The Exceptionality of Superstorm Sandy
Hurricane Sandy was an exceptional tropical storm in many ways and respects. As she moved north across Jamaica and Cuba and into the Bahamas, Sandy was truly a late season hurricane with the hurricane season officially ending on Nov 30. Generally, late season developing hurricanes are not so intense in size and wind speeds, and they tend to dissipate more quickly as they head north into cooler waters. Only warm tropical waters can sustain the integrity of a strong hurricane, so it was just ‘a surprising coincidence’ that the 27C or 80F degrees warm water needed in the Gulf Stream was found so far north off the New Jersey coastline to sustain Sandy’s strength. It was unusual for Hurricane Sandy to have kept her integrity as a tropical system, but she did. Sandy, as she approached closer to the US coastline became a unique and unusual hybrid storm, and as a result was renamed Superstorm Sandy, a ‘freak storm’ with a small tropical hurricane morphed into a much larger developing winter low over the East Coast, intensified by warm moist air moving in from the south!
Superstorm Sandy was unusually large in size, with its 90 mph destructive winds, and widespread heavy rains extending 1000 miles across, and affecting 21 of the 48 contiguous states! Sandy also produced heavy early snowfall, as much as 3 ft along her western periphery over the Appalachians, and the Great Lakes region. Sandy had an extremely low central pressure of about 943 mb near Atlantic City, which is unusually low for that region. Generally speaking, the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm winds are! Long open ocean swells generated by Superstorm Sandy’s strong easterly winds, produced unusually high surf and storm surges over a large area from Cape Cod through RI, CT, NY, NJ, MD, VA, and the NC shorelines, and brought much salt water flooding far inland over low-lying areas. A full moon also caused tides to be 20% higher than normal, and thus emphasizing the already very destructive storm surges much further inland! Record storm surges up to 15 feet were recorded along exposed shorelines! Many homes were damaged or destroyed, either by the wave action along the coasts, heavy rain flooding, strong winds, falling trees, or by fires caused by downed power lines and broken natural gas lines. Roadways, subway stations, and rail tunnels were flooded with brackish water and rendered unusable in New York, in a transportation system used by 8.5 million people daily. Fire destroyed 110 homes in a borough of Queens in New York, and lower Manhattan lost power and was darkened for several days.
The resulting brackish salt water far inland is very corrosive to cars and to all electrical equipment of the transportation and subway systems. Normally flood damages are not covered by insurance, so later there will be a big battle with the now beleaguered property/casualty insurance industry whether a shoreline property was wind damaged or flood damaged by the ocean waves. The 1938 New England Hurricane over Long Island and at Bridgeport and Providence had many similarities to Superstorm Sandy, both being very intense in a blocking High pattern, hooking northwestward into the south coastal region of New England. Many people drowned or were shot by police and National Guardsmen while looting stores during the Great Depression. Nearly 1000 people lost their lives in that storm.
Bottomline, Superstorm Sandy was an unusually severe, large, and late hurricane season, ‘freak monster’ storm, impacting close to 100 million people in 40% of the states in the US. So far, over 115 people were reported dead in the US, and about 70 elsewhere. About 20,000 flights were cancelled, surface transportation grounded to a halt with flooded roadways and tunnels, and power outages to over 8 million households or about 25 million people. Many cities were shutdown with people unable to get to work, and schools closed! Thousands were trapped in floodwaters unable to travel or stuck without elevator service, and many suffered in the cold weather without heat and power. A severe gasoline shortage developed due to short supplies or pumps being inoperative, with cars lined up for miles and hours. In some places, there were looting and rioting among the desperate people. Many people were hungry without food and water.
The misery, mess, and devastation are heartbreaking. Presently, over 30,000 people are now without housing, and there is a great need for someplace for them to stay! The problems caused by Superstorm Sandy will last for many months, even as Hurricane Katrina did so in New Orleans in 2005! Businesses in retail sales, restaurants, shops, hotels, tourism, and entertainment will suffer great losses. Insurance companies will also be hard hit! And for the US Federal Reserve Bank to step in now will require the printing of even more money, further exacerbating our over $16 trillion national debt, a problem that Congress could never control! Though many people will be needed for cleanup in the aftermath of this storm, unemployment will also soar. Superstorm Sandy was truly a monster storm visiting destruction upon America, spoiling everything in her deadly path. Thus far, Sandy may prove to be the costliest storm ever in America with damages amounting to over $100 billion when all the numbers are finally tallied.
The Spiritual Significance of Superstorm Sandy- God’s Judgment Upon America
Proverbs 14:34 states ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people’. That Superstorm Sandy was a unique hybrid and exceptional storm is well accepted in scientific circles. But while some scientists claim that it was a storm caused by global warming due to the excessive burning of fossil fuel, it does not explain why Superstorm Sandy happened just then in late October; where it would strike, and why it became such an intense and huge storm, instead of just weakening! There is a more spiritual and supernatural reason for Superstorm Sandy- God’s wrath upon our land, for it is God who controls the weather, the tides, the moon, the stars, and holds the whole world in His hands.
In the Bible, about 4000 years ago, God made a covenant with Abraham, and told him that He would make Abraham a great nation, and would ‘bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee..’ Ge12:2,3. God revealed Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Ex3:15, De6:10. God later changed Jacob’s name to Israel, meaning ‘a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed’ Ge32:28. Since there is no nation called Abraham or Isaac, Israel is that nation that God said He would make great, and bless those that bless her, and curse him that curse her. It is established that blessing comes to a nation who supports Israel, and curses to those who reject Israel. The Bible is very clear on this matter! Israel will always prevail over her many enemies, for God will always fight for Israel Zech14:3!
Superstorm Sandy- America’s Curse for the Rejection of Israel
America is under God’s curse because of our leadership’s rejecting Israel! In order to stop Iran’s development of their nuclear weapons, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently sought the political support of America in drawing a ‘harder red line’ against Iran, to halt their plans for further nuclear development! Pres. Obama not only refused to do so, but also snubbed Netanyahu who wanted to meet with him while visiting the United Nations in New York on 27 Sep 2012. To further exacerbate the issue, Obama had authorized $1.5 billion financial aid to Egypt, who recently threatened to march on and take Jerusalem. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi both had called for the annihilation of Israel. Because of America’s disdain for Israel, our lack of support of Israel, and our support of her enemies, America has incurred the wrath of God, and God created a very special storm, Superstorm Sandy, to chasten and humble us! Significantly also, Sandy was spawned in the Caribbean during the 3rd presidential debate on 22 Oct 2012, while the two leaders discussed US policies toward Israel and Iran!
Superstorm Sandy- the Handwriting of God
Much like the mysterious handwriting on the wall during the days of the prophet Daniel, Superstorm Sandy had the signature of God written all over her. America was ‘weighed in the balances and found wanting’ Da5:22! God spoke from heaven and delivered a very powerful message for America– His displeasure with our treatment of Israel. It is the finger of God that had brought judgment to America in a superstorm of His own making– to chasten and punish us for not heeding His warnings about Israel, and for forsaking Him and rejecting His ways. There has never been such a cataclysmic storm of such apocalyptic proportions in America as Superstorm Sandy, so widespread in destruction, affecting over a third of the states in the US. But God specially concocted a special storm to show His disdain for our mistreatment of Israel. Besides lives lost, the economic damage to America will run in the billions of dollars to many states already hard pressed financially, and some may never recover! (Please see blogs America in Decline and Under God’s Judgment and Israel’s Role in the Endtimes).
Jeremiah- a Prophet of Judgment to America
God used His servants the prophets to declare His judgment upon the people. Amos3:7 declares ‘Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets’. A prophet represents God, and brings God’s message to the people. A prophet urges people to repent, to turn to God, and calls people to holiness and righteousness. A true prophet is often despised and people feel they can do without him. Jeremiah was such a prophet. Before Jeremiah was born, God called and sanctified him to be a prophet to the nations of the world Je1:5. A study of the book of Jeremiah reveals the judgment and destruction not only upon the land of Judah, but against ‘all the nations‘ including America Je25:13. Jeremiah also said the judgment is ‘for the latter days’ Je23:20. We are certainly living in the last days. God put His words in Jeremiah’s mouth Je1:9. ‘And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced.. all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations’ Je25:13. Jeremiah spoke of judgment and desolation ‘..the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant’ Je4:7.
God’s Judgment By Hurricanes- the FURY OF GOD
Jeremiah spoke of a ‘CONTINUING WHIRLWIND’- a hurricane to visit our lands. Je30:23 states ‘Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in Fury, a Continuing Whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked’. Je25:32 says ‘Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised upfrom the coasts of the earth’. Jer23:19,20 state ‘Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in Fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return , until he has executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly’. Here we are told that God is angry against the wicked, and with the nations, and He will send a grievous continuing whirlwind to chasten us; that we should consider this PERFECTLY in the last days! We are living in the last days before Jesus returns. Superstorm Sandy was such a storm that the prophet Jeremiah warned about! But there will be more to come as America and the world plunge into greater wickedness and debauchery!
Past Rejection of Israel and Past Judgment
Israel is God’s prophetic time clock. Significant events in Israel tell us how close we are to the end of this age. Here are a few more scriptures regarding God’s attitude toward His chosen nation Israel. Earlier it was stated that there is a curse on any nation that comes against Israel. Israel is the apple of God’s eye! Zec2:8 states ‘..he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye’. Ps121:4 states ‘He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep’. Ps122:6 tells ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee’. God will defend, deliver, and preserve Jerusalem Is31:5. In his book, ‘Eye to Eye – Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel (see video)’, William Koenig documented that whenever the US applied major pressure on Israel to divide her land, major catastrophes would occur within days to our shores. In 2004, major pressure by Pres. George W. Bush to divide Israel’s covenant land, and to advocate the eviction of the Jews from the West Bank and Gaza settlements ignited an extraordinary chain of events, culminating in the powerful devastation of Florida by four hurricanes. Four powerful hurricanes slammed into the state of Florida. First it was Hurricane Charley, then Frances, then Ivan, and then Hurricane Jeanne. In Sep 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a then category 3 storm of about 120 mph with stronger gusts, caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas; mainly due to high storm surges. It also leveled the city of New Orleans, causing over 1800 deaths. It was then the costliest natural disaster recorded in the US at around $80 billion. Koenig conjectured that the destruction by Hurricane Katrina was caused by the US administration trying to force then Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon to vacate the West Bank settlement in Israel. In 2002, Pres. Bush was the first president to explicitly call for an independent Palestinian State, an affront to God’s word, and a betrayal to Israel’s integrity!
America’s Disastrous Gulf Oil Spill of 2010
On Apr 19, 2010 Israel celebrated its INDEPENDENCE DAY. Also that same day, Pres. Obama announced that the US will no longer automatically exercise veto powers whenever any ANTI-ISRAEL resolution arises for a vote in the UN Security Council. This was a major US policy shift against Israel’s 62 years existence. The next day, on Apr 20, 2010, a fiery explosion on the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and caused a mega oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico 40 miles off Louisiana. It took over 75 days to contain the problematic massive oil spill, striking the Louisiana coasts and West Florida coast. According to Pres. Obama, the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill then was the greatest environmental disaster America had ever faced, costing over $20 billion in damages. The BP ‘busted pipeline’ a mile beneath the ocean, caused considerable damage to the ecosystem, environment, and our economy. Much wildlife was killed, including birds, mammals like sea otters and whales, fish, shrimp, crabs, etc. The oil spill and the chemical dispersants used polluted the ocean and affected our entire food chain. Pristine beaches were spoiled, and the nearby marshes polluted. There was a great loss of jobs and income among oil workers, fishermen, shrimpers, cannery workers, truckers; in restaurants, tourism, shops, hotels, shippers; creating a recession there. Property values fell sharply and business slowed by 80% in some areas. Also since becoming president in 2009, Obama has distanced, isolated, and marginalized Israel, and has publicly humiliated Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu. He has also encouraged and supported Israel’s enemies!
In conclusion, no man or nation is greater than God Almighty, who sees and controls the affairs of all mankind. Superstorm Sandy was not just a coincidence of nature or of global warming, but a direct consequence of an angry God against America for rejecting the nation of Israel- for rejecting Him and for forsaking His ways. Superstorm Sandy was just a warning of more evil to come to America unless we repent! America is truly in decline, and under God’s judgment. Our only hope is to REPENT of our sins, RETURN to God, and REMAIN with God Ez3:17-21. Otherwise, like past great nations, America will be just a footnote in the history of mankind!
Israel- God’s Measuring Rod; Friend or Foe
Four thousand years ago God told Abraham;
‘..I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And 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.
How the nations of the world treat endtime Israel will determine their blessings or curses. Recently it has been widely reported of an open feud between the US and Israel; of the US refusal to draw ‘red lines’ on Iran’s nuclear producing capacity, and the refusal of the US president to meet with Israel on this matter. God is using Israel today as a measuring rod of the nations of the world; to judge the nations whether they will support or reject tiny Israel! The prophet Joshua put it succinctly that God alone will fight for Israel:
‘For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you‘ Josh23:9,10.
Watch what is happening in the Middle East and Israel, a cup of trembling for these last days. The lineup of the nations and their armies has begun. The most important thing for the America is to be a friend of Israel. Soon we will see who will support or reject Israel, and what nations will God bless and who will He curse!
Presently, there are great turmoil and uprisings going on in the Middle East. US embassies in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen have been attacked and the US flag burned. An American ambassador and three colleagues have been killed in Libya supposedly because of a new derogatory movie being shown ‘The Innocence of Muslims’. These attacks on the US embassies have been coordinated by Muslim extremists on America’s anniversary of the 911 destruction of the World Trade Center on Sep. 11, 2001. So far, there have been over 35 protests against the US, over the film by Muslims from Indonesia, India, the Middle East to Africa! The lineup for the next great war has begun, with the whole world on a sure path to Armageddon! We will continue to look at Israel’s Role in the Endtimes in this Part II conclusion:
ISRAEL’S ROLE IN THE ENDTIMES- Recent Wars Against Israel
While Satan seeks to destroy Israel, God is using Israel to fulfill His endtime plan on earth. Satan has filled the Arab world with great hatred towards Israel, even till today. Soon the entire world will be engulfed in a war, where all the nations of the world will take sides either for or against Israel. Here are some recent scrimmages against the nation of Israel. Each time God intervened and gave Israel the victory, and God will one day destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem!
1948 War. As quickly as Israel was declared a nation, surrounding countries such as Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq attacked her. The coordinated Arab attack was soon halted, but the Jordanians were able to take control of old Jerusalem. The UN then negotiated a truce.
1956 War. In July 1956 Egypt’s Gamal Abdal Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal to halt shipping between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. In Oct 1956, Israeli General Moshe Dayan launched a successful air and ground assault into Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. Control over the Suez Canal was then turned over to the UN forces, allowing Israel and the other nations access to the Indian Ocean.
1967 Six-Day War. In May 1967 President Nasser mobilized units in the Sinai, and closed the Gulf of Aqaba to Israel, the seaway to the Indian Ocean. On June 5, 1967 Israel launched a massive air assault that crippled the Arab air capability and gained air superiority to protect her ground forces. Israel then won control over the Sinai peninsula after three days, capturing Jerusalem’s Old City from Jordan, and the strategic Golan Heights along Syria. By June 10 the war ended. Israel miraculously won again though she was greatly outnumbered! For the 1st time in 2500 years since the Babylonian captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, Jerusalem, the holy city of God, was again back in Israel’s hands!
1973 Yom Kippur War. On this Jewish holy day of atonement Oct 6, 1973, Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat launched a two-pronged assault on Israel. The Egyptian forces struck eastward across the Suez Canal and pushed the Israelis back, while the Syrians advanced from the north with Jordon, Iraq, and Libya in support. Israel was caught off guard for a few days, but eventually defeated the Egyptian/Syrian invasions.
1982 War. In 1982 Israel launched a massive preemptive attack to destroy the Palestine Liberation Organization bases in Lebanon. Israel then withdrew from Lebanon but maintained a policed buffer zone north of its border. Yasser Arafat later died, and the PLO no longer exist!
The Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Hamas in Gaza have since taken over from the PLO. They have been firing numerous short-range missiles, striking and killing over 10,000 people in nearby cities of Israel! Today there is a greater war looming that will greatly affect all of us on earth as the final chapter of God’s plan for mankind is being turned!
The Next Great War- The Ezekiel Chapters 38/39 War
Recently the war drums have been beating loudly as there have been talks of a Israeli preemptive attack on Iran’s nuclear capability. Nations are already taking sides with China, Russia, and Syria siding with Iran, and the US, France, and England meekly backing Israel. The next war could well be a nuclear war that would cause great devastation and bring havoc to 40% of the world’s oil being shipped from the Middle East. Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 speak of this coming great war, a direct attack upon Israel from the north, with a confederation of armies from several countries surrounding and near Israel, such as Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya! Nations such as Gog and Magog, Gomer, and Togarmah are mentioned but these names do not exist today. Bible scholars believe that these nations are Russia, Germany and Turkey. They will invade Israel with great ferocity from the north, but God will intervene and destroy them, with 5/6 of their armies destroyed Ez39:1-7. It will take 7 months to bury the dead v12, and 7 years to burn up the weapons of warv9. Then the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forever v22,28. The Antichrist will then negotiate a 7-year deceptive peace covenant with Israel, and in the middle of that period break it and desolate her Da9:27! This is the prelude to the final war- the war of ARMAGEDDON!
The Final War of ARMAGEDDON – A Nuclear War
God said in Zech12:2,3;
‘Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem’ v9.
Then Zech14:2,3 state
‘For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken.. half of the city shall go forth into captivity.. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle..’ and ‘.. this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth..’v12.
Here we see that eyeballs will disappear in their sockets and tongues will melt in their mouths. These passages describe the final nuclear war of ARMAGEDDON in Jerusalem in the valley of Megiddon Zech12:11, Re16:16. Jesus will then return the 2nd time to earth to fight for Israel, to battle the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and their armies, and cast both of them alive into a lake of fire Re19:11-20. Thus, we see clearly how God will use Israel to fulfill his endtimes plan and purpose!
America’s Role With Israel in the Endtimes- Love Her, Be Blessed; Reject Her, Be Cursed!
A nation is only as great as its leaders. It can also be said that a nation is only great if it has God’s blessings! God will bless those that bless Israel, and curse him that curse Israel Ge12:3. America, a world superpower, also has a great role in these end-times. Many sitting US presidents had to deal with the Israeli/Palestinians conflict issue. Briefly here are some of their actions:
- In 1948 Pres. Harry Truman gave immediate recognition to the new nation Israel.
- Pres. L.B. Johnson acknowledged America’s strong Judeo-Christian heritage.
- Beginning in 1983, Pres. Ronald Reagan signed strategic partnership memorandums with Israel, particularly in the area of defense and economic development. But in the 1990’s, things began to change.
- In 1991, in appeasement to the Palestinians George H.W. Bush became the first US president to call for ‘land for peace’- for Israel to give back strategic land won in the 1967 war!
- In 2001 Bush Jr. became the first president to call for a Palestinian State, telling Israel to give up the West Banks and Gaza to the Palestinians. Israel is reluctant to do so, for then she would be exposed to more enemy attacks.
- Recently Pres. Obama has also shown strong disdain toward Israel and also has distanced her! In these endtimes, America’s blessings or curses will depend upon our continued support or betrayal of Israel.
Someone once said ‘If the Arabs put down their weapons today there would be no more violence. If the Israelis put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel’.
Apparently many presidents don’t know or believe in the Holy Bible! Ps122:6 states ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee’. But America is doing just the opposite and is now in fast economic decline!
ISRAEL’S ROLE IN THE ENDTIMES– Love Her, Be Blessed; Reject Her, Be Cursed!
The world is heading for ARMAGEDDON because of its treatment of Israel. For many years now, Iran Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the annihilation of Israel- that ‘Israel should be wiped off the map’. He recently said, ‘Israel is an insult to all humanity’. His invectives and tirades have inflamed the Muslim’s hatred for Israel. With the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, once politically stable nations such as Libya, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria have been taken over by radical Muslims, and are now threatening the very existence of Israel. New Egyptian Pres. Mohamed Morsi recently stated the capital of Islam should not be in Cairo, Mecca, Medina, but Jerusalem. Morsi is calling for a million martyrs to march on to liberate Jerusalem. The prophet Zechariah wrote that God will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling and a burdenstone, and all nations that are burdened by her shall be cut to pieces, crushed, and destroyed Zech12:3,4,9! God’s endtimes role for Israel is certainly coming to pass!
Do you have an endtime focus? Do you believe that we may be living in the endtimes? Do you believe that we are living at the end of the age before the Rapture, and then the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ? If so, are you preparing and making yourself ready for His coming as Jesus told us to do so Mt24:44, Mt25:13? Or do you believe that things will continue as they always have been or things will even get better? God has chosen Israel to be His prophetic time clock, and knowing what is happening in Israel will give us clues how close we are to the end of this age!
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.