It is not uncommon for an entire civilization to disappear. History records numerous seemingly advanced cultures that have entirely evaporated over time.
The Maya culture disappeared in Guatemala and parts of Mexico, leaving only glimmers of their advanced engineering and mathematical skills. In Cambodia, the Khmer empire, with an estimated population of one million, has faded. The Indus civilization of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, with as many as five million people, is long gone. Easter Island, whose massive stone heads were constructed as recently as 700 AD, has eerily vanished. Closer to home, the Mississippians, whose largest city, Cahokia, located in Illinois around 700 AD, have left only earthen monuments of their existence.
Warfare, plagues, famine, and even drought are all possible causes. Of course, presently, everything is incoherently blamed on climate change. In any event, the permanence of civilization is anything but permanent.
Except, maybe, one – the Jews.
The Bible records that God chose the Jews in Deuteronomy 7:6 "For you [Israel] are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His personal possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth."
That's the good news; now, the bad.
As with all of God's children, whether the Jews of the Old Testament or the Christian disciples in the New Testament Church Age, all true believers pay a price, at least in this life. Although blessed by God, they are systematically persecuted, mistreated, and attacked by Satan and his world system.
Remarkable, though, is the survival of one nation with unmatched oppression. Everyone knows the story of Moses and the Red Sea Crossing. The Pharaoh of Egypt had enslaved the Jews for 210 years, from 1523 BC to 1313 BC, and only through the power of God Himself was Moses able to free them for a return to the Land of Israel.
After the Egyptians, six other empires, represented by the seven heads of Revelation 13:1, captured and exiled the Jews: Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, the Roman Empire, and finally, yet to be revealed, the revived Roman Empire under the control of the Antichrist.
Christ had actually predicted the Roman displacement in Matthew 24:2 when He warned, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.”
Following Christ's prophecy, the Roman general Titus besieged Jerusalem, trapping over 100,000 people inside. Anarchy, fear, and death ensued, and after a four-month starvation blockade on August 10, 70 AD, the Romans stormed the city, killing every last one left inside.
At that time, the fire set by Titus raged through the sanctuary of the Temple; silver, and gold, which had been placed there for safekeeping, melted and flowed between the stones. Just as Christ predicted, Roman soldiers ripped apart every stone, recovering the precious metals and leaving "not one stone...upon another."
The remnant Jews would be scattered. However, unlike the Maya, Khmer, Indus, Easter Island, and Mississippians, they would refuse to disappear. Throughout history, the Jews have been continuously persecuted, slaughtered, and deposed. Of course, Hitler's ethnic cleansing during World War II is well known but as heinous as that is, it is only a part of the Jewish banishment record.
According to Wikipedia, the following is a cursory chronology of the Jewish displacements after 70 AD.
- 119 AD, in Cyprus, Cyrene, and Alexander, Jews were eradicated after the Jewish defeat in the Kito War
- 415 Jews expelled from Alexandria, Egypt
- 418 Jews were expelled from Minorca, Spain
- 612 Jews were banished from Sisebut, Spain
- 629 Entire Jewish population of Galilee was massacred or expelled
- 7th Century Muhammad expelled Jewish tribes from Medina, Saudia Arabia
- 1012 Jews are expelled from Mainz, Germany
- 1095 Mid-13th century Crusades destroy numerous Jewish communities in Europe and the Middle east
- Mid-12th century - Jews were banished from Spain. Maimonides Jews flee Morocco, then Egypt, then Ertz, Israel
- 1276 Jews were expelled from Upper Bavaria, Germany
- 12th - 14th Century - Jews were expelled from France by Louis IX, Philip IV, Charles V, and Charles VI
- Philosopher Ramon Llull (1232 - 1313) called for the expulsion of all Jews who refused Christian conversion
- 1288 Naples, Italy expulsion of Jews
- 1290 King Edward I expels all Jews from England
- 1294 Jews expelled from Switzerland
- 1360 Louis I expels all Jews from Hungary
- 1420 Duke Albert V imprisons and expels Jews from Austria
- 1478 Jews were expelled from Passau, Germany
- 1491 Jews were expelled from Ravenna, Italy
- 1492 Ferdinand II and Isabella I (who financed Columbus) expel Jews from Spain and Sicily
- 1495 Charles VIII of France persecutes Jews, many of who were refugees from Spain
- 1499 Jews were expelled from Nuremberg, Germany
- 1510 Jews were expelled from Naples and Brandenburg, Germany
- 1526 Jews expelled from Pressburg, Slovakia
- 1551 expelled from Bavaria, Germany
- 1569 Pope Pius V expels Jews from the papal states
- 1593 Pope Clement VIII expels Jews from some of the papal states
- 1597 Jews were expelled from Milan, Italy
- 1614 Jews were expelled from Frankfurt, Germany
- 1654 Jews flee to North America
- 1669 expelled from Vienna, Austria, by Leopold I
- 1679 expelled from Yemen
- 1683 expelled from Haiti by decree of Louis XIV
- 1701 expelled from Bavaria, Germany
- 1744 expelled from Germany and Austria
- 1791 Catherine the Great deports Jews from Russia
- 1862 Ulysses S Grant, via General Order 11, expels Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky – the order was rescinded by Abraham Lincoln - Grant later became President of the United States
- In 1880 2.5 million Jews emigrated from eastern Europe to the United States
- 1917 Jews were expelled from Jaffa, Israel, by Ottomans during WWI
- 1933 Hitler and Nazi Germany attempted to annihilate all Jews in Germany and controlled Europe
- 1943 Jews were expelled from Italian cities - Rome, Verona, Florence Pisa, and Alessandria
- In 1948 State of Israel was established and Jews migrated there
- 2003 last Jew left Libya, North Africa
- 2010 last two Jews in Somalia, Africa, lost
- In 2021 last Jew left Afghanistan
- 2021 Jews expelled from Yemen
Although assumably not even comprehensive, it would appear that almost everyone, from Kings and Queens to Popes, philosophers, Muhammad and Hitler, to even a Union General and U.S. President, got in on the Jewish displacement frenzy.
Here, even the time span was predicted by Christ in Luke 21:20, 24 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. And they will fall by the sword and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
Deuteronomy 7:1-2 shows the extinction of seven cultures around the time of the Israelites, all more powerful than God's chosen people; “When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to take possession of it, and He drives away many nations from before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you."
These seven civilizations, like the Mayans and Easter Island, have all vanished into history. The Jews, however, still exist.
As a new Christian, I remember writing a letter to my mom on Mother's Day many years ago, informing her that I had converted to Biblical Christianity and that one of the exciting proofs of the Christian faith's validity was the survival of the Jews throughout history; against all odds. Lost were the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites; only the Israelites remained.
I'm sure she had no idea what I was talking about. To be honest, I had no concept of the significance of what I was saying either.
I was also chosen, much like Israel.
Only God could do that.