When the Iniquity of the Amorite is Complete
Israel Will Inherit the Land
“Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be. But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions…Then in the fourth generation they shall return here (to Israel), for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.” (Genesis 15:13, 14, 16)
So, who are the Amorites today? They are not the Jews, so the Amorites must be the occupiers of G-d’s covenanted land that He calls Israel. The occupiers, this Scripture teaches, will reach the point where their iniquity will have defiled the land to the point where they will be vomited out.
“…lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you.” (Leviticus 18:28) (Emphasis author’s)
The Scriptures teach that all the land in the world belongs to G-d and He gives it to whomever He chooses, “With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please” (Jeremiah 27:5-7). In the unconditional covenant for the land today known as Israel/Palestine, (Genesis 15:7-21), G-d gave Abraham and his descendants the Land but said they would inherit it at a future time. Abraham’s offspring, He said, would first become captives in a foreign land and then would return to Israel in the fourth generation of their captivity.
While the Israelites did return from Egypt to the covenanted Land in the fourth generation, this prophecy was only a picture–a foretaste–of the final return to the Land in the end of the age–– i.e. today! Egypt, where the Israelites were held captive, is a type of the whole world where Abraham’s covenanted offspring, the Jews, are held ‘captive’ today by prosperity, ease, and comfort in the West and by fear or oppressive governments in other parts of the world. The Exodus from Egypt serves as a pattern for us in seeing the return of the Jews to Israel from the nations of the world where they were strangers in the lands to which they were scattered and have become captives as well.
During the period preceding the Exodus from Egypt, when the Jews began to multiply, Pharaoh began to worry about their numbers and their might (Exodus 1:8-10) and he determined to keep them in Egypt under servitude. In the same way, the world began to see a multiplication of the Jews. In the 1650’s, the Jewish worldwide population was only 750,000. By 1750, one hundred years later, it had increased to 1,250,000. And by the 1930’s when Hitler rose to power, there were 15,000,000 Jews living in the world.
From a spiritual perspective, this must have sparked fear in Satan, knowing that the increase in the population of the Jews could signal the return of the Messiah and Satan’s imminent defeat. As a result, the scattered Jews began to experience persecution and expulsion from the lands where they had settled––for example, the Spanish Inquisition (1490’s) and the Jews’ expulsion from England, Portugal and Sicily, as well as the establishment of Jewish ghettos in Europe and later in Russia and Germany. Even from the Holocaust, G-d used what the enemy meant for evil for His purposes in returning the Jews to the Promised Land.
By the start of the 1600’s, Jews became subject to extensive massacres that ‘encouraged’ them to return to former Israel known then as Palestine. The first mass return occurred between 1740-1750 when Messianic predictions ran high among the Jewish people because their sages taught that persecution would precede the coming of the Messiah. A study of the history of the period of Jewish immigration to former Israel reveals an ever-increasing emigration from the countries where the Jews suffered ever-increasing persecution. For instance, the first wave of pogroms (persecutions against Jews in Russia) in the mid 1800’s was followed by new, larger waves of immigration to former Israel that continued until England unsuccessfully tried to stop all immigration during and after WWII in order to placate the Arab (Amorite) population of Palestine. In fact, the Holocaust, which Satan hoped would eliminate the Jews completely, resulted in the rebirth of Israel instead.
G-d’s timing for the Exodus back to the Land depended upon G-d’s justice in expelling the Land’s occupiers of whom He said, “…the iniquity of the Amorite” was not yet complete."
“For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.” (Proverbs 2:21-22)
Just as G-d raised up Moses as a deliverer for the Israelites in Egypt, G-d raised up a number of men (both Jew and Gentile) to ‘lead’ the Jews back to the Land of Promise. Beginning in the mid 1800’s, ‘deliverers’ were born who would directly affect the re-gathering of the Jewish people to live in their own nation once again.
Christian Zionists, particularly the Puritans from Britain, had been advocating the return of the Jews to former Israel for more than 200 years before Theodor Herzl. Herzl was recognized as the first Jewish Zionist, who began a campaign to see Israel ‘reborn’. Theodor was encouraged and even assisted by the Christian Zionist, William Hechler who introduced Herzl to influential government leaders who could help the cause. (Zionism is the desire to see former Israel resettled by the Jewish people).
Theodor Herzl (1860-1904) was credited with developing and popularizing Zionism among European Jews. His desire was based upon the injustice he saw in the treatment of Jews throughout Europe. He convened the first Zionist Congress in 1897, declaring (prophesying) that there would be an independent Jewish state within 50 years, the fulfillment of which was seen exactly 50 years later in 1947 when the UN voted in favor of this endeavor.
Another important figure that was born in the mid 1800’s was Eliezer Ben Yehuda (1858-1922) who is regarded as the father of the modern Hebrew language. The importance of Israel having a language that would unify the Jews arriving from all over the world cannot be measured. Historians record that at the age of seventeen Eliezer heard a voice say, “The land and the language.” They record that he had a revelation, which dictated his life thereafter.
"It was as if the heavens had suddenly opened, and a clear incandescent light flashed before my eyes, and a mighty inner voice sounded in my ears: the renascence of Israel on its ancestral soil." He wrote, "The more the nationalist concept grew in me, the more I realized what a common language is to a nation..."
He thereby dedicated himself to the rebirth of the nation of Israel in its own land, speaking its own language.
An additional, important unifying issue was to develop a sense of nationalism in the new immigrants. Naphtali Herz Imber (1856-1909) wrote the poem in 1878 that would later become Israel’s national anthem, HaTikva (The Hope), which served this purpose for the people of Israel then and also today.
But the man that could be best compared to ‘a Moses’ to the scattered Jewish masses was Ze’ev Jabotinsky (1880-1940). In his eulogy at Jabotinsky’s funeral, Commander Raziel actually compared Jabotinsky to Moses: (Excerpts from the eulogy follow.) (All emphasis author’s)
“… Ze'ev Jabotinsky, first soldier of Yehuda, has been gathered unto his people and is no more, because the L-rd had claimed him.
“… the founder of the Jewish Legion, the defender of Jerusalem and the prisoner of Acco, hero of the eternal struggle for the Kingdom of Israel and Knight of Hadar in his life and actions.
“An exile and wanderer, persecuted and oppressed, he bore a brilliant wreath of stars, the triumph of his teachings; and the leader and teacher of a rebellious people.
“And as an exemplary leader of the generation of the wilderness - the last generation of slaves and the first generation of free men - he saw the Jewish state from afar, but did not set his foot therein.”
Just as the Israelites had to struggle to possess the Land of Promise after the Exodus from Egypt, so they have to struggle to possess the Land today.