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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NIV & Other VersionsIncludes Commentary
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.


‘$3.75 billion investment in Israel's Leviathan gas reservoir a blow to BDS’

Feb. 23 -

The partners of the Leviathan gas reservoir will invest $3.75 billion in its development... Leviathan, which is scheduled to take about three years, is both the largest energy project and financial investment in Israel in the country’s history.

Source: Jerusalem Post

Prophetic Significance of Israel


Iran’s supreme leader backs ‘holy intifada’ to destroy ‘cancer’ Israel

Feb. 21, 2017 -

Calling Israel a “cancerous tumor,” Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday expressed support for a “holy intifada” to eradicate the Jewish state, arguing that the international community is headed toward confrontation with the “Zionist regime.”

Source: Times of Israel



New US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley Draws Praise From Pro-Israel Community After Calling Out Security Council for Double Standard Toward Jewish State

Feb. 20, 2017 - After her first monthly Security Council meeting on Middle East issues, Nikki Haley--the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations--told reporters:

“I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel.
I’m here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias."

Source: Algemeiner

Israel enters 'new era' of missile defense with Arrow-3

Feb. 18, 2017 -

Israel strengthened its defense against an Iranian missile onslaught with the transfer on Wednesday of Arrow-3 interceptors from the Israel Missile Defense Organization to the Israel Air Force.

Source: Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu: US, Israel have 'grand mission' to confront Iran threat

Feb. 17, 2017 - Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu told Fox news personality Sean Hannity that the Iran deal was a horrible deal that will ultimately allow Iran to have hundreds of atomic weapons. And even now they are developing ICBMs that can reach the United States.

"It’s dangerous for America, dangerous for Israel, dangerous for the Arabs. Everybody now understands it and there’s an American president who understands it and we’re talking about what to do about this common threat."

Source: Fox

The end of Palestine
Feb. 16, 2017 - Journalist Daniel Greenfield, an expert on Islamic terrorism, explains that "Palestine" was a Roman empire invention, and "Palestinians" were a fake identity invented by the Soviet Russians, and fanned by United Nations "globalism."

“Palestine” is dying. Israel didn’t kill it. The fall of the transnational order did. The question is what will take its place. As the nationalist wave sweeps the West, Israel has the opportunity to reclaim its nation.

Source: Front Page Magazine

Trump prepares for key meeting with Israel's Netanyahu

Feb. 15, 2017 - Today President Trump will host Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. Their meeting signals a closer relationship between the two nations, which had become strained under President Obama's leadership. Obama had said he saw no option but a two-state solution. It is thought that President Trump's goal is peace, with or without a two-state outcome.

Trump and Netanyahu are likely to discuss peace efforts as well as expanded Israeli settlements, Iran and Trump's campaign pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Source: Fox
What should we watch for when Trump & Netanyahu meet this week? Here are five crucial questions that need answers. - Joel Rosenberg
Update: White House: Trump will not insist on two-state solution to Mideast conflict - Times of Israel

Trump: Too early to discuss moving US embassy to Jerusalem

Jan. 27, 2017 - Although President Trump has repeatedly vowed to move America's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, circumstances are evidently causing him to approach the subject with more caution. When asked about the matter he told a Fox News reporter, "I don't want to talk about it yet... It's too early."
Source: Jerusalem Post
Jerusalem, Jerusalem - Hal Lindsey
Palestinians see US reconsidering Israel embassy pledge, says PLO officiaol - Jerusalem Post
Make Jerusalem safe again - Why Muslims living in Israel don’t migrate to the Palestinian Authority - FrontPage
Trump Will Keep Vow on Jerusalem Embassy Move, Giuliani Says - Politics
Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem May Save the Temple Mount - Pini Dunner - Algemeiner
Israeli legislator sees Trump in biblical terms - This new president can choose to be Pharaoh or he can choose to be Cyrus. - WND

US Sent $221 Million to Palestinians in Obama's Last Hours

Jan. 24, 2017 -

Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority.

Source: NewsMax
Update: State Department reviewing Obama admin's last-minute decision to send Palestinians $221M - Fox

US committed to Israel embassy move but expected to act cautiously

Jan. 22, 2017 - There are conflicting reports in the media about President Donald Trumps plans to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to the capital city of Jerusalem.
Source: CNN
Trump invites Netanyahu to Washington for visit: White House - Yahoo
Report: Trump to Announce U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem - Breitbart
S.117 - Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2015 - Congress.gov
Iraq’s al-Sadr threatens to ‘liberate’ Jerusalem if Trump moves embassy - Times of Israel

Israel army gets new ballistic missile interceptors

Jan. 18, 2017 - As Israel faces "emerging threats", they have just upgraded their aerial defence systems.

The Arrow 3 interceptor, designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere, was handed to air force bases in Israel after successful testing by Israel and the United States at the end of 2015.

Source:SpaceWar
Israel deploys 'Star Wars' missile killer system - Yahoo

US senators introduce bill to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, move embassy

Jan 4, 2017 -

Three US senators have introduced legislation that would commit the United States to moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem ... which President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly signaled he is willing to do.

The "Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act" was proposed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller (R).

Source: Times of Israel
Bipartisan group of senators call for repealing UN resolution on Israel - Times of Israel
US House passes motion repudiating UN resolution on Israel - Times of Israel
Embassy to Jerusalem? It could happen ... - One News Now
Fatah: 'Bloodshed will follow if Trump moves US embassy to Jerusalem' - Jerusalem Post
Why Christians should pray for Israel - WND \
There Never Was a Two-State Solution; It’s Time to Move On - Mitchell Bard - Algaemeiner

Trump ‘aggressively’ pursuing Netanyahu to attend inauguration — report

Jan 2, 2017 - Sources say that Donald Trump's transition team has been “aggressively” pursuing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to attend the president-elect's inauguration. They say Trump and Netanyahu are "talking all the time."

The report said Trump staffers, led by son-in-law Jared Kushner, were “aggressively courting” the Israeli prime minister in an effort to persuade him to attend the January 20 ceremony.

Source: Times of Israel

INSS report: Hezbollah remains most serious conventional threat to Israel

Jan. 2, 2017 - A new study from the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) warns:

Hezbollah has rockets that can reach any range, precision-guided missiles, attack and suicide drones, the best Russian-made air defense systems and ground units that are training to conquer Israeli towns and cities.

Source: Ynet News

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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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