Warnings of the Scattering
Deuteronomy seems to be written
as a detailed account of Israel's past, present (at the time it was
written) and future as God revealed it to Moses. The Decalogue,
blessings, curses, and covenants are all repeated in it, while the finer
details found in Exodus, Numbers and Leviticus are left out making it a fascinating
book to just sit down and read. Many of the quotes found in the
New Testament come form this book.
The first 2520 encounter in
Deuteronomy is found in chapter 4:
Deuteronomy 4:23 Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye
of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven
image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD thy God hath
24 For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.
25 When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall
have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a
graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the
sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger:
26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye
shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan
to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly
27 And the LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be
left few in number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you.
28 And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and
stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find
him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon
thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and
shalt be obedient unto his voice;
31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee,
neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he
sware unto them.
Israel did not have to turn away from God
but it was prophesied that they would indeed provoke God to
anger. On careful study one can see both the
scattering of Samaria in verse 27 and the exile of Judah in
Babylon in verses 28-31.
Sadly, just as Moses said it
would happen in verse 25, Israel did evil in the sight
of the LORD. After Solomon died circa 975 B.C.
Israel was split into two. Jeroboam became the
king of the 10 tribes of northern Israel called Samaria.
Rehoboam, Solomon's son remained as king over the
southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin.
In 723 B.C. the prophecy of
Deuteronomy 4 began to be fulfilled, Assyria laid siege
upon Samaria and the ten tribes were soon carried away
by Sargon into Assyria never to return. Today
these ten tribes are called "the lost tribes of Israel"
46 Years after
Samaria was scattered Judah's cup of iniquity had become
full and in 677 B.C. king Manasseh was taken captive
into Babylon. Here is the difference though,
Manasseh repented just like it states it verses 30 and
31. 2 Chronicles 33 tells the whole story of his
wicked reign, his carriage into Babylon and his
restoration after his repentance. This repentance
however was not one that was complete according to the
Laws of Moses, he did not destroy the idols he set up,
he did not bring his nation to repent and return to
worshipping the one true God, and he still was
considered a king that did evil in the sight of the
LORD. Therefore the curse of the 2520 was still
active in spite of the short reprieve God in his mercy
granted king Manasseh.
"Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of
the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh
among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and
carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction,
he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself
greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto
him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his
supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into
his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was
2 Chronicles 33:11-13
Another 2520 warning to the Israelites is found in Deuteronomy 8:
Deuteronomy 8:17 And thou say in thine heart, My
power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that
giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his
covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God,
and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I
testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
20 As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so
shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice
of the LORD your God.
The prophecy of Israel's disobedience found in
Deuteronomy 31:16 And the LORD said unto Moses,
Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will
rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the
land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and
break my covenant which I have made with them.
17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and
I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they
shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall
them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils
come upon us, because our God is not among us?
18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils
which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto
The LORD can not bless sin, the Israelite nation
was brought into their land of promise through a blessing and
they were told over and over that He delivered them from
"And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God,
which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness
of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth
beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou
shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the
LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation
of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them
that love me, and keep my commandments." Exodus 20:1-6
Today we are freed from the bondage of sin
through Faith in God's mighty Grace. But He can not bless
us while we are wilfully disobedient to His laws. Through
Him we are dead to the law; He takes our sin away, He pays the
price for our sins and He gives us His victory. But just
like the Israelites, if we choose the sins of this world over
Him we are no longer under His Grace and His blessing is
removed. He suffered long with Israel and He will suffer
long with you but there are limits. Those limits are what
the 2520 is all about.
"Behold, I set before you this day a
blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of
the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a
curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your
God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day,
to go after other gods, which ye have not known."