A controversial bill banning the Muslim call to prayer in Israel could be part of the fulfillment of Jeremiah 30.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his support this month for the so-called muezzin [man who calls Muslims to prayer from the minaret of a mosque] bill, which would prohibit the Muslim call to prayer from blasting from loud speakers in the nation's borders.
"Israel is committed to freedom for all religions, but is also responsible for protecting its citizens from noise. That's how it is in cities in Europe. I support similar legislation and enforcement in Israel," Netanyahu said.
The Muslim call to prayer sounds across the country five times a day, often disturbing sleeping residents, bill advocates say.
"Sometimes the call is really too loud," Ksenia Svetlova, a Knesset Member for the Zionist Union party, said. "Especially within the mixed cities, which combine Jewish and Arab populations. And also in many Jewish cities or kibbutzim or villages that reside next to the Arab cities."
The Jewish call to prayer, or Shabbat, still sounds on weekends.
The weeping prophet foretold of a time when God would restore His people to their lands.
In Jeremiah 30:5-11a, he prophesied:
For thus says the Lord:
I have heard a sound of trembling,
of fear, and not of peace.
Ask now, and see,
can a male labor with child?
Why do I see every man
with his hands on his loins, as a woman in labor,
and all faces turned pale?
Alas! for that day is great,
so that no one is like it;
it is even the time of Jacob's trouble,
but he shall be saved out of it.
For it shall come to pass in that day, says the Lord of Hosts,
that I shall break his yoke from off their neck
and tear away their bonds,
and strangers shall no longer make them their slaves.
But they shall serve the Lord their God
and David their king,
whom I will raise up for them.
Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,
says the Lord,
nor be dismayed, O Israel;
for I will save you from afar,
and your seed from the land of their captivity.
And Jacob shall return and shall be in rest and be quiet,
and no one shall make him afraid.
For I am with you, says the Lord,
to save you.
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