Ezekiel was WRONG about modern Israel

Ezekiel was wrong about
everything that he predicted 
By John Bedson

Thirty five years ago I wrote the book on Bible prophecy about Modern Israel. - Quite literally.
 

I wrote and published the Christadelphian booklet "The Destiny of Israel and the Future of the World." We sold approximately 70,000 copies. I also produced the thirty minute 16mm movie "The Miracle of Israel." We sold twenty three copies of the 16mm film and 150 copies of the VHS video to preaching committees all over the globe. It was shown many thousands of times to interested visitors and Christadelphians. I sold and gave away approximately one million of the full colour advertising leaflets for the film.

Much of the movie and book was based on Ezekiel chapters 36 - 39 and claimed that Ezekiel was predicting the return of the Jews to Israel in our own times. I now know that I was seriously mistaken. Ezekiel predicted nothing of the sort. I had twisted his words to mean something entirely different to his original meaning. It suited me to pretend that he was speaking of my own times. But I was wrong. Let us examine what Ezekiel did predict and you will soon realise that his words have nothing to do with events in the Middle East since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
Ezekiel was writing at a time when the elite of Hebrew society had been taken into captivity and marched off to Babylon. The land of Israel was waste and society had all but broken down. Ezekiel predicted a return to Israel from the exile. His readers would naturally expect that he meant in their own times. It would be ridiculous to imagine that those who listened to his words in Babylonian captivity would conclude that he was speaking of a time two thousand six hundred years in their future. Moreover there is nothing in his predictions that indicate that he meant anything other than a Jewish return from the exile of his own time.
Moreover if we read what he wrote without imposing our own notions onto his words, we find that he was entirely wrong in his predictions about the Jewish return from the Babylonian exile. If we go further and examine the current Jewish return to Israel from their Diaspora he is also entirely wrong in his predictions. The history of Modern Israel is quite different to the way that Ezekiel predicted events. His words have NEVER been fulfilled, either under the Jewish return to Israel at the time of Cyrus the Great, or in our own times. Ezekiel's prophecies are totally failed. He was no better at predicting the future than Nostradamus.
Ezekiel chapter 36 predicts a return from exile in which the Jews would be given a "new heart" and a "new spirit" by God. He would "Take away the stony heart out of your flesh." (Ezekiel 36:26).  He goes on to predict:

"I will put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statues and ye shall keep my judgements and do them." (Ezekiel 36:27).
That did not happen following the return of the Jews to Israel at the time of Cyrus the Great, nor has it happened in our own times. Two thousand years ago the returned Jews rejected Christ and arranged to have him crucified. In our own times the Israelis are increasingly secular and those who are religious want nothing to do with Christ or Christianity. The events of history contradict Ezekiel's prophecies.
Ezekiel's 'Valley of dry bones' prophecy in chapter 37 has also not been fulfilled, because he predicted:

"David my servant shall be king over them." (Ezekiel 37:24).
That has never happened in either ancient or modern history. Moreover no Christadelphian believes that will ever happen. They believe that Christ, not David, will return to rule from Jerusalem.
Once again Ezekiel was writing nonsense.
 
Modern Israelis DO NOT "dwell safely"
as predicted by Ezekiel
Chapter 38 is also entirely mistaken in its predictions. It describes a time when the returned Jews will "dwell safely" (Ezekiel 38:8) in "unwalled villages....having neither bars nor gates" (Ezekiel 38:11) - That has never happened in all of history and in our own times Israel has been arguably one of the most dangerous places on Earth to live. Jewish settlements on the West Bank are surrounded by high fences of razor wire, attack dogs, searchlights and soldiers. Hamas and Hezbollah rockets rain down on the country. Terrorist attacks happen almost daily. Wars break out every few years. Iran threatens Israel with nuclear annihilation.
In chapter 39 Ezekiel predicted a Northern confederacy threatening the returned Hebrews, but it is destroyed before it can bring harm to the Jews. This is in contradiction to Zechariah's prediction of something that Christadelphians claim is the same event:

"Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity." (Zechariah 14:1-2)
Zechariah predicted that God would gather "all nations" against Israel. But Ezekiel predicted that: "Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish" (Ezekiel 38:13) would be opposed to the Northern invasion. So "all nations" is wrong. Once again the Bible contradicts itself.
This Northern invasion did not happen at the time of the first return from exile and it has not happened in our own times. As the Bible gives contradictory predictions about the event it strains credulity to think that it could ever happen in the future.
Thirty five years ago I studied Bible prophecy with a wrecking-bar in one hand and a sledge-hammer in the other. I forced and smashed those verses until they suited my purpose of pretending that they applied to my own times. I shovelled up all of the dozens of verses that contradicted what I was claiming and I quietly threw them away into the trash. I am sorry that I was such an idiot to have done those things and to have deceived so many. I apologise and ask for your forgiveness.
Christadelphians today have no excuse. On this website and others, Ex-Christadelphians have come together to confess their mistakes made when they were Christadelphians and to try to help those Christadelphians who remain trapped in the delusion of that religion. Christadelphians who continue to claim that Modern Israel is a fulfilment of Bible prophecy, or that it is a sign that Christ will soon return, are being as wilfully and knowingly dishonest as I was thirty five years ago.
Shame on me for being such an ass. I hope that I have redeemed some of my error through my work on this website trying to help people out of the faith.
But double shame on the remaining Christadelphians who continue to lie through their teeth about Modern Israel, when we Ex-Christadelphians have exposed their deception and the many reasons why they are mistaken.

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