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Israel And The End Of The World

Posted by Mr. Nice Guy on July 24, 2009

People have been saying we are living in the last days for the last 2,000 years. Sounds like a long time right? Well, they’ve been right all along. I’m not sure if anyone else knows how it feels to have a brain full of information that just keeps analyzing, processing, and producing more questions than answers.

1. Are we really in the last days? I sincerely believe so.  That problem with people is the fact that we function on HUMAN time and not GOD’s time. According to the Bible:

“For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” Ps. 90:4

“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8

Everything in the Bible is done on God’s timetable. It converts back and forth between human time and God time, but its usually easy to tell. So in fact, 2,000 years ago, is only 2 days in God’s time, which literally makes it the last days.

We are approaching the end of the 6,000th year of human history (not earth’s history) according to the Hebrew calendar. If 7 is the number of completion and 8 is the number of New Beginnings, that would put the 1,000 year reign of Christ sometime soon. Just some food for thought.

2. “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.” Zechariah 12:2-3

This is the reason that everyone screwing around with Jerusalem is having such a hard time. It was promised to the Jews by God, and to those that don’t believe, just keep watching. They’ll NEVER lose it again.

3. “And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” Isaiah 11:12

“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely:” Jeremiah 32:37

“Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” Ezekiel 11:17

“And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country” Ezekiel 34:13

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” Isaiah 11:11-12

One thing that had to be in place before the end was the Jews had to be back in their land for the 2nd time.  In 1948 that happened.  In 1967 they took back Jerusalem in the 6 Day War, after they were outnumbered 5 to 1 and the Arabs were trying to wipe them out. I picked out a few verses so no one could say I was taking anything out of context…

4. “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” Zechariah 12:10

For those that don’t know, this is the OT, before Jesus was born or even crucified and stoning was the method of execution.  I find that to be very interesting. Lets keep exploring for a second.

5. “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” Matthew 24:32-34

Yep, I skipped ahead to the NT, so if you want to catch up, check out Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. We pretty much know how long we have left. A Biblical generation is 70 years.  70 years from 1948 (Israel becomes a nation for the 2nd time in history) is 2018. Unless we start from the taking back of Jerusalem in 1967, then it is 2037, but I’m almost positive its 2018.

Some people confuse the Rapture, which can happen at anytime without any signs, with the 2nd coming of Christ. We pretty much know exactly when the world will end. Daniel 12 tells us that it will end 7 years from the time the Antichrist signs a peace treaty between Israel and her neighbors. Guess we have to wait to see who is successful in making that happen. Once it does, the last 7 years of history as we know it will be on a count down clock.

If you believe in the Bible, this should be an interesting time in history for you.  If you don’t believe, just keep your eye on Israel.  Here is a quick run down of what the Bible predicts for Israel’s future, pertaining to the end of the age.

1. Israel would be re-established for the 2nd time. (May 14, 1948 – 70 year countdown begins.)
2. Jerusalem would be under Israeli control (June 6, 1967)
3. Russia, Turkey, Iran, and a few other nations will invade Israel (still to come. Ezekiel 38 and 39), causing God to step in and reveal His power to the world.
4. The Antichrist will decieve Israel into signing a 7 year peace treaty. (still to come. Daniel 8:25,9:27)
5. The temple will be rebuilt and the Antichrist will declare himself God (still to come. Matthew 24:15)(2005 Temple Update2009 Temple Update)
6. There will be another Holocaust at the hands of the Antichrist. (still to come (Matthew 24:16-21)

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