Notable Prophetic Events
Matthew 24:32-33 – “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that He is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.” Israel is that “fig tree” that is to be watched! The word He refers to Jesus. The word know, γινώσκω ginōskō [G1097], a prolonged form of a primary verb; to “know” (absolutely), it means to — allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) known (-ledge) of, perceive, be resolved, can speak, be sure, understand.
I. Israel Is The Key To End Times Prophecy
The conflict between the Hebrews and the Arabs began with Isaac and Ishmael, the sons of Abraham. For a time it escalated between Jacob and Esau, until they made peace, but then continued through out the Old Testament as Arabs and Hebrews contested each other. It has became a Jewish/Christian versus Moslem/Islamic conflict after Mohammed initiated Islam around 633AD. The real battle has always been a spiritual one.
God chose the Jews as His people from whom the Messiah would come. God chose Israel as His land and Jerusalem as His city and Satan has been trying to destroy God’s chosen people to make it impossible for the prophesied Messiah a) to be born, and b) to return and begin His eternal reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This battle will continue to rage until Satan, who thinks he is king of kings, is defeated and thrown into the lake of fire.
Throughout the ages God has called His people, the Jews, to be a “light unto the Gentiles”. Sadly, they have failed to be this light. As a result of their failure, the church age was instituted. This fullness of the church age is almost complete, and God is turning His eye back onto the Jew, and Israel.
II. Ancient Historical Prophecies Already Fulfilled
There are four prophecies concerning Israel that began being fulfilled over 2000 years ago. All of these prophecies can be considered end times prophecies because scripture tells us this is so. Hebrews calls the time just after Christ’s death the “last days”. 1 Peter 1:5 also calls this time the “last times”. 1 Peter 4:7 states that “the end of all things is at hand”. These four prophecies are:
● The Jews were scattered worldwide (from the four corners of the earth) – Deuteronomy 28:64
● The Jews have been persecuted wherever they have lived – Deuteronomy 28:65-67
● The land of Israel (Palestine) was desolate during their dispersion – Deuteronomy 29:22-28
● The Jewish people still exist – Jeremiah 30:7 and Jeremiah 31:36-37
III. Prophecies Currently Being Fulfilled
● World Wars I and II – Matthew 24:1-8, Mark 13:1-8; Luke 21:7-11
Scripture refers to world wars as “nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”. This expression, in Jesus’ day, was a common Jewish idiom for “world wars”.
● The Re-Birth of Israel – Ezekiel 20:33-38; 22:17-22; 37:9-12; Isaiah 66:8; Zephaniah 2:1-2; Daniel 12:1
Israel was born in a day on May 14, 1948. No other nation has been resurrected in such a manner, and particularly not in their ancient location. The modern miracle of Israel is the fig tree that has sent out its buds.
● Israel Becomes The Focal Point Of World Politics – Zechariah 12:2-3
Not a day goes by that fails to feature a news article regarding Israel, its world standing, and the growing world hatred towards Israel and the Jews.
● Jerusalem Is Under Jewish Control – Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
Jerusalem was recaptured by the Jews during the Six Day War of June 5-10, 1967.
● The Hebrew language is Recovered – Zephaniah 3:9, Jeremiah 31:23
Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people in Biblical times, was nearly extinct as a spoken language, surviving mostly as a literary language and as the liturgical language of Judaism. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and his followers created the first Hebrew-speaking schools, newspapers, and other Hebrew-language institutions, and in 1982, Hebrew became an official language for Israel.
● The Desolate Land Becomes Fertile – Ezekiel 36:34-35; Isaiah 27:6, 51:3; Isaiah 35:1-2, 7; Joel 2:23-24
The Israeli food industry is poised to become the breadbasket for the Middle East — and for much of the world beyond, including the former Soviet republics. The climate that makes it possible to grow a high yield of crops throughout the year, so that Israel has a large surplus for export. It currently supplies over 20% of the produce used by Middle Eastern and European markets.
● Israel Establishes A Powerful Military – Zechariah 12:6, Micah 4:13, Isaiah 60:12, Jeremiah 1:10
The Israel Defense Force is one of the most successful and powerful militaries in the world. The IDF served as Israel’s armed forces in all the country’s major military operations — including the 1948 War of Independence, the 1956 Sinai War, the 1967 Six-Day War, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, several Intifadas, the 2008–2009 Gaza War, and others. Each time, with God’s help, it has been successful in winning these many conflicts.
● Natural Resources Found Under The Sand – Genesis 49:25, Isaiah 45:3, Deut. 32:12-13, 33:19,24
Oil, gas, and other minerals in Israel: A vast deposit of natural gas was located off the coast of Gaza In the late 1990’s by the British Gas Group. A smaller deposit was also found in nearby Israeli waters. In December 2009 the Givot Olam Oil company discovered the Meged oil field, potentially the largest oil field in Israel. If this turns out to be the largest oil field in the world, then this might explain why Russia and its allies are so determined to invade Israel to “take spoil” or “to carry off plunder” (Ezekiel 38:13). The Dead Sea contains a wealth of minerals that are being harvested.
IV. Prophecy Fulfillments Coming In The Near Future
● The One-World Government – Daniel 7:23
The nations of the world are clamoring for a central government. Numerous crises are being used to bring this forth, from economic crises, to global warming crises, to terrorist actions.
● The Rise of the Antichrist – Daniel 7:24; II Thessalonians 2:1-3
The revived Roman Empire will make it possible for the Antichrist to gain the position of ultimate power over all nations and peoples.
● The First Invasion of Israel – Psalm 83
Psalm 83 which is a prayer asking God to defeat the surrounding nations who want to wipe Israel off the map! When these surrounding nations attack Israel, a possibility that many believe will happen in the near future, Zechariah 12:2-9 tells us that Israel will emerge victorious.
● A Period of False Peace and Security – I Thessalonians 5:1-3
If, after being victorious, they then become complacent and feel they are living securely in the land, that would explain why none of the nations named in Psalm 83 are included among the attackers of Ezekiel 38-39.
● The Russian (Gog/Magog) Invasion of Israel – Ezekiel 38:1 – 39:16
The Bible predicts that Russia and its Islamic allies will come against Israel to gather “spoil”, but God devastates their armies when this happens.
● The Seven Year Covenant – Daniel 9:27; Isaiah 28:14-22; Acts 15:14
The seven year covenant will make it possible for the Jews to rebuild the Temple and re-institute the sacrifices.
● The Ten Kingdoms – Daniel 7:24
After the formation of a one world government, the world will be formed into ten kingdoms. Already, groups like the Club of Rome and the Bilderbergs have already devised plans to divide the world into ten regions.
● The Abomination of Desolation – Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Mathew 24:15-16
This event takes place at the middle of the seven year Tribulation period when the Antichrist desecrates the Temple and declares himself to be God on earth.
● The Campaign of Armageddon – Revelation 19
The campaign of Armageddon describes the many battles that will be waged against Israel and its people. When Jesus returns to earth and makes his way from Bozrah to the valley of Jehoshaphat he will utterly defeat the armies of Satan and the nations of the world.
● The Second Coming – Revelation 19
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ will occur at the end of the Tribulation period. Israel will finally mourn for the one that they pierced and they will accept him as the Messiah.
● The Millennium Kingdom – Revelation 20
The Millennium kingdom is the 1,000 year period of peace and prosperity when Jesus rules from the throne of David in Jerusalem.
Because so many prophecies have already been fulfilled, and future prophecies are now on the brink of being fulfilled, One can only ask: “How close are we to the return of Christ?”