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ISRAEL IN THE CROSSHAIRS

By: Tom Flannery

The world reached a momentous point last week — one predicted thousands of years in advance, throughout all of Scripture, by Jesus and the prophets.  Yet most people probably didn’t even notice.

 

Indeed, even as all of the Bible’s endtime prophecies of 2,000 or more years ago come to pass in our time, precisely as foretold, the world pretends that life is going on as normal, and will continue to in perpetuity.

 

Sadly, though, that too was predicted.  The Bible said “scoffers will come in the last days” mocking the idea of Christ’s return (2nd Pet. 3:4).

 

When the apostles were with Jesus at the Temple Mount, they asked Him what the signs of the final generation would be (Matthew 24).  Jesus said it would begin with the “budding of the fig tree” (verses 32-34) and the “fig tree” in Scriptural parlance represents Israel (Jere. 24, Joel 1:7, Hos. 9:10).

 

The Old Testament prophets and Jesus Himself had foretold that Israel would be conquered and the Jewish people scattered throughout the world — so they would appear to be “dead,” but God would supernaturally bring them back to life (Ezekiel 37).

 

In His divine dissertation at the Temple Mount, Jesus said the final generation would be the one that sees the “budding of the fig tree,” Israel’s rebirth.  He said this same generation would see the fulfillment of all endtime prophecy (Mt. 24:34), and a generation is defined in the Bible as being 80 years at most (Ps. 90:10).

 

Israel was reborn on May 14, 1948, and since that time all the other biblical prophecies regarding reborn Israel have been fulfilled as well, including:

 

The regathering of millions of Jews to the Promised Land.  This has taken place as prophesied in the decades since Israel’s rebirth (Jer. 31).  In Ezek. 36:24, God declared: “For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.”

 

The blossoming of the land.  God vowed that the once-barren land of Israel would bloom again, but only after the Jews began returning to their homeland (Isa. 35:1).  In the 1800s, devout atheist Mark Twain toured the Holy Land and described it as irredeemably desolate, dismissing the idea that it could ever be of use to anyone.  Yet God had decreed in Isa. 27:6:  “Those who come [the Jewish people] He shall cause to take root in Jacob [Israel].  Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.”  Indeed, today Israel is one of the world’s leading exporters of fruit and flowers — miraculously, from the midst of a desert. 

 

The restoration of the Hebrew language.  God has also fulfilled His promise to supernaturally restore the ancient Hebrew language:  “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language...” (Zeph. 3:9).

 

Divine protection through numerous extermination attempts.  Scripture foretold in Zech. 12 that reborn Israel would be surrounded by enemy nations “drunk” with hatred and rage, precipitating numerous but futile attempts to annihilate the Jewish state.  God has already supernaturally preserved Israel through a litany of wars, intifadas and terrorist attacks, beginning the day after the nation was reborn — on May 15, 1948, when the nascent state was attacked by five Arab armies yet prevailed — and continuing to this day.  God long ago vowed that once Israel was replanted as a nation He would never allow it to be uprooted again (Amos 9:15), even during the future Tribulation (a seven-year period of God's judgment).

 

That brings us to the final, and right now the only unfulfilled, pre-Trib prophecy of the Bible regarding reborn Israel, and the one which last week came to the fore....

 

The push, for the first time in history, to divide the God-given Holy Land of Israel.  That’s exactly what Israel’s sworn enemies are demanding now, unilaterally from the United Nations if need be, and it will be the “last straw,” so to speak, for God before He judges the nations, as recorded in Joel 3 — regardless of when it happens.

 

So with the campaign for a so-called “two-state solution” reaching a fever pitch, what’s next?

 

Well, there will be a mass exodus of believers from the world, which will happen supernaturally “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1st Cor. 15:51-58, 1st Thes. 4:16-18).  That will be followed by a mass deception, for all those who have rejected the love of the truth (2nd Thes. 2:11-12).  Then comes the mass destruction of the Tribulation, the “time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” (Jer. 30:7), which begins when a false peace covenant is signed with Israel.

 

Israel is God’s time clock for all of this, and what is happening there right now shows us how true are the words of the song:  “Everyone needs a Savior/ But we’re running out of time/ He’s coming back at midnight/ And it’s 11:59.”

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