Israel and the End Times
Israel is the apple of God’s eye. That is why Israel is such an
integral part of Bible prophecy. God dictated to us His plan and her destiny
with that particular lens and focus to His servants the prophets. The Bible
is of Jewish origin. Those of Gentile lineage are wild branches grafted
onto Christ, the root of Jesse. Israel is the natural branches. Romans 11
If we do not imitate God with our lens matching His, then prophecy will
be blurry and indistinct. However, it becomes laser-focused when taking
into account God’s promises and Israel’s place while trusting
the precision of God’s Word. We look at Bible prophecy then in full
focus and the more we read, the clearer it becomes... God is not done with
Israel, that’s what the study
HIStory, Our Future is all about.
news - A look at current news stories having to do with Israel.
Israel and Revelation 12 - A look at the symbology and Biblical
definition in Revelation 12.
InfoLive.TV - Live streaming online television from Jerusalem covering
the Middle East.
Wall Webcam - A live streaming webcam of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
History In A Nutshell - What exactly is the history of this little
patch of land? Here’s the quick overview in slideshow format.
- Israeli Innovations
- See some of the amazing innovations coming out of Israel.
Israel 21c - A focus on Israeli institutions, businesses, and people
whose technology innovations are changing the way we work and live.
The Camp of Israel - When Israel wandered the wilderness, they were
told to camp a particular way. Talk about shadow of things to come!
Rights to the Land - A look at the reasons why the “Palestinians”
have no case and how the brainwashed people who call themselves Philistines
are being used by the Muslim nations to attack Israel. The land was
desolate and nobody cared until it was given to Israel. Then the land
bloomed, just like the Bible said it would.
Is God done with the nation of Israel?
Thus saith the
LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of
the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea
when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
If those ordinances depart from before me, saith
the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation
before me for ever. Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can
be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done,
saith the LORD.
In other words, when there is no more sun, moon, stars, and sea cease
to exist, then Israel will forever cease to exist. In addition, if we can
somehow measure the vastness of space and beneath the earth, then what Israel
has done will cause the Lord to cast off all their seed. If you believe
in the Bible, then you must recognize that God is not done with the nation
of Israel because we have a sun, moon, stars and there is no way to measure
the fullness of space or beneath the earth’s surface. This is fully
supported and further validated in the details of Bible prophecy. Indeed,
if national Israel and her seed are not viewed centrally in Bible prophecy,
all conclusions will be skewed from reality because Bible prophecy revolves
around God’s plans for Israel, to bring the remnant who are His to
the understanding of Yeshua being their Meshiach Nagid.
Israel’s Prophesied Reappearance
A sign of the end times
shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have
remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a
graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the
sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and
earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish
from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall
not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And the
LORD shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in
number among the heathen, whither the LORD shall lead you. And there
ye shall serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone,
which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But if from thence
thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek
him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
When thou art in tribulation, and all these
things are come upon thee, even in the latter days,
if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;
(For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee,
neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he
sware unto them. For ask now of the days that are past, which
were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth,
and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath
been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like
it? Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst
of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? Or hath God assayed to go
and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations,
by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a
stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD
your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
I believe the holocaust and the time since Israel became a nation speaks
to the latter days of tribulation for Israel. Regarding this time here is
a great interview from Zola Levitt Ministries:
Interview - Scroll down to “Bad Moon Rising,”
the Sun Shine” to watch this interview with the leader of
a German church who discusses the reconciliation between his church
members and Israel regarding the holocaust. It is a very powerful testimony
that speaks to the nature of the current situation as well repeating
the past. He makes a good point that the world didn’t stand up
to Hitler because they had a Hellenistic world view that is very prevalent
today, trusting in the goodness of humanity when the Bible states clearly
that our hearts are wicked. When people who deny this truth, they tend
to trust those who don’t show the fruits deserving that trust.
Back to prophecy...
Now gather thyself
in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they
shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. But thou,
Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah,
yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
give them up, until the time that she
which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant
of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall
stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name
of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great
unto the ends of the earth.
Here we have the picture of Israel travailing...
A voice of noise
from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth
recompence to his enemies. Before she travailed,
she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man
child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such
things? 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. Shall I bring
to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I
cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. Rejoice ye with
Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy
with her, all ye that mourn for her: That ye may suck, and be satisfied
with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted
with the abundance of her glory. For thus saith
the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory
of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall
be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom
his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted
in Jerusalem. And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and
your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand
of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation
toward his enemies.
The bones remind me of Ezekiel 37...
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried
me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst
of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me
to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the
open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of
man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them,
O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto
these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall
live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you,
and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and
ye shall know that I am the LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded:
and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the
bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews
and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but
there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the
wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord
GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain,
that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath
came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding
great army. Then he said unto me, Son of man,
these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold,
they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off
for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them,
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people,
I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves,
and bring you into the land of Israel. And
ye shall know that I am the LORD, when
I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your
graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall
place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have
spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
These are all currently fulfilled prophecies which glorify God and testify
to the accuracy of the Bible. Israel is back in the land given to her by
God, but not of her own doing. There are so many times in history that Israel
should have been wiped out, but she remains a burdensome stone which cuts
those that try to move her to pieces.
The burden of
the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth
the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the
spirit of man within him. 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. In that day, saith the LORD, I
will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness:
and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every
horse of the people with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall
say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength
in the LORD of hosts their God. In that day will I make the governors
of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of
fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on
the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again
in her own place, even in Jerusalem.
The LORD also shall save
the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the
glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against
Judah. In that day shall the LORD defend the
inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day
shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel
of the LORD before them.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all
the nations that come against Jerusalem. 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
I lifted up mine eyes
again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.
Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem,
to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.
And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel
went out to meet him, And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man,
saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the
multitude of men and cattle therein: For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall
of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her. Ho,
ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD:
for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith
the LORD. Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of
Babylon. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent
me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth
you toucheth the apple of his eye. For, behold, I will shake
mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and
ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me. Sing and rejoice,
O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of
thee, saith the LORD. And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in
that day , and shall be my
people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that
the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee. And the LORD shall inherit
Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of
his holy habitation.
Israel’s Blindness: What is it and why?
I say then,
Hath God cast away his people? God forbid.
For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham,
of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people
which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias?
how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying, Lord, they
have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left
alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto
him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand
men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according
to the election of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more
of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then
it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. What then? Israel
hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election
hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. (According as
it is written, God
hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see,
and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. And David
saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock,
and a recompence unto them: Let their eyes be darkened, that they
may not see, and bow down their back alway. I say then, Have they
stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through
their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying,
If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things
which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine
eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies
shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee
in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children
within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another;
because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest
them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy
children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her
wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you
desolate. For I say unto you,
Ye shall not see me
henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in
the name of the Lord.
What is this blindness, this spirit of slumber, that God has given Israel?
Would God really blind an entire people from coming to the Truth and therefore
condemning them to hell without any choice of their own? That doesn’t
sound like a God honoring free-will as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
I have to reconcile that God is just and also causes blindness with the
Bible that says, “God hath given them the
spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should
not hear...” But how is this blindness accomplished?
and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine;
they stagger, but not with strong drink. For
the LORD hath poured out upon you the
spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your
rulers, the seers hath he covered. And the vision of all
is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men
deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and
he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him
that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I
am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this
people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour
me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward
me is taught by the precept of men:
Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this
people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their
wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall
According to scripture it is God that does this. I believe this blindness
is caused by the snares that come from not building doctrine from the Bible,
but rather trusting doctrines of men. This is seen in the following passage
from the chapter before.
he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?
them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon
precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a
little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak
to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause
the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
But the word of the LORD was unto them precept
upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line;
here a little, and there a little; that they might
go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
God wrote the Bible with stumblingblocks for those who do not build their
doctrine from only the Word of God. And when false doctrines of men are
added in, the clarity of scripture becomes obscure and those without a love
for Truth are blinded by the false doctrines created by not taking the Word of God
seriously. In this way, the blindness is sent from God by
the way the scriptures were written to snare those without a love for His
Word as written. In that desire to re-write doctrine, they are blinded to
the Truth. In this way God blinds them with their own doctrines created
from outside of the council of God.
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
Seeing then that
we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face, that the children
of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
But their minds were blinded:
for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading
of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But
even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall
be taken away. Now the Lord is
that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the
Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by
the Spirit of the Lord.
Israel rejected the Messiah written of in the Word of God. If they had
stuck to God’s Word, they wouldn’t have been blinded by their
own additions causing stumblingblocks to keep them from the Truth. Jews
especially are subject to this today because of the generations of denial
of who Christ is. They’re still waiting for His coming now that He
has already left almost 2,000 years ago. By writing the Bible as He did,
God blinded those who don’t stick to the Bible and Orthadox Judaism
is built more on traditions of men than the Bible. If it was built on the
Bible, they would recognize Christ. Isaiah 53 should clear that up.
So their blindness is self-induced in that they don’t trust the
Word of God alone, but rather the doctrines of men. They are looking to
men from their past instead of God here and now. That is where the blindness
comes from. However that blindness would not be the case if God’s
Word was written in a very clear manner. But He made it so that to really
understand, one must build precept upon precept, line upon line, here a
little and there a little. Those unwilling to do so are blinded from the
Truth because God wrote it that way to keep understanding to those that
love His Word.
This extends to us as Christians
The only difference between Israel and Christians is the acceptance of
Yeshua as the Meshiach Nagid. We have the added definition and interpretation
of scripture through Christ’s words and the rest of the New Testament,
but both religions have the same source of information from the same Old
Testament speaking about the same Christ. So when we read the same God’s
Word who blinded Israel in their reliance on doctrines of men over His Word,
let us remember to take our God and the Creator of the universe at His Word
We are not blinded because the
veil is done away with in Christ, but
we can still shut our eyes and not see. Mark 13:34-37 So let us read God’s
Word that is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path in this dark
world. In this way, we will not be in blindness as the world is and we will
be able to bring others to a place of understanding better having made that
journey through God’s Word to redemption ourselves to
see God’s design and plans for Israel.
I feel the following from a posts by Watcher on
FulfilledProphecy.com touches on Israel becoming a nation as a sign
“Today in my Bible study, the Holy Spirit showed me something
that I never really paid attention to before. And surprisingly, you
in your commentary today, EXACTLY what the Holy Spirit showed me.
Here’s what you said that caught my eye:
’What convinced me was the part in Hal’s book about the rebirth
of Israel and the revival of the old Roman Empire -- two things
that I could see for myself.’
I hope this is an encouragement to you. Here’s what the Holy
Spirit showed me today, from Luke 21:29-31.
And he spake
to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When
they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer
is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come
to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Do you see it there in verse 30? When trees begin to put forth leaves,
you can see for yourself that summer is near, and that it will soon
come to pass. You don’t need anyone to tell you this, because
you can see it for yourself. In the same way, when you see “these
things” that Jesus spoke of (the signs), begin to come to pass,
you can see for yourself that the kingdom of God is near and will soon
come to pass. You don‘t need anyone to tell you this, because
you can see it for yourself.
Here’s something else I thought was interesting, and that I’ve
noticed in a new way. Luke 21:29 says:
And he spake to
them a parable; BEHOLD the fig tree, and all the trees;
Jesus says, BEHOLD, or “look and pay attention to” the “fig
tree”, first of all.........and then “all the trees”.
He refers to the “fig tree” as being a specific kind of
tree in nature, and biblically, it is the specific nation of Israel. “All
the trees” that Jesus spoke of next, then, are general trees in
nature and biblically, all the general nations. He’s saying to
look and pay attention to the specific nation of Israel and all the
other, general nations, in the context of signs of the end times.
Now, from the “Jewish dispersion” until 1948, Israel
did not even exist as a nation. So, until then, there was nothing to “look
and pay attention to”. Also, before the advent of technology,
it would have been nearly impossible to “look and pay attention
to ” all the other nations, let alone non-existent Israel. With
no radio, TV, Internet, worldwide newspapers, magazines, worldwide transportation
systems, etc., it would be awfully difficult to access information even
about our own nation, let alone other ancient nations.
But now, Daniel’s prophecy makes perfect sense…..regarding
the end times, when KNOWLEDGE would be increased and people would travel
TO and FRO.
But thou, O Daniel,
shut up the words, and seal the book, [even] to the time of the
end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
The words of Daniel’s prophecy have been “shut up”
and “sealed” to the “time of the end.” I believe
Daniel 12:4 parallels what Jesus was talking about in the passage of
Luke. It would not be until the time of the end, that it would even
be POSSIBLE to BEHOLD the “fig tree” and “all the
When Jesus said to “Behold the fig tree” (the Nation
of Israel), He would not have been speaking to any generation before
1948, because there was no national Israel (fig tree) to BEHOLD before
that time. We ARE the generation for whom it is possible to behold the
fig tree. We are the generation that can see it.
This simply confirms in my mind, that we are in the END TIMES, specifically
This was not possible before, because there was no “fig tree”
to look at and pay attention to, and so it proves to me that Jesus was
speaking to our generation when He said to Behold the fig tree and all
the trees. We are the ones who can literally SEE THESE THINGS COMING
TO PASS.... other generations could not. Praise God.” Read
The Importance of Watching
- Israel is in fact EXISTING as a nation after being NON-EXISTENT
for almost 2000 years.
- Our world has been changed with lightning speed, in just the
last century, by a flood of technology, which has ENABLED God’s
people to do just what Jesus said to do.............WATCH!
The Apple of God’s Eye
When the Most
High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the
sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number
of the children of Israel. For the LORD’s portion is his people;
Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land,
and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed
him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
cried unto the LORD, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down
like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple
of thine eye cease.
For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto
the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the
apple of his eye. For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and
they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the
LORD of hosts hath sent me.
What does the “apple of God’s eye” mean?
Diminutive from H376; the little man of the eye;
the pupil or ball;
hence the middle (of night): - apple [of the eye], black, obscure.
The “apple’ is the lens of the eye. It is what gives our
vision focus. Israel is the focus of God’s eye.
Israel In The Land
More scriptures about Israel’s right to exist in the land and
God’s placement of her there with the
promise to never more be removed.
Then I Myself
will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I
have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will
be fruitful and multiply. I will also raise up shepherds over them and
they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be
terrified, nor will any be missing, declares the LORD.
Again the word
of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Zidon,
and prophesy against it, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I
am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee:
and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments
in her, and shall be sanctified in her. For I will send into her pestilence,
and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst
of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that
I am the LORD. And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the
house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about
them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
Thus saith the Lord GOD;
When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people
among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the
sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have
given to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell safely therein,
and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with
confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise
them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their
Also, thou son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say,
Ye mountains of Israel, hear
the word of the LORD: Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy
hath said against you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in
possession: Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because
they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that
ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen, and ye are
taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy of the people: Therefore,
ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the
Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the
valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken,
which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen that
are round about; Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire
of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and
against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession
with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out
for a prey. Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say
unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys,
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in
my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen: Therefore thus
saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand,
Surely the heathen that are about you, they
shall bear their shame. But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot
forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for
they are at hand to come. For, behold, I am for you, and I will
turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: And
I will multiply men upon you, all the
house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall
be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: And I will multiply
upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and
I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you
than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel;
and they shall possess thee, and thou
shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave
them of men. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou
land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations: Therefore thou
shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more, saith
the Lord GOD. Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of
the heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the people
any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall any more, saith
the Lord GOD.
The Nations Come to Learn How the Desert Bloomed
(January 27, 2007) - Ben-Gurion University
of the Negev hosted a major international conference last November on
combating desertification, with experts coming to study Israel’s
successes in “making the desert bloom.” The conference was
sponsored by the Blaustein Institute of Desert Research (BIDR), Ben-Gurion
University, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
(UNCCD), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The conference was part
of international activities marking 2006 as the International Year of
Deserts and Desertification, as declared by the United Nations in recognition
of the acute problem of desertification or land degradation worldwide.
Around 300 attendees from 20 countries and 5 continents took several
field tours into Israel’s reclaimed and existing desert areas
to glean from her experience with the problem. According to BIDR, desertification
is responsible for the loss of agricultural productivity, famine, and
population displacement, as well as the escalation of poverty; it affects
about 400 million people in developing regions, especially Africa. Israel
was selected as a uniquely appropriate venue for the desertification
conference, due to its rich history of rolling back the desert through
innovation and tenacity. When the state was established in 1948, much
of its semiarid regions were degraded and the Negev Desert had expanded
northward all the way to the Tel Aviv–Jerusalem corridor. Since then,
a combination of intensive dryland agriculture, afforestation, and economic
initiatives has reclaimed tens of thousands of acres for farming, residential
construction, and industrial parks.
How many people do you think recognized the Lord for the 100% fulfillment
of this prophecy written by Ezekiel thousands of years before
1948? Yeah, not many. Even now people mock believers when they will
be confronted with the clear truth in front of them and know their guilt
for eternity. Read the rest of Ezekiel 36:16-38 for an even clearer statement
of the above.
For I will take
you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into
your own land. “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you
will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from
all your idols. ”Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put
a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your
flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within
you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to
observe My ordinances. You will live in the land that I gave to your
forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God.”
Then he said
unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold,
they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off
for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the
Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and
cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land
of Israel. And ye shall know that I
am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and
brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and
ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye
know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
Behold, the eyes
of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from
off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the
house of Jacob, saith the LORD. For, lo, I will command, and I will
sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in
a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. All the
sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall
not overtake nor prevent us. In that day will I raise up the tabernacle
of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will
raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That
they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which
are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. Behold, the days
come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and
the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall
drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And
I will bring again the captivity of my people
of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them;
and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall
also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them
upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of
their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.
Where did the name Palestine come from? - The name Palestine refers
to a region of the eastern Mediterranean coast from the sea to the Jordan
valley and from the southern Negev desert to the Galilee lake region
in the north. The word itself derives from “Plesheth”, a
name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English
as “Philistine”. Plesheth, (root palash) was a general term
meaning rolling or migratory. This referred to the Philistine’s
invasion and conquest of the coast from the sea. The Philistines were
not Arabs nor even Semites, they were most closely related to the Greeks
originating from Asia Minor and Greek localities. They did not speak
Arabic. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with
Arabia or Arabs. The Philistines reached the southern coast of Israel
in several waves. One group arrived in the pre-patriarchal period and
settled south of Beersheba in Gerar where they came into conflict with
Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael. Another group, coming from Crete after being
repulsed from an attempted invasion of Egypt by Rameses III in 1194
BCE, seized the southern coastal area, where they founded five settlements
(Gaza, Ascalon, Ashdod, Ekron and Gat). In the Persian and Greek periods,
foreign settlers - chiefly from the Mediterranean islands - overran
the Philistine districts. more...
An interesting list of statistics on Israel
at this juncture in history:
“Israel’s population has reached 7,026,000. This figure
is 8.7 times larger than it was when the state was established. Israel
had 806,000 citizens in 1948, and half of them still live here. According
to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 80 percent of Israelis - 5,639,000
- are Jewish and 20 percent - 1,387,000 - are Arab. Over the past year
Israel’s population grew by 118,000, pushing it past the 7-million
mark. Most of the increase - 104,000 individuals - was from natural
growth (births minus deaths). Over the past year, some 138,000 babies
were born and 21,000 immigrants arrived. Over the past 58 years, a total
of seven children were named Atzmaut (independence), mainly in the early
1950s. Children born on Independence Day in the early years of the state,
were also named Medina (state), Tikva (hope), Nitzhona (her victory),
Dror and Drora (freedom).”
The term Jew and Israel are synonymous terms that refer to one and the
same people. The terms Jew and Israelite became synonymous terms from
about the time of the Captivity in Babylon (586 BC). It is one of the
historical fallacies of Replacement Theology and its variant Anglo-Israelism
to presuppose that the term “Jew” stands for the bodily
descendant of “Judah.” In the Bible it stands for all those
from among the sons of Jacob who acknowledged them, or were considered,
subjects of the theocratic kingdom of Judah, which they expected to
be established by the promised “Son of David.”
The claim “Jews are not Israelites” is false. In the
New Testament the same people who are called “Jews” 174
times are also called “Israel” no fewer than 75 times (see
such statements as given in Acts 21:39; 22:3; Romans 11:1-3 where Paul
calls himself a Jew though he was from the Northern tribe of Benjamin,
Romans 9:4-5; 2 Corinthians 11:22; Philippians 3:5).
From the time of the return of the first remnant after the Babylonian
exile, sacred historians, prophets, apostles, and the Lord Himself,
regarded the “Jews” whether in the land or in “Dispersion”
as representatives of “all Israel,” and the only people
in line of the covenants and the promises which God made with the fathers
(see the following passages where the use of Judah and Israel are found
interchangeably: Zechariah 1:19; 8:13 10:6 Ezra 6:17; 8:35, etc.).
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Some of my favorites:
Anti-Semitism: A Sign of the Times
It rears its ugly head more and more now-a-days, and throughout history
God’s proclamation that Israel would be hated by the nations has come to
pass over and over again. He set them apart as a peculiar people that the
nations look upon with distain and as the world pulls more and more away
from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob so too will we see a growing hatred
of His chosen people.
of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth
forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth
the spirit of man within him. 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.
As Jim Gerrish lays out in his article from 2003
Why Do The Nations
Hate Israel?, the answer is that the nations hate God. If one hates
God, they will hate His Word and also those God has chosen. And even with
the fulfilled prophecies of a restored nation of Israel, this doesn’t strengthen
the faith in those of the world, but rather is a reminder of the God that
they reject and the Messiah sent through the Jews for the redemption of
There are many in the world who would rather not look upon themselves
as needing salvation. For many, the idea of the god within, or being your
own god, plays upon their pride lifting themselves up and the idea of needing
salvation tears down the fabric of their delusions and destroys the false
peace they were deceived into accepting. The fact that the God of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob has written in His Word the very message that they don’t
want to accept wrapped around a Jewish Messiah born from the lineage of
a chosen people tends to foment this rejection.
Unfortunately many spurred to hatred of this message look to what they
know, the physical, and miss the spiritual message of love. They project
that hatred to the Bible and the people that hold that Word as Truth. This
has manifested itself in both the hatred of Christians and of Jews. However
even among those that call themselves Christians, the principles of love
espoused in God’s Word have been rejected in favor of a hatred of God’s
For we wrestle
not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places.
I believe there is something spiritual behind the hatred of Israel, both
by the world and some that claim to be the church. There is an ancient hatred
that began after the fall of man when the serpent's head was prophesied
to be crushed by the heal of the Messiah. His lineage as traced back through
Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-28 pointed to a Messiah born of the root of
Jesse out of the nation of Israel. And throughout Biblical history and beyond
we have seen this spiritual hatred manifest in the world toward Israel.
Prophetically what we will see in the coming times, is an increase in
hatred of the nation of Israel by the world. Several times various groups
allied against Israel will come against her, from
Psalm 83 to the
Magog Invasion, the
time of great tribulation and after the
millennial reign of Christ. Revelation 20:7-9
Anti-Semitism is the hatred of the Jews. It is a satanic hatred who’s
core is dedicated to the wiping out of Israel. They will be the ones
who kill 2/3 of Israel in the great tribulation. We’ve seen the
anti-Semitism expressed through Islam, but it also has a history in
the deceived church. British journalist (and communist) William Norman
Ewer, in the early part of the last century demonstrated this with a
The reply came from Cecil Browne:
But not so odd
As those who choose
A Jewish God
But spurn the Jews.
Browne’s riposte may have won the poetic exchange. But Ewer’s
anti-Judaism prevailed in the next decades in Europe. Buried there after
World War II, hatred of the Jews flourished for the rest of the 20th
century in the Middle East. Is anti-Semitism now enjoying a broader
revival? It would seem so watching the whole world coming down on Israel
irrationally as they do.
The Truth of the matter is that every religion and nation has those
who choose selfishness and hatred over God’s ways of love. We
should not have any hatred or malice against anyone because we are to
forgive as we have been forgiven. If we don’t, neither will the
Father forgive our sins and we will be separated from Him eternally
as well. We must OBEY God’s Word to show the fruits of
truly being a child of God.
God is not done with the nation of Israel, whom He chose from the
beginning through which to carry out His plan of salvation for
also shall be as aforetime,
and their congregation shall be established before me, and
I will punish all that oppress them. And their
nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed
from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he
shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to
approach unto me? saith the LORD. And ye shall be my people, and
I will be your God. Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth
with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon
the head of the wicked. The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return,
until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of
his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider