Ezekiel was living in exile in Babylon. Nevertheless, he proclaimed God’s promise to regather the people and restore the land of Israel. Even in the darkest times, Israel could have faith in God’s enduring promises.
The Temple was rebuilt and destroyed again, but this promise is also for the future. Other verses confirm that there will be a time in Israel’s future when the sacrifices will be restored, not for redemption and cleansing, but as a memorial in the Millennium Kingdom. (Ezekiel 45)
As the world tries to deny God’s promise to the Jewish people and reject Israel’s attempts to possess her inheritance, we rejoice in God’s faithfulness to restore the land and the people to prosperity.
The command to restore and build Jerusalem was given to Nehemiah by King Artaxerxes in the year 445 BC (BCE). It is not a coincidence that the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem was given in the month of Nissan, the same month that the Jews were set free from Egypt – the month of Passover.
Reminding ourselves of yesterday’s post, it is not surprising that in “that day” we will see the restoration of the land of Israel, the gathering and return of the Jewish people and the nations coming to Jerusalem to worship the King of Kings.