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
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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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President Trump Sends Jared Kushner to Israel to Help Broker a Peace Deal

Aug. 23, 2017 - President Trump is sending a delegation to the Middle East to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, extremism and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. His son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will lead the team. They plan to meet with leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Trump’s sending the delegation to try to take advantage of a period of relative calm following violent clashes last month over Israeli security arrangements at the Jerusalem shrine known to Jews as Temple Mount.
Source: Fortune

Prophetic Significance of Israel


Barcelona's Chief Rabbi Urges Jews to Move to Israel: 'Europe Is Lost'

Aug. 20, 2017 - According to Barcelona's chief rabbi, Meir Bar-Hen, the terrorist attack there shows that Spain has been a "hub of Islamist terror for all of Europe" for years.
"This place is lost," he said. "Don't repeat the mistake of Algerian Jews, of Venezuelan Jews. "Better [get out] early than late... Europe is lost."

The rabbi urges them to buy property in Israel.

Source: NewsMax
ISIS claims Cambrils attack, boasts of wounding '120 Crusaders and Jews' - YNet News
How ISIS is appropriating the Crusades: A Medieval historian's take - Newsweek



Seeing ‘opportunity’ to renew talks, Trump sends three envoys to region

Aug. 4, 2017 - President Trump sees the relative calm in Jerusalem as an opportunity to send three of his top envoys to the region to encourage peace talks.
Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell will all soon head to the Middle East.

The trio will discuss the way forward with leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Source: Times of Israel

Israeli jets hit Hamas targets in Gaza following rocket strike

Israeli jets struck two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, injuring at least three people, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave hit an open area in southern Israel.
Source: Times of Israel

Kissinger: End of Islamic State Could Lead To ‘Iranian Radical Empire’

Aug. 6, 2017 -
Kissinger cautioned that ... driving out the Sunni terror group would leave a “territorial belt reaching from Tehran to Beirut” that Iranian-trained Shia forces could occupy.
Source: Breitbart
Why Israel Is Concerned About American-Russian Understandings on Syria - Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
'Iranian empire is being established - and the US does nothing' - Israel National News

US Senate panel approves bill to suspend aid to Palestinians

Aug. 6, 2017 - A US Senate committee introduced the 'Taylor Force Act'—a bill, which, if approved, will suspend US financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority as long as they provide incentives for terrorism.
The Palestinian Authority has "enshrined in law" a system that creates a monetary incentive for acts of terrorism by paying monthly stipends of as much as $3,500 to Palestinians who commit acts of violence and to their families.
Source: YNet News
Evangelical leader calls Islamist-backing Christians heretics - WND

Jews visit contested Jerusalem holy site on day of mourning

Aug. 1, 2017 - In the wake of rioting in Jerusalem over the use of the Temple Mount, brave Jewish worshippers flocked to the area to observe Tisha B'Av, the annual Jewish day of mourning over the destruction of the biblical temples.

The site is also the location of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. It is administered by Muslims. Jews can visit the area but not pray there.

Azzam Khateeb, director of the Muslim administration, the Waqf, says 870 Jews visited. He said "this is unprecedented, unacceptable and should stop."

Source:Fox
Jews prepare for Tisha B’Av fast - YNet News
Record numbers of Jews visit the Temple Mount Tisha Be'Av morning - Jerusalem Post
Many Christians unaware of crucial info about 9th of Av on Tuesday - WND



Middle East Quartet condemns terror and violence, calls to work toward de-escalation

July 22, 2017 - The Middle East Quartet (Russia, the US, the EU and the UN) called for peace in Jerusalem. they "strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence, and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded."
Source: Ynet News
Will Shabbat Massacre Usher in Final War for Third Temple? - Breaking Israel News
Catholic Churches in Jerusalem Blame Israel for Muslim Violence, Deny Biblical Roots of Temple Mount - Breaking Israel News

Jerusalem: Israel installs security cameras at holy site

July 23, 2017 - Following the deaths of two Israeli policemen and three Jewish family members, Israeli authorities have placed closed circuit security cameras at the entrance to the Temple Mount.
Palestinian officials are yet to react to the installation of the security cameras. There has been speculation that they are meant to replace the metal detectors, but Israeli security sources have been quoted as saying that is not the case.
Source: BBC
Funerals begin for three family members killed in terror attack - Times of Israel
Israel cracks down on Hamas in West Bank after deadly attack - Jerusalem Post
Abbas confirms he halted security coordination, warns Israelis will ‘lose’ - Times of Israel

Arab MK says Third Intifada has already begun

July 22, 2017 - Taleb Abu Arar, an Arab Member of Israel's Parliament, complained about the placing of metal detectors at the Al-aksa Mosque, and the killing of three Palestinians following weekly prayers in Jerusalem.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Six dead as Israeli-Palestinian tensions boil over - The Guardian
Abbas announces immediate halt to ‘all contacts’ with Israel - Times of Israel
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Pence: Embassy move to Jerusalem is question of 'When, not If'

July 19, 2017 - Vice President Mike Pence told delegates of the 12th annual Christians United for Israel summit in Washington that he and President Trump will always stand with Israel. He said,
“I promise you that the day will come when President Donald Trump moves the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is not a question of if, it is only when.”
Source: Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu: Israel won't tolerate Iranian bases in Lebanon, Syria

July 16, 2017 =
Jerusalem maintains that Iran is not only interested in sending military advisers to Syria, but also is keen on establishing ground and air bases there... He said that Israel would oppose any agreement [for] a permanent Iranian military presence there.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah threatens missile attacks against Israel

July 10, 2017 - According to Israeli IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Herzl Halevi, Iran is helping Hezbollah produce its own advanced missiles and other weapons systems, which they are now illegally transporting to southern Lebanon.
Over the past 11 years, Hezbollah’s missile arsenal has become an unacceptable and ever-growing strategic threat to Israel. Whereas in 2006 Hezbollah’s missile arsenal numbered some 15,000 rockets, today it fields approximately 150,000.
Source:FrontPageMagazine

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

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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