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
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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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A Tribute to Charles Krauthammer

June 22, 2018 - Israelis mourn the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer.
On foreign policy matters, he was unquestionably the most radiant intellectual hawk in America, and on Middle East affairs he was the most consistent defender of Israel and the US-Israel special relationship.
Source: David M. Weinberg - Jerusalem Post

Prophetic Significance of Israel


Shin Bet: Israel busted large Hamas cell planning Jerusalem, Tel Aviv bombings

June 18, 2018 -
Israeli forces uncovered a large and highly active Hamas terror cell operating out of the Palestinian city of Nablus earlier this year that was allegedly planning to conduct a number of bombings and shooting attacks in Israel.
Source: Times of Israel



'Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah' exhibited in Oklahoma

June 17, 2016 - Israeli historian and Deputy Minister Michael Oren (Kulanu) presented the “Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered” exhibit at the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation in Oklahoma. He said:
“By digging down into the earth of the holy land and finding our answers in there, we established our roots here and showed… we’re not interlopers or migrants, we‘re not survivors of the Holocaust that Europe dumped here,”
Source: WND

Kushner, Greenblatt to visit region for peace plan talks

June 14, 2018 - A Middle East peace plan is near completion, but opposition by Palestinians is still an obstacle.
Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, the two White House officials leading the effort, will ask Israeli, Egyptian and Saudi Arabian leadership for input on when might be best to release the detailed peace plan,
Source: Fox

How will next week's U.S.-North Korea summit impact Iran-Israel issues?

Jun 9, 2018 -
The unavoidable consequence of a deal with Kim that only shutters and does not eliminate the nuclear program, ... and offering sanctions relief near the start, will be to undermine the argument for a tougher nuclear deal with Iran.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu to stress tough Iran policy in trip to pro-nuke deal Europe

June 4, 2018 -
Israel will not tolerate an Iranian nuclear program or its military presence anywhere in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, on the eve of a four-day trip to Europe to meet three key European leaders.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu heads to Europe with Iran on his mind - Fox

IAEA chief renews call to Iran to cooperate on inspections - Fox

Russia OKs Israeli strikes on Iranian targets deep inside Syria — report

June 3, 2018 - The Arabic-language daily Asharq al-Awsat reports an agreement between Russia and Israel.
Israel and Russia have reached an agreement green-lighting Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria, as well as the withdrawal of Tehran-backed troops from Syria’s border with Israel... allowing Israel to strike Iranian assets deep in the country. to an Arabic media report Friday.
Source: Times of Israel

Israel denies inking deal with Russia on Iranian withdrawal from Syria — report - Times of Israel

For Many Evangelicals, Jerusalem is About Prophecy, Not Politics

May 31, 2018 - President Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem brought back memories for a journalist of her high school years when the Bible church she attended taught that Jerusalem was central to God's plan for the future.
For us, the Bible was not just a guide to piety. It also revealed God's plan for history. Through it, we learned how God had worked in the past and what God would do in the future.
Source: Diana Butler Bass - Beliefnet

Israel, Russia said to reach secret deal on pushing Iran away from Syria border

May 28, 2018 - A secret agreement between Israel and Russia will reportedly keep Iranian and Hezbollah forces away from Israel's northern border with Syria.
Under the apparent agreement coming together, Israel will accept the return of Syrian regime soldiers to the border on the Golan Heights, in exchange for Russia guaranteeing there are no Iranian or Hezbollah forces in the area.
Source: Times of Israel

Netanyahu: 'No point of peace based on lies'

May 17, 2018 - In a recent CBS interview Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
"It's time to tell Palestinians: Abandon your fantasy of destroying Israel. Abandon the fantasy that says Israel will disappear. It will not... There is no point of peace based on lies."
Source: YNet

‘You have made history’: Netanyahu hails Trump at Jerusalem embassy opening

May 14, 2018 - Israeli President Benjamin Neanyahu expressed thanks to President Trump at the opening of the U.A. Embasy in Jerusalem.
“What a glorious day,” Netanyahu told the crowd at the new embassy building in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Arnona. “Remember this moment, this is history. President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.”
Source: Times of Israel

Update: 5/16/18 - Guatemala opens Jerusalem embassy, days after US - Times of Israel

Here is why the US embassy move to Jerusalem is so important to American Christians

May 13, 2018 - As the U.S. prepares to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, this artile considers the historical roots of American support to Israel and the importance of this relationship to American Christians.
The United States made history as the first nation to recognize the legitimacy of the new Jewish state. And now, 70 years later, the U.S. is making history again as our great nation will legitimize the State of Israel.
Source: Penny Nance - Fox

Bolton: Recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel 'enhances the chances for peace'

May 13, 2018 -
National security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will make achieving peace easier... "I think recognizing reality always enhances the chances for peace.”
Source: The Hill

Jerusalem embassy: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive for Monday opening - BBC

Ambassadors from all over the world to fete US embassy move - Times of Israel

Time to start crediting the Christians - Jerusalem Post

Trump to address Jerusalem embassy opening by video - Alarabia.net

Judge Jeanine in Jerusalem: Donald Trump recognized history - YouTube

Iranian Forces Launch 20 Rockets at Israeli Army Outposts; Israel Strikes in Syria

May 9, 2018 -
The Israeli military set out on an extensive retaliatory attack against Iranian targets and military bases in Syria early Thursday morning after Iranian forces fired 20 rockets at army outposts on the Golan Heights overnight.
Source: Haaretz

After alleged Iranian barrage, Israel launches massive counterattack in Syria - Times of Israel

Israel says hit dozens of Iranian targets in Syria - Yahoo

Full Coverage - Google

Israel says hit dozens of Iranian targets in Syria - Yahoo

Full Coverage - Google

UPPDATE 5/10/18 - Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria in response to rocket fire > - An IDF statement said fighter jets had struck "dozens of military targets" belonging to Iran inside Syria. - BBC

Israel bombs Iranian targets in Syria after missile barrage blamed on Tehran - Israel launched an extensive retaliatory campaign, striking suspected Iranian bases throughout Syria for hours. - Times of Israel

The Latest: Pompeo meets with Israeli PM on Mideast trip

Apr. 29, 2018 - During his first foreign trip as the new U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The focus of Pompeo's Middle East trip is to punish Iran for its missile programs. By May 12 President Donald Trump will decide whether or not to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.
Two days later the U.S. plans to open its new embassy in Jerusalem, marking a significant shift in decades of American policy toward Israel and the Palestinians, who also claim the holy city as their capital.
Source: Fox

Mattis: Israel-Iran confrontation increasingly likely - Israel National News

As Iran threatens Israel, Liberman says ‘we have never been so ready’

Apr. 20, 2018 - Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Iran not to consider an attack on Israel.
“It’s seriously not worth it for you to test the IDF, nor the state of Israel...We are ready for every scenario ...and I don’t remember a time when we were so prepared.”
Source: Times of Israel

70 Biblical Verses to Celebrate 70 Years of Prophecy Fulfilled

Apr. 19, 2018 -
In 1948, the Jewish people declared independence in the Land of Israel. In 1967, the Jewish people – against all odds – won the battle for Jerusalem and reunified the Holy City. Here are 70 Biblical verses to celebrate ...
Source: Breaking Israel News

Israel's First 70 Years Have Surprised the World

Apr. 18, 2018 -
In 1948, there were some 650,000 Jews in Israel, who represented about 5 percent of the world's Jews. Today, Israel’s Jewish population has grown ten-fold and stands at about 6.8 million people.
Source: Bloomberg

'Israel at 70': Anniversary of independence resonates around the world - The Blade

'A Fulfillment of That Great Prophecy': Israel Turns 70, a Light to the Nations - CBN

Saudi crown prince recognizes Israel’s right to exist, talks up future ties

Apr. 3, 2018 -
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in an interview published Monday, recognized Israel’s right to exist and extolled the prospect of future diplomatic relations between his kingdom and the Jewish state.

The prince also said that Iran's ayatollah is 'worse than Hitler ... trying to conquer the world'

Source: Times of Israel

Saudi crown prince: Israelis have right to their own land - Al Jazeera

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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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