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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Hezbollah commander Badreddine killed in Syria

May 13, 2016 - The top Hezbollah military commander in the Syria's war has been killed in Damascus by an Israeli airstrike.

Mustafa Amine Badreddine died in a large explosion near Damascus airport, the Lebanon-based militant group said in a statement on its al-Manar website.

Source: BBC

Prophetic Significance of Israel

Celebrate Israel's 68th Anniversary
As Independence Day begins, Israelis move from commemoration to celebration - Times of Israel
Five big things to celebrate on Israel’s 68th modern birthday - Joel Rosenberg
1948 - State of Israel proclaimed - History
Israel - Wikipedia
List of Israeli inventions and discoveries - Wikipedia
Israel’s top 45 greatest inventions of all time - Israel21c
Some of Israel’s Accomplishments - FLAME
Redemption, Right on Time - Wendy Wipple's historical research on the amazing accuracy of prophecy about the rebirth of Israel in 1948 - Omega Letter (Thanks Neville)

ISIS to Israel: “We’re coming very soon”

May 8, 2016 -

In a coordinated maneuver by all of the ISIS commands in the Middle East, the terrorist organization simultaneously released at least 10 videos that it said showed ISIS forces on their way to attack targets in Israel.

Source: DEBKAfile

Dead Sea oil reservoir ‘entirely within Israel’ says company

May 8, 2016 -

A new report released Sunday ... and filed with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange claimed the Hatrurim oil reservoir, which covers 94 square kilometers of the Dead Sea area, is worth NIS 1.2 billion ($320 million).

A map of the oil field shows that it is entirely inside the official borders of Israel's Green Line, (along the West Bank border) it does not extend into Palestinian areas.

Source: Times of Israel

Israel to Open Permanent Office at NATO Headquarters

May 6, 2016 -

The Foreign Ministry said that NATO informed Israel that it would be able to open an office at the organization’s headquarters and undertake the process of submitting its credentials to the Western alliance.

Source: International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

‘Russian forces fired on Israeli jets at least twice’

Apr. 22, 2016 - A Hebrew newspaper claimed that Russians jets fired on Israeli Air Force planes recently.

The paper said that President Reuven Rivlin brought up the issue with President Vladimir Putin during his visit last month to Moscow, and that Putin said it was the first he’d heard of the incidents.

Source: Times of Israel
Netanyahu, Putin met amid reports of aerial incidents over Syria - YNet News

US, Germany: Golan Heights not part of Israel

Apr. 18, 2016 -

U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday that the Obama administration does not consider the Golan Heights to be part of Israel, despite Netanyahu’s assertion at a Cabinet meeting there Sunday, Haaretz reported.

Source: JTA
Netanyahu vows that Israel will never give up Golan Heights - Washington Post
History: The Golan Heights - United With Israel

EU interested in buying Israeli natural gas

Mar. 18, 2016 - Since the discovery and development of Israel's Leviathan gas field, the European Union has shown interest in purchasing some of it for their energy needs.
Source: Ynet

American tourist dead, 11 wounded in Jaffa terror attack

Mar. 9, 2016 -

Terrorist runs along Jaffa boardwalk, stabbing passersby as he goes; two policemen shot, seriously wounded near Herod’s Gate at Jerusalem’s Old City; one Haredi man moderately wounded after being stabbed in market in Petah Tikva.

Source: YNet

Indonesian president calls on Islamic states to unite for 'Palestine'

Mar. 9, 2016 - Indonesian President, Joko Widodo told delegates to the 5th Extraordinary Summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation that Islamic nations must take a stand against Israel.

Widodo quoted the late president Sukarno, who asserted that as long as Palestine had not achieved its independence, Indonesia would continue to fight against Israel’s occupation of 'Palestine,' The Jakarta Post quoted him as saying.

Source: Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu unveils plan to ‘surround entire state with a fence’

Feb. 10, 2016 -

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday announced his intention to “surround the entire State of Israel with a fence,” including sealing off openings in the West Bank security.

The long-range plan will cost many billions of dollars, and it will deal with underground tunnels.

Source: Times of Israel

Israel starts massive fence on southern border with Jordan

Jan. 21, 2016 -

In accordance with a 2015 government decision, approximately 30 kilometers (18 miles) of fence will be built, from the southernmost r esort town of Eilat and running beyond a new international airport currently under construction in the Timna Valley.

The security project will cost approximately $77 million.

Source: Times of Israel

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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


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
Christian Friends of Israel
War of Gog and Magog
More information about Israel's future - Ezekiel 38 & 39
Middle East Maps

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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