Hebrew Christian David Baron: Nation of Israel Must Exist Before Messiah Returns
Your Editor’s favorite Hebrew Christian commentators are Alfred Edersheim, Arno Gaebelein, Adolph Saphir and David Baron. All were premillennial believers as they were acquainted with the Hope of Israel having been racial and religious Jews reared in Jewish homes. During your Editor’s morning reading of the Prophet Zechariah, in reviewing David Baron’s The Visions and Prophecies of Zechariah, he discovered a most moving historical narration concerning the prophesied rebirth of the Nation of Israel. This is important, for without the secular re-establishment of the Nation in a condition of unbelief and dominated by Gentile rule, the Second Coming of Messiah Jesus as described in Zechariah, chapters 12 and 14, cannot be literally fulfilled as the prophet foretold! We must remember that Baron’s epic work, considered to be the best commentary on Zechariah ever written, was first published in 1918!
In commenting on Zechariah 14, Baron writes:
“But it is necessary briefly to summarise the probable events which lead up to the supreme crisis into the midst of which we are introduced in this last chapter of Zechariah.
“First of all we have to suppose a restoration of the Jews in a condition of unbelief—not a complete restoration of the whole nation, which will not take place till after their conversion, but of a representative and influential remnant.
“It seems from Scripture that in relation to Israel and the land there will be a restoration, before the Second Advent of our Lord, of very much the same state of things as existed at the time of His First Advent, when the threads of God’s dealing with them nationally were finally dropped, not to be taken up again ‘until the times of the Gentiles shall be fulfilled.’ [Luke 21:24—EJP]
“There was at that time a number of Jews in Palestine representative of the nation; but compared with the number of their brethren, who were already a diaspora among the nations, they were a mere minority, and not in a politically independent condition.
[As in the days of the First Coming of Christ, the Jews had no king but Caesar (John 19:15); even so will it be at the time of the Second Coming of Christ. The Jews will have no king but the Papal Roman Caesar, murdered and risen from the dead to be the Roman Antichrist/Man-Beast.]
“So it will be again. There will be at first, as compared with the whole nation, only a representative minority in Palestine, and a Jewish state will be probably formed, either under the suzeranity of one of the Great Powers, or under international protection.
“The nucleus of this politically independent Jewish state is already to be seen in the 120,000 Jews who have wandered back from all regions of the earth to the land of their fathers.
“Already Jerusalem before the war [World War I] was almost a Jewish city, while the thirty and more Jewish colonies which dotted the land were described by a prominent English Jew as ‘so many milestones marking the advance which Israel is making towards national rehabilitation.’ And in no other country in the world do the Jews, to the same extent, represent the nation. In Jerusalem and in the other Jewish settlements in Palestine I have personally, in the course of my seven different visits to the land since 1890, met Jews form all parts—from the east and the west; from India and the burning plains of Southern Arabia, and from the extreme north of Siberia and the Caucasus; and have heard them speaking in nearly all languages under heaven.
“Around this nucleus a large number more from all parts of the world will in all probability soon be gathered; but we shall only be able to speak of a restoration of the Jews as an accomplished fact when Palestine becomes by international consent (to quote from the Zionist programme) the ‘openly recognised and legally assured home’ of the Jews, i.e., when the Jews are once more acknowledged as a nation with a land of their own to which they might go.*
“But what follows? After a brief interval of prosperity there comes a night of anguish. What occasions the darkest hour in the night of Israel’s sad history since their rejection of Christ is the gathering of the natons and the siege predicted in this chapter. . . .
“And it will be no other than Jehovah-Jesus, the El Gibbor, ‘God the Mighty Man’ [Isaiah 9:6-7], who will thus suddenly appear as Israel’s deliverer in the hour of their sorest need:
“‘And his feet,’ we read, ‘shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east.’”
*How rapidly things have developed on the lines here forecast since the above was originally written four or five years ago. The ‘Declaration’ of the British Government [Masonic Balfour Declaration of 1917] recognises the Jews as once more a nation, and promises to facilitate their re-establishment in Palestine; while Jerusalem has been captured by the victorious British Army! [Indeed, Masonic British General Allenby peaceably marched into Jerusalem without firing a shot, taking the city from Ottoman Turkish domination in 1917.]
[Emphasis in bold]
In conclusion, these kinds of forecasts are the result of reading the Bible literally. As literally prophesied, all events come to pass!
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