Breaking Israel News: “The Bnei Anousim are descendants of Jews who, despite being forcibly converted to Catholicism in Spain and Portugal in the 14th and 15th centuries, continued to practice Judaism in secret. They were then subjected to persecution and oppression under the Inquisition and the latter’s efforts to snuff out their brave attempts to cling to their Jewish identity,
“Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel” Ezekiel 11:16-17.
The resurgence of a Bnei Anousim movement is an unprecedented event in human history in which a nation is reunited and a long lost branch revived. It would be surprising if such a miracle was not mentioned in the Bible, but in fact, it is explicitly described. The last two verses of Obadiah detail this event, explicitly naming Spanish and French Jews who will return to the nation and land of Israel:
Opinion: The Bnei Anousim (above) are known as Sepharad, or Sephardic Jews, from the Iberian peninsula located in the southwest corner of Europe. Iberia is divided among three states: Spain, Portugal, and Andorra, as well as Gibraltar.
Obadiah’s tiny book is particularly interesting to me since I have quoted its verses so many times. Obadiah’s one chapter is about judgment on Esau and his descendants and the return of God’s chosen to the land.
Verse 18 – the whole House of Edom is destroyed: “… no survivor will remain of the house of Esau.”
Verse 19 – the specific lands from the mountains of Edom to Philistia and Samaria to be restored to the Jews: “The South shall possess the mountains of Esau (southern Jordan), And the Lowland shall possess Philistia (west,Gaza). They shall possess the fields of Ephraim And the fields of Samaria (Central Israel). Benjamin shall possess Gilead (East of the Jordan).”
Verse 20: “And the captives of this host of the children of Israel Shall possess the land of the Canaanites (The Negev desert in the south) As far as Zarephath (North, Lebanon). The captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad (Spain/Portugal) Shall possess the cities of the South.”
Verse 21: “Then saviors (deliverers or judges) shall come to Mount Zion To judge the mountains of Esau, And the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.”
The Jews are coming home as prophesied in Ezekiel 11 (above) from the second dispersion of AD 70.
Ezekiel 39:28 tells us that the fulfillment of the promise to bring all God’s children to the land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as an everlasting inheritance will happen at the conclusion of the war of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38, 39).
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