“When the LORD brought back those that returned to Tzion, we were like unto them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue was singing; then said they among the nations: ‘The LORD hath done great things with these.’ ” Psalms 126:1-3
I had the wildest dream the other day . . . I was speaking to a group and I could hardly believe what was happening. I was in Israel, in Jerusalem, standing in the room of a Jewish Yeshiva (a school for studying Torah) ON Mt. Zion.
This particular Yeshiva is SO special in that it was established just after the miraculous Six-Day war in 1967 when God oh-so-miraculously returned East Jerusalem to the Jewish people, giving them ALL of Jerusalem for the first time in more than 2000 years! That actually just happened 48 years ago folks! So where I was was nothing short of incredible.
As if that wasn’t enough, I was addressing a group from Robert Stearns’ Israel Experience, consisting of Michael Onifer and 13 pro-Israel Christian college students from all around the United States, of all different origins and backgrounds, which in itself was such a huge blessing. This is sadly getting more and more unusual on our college campuses, where anti-Israel sentiment is tragically rampant. But that wasn’t the end of it – we were about to study Torah and there were two orthodox Jewish Rabbis there! Rabbi Goldstein, whose family founded the Yeshiva, and Rabbi Tuly Weisz of Israel365 – so who I was with was amazing, as well.
But, wait, this wasn’t a dream – this actually happened! Wednesday, June 17, 2015! Baruch HaShem, Blessed be The Name!
In so many ways this was a dream come true for each of us there, but even beyond that we were so privileged to be fulfilling a dream of God Himself. How can I make such a bold statement, you might ask – how could I or anyone possibly know something like this? Well, He tells us! It is literally written in His Book, the Bible; how awesome is that? In Isaiah 2 and in Micah 4, HaShem (“The Name” in Hebrew) expresses His Heart and The Prophecy of this dream written more than 2,500 years ago(!) that we got to actually participate in fulfilling! Isaiah 2 starts off with this incredible “who” and “where” that could ONLY be fulfilled in the last 48 years:
Isaiah 2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
This first verse clearly specifies the “who” and the “where” of what is about to be proclaimed. The “who” in this Scripture is indisputably the tribe of Judah and this is where the term “Jewish” originates from. It is so fascinating that the other tribes of the land, the direct descendants of the person of Jacob (also known as ISRAEL, of the three patriarchs Abraham/Avraham, Isaac/Yitzchak and Jacob/Yakov/Israel), were all exiled in 722 BC (“The 10 Lost Tribes”), leaving only Benjamin and Judah in the land of Israel at that time, more than 2,700 years ago. Judah still is and has been the ONLY generally recognizable tribe left in the world! HaShem preserved Judah for more than 2,500 years since the disbursement of the other 10 tribes! Miraculously, Judah is still incredibly, distinctly recognizable to this day and in our time. God has returned the tribe of Judah to The Land of Israel before our very eyes . . . what an Amazing “who” and what an Amazing God and what Amazing Times we are living in.
And, of course there is no question about the “where” either – Jerusalem is still Jerusalem. Look at how this Scripture could ONLY be fulfilled in the last 48 years – it specifically says “Judah AND Jerusalem.” The Jewish people JUST started returning to Israel in the last century after 2,000 years. Israel JUST became a nation in 1948! And, it JUST obtained all of Jerusalem in 1967! And, it has JUST come to pass in the last few years that there are more Jewish people in Israel than the six million in the U.S.! And, this is all so recent and so long in coming that for the first time in about 2,000 years there are more Jewish people in Israel than anywhere else in the world.
Our Blessed Jewish Rabbis, Rabbi Goldstein and Rabbi Weisz, beautifully fulfilled the “who” of this Prophecy and we were in Jerusalem, so the “where” of the verse was fulfilled, as well!
The beginning of the next verse gives us the “when” of when this will occur:
Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, “In the last days”! Since this could ONLY be fulfilled in the last 48 years, God is telling us where we are on His Timeline – IN THE LAST DAYS! HOW EXCITING IS THIS? And, here is the “what”: That the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills;
This Jewish Yeshiva was just established on Mt. Zion in 1965!
And all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And, a little (LOT) more “who” and “where” and “what.” It’s a Yeshiva for the Nations! Torah taught by members of the tribe of Judah in Jerusalem from Zion! And, that is what we JUST DID!
And it was so beautiful that Rabbi Weisz had decided that we were going to study Psalm 126 from The Israel Bible, which is in Hebrew and English and has transliterations of key phrases:
126  A Song of Ascents. When the LORD brought back those that returned to Tzion, we were like unto them that dream.  Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue was singing; then said they among the nations: ‘The LORD hath done great things with these.’  The LORD hath done great things with us; we are rejoiced.
During my introduction before the study, I told the group, “This is one of my favorite Scriptures.” Rabbi Weisz interrupted, saying, “Donna says that about EVERY Scripture,” and we all laughed. Rabbi Weisz began to teach and God’s Dream was fulfilled by each of us . . . God’s Dream of Judah and the nations studying Torah, His Word, TOGETHER IN Jerusalem on Mt. Zion . . . in the last days . . .
And, the first words of Psalms 126 also could ONLY be fulfilled in our current times, because it is describing and requires the Return of Zion, the tribe of Judah, the Jewish people, the children of Israel, back to The Land of Israel, that is the “captivity of Zion.” We discussed how the word “dreamers” in Hebrew also is pregnant with the word “warrior,” so these are warrior dreamers – just as it happened! The teaching (midrash) was so interactive and thought-provoking, and knit us all together in such a beautiful way that is SO HaShem’s Heart and Dream.
We ended the midrash climatically by fulfilling the very Prophecy we were studying and literally lived God’s Dream in Psalms 126:2-3, with the Christians representative of the nations in the room proclaiming: “The LORD hath done great things with these!” and those of the tribe of Judah responding enthusiastically: “The LORD hath done great things with us, and we are rejoiced!” Each of us were warrior dreamers, as to what had just happened – and, we walked away enlightened from the Light of God’s Word flowing from Zion and Jerusalem.
We are living in such phenomenal times . . . all one has to do is look at Israel to realize that each and every one of us is a part of the fulfillment of prophecy and we, incredibly, get to play an active role. Thank you Israel, Judah, Zion – Toda Raba for sharing your dream that you have carried so faithfully for literally thousands of years, at such a great price, so horrifically and frequently at the hand of those who called themselves Christians. And thank you for sharing God’s Dream, His Word, and His Oneness with us, the nations – we are eternally grateful.