August 13: Restoration of the Land

Most of God’s promises have multiple fulfillments.  In the past Israel faced a terrible enemy to the north.  Today there is the same threat on our northern borders.  And in the future there will be the same threat.

But God’s promises against the northern enemy have been and will be fulfilled.

AND today we see the continued fulfillment of His promise to restore the Land.

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Joel: 2:18-21

Then the Lord will be zealous for His land,
 and pity His people.

The Lord will answer and say to His people, 
“Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil, 
and you will be satisfied by them; 
I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.

“But I will remove far from you the northern army, 
and will drive him away into a barren and desolate land, 
with his face toward the eastern sea
and his back toward the western sea;
 his stench will come up,
 and his foul odor will rise,
 because he has done monstrous things.”

Fear not, O land; 
be glad and rejoice,
 for the Lord has done marvelous things!

Do not be afraid, you beasts of the field; 
for the open pastures are springing up,
 and the tree bears its fruit;
 the fig tree and the vine yield their strength.

 

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