The restored land of Israel

Ezek 47:1-12   In his vision, Ezekiel is shown a channel of water coming from the eastern entrance to the Temple and flowing east to join the River Jordan before entering the Dead Sea. The water from this ‘stream’ irrigates the surrounding land, and plants and animals flourish. On each bank, fruit trees grow all year round.

 

The Jordan Rift Valley (Beivushtang)

The River Jordan - a source of irrigation in Israel   (Beivushtang)

 

The Dead Sea comes back to life, and fishermen are found all along its shores from the springs of En Gedi in the north to the springs of En Gelaim in the south. (See the features on The Dead Sea and En Gedi.)

Ezek 47:13-23   The boundaries of the restored land will stretch from the Hamath Pass in the north to Kadesh Barnea in the south, with the River Jordan as the eastern boundary (see Map 47). Foreigners living within this area are to be treated like full Israelite citizens and are to receive a share of the land.

Ezek 48:1-29   The restored land is allocated in east-west strips to each of the twelve tribes of Israel. A central strip, running through Jerusalem, is to be set aside for the King, the Priests and the Levites and for the inhabitants of the city.

Ezek 48:30-34   The new city wall is to have twelve gates, named after the Twelve tribes of Israel. The city of Jerusalem (Hebrew ‘Yerushalayim’) is to be renamed ‘The LORD is here’ (Hebrew ‘Yahweh – Shammah’).

 

Jaffa Gate Jerusalem (Herwig Reidlinger)

The Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem   (Herwig Reidlinger)

 

The Book of Daniel was written between 598 and 539BC during the exile in Babylon. It tells the story of the persecution of Daniel and his fellow Jewish exiles, then recounts a series of visions in which the pagan empires are overthrown and God’s people are victorious.

You can read more about Daniel in Section 34 - Judah in exile in Babylonia.  

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