by exterminating the Jewish race. He killed six million Jews in what is known as the "Holocaust."
After the second World War and the mass killing of Jews by the Nazi regime, the Jewish people knew that they should return to their homeland. What Hitler did during World War II moved the Jews to return to their land, thus the prophetic word was fulfilled to the letter.
And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, "We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone." "As I live," saith the Lord God, "surely with a mighty hand, and with stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you. And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out" (Ezekiel 20: 32-34).It is no coincidence that out of the Holocaust was born the nation of Israel. This second and final restoration was mentioned in the book of Isaiah:
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth (Isaiah 11:11,12).It is of great interest to notice that Isaiah predicted that the people of Israel would return to their homeland by airplanes, hundreds of years before the invention of airplanes.
Who are these that fly along like the clouds, like doves to their nests? (Isaiah 60:8 NIV).He also predicted that they would return by ships.
Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee (Isaiah 60:9).Isaiah foresaw that the second restoration of Israel would be in the days of air transportation. This is to be Israel's final restoration. There is no third restoration mentioned anywhere in the Bible.
Physical Israel will never again be rooted out of its land, according to God's promise:
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God (Amos 9:14,15).This final restoration of the Jews to their homeland is a demonstration of the truthfulness of the Bible and the faithfulness of God.
Someone might argue that the restoration of the Jews to their land is not divine restoration but that it is the work of political Zionism. It was Theodore Herzel, David Ben-Gurion, and the first Zionists who brought back the Jewish people to their homeland. God always uses men to fulfill his sovereign plan and purposes. He chose Herzel and Ben-Gurion to bring Israel to their land just as He chose Moses to get them out of the land of Egypt.
Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt (Exodus 3:10 NKJ).After the first dispersion, God used a gentile man, Cyrus King of Persia, to bring back the Israelites to their land.
Now in the first year of Cyrus King of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus King of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, "Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, the Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God) which is in Jerusalem. And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem." Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin and the priests, and the Levites with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the Lord which is . in Jerusalem (Ezra l:l-5).In modern days, God is still using Zionism to fulfill His word. If God used men of flesh and blood like Samson and Gideon, why should we think it strange to use men like Herzel, Weizmann, Ben- Gurion, Begin, and Dayan to demonstrate His eternal faithfulness and to fulfill His promises to the patriarchs and to the prophets?
In the book of Revelation we read:
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates, and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon (Revelation 16:12-16).Armageddon is in the land of Israel. Second: So that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, might come to end that terrible battle, and his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided among you. I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. . . (Zechariah 14:1-3 NIV).We have to keep in mind that the second coming of Jesus, the Messiah, will not take place in London, or Athens, or Paris, or Washington, DC. But His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel.
Some years ago I was coming from London, England, to Washington, DC. On the plane a man was sitting on the seat next to me. I introduced myself to him as a Baptist preacher. In the course of the conversation, he told me that he was a Cambridge graduate. He also said in a challenging voice, "I am an atheist."
"Atheist?" I exclaimed.
"Yes" He answered. "Prove to me that there is a God," he demanded.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands," I said. "Besides who gave us a conscience? Why do we feel guilty when we do wrong? Look at your eye, the iris, cornea, conjunctiva, sclera, pupil, optic nerve, retina, lens; are all these the creation of chance?"
"It could be," he answered quietly.
"Chance is nothing sir, and nothing can only create nothing," I said. Then I prayed in my heart for a proof that he could not refute. The Lord gave it to me. "Sir," I said ... "I am Egyptian. I immigrated to the United States with all my family ... I have grandchildren who were born in America. Do you think that those grandchildren will form a nation and go back to Egypt after two hundred years?"
"I doubt very much that they will do that," he answered.
"Now, what do you think about the Jews, who were dispersed to the four corners of the earth for almost 2500 years and who are now in the land of Israel? And what do you think about an old book which predicted their return to their land thousands of years before their restoration? Who wrote that book? Who inspired it? How can you explain the fulfilment of the prophecies concerning their return written in that book?"
"Well, I have no explanation," he said.
"The only logical explanation is that there is a God who knows the end from the beginning, who inspired His prophets to write those prophecies, who is sovereign over history," I said.
The man grew silent. The survival of the Jews, and their restoration to their land is a vivid demonstration of the faithfulness of God, and the truthfulness of the Bible.
The author Mark Twain wrote in 1899:
If the statistics are correct, the Jews represent merely one percent of humanity - an irrelevant spark in the light of the Milky Way. Normally speaking, the Jews should hardly be heard of, and yet we heard and hear of them again and again. They can rival any people on earth in fame, and their significance in economy and trade are in no ratio to their population. Their contribution to the list of great names in literature, natural science, art, music, finance, medicine and profound learning is just as amazing. They have done extremely well in this world - with their hands tied behind their backs. They could rightly be proud of themselves. The Egyptians, Babylonians and Persians came into power, filled the earth with their glory, but perished. The Greeks and Romans followed, "made a lot of noise," and then disappeared. Other nations rose up, their torches burned for a while, and then they were extinguished, and today they sit in the twilight or have completely disappeared. The Jews saw it all. They beat them all, and are today what they always were, showing no decay, no aging, no weakening, no decline of energy, no blunting of their wide-awake dynamic spirit. Everything is mortal except the Jew. All other powers perish but he remains. What is the mystery of his immortality?