Next Year in Jerusalem!

Page No.16

At the end of the Seder, the last thing that is said is “L'shanah haba'ah biyerushalayim”, which, translated, means, “Next year in Jerusalem!” This is very significant, for a number of reasons.

First, it indicates a yearning to see prophecy fulfilled. For centuries, the Jewish people have been trusting in the Word of God, spoken through His prophets concerning the re-gathering of God’s People in the Land of Israel. Here’s one example of many of this: “I will you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” (Ezekiel 11:17)

Israel has only been a nation since 1948, and Jerusalem has only been back in Jewish hands since 1967. We are living in a time of fulfilled prophecy. Interestingly, Israel is the only nation in human history that has been resurrected after 2,000 years. And, Hebrew is the only language that has been brought back to life after a similar amount of time.

Anyone who thinks the Bible is just a collection of myths should realize that it is actually as current as today’s newspaper. We are living in a time when we are seeing age-old biblical prophecies come to pass about Israel. And, it is the same prophets who also spoke in a crystal-clear way about the Messiah.

The second thing that is interesting about ending the Seder by looking to Jerusalem in the future is that the Bible does the same thing. The last book of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation, in the next to last chapter, says this: “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2)

As these articles have demonstrated, clearly Passover is more than a recounting of past history. Contained within it is a hopeful expectation of God fulfilling His Word in miraculous ways for His people.

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