November 19, 2013
Are we seeing prophecy coming true before our very eyes, or what? ….. World leaders spewing statements about a ‘New World Order,’ Damascus under siege, the talk of rebuilding the Jewish Temple, the Ezekiel War ‘players’ moving into position, the world economy living on ‘monopoly money.’ …. the list goes on …… but center stage this week has to be the rapidly increasing isolation of the Nation of Israel. …
For the past few weeks, we’ve been listening to the rhetoric of the current Middle East negotiations concerning Iran’s nuclear capabilities, and how America is ‘falling all over itself’ trying to sell a deal that all but gives Iran everything they want, while doing nothing to stop them from pursuing the bomb. … But the bottom line in what this creates is this …. It hands a religiously fanatical regime nuclear capabilities which threatens not only the entire region, but the entire world of an escalated threat of mass destruction. … It has also caused other Muslim nations in the region to seek nuclear weapons so as to counter this looming threat.
To expand a bit more, we already know that the entire region is pretty much anti-Israel, and now with her supposed ‘protector’ (America) selling her out, she becomes more isolated by the moment. … The prophetic significance is this … Scripture tells us that God will gather all the nations of the world together against her just prior to His Son’s glorious return. …. (See Zechariah 12:2-3) … One would have to be blind to not see this taking place. …
Let’s for a moment look at the bigger picture of Israel’s significance in these last days. … To start, have you ever wondered why such a small spot on the earth constantly dominates center stage in today’s world? .. I mean, nearly everything in the news today seems to evolve around Israel and its capital, Jerusalem. … In fact, our brother in Christ Joel Rosenberg calls it the world’s ‘epicenter.’ … It seems that anyone with a secular mindset should find it odd that so much attention is being paid to Israel & Jerusalem. … Jack Kelley rightly pointed out in a recent article that, “Jerusalem has no natural harbor. .. It isn’t situated astride any major trade route. .. Nor is it a gateway city. .. It’s not a banking or industrial or commercial or medical or high-tech center. .. It has no natural resources. .. While it’s too hilly for an airport, it doesn’t command any strategic high ground.” (Leave Jerusalem Alone) ….
So despite its lack of qualities that mankind would regard as important, Jerusalem remains the center of world attention. … So why is this? … Simply, because God said so! …… It is generally regarded as common knowledge amongst prophecy scholars that the foundation of the state of Israel was, and is the beginning of the last days. … Some go as far as to say that the generation that witnessed the birth of Israel would also live to see the return of Jesus Christ. …. I am in that camp!
What does Scripture say? … One more than one occasion, Israel is compared to a ‘Fig Tree’ .. (see Hosea 9:10 & Joel 1:4-7). … I believe that when Jesus spoke of the ‘fig tree’ in Matthew 24:32-35 & Mark 13:28-29, He was referring to the rebirth of Israel. Jesus went on to say in these passages that when this took place, ‘Not one generation would pass before His return.’ … Of course, we know this prophecy was fulfilled on May 14th, 1948. … Against all odds, the Jewish people returned to their homeland and were re-established as a nation. … There are many Scriptures that speak of the Jewish national fulfillment such as Isaiah 43:1, 5-6 .. Ezekiel 11:17 .. Jeremiah 16:14-15 .. Jeremiah 31:4 & 8 .. but I want to share this one with you now … it is Psalm 126:1-2. .. In anticipation of this great day, King David wrote: “When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. 2) Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ ” …… The ‘great thing’ here? … It is unprecedented in human history for a nation to essentially cease to exist, then to come back into existence once again. … It has never happened before, and will never happen again!
The regathering of the Jewish people and the rebirth of Israel is NO HISTORICAL ABERRATION! .. The restoration of Israel & Jerusalem is a prelude to the return of our Lord. … The Bible says, “When the Lord shall build up Zion (Jerusalem), He shall appear in His glory.” (Psalm 102:16) … The Lord makes it unmistakably clear that when He returns, it will be to a sovereign Jerusalem controlled by the Jewish people.
Jerusalem is now, and will be in the future, the center of the universe. … There will be NO world peace until there is peace in Jerusalem. … She is like no city on the face of the earth because Jerusalem is nothing less than the City of God! … and Israel, without Jerusalem, would be like a human body without a heart.
In closing, let me share this …. 2 Chronicles 6:6, 7:16 & 33:7 says this …. I (God) have chosen Jerusalem … that my name be there forever, and my eyes and my heart will be there perpetually … In Jerusalem, when I have chosen … I will put my name forever.” ….. Hallelujah!
What a time we live in! …. These prophecies concerning Israel/Jerusalem happening right before our very eyes! …. This then is WHY we must tell as many as we can about these things so that they, too, can see the very proof of the Bible unfolding right before their eyes. … This is what will prove to some the validity of the Scriptures and then ultimately lead to their salvation. … Hallelujah!
Love you all and am praying for each of you every day! … As the times grow more difficult with each passing day, know that you are never alone …. and that God loves you so very much! … Hang in there … He is returning at any moment. … so …..
Until next time,