A Review of Israel’s Past.
In Genesis 17:7,8, God had given all the land of Canaan to Abraham and his seed. (Hebrews 11:9). In Genesis 21:12, we find “the seed” would be Isaac (Israel), and not Ishmael (Arabs). Genesis 15:18 gives the boundaries of the land, encompassing approximately 255,000 square miles.
In the process of time, Israel had been in bondage to the Egyptian nation for 430 years. (Exodus 12:40). It was Moses who led them out of Egypt and Joshua who took them into the promised land of Canaan. God’s warning and instructions to Israel are recorded in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28.
In Deuteronomy 28:1-14, God promises these blessings if they will obey the Lord. Beginning with Verse 15 to 68, God gives the curses they will bring on themselves, should they disobey the Lord. In Deuteronomy 28:15 we read,
“But it shall come to pass if thou wilt not harken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; then ALL THESE CURSES SHALL COME UPON THEE, and overtake thee.”
Notice in Verses 64,65,
“And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from one end of the earth even unto the other (64) ...And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee.”(65)
After living in the promised land for over 800 years. God brought judgment upon them because of their sins. In 721 B.C., Assyria took captive the 10 northern tribes, known as Israel. In 606 B.C., the Babylonians, under Nebuchadnezzar invaded the two southern tribes, Judah and Benjamin, taking them captive.
God told Jeremiah to tell the people that the captivity would last 70 years. Jeremiah 25:11 is the record,
“And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.”
In Jeremiah 29:10, God says He will cause them to return to their land after the captivity of 70 years. There were only about 50,000 Jews that returned. (Ezra 2:64,65). Ezra records the rebuilding of the Temple, and Nehemiah records the rebuilding of the walls and city of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish people remained scattered throughout the world under the Persian, Grecian, and Roman Empires.
Then in 70 A.D., Titus, the Roman general, finally destroyed Jerusalem and the remnant dispersed among the nations of the world. Thus, literally fulfilling Moses’ prophecy in Deuteronomy 28.