Israel’s Role in the Endtimes Part I
Israel- God’s Prophetic Time Clock
Modern day Israel is in the forefront of world news today, as there is much talk of Israel making a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear capacity which they feel is a threat to their existence. Should this happen, there will be some grave consequences not only for the Middle East, but for the entire world. Besides this attack possibly turning into a nuclear conflagration, the economic consequences will also be great. Since 40% of the world’s oil that is shipped passes through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow sea passage between Iran and the United Arab Emirates into the Indian Ocean, if there is war in those parts, oil prices will rise sharply and perhaps even double!
It has been reported that this strike by Israel could happen within the next 60 days; even before the next US presidential election! We are indeed living in very perilous times or in the endtimes! The Bible tells us that Israel is God’s prophetic time clock that relates Bible prophecies and significant world events to the endtimes that we are living in. God chose a people, the Israelites, to reveal Himself to the world.
From Genesis through Revelation, the Bible is only a 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind beginning with Adam. As 6000 years since Adam have already passed, some feel that the end of this age is coming very soon, and the next 1000-year reign of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem will soon begin. The origin of the nation of Israel goes back 4000 years ago, to the time of Abraham. God chose Abraham to inherit a land and to become a great nation. God told Abraham, ‘..I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’ Ge12:2,3.
Throughout the Bible, God is always referred to as the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob Ex3:16,4:5, De29:13, Mt22:32, Ac3:13. Abraham was the father of Isaac, who was the father of Jacob. How did the name Israel come into being? God gave Jacob the name Israel when he had an encounter with and wrestled with God all night, and prevailed Ge32:25. Israel means to have ‘power with God and with men, and hast prevailed’v28. This reveals how strongly God feels about Israel. God will deliver Israel from all her enemies and will fight for her! The nation of Israel came into being through the 12 sons of Israel.
Since there is no nation called Abraham, Israel is that nation that God said He would make great! Israel became a mighty nation under Kings David and Solomon, but because of sin, disobedience and idolatry, the nation was divided into two kingdoms; each was later brought into captivity separately, and scattered by God for over 2500 years. Then 2000 years ago, God sent Jesus Christ to earth, a Jew, to save his people from their sins Mt1:21. The Bible states that Jesus was a descendant of David, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Mt1:1,2.
As Israel is God’s prophetic time clock, knowing what is happening to Israel today will give us clues to how close we are to the end that we are living in! Israel’s role in the endtimes is the focal point of God’s plan for mankind! What is the Endtimes, and Why Are We Living in the Time of the End? Before looking into Israel’s role in the endtimes, it would be best to define what is the ‘endtimes’, and discuss why we are living in the time of the end.
The ‘endtimes’ is a future time period as spoken by Jesus and the ancient prophets thousands of years ago as revealed in the Bible! It is about God’s closing plan for mankind which began 6000 years ago with Adam and Eve! The endtimes is a period just prior to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ to earth. The disciples asked Jesus ‘..what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?’ Mt24:3. Jesus then gave a discourse on the endtimes found in chapters Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, and in the book of Revelation. They foretold what will happen in the latter or last days of man’s rule. The endtimes is a period signifying a paradigm shift from man’s rule on earth to the establishment of God’s rule and kingdom, with Jesus Christ as supreme Potentate. It is literally the time of the end of human government!
The endtimes will be a period of great duress, distress, deprivation, desperation, and destruction upon the earth. Major nations of the world will be embroiled in massive monetary debt problems, economic collapse, conflicts and wars, coupled with famines, great earthquakes, storms, and other natural disasters. Of the endtimes, Jesus said ‘For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved’ Mt24:21,22 .. ‘And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth..’ Lk21:25,26.
This will all happen during the 42 months of the coming Antichrist worldwide despotic reign- that ‘man of sin, the son of perdition’ 2Th2:3. Then Jesus will return to earth to defeat the Antichrist and establish His millennial kingdom on earth! Man has proven his inability to govern himself in righteousness and peace. The world is filled with evil and corruption, where earth’s resources are being greatly depleted, where great earthquakes and natural disasters are taking place, and the specter of major wars appears imminent.
A New World Order under the Antichrist is coming soon, before the return of Jesus Christ. The endtimes is a time of God’s judgment upon the earth when God will pour out His wrath on a very sinful, immoral, corrupt, and disobedient world! Though many are skeptical, there are many signs that point that we are living in the endtimes and heading toward the road to Armageddon, the last great war centered on Israel. Long ago, the Bible foretold of these very dire times today and what will happen next!
Israel Diaspora- Scattered Throughout the World
For over 2500 years from about 600 B.C. to 1948, the Jews were scattered and did not have sovereignty over their own land and the holy city Jerusalem. Israel was under foreign domination by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Macedonians, Romans, and Arabs. They were scattered throughout the world. Ps44:11 states ‘Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.’ and Ps106:27, ‘To overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands’. Je9:16 states ‘I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known..’ and Ez12:15, ‘They shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries’. The Jews had no nation or homeland to return to until a recent appointed time by God.
TODAY! The Nation of Israel
Today After their very long 2500-year diaspora (scattering), tiny Israel was reborn as a nation by declaration of the newly formed United Nations on May 14, 1948. This was a fulfillment of a prophecy given by Isaiah before 700 B.C. He wrote ‘.. Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children’ Is66:8. Yes, Israel was born at once in one day as prophesied! The UN made this concession because of the great suffering of the Jewish people during WWII, when over 6 million Jews were killed! A desolate and desert land area in Palestine was given to the Jewish people for a nation called Israel!
Ezekiel also prophesied about endtime Israel being regathered from the four winds as a great army into a land of her own. This amazing prophecy is found in Ezekiel chapter 37 in the parable of the dry bones, referring to dead Israel coming to life again as a nation! Modern-day Israel is about the size of the state of New Jersey, only the 47th largest in the US, with about 9500 sq. miles of land. In this 80% desert region, Israel began to flourish and prosper, in fulfillment of many Bible prophecies. Is27:6 states ‘He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit’ and Is35:1, ‘The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose’.
Today Israel is a major exporter of citrus fruits and beautiful roses to Europe and other countries. Under the auspice of the Jewish National Fund over 250 million trees have been planted in the desert in fulfillment of Is41:19: ‘I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine.. the box tree together’. The land of Israel has certainly blossomed and become habitable with the resettlement of about 7 million Jews there. There are also 8 million Jews living elsewhere in the world, but mainly in America.
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