15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:
As Israel approached the Land which was to be their future home, it was both necessary and right that they should realize what manner ofIand it was. It was what Moses called it-God's "holy habitation" -and they had to realize that none but the holy could dwell in it. They were to understand clearly why the existing occupants of the land were to be dispossessed to make room for them.
"Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of those nations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob" (Deut. 9 : 5).
They would only bring down upon themselves the same dire judgment as would befall their predecessors if they should prove guilty of the same offences. It was the Covenant which gave them the privilege of dwelling in the Land, and the Covenant alone: they were therefore to honour its moral demands.
...If on the other hand, they were traitors to the Covenant, calamity would befall them... Their disobedience would reveal their hearts (in contrast to their bodies) to be "uncircumcised"-that is, betray a mood in them that was incompatible with the obligations of their Covenant calling. God would consequently be compelled, in vindication of His own holiness, to visit judgment upon them...
Law and Grace Ch 11
16 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.
17 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.
18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you 7 times more for your sins.
Suggested prophetic application of the seven times- ending in 1948...
Judgement upon Israel or Judah to occupy seven times 2520 years, as also the Babylonian kingdom in its diverse beast nations is to expire at the end of an allotted 2520 years (at some point after the 7 times has expired) for then shall the nations no longer be as the beasts of the field for the earth shall be FILLED with the knowledge of Yahweh.
'... if they would persist in their transgressions of the law, notwithstanding all the chastisements they experienced while living in Yahweh's sight upon His land, He would bring upon them a punishment of seven prophetic times' duration, or 2,520 years.
Exposition of Daniel.
In hindsight (Israel's rebirth in 1948) we may now be able to look back and discover the era of the 7 times prophecy.
The epoch of Judah's punishment.
'I will punish you seven times more for your sins'.
ie. A prophetic 7 x 360 lunar years = 2520 lunar years.
'And it shall come to pass, when SEVENTY YEARS are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith Yahweh, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations'. (Jer 25:12).
Nebuchadnezzar beseiged Jerusalem BC 605 - deduct 70 years = 536 BC.
Lev 26:18 - punished 7 x times (lunar day for a year) so 7 times (lunar years = 360 days) = 907 200 days.
907 200 / 365.25 (solar years) = 2483.78 solar years - plus add one year for the missing year 0 in the Gregorian calendar. 536BC + 2484 = 1948.
1948 Judah delivered out of Babylon, rebirth of the nation - the end of the 2520 years.
The Balfour Declaration Nov 1917
His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
Arthur Balfour, and dated 2nd Nov. 1917.
25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
The tragedy of Israel's history is that they were false to their oath. On that account Yahweh, though essentially "a merciful God" (Deut. 4 : 31), had perforce, in vindication of His essential holiness, to be to them "a consuming fire, even a jealous God" (Deut. 4 : 24), and was forced repeatedly to "avenge the quarrel of my covenant" (Lev. 26 : 25).
Law and Grace Ch 4
28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you 7 times for your sins.
Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of Yahweh Tzvaoth, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 5:24)
33 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.
While circumcision obliged Israel to keep the whole law, in which there was an annual remembrance of national offences, it gave them through that law only a tenant at will occupancy of the land of Canaan; and that not to the extent which pertains to its everlasting possession.
This appears from the words of Moses, as it is written, "If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law, ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it " (Deut. 28:58, 63).
The condition of their tenancy was their good behaviour. If they served God according to the law of the land He had given, He would bless them in their basket and store; but if they served other gods, He would let in the worshippers of those gods upon them, and expel them from the country.
Israel has rebelled, and therefore they are in dispersion, until the time appointed shall come to remember the covenant made with the fathers, and, therefore to remember the land (v 40-42).
Elpis Israel 2.2.
42 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.
13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
14 And he said unto me, Unto 2 300 days [2 400 - terminated 1860 - Bro T]; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. (Dan 8)
44 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 Yahweh their Elohim.
45 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 Elohim: I am Yahweh.
Yet, where they have failed, God still remains true to Himself, and His purpose remains unaltered. God declared "I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God". That intention, like all of God's intentions, will be realized in fact, for all Israel's past failure. Their failure merely throws His constancy into relief...Israel will yet attain their ideal destiny, like the rest of mankind, and be in reality a holy people, for "the Lord hath chosen thee to be a
peculiar people unto himself above all the nations that are upon the earth" (Deut. 14 : 2).
True of the past, this is also prophetic of the future for God is faithful and will, as He pledged in the Exodus, bring all His promises to Abraham to pass.
Law and Grace Ch 4
And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.
And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am Yahweh, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid. (Ezk. 34: 25-28)