RESTORATION

Amos 9:13    A time is coming declares the Lord
                      When the plowman shall meet the reaper
                      And the treader of grapes (will meet)
                      Him who holds the seed ;
                      When the mountains will drip wine
                      And all the hills shall wave [with grain].
                      I will restore My people Israel.
                      They shall rebuild ruined cities and inhabit them ;
                      They shall plan vineyards and drink their wine ;
                      They shall till the gardens and eat their fruits.
                      And I will plant them on their soil,
                      Nevermore to be uprooted
                      From the soil I have given them.

The stanzas of Amos slip into a future description of a time of restoration of Israel to their native lands, after which Israel shall nevermore be uprooted again.  Nothing except divine intervention could establish Israel "nevermore" to be uprooted. Therefore this last stanza is about the Messianic end of The Age time period when the Lord/Messiah /Melchizedek comes. "Mountains dripping with wine" are also Messianic references. Future, past, and present are often described within a single unit of text, almost as if the events are fused together with the element of time removed. Indeed, God sees history from outside time, where ultimate causes yield ultimate effects, despite their "apparent" unrelatedness to the human eye of sequential time.  Similar references such as forever, nevermore, and everlasting occur in conjunction with a consistently repeated list of End of The Age events, such as restoration of Israel in the example before us. These events and references are densely distributed throughout all of the Old Testament prophets.

Hosea 12 :7 You must return to your God ; Practice goodness and justice, And constantly trust in your God. But so as not to cause despair, The Lord says:
Hosea 14 :5 I will heal their affliction, Generously will I take them back in love I will be like dew to Israel; He shall blossom like the lily.

The prophet ends on a word of hope for a restoration that is still yet to come. Israel here (14:5), can be read as denoting the people of God who have strayed from home. The time frame jumps way into the future to the time of messianic restoration at ages end that is upcoming. The prophet himself is probably unaware that this is a distant future event, knowing only that it will occur, but not when.

Isaiah 55:1    Ho, all who are thirsty,
                     Come for water,
                     Even if you have no money;
                     Come, buy food and eat:
                     Buy food without money,
                    Wine and milk without cost.
                    Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
                    Your earnings for what does not satisfy?

Here, we get a glimpse of the bounty and blessings that will ensue with restoration. Again, people are thirsty because of drought in the latter days.

Isaiah 65:17    Behold! I am creating
                      A new heaven and a new earth;
                      The former things shall not be remembered,
                      They shall never come to mind.
                      Be glad then and rejoice forever…
                      Never again shall be heard there
                      The sounds of weeping and wailing…
                      He who dies a hundred years
                      Shall be reckoned a youth…
                      They shall plant vineyards and enjoy their fruit…
                      For the days of My people shall be
                      As long as the days of a tree,…

                      They shall not bear children for terror,
                      But they shall be a people blessed by the Lord.
                      Before they pray I will answer Them;
                     While they are still speaking, I will respond.
                     The wolf and lamb shall graze together…
                     In all My sacred mount…

Jeremiah 29:20    But you, the whole exile community which I (Lord) banished from Jerusalem to Babylon, hear the word of the Lord!…
Jeremiah 24:14    I will be at hand for you…and I will gather you from
all the nations and places to which I have banished you – declares the Lord – and I will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you…
Jeremiah 24:11    For I am mindful of the plans I have made concerning your welfare, not for disaster, (but) to give you a hopeful future.
Jeremiah 29:13    You will find Me, if only you seek Me
wholeheartedly.
Jeremiah 30:11    I will not make an end of you!
                           I will not leave you unpunished,
                           But will chastise you in measure…
Jeremiah 30:17    I will bring healing to you And cure you of your wounds…
Jeremiah 3l:3       Eternal Love I conceived for you.
Jeremiah 3l:31     See, a time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah…I will put My teaching in their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts.

These lines describe a future of restoration and salvation. The New Covenant is the "kingdom of heaven within" that is enabled by the outpouring of the Spirit of Truth by Jesus Christ; and the Spirit of the Father, the internal guide within.

Ezekiel 36:24     For I (Lord) will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all the countries and bring you into your own land…
Ezekiel 37:33      In that day (when I gather you) I shall cleanse you of all your iniquities… They will say this land has become like a Garden of Eden.

These lines definitely relate to the Messianic, End of The Age, and not the return from Babylonian captivity because; the people are brought from plural countries and nations and not just Babylon. References to the Messianic "cleansing of all iniquities" through forgiveness, and reference to the restoration of the Garden of Eden – which ends The Adamic Age, just as it had begun so many years before, places the re-gathering and the messianic cleansing in the same timeframe. This re-gathering of Judah from "all the countries" into the land of Canaan officially began in 1948, when the international community recognized Israel as a nation. Today these re-gathered Jews are from more than 115 nations; speak 80 languages, and number over 3.5 million people. Recently, this process has greatly accelerated due to growing political and ethnic tensions in Russia and elsewhere in the world. After the re-gathering, they will undergo ‘cleansing’ during the upcoming trial period.

Hosea 3:4         For the Israelites will go a long time without king and without officials, without sacrifice and without cult pillars, and without ephod and teraphim.

Over 2500 years from the time the Northern Tribes depart until they return as Christians is indeed a "long time."

Zechariah 8:2     Thus, said the Lord of Hosts: There shall yet be old men and women in the squares of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the squares of the city shall be crowded with boys and girls playing in the squares…Though it would seem impossible to the remnant of this people in those days, shall it also be impossible to Me?…I will rescue My people from the lands of the east and from the lands of the west, and I will bring them home to dwell in Jerusalem.

They shall be My people.

Zechariah 8:11     But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as before declares the Lord of Hosts – but what it sows shall prosper:  The vine will produce its fruit, the ground will produce its yield, and the skies shall provide their moisture.   …And just as you were a curse among the nations, O House of Israel and House of Judah, so, when I vindicate you, you shall be a blessing.

The long age of persecution, prejudice, and marginalization of faithful Jews is swept away as restoration is enacted. The dry land from the present and progressive drought in the Middle East will receive the rain of forgiveness and will yield great bounty through God’s mercy.

The Lord tells us:

Zechariah 8:16    You must love honesty and integrity… Speak the truth to one another… Render true and perfect justice in your gates…

Also, the Holy days of fasting "become occasions for joy and gladness." Repentance blooms into joy.

Zechariah 9:14    And the Lord shall manifest Himself to them (Judah) And His arrows shall fall like lightning; My Lord God shall sound the ram’s horn And advance in a stormy tempest. The Lord of Hosts will protect them.

Joel 3:5              But everyone who invokes the name of the Lord shall escape; for there shall be a remnant on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, as the Lord promised.
Joel 4:1              For lo!
In those days And in that time I will gather all the nations And bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat There will I contend with them Over My own people, Israel.

1Enoch 95:4      You shall not fear those who trouble you; for restoration shall be yours; a splendid light shall shine around you, and the voice of tranquility shall be heard from heaven. Woe to you, sinners; for your wealth makes you resemble saints, but your hearts reproach you, knowing that you are sinners. This word shall testify against you, for the remembrance of crime.

1Enoch 95:5      Woe to you who feed upon the glory of the corn, and drink the strength of the root of the spring, and in the pride of your power tread down the humble.
1Enoch 95:6      Woe to you who drink water at all times; for suddenly shall you be recompensed, consumed, and withered, because you have forsaken the fountain of life (Jno. 4:13-14).

1Enoch 95:7      Woe to you who act iniquitously, fraudulently, and blasphemously; there shall be a remembrance against you for evil.
1Enoch 95:8      Woe to you, ye powerful, who with power strike down righteousness; for the day of your destruction shall come; while at that very time many and good days shall come to the righteous, even at the period of your judgment.

The righteous gain dominion. The meek inherit the earth. The offspring of the righteous and elect are to be "lifted up like eagles" apparently physically "elevated" to safety and spiritually "exalted" over and above the "ungodly."

The "Lord" returns in the future to "dwell in Zion" again, to "judge the nations," and to establish peace and righteousness in the "latter days". The Dead Sea Scrolls identifies this "Lord" as the Messiah figure of the future.

Matthew 10:34   "Do not think that I have come to bring peach on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword." (Jesus)

"Think not that I have come to bring peace, but rather a soul struggle." (Jesus)

There is no peace in the heart or progress in the mind unless you fall wholeheartedly in love with truth.  The pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness leads to God.   Truth is valuable because it can be acted out, it can be lived.  Truth can never be man's Without the exercise of faith. "fail not to discern the words of truth that come not through the traditional oracles of supposed inspiration" (Jesus) "the man was not hungry for truth. He was not dissatisfied with himself. He was not ready to ask for help, and the eyes of his mind were not open to receive light for the soul.You cannot reveal God to those who do not seek for Him." (Jesus) "You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free." (Jesus) Truth, if too bright, can blind as well as illuminate, therefore -

1Enoch 1:9    The elect shall possess light, joy, and peace; and they shall inherit the earth.

Natural disasters, wars, famine, droughts, military events, and overpopulation are all becoming progressively worse. Will all of these mounting problems be solved by human beings before they reach a crisis?  There really are no solid arguments or facts that support such an optimistic thesis? Are world leaders committed to creating a peaceful, free, and healthy world?

11Q13   How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who
proclaims peace, who brings good news, who proclaims salvation, who says to
Zion: Your ELOHIM reigns. (Isaiah 52:7)

Deliverance from distress finally comes when the people of God arise, bringing peace and prosperity. God is working through them and in them and His rule shall finally prevail. (Author's comment, Michael Wise)

4Q246     until the people of God arise; then all will have rest from warfare.
DSC        Their kingdom will be an eternal kingdom, and all their paths will be
righteous. They will judge the land justly, and all nations will make peace.
Warfare will cease from the land, and all the nations
shall do obeisance to them. The great God will be their help, He Himself
will fight for them, putting peoples into their power, overthrowing them all
before them. God's rule will be an eternal rule and all the depths of [the
earth are His].

1Enoch 1:7    But to them shall he give peace: he shall preserve the elect, and towards them exercise clemency.
1Enoch 6:9    The elect shall possess light, joy, and peace; and they shall inherit the earth. (Mat. 5:5; Ps. 1:1-6).
1Enoch 6:11  Then shall wisdom be given to the elect, all of whom shall live, and not again transgress by impiety or pride; but shall humble themselves, possessing prudence, and shall not repeat transgression.
1Enoch 6:12   They shall not be condemned the whole period of their lives, nor die in torment and indignation; but the sum of the days of their life shall be completed, and they shall grow old in peace; while the years of their happiness shall be multiplied with joy, and with peace for ever, the whole duration of their existence.
1Enoch 45:5   I will also change the face of the earth; will bless it; and cause those whom I have elected to dwell upon it. But those who have committed sin and iniquity shall not tread upon it; for I have seen them. My righteous ones will I satisfy with peace, placing them before me; but the condemnation of sinners shall draw near, that I may destroy them from the face of the earth.

He "changes the face of the earth," possibly through tectonic activity, which begins, upon his Arrival.

1Enoch 56:4   Peace be to the saints with the Lord of the world.
1Enoch 93:5   Walk in the paths of peace, that you may live, and be found worthy. Retain my words in your inmost thoughts, and obliterate them not from your hearts; for I know that sinners counsel men to commit crime craftily. They are not found in every place, nor does every counsel possess
a little of them.
1Enoch 93:6   Woe to those who build up iniquity and oppression, and who lay the foundation of fraud; for suddenly shall they be subverted, and never obtain peace.
1Enoch 100:3  And if he send his wrath upon you, and upon all your deeds, you are not they who can supplicate Him; for you utter against his righteousness great and powerful things. To you there shall be no peace.
1Enoch102:5   But you, ye sinners, are for ever accursed; to you there shall be no peace.
1Enoch 102:7  And when you die, sinners say concerning you: As we die, the righteous die. What profit have they in their works? Behold, like us, they expire in sorrow and in darkness. What advantage have they over us? Hence forward are we equal. What will they obtain, and what behold for ever? For behold they are dead; and never will they henceforward for ever perceive the light. I say unto you, ye sinners: You have been satiated with meat and drink, with human plunder and rapine, with sin, with the acquisition of wealth and with the sight of good days. Have you not marked the righteous, how their end is in peace? For no oppression is found in them even to the day of their death. They perish, and are as if they were not, while their souls descend in trouble to the receptacle of the dead.
1Enoch 103:4   Woe to you, sinners, when you die in your sins; and they, who are like you, say respecting you, Blessed are the sinners. They have seen all their days; and now they die in goodness and in wealth.  Distress and slaughter they saw not while alive; in honor they die; nor ever in their lifetime did judgment overtake them.
1Enoch 103:6   Woe to you, for to you there shall be no peace.
1Enoch 104:11  And in which they shall rejoice. And all the righteous shall be rewarded, who from these shall acquire the knowledge of every upright path.
1Enoch 104A: 1-2   In those days, he (Enoch) says:
105:1-2        "The Lord will be patient and cause the children of the earth to hear. Reveal it to them with your wisdom, for you are their guides; and you are a reward upon the whole earth. Until I and my Son are united with them in the upright paths in their lifetime, and there shall be peace unto you, rejoice you children of truth. Amen." (Charlesworth, Pseudoepigrapha)

The money power preys on the nation in times of peace, and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. (Abraham Lincoln)

Eph. 6:12   For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world.(the Power Elite)
Eph. 6:13   Wherefore take unto you the full armour of God, that ye may withstand the evil day.
Eph. 6:14   Girt your loins about with truth, and have on the breast plate of righteousness.
Eph. 6:15   And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Eph. 6:16   and above all, take the Shield of Faith.
Eph. 6:17   the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.

The Messiah arrives in a very visible display and quickly puts down the war of the nations against Israel. War is put to an end forever. The world's leadership is replaced and peace reigns for evermore.

 

Above are quotes from "The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand" by Ed Roache.


 

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