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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.

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

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

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Jordan's King stresses importance of 'two-state solution'

July 25, 2019 -
In meeting with PA chairman, King Abdullah restates his position that creation of Palestinian state is the only way to end the conflict.
Source:

Prophetic Significance of Israel


Trump: If no Israeli-Palestinian peace deal during my tenure, it’ll never happen

June 29, 2019 -
US President Donald Trump said Saturday there will never be an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement if one is not negotiated during his presidency, while saying there is a “very good chance” his proposal...could succeed.
Source: The Times of Israel



After US-Russia summit, Netanyahu says Israel won’t halt hitting Iran in Syria

June 27, 2019 - After a trilateral meeting with the US and Russia, Netanyahu clarified his position.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday vowed to continue to act against Iranian entrenchment in Syria... Netanyahu also warned that an Israeli retreat from the Jordan Valley in the West Bank would lead to war.
Source: Times of Israel

Israel will do 'everything' to stop Iran going nuclear: Netanyahu

June 24, 2019 -
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday his country will do "everything" to prevent arch-rival Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, during a visit by a senior Russian security official.
Source: Yahoo

Kushner: We do not have to help the Palestinians

June 25, 2019 - The US plans to unveil more than $50 billion for the Palestinian Authority (PA) at the Bahrain conference on Tuesday. It would create one million jobs for its residents within a decade.
US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law... Jared Kushner criticized the Palestinian Arabs. ... "The President made it clear to the Palestinians that the US does not have to help them"... if they continue to criticize... the aid would stop.
Source: Israel National News

In West Bank, Netanyahu tells Trump officials he’ll give peace plan a fair shake

June 24, 2019 -
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said he would hear out the Trump administration’s peace plan “fairly” and with “openness,” as he stressed that Israel would never relinquish its security presence in the Jordan Valley.
Source: Times of Israel

‘Next war will be worst in Israel’s history’

June 14, 2019, - “Former IDF ombudsman Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick reported about Israel's lack of readiness for a major military confrontation.
‘The next war will be the worst in the history of Israel. Every day 1,000 to 2,000 missiles will fall, weighing as much as 100 kilograms per missile and with precision targeting capabilities,’
Source: Arutz Sheva

Gate dating to King David's reign found

June 6, 2019 -
A gate dating to the 10th century B.C. – when King David reigned – has been discovered by archaeologists in Israel. The artifact was found in the area known as Bethsaida, where excavation has been going on for 30 years.
Source: WND

Kushner heads to Brussels to brief EU officials on peace plan

June 4, 2019 -
US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East peace adviser Jared Kushner will hold talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels... is expected to give a briefing on details of the US peace plan.
Source: The Times of Israel

Kushner says Palestinians “should have self-determination” but won’t commit to 2 states

June 4, 2019 - In a recent interview Jared Kushner expressed his opinion that Palestinians “should have self-determination.”
But Kushner would not go into details about what he meant, and he did not explicitly endorse a two-state solution when it came to a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.

The Trump administration is planning to introduce a portion of the peace plan at the end of June in Bahrain.
Source: Vox

Jerusalem Embassy Anniversary Marked with Trump Tweet, Arab Silence

May 15, 2019 -
U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday the transfer of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem a year ago was the fulfillment of a key promise of his election campaign.
Source: Michael Lipin - Voice of America

Ceasefire reached after Hamas, Islamic Jihad fire 700 rockets at Israel

May 6, 2019 -
Ceasefire reached after Hamas, Islamic Jihad fire 700 rockets at Israel... rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip since the security situation escalated over the weekend.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Gaza conflict: Rocket barrage and Israeli strikes intensify

May 5, 2019 - Three Israelis killed by Gaza rockets.
Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have stepped up their attacks on each other, in some of the most intense exchanges of recent years. The army says Palestinian militants have fired 600 rockets into Israeli territory.
Source: BBC a name="190504">

Hostilities flare up as rockets hit Israel from Gaza

May 4, 2019 -
Militants in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 150 rockets into Israel, the army says, prompting air strikes and tank fire on the Palestinian territory. ... Two Israelis were wounded and a Palestinian man was killed in the exchange.
Source: BBC

Jared Kushner reveals details of upcoming US peace plan

May 3, 2019 -
Jared Kushner reveals details of upcoming US peace plan for the Middle East and says it will avoid the words 'two-state' and will accept Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Source: Daily Mail



Israel and U.S. put financial squeeze on Palestinian Authority ahead of Trump peace plan

May 1, 2019 -
Analysts see steep cuts in U.S. aid to the Palestinians over the past year as an attempt to draw them toward a blueprint that Washington promises will have economic benefits but which the PA predicts will fall short...
Source: NBC

Russia vs. Israel: How a War in the Middle East Could Happen

April 28, 2019 -
Israel remains determined to continue pounding Iranian forces in Syria in a bid to keep Tehran’s forces away from Israel’s northern border. At the same time, Russia has thousands of troops in Syria that could be caught in the crossfire...
Source: Yahoo

Bombshell Report: Deal of the Century Won't Include Palestinian State

April 16, 2019 -
The long-anticipated details of the Trump Administration's “Deal of the Century” is likely to stop short of giving the Palestinians a state, according to sources close to the White House cited by The Washington Post.
Last week White House Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted an encouragement to the Palestinians. It said, "Our plan will greatly improve Palestinian lives."

Source:Israel Today

1/3 of Americans don't believe 6 million Jews murdered

April 14, 2019 -
(ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) — Almost one-third of American adults believe that significantly less that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, according to a recent survey conducted ahead of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).
Source: WND

Israeli Air Force attacked Syrian targets, two Iranians killed - report

April 13, 2019 -
The Israeli Air Force attacked Syrian targets near the city of Hama, killing two Iranians, according to Syrian media outlets and foreign accounts reported on Saturday.
Source: The Jerusalem Post

Israel Election: Impeccable Timing and Brilliant Campaigning Give Netanyahu His Biggest Win Yet

April 11, 2019 -
However, it’s no landslide that secured Netanyahu’s spot as Israel’s longest serving prime minister ¦ From the Arabs to the Zionist left and Gantz, a full analysis of Israel’s election results
Source: Haaretz

Netanyahu won, everyone else lost: 5 takeaways from the 2019 elections

April 10, 2019 -
While Likud and Blue and White received 35 Knesset seats apiece, the right-wing bloc made up mainly of the current coalition members is comfortably ahead with 65 to 55 seats as final votes are counted.
Source: The Times of Israel

Live Israel Election Returns

April 9, 2019 -Follow the election returns from Israel today.
Source: The Times of Israel

To wild cheers and chants, Netanyahu lauds his ‘incredible victory’

BREAKING AND UPDATED: Israeli election way too close to call. But let’s be clear: Netanyahu faces real legal and political jeopardy. Here’s what Evangelicals should know. - Joel Rosenberg

Trump on Israeli Election: It's Going to Be Close, There Are Two Good People

April 8, 2019 -
U.S. President Donald Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition ... that the upcoming Israeli election is "going to be close, [these] are two good people"... [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival, Kahol Lavan co-chairman Benny Gantz. ]
Source: Haaretz

Syria vows to recapture Golan from Israel ‘by all means'

April 4, 2019 -
Syria will not shy away from using force to reconquer “every inch” of the Golan Heights, the country’s foreign minister ... Walid Muallem said at a press conference in Damascus alongside his Venezuelan counterpart... “Syria will liberate the occupied Golan."
Source: The Times of Israel

Saudi Cabinet reaffirms support for Palestine

April 2, 2019 -
The Saudi Cabinet, chaired by King Salman at Al-Aziziya Palace in Alkhobar, on Tuesday reiterated the Kingdom’s stance on the Palestinian cause, stating that it would remain on top of the Kingdom’s agenda.
Source: Arab News

Opinion // Saudi Arabia Is No Ally for Israel

April 2, 2019 -
The Crown Prince’s own behavior should be even more worrying than his country’s unsavory record. Like Amin before him, MBS has turned on his own allies.
Source: Zachary Shapiro - Haaretz

Netanyahu: Israel’s preparing for a broad campaign in Gaza

Mar. 28, 2019 - After visiting southern Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
“I have ordered the strengthening of our troop so we can be prepared for a broad campaign. The citizens of Israel should know, that if we must embark on a broad campaign, we will hit them [Hamas] very hard.”
Source: Jerusalem Post

Israel prepared to do ‘a lot more’ after Gaza bombardment, Netanyahu says

Mar. 26, 2019 -
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday threatened to step up Israel’s response to rocket attacks from Gaza as he huddled with security chiefs amid a fragile calm on the restive border.
Source: The Times of Israel

Trump Signs Order Recognizing Golan Heights as Israeli Territory

Mar. 25, 2019 -
Netanyahu called Trump's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights "historic justice" and a "diplomatic victory," saying that "Israel won the Golan Heights in a just war of defense."
Source: Haarets

Syria, Iran, Turkey Vow to Fight Trump Proclamation on Golan Heights - Breitebart - 3/26/19

EU: No recognition of ‘Israeli occupied’ Golan Heights - Global News - 3/27/19

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after rocket hits house

Mar. 25, 2019
The Israeli military says it has begun carrying out strikes on Hamas militant targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after a rocket struck a house in Israel. Witnesses reported hearing explosions across the Palestinian territory.
Source: BBC

Gaza rocket hits Israeli home injuring 7

Mar. 25, 2019 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to cut short a visit to Washington.
The Israeli army deployed tanks and additional troops to the border with Gaza on Monday after seven Israelis were injured by a rocket hitting their house near Tel Aviv...
Source: Washington Post

Secretary of State Pompeo to CBN News: God May Have Raised Up Trump Like He Raised Up Queen Esther

Mar. 23, 2019 -
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells CBN News it is very possible that President Trump is a modern-day Esther poised to defend Israel and save the Jewish people.
Source: David Brody - CBN

Pompeo kicks off historic Western Wall visit alongside Netanyahu, Friedman

Mar. 21, 2019 -
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kicks off his visit to the Western Wall alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.
Source: The Times of Israel a name="190315">

Thursday-Friday liveblog: 2 rockets fired at Tel Aviv; Israel hits back at Gaza

Mar.15, 2019 -
The reported de-escalation came after two rockets were fired from [Gaza] at Tel Aviv on Thursday and the IDF hit over 100 targets in the coastal enclave in response.
Source: The Times of Israel
IDF hits more than 100 Hamas targets in Gaza after rockets fired at Tel Aviv

US drops 'Israeli-occupied' designation from Golan Heights

Mar. 14, 2019 - The United States now considers the Golan Heights as "Israeli-controlled."
The United States no longer refers to the Golan Heights as an "Israeli-occupied" territory in its latest annual human rights report, published on Wednesday, though the State Department insists the wording change doesn't mean a policy change.
Source:AlJazeera

Trump team trying to persuade doubters over ‘peace plan’

Mar. 13, 2019
The Trump administration’s efforts “have included meetings with heads of Arab countries, leaders of American evangelical churches, former US officials who have worked on past peace plans and analysts at different Washington think tanks”, Haaretz reported.
Source: Middle East Monitor

Will Trump’s Middle East peace plan really be ‘dead on arrival’? - opinion

Mar. 13, 2019 - Jared Kushner said that their plan could start a new chapter in the peace process.
“We are hoping when this [plan] comes out that people will look at it with a fresh perspective and say... this is the right package of compromises for both sides to take, in order to leave the past behind."
Source: Jerusalem Post

House to vote on anti-Semitism measure after Rep. Omar's Israel remarks

Mar. 4, 2019 -
The House will vote Wednesday on a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism after Rep. Ilhan Omar made controversial remarks about Israel at a D.C. forum last week, a senior Democratic aide said Monday.
Source: NBC

US closes Jerusalem consulate, demoting Palestinian mission

Mar. 4, 2019 -
The United States officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem on Monday, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the US Embassy to Israel.
Source: The Times of Israel

Kushner: Economy and ‘establishing borders’ the focal points of Trump peace plan

Feb. 25, 2019 -
US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview Monday that the administration’s much-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan will focus on “establishing borders and resolving final status issues.”
Source: The Times of Israel

Why It'll Take Israel's Lunar Lander 8 Weeks to Get to the Moon

Feb. 22, 2019 -
The robotic lander, called Beresheet, launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket yesterday evening (Feb. 21) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. ...The craft ... will atempt a landing on the 11th of...April.
Source: Space

With overnight launch, Israel aims to be 4th country to land on the moon
Only the United States, the Soviet Union and China have done it.
Source: The Times of Israel

Kushner: Israel, Palestinians Will Have to Compromise in Upcoming Trump Peace Plan

Feb. 14, 2019 -
Jared Kushner, senior aide to U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday both Israel and the Palestinians will have to compromise in the administration's peace plan, which will be presented after the upcoming Israeli election in April.
Source: Haaretz

Russia Says Israel ‘Must End’ Attacks on Syria After Latest Strikes Reportedly Kill Iranians

Jan. 24, 2019 -
Russia has warned Israel from taking military action against suspected Iranian targets in Syria, arguing that such operations have fostered further instability in the war-torn country.
Source: Newsweek

Israel increasingly goes public with its strikes on Syria

Jan. 23, 2019 -
Israel on Monday claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, drifting further away from its longstanding policy of playing down or covering up its military activities in the war-torn country.
Source: The Washington Post

Report: 12 Iranians killed in Israeli strike on Syria; total rises to 21

Jan. 22, 2019
Twelve soldiers belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed in Sunday's Israeli air strikes on Syria, the UK-based NGO Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed on Tuesday. The report said a total of 21 people were killed.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Trump peace plan: Divide Jerusalem, Palestinian state on 85-90% of W.Bank

Jan. 17, 2019
US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century,” expected to be rolled out after the elections on April 9, will include a Palestinian state on 85-90% of the West Bank and the division of Jerusalem...
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

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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