Israel

Israel

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE:
The nation and the land of Israel are the subject of many Old Testament prophecies. Many of them relate to God's plans for the nation, warnings of judgment because of their disobedience, and restoration after they were conquered by the Assyrians and the Babylonians.

There are also comforting prophecies about Israel's distant future, and especially their role in the future righteous kingdom that will be established by the Messiah.

In our lifetime we have witnessed one of the most amazing fulfillments - the promise of Ezekiel chapters 36 and 37 that the chosen people will be brought back from all over the Earth and re-born as a nation. This, of course, was fulfilled in 1948 when, against all odds, Israel declared independence, and with God's help, has been able to fight off enemies on all sides for over 65 years.

The current wave of violence between Israel and the Palestinians could die out and become one of many such cycles in the area, or it could lead to more serious war, such as the one predicted in Psalm 83. The outcome of this war could be a most welcome peace agreement.

Such a peace agreement might be just another phase in the age-old struggle between the descendants of Isaac and Ishmael, or it could be the false peace mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (NIV)

When Israel finally is at peace, it will be the first time since they became a nation in 1948 that they have enjoyed such security. This could cause them to lower their guard, which would set the scene for The War of Gog and Magog predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This war will most likely correspond to the 2nd Seal of Revelation 6.

The dramatic end of this great war of the 2nd Seal could produce the treaty predicted in Daniel 9:27, which many prophecy scholars identify as the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period.

Key Scriptures
Background
Current Events
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Key Scriptures

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Genesis 12:1-3 Further Study
Abrahamic Covenant
Psalm 105:8-11 Further Study
An Everlasting Covenant
Ezekiel 37:1-14 Further Study
Rebirth of Israel
Zechariah 12:1-6 Further Study
Future Conflict/ Burdensome Stone
Revelation 12 & 13 Further Study
Israel in the Tribulation
Romans 11 Further Study
Restoration of Israel

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Current Events and Links

Prophetic Significance of Israel

See also:
The Temple
Feasts of Israel
Mid-East Conflict
Peace
Other Israel Links
Archaeology (Apologetics Central)

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Names translated from other languages may have different spelling, depending on the source. For example Hizbollah may be translated "Hezbollah," "Hizballah," etc.


Israeli Minister Working on Bill That Would Make It Harder to Divide Jerusalem

Jun. 18, 2017 - Naftali Bennett, the leader of Israel's conservative Hayehudi party, is calling for legislation that would make it harder for Israel to divide Jerusalem as part of any future peace deal with the Palestinians. He told a television reporter, “There cannot be a compromise regarding Jerusalem because it must stay united forever."
Source: Haaretz

Prophetic Significance of Israel


Nikki Haley says US may leave UN Human Rights Council over 'anti-Israel bias'

Jun. 6, 2017 -
The Trump administration is considering withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council over what the US ambassador described as its biased stance against Israel.
Source: Telegraph
US warning over its UN Human Rights Council role - BBC Update: 6/7/17 -
Stunning! Senate OKs U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem resolution 90-to-0 - The U.S. Senate, in an extremely rare moment of action without any opposition, has adopted a resolution calling on President Trump to abide by a 1995 law that calls for the U.S. Embassy to be in Jerusalem. - WND



In Geneva, Haley to demand Human Rights Council change its treatment of Israel

Jun. 6, 2017 - Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, will address the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today.
Speculation has mounted that her speech will warn members to rectify its “anti-Israel bias” or face a hostile United States prepared to withdraw from the body.
Source: Times of Israel
US Ambassador Has Message for 'Corrupt' UN Rights Body - Haley said the council must "end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism." - Voice of America

President Trump Delays Israel Embassy Move

Jun. 2, 2017 -
No one should consider this step to be in any way a retreat from the President's strong support for Israel and for the United States-Israel alliance. President Trump made this decision to maximize the chances of successfully negotiating a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.
Source: The White House
Netanyahu: We appreciate Trump's commitment to moving Embassy in future - WND
Embassy location ‘part of peace process,’ Ambassador Haley says - Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Day: 50th Anniversary
Netanyahu Vows: Temple Mount Will Stay Under Israeli Sovereignty "Forever"

May 25, 2017
During a celebration for Jerusalem Day at the Israeli Knesset, marking the 50th anniversary of the capital city’s reunification, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed the Temple Mount and Western Wall would remain under Israeli sovereignty.
Source: Breaking Israel News
'In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem' Debuts Nationwide to Sold-Out Audiences - From the Big Apple to the nation's capital, moviegoers are raving about "In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem." The CBN-produced docu-drama recounts the harrowing tale of Israel's Six-Day War and the paratroopers who led them to victory. - CBN
Encore showing of "In Our Hands" - June 1

Trump: 'Rare opportunity' exists for peace in Middle East

May 22, 2017 - Arriving at Israel's Tel Aviv airport, President Trump was greeted by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a brief speech Netanyahu expressed his willingness to make peace with the Palestinians. Then President Trump spoke:
We have a rare opportunity to bring stability and peace in this region, defeat terror and create a future of peace... We can only get there by working together – there is no other way.”
Source: Fox
Trump Arrives In Israel For Second Leg Of International Trip - NPR

Haley Echoes Trump Desire to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

May 17,, 2017 - U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told a CBN reporter that she agrees with President Trump's campaign vision of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
"Obviously, I believe that the capital should be Jerusalem, and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem, because ... all their government is in Jerusalem,"
Source: NewsMax

Rare pre-state document claims Israel entitled to Judea, Samaria

May 2, 2017 -
A newly preserved pre-state memorandum by some of the leading figures in the American Jewish community suggests that unlike today, prior to the establishment of Israel, American Jewry embraced Israel’s claim to the historic Jewish homeland, including Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria.
Source: Israel National News
President urges world to recognize Jerusalem, move embassies - Times of Israel

Israel, Palestinians battle for votes over Jerusalem resolution at UNESCO

May 1, 2017 -
Israel is battling to prevent a public-relations victory for the Palestinians at the UNESCO Executive Board in Paris, which is expected to disavow Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem on Independence Day.
Source: Jerusalem Post

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Background:Israel's History


History of the Land (partial)

Canaan - Canaanites, Hittites, Perizites, Amorites
Philistia - "Gaza Strip"
Israelite Conquest
Divided Kingdom
Assyrian occupation
Babylonian occupation
Medo-Persian occupation
Greek occupation
Syrian occupation
Roman occupation
Moslem occupation
Crusader occupation
Ottoman occupation
Zionism (1896)
Balfour Declaration (1917)
British Mandate (1922)
Nazi Persecution (1930's-1940's)
Independence "Israel" - May 15, 1948


Israel: The Center of Divine History

Study this 15 part series from Zola Levitt's site on the History of Israel by Dr.Thomas S. McCall.

Israel: History of conflict

BBC timeline from 1948 to the present time

History of Middle East Conflict - BBC


History of Israel: Key events - BBC



ISRAEL LINKS


From The Jerusalem Center...


Window on the Wall

The Temple Mount In Jerusalem

Virtual Jerusalem

Bridges For Peace

Stratford Mid-East Intelligence

Jerusalem Post


Other Links

Israel Today Magazine
Western Wall Webcam - Mindfactory
Feasts Of Israel
Demonstrates the historical reliability of the Bible through archaeological research and related apologetic investigation.
Judaism and Jewish Resources
Extensive list of links
Israeli Culture - From About.com
Christian Friends of Israel
War of Gog and Magog
More information about Israel's future - Ezekiel 38 & 39
Middle East Maps

ONLINE BOOKS
The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah - by Alfred Edersheim, 1883
The Temple - Its Ministry and Service - by Alfred Edersheim

Helpful Articles

Why Palestinians Should Learn About the Holocaust - Robert Satloff and Mohammed Dajani Doudi
Will there ever be peace for Israel & her neighbors? - Joel Rosenberg
The Evil of Replacement Theology: The Historical Abuse of the Jews by the Church - David Reagan - Lamb and Lion Ministries
Understanding the Evangelical Christian's Support for Israel - Christian Post 2013
Myths of the Middle East - Joseph Farah, 2000
More myths of the Middle East - Joseph Farah, 2000
When 'Palestine' meant 'Israel'- Joseph Farah, 2001
Author: Bible predicted date of Israel's return - 'Covenant' book finds May 1948 date hidden in prophecies - WND
Declassified: Israel nearly used nukes in Yom Kippur War - Israel Today




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