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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.

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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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Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2017

Dec. 28, 2017 -
On an almost daily basis, archaeological discoveries help us better understand the Bible and affirm its details about people, events, and culture. ... top excavation findings reported in 2017 which have increased our knowledge of the biblical world and ... Christianity.
Source: Christianity Today

Prophetic Significance of Israel


Report: US and Israel formulate a plan to stop Iran - Together

Dec. 28, 2017 - According to a Jerusalem television station (Channel 10), a meeting was held between top US and Israeli officials two weeks ago to determine how to work together to counter Iranian activity in the Middle East,
Several working groups were set up, including one to deal with joint covert and diplomatic steps to prevent Tehran from getting nuclear weapons and to monitor and verify that it is not violating the nuclear deal signed in 2015.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Trump could kill Iran nuclear deal as early as next month - Newsweek



More countries catching 'Trump's Jerusalem Wave'

Dec. 26. 2015 - Following President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, othe nations are considering doing the same. Jerusalem may soon have an "embassy row."
Over the weekend, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales revealed on his official Facebook account his country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Source:WND

Displeased with Palestinians, Arab states chart new Jerusalem policy - Fearing that PA-led moves in response to U.S. Jerusalem declaration will undermine its special status in the city, Jordan teams up with Egypt, Saudi Arabia to devise new policy. - Israel Hayom

Netanyahu: Merry Christmas From Israel

Dec. 25, 2017 - In a video greeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel is...
"... a country that says: ‘Merry Christmas’ – first to its Christian citizens and to our Christian friends around the world.”

He also urged Christians to visit Israel.

Source: NewsMax

US vetoes Security Council bid to reverse Jerusalem recognition

Dec. 19, 2017 - The UN Security Council considered a draft resolution condemning the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The US ambassador to the UN voted against it.
The other 14 members of the council voted in favor of the text, but US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s “no” vote ensured that it was rejected.
Source: Times of Israel

Jerusalem: US vetoes UN resolution rejecting Trump's declaration - BBC

UN Security Council to vote Monday on rejecting US Jerusalem decision

Dec. 18, 2017 -
The United Nations Security Council will vote Monday on a draft resolution that would reject US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said.

If the resolution does go through, the U.S. can veto it.

Source: Times of Israel

Nazareth to observe most Christmas festivities despite anger over Trump

Dec. 14, 2017 - Various news sources reported that Christmas was cancelled in Jesus' home town of Nazareth, but...
Nazareth Mayor Ali Salam decided Thursday to keep most Christmas festivities intact despite anger over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Update 12/16/17 - Nazareth’s Muslim mayor reinstates Christmas - Times of Israel

Erdogan and Putin denounce Trump's Jerusalem decision

Dec. 12, 2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday warned that U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tension in an already tense region.
Source: Israel National News

Key Middle East Publics See Russia, Turkey and U.S. All Playing Larger Roles in Region - Pew Research Center

Egypt: We have no interest in confronting US or Israel - Israel National News

Turkey switches to full defiance of US, continues Putin courtship - Asia Times

After Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital, evangelicals work for peace between Jews and Arabs

Dec. 9,, 2017 - Joel Rosenberg and other evangelical scholars, pastors, authors and ministry leaders have just launched an new organization called the “Alliance For The Peace of Jerusalem.” The group wants to be ambassadors of grace to both Jews and Arabs.
Now more than ever, the Church needs to be faithful to the Psalmist’s command to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6) as well as to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14).
Source: Fox

With President’s historic yet controversial decision on Jerusalem, Evangelical leaders call Christians around the world to pray for the peace of Jerusalem as never before. [Here’s the statement we just released from the Alliance For The Peace of Jerusalem.] - Joel Rosenberg

Haley: Jerusalem announcement will 'move the ball forward for the peace process' - The Hill

No, Trump didn’t end the peace process by recognizing Jerusalem - Jerome M. Segal - Washington Post

Conservatives Laud Trump's Jerusalem Move: 'Long Overdue'

Dec. 7, 2017 - As expected, President Trump announced that the U.S. will accept Israel's claim to Jerusalem as its capital.
I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I am also directing the State Department to begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem...

The news brought extreme reactions worldwide, but Conservatives were very much in favor of the decision. Implementation of the move will take years.

Source: NewsMax

Jerusalem status: World condemns Trump's announcement - BBC

Jerusalem: Recognizing Reality - Hal Lindsey

Text of Trump's Official Proclamation - Times of Israel

Israeli PM Netanyahu: "Forever Grateful" To Trump For Jerusalem Statement, "Step Towards Peace" - Real Clear Politics

'I See Us in the Middle of Prophecy!' Mike Evans Has 30M Evangelicals Praying for Jerusalem - CBN

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, forge ahead with moving US Embassy

Dec. 5, 2017 -
President Trump on Wednesday will order the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, senior administration officials said... The U.S. would be the first country to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
Source: Fox

White House Confirms: Trump to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital, but Embassy Move 'May Take Years' - Haaretz

US officiaos: Trump's Jerusalem endorsement may include two-state support - Jerusalem Post

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as capital, plan embassy move, White House confirms - Times of Israel

US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital in world first - BBC

Hamas plans 'day of rage' in response to Trump's Jerusalem decision - Fox

Pope in Response to Trump Move: Respect 'Status Quo' of Jerusalem - NewsMax

Warnings Intensify as Trump Readies Jerusalem Declaration - NewsMax

Why Jerusalem matters - BBC

Palestinian days of rage against Trump's Jerusalem plan - Al Jazeera

PM, ahead of US Jerusalem move, hails ‘important expression’ of Israeli identity - Times of Israel

Erdogan: Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is ‘red line’ for Muslims

Dec. 5, 2017 - It is possible that President Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this week.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “red line” for Muslims... He pledged to rally other Muslim countries to oppose any [such] move.
Source: Fox

Reports: Israeli aircraft struck an Iranian base outside Damascus

Dec.2, 2017 -
Israeli aircraft attacked an Iranian base outside Damascus according to Sky News... According to foreign media reports, the Israeli fire was carried out from Lebanese airspace.

The Iranian military base is about 50 kilometers north of Israel’s Golan Heights.

Source: Jerusalem Post
Israeli missiles hit army base near Damascus: Reports - Earlier this year, a senior Israeli official vowed that Israel would bomb Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's palace in Damascus if Iran and Hezbollah continued to expand its sway over the war-torn country. - Al Jazeera

Trump poised to move U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and declare the ancient city the capital of Israel

Dec. 1, 2017 -
President Trump is preparing to formally declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and order a review of the best way to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv, two officials said Thursday.
Source: LA Times
Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is what ‘we as Israelis want to see,’ former prime minister says - PBS
What a US embassy in Jerusalem means to Palestinians - Al Jazeera
American and Israeli officials downplay reports of imminent embassy move - 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

Insight from 2012: The Year the World Didn't End
Insight from 2010 In Review: The Year In Prophecy
Insight from 2008 In Review: The Year In Prophecy
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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