Q. In Jeremiah 16:14-16, God the Father speaks of the regathering of Israel “a second time.” In verse 16, the Lord states “I am about to send for many fishermen… Then I will send for many hunters…”
What are your thoughts on this intriguing Scripture?
A. The Lord had Jeremiah say that there’ll come a time when He regathers His people so dramatically that it will surpass the Exodus in importance to Israel. (Jeremiah 16:14-15)
Then in verse 16 He came back to their present time, about 600 BC, and said that because of the way they’ve dragged His name through the mud He’s going to judge them so completely that none will escape. Speaking analogously He threatened to send fishermen to catch them like fish and hunters to hunt them down like animals.
Later He said that if they escaped into the country He’d have wild animals destroy them and if they hid in cities He would afflict them with plague. (Ezekiel 33:27) This was accomplished in the destruction of Jerusalem and the subsequent Babylonian captivity.
Neither the first regathering after the Babylonian captivity nor the beginning of the 2nd one beginning in 1948 have displaced the Exodus in Israel’s mind as God’s greatest achievement I believe He was talking about the regathering following the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39, still in our future, when He’ll show the whole world that He’s Israel’s God and they’re His people, and the second re-gathering will be complete. (Ezekiel 39:28)