Contrasting Twain and Warren
Twain saw a burning desert that could barely support the most meager of populations
Warren saw a future in which the desert would blossom like a rose, the land would be a place of blessing to millions of Jewish people with a standard of living that would be equal to that of the most advanced nations.
He was a Christian who knew the prophecies concerning Israel and this is what gave him the confidence to envision what seemed to be an unimaginable, impossible future.
Warren, going even further:
He would pen what is considered to be the first detailed vision and plan for the establishment of a Jewish state in the land of Israel, and he would do it twenty years before any Jewish writer.
Looking at the Jewish people during and after 1867 – The Year of Jubilee
The Ottoman Land Code (permitting sale of land to outsiders) of 1867 set in motion a series of events that would lead to Israel’s restoration.
By the early 20th Century large tracts of land had been purchased for the return of the Jewish people.
In 1867 Jewish people were a minority in Jerusalem. Within a few years they would make up the majority of the population.
3 years after Twain’s visit, and one year after the publishing of his book Mikveh Yisreal, a school to teach farming of the land, to the Jewish People was established. For the first time in nearly 2000 years the Jewish people were being taught how to sow and reap in the Promised Land.
The same decade would see the first founding of Jewish Agricultural Settlements in the land since ancient times.
Shortly after that a massive persecution of Jewish People in the Russian Empire would begin. (Think Fiddler on the Roof) This would help to bring about the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies as many Jewish refugees seeking shelter in other lands would make their way to Israel. This would continue into the 20th Century.
“The prophecies are beyond any plan or effort of man. All history moves to bring them to fruition, every event, every life, and every path all woven together. So it was for the stranger,” – Rabbi Jonathan Cahn
Twain in the latter part of his life.
In 1894 he struck up an unlikely friendship with a European Journalist and Playwright named Theodore Herzel.
Herzel was the founder of political Zionism, the movement for the return of Jewish people to the land and the restoration of the nation.
Remember the Books of the Old Testament contain 2 prophecies about the Jewish People.
One deals with the scattering of the people and the desolation of the land.
The other with the restoration of both the people and the land.
Twain bore witness to the first prophecy.
Herzel helpd to fulfill the second.
Interestingly enough, as we look at the Scriptures appointed to be read on specific days of the year, readings from both the Law (the first 5 Books of the Bible) and from the Prophets on Twain’s last day in Jerusalem both of these prophecies would have been chanted in the synagogues:
the latter generation of your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, would say, when they see the plagues of that land and the sicknesses which the Lord has laid on it:
23 ‘The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and His wrath.’ (Deut 29)
It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,”
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”;
But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”
And your land, “Married”;
For the Lord delights in you,
And to Him your land will be married. (Isaiah 62)
The next study will show how world events would set up circumstances to fulfill the prophecy from Isaiah.