Vineyards Proving the Prophetic Return to Israel


BIN: “Several prophets speak specifically about grape vines as a part of the Jews’ return to the Land of Israel,” Tsair said to Breaking Israel News. “What is so special about grapes? Why didn’t the prophets speak about wheat or herds of cattle? When the prophets describe a return to Israel that included grape vines, they were describing a specific type of return; one that will be permanent.”

“Contained in a bottle of wine is the proof that the Jews have returned to Israel in a meaningful and permanent manner,” Tsair continued. “It takes many years of work until you enjoy the wine. After you plant a grape vine, you have to wait four years for orla.” Orla (literally ‘uncircumcised’) refers to the prohibition of eating the fruit from a tree planted in Israel for the first three years. When the Temple exists, the fruit of the fourth year may be eaten in Jerusalem. more …

Again you shall plant vineyards On the hills of Shomron; Men shall plant and live to enjoy them. Jeremiah 31:4 (The Israel Bible™)

Opinion: Hebrew version commentary:

Return of life to the Holy Land is symbolized by the rejuvenation of vineyards in Samaria, a miracle taking place today. Grapes and vineyards play a prominent role throughout Tanakh. The first cultivated plants mentioned in the Bible were grapevines: “Noach, the tiller of soil, was the first to plant a vineyard” (Genesis 9:20). Grapes are mentioned more than any other fruit in the entire Tanakh. When Moshe sent the 12 spies to scout out Eretz Yisrael, the book of Bamidbar (13:23) records that they returned with a sample of grapes that was so large it had to be carried on poles by strong men, an image used as the logo of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. This honored fruit also plays a prominent role in Judaism, as Shabbat and Holiday meals begin with a blessing over a cup of wine.

Amos 9:13-14: A time is coming…When the mountains shall drip wine…They shall plant vineyards and drink their wine.

Amos is speaking about a time when Messiah Jesus returns and with His Kingdom a period of peace for 1000 years on earth (Revelation 20:1-2). It is a time when the blessing of Jacob will be fulfilled (Genesis 27:28-29; Zechariah 8:23).

Once again we are shown the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).