In the first Temple period, the original inhabitants of Jerusalem were the Sephardim. The King of Babylon invaded the Holy City with his armies to destroy the Holy Temple and capture all of Israel. Sephardic Jews were being slaughtered. Many escaped to Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Turkey and even Salonica. But the great majority were able to stay together and made it to a peninsula which they deemed safe. They found the ground to be fertile and the climate perfect for them. They named this peninsula “Sefarad.” Unfortunately all the inhabitants of Israel were captured, taken to Babylon and placed into slavery for 70 years. While all of Israel was forced to serve the will of the Babylonian King for 70 years, the Sephardic Jews continued to serve freely the God of their forefathers, Avraham, Yitzak and Yakov. The King of Babylon finally decided he did not need the Jews any longer and booted them out of Babylon. With no Temple, their land desolate and barren, the Jews had no place to go. Ezra came to their rescue and lovingly helped them to return to Torah and commit to serving the God of Israel once again. They do this and now they have to disperse. They also knew, that while they were in slavery for 70 years, the Sefardim were living freely as Jews, keeping the original covenant given at Mt. Sinai, in Sefarad. They decided to give that peninsula a nick name. They called it “ Iveria.” Ivri means “Hebrew.” Iveria means “ the place of the Hebrews .” This “place of the Jews” is better known as “ the Iberian peninsula.” Many centuries later, it became known as Spain. In 1482, the King and Queen of Spain wanted the Jews to convert to the mother church that was in power. They commissioned a Spanish Monk named Torquemada to devise a way to convert the Jews. He designed and executed the Spanish inquisition.Our people were being murdered and butchered for a ten year period. In 1492, Christopher Columbus tells the Queen that he can find no one who wants to join his voyage on the three ships she had built for him, because they believed the world was flat. The Queen assures him that she has plenty of people she can give him because the dungeons are full of “criminals.” They were the “criminals” of the state... the Sephardic Jews ! The King then issued a decree to banish for good all the Jews of Spain. The expulsion of the Jews from Spain gave Columbus the opportunity to fill his ships to the brim with Sephardic Jews. He arrived not in America, but in the Caribbean and South America first. And now, it is time for Obadiah 1:20b to be fulfilled…and you can be a part of this great end time prophetic event, by partnering with Aliyah Sefarad International today!
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