"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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A large part of the Bible deals with Israel. According to scripture, they are the chosen people of God. He called them to be a holy people and led them to the Promised Land; He then dispersed them among the nations because of their disobedience; and it is the same immutable covenant God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who will restore Israel to the land of their fathers in the end-time. Israel has played an important role throughout the scriptures, and she will play an important role in the End Times.

The current threats against Israel are a sign of the end times.

The Bible teaches that the Lord is going to gather the children of Israel back into the land that he gave them, and as a result there is going to be a great endeavor by the nations of the world to destroy them. 

Are we right at the door of the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39?

The Bible says that in the Last Days Israel would have a peace treaty in place that the Antichrist will confirm and eventually break (Daniel 9:27). Currently the world's governments are striving for an Israeli peace treaty, and pressing Israel to divide the land. The Bible is crystal clear: the Lord Almighty will judge all nations who divide the Land of Israel.

In Joel 3:2, the Lord says: “I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.” (3:2)

As we watch or read the daily news, keep in mind that we are watching Bible Prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes.

Amir Tsarfati: The Middle East Is Getting Ready For A War

Latest News: August 2021

IDF Hits Weapons Production Facility in Gaza Following Incendiary Balloon Attack
Militants from the Iranian-funded terror proxy launched more explosive balloons into Israel on Monday, resulting in a military response from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) overnight.

Holocaust survivor: We should be ‘more than nervous’ about COVID-19 measures
Holocaust survivor and medical activist Vera Sharav said recently on a podcast that we should be feeling “more than nervous” about the current state of public health measures, including lockdowns, forced vaccinations, and testing.

The FBI suggests that the explosion that took place in the Port of Beirut approximately one year ago included only a fraction of the ammonium nitrate delivered in 2013.

Syrian state media claims that air defense systems were activated as projectiles entered Syrian airspace overnight on Thursday; Targets were hit near the capital city and Homs; Reports state that the missiles entered Syria via Lebanese airspace.

IDF Arabic spokesman urges Gazans not to heed Hamas calls for border riots
Tweeting a photo of two young children, dressed in military garb with war paint on their faces and mock assault rifles in their hands, Adraee wrote in Arabic: “A picture I’d like to share with you of kids at the [recent] ‘peaceful’ demonstration … Isn’t it forbidden to educate them to take up arms? Gaza residents! Today, Hamas is again inviting you to risk your lives. Don’t get close to the fence and don’t use tools of violence and terrorism.”

Israeli residents outside of Jerusalem are being evacuated as of Monday due to the growing wildfire; Officials are considering reaching out to the international community for help; Leaders are focused on the fire as the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is underway.

‘Terrorist’ MK dies suddenly
Not everyone was so distraught over the Arab MK’s death. Herzl Hajaj, the father of Lieutenant Shir Hajaj who was murdered in a ramming attack in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in Jerusalem in 2017, has publicly accused Arab members of the Ra’am party of supporting terrorism.

IDF prepared for war in Gaza, Hamas bears responsibility for what happens
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. General Aviv Kochavi said that the progress of the Iranian nuclear program has led the IDF to accelerate its operational plans, and the recently approved defense budget reflects this. “The IDF is working systematically and in various ways to reduce Iran’s influence in the Middle East,” Kochavi said.

Israel is accelerating operational plans to take action against Iran – IDF chief Kohavi
Israel’s military is accelerating its operational plans against Iran due to the progress of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi has warned. “The progress of the Iranian nuclear program has led the IDF to accelerate its operational plans and the recently approved defense budget is earmarked for that,” he said.

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73 House Democrats Call on President Biden to Reverse Pro-Israel Policies
The House Democrats called on the president to overturn pro-Israel policies that were implemented under the previous administration, involving the ‘Deal of the Century’, as well as the West Bank.

Civil unrest erupts among ‘Palestinians’: ‘A fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy’
Just one month after the conflict between Israel and Gaza ended and the Arab riots inside Israel ended, the Israeli Arabs began to riot again, clamoring for the overthrow of their government. One rabbi noted that this the fulfillment of a prophecy from Isaiah about ‘Egyptian’ infighting:

Otzma Yehudit chief visits Temple Mount
“I visited the Temple Mount this morning with a police escort, given recent threats,” Ben-Gvir posted on social media. “We will never cede the Temple Mount, the most sacred place in Judaism. We demand full sovereignty, raising the Israeli flag her and removing any Waqf element seeking to harm Jews.

The Rise Of Woke Culture And Intersectionality Is Right Now Fueling An Incredible Rise Of Antisemitism Against Israel And The ‘National Jew’
One of the lies told by haters of the Jews is that they are not anti-Semitic, they are only anti-Zionist. That is a lie from the pit of Hell. If you read and believe your King James Bible, you will see the word Zion repeating over and over, in both Old and New Testaments. Here’s a newsflash for all you deluded followers of Steven Anderson – God is a Zionist.

Mossad Chief Wants to Increase ‘Activities’ Against Iran
“In our war against terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas and against Iran for all its violent activity in our region and its ambition for nuclear weapons – I think that activity against the Iranian regime should be stepped up. Iran and his activities must be fought to the end until it realizes that any departure from the lines will cost it enormously,”

New York Times goes full blood libel: Falsely accuses Israel of killing children
On Thursday, the New York Times published a front-page article under the headline “They were only children” featuring the pictures and names of the 66 Palestinian children killed in the recent hostilities. “Israel’s critics cite the death toll as evidence that Israel’s strikes were indiscriminate and disproportionate,”

While the history of Jewish-Christian relations has undergone some painful eras, Israel has drawn the growing sympathy and affection of Christians around the world since its dramatic, even prophetic, rebirth in 1948. Indeed, Evangelical Christians have become one of Israel’s most important strategic allies in terms of faithful prayer, tourism, charitable aid, financial investments, political support, partnerships in fighting anti-Semitism and unwavering solidarity in good times and bad.

Israeli soldiers demand to reveal classified intel to prove IDF ‘most moral army in the world’
More than 100 former Israeli intelligence soldiers have signed a petition demanding that the army reveal classified information that would prove that the Israel Defense Forces “is the most moral army in the world.” Israel’s Channel 12 news reported that soldiers who served in Unit 8200 – the Israeli equivalent of the NSA – maintain that declassifying specific information would “prove that the IDF is the most moral army in the world.”

IDF Chief Of Staff: “AP Staff Drank Their Coffee With Hamas Agents”
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi said that AP Gaza-based journalists drank their morning coffee with Hamas operatives in the building the IDF flattened during Operation Guardian of the Walls, wittingly or unwittingly, Channel 12 News reported. “It came down for good reason,” Kochavi said, according to the report. “I don’t have a bit of regret. According to the IDF, the Jala Tower was not only home to the AP, Al-Jazeera and other major media outlets but was also home to a Hamas intelligence office that controlled advanced military devices designed to interfere with the IDF’s GPS reception which could affect Israel’s guided missiles.

Israelis should ‘go back’ to Europe and America, says Iran’s Quds Force chief
Following the latest escalation between Israel and the Iran-backed Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip, Iran’s Quds (Jerusalem) Force commander said on Saturday that Palestinians were ready to wrest control of all Israeli territory, urging “all Zionists”, referring to Israelis, to “go back” and “rebuild lives” in Europe and the United States.

Protesters in Winnipeg sing: Get lost, you son of a Jew!
In one video, the crowd is seen dancing and cheering to an Arabic song being played through a speaker set. The song contains anti-Semitic lyrics such as “Get lost, you son of a Jew!” It also asserts that Jews have “no rights here,” and that they will “get nothing on this land but gunpowder.”

Israel’s two wars – the jihadists and the media
We are expected to believe that Hamas, famous for hiding behind women and children, would never use an Associated Press building in Gaza as cover for its terrorist operations. If that doozy is not enough, here’s another one… We are expected to believe that the AP would never share office space with Hamas…like that building the IDF toppled to thwart Hamas from further deadly mischief. Shocked…SHOCKED…says the AP at the inference that it knew anything.

Rocket fire continues, IDF intensifies attacks in Gaza
Defense Minister orders IDF to speed up operational plans and focus on destroying the underground array in Gaza. The rocket fire from Gaza continues: Sirens were sounded in Be’er Sheva, Ofakim and Kiryat Malachi at around 1:00 a.m. early Thursday morning.

Turkey’s anti-Israel obsession reaches new heights
Turkey’s anti-Israel rhetoric has rapidly increased during the past eight days of fighting. The rhetoric targeting Israel and Jews has reached such heights that the US has condemned Turkey’s president for antisemitic comments. While the US works to bring an end to the Hamas war against Israel, Turkey is fanning the flames.

Netanyahu determined to continue Gaza operation despite pressure from Biden
Joe Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he expects Israel to move towards a ceasefire with Hamas on Wednesday, but Netanyahu said Operation Guardian of the Walls will continue until Israeli citizens are secure.

Hamas launches massive barrage on southern Israel, direct hits reported
A large salvo of missiles was launched on Israeli cities in the south of Israel, including Ashdod and Beersheba, on Wednesday at around 3 p.m. No fatalities or injuries were reported in the latest barrage, although a direct hit was reported in Ashdod. The barrage apparently included concentrated rocket fire on Israeli cities in an apparent effort to inflict as much damage as possible.

Mutiny in the IDF: Israeli soldiers refuse unprecedented order to abandon rifles
At a time when IDF soldiers should be taking maximum precautions to protect themselves from attacks by Arab mobs, Israeli troops have received an unprecedented order from the upper brass – to turn in their rifles when leaving their base.

Israeli Arabs in Nazareth call to ramp up Jihad: “We don’t want to see a Zionist”
As Hamas began firing its deadly barrage of rockets at Israel last week, young Israeli Arabs, including children, gathered in Nazareth to reject the presence of Israelis – “Zionists” – in Israel and call for a third intifada against their Jewish neighbors.

Hamas rocket fire on Israel continues as IDF Gaza operation enters 10th day
Multiple rocket salvos were launched into Israel late on Tuesday night and into Wednesday, as Israel’s “Operation Guardian of the Walls” against terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip entered its 10th day. The launches triggered sirens in multiple western Negev towns, as well as in Ashdod and Ashkelon and as far north as Rehovot. No casualties were reported.

Shavuot Temple reenactment takes place outside Jericho: ‘Battling Amalek inside Israel’
A full-dress reenactment of the Shavuot Temple service was held in Mitzpeh Yericho on Tuesday, the day after Shavuot was observed in Israel.
Pope Francis Meets With Muslim Leaders Who Are Asking For Him To Side With Hamas And The Palestinians To Bring Sanctions Against Israel
The Roman Catholic Church has been against Christians since the days of the apostles whom they put to death in countless and myriad gruesome ways, and they have been the sworn enemy of the Jews and Israel long before the regathering that took place on May 14th, 1948. So it is no surprise that Pope Francis has been in deep and secret talks with both Turkey and Iran about getting Israel off the back of Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Lebanon fires missiles at Israel opening war against Jerusalem on two fronts
Color Red sirens went off in northern Israel late Monday at around 11 PM as six Grad-type rockets were fired from Lebanon. The rockets fell short, landing inside Lebanon. The IDF responded by shelling the area from which the rockets were launched.

Turkey calls on International forces to conquer Jerusalem: ‘Zechariah’s Gog-Magog prophecy’
After a cabinet meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara late Monday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a media conference in which he called on the UN, UN Security Council, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and other international organizations to take action focusing on wrestling Jerusalem away from Israel.

Pope Francis Speaks to Turkish President Erdogan About Palestinians, Meets Iran’s Foreign Minister
Pope Francis spoke Monday with Iran’s foreign minister and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan amid the ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the violence in the Israel-Gaza conflict. The pope received Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s head diplomat since 2013, for a private audience on May 17 in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. Zarif said that he and the pope “exchanged views” on Palestine, interfaith dialogue, and U.S. sanctions in a post on Twitter.

Biden pressures Israel to submit to Hamas ‘ceasefire’ terms
“A ceasefire right now would unquestionably benefit Hamas,” Rubin said. “At this point, Israel is just beginning to win, just beginning to achieve some of their objectives. If Hamas can still fire rockets when the fighting stops, then they have won.” “Biden wants a ceasefire because he looks awful. This entire situation, all of the violence, is entirely a result of his policies and actions.

2 killed as rockets pound southern Israel
Terrorists in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip launched dozens of rockets at southern Israel Tuesday afternoon, ending a six-hour lull in the fighting which began last Monday. 2 dead, 9 injured after rocket fire on southern Israel resumes. IDF eliminates terror cell armed with anti-tank missiles.
Gaza rockets, IDF strikes continue amid international push for ceasefire
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the heads of local authorities in the South that Operation Guardian of the Walls will end within several days and promised that, “fire on the Gaza border communities after the operation will elicit very fierce responses.”

DIRECT HIT: Israel Levels 12-Story Gaza Media Tower As Netanyahu Vows To Make Hamas Pay For Rocket Attacks Against The Jews On Jerusalem Day
The fighting today in the Gaza Strip reached epic proportions as Israel flattened entire blocks of buildings including the 12-story Gaza Tower in an effort to root out the capability of Hamas to continue to fire rockets on the Jews. But as brutal as the bombing has been, rockets continue to be fired on Israel by the terror state of Palestine. Benjamin Netanyahu says there will be no ceasefire, at least not yet.

Israel Airstrikes Flatten 3 Gaza Buildings, Kill 42 As Netanyahu Says “War Will Go On”
…attacks were continuing at “full-force” and will “take time.“ Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” from the Hamas militant group.

Hotovely on the BBC: Would you have sat quietly if London had been attacked?
Israel’s Ambassador to the UK: At this time, all democracies should stand by Israel in the fight against Islamic terrorism.

IDF: Air and ground troops attacking in Gaza Strip
In the four days since Operation Guardians of the Walls began, an operation which is 95% airstrikes, over 700 Hamas targets have been hit by the Israeli Air Force and 60 operatives including senior commanders, have been killed. The opening strikes by the IAF included key Hamas infrastructure which according to the military will affect the terror group for years to come.

Netanyahu: The operation will continue as long as necessary
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the escalation in the campaign against Hamas, clarifying: “I said that we will exact a very heavy price from Hamas, we are doing this, and we will continue to do so. “The last word has not been said, and this operation will continue as long as necessary.”

Israeli official says Hamas badly bruised, number of terrorists killed much higher
A senior Israeli official said on Thursday that “Hamas has been dealt a major blow,” and warned that terrorists were putting innocent civilians in harm’s way.
“Hamas did not expect our forceful response, and when they emerge from their hiding places they will realize the sheer power that has been used.” According to the official, the actual figure of Hamas operatives who have been killed or injured is might higher than what has been reported. The official further said that the amount of fuel has been drastically reduced, and this has had an impact on Hamas’ overall strength.

PA and Fatah called for “escalating the popular resistance,”
the PA continued to compete with Hamas by encouraging more terror in “defense” of Jerusalem. One PA official urged Palestinians to expand the violent riots that have been raging in the name of Jerusalem for days. The official PA daily published the call of Qalqilya District Governor Rafe’ Rawajbeh after Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched hundreds of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli population areas, and after rioting Israeli Arabs caused severe damage all across Israel:

Israel at war update: Ground invasion imminent after 1,500 rockets fired into Israel
As of Thursday, over 1,500 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza. In response, Israel has called up 7,000 combat reservists – an indication of an imminent incursion into the coastal enclave. The latest round of reservist activations came after 5,000 Air Force, and intelligence soldiers were called up earlier this week.

Miracle in Lod: Automatic fire at close range into crowd of Jews, no one hit
Young men from Samaria, used to defending themselves in the face of violent Arabs, arrived in Lod to help their Jewish brethren stand their ground. A video on Facebook showed the group of approximately 30 “settler” youths miraculously unscathed as Arab terrorists opened fire at them in a drive-by shooting . Mayor Yair Revivo compared the situation to Nazi Germany. “This is Kristallnacht in Lod,” Revivo said on Channel 12.

More than 1,000 rockets have been fired at Israel. That is an average of 28 rockets every hour. If this pace keeps up for the rest of the day, Israel will have absorbed in two days 25 percent of all the rockets the Jewish state absorbed in 2014. Israeli leaders began preparing the nation and their military forces for the hard truth that a ground war in Gaza may be necessary, warning citizens that the campaign to restore calm and quiet will be difficult and will not be finished quickly.

Israel assassinates top Gaza terror masterminds
On Tuesday, the IDF announced Tuesday that they had succeeded in killing three leaders in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad military wing and one in the Hamas military wing. A Hamas source said: “Hamas has suffered a severe blow in the assassination of senior members.”

Hamas with ultimatum to Israel: Leave Temple Mount or 100 times more rockets will fly
The Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades has issued a new ultimatum to Israel on Wednesday: Withdraw from Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah or “100 times” more rockets will be fired at 6 pm towards new targets.

Massive fire on Temple Mount means Messiah is “imminent,” prominent Rabbi says
It looks like Moshiach is imminent. Three hours ago, seven Hamas rockets fired from Gaza landed in the Jerusalem vicinity. Over 40 rockets have been fired at the south. Here in Ashdod and all points south, schools and all public gatherings are curtailed until further notice. The world, including the US, are lined up against us with Turkey and Iran pledging their support to Hamas. The Arab rabble-rousers on the Temple Mount have just now ignited a fire … and that’s enough to have the Moslem world yelling for Jihad. Jet aircraft are flying overhead nonstop and no one here knows what will develop in the coming hours. One thing is sure – like I said yesterday, the labor pains of Moshiach have begun.

IDF goes to battle against Hamas with inspiration from Book of Isaiah
The IDF responded to the attacks with the appropriately named “Operation Guardian of the Walls”, striking 130 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in Gaza including two terrorist tunnels, two rocket launchers, two military posts, a Hamas military intel facility, the home of a top Hamas military official, and weapons manufacturing and storage sites.

Fire on Temple Mount: Zecharia’s prophecy signaling 3rd Temple construction
Arab violence continued through Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) and culminated on Monday night in what can only be described as a pitched battle on the Temple Mount. At one point, fireworks thrown by Arabs ignited a large tree standing adjacent to the Aqsa Mosque, presenting the answer to Jewish prayers based on a prophecy by Zechariah that the Temple which was destroyed by fire will be rebuilt in fire.

Two killed in Lod in overnight rocket barrage, IDF retaliating in Gaza
While the IDF struck in Gaza, targeting a key Hamas infrastructure, Israelis were killed from a heavy barrage of rockets launched towards central Israel overnight. Two people, a man in his 40s and a little girl, died from a rocket that hit their a house in Lod early Wednesday morning, after terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a barrage of rockets in the direction of Tel Aviv … .

Israel kills Islamic Jihad rocket and Hamas anti-tank commanders
The IDF killed two top Islamic Jihad terrorists on Tuesday, striking a blow to the terror group’s rocket infrastructure. The IDF also eliminated the head of the Hamas anti-tank missile unit Tuesday evening in an airstrike. One of the terrorists was identified as Samah Abed al-Mamlouk.

Israel not ready for a ceasefire – official
Israel will not negotiate a ceasefire before Hamas pays a price for its attacks, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday. Ashkenazi “emphasized that Israel has the right to defend its sovereignty and will not allow attempts to hurt its citizens.” He said Israel will continue to use a heavy hand against Hamas terrorists.

IDF enters Lod as city goes into emergency lockdown
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “If this isn’t an emergency situation, I don’t know what is. We’re talking about life and death here.” This means that the city is now an enclosed area monitored by the IDF. Overall, 17 residents of Ramle and Lod were arrested on Tuesday, KAN reported.

By any scale, the intense fighting going on in Jerusalem is only one step away from becoming all out war, which it very well may be by the time the sun rises over the middle east tomorrow morning. Hamas wants war with Israel and it looks like they’re going to get it, already 20 Hamas militants have been killed in retaliatory strikes.

Gaza terrorists fire rockets at Ashkelon
Terrorists operating out of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip launched multiple missiles at southern Israel Sunday evening. The rockets were fired towards the coastal city of Ashkelon, as well as towns in the western Negev, in the Gaza frontier. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense network was activated during the attacks.

IDF chief sends 3 additional battalions to Judea and Samaria in wake of escalation
In the wake of the ongoing disturbances by Palestinian rioters in Jerusalem and the increased tension with Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces will increase its troop presence in Judea and Samaria. Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said the buildup will comprise three battalions, on top of the four that had already been sent in recent days to the area, which has seen an uptick in violence as of late, including in the form of a deadly drive-by shooting and a failed attempt to kill soldiers in a checkpoint.

Netanyahu says Israel rejects pressure on Jerusalem, warns terrorists not to escalate
Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and just as every nation builds in its capital and builds up its capital, we also have the right to build in Jerusalem and to build up Jerusalem,” the prime minister says.

New reports map out Hezbollah’s missile arsenal, expose new military sites
Reported Israeli strikes once again lit up Syria’s night sky early on Wednesday, with Israeli missiles slamming into multiple targets in northwest Syria’s Latakia region, according to Syrian state media. The reports are the latest reminder of an ongoing shadow war raging between Israel and the Iranian-Shi’ite axis, in which the Iranians and Hezbollah attempt to smuggle and deploy advanced weapons to threaten Israel with and Israel sets out to disrupt this activity.

Ramadan violence raging all over Israel but focused on Jerusalem
This year, like most years, the month-long Muslim fast of Ramadan has been marked by extreme violence, most notably, though not limited to, Israel’s capital of Jerusalem.

Israel works to identify 45 killed in Lag Ba’omer Mount Meron stampede
At least 45 people – United Hatzalah CEO Eli Pollack confirmed to N12 on Friday – including at least five minors under the age of 16, were killed on Thursday night after a stampede broke out as massive crowds gathered at the Mount Meron religious bonfire-lighting ceremony for the holiday of Lag Ba’omer, in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a “heavy disaster.”

Israel’s warplanes can reach Iran, minister warns amid nuclear talks
An Israeli cabinet minister sharpened his country’s warnings against what it would deem a bad new nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, saying war with Tehran would be sure to follow. As President Joe Biden explores a possible US return to the 2015 deal to contain Iran’s nuclear program that his predecessor Donald Trump abandoned, Israel has stepped up calls for more sweeping curbs to be imposed on sensitive Iranian technologies and projects.


Biblical History and Future of Israel

The Significance of Israel to End-time Prophecies

Prof. Johan Malan, School of Social Sciences, University of Limpopo (Feb. 2005)


The calling of Israel started with Abraham, who is the progenitor of Israel. God said to him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are – northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants for ever” (Gen. 13:14-15). This promise of the land was later confirmed to Isaac and Jacob (Gen. 26:3; 28:13).

Before inheriting the Promised Land, the descendants of the founding patriarchs first spent 400 years as strangers in Egypt, where they became the slaves of the Egyptians (Gen. 15:13-14). Then they earnestly called on the Lord to deliver them from their bondage and misery. After the sacrificial lamb was slaughtered and the first Passover celebrated, God led His people out of Egypt with a mighty arm. Through these events Israel learned the lesson that they could not take possession of God’s promises in their own strength. The sacrificial lamb also pointed to the Messiah as the true Lamb of God. By His sacrifice and the shedding of His blood He would redeem people from their spiritual bondage and lead them into the kingdom of God (John 1:29).

Israel had to discover the principle that they were first to become a people of God who observe His laws and statutes before they could live in the land that He promised to them. They were called to be a separated and dedicated people through whom God could reveal Himself to the world. Their calling to Canaan, therefore, also included a spiritual calling.


The Lord set a clear spiritual standard to Israel for the privilege of being called a people of God. Should they continuously fail to meet this standard, they would invite the displeasure and even the anger of God against them. Extended periods of national disobedience resulted in God surrendering Israel to their enemies. Through experiences such as this they learned in the hard way the consequences of straying from God. After they had humbled themselves before the Lord and confessed their sins, He again restored them to their land (Lev. 26; Deut. 30).

The warnings to Israel explicitly included the possibility of a long international dispersion, should they continue with their disobedience and rebellion against God: “Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other” (Deut. 28:64). “I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste” (Lev. 26:33).

The Babylonian captivity of Israel, which was confined to one area, was obviously not the international diaspora to all nations. The diaspora only occurred in the first century AD, and was finally announced by Jesus after He was rejected as Messiah by Israel. Prior to and in His prophetic discourse (Matt. 23 and 24) He told the apostate religious leaders that they were filling up the measure of their fathers’ sins, and that Jerusalem would be destroyed as a result. In Luke 21 He indicated that the dispersion of Israel would continue for a long period during the times of the Gentiles: “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near… For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled… For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this [Israeli] people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:20-24). The siege and destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70 was the start of the long international dispersion of Israel that lasted for almost two millennia. At some time during the diaspora there have been Jewish exiles in all countries of the world.


Never in all of Israel’s existence as a nation was there ever the slightest doubt of the validity of the unconditional promises that God made to the founding fathers of the nation. God Himself was, and still is, the guarantor of the Abrahamic (Gen. 15:18), Canaanitic (Num. 33:51–34:15) and Davidic (2 Sam. 7:12-16; Ps. 89:3-4, 34-37) covenants that ensure the eternal allocation of the land as well as the permanence of David’s throne. Israel’s exile from the land because of disobedience cannot invalidate these covenants. Even if Israel is unfaithful, God remains a faithful covenant-keeping God who will again restore the nation to their land.

A solemn assurance to this effect was given long before the Babylonian captivity and the international diaspora: “Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God. But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the Lord” (Lev. 26:44-45).

The partial gathering of Israel from their international exile is a physical restoration to the land of their fathers, but the final objective with this process is their spiritual revival from the apostate condition into which they have lapsed: “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God… I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and… I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God” (Ezek. 36:22-28).

A spiritual cleansing must occur after Israel has been restored to their land. It will coincide with great distress and tribulation. God says that He will refine the remnant of Israel in the fire of His wrath (Zech. 13:9). Jeremiah also refers to this time when he says: “Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it” (Jer. 30:7). This time of trouble is the coming great tribulation when Israel will call on God for mercy and help: “In their affliction they will diligently seek Me” (Hos. 5:15).

The restoration of Israel occurs progressively: they are first physically and politically restored as a nation, but in the same spiritually blinded state that prevailed during their dispersion. Back in the land, God will allow a great tribulation upon them from which a remnant will be saved (Rom. 9:27). “Therefore thus says the Lord God: because you have all become dross, therefore behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. As men gather silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin into the midst of a furnace, to blow fire on it, to melt it; so will I gather you in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there and melt you… then you shall know that I, the Lord, have poured out My fury on you” (Ezek. 22:19-22). The Jews are restored to their land to be spiritually purified.

The status of the city of Jerusalem is a very significant indication of the progressive physical restoration of Israel, and of the end of the times of the Gentiles. In Luke 21:24 the Lord Jesus said that Jerusalem would be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. The end-time restoration of Jerusalem is therefore an important parameter for the revival of the Jewish nation, while it also indicates the end of the church dispensation. It is not a sudden and quickly passing sign which leaves one no time to react to it, but a gradual process. The various phases of this process can be distinguished as follows:

·         In 1948, with the declaration of Israel as an independent Jewish state, the Jews only controlled the new, western part of Jerusalem. The Old City and the Temple Mount were at that time still under Jordanian control.
·         In 1967, in the Six Day War, Israel gained control over the whole of Jerusalem, and also over the West Bank, the Golan Heights and other areas. At that stage, Jerusalem was physically restored and its Jewish population entered a phase of rapid increase.
·         In 1980, Jerusalem was declared the eternal, undivided capital of Israel, and Prime Minister Begin moved his office from Tel Aviv to Yerushalayim, the city of destiny. During the next two years, all his cabinet members were relocated. At that stage, the constitutional restoration of the city was complete. Its physical and political trampling was now over.
·         After 1980, the spiritual trampling of Jerusalem still continued. Three Muslim mosques are on the Temple Mount, and this area is under the control of an Islamic committee, the Wakf. According to biblical prophecies, the orthodox faith of Israel will strongly revive and the temple will also be rebuilt. This initiative will coincide with the continued rejection of the once for all sacrifice of Jesus as the true Messiah of Israel (Heb. 10:10).

The rebuilt temple will be desecrated by the false messiah (Antichrist). When Israel revoke their covenant with him, they will be driven out of the city. It will only be at the coming of the true Messiah to the Mount of Olives, that Jerusalem and the remnant of Israel will be spiritually restored. Several important events will occur before this time, most of which will form part of the coming tribulation period.

Three generations

The three salient features of Israel’s four thousand year-long history, i.e. their calling, dispersion and restoration, all occurred within a single generation. While the total life-span of a generation is 70 years (Ps. 90:10), an adult generation only represents a period of 40 years, i.e. between the ages of 30 and 70. Adult status is reached at the age of 30, when men become eligible for appointment as priests and members of the Jewish Council (Num. 4:3). Jesus also had to comply with this rule before His earthly ministry as prophet and religious teacher could commence. 

God always holds adults accountable for their decisions and actions, and therefore often deals with adult generations of 40 years. Concerning the generation of Israel’s calling and establishment in their land, the Bible says: “So the Lord's anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the Lord was gone” (Num. 32:13; also see Ps. 95:10).

The two other important generations relate to their international dispersion after the rejection of the Messiah, and their end-time restoration prior to the Second Coming of the Messiah. These two are also the first and last generations of the Christian dispensation between the first and second comings of Christ. They are both transitional generations. In the first generation after the crucifixion, Israel was gradually phased out as God’s representatives on earth, while the church was progressively phased in by way of the early evangelistic endeavours. In the last generation, Israel is phased in and restored to their land in preparation of their important role during the Millennium, while the church should prepare itself to be phased out by way of the rapture. 

Referring to the first generation after His crucifixion, Jesus said: "Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt… Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Matt. (23:32-39). “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near… For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:20-24).

Jesus addressed His contemporaries in the year 32, i.e. the adult generation of people who were 30 years or older at the time. Within their adult life-span of 40 years, these prophecies were all fulfilled. 38½ years after the crucifixion of Jesus, the Romans captured and destroyed Jerusalem in AD 70 and took the surviving Jews as captives of war to various countries. Jesus’ prophecy was literally fulfilled during one generation.
Since that fateful first generation, Jerusalem was trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles would be fulfilled, thereby ushering in the last generation before the return of Christ. The restoration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city took place in August 1980. At an unknown date, but before the end of this terminal generation, the church will be raptured to heaven, the Antichrist will be revealed and the seven years of the tribulation period take their course.

The Lord Jesus said about the last generation: “And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. And [after that] there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near… Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things are fulfilled” (Luke 21:25-32; see also Matt. 24:34). 

Although we should refrain from date setting we must nevertheless try to understand the temporal framework of the two critical generations in the Christian dispensation, which are also associated with the dispersion and restoration of Israel. It is highly significant that both these generations are linked to events in Jerusalem. The first generation was ushered in by Jerusalem’s rejection and crucifixion of its Messiah-King (Matt. 23:37), and this generation ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion of its inhabitants (Matt. 23:38, Luke 19:41-44; 21:20-24). The last generation started with the restoration of Jerusalem as the capital of modern Israel in 1980 (Luke 21:24), and will be consummated when the Messiah-King again comes to Jerusalem – this time to be fully accepted by the remnant of Israel (Matt. 23:39; Zech. 12:10; 14:4-5).

The 70th year-week of Daniel

The prophet Daniel describes the last 70 year-weeks (490 prophetic years of 360 days each) that will pass in the history of Israel before they enter the time of everlasting righteousness (Dan. 9:24-27). Of this period, 69 year-weeks (483 years) have passed between the decree by Artaxerxes in the year 445 BC that Jerusalem was to be rebuilt (Neh. 2:1‑8), and the death of Jesus on the cross in AD 32. Then the clock stopped ticking for Israel as a nation in the divine plan of God, and the time for the evangelisation of the non-Jewish world began. That meant that Israel would temporarily lose its position as a unique people and representative of God, and that all people, including the dispersed Israelites, would be given the opportunity to accept the Lord Jesus as Messiah and enter the kingdom of God by becoming members of the church (or body) of Christ.

With the present restoration of Israel and the city of Jerusalem we are now very close to the end of the church age: “Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). We are now living in the period of Jerusalem’s and Israel’s progressive restoration, so the last year-week of Israel’s divine history may soon commence. At the start of the 70th year-week of seven years, Israel will enter into a covenant with the false messiah (Antichrist). Daniel 9:27 reads: “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week.” The false messiah will appear on the scene as a diplomat and peacemaker.
The Antichrist will be endowed with all of Satan’s powers of deception (Rev. 12:9; 13:2), and will use these powers to perform astounding “signs and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9) to deceive Israel and the nations into concluding the above-mentioned covenant with him. His success as peacemaker in the Middle East will form a springboard from which he will rise to power in the Mediterranean alliance of the revived Roman Empire. All countries will eventually become signatories of the peace treaties of the false messiah, and he will use the Mediterranean alliance to become the undisputed peacemaker and global leader. His success and diplomatic skills will deceive nearly everyone. At that stage, few people would dare to allege that he is involved in the greatest deception of all time, and that he would, within a few years, become the worst dictator in the entire history of the world!

Most of the Jews will be influenced by these highly dramatic events and will be quick to accept this man as their messiah. He will probably use a false genealogy, which will lead them to believe that he is indeed a descendant of King David and a member of the tribe of Judah. The Lord Jesus warned the Jews against this fatal mistake: “I have come in My Father’s Name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive” (John 5:43). The false messiah will introduce a world‑wide peace and unity, and encourage the Jews to rebuild the temple. This will render him a national hero in Israel. Soon he will also become the hero of all the nations of the world by presenting himself as their common messiah. He will pretend to be the Messiah to the Jews, the Christ to the Christians, the Imam Mahdi to the Muslims, Krishna to the Hindus and the Maitreya Buddha to the Buddhists.

After the sensational revelation of the universally accepted world leader, posing, like Satan, as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), at the start of the seven year period there will be a revival in Israel with 144 000 Jews accepting Jesus as the true Messiah. They will openly declare that the man officially recognised as Messiah by the Israeli government is a false messiah. This revelation will cause great consternation and tension in Israel and immediately lead to the persecution of all who refuse to worship the false messiah.

Halfway through the seven year period, the whole world will be shocked out of the false sense of peace that it has enjoyed for three and a half years: “For when they say, Peace and safety! then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape” (1 Thess. 5:3).
Israel will be greatly disillusioned when they realize that they have been worshipping a false messiah who pretends to be God Himself. They will immediately revoke their covenant with him. The false messiah will then forbid them to sacrifice in the name of God, and instead erect a statue of himself in the Holy of holies in the newly built temple in Jerusalem, and demand worship: “...and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and offering to cease [for the remaining three and one-half years]; and upon the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate; until the full determined end is poured out on the desolator” (Dan. 9:27 Amplified Bible). The false messiah will then be revealed as a ruthless dictator.
As in World War II, genocide will be perpetrated against the Jews during the second half of the tribulation – in that 3½ year period known as the “great tribulation” (Matt. 24:21) or “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7). The true Messiah described this time of terror in His prophetic discourse: “Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place… then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains… For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Mt. 24:15-21). Daniel also refers to the dark days of the coming tribulation period in his prophecies about the end-time: “And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation” (Dan. 11:31).

When the covenant with Israel has been broken and the false messiah declares himself to be God, the Jews will flee to a place of refuge. Then 42 months (1 260 days) will elapse before the true Messiah descends to the Mount of Olives. As this moment draws near, surviving Jews will return to Jerusalem, determined to be at the Mount of Olives by the Day of Atonement, to meet their Messiah. It will be an extremely dangerous time for them, as the false messiah will still endeavour to kill all the Jews he can find. At this stage there will be a powerful multi-national force in Israel. They will be under the command of the false messiah and the false prophet, and deployed to surround Jerusalem. Their objectives will be to annihilate Israel and to kill the coming Messiah (Zech. 14:2-3; Rev. 19:19-20).

The Jews who return to Jerusalem to await the Messiah will need to be deeply convinced that He really is about to come imminently, as their journey and approach to the city will be fraught with dangers. The enemy will be all around them, and a heavily armed military force will be closing in upon them with every passing minute. Many houses will be plundered in Jerusalem as the invaders start demolishing the city. People will flee to the Mount of Olives in panic. Some of them will even lose hope completely and say: “Our hope is lost: we are cut off” (Ezek. 37:11).

When the false messiah is about to cut off and kill the remnant of Israel, the dramatic event of the Second Coming of the Messiah will occur. The prophet Zechariah describes the momentous events of that day: “For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem … Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall split in two, from east to west, making a very big valley; half of the mountain shall move towards the north and half of it towards the south. Then you shall flee through My mountain valley … thus the Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You... And the Lord shall be King over all the earth... And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths. It shall come to pass in that day that a great panic from the Lord will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbour, and raise his hand against his neighbour’s hand” (Zech. 14:2‑13).

At this critical moment when the wrath of God is poured out upon a sinful world, mercy and grace will still be offered by Jesus to the remaining Jews who put their trust in Him and hope for His salvation. When the dark clouds of judgement engulf Jerusalem and its surroundings, the remaining Jews will flee into the place of refuge caused by the sudden cleaving of the mountain. There, literally at the feet of Jesus, they will be safe. Great confusion will prevail among their enemies who will start killing one another. The Lord says: “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pieced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a first-born” (Zech. 12:9-10).

The remnant of Israel will become appalled when they see the marks in His hands, and their first words to Him will be: “What are these wounds in Your hands? Then He will answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends” (Zech. 13:6). It will be a dramatic reunion, mingled with joy and sorrow. The remnant of Israel will grieve for what they have done and the nation will accept Jesus as the Messiah. Then all will be lost for the false messiah and his hordes on this last day of the tribulation when they face the One who has all power in heaven and on earth: “And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence… These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse” (Rev. 19:19‑21).

This is a description of the battle of Armageddon, which is part of God’s judgement upon a Christ-rejecting world who turned their backs on the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the people of God, Israel, and the true church of God among all nations. After the rapture of the church and the martyrdom of the believers who were saved during the tribulation, Satan and his hordes will unleash their full fury against Israel and also try to avert the return of the Messiah to the Mount of Olives. In so doing, they will become the objects of God’s wrath. 

The Lord warned the nations against this encounter: “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgement with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land” (Joel 3:1-2). The nations, who persecuted Israel and pressurized them to divide their God-given land among themselves and their enemies, will be judged by God in the land of Israel.

Salvation of the remnant

After the Messiah has made His appearance on the Mount of Olives and revealed Himself as the One crucified by Israel during His first coming two thousand years ago, a time of great mourning will follow. This mourning will lead to the salvation of the whole remnant of Israel: “In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem… and the land shall mourn, every family by itself… In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness” (Zech. 12:11-12; 13:1). The remnant that will survive the severe afflictions of the tribulation will only be a third of the nation: “And it shall come to pass in all the land, says the Lord, that two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, This is My people; and each one will say, The Lord is my God” (Zech. 13:8-9). 

The national salvation of Israel will have wonderful consequences: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you” (Zech. 8:23). Jeremiah says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah… I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jer. 31:31-34).

From Matthew’s account of the Second Coming it is evident that a remnant of all the nations will share in the mourning of Israel when they see Christ coming in power and glory: “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matt. 24:30). After this wonderful day, no idols will be worshipped or non-Christian religions practiced (Zech. 13:2). Two of Israel’s neighbors, Egypt and Syria, are specifically mentioned as eminent examples of future Christian nations in the Middle East (Isa. 19:24-25).
During the subsequent millennial reign of Christ the saved remnant of Israel will rejoice in the Lord and evangelize the entire world (Isa. 12:3-6; 40:9; 51:11). “Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit” (Isa. 27:6). The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Is. 11:9-10; Hab. 2:14). Satan will be securely bound so that he cannot deceive the nations (Rev. 20:1-4). Peace will prevail everywhere. There will be no more war or military training and weapons will be recycled for peaceful uses (Is. 2:4; 9:7; Mic. 5:4-5; Hos. 2:18). The Messiah will not only reign as Prince of peace, King of kings and Lord of lords, but also as King of the Jews – as Pilate had so rightly written as the superscription above the cross of the suffering Messiah (Luke 23:38).

Bless them

To ensure God’s blessing upon us, we must bless Israel. God said to Abraham, the founding father of Israel, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). Do not rush to condemn them because they crucified Jesus – remember Gentiles participated! It was indeed a wicked act of unbelief, but it was part of God’s plan of salvation for Israel and the nations. If the atoning death of the Lord Jesus had not taken place, you and I could not have been reconciled to God, nor become Christians.

“I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!” (Rom. 11:11-12). Because Israel has rejected and crucified their Messiah, redemption has been offered to the non-Jewish peoples of the world. In their fallen state Israel is, therefore, a blessing to the entire world as their spiritual inheritance is offered to all people! In Romans 11:12 the Lord clearly says that in their future, spiritually restored state, Israel will be an even greater blessing to the world.

Christians owe a debt of gratitude, recognition, blessing, intercession, and support to Israel. God would provoke them to jealousy (Rom. 11:11-15) by our worshipping and serving their God, Yahweh Elohim, through their Messiah, Yeshua! We must also pray for the peace of Jerusalem if we wish to prosper in our own country (Ps. 122:6).

The reason why all believers should in a very serious and dedicated way intercede for Jerusalem is because it is the city of the great King (Ps. 48:2). This is the city where our Lord revealed Himself as King, died on the cross to propitiate for our sins, rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended to heaven. Ten days after He ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon 120 faithful and praying disciples, resulting in the birth of the Christian church in Jerusalem. From here, the message of salvation was proclaimed and carried to the uttermost parts of the world (Acts 1:8).

It is to the city of Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, that the Messiah will return at the end of the tribulation period to save the remnant of Israel, to judge His enemies, and to establish His kingdom on earth. In answer to the many prayers of the saints, and in accordance with His divine will, the Lord will transform Jerusalem to be the world capital, the wonderful city of the Messiah, and rule the millennial world from the restored throne of David (Is. 62:6-7). “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem; they shall walk no more after the stubbornness of their evil heart” (Jer. 3:17).

How do we know that the blessings promised to Israel and Jerusalem still await final fulfillment? Divine prophecies of Israel being re-gathered to their land, spiritually revived, elevated above all nations and abundantly blessed (Deut. 28:1-14; 30:1-4; Ezek. 36:24-28; Is. 60:1-22; Hos. 14:5-8; Rom. 11:26-27) have never been fulfilled. On the contrary, no nation has suffered and survived anything like the prolonged worldwide dispersion, disdain, persecution, hatred and genocide which the people of Israel have during the past two millennia. God’s promises never fail – they will be honored in the Millennium.

Different responses to the restoration of Israel

The restoration of Israel elicits immense resistance from the enemies of this nation. The kingdom of darkness is fully aware of God’s future plans with Israel and seeks to oppose them with everything in its power. That is the main reason for the campaign of hatred against the Jews. God’s enemies are also the enemies of His true church and of His people, Israel: “For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against your people… they have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more” (Ps. 83:2-4).
Despite the religious formalism and deadness of the Jewish people, there is no justification at all for waging a campaign of hatred against them. This is one of the most foolish and self-destructive things nations or individuals could do. To act against the declared will and purposes of God is to pierce ourselves with many sorrows. Consider what happened to Israel as a nation because of rejecting God! The same God warns the enemies of Israel, but blesses their friends (Gen. 12:3).

We should rather pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Ps. 122:6) as this city is destined to resume its role as a place of divine revelation. When Jesus Christ comes back, He will not only be King of the kings worldwide, but specifically also the King of the Jews. When the angel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus, he said about the Child: “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David” (Luke 1:32). The throne of David was in Jerusalem and still needs to be restored, hence the promise of the Lord Jesus: “I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up, so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things” (Acts 15:16-17).
When this prophecy is fulfilled after the Second Coming of Christ, Jerusalem will be the center of God’s kingdom on earth: “Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isa. 2:3-4). “Yes, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord” (Zech. 8:22). 

With a view to this wonderful future of Jerusalem, Israel and the whole world, we are reminded to pray for Jerusalem and the revelation of God’s glory from that city: “You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (Isa. 62:6). It stands to reason that when Jerusalem is fully restored and elevated to its new status as world capital, its inhabitants will also undergo a change of heart. Paul says: “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that hardening in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins” (Rom. 11:25-27).

We are awaiting the return of the Holy One of Israel (Isa. 43:3).

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