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The book of Jeremiah shows us that the time of this return,

was not, as many believe, when Israel became a nation in


“‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the LORD, ‘I will

frown on you no longer, for I am merciful,’ declares the LORD,

‘I will not be angry forever. Only acknowledge your guilt…’

declares the Lord”

(Jer. 3:12-13).

“At that time they will call Jerusalem, The Throne of the

LORD, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the

name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness

of their evil hearts. In those days the house of Judah will join

the house of Israel…”

(Jer. 3:17-18).

The time spoken of for this return is after the future 70th

week of Jacob’s trouble (The Tribulation). “At that time” and

“in those days” will be during the Day of the Lord, when Israel

is to be restored—after the end. The nations of the world will

be gathering in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. That

time of restoration certainly is not going on as of this writing!


This next verse gives us the length of time that God will be

away before the restoration, which as we have seen begins at

the end:

“After two days he will revive us; on the third day he

will restore us, that we may live in his presence”

(Hos. 6:2).

Let’s really dissect this passage! The word


is not very

specific at all when you think about it, for everything comes

after something. One wonders why it would even be there in

such a specific time passage as this. Using the word



plies that it could be any time after two days, or any time in the