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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Names translated from other languages may have different spelling, depending on the source. For example Hizbollah may be translated "Hezbollah," "Hizballah," etc.


Top evangelical leader warns: Israel could lose our support if Netanyahu ousted

June 8, 2021 -
Mike Evans, who runs the “Jerusalem Prayer Team" ...warned Monday that Israel could lose the support of his 77 million followers if the Knesset confirms the so-called “change government” and ousts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Source: BBC

Prophetic Significance of Israel


Benjamin Netanyahu calls to block Israel's newly formed coalition

June 6, 2021 -
Mr Netanyahu called on right-wing members of parliament to block the coalition from taking office.,, But the group, from across Israel's political spectrum, still needs parliamentary backing to take office.
Source: BBC

What is Hamas?

May 28, 2021 - Hamas is a terror group.
The eradication of Israel is their goal. They don’t just want to win a military victory over Israel or carve out a Palestinian state. Hamas wants nothing less than the destruction of the Jewish people.
Source: Hal Lindsey

Netanyahu: Any Gaza rocket fire will be met with ‘whole new level of force’

May 21, 2021 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Gaza officials...
... would see a much tougher Israeli stance toward the terror group, and that any future rocket fire from Gaza would be met with “a whole new level of force.”
Source: Times of Israel

Israel's Gaza bind - destroy Hamas or wait for the next war? - analysis

May 19, 2021 -
The question increasingly is less how to contain Hamas and more about when that next war will be and will that be the war when Israel may be forced to move to eliminate Hamas all together.
Source: Jerusalem Post

IDF strikes Hamas Internal Security HQ; Gaza rocket fire continues

May 17, 2021 -
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken signals the US still is not joining calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers.
Source: Times of Israel

Blaming The Victim

May 15, 2021 -
On May 10th, amid hundreds of rocket attacks against Jerusalem, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs released the following statement. “We call on the international community to condemn the rocket fire and Palestinian terrorism targeting Israeli citizens...
Source: Hal Lindsey

Pastors Call for Prayers amid Continued Violence between Israel, Palestine

May 14, 2021 -
Evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, took to Facebook to ask Christians to pray. He said he personally knows innocent people on both sides of the war who will not benefit from its continuance.
Source: Christian Headlines

Harrowing scenes of violence in Jewish-Arab cities; Rivlin: ‘Stop this madness’

May 12, 2021 -
In a video statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the violence and chaos between Arab and Jews in recent days is “insufferable.”“We’ve seen Arab rioters setting synagogues alight... We can’t accept it. It’s anarchy,” he says.
...
Source: Times of Israel

IDF says it hit 130 targets in Gaza overnight after 200 rockets fired at Israel

May 10, 2021 -
Hundreds of people have been wounded in renewed clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound, the Palestinian Red Crescent says. .. and about 50 of them have been hospitalized, the Red Crescent says...
Source: Times of Israel

Jerusalem violence: Rockets fired from Gaza after major clashesm

May 10, 2021 -
Rockets have been fired towards Jerusalem from Gaza, amid spiralling tensions between Israel and the Palestinians... The past few days have seen the worst violence in the city for years.
Source: BBC

IDF investigating failed interception after Syrian missile hits southm

April 22, 2021 -
IDF strikes Syrian missile launcher, air-defense systems following incident, the most serious violence between Israel and Syria in years. Incident points to likely Iranian involvement... In response, it said it attacked the missile launcher.
Source: Israel Hayom

Biden Administration to Support Palestinian Dictatorship

April 11, 2021 -
The Biden administration is about to pump millions of dollars into Abbas's coffers to help him cut off the emergence of new and young leaders and to help him maintain his authoritarian rule over the Palestinians.
Source: Gatestone Institute

Republicans delay Biden administration’s funds to Palestinians

April 8, 2021 -
Congressional Republicans put a hold on $75 million of the newly reinstated US aid to the Palestinians, two sources in Washington confirmed on Thursday.
Source: Jerusalem Post

4th time’s not the charm: With all ballots tallied, Netanyahu again falls short

Mar, 25, 2021 -
With all votes counted Thursday evening, results showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had failed, for the fourth time in a row, to win a clear parliamentary majority.
Source: Times of Israel

US officials say Israel has hit many ships taking Iran oil, arms to Syria

Mar, 12, 2021 -
Israel has targeted at least 12 ships bound for Syria, most of them transporting Iranian oil, with mines and other weapons, according to a Thursday report. The attacks started in late 2019.
Source: Times of Israel

ICC prosecutor announces formal investigation into Israeli 'war crimes'

Mar, 3, 2021 -
Hundreds of Israelis could find themselves at risk by court decision; Israel bracing for protracted legal battle... Netanyahu called the decision to investigate Israel “undiluted antisemitism and the height of hypocrisy.”
Source: The Jerusalem Post

Though the Vision Tarry

Feb. 26, 2021 -
Thankfully, the Bible doesn’t speak of these calamities as a terrible end, but as a glorious beginning. The coming of Jesus is on the horizon. He will rapture His Church before the seven years of tribulation.
Source: Hal Lindsey

Biden moves to reengage with Palestinians after Israel focus

Feb. 24, 2021 -
The Biden administration is moving slowly but surely toward reengaging with the Palestinians after a near total absence of official contact during former President Donald Trump’s four years in office.
Source: AP News

The Miracle Before Us

Jan. 20, 2021 -
The biggest miracle is that Israel exists! And it exists in the ancient land God gave the Israeli people through Abraham almost four thousand years ago. God said He would do it and — against all human wisdom — He did.
Source: Hal Lindsey

Israel sending a signal to Biden

Jan. 14, 2021 -
The era of the Trump administration, which backed Israel's anti-Iran actions in Syria, will end next week, but Jerusalem plans to make it clear to Washington it will not change its proactive policies in the northern sector.
Source: Israel Hayom

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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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