[quote="Nimzovik, post:13, topic:303967"]
The fact that Israel is a Nation yet once again induces one to scrutinze the relevant scriptures in light of this event, methinks.
Yes, and if I might say, I think even the Catholic church is yet attempting to comprehend this from the standpoint of their past historical eschatology. Please allow me to quote a large portion of Ezekiel 39 that is most relevant from the standpoint of having very little ambiguity in this regard. I will then quote a commentary from Haydock on these scriptures.
21) And I will set my glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them. 22) The house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God, from that day forward. 23) And the nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity, because they dealt so treacherously with me that I hid my face from them and gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they all fell by the sword.24) I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their transgressions, and hid my face from them.25) “Therefore thus says the Lord God: Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel, and I will be jealous for my holy name. 26) They shall forget their shame and all the treachery they have practiced against me, when they dwell securely in their land with none to make them afraid, 27) when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them from their enemies' lands, and through them have vindicated my holiness in the sight of many nations. 28) Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them into exile among the nations and then assembled them into their own land. I will leave none of them remaining among the nations anymore. 29) And I will not hide my face anymore from them, when I pour out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, declares the Lord God.”
From Haydock's commentary on these verses:
**Ver. 23. Sword. I could as easily have protected them against the Chaldeans as against this prince, if their sins had not been in the way. (Calmet) --- These bring on the ruin of God's people more than the power of the enemy. (Worthington)
Ver. 25. Israel. All who please may now return. Hystaspes was very favourable to them. He married Esther, raised Mardochai to great power, and sent Esdras into Judea with ample privileges. Many returned under him, Artazerxes, and Alexander [the Great]. --- Jealous. I will restore the people to favour, and will protect them (Calmet) like a husband. (Haydock)
Ver. 28. There, except such as refused to return. They have entire liberty. This and what follows was not fully accomplished till the propagation of the gospel. God wished all to embrace it; and though Israel has been partly blind, they will enter the Church after the Gentiles, Romans xii. 26. (Calmet)**
As you can see from the commentary on verses 23, 25, 28; there is no commentary of the Jewish people returning to the land of Israel except on the commentary on Ver.25 which is interpreting this verse of Ezekiel as pertaining to the return of some of the exile of the Jewish people under the Babylonian exile returning to the land during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. There was no thought that there could be a gathering of Israel to the land of Israel toward the end of days. The verse 28 commentary actually interprets this gathering to 'their own land' as Israel entering 'the Church'.
It is my conjecture that Vatican II, and Pope John Paul II have attempted to reconcile some of this misinterpetation of Ezekiel 39, but it is not been explained officially from the standpoint of eschatology as of yet.
(Even if one were to say that the present in gathering of the people of Israel to the land of Israel is not the fulfillment of this portion of Ezekiel 39, one can see from the commentary that such an idea, or concept actually as ever happening in the last days was foreign to the historical eschatology of the Catholic church).
Just as the Jewish people have in large measure been blind to the gospel of Jesus Christ, so too, has the Christian church been blind in large measure to the in-gathering of the Jewish people to the land of Israel in the last days by the LORD our God.