God’s Word, the Bible, foretells that the Jewish race as a whole, Israel as a nation, will continue to reject their Messiah, the one who came to them more than 2,000 years ago. This rejection will continue to result in God’s promises being delayed until the moment Jesus returns to put an end to mankind’s final war called Armageddon.
Israel was scattered after the AD 70 destruction of Jerusalem and the temple atop Mount Moriah. This was exactly what Jesus predicted in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew Chapter 24, Mark Chapter 13, and Luke Chapter 21.) Jesus prophesied that not one stone of the temple would be left upon another. Titus and the Roman legions saw to the fulfillment of this prophecy.
The Jews lost their temple, their city, and, following Hadrian’s purge in 135 AD, their geographical homeland area, plus their common language (Hebrew) as a cohesive link to one another as a distinct people. Yet God’s Word foretells that Israel will be a nation again at the end of days–the time just before Christ returns.
Again, tragically and sadly, Jews are back in the land for a time that will be worse than any ever experienced by any people. The prophet Jeremiah foretold this:
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it” (Jeremiah 30:7).
It will be a time of horrors beyond anything even Adolf Hitler dreamed about perpetrating upon the Jewish race. Can we see a build-up toward that time? Let us consider the words of the prophet Zechariah, and put his prophecies as a template over today’s headlines:
“The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:1-3).
The peoples of the earth are gathering against Israel. Even some leaders within the U.S., governmental and religious, want Israel to give away land for peace. The “Zionists” are seen as the problem.
Israel is basically isolated today, so far as true allies are concerned. The United States stands almost alone as Israel’s friend. However, it hurts to say that support is eroding, while some within the current administration and recent American diplomatic efforts seem to want to exclude the Jewish state from talks involving the small territory Israel now occupies–territory, incidentally, which is but a fraction of the land the Lord your God granted you through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These negotiators join the so-called international community in wanting to placate Israel’s hate-filled enemies.
This Neville Chamberlain-like, “peace at any cost” maneuvering is not lost on those who want Israel wiped off the map. It is creating a perception of weakness that will tempt them to act on their satanically driven hatreds.
Ezekiel the prophet foretold of a time at the end of days when a northern coalition will invade from the North (all biblical direction is given from Jerusalem). There is not space here to go into detail, but excellent scholarship has determined the chief attacker will be Russia, joined by many surrounding peoples. This attack will include forces from the area of ancient Persia, which encompasses all of Iran, and considerable surrounding geographical areas. This coalition, I am convinced today’s news headlines indicate, is gathering now. This will be the Gog-Magog assault described prophetically in Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39.
The one bright prospect, and it is a bright spot, indeed, is that the God of Israel will never let Israel be destroyed; we have His Word on that:
“This is what the Lord says, ‘He who appoints the sun to shine by day, Who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar — the Lord Almighty is His Name; Only if these ordinances vanish from My sight,’ declares the Lord, ‘will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before Me'” (Jeremiah 31:35-36).
The bottom line is that Israel, the Jewish race, is again destined to become hated and persecuted –this time with satanic vitriol that will make Hitler’s Holocaust look somewhat less terrible by comparison.
Antichrist, the long-foretold, sometime spoofed, but 100 percent Bible prophecy guaranteed to come on the world scene tyrant, will implement genocidal policies against the Jewish race that will go far beyond Draconian.
I didn’t make up this prediction. God’s Word, the Bible, does say it. I accept that Word as the only truth there is. I, and other Christians who know Jesus Christ as Lord, love, or should love, the Jewish people–the nation Israel. God loves them; so must we. They are His chosen. However, I, and they, can’t change what God has prophesied to take place, I’m convinced, in the relatively near future.
But, I, and they, are charged with showing individuals within Israel the way to escape the coming time of Antichrist’s regime of horror. We implore the Jewish people. Accept Christ now. He is Messiah. And one day, perhaps very soon, He will call His people –Jews and Gentiles who accept Him as Savior– to be with Him forever. This will be the Rapture. (That stunning event, in which millions of people will vanish from Planet Earth, can be found in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and 1 Corinthians 15: 51-55. Jesus spoke of it in John 14:1-3.)
The Rapture will take place before that time of horror–the era Jesus called “great Tribulation” (Matthew 24: 21). The people of the nation Israel who are unrepentant (the remnant, for most will die in this last holocaust) will accept Christ at the last moment. Here’s what that future remnant’s Messiah says:
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12: 9-10).
Israel will then be made the head of all nations, with the resurrected King David ruling as co-regent with the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, atop Mount Zion at Jerusalem for 1,000 years –the Millennium! Believe it or not, Jewish friends, that is your nation’s great God-promised destiny.
We who love Israel pray that you will believe.