I WILL WHISTLE FOR THEM
Zechariah 10:8 NKJV
“I will whistle for them and gather them, for I will redeem them; and they will increase as they once increased.”
“He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar, and will whistle to them from the end of the earth; surely they will come with speed, swiftly” Isaiah 5:26.
The major sign that kick-starts the “last days” is the re-gathering of Israel from their final scattering into the Gentile nations back into their land again. Since the turn of the century (1900’s) Jews have been returning to the land GOD set aside for them.
What started as a trickle has become a flood in recent years. I won’t take time to give the numbers outlining their return from almost all nations since the founding of the nation of Israel on May 14 1948; this can be investigated for those interested.
In verse 9 of Zechariah 10 we hear the plans of GOD concerning His people.
“I will sow them among the peoples, and they will remember Me in far countries; they will live together with their children, and they will return.”
It is absolutely astounding that an ethnic group of people, removed from their country and scattered as slaves and peasants throughout the world, would maintain their religious and social society under the most severe hatred and racism over a span of 2000 years.
I have addressed this topic on many occasions and I don’t intend to repeat here other than what is mentioned in our given text for the day.
The prophet Hosea comments on this GOD’s sowing in chapter 1, beginning at verse 11.
“Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel will be gathered together, and appoint for themselves one head; and they will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel! Say to your brethren, ‘My people,’ and to your sisters, ‘Mercy is shown.’”
Jezreel = “sown by God” or “God will sow.”
The promise of GOD to show mercy to His scattered people continues here in Zechariah and also in Hosea among other references.
“It will come to pass in that day that I will answer, says the LORD: I will answer the heavens, and they will answer the earth. The earth will answer with grain, with new wine, and with oil; they will answer Jezreel. Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not My people, You are My people! And they will say, You are my God!” Hosea 2:21-23
We will see that this sowing of the people back into their land will result in a nationwide repentance and its call unto their true Messiah.
This verse from Hosea is the scripture quoted by Paul in Romans 9:25-26.
“As He said also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved which were not beloved. And it will come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, You are not my people; there they will be called the children of the Living GOD.”
Paul explains to his listeners as recorded in Romans chapters 9 through 11 that GOD has a plan to restore and bring salvation to the entire remnant of Israel.
He quotes from Hosea how that process will come about. First, He created Israel to be as a wife to Himself, but that she left and committed spiritual fornication by seeking after other gods.
GOD spoke judgment over the nation and cast them out of the land by stating they were not His people! He was in fact, “declaring legal separation but not a divorce from them. He declared this in the land – “the place where it was said unto them, you are not my people.”
Hosea goes on to say later that GOD and the remnant of Israel would reconcile.
GOD’s agenda has always been to reconcile the world to himself 1 and there is a special reconciliation for the people of Israel, His chosen ones.
Ever since Israel’s rejection of the One who came to reconcile them to the Father, GOD has been working out His plan of redemption for the lost sheep of Israel.
Because they “knew not the time of their visitation” – by Messiah – GOD removed them from the land. He scattered them like so much chaff throughout the Gentile nations. He up-rooted them saying, in effect, I created you to be distinct from the Gentiles and you would not, so here, see what your life is like among those whose gods you pandered after – see what it is like without the One who called you, created you, to be My witness to these Gentiles.
But after this up-rooting, GOD was to bring them back and re-plant them in the land. Listen to Jeremiah 31:27-28.
“Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it will come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict, so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, says the LORD.”
In this chapter of Jeremiah, GOD is saying that the days are coming when He will sow, one final time, men and animals into the land. And He assures us and Israel that just as He watched over them while He was plucking up, while He was breaking down, while He was throwing down, while He was destroying and afflicting, so too will He be watching over His building up and re-planting once again.
Notice the consequence of their refusal to acknowledge their Messiah!
- Pluck up
- Break down
- Throw down
Yet, through all of this, GOD watched over them! GOD goes on to say in Jeremiah 31 that He will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. And it won’t be a covenant like the one He made with their fathers when He brought them out of Egypt – a covenant which they broke!
No, it will be a new covenant. As Jeremiah 31 verse 33 continues to explain.
“I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and I will be their GOD and they will be my people.”
This new covenant that the returning remnant of Israel will receive is none other than the New Covenant we Gentiles have been afforded!
Instead of a law engraved upon stone tablets, GOD will write His law upon their hearts. How? By the indwelling Holy Spirit! That self-same Spirit that indwells every believer of every nation! Praise GOD!
And we are all aware of the only way this happens – by the new birth. GOD has promised that in the last days, all Israel will be saved.2
I spoke several months ago about “a place.” A place where provision is stored. Elijah had to go to a place – by the river – in order to receive the blessing piled up there for him. 3
The land of Israel – the land of promise – GOD’s land – is the place where the blessings of salvation are “piled up” for them.
Also, the place of rejection – the place of sin – must be the place returned to in order to find forgiveness. GOD always takes us back to our place of failure to offer a second chance – a chance for a change of heart and a chance for repentance.
Jeremiah continues, “For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34b.)
Paul detailed this forgiveness for Israel in Romans 11. “GOD has not cast away His people,” verse two. Then later in verses 26 and 27 we read:
“And so all Israel will be saved: as it is written, There will come out of Zion, the Deliverer, and will turn away ungodliness from Jacob: for this is my covenant unto them when I take away their sins.”
Here again is the New Covenant – the same covenant each of we believers have been given – freely by grace.
Notice it too is based upon the One, the Deliverer, Jesus, their True Messiah, who will turn away their ungodliness. How? In the same manner He turns away our ungodliness – by the clothing, the covering, of His righteousness through His shed blood upon the cross.
The identical grace, the identical means – the self same Spirit – the same acknowledgment of sin and acceptance of His substitutionary death and resurrection.
Ezekiel 36:9-11 adds the following:
“For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and you will be tilled and sown. And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities will be inhabited, and the wastes will be built up.”
GOD is bringing back His people, back to the land, to be planted there once more and tilled of GOD. And during this time they will learn to know “that I am LORD.”
The prophet Amos also had something to say concerning this process. Amos 9:15:
“I will plant them upon their land, and they will no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, says the LORD thy GOD.”
From our Zechariah Scripture we instructed that their population will greatly increase. “And I will whistle for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they will increase as they have increased.”
I can remember, as a child, my parents along with the neighbours, whistling for us at super time, and we would all come running home – home to receive a blessings.
GOD has whistled for His children and they are in process of running home to receive a blessing – in their case, salvation! And here GOD speaks as if things are already done – “I have redeemed them.” In GOD’s eye it is a “fait au complet” done in full.
Israel’s population in 70 A.D. was 12 million, In 2001 it was 6 million and in 2019 about 9 million. It is growing toward the number it was when their rejection of Messiah occurred.
Zechariah 10:10 tells us that there will soon come a point when there will be no more room for them all, and Isaiah 49:19-20 adds that the land is “too narrow” for them. They will soon be “busting at the seams.” And Isaiah 54:1-3 reminds us that Israel will be expanded. No more, “land for peace” deals!
And all of this is brought about by the power from the LORD as per Zechariah 10:12.
Ezekiel 37:17 is a fascinating Scripture concerning their returning to the land.
“And join them one to another into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.”
The prophet Ezekiel was instructed to pick up two sticks, one representing Israel and a second representing Judah. He was then told to hold them in his hand and they would become one stick. The meaning as explained further was that Israel was cast out as two sticks, Judah and Israel – two separate nations – but would return in the last days as one stick – one unified nation. And this is so.
GOD reminds us over and over that He is doing this for Israel not because they deserve it but for His name’s sake!
We are living in this very hour. GOD is whistling for his people to return home. He is planting his people into His land once more.
He is preparing their hearts to receive His laws. He is preparing their hearts to receive their Messiah.
His word is going out throughout the land of Israel. The labourers are busy cultivating the blossoming wheat for harvest.
We too are labourers called into His harvest fields both at home and in Israel.
Who knows, but for such a time as this were we born. For such a season as this have we arrived to toil for Him.
These are the days in which we live! It is approaching the final hour of harvest.
We are the ones called into His vineyard, at the last hour. We are the ones that the LORD found idle as evening approached who have been called to join in bring in the full harvest. You remember the parable.
And we are offered the same grace of the New Covenant as are all other labourers who toiled before us. Let us roll up our sleeves and get to it.
“I must work the works of Him who sent me, while it is day: the night comes when no one can work” John 9:4.
If you listen, you may hear His whistling.
1 Ephesians 2
2 Romans 11
3 1 Kings 17:4
Let us rejoice and come and gather together in His name.
Let us be thankful that we have been called together under the New Covenant.
Let us acknowledge His Lordship over our lives.
Let us rest, as His sheep, as His flock, in the peace of His salvation.
Let us find refreshing beside the still waters, let Him restore our souls.
Lord we thank You that as the Bread of Life come down from heaven, You are that bread, that body, that was broken for us. Thank You, O manna from heaven for taking upon Yourself our sin and our judgment. We acknowledge that You are the Messiah, the LORD of salvation and we honour You.
On the night He was betrayed He took bread, blessed it and broke it and said, “This is my body broken for you, do this as oft as you do in remembrance of me.”
Let us eat together.
Thank you Jesus.
Lord we thank You for Your precious blood shed upon Calvary’s cross for the remission of all our sin. Thank You that You offered to give of Yourself freely so that we may freely obtain grace and mercy. May Your blood continue to keep us from the devices of the devil as it covers us and each of our households. Blessed be Your name.
“Likewise, on the night he was betrayed he took the cup, blessed it and said, This is my blood which is shed for you, do this as oft as you do in remembrance of me.”
Let us drink together and remember.
May the LORD bless you each and keep us all in His tender care this day and in the weeks to come. In Jesus name, Amen.