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IV. B. 3. d. xix. d. Return to the land as God's last powerful witness that He is the God of History (1)

If the expulsion from Eretz Israel (the land) is a sign to the nations that Israel has a supernatural history and that the God of Israel is the God of History, how much more will the return to the land and to God himself be the ultimate proof of his existence? (See Sokolovsky, 1985/1991)

"Eretz Israel was virtually the only example in the entire world of a flourishing, densely populated country which became a wasteland, a land which defiles all attempts at resettlement for century after century. The only explanation for this unique history is supernatural; there are no natural factors to account for it. For Eretz Isarel is the only land which Heaven decreed would remain desolate due to the sins of its inhabitants, as the Torah foretold and forwarned: "All the nations shall say: "Why did God do this to this land? Why this great wrath?" And then men shall say: "Because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, God of their fathers...therefore the Lord put His wrath upon this land, bringing upon it all the curses written in this book, and God expelled them from the land." (Devarim/Deut. 29:23-27) Sokolovsky, p. 35

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* not commented on explicitly by Sokolovsky

1. God predicted the expulsion from the land in case of disobedience - and all these predictions were fulfilled

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Reference Relevant Comments
Isa 46: 9-10
Num 23:9
Lev 26:33
Deut 28:63
Lev 26:32
[Deut 29:21-29] [Why has the LORD done thus to this land? Why this great outburst of anger?]
Deut 29:21
Lev 26:31
Deut 28:32, 48
Lev 26:31
Deut 28:49
Lev 26:34
Lev 26:40
Lev 28:36

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Reference Relevant Comments
Deut 28:52
Lev 26:29
Deut 28:68
Deut 28:43
Deut 28:30
Isa 13:19-21
Ezek 29:15
Deut 28:64 [Why has the LORD done thus to this land? Why this great outburst of anger?]
Deut 28:65,66
Lev 26:36,37
Deut 28:67
[Deut 4:25-31]
Deut 4:28
xx

Deut 28:37

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Reference Relevant Comments
Deut 28:52
Lev 26:29
Deut 28:68
Deut 28:43
Deut 28:30
Isa 13:19-21
Ezek 29:15
Deut 28:64 [Why has the LORD done thus to this land? Why this great outburst of anger?]
Deut 28:65,66
Lev 26:36,37
Deut 28:67
[Deut 4:25-31]
Deut 4:28
xx

Deut 28:46

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Reference Relevant Comments
Deut 28:52
Lev 26:29
Deut 28:68
Deut 28:43
Deut 28:30
Isa 13:19-21
Ezek 29:15
Deut 28:64 [Why has the LORD done thus to this land? Why this great outburst of anger?]
Deut 28:65,66
Lev 26:36,37
Deut 28:67
[Deut 4:25-31]
Deut 4:28
Zech 8:10

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Reference Relevant Comments
Deut 28:52
Lev 26:29
Deut 28:68
Deut 28:43
Deut 28:30
Isa 13:19-21
Ezek 29:15
Deut 28:64 [Why has the LORD done thus to this land? Why this great outburst of anger?]
Deut 28:65,66
Lev 26:36,37
Deut 28:67
[Deut 4:25-31]
Deut 4:28
Amos 9:9

2. God predicted the return to the land as a witness to Himself. The postbabylonian return has finally begun in our time. (2)

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Reference Relevant Comments
Isa 46: 9-10
Mal 3:6
Jer 31:35
Deut 31:21
Jer 5:18
[Lev 26:40-46]
Lev 26:44
Dan 11:14
Exod 31:16
Exod 31:17
Lev 26:32
Song of Songs 2:9
Zech 9:11
Isa 59: 15-21, 19
Deut 30:1-3
Amos 8:11
Deut 30:2-9
Deut 32:43*
Isa 62:1-7*
Isa 11:10-12*
Jer 23: 5-8*
Jer 31:31-40* [They shall never cease from being a NATION before ME]
Ezek 37:20-28* [Israel's final return, the testimony to the Nations]
Zech 14:11* [an indisputable post-babylonian prediction]

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) Zech 12:9-14*

(1) For further study listen to "Israel through the Eyes of Scripture" by Tony Garland - (Israel, Sessions 04 and 06)

(2) See IV.B.3.d.xviii, Key Issue 5? and Key Issue 11? ?

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