Notable Prophetic Coincidences
Hosea 3:4-5 — Israel, after having a long period without a king or leader and no temple or sacrifices, will once again be a nation and will seek God.
Israel is back in the land. They have a government. And once again, they seek to rebuild the temple and worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Isaiah 31:5 — The LORD All-Powerful will defend Jerusalem like birds flying over their nests. He will defend and save it; he will ‘pass over’ and save Jerusalem.
Arab prophecy — When the Nile flows into Palestine Al Nebi (God’s Prophet) from the west will drive the Turk from Jerusalem.
In 1917 the British government sent General Edmund Allenby to capture Jerusalem. One of the first things his troops did was to build a canal east from the Nile River in Egypt into Palestine. Allenby also wrote pamphlets and had them dropped over Jerusalem from the newly invented airplanes. The pamphlets he had written were translated into Arabic, and he signed his name which read Allah Nebi in Arabic. Translated, this means “God’s Prophet”, the same as Al Nebi! As World War I neared its end, Jerusalem surrendered to the British forces on December 9, 1917 – on the first day of Hanukah, the day which celebrates the recapture of the Temple by Judas Maccabæus from the heathen Seleucids in 165 B.C.! Two days later General Allenby entered the Jaffa Gate on foot, at the head of a victory procession. The day of deliverance had come. Not only did Allenby fulfill the Arab prophecy, he also fulfilled Isaiah 31:5.
Nahum 2:4 — The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning.
Joel 2:5 — With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.
The word used for chariots in Joel is מֶרְכָּבָה merkabah [H4818]. It is interesting to note that the Israelis have developed a tank they call the Merkavah which is designed to leap over the hills and rocks, and shoots a flame when it fires weapons and missiles.
Jeremiah 51:11 — Sharpen the arrows, take up the shields!
Zechariah 9:14 — Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning.
The Hebrew literally translated is: Make bright the arrows, gather the shields. The words bright, and arrow are בָּרַר barar [H1305] and חֵץ chets [H2671]. The Israelis have developed a missile called the Arrow (Chets) II Interceptor. It looks like a bright arrow or falling meteor when in flight. This could put a new twist on Matthew 24:29, which says: “the stars (shooting stars, meteors) will fall from the sky”.
Zechariah 14:12 — This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
The United States and Israel have developed a bomb known as the Neutron Bomb. The effects of the bomb are exactly as described in Zechariah 14:12. It destroys bodies but leaves infrastructure untouched.
How amazing is it that current events, weapons, and inventions can literally fulfill prophecies that were made over 2000 years ago. God’s word is astounding. The season of Christ’s return has arrived! End time prophecies are being fulfilled on a daily basis. God is once again setting Jerusalem and His people center stage.
When end-times prophecy after end-times prophecy begins to be fulfilled, One can only ask: “How close are we to the return of Christ?”