The Man Who Was
4 For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar and without ephod or household idols.
5 Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness in the last days.
Cahn raises the possibility that there may exist what we could call Layers of prophecy or partial fulfillments that foreshadow the main event.
In this case he sets forth the idea that when the nation of Israel is reborn that they will have as their leader a man named David.
He sees this partial fulfillment in David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, and the man who would proclaim Israel’s resurrection to the world.
In Israel’s resurrection (a reversal of it’s death) the nation had restored to it it’s language, it’s cities, it’s farmers and soldiers and it’s leaders as well.
Before the Nation of Israel was destroyed by Rome in AD 70 a provisional government was formed to guide the nation in it’s defense. This would be the nation’s last unified government before it’s destruction. Prominent among the leaders was a man named Ben-Gurion who died in defense of Israel.
The modern Ben-Gurion was born David Grun (pronounced Gruen) in 1886 in Plonsk, Poland. When he was a boy Theodor Herzl visited Plonsk. After hearing him speak it became Grun’s goal to emigrate to Israel. In 1906, as a 20 year old, he achieved this goal. In his first few years in the land he worked in agriculture, but in 1910 he reluctantly accepted a job working as a journalist at a friend’s Zionist publication. He decided to choose a pen name as many writers do. In Hebrew his birth name Grun is very similar to Gurion, and knowing something of the ancient Ben-Gurion he chose this for the name with which he would sign his articles. It would end up becoming his official name. Here we have a young man unsettled as to his career or future who happens to pick as his pen name the name of one of Israel’s leaders in her last days. Then, by a multitude of twists and turns or personal, national and world events, nearly 40 years later he would become the nation’s first leader in the days of it’s resurrection.
Comparing the Ancient and the Modern Ben-Gurion and the death and resurrection of Israel.
Ancient Ben-Gurion: Appointed a leader in Jerusalem
Modern Ben-Gurion: became Ben-Gurion when he started living in Israel
Ancient Ben-Gurion’s full name: Joseph Ben-Gurion
Modern Ben-Gurion’s full name: born David Joseph Grun (changed only his last name)
Ancient Ben-Gurion: appointed leader in a council that constituted Israel’s provisional government
Modern Ben-Gurion: appointed leader in a council that constituted Israel’s provisional government
Ancient Provisional Government: proclaimed the existence of a sovereign Jewish nation to Rome
Modern Provisional Government: proclaimed the existence of a sovereign Jewish nation to the world
Ancient Ben-Gurion: In charge of his nation’s military defense
Modern Ben-Gurion: In charge of his nation’s military defense serving not only as Israel’s first Prime Minister, but also as it’s first Minister of Defense
Ancient Ben-Gurion: Helped lead his nation in a war that would result in it’s death
Modern Ben-Gurion: Helped lead his nation in a war that would result in it’s resurrection
Ancient Ben-Gurion: Would be seen as a moderate and unifying force. But in the course of the revolt extremist militant factions rose up against him and those who governed with him. He was killed in that uprising.
Modern Ben-Gurion: Would be seen as a moderate and unifying force in the Israeli political spectrum. In the establishment of the nation there were extreme militant factions who opposed him, challenging his authority and government. But this was the time of reversal. He disarmed them and unified the nation’s military force.
In Ancient Israel: The rise of extremist factions would lead to chaos, the destruction of Jerusalem and the nation’s end.
In Modern Israel: The rise of the modern Ben-Gurion would lead to the reverse: Unity, national rebirth and ultimately the restoration of Israel’s capital in Jerusalem.
In the Ancient: Ben-Gurion disappears and then the Jewish nation disappears.
In the Modern: Ben-Gurion (in a sense) reappears and then the Jewish nation reappears.
That which disappeared with the ancient Ben-Gurion the Israeli soldier, the Israeli government, the Jewish government all reappear with the modern Ben-Gurion.
It would all be crystallized on May 14, 1948 when David Ben-Gurion announced the birth of the nation of Israel to the world.
This event was the reversal of that which had taken place in the war of the ancient Ben-Gurion. In that war the Jewish people had lost their government, their citizenship and their nation. Now, as the modern Ben-Gurion spoke all of these things came back into the world.
In the aftermath of the ancient Ben-Gurion’s war the Jewish people were taken captive and exiled to the ends of the earth.
In the aftermath of the modern Ben-Gurion’s war the gates would be opened for the exiles to return from the ends of the earth, as prophesied by Moses so long ago:
27 The Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord drives you.
28 There you will serve gods, the work of man’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.
29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.
30 When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice.
“So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you,
2 and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons,
3 then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.
4 If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back.
5 The Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. (Deuteronomy 30)