Since the 1947 UN vote in favor of partitioning “Palestine” into two states, the Jews have nearly disappeared from Muslim lands where they once existed by the hundreds of thousands. Between 1920 and 1970, 900,000 Jews were expelled from Arab and other Muslim countries. 600,000 settled in Israel (Shmuel Trigano, “The Expulsion of the Jews from Muslim Countries,” Nov. 4, 2010, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs).
In 1948, there were 120,000 Jews in Egypt; as of 2017, 18 elderly Jews remained. The once-bustling Cairo synagogue mostly sits empty. Maimonides’ 12th-century synagogue is visited only by tourists. In 1948, there were 150,000 Jews in Iraq; as of 2016 there were 10. The synagogues and cemeteries are in ruins. In 1948, there were 265,000 Jews in Morocco; as of 2017 there were 2,000. In 1948, there were 105,000 Jews in Tunisia; by 2017 there were 1,700. In 1948, there were 40,000 Jews in Syria; as of 2018 there were 100. In 1948, there were 38,000 Jews in Libya; as of 2017 there were none. In 1948, there were 140,000 Jews in Algeria; as of 2018, there were 50. In 1994, the last remaining synagogue was abandoned. In 1948, there were 55,000 Jews in Yemen; as of 2018 there were 50. In 1979, there were 100,000 Jews in Iran; today there are fewer than 10,000.
Consider the Jews of Cairo. Journalist Matti Friedman, who visited there a few years ago, said, “The Jews have left, driven out by the riots of the 1940s, the fatal bombings in Cairo’s old jewish Quarter, the rise of the pan-Arab nationalism of Gamal Abdel Nasser, state-sanctioned persecution, and the theft of property. Two generations ago the Jewish community in Cairo numbered about sixty-five thousand people; today there are a few dozen, all of them elderly. Within a few years there will be none. … In central Cairo is an area of market streets still known as the Jewish Quarter, though there are no Jews there” (The Aleppo Codex, p. 93).
This is a major sign of the times. Most of these Jews did not want to move to Israel. They were forced out by persecution and oppression, by violence and robbery. They don’t know what is happening, but God does. It’s time for the return described in Ezekiel 37:8, which is the return in spiritual deadness in preparation for national conversion. It is time for the return described in Daniel 9:27 which sets the stage for the covenant with the Antichrist and the building of the Third Temple, all of which is necessary preparation for the return of Christ to establish the kingdom promised by the prophets.
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