‘Thus says the Lord God, “When I gather the house of Israel from the nations among whom they are scattered, and I manifest my Holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they will live in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. They shall live in it securely; and they will build houses, plant vineyards and live securely when I execute judgment on all those around them who despise them. Then they will know [with clarity and confidence] that I am the Lord their God.”’” – Ezekiel 28:25-26
When Israel became the plaything of the superpowers of its days and when its national security and integrity were endangered or destroyed, the prophets declared it to be the consequence of the people’s disobedience and lack of trust. But they announced that after a time of judgment God would guide His people into a future in which they would “live securely and in safety.” This is connected with the coming of the Messiah (Jer 23:5f; 33:16; Mi 5:4), with the gift of a new covenant (Eze 34:25-28; Hos 2:18), with the outpouring of God’s Spirit (Is 32:15-18), and with the gathering in and bringing home of all those who were dispersed by the wrath of God (Jer 32:37; Eze 28:26; 38:8; 39:26; Zech 14:11).
Faith in God is the assurance of salvation that brings eternal security, rejection brings the assurance of judgment for both death in this life and the one to come.