An end was to come upon the homeland. The repetition suggested a complete end, a final judgment. The term “four corners of the land” meant the judgment would embrace the whole land. This message, which was given about 612 BC, approximately six years before the destruction by Nebuchadnezzar, would have been uttered with expression. “Israel” was really Judah at this time, and the coming judgment included the “[whole] land” in the sense of the 70 years of desolation because of the failure of the people over the years to properly observe the Jubilees. The “four corners of the land” are a reminder of the four winds in Revelation 7:1. There is a relationship between the impending doom of natural Israel back there and the impending doom of nominal spiritual Israel in the near future. The words “an end, the end” indicate final judgment.
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The angel Gabriel did not interrupt Daniel’s prayer, but when Daniel had finished, Gabriel made him aware of his presence. Daniel looked to see who had touched him and recognized Gabriel as the one who had spoken to him in the previous vision of Chapter 8. In one sense, Chapters 8 and 9 are together—with Part A being the vision and Part B being Daniel’s long prayer.
Gabriel was “caused to fly swiftly” so that he touched Daniel “about the time of the evening oblation,” or 3 p.m. The “evening oblation” is sometimes called the “time of incense” or the “hour of prayer,” an example being when Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, was praying in the Temple and Gabriel appeared to him (Luke 1:8-11).
Verse 12 tells us that Jeremiah gave Baruch what we would call an envelope containing the two deeds. Thus the well-respected Baruch, whose lineage is given, was like Jeremiah’s secretary and treasurer. Evidently, too, he was a person of influence who backed up the prophet. Baruch was given the original deed (and the copy) in the sight of Hanameel and in the presence of the witnesses who had signed it and also of the Jews who sat in the prison courtyard. Zedekiah did not like Jeremiah, yet he permitted this transaction. The king was not taking any chances just in case there was something of substance going on here, so at this time, he treated Jeremiah quite well as a prisoner. (Earlier, however, Jeremiah was at the bottom of a cistern, in mire and water, until the eunuch pulled him out.)
Verses 13-15 tell what God’s purpose was. The deed was made out in duplicate. The official notarized, sealed deed, as well as the open one, was put in an earthen vessel to be hidden by Baruch. But why were there two deeds? One reason was to have two witnesses—the land purchase was confirmed and reaffirmed. Another reason was for the dramatic effect that will occur when the deeds are found in the Kingdom. The deeds will no doubt be found because the account states explicitly that they were put in an earthen vessel so that they would “continue many days,” suggesting the deeds were recorded for posterity.
Then suddenly nothing was heard about the 850,000 Jewish refugees. They became “forgotten refugees.” Why? The billion dollar oil financed Arab propaganda machine was heralding worldwide half-truths and non-truths to portray the Palestinians as poor, abused refugees. Dependent on Arab oil, Third World nations and European countries sided with the propaganda—not because it was true, but for economic survival.
Since 1947, the UN General Assembly has passed 101 resolutions favoring Palestinian refugees—none favoring Jewish refugees. Tens of billions of dollars have been disbursed by the UN to provide services and assistance to Palestinian refugees. Not one penny for Jewish refugees deported penniless from Arab countries.