Israel in Today's End Times
By Chris Schang
Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the end times in which we live is the rebirth of the modern state of Israel. The prophet Ezekiel recorded in the Bible that in the end times God would bring the Jews back into their ancient land and that once he had done that he would never allow the to be destroyed or scattered among the nations again. Unlike some teachings that have crept into the church today that teaches that Israel has been replaced by the church but this simply is not so. God declared that he would bring the Jews back into the land here in the end times and that he would gather them from the four corners of the Earth in order to fulfill his plans for the redemption of man, both Jew and Gentile.
Despite bring the Jews back into the land of their forefathers from ancient times, the Bible is clear that the Jews would return to the land a second time in unbelief as the have until this time rejected Jesus as the promised Messiah that was part of God's plan for the redemption of mankind. The Jews spent the last almost 2,000 years "wandering" the Earth in other nations of the world. But despite their unbelief, God knew beforehand that they would fall into unbelief and so he devised a strategy to get his "stiif necked people" to eventually recognize Jesus as their Messiah. God plans to use the coming 70th week of Daniel or what we also call the seven year Tribulation period as a means in which to judge unrepentant believers, both Jew and Gentile. At the end of the 70th week of Daniel, the Jewish people will finally recognize their promised Messiah as they will see the one that they "pierced" coming in the clouds with great glory in order to establish his rule on Earth. The Bible says that they will mourn when the recognize their mistake.
Israel's current condition finds her in a very serious condition as the world tries to divide the holy land and give birth to a "Palestinian" state in part of what is modern day Israel. This plan of a two state solution is a terrible plot by Israel's enemies and the international community in order to bring so called peace to the region. After the terrible events of 9/11 the world community has blamed the ongoing trouble between the Israelis and Palestinians as being the core problem that breeds Islamic extremism. While from a human stand point this might seem to be the case, we know from the prodding of the Holy Spirit that there is more behind this dividing of Israel than meets the eye. The attempt to divide the land is one of Satan's grandest schemes in order to destroy the Jewish people. Sadly, many people in the world do not see this and instead continue to pressure Israel into a covenant that will put them into a very terrible situation. One that will bring Israel into undefendable borders and a weakened overall state of security. The Palestinians still bluntly refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and still maintain in their terrorist charters the intention to destroy Israel. Sadly the world has either been unable to see this or in the case of many nations in the world have become antis-semitic towards Israel and just simply do not care.
The status of Jerusalem has also become a major sticking point over the past year. The international community has bought into the idea that Jerusalem should be divided and made the capital of both Israel and the new Palestinian state. This decision and support is simply without merit as Jerusalem has been the city of Jews since ancient times. Jerusalem has never been a Palestinian capital. The Bible warns us that in the end times the status of Israel and Jerusalem will be a major sticking point for the world. The Bible specifically mentions Jerusalem as a burdensome stone here in the end times and that all who concern themselves with it will be cut to pieces. With biblical warnings like these it is unbelievable that the world community continues to ignore the plain warnings of God.
Another interesting aspect of Israel here in today's end times is that the Jewish people have begun returning to the ancient homeland in record numbers. The most recent estimate puts the population of Israel at around seven and a half million people. This growth is simply a miracle. However, while the Jewish people come to Israel everyday from around the world, the Bible gives us the fact that a day will come when the Jewish people will eventually flee the nations of the world in order to return to Israel which is the only safe place for Jews to be today. The reason for this is that anti-semitism has begun to rise across the world and Jews are becoming increasingly afraid of this satanic rise in anti-semitism. Despite the rise of anti-semitism in the world, all of this fits the perfect plan of God to bring Israel into position to eventually be redeemed and reconciled back to God.
One of the most severe problems facing the Jewish people today is the rise of terrorism on Israel's borders due to terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. In addition, Israel face calls for it to be "wiped off the map" by the evil Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This serious threat both by the Palestinian terrorist groups as well as by Iran have put Israel into an extremely serious position. The threat of war and destruction on Israel has never been greater. These threats are the beginning stages towards the prophetic fulfillment of the Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, and Ezekiel 38-39 prophecies. It is interesting to note that the Psalm 83 prophecies deals primarily with the immediate terrorist enemies of Israel that are currently residing on the border with Israel. This is simply no coincidence. The Isaiah 17 prophecy could end up being fulfilled with the same or close timing of the Psalm 83 prophecy as it deals with the destruction of Damascus and also refers to serious harm done to Israel as a probably result of the large buildup of missiles and other weapons on the border of Israel. Damascus is responsible for providing many of the arms that have found their way into the hands of the terrorists. It is likely that in the next war between Israel and her neighbors that Syria will get directly involved and the prophecy of Isaiah 17 will be fulfilled. While we can not foretell the future exactly, we can analyze the current trends in the Middle East and see how this scenario can easily come to be.