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
Israel Links


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

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324 people infected with coronavirus, Israel on almost total shutdown

Mar. 17, 2020 -
Some 324 Israelis are infected with the novel coronavirus - five of them in serious condition - on Tuesday, as the Health Ministry announced an almost total shutdown on the country.
Source: Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman - Jerusalem Post

Prophetic Significance of Israel


Israeli Research Center to Announce It Developed Coronavirus Vaccine, Sources Say

Mar. 12, 2020 -
Scientists at Israel s Institute for Biological Research are expected to announce in the coming days that they have completed development of a vaccine for the new coronavirus COVID-19.
Source: Haaretz



Coronavirus 'is one of Almighty Allah’s soldiers'

Mar. 12, 2020 -
Before the coronavirus disease had reached the Palestinian Authority, a preacher on official Palestinian Authority TV taught that the virus is “one of Almighty Allah’s soldiers” and that Allah is punishing the sinners - “those who attack His believers”.
Source: Mordechai Sones - Israel National News

ALL travelers to Israel put in isolation for 2 weeks due to coronavirus

Mar. 10, 2020 -
“After a day of complex discussions, we have made a decision: Whoever arrives in Israel from abroad will enter quarantine for 14 days,” Netanyahu said in a video statement Monday as 50 Israelis were diagnosed with coronavirus.
Source: WND

Kushner: US to approve annexation if Palestinians don't negotiate

Mar. 8, 2020 -
Despite a refusal by the Palestinians to be involved in any negotiations and a lack of government in Israel, US President Donald Trump's administration will push forward with the "Deal of the Century" peace plan.
Source: Aaron Reich - Jerusalem Post

US said threatening to okay annexation if Palestinians don’t resume negotiations

Mar. 5, 2020 -
Senior White House officials were quoted Thursday by an Israeli television network as saying that they intended to green-light Israeli annexation of swaths of West Bank land within months if the Palestinians don’t return to the negotiating table.
Source: The Times of Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu defeats Gantz, but is still short a majority

Mar. 3, 2020 -
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on track to win 59 seats for his bloc of right-wing and religious parties in Monday’s election, down by one from the 60 predicted by the initial exit polls.
Source: The Jerusalem Post

UN Security Council calls for 'two-state solution' to be respected

Feb. 24, 2020 -
The UN Security Council made a rare show of unity Monday when it called on all parties to maintain their support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict.
Source: Israel National News

Palestinian Islamic Jihad bombards South after clash near Gaza border

Feb, 24, 2020 -
The IDF said as of 11 p.m. that of 21 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, 13 were successfully intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system... Two wounded Israelis were brought to the Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon.
Source: Anna Ahronheim - The Jerusalem Post

US mapping team for West Bank annexation said en route to Israel

Feb.23, 2020 -
US officials, among them the ambassador to Israel, are set to meet with three Israeli counterparts to begin work on carrying out Trump peace plan... US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, his adviser Aryeh Lightstone... and C. Scott Leith...
Source:The Times of Israel

Israeli missile is only guarantee of survival from potential Iran nukes

Feb.18, 2020 -
In the face of a potential Iranian nuclear weapon, “only the Arrow missile-defense system guarantees Israeli survival,” Dov Raviv, former head of the Arrow project at Israel Aircraft Industries, said Tuesday.
Source: Yonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post

America gave Israel the opportunity of a lifetime

Feb. 15, 2020 -
Until now, Israel has had three options, all of which were dangerous and harmful. However, with the rollout of the Trump administration's Vision for Peace, Israel now has a good hand...

The plan offers a fourth option addressing it's chief security concerns.

Source: Dan Schueftan - Israel Hayom

Senior Saudi diplomat says there are ‘positive elements’ in Trump’s peace plan

Feb. 13, 2020 -
“There are positive elements in Trump’s peace plan,” Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, said during a visit to Romania... that could be the basis of renewed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Source: The Times of Israel

World players may vow open mind on Trump plan, but won’t abandon old positions

Feb. 12, 2020 -
The US on Tuesday celebrated the fact that the Palestinians withdrew a planned United Nations Security Council resolution rejecting President Donald Trump’s peace proposal, saying this marked the dawn of a new era.
Source: Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel

Was the Bible right? Inscription may confirm ancient Israel’s borders

Feb. 8, 2020 -
A newly-discovered Hebrew inscription might confirm that the border of ancient Israel reached areas that some archaeologists were previously skeptical about, thus confirming the Biblical tale.
Source: Rossella Tercatin - The Jerusslem Post

UK’s Johnson stresses support for US peace plan in call with Netanyahu

Feb. 6, 2020 -
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday emphasized his support for the new US peace plan and for a two-state solution in a call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Source: The Times of Israel

Netanyahu suggests he’ll move annexation forward only after elections

Feb. 5, 2020 -
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu... suggested that he would advance applying Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank only after the March 2 elections... victory would allow his Likud party to gain approval for the Trump administration peace plan.
Source: The Times of Israel

Read full text: US unveils 50-page Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

Jan. 29, 2020 -
Study the full text of the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
Source: SCRIBD

Trump unveils Middle East peace plan with two-state solution, tunnel connecting West Bank and Gaza

Jan. 28, 2010 -
President Trump on Tuesday called for a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as he unveiled the details of his administration’s much-awaited Middle East peace plan. Trump announced the proposal alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Source: Andrew O'Reilly, John Roberts - Fox

ISIS threatens to shift its focus to Israel

Jan. 28, 2020 -
ISIS spokesman calls to sabotage Trump's peace plan, encourages fighters to launch "new phase" against Israel... In a purported audio message by ISIS spokesman Abu Hamza al-Quraishi,the jihadist organization called for sabotaging the peace plan.
Source: Elad Benari - Israel Naational News

Netanyahu says he and Trump will ‘make history’ this week

Jan. 27, 2020 -
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is heading to the US to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss the "Deal of the Century"... “I am meeting with President Trump tomorrow, and on Tuesday, together with him, we will make history.”
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz will also meet with President Trump on Monday.

Source: Lahav Harkov and Jeremy Sharon - Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu: 'We must not pass up an offer that comes once in all of history'

Jan. 25, 2020 -
PM Netanyahu praises 'deal of the century'... He added: "I am leaving to Washington with a feeling of great mission, of great responsibility, and of a great opportunity ... which allows [us] to ensure the future of Israel."
Source: Israel National News

Trump says he’ll likely release plan before Tuesday meet with Netanyahu, Gantz

Jan. 24, 2020 -
US President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’ll likely release his long-awaited Middle East peace plan before his meeting early next week at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party chief Benny Gantz.
Source: The Times of Israel

President Vladimir Putin, US Vice President Mike Pence land in Israel

Jan. 23, 2020 -
Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Israel on Thursday morning ahead of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum... He followed US Vice President Mike Pence who landed only minutes before.
Source: Aaron Reich - The Jerusalem Post

Top White House official says peace plan could be rolled out before March vote

Jan. 13, 2019 -
‘We’re not timing anything based on domestic politics’ of the two sides, says Robert O’Brien, confirming Israeli reports that Trump administration may release proposal within weeks.
Source: The Times of Israel

Israel likely to face war in 2020, top think tank warns

Jan. 11, 2020 -
All-out war in the north, escalation in Gaza and West Bank, and Iran an increasing threat, says assessment by INSS; Tel Aviv University institute recommends fresh bid for negotiations with Palestinians, restoration of relations with Jordan...
Source: Ynet

Prepare for potential broad war between Iran and US – INSS annual report

Jan. 6, 2020 -
As tensions heat up between Iran, the US and Israel following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani last week, the absence of a stable government will harm Jerusalem’s ability to achieve its broader national security and foreign affairs goals...
Source: Yonhah Jeremy Bob - 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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