For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God. When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you. And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. (Deuteronomy 4:24-31)
We have already shown you that Moses predicted Israel’s great apostasy and subsequent exile, events which would occur 1,500 years later. He taught Israel a song which laid it all out for them, from their possession of the promised land to the end of the age, in Deuteronomy 32.
Here in Deuteronomy 4, Moses predicts Israel’s restoration again and final return to the LORD and to the land. This prediction has yet to be fulfilled. Currently Israel is in their own land,(Miracle enough), but is in a state of unbelief and estrangement from God.
Moses warned that Israel would “corrupt themselves” with idolatry, provoking God to anger. They would subsequently be exiled and scattered among the nations of the world,and be forced to serve false gods, remaining few in number.
But Moses predicts the Tribulation, which will occur in the latter days, something Daniel reffered to as “Tribulation such as the world has never seen before…”, to be followed by the resurrection.
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.(Daniel 12:1-2)
Jeremiah refers to the same event as “The Time of Jacob’s trouble…”;
For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.(Jeremiah 30:5-7)
In that tribulation, Israel is predicted to turn to the LORD they have forsaken, and call upon the LORD, seeking him with all of their hearts, and that Israel will indeed find Him, when Israel seeks for Him with all of his heart!
In Leviticus 26 Moses described the Exile of Israel for idolatry as a series of punishments, increasing in severity, in order to bring Israel to humble repentance,
I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you. And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your eart,h as brass: And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits. (Leviticus 16:16-20)
Such became the sad history of the chosen people, predicted in Leviticus 26,by Moses-
- from the first wave of punishment, (vs 18-20, Raids of enemies swooping down and reaping their harvests),
- to the second,(vs 21-22) in which beasts of prey multiplied in the land, and a decrease in children,
- To the third wave(vs 23-24- Wars,Plagues and famine),
- Unto the fourth wave of punishment- (vs 27-30- Beseigement to the point that women eat their own children)
- Until finally the punishment is exile, captivity and dissolution of the nation of Israel, the JEws completely scattered and languishing in Gentile lands.
But Moses also predicted that the nation would remain intact, even in captivity(an amazing fete),and that in the last days she would confess the sin…the national sin and be restored to God, in the last days.
If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land. The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes. And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the Lord their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the Lord.( Leviticus 40-45)