Online Midweek August 19

Herzl’s Countdown

A Jubliee unique from the others

Connected but of a different cycle and a different nature and timetable.

It would be based on a fifty year cycle, but of it’s own.

It would be a Jubilee of the political realm and the domain of nation states.

Herzl is known as the founder of Zionism.

What this is is simply the belief in a homeland for the Jewish people.

A look at Herzl’s life:

He had a dream as a 12 year old in which the Messiah took him to heaven where he met Moses. In his dream the Messiah said to Moses “For this boy I have prayed” and then told Herzl: Go and declare to the Jews that I shall come soon and perform great wonders and great deeds for my people and for the whole world.”

A look at his professional and political life:

Herzl was an Austrian Jewish journalist and playwright best known for his crucial role in establishing the modern State of Israel. His pamphlet Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State), published in 1896, helped launch Zionism as a modern political movement. Herzl spent the rest of his life promoting and advancing this cause literally working himself to death in seven short years.

Herzl was born in Budapest in 1860 to a family of assimilated German-speaking Jews, He moved to Vienna as a boy, grew up there and earned a degree in law from the University of Vienna. He later turned to journalism and playwriting. He was the author more than a dozen works consisting mostly comedies through the 1880s and ‘90s.

He eventually came to believe in the futility of Jewish assimilating in the various and numerous societies in which they found themselves, primarily because anti-Semitism was running o high. Instead he began promoting the idea that Jews should remove themselves from Europe and establish their own independent nation to secure their rights. In  his pamphlet Der Judenstaat(meaning the Jewish State) he proposed an independent nation as the solution to the so-called “Jewish question” and laid out a detailed plan for its establishment.

His vision of a Jewish state met with opposition from both liberal and Orthodox Jews. The first rejected his separatist vision, and the Orthodox, believed the establishment of Jewish sovereignty in the holy land needed to await the coming of the Messiah.

Undeterred, in 1897, Herzl originated and presided over the inaugural conference of the Zionist Organization (later the World Zionist Organization) in Basel, Switzerland.

This new group drew about 200 delegates and established the Zionist goal as establishing a legally assured home for the Jewish people in Palestine.

Not surprisingly, Herzl was elected the group’s president and assumed the mantle of global Zionist leadership.

In the years that followed, Herzl actively promoted his ideas, meeting with such diverse enteties as German Kaiser Wilhelm II and the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II in an attempt to win their support for the Zionist cause.

As part of his efforts in 1902, Herzl published Altneuland (“Old New Land”), a novel that describes the transformation of Palestine into a thriving, prosperous and modern country with the return of the Jewish people.

He died in Austria in 1904, having literally worked himself to death in the cause of the Jewish people and a Jewish homeland. Later, in accordance with his wishes, his remains were disinterred and buried in Israel.

At the time of his death the idea of a Jewish homeland was just a dream.

After his death and before his dream became a reality would come

World War I
The Jubilee of 1917
The Balfour Declaration
The Liberation of Jerusalem and the Holy Land
The Holocaust in which the Jewish people faced the danger of annihilation
World War II

Looking down the corridor of time from Moses

The prophecies: That the Jewish people would be

Scattered to the ends of the earth & persecuted

God would gather them back

Some insight from the book of Jeremiah: Jeremiah 16:14-21

14 “Therefore behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ 

15 but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.’ For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers.

16 “Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen,” declares the Lord, “and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks. 

17 For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity concealed from My eyes.

 18 I will first doubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted My land; they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable idols and with their abominations.”

19 O Lord, my strength and my stronghold,
And my refuge in the day of distress,
To You the nations will come
From the ends of the earth and say,
“Our fathers h
ave inherited nothing but falsehood,
Futility and things of no profit.”

20 Can man make gods for himself?
Yet they are not gods!

21 “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—
This time I will make them know
My power
and My might;
And they shall know that My name is the Lord.”

A look at Cahn’s view of this passage:

He sees the fishermen as the Zionists saying that fishermen using nets draw in.

They were the ones calling the Jewish people to come back to the land before calamity could overtake them.

He equates the hunters with the Nazis saying that hunters pursue and drive before them, and that it was that very persecution that caused thousands of Jewish people to return to their homeland in the largest waves to that time. In God’s sovereignty both good and evil were used to bring about the fulfillment of God’s plan.

Herzl: unable to imagine what would come, (the circumstances that would bring about the establishment of a Jewish homeland and nation) but able to prophesy about it:

Words he penned in 1897,just a few days after the First Zionist Congress ended on August 31

“At Basel, I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today, I would be answered by universal laughter. Perhaps in five years, certainly in fifty, everyone will know about it.”

Notice the deadline to his prophecy: Fifty Years

This makes it a Jubilean Prophecy

Adding up the years and seeing what happened:

This takes us to the year 1947

In the years following World War II the British government turned the problem of the Holy Land over to the newly formed United Nations.

The United Nations formed a committee to address this issue.

After working on it for several months the came up with the Partition Plan which would alter the course of world events and modern history.

According to the plan, which was ratified by the UN General Assembly, the British occupation of the Holy Land would end. The land would be divided in two with a Jewish State and an Arab State. This would mean that for the first time in 2000 years there would be a Jewish nation in the land of Israel.

Looking at some exact dates:

The Partition Plan which would give the land back to the Jewish people and bring Israel into existence was finished August 31, 1947, fifty years to the day of the conclusion of the First Zionist Congress.

In fact that same day in Basel, Switzerland there was a celebration of the First Zionist Congress, and it was called the Jubilee Celebration.

After completion, the Partition Plan was officially received and recorded by the UN General Assembly. This took place on September 3, 1947, fifty years to the day from when Herzl penned his prophecy.

Unbeknownst to the United Nations, they had just helped to fulfill a prophecy and the outworking of an ancient mystery:

You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family. – Lev. 25:10