As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.(Ezekiel 34:11-16)
Israel is a badly used flock of sheep, which has been forced to scatter due to the neglect and abuse of her Shepherds.
The entire history of Israel over the last two millennia has been one of heartbreaking exile, wandering, being driven out of country after country, exposure of the flock to ravenous beasts,(oppressive gentile powers), pograms, persecutions, desecration and humiliation.
The pagan, Muslim and even the Christian world have all badly treated the scattered flock of Israel, as Moses predicted they would do from the beginning,
The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee….And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:(Deuteronomy 28:36-37,64-66)
Ezekiel saw that the day would come that the real Shepherd of the flock would intervene, to spare the flock. Jesus came as the good Shepherd of Ezekiel 34, but other than a small remnant, he was “Despised and rejected” of Israel. This led to the two thousand-year exile, which ended in May 1948, and the ingathering into the land.
When Ezekiel predicts that the true Shepherd will come once again to the flock of Israel, in the “Dark and cloudy day”, he is referring to the final scattering and ingathering of Israel, in the great tribulation.
The expression “Cloudy and dark day” is a reference to the “Great tribulation, such as the world never saw before , nor will it ever see again”.
Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.(Joel 2:1-2)
With Israel back in the Land, yet besieged by the nations, the modern Shepherds of Israel, will soon sign a “covenant with death”, believing that they have achieved some kind of “Peace and safety” with the Gentile Powers,
Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:(Isaiah 28:14-15)
This “Covenant of death” will be a seven-year agreement which will allow the Jews for build a temple, and resume sacrifice on the Holy Mountain. Midway through the seven years, the BEAST,world ruler, will cut off animal sacrifices and proclaim himself to be God.
This is the sign Jesus warned the modern settlers in Judea about, in Matthew 24
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.(Matthew 24:15-21)
The Jews will have to flee once more, and relive the Exodus and the Feast of Booths, in the wilderness, trying to elude her satanic enemies(ISIS,ISIL, HAMAS, HEZBULLAH)
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.(Revelation 12:6)
Some will be captured and led away to Bozrah in Jordan.
When Jesus comes back, He comes to the flock in Bozrah as the “Breaker“predicted by Micah the prophet;
I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.(Micah 2:12-13)
Jesus comes into the area of Southern Jordan called Edom, where many of the remnant are surrounded by the forces of those long intent on “wiping Israel off of the map”. As a Shepherd breaks down the makeshift wall of a temporary sheepfold, to lead the sheep out at the breaking of the day, The Messiah will break through the forces of radical Islam to rescue his besieged people.
Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine fat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.(Isaiah 63:1-4)