Look to Israel – See the Future

Isaiah 46: 10-11
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.

One of the most fascinating aspects about the people of Israel is their sacred book (which we call the Bible) and its mind-boggling prophecies. These are predictions of events declared long before they happened, written by people who lived ages before the concerned generation even came into being. What people and what God does this? In a world of many religions, one cannot help but be perplexed by the God of Israel’s bold declarations which unfold as events in mankind’s history.

Timeline

1882

The prophesied regathering of Israel started in the late 19th century. This saw the birth of Zionism – the vision for a homeland for God’s people.

Anti-Semitism in Europe convinced Theodor Herzl (a secular, non-Hebrew speaking, cosmopolitan intellectual) that the Jewish problem needed a national and political solution and that Jews needed their own Jewish state. To this end he convened the First Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland in 1897. At the time Herzl did not have Palestine primarily in mind, but many eastern European Jews would not accept any homeland other than the land of Zion (Jerusalem). The years 1882-1903 saw some 25,000 Jews emigrate to Palestine, many from Russia and Romania, and many have followed their steps over the years. The prophets saw this 'regathering' of the nation of Israel some 2,700 years ago:
Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone ... and bring them into their own land (Ezek 37.21) And (the Lord) will lift up a standard for the nations, and assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth (Isa 11.12)
1938

The Holocaust, described centuries in advance in the book of Lamentations and Habakkuk, led Jews to have a burning passion to re-establish Israel as the Jewish homeland.

The writings in the books of Lamentations and Habakkuk describe 'holocaust' - the sufferings, destruction and slaughter on a massive scale that came to the nation of Israel before her final dispersion amongst the nations around 586 BC. The descriptions also uncannily describe the suffering of the Jews in modern times. Read on and see how it describes Nazi Germany and the persecution of Jews during that time.

In the book of Lamentations we read:

All her people groan as they search for bread; they barter their treasures for food to keep themselves alive. "Look, Lord, and consider, for I am despised.” My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city. They say to their mothers, “Where is bread and wine?” as they faint like the wounded in the streets of the city, as their lives ebb away in their mothers’ arms.

And in the book of Habakkuk we read:

How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralysed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
1948

The declaration of the state of Israel in 1948: a nation born in one day as written in the book of Isaiah

The modern nation of Israel was literally ‘born in a day’, as prophesied in the Bible. The date: May 14, 1948. The image shows David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, declaring the establishment of a Jewish state. This historic event was prophesied by Isaiah some 2,700 ago. In Isaiah chapter 66 we read:

Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children. "Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says the Lord. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your God. “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her. For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and delight in her overflowing abundance.”
1950

Aliyah, the Law of Return to the Jewish homeland: a fulfillment of prophecies written by Isaiah

The return of the scattered people of Israel to their homeland (today referred to as 'aliyah' or 'ascent to holiness') is a very clear and frequent prophecy in the Bible. Such prophecies were underscored on July 5, 1950 when Israeli legislation signed the Law of Return that gives Jews the right to return to their ancestral homeland Israel and gain Israeli citizenship. In fact, Jews started to return to Israel some 50 years prior to the signing of this Law, but the legislation accelerated the massive return from all over the world. This return continues today. In 1915 there were just 83,000 Jews but this increased to over 6.2 million Jews in 2015, corresponding to an amazing 7400% increase! Here are some of the prophecies from Isaiah:

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth - everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.
1967

Little Israel is miraculously protected from enemies that surround her

Despite being surrounded by enemies who wish to exterminate her people, Israel continues to survive and progress. Her continued existence against overwhelming odds is proof of her protection by the God of Israel. In the Six-Day War of June 1967, the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon (and later Iraq) attacked Israel. Their goal was “to wipe Israel off the map”. Israel defeated the attack even though the Arab armies had huge superiority in armour, aircraft and troops. After the war the area controlled by Israel was the same area allotted to Israel for Jewish settlement under the 1922 Palestine Mandate, and all of Jerusalem came under Jewish rule for the first time in over 2500 years! Listen to what Isaiah 41 and 54 says:

Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you," declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord.
2015

HAMAS TUNNELS, AND THE RISE OF ISLAMIC STATE (IS) ARE JUST PRELUDES OF A MASSIVE INVASION TO COME FROM A RUSSIAN AND ISLAMIC CONSPIRACY

Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 11,000 rockets into Israel, and over 5 million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks. The 2015 Hamas rocket attacks that spurned counter-retaliation by Israel was a turning point that intensified the world anti-Israel stance. In an effort to defend herself, Israel earned the image of a cruel nation that attacked children, women and innocent victims, when in fact Hamas deliberately chose public hospitals, nursery schools and civilian homes as their rocket launch sites in order to provoke Israel to hit these spots. Despite Israel's pre-warnings to the innocent civilians to leave these places prior to Israeli bombings, the media still portrayed Israel as a violent nation exercising unreasonable force.

Prophecy says that this Islamic aggression against Israel will culminate in the so-called 'Gog-Magog' war described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Here we read:


"This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you ... you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land ... This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel ... all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgement on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulphur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations.
2016

THE RISE OF THE EU CONTINUES. THIS WILL LEAD TO A FUTURE EU-LED FINAL WAR OF NATIONS AGAINST ISRAEL. THE EU AND ALL OTHER FORMS OF WORLD GOVERNMENT WILL THEN FALL

The rise and fall of the EU was predicted as early as the time of the prophet Daniel, who interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the future when the God of Israel will crush a multi-nation power to establish His kingdom that shall fill the earth. In Daniel chapter 2 we read:

In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep ... the king asked Daniel, “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?” Daniel replied “there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the latter days.

Daniel described the dream:

“As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me ... Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue — an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a stone was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the stone that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

Daniel tells the king the interpretation (starting at verse 36):


You are that head of gold. After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything — and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle ... so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the stone cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands — a stone that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future.”

Historically, all this has happened - except for one vital aspect. The feet of iron and clay represent the last form of world government before Christ returns. At its core, this government will be a revived form of the historic Roman Empire, with similar characteristics (controlling, godless and brutal). And it is this government that aligns all nations against Israel at the end of this age. The EU aligns well with the characteristics of this final world empire, and will be totally destroyed when Christ returns.

JERUSALEM WILL BE THE SEAT OF WORLD GOVERNMENT – A WORLD RULED BY THE MESSIAH

With earthly, godless governments gone like chaff in the wind (see "rise and fall of the EU") prophecy says that the last age on this earth (the so-called millennium) will see Christ rule from Jerusalem. This will be a rule of peace and righteousness, a time when the lion lies down with the lamb and swords are exchanged for ploughshares. A time when nations will stream to Jerusalem to worship the LORD, the King of the Jews.

Thus says the LORD, I will return to Zion and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth ... for the law will go forth from Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem ... and the LORD will be King over all the earth. (Zech 8.3, 14.9, Isa 2.3)

This is expressed symbolically in the book of Micah. We read:

In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more. Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken.