JPost: The year 2017 could see a “perfect storm’ for Israel’s relationship with the Diaspora, according to a report released by the Reut Institute this month under the title “The Future of the Nation State of the Jewish People: Consolidation or Rupture?”

The report discusses various components of Israel’s ties with world Jewry, primarily US Jewry, and posits that if Israel does not take action to change an outdated mindset and working assumptions which no longer correlate with reality, Israel’s function as the national home for the Jewish people will ultimately be destroyed.

If that happens it warns, the Jewish state’s very existence could be threatened further than it is today. more

Opinion: There are a lot of questions as to how successful Donald Trump will be in draining the swamp, and even more questions about how he will handle Obamacare and Israel and the embassy move.

But we never need to question God’s word, the Bible. And as for Israel’s relationship with the diaspora or her function as a national homeland for the Jewish people, you can take it to the bank, absolutely nothing will go wrong.

The diaspora (scattering) began after the second siege of Rome in 70 AD. The Roman emperor Titus ransacked the temple killing millions of Jews at the same time.

According to extra-Biblical writings, the Talmud (Gittin 56b) says that the emperor Titus was punished by a gnat which entered his nose driving him crazy. Legend has it that an autopsy after his death showed that the gnat had grown into a bird of brass with claws of iron that pecked at his brain for seven years.

What the Talmud is saying, according to Italian scholar Azariah de Rossi, is that a tiny gnat of remorse pecked away at Titus’ conscience because he had destroyed the Temple, growing ever stronger until he could no longer live with his guilt.

The prophet Ezekiel 39:28 tells us that the diaspora will end after the war of Gog and Magog:

“Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer.”

(For more on the war of Gog and Magog see chapter 6 Bible Prophecy 101 here, and chapter 7 of Blood Feud here.)

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