These Easily Verifiable
Prophecies Have Almost
All Happened—Which Means the End Is Near
What are the chances that a nation that had ceased to exist as a country to suddenly reappear back on the scene and be resurrected after more than 2000 years? That's not likely. Nothing like that has never before happened. This is why the fulfillment of all these prophecies is so incredibly amazing. And the predictions were all made over 2,000 years ago! Let's take a look at this phenomenon because if it's true, it means that the end of our age is VERY CLOSE.
Jerusalem & the Temple to Be Destroyed
When Jesus approached Jerusalem for the last time, he uttered a prophecy that made him weep:
"But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 'How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.'" (Luke 19:41-44 NLT).
So the Lord indicates that the reason for this judgment that will be coming from the hands of the Romans is that the nation of Israel did not respond recognize that he was really their God and Messiah. Later in the week, when the Jesus was teaching the disciples about the end times, he offered more details about what was going to happen to their nation:
“And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived... For there will be disaster in the land and great anger against this people. They will be killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of the Gentiles comes to an end." (Luke 21:19,23-24 NLT).
Notice that he says they will be killed by the sword or sent captive to all of the nations of the world until the period of Gentile domination over their land had ended. Everything Jesus predicted happened just as he said it would. Those predictions were literally fulfilled in A.D. 66-70 when the Romans sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Jewish temple, sending most of the Jews into exile. The Romans commemorated the destruction of the temple on their Arch of Titus where the image of a golden candlestick was clearly etched in stone (see the photo).
Predictions About Israel's Future & Return
Even before Jesus' time, the Hebrew prophets had predicted the Jewish diaspora. For about 2,000 years the Jews would be exiled from the promised land which God had given to them. After the proper time had elapsed, they would be literally compelled to return to their ancient land. The remaking of Israel as a nation is one of the most incredible supernatural displays of God's power in our era. Nothing like this has ever happened before, that a nation would be resurrected after being out of existence for so long. This is a modern prophetic miracle (still in the making).
Hundreds of prophecies were given and they were all specific and exact in nature. Here are just a few of those biblical predictions which have been fulfilled as Israel became an independent nation after so long:
1. Land Laid Waste, the People Scattered, a Sword to Follow Them.
Leviticus 26:32-33 "I will lay waste the land, so that your enemies who live there will be appalled. I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins." NIV
When the worldwide dispersion of the Jewish people began in 70 AD, those that weren't slaughtered were sent into exile. This dispersion was accelerated after a second revolt in 136 AD. Almost everywhere the Jews went they were ostracized and hated causing many persecutions and even the holocaust in Germany where six million perished. The sword truly has followed them everywhere.
2. Israel Destroyed and the Land Destroyed.
"The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur-nothing planted,
nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be like the
destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD
overthrew in fierce anger." (Deuteronomy 29:23).
Back in 1867, American writer Mark Twain wrote about the land at the time saying, "Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes… the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies… Palestine is desolate and unlovely… It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land."
3. Jerusalem's Temple Mount to be Destroyed & Plowed Under
"Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will
become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets."
(Micah 3:12 NIV). This plowing of the temple mount literally
happened at the second destruction of the temple mound by the Romans in AD
4. The Hebrew Language Would Be Resurrected
then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call
on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord." (Zephaniah 3:9
As the Jews were scattered throughout the world, they gradually stopped
speaking their native Hebrew and picked up the languages of the countries
where they fled. After many centuries, few Jews could speak Hebrew or even
read the Torah (the Law).
But Zephaniah predicted the revival of the Hebrew language. The Living Bible paraphrases that verse this way: “At that time I will change the speech of my returning people to pure Hebrew so that all can worship the Lord together."
God orchestrated this revival of spoken and written Hebrew through a single
Orthodox Jew who took the name Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. Almost singlehandedly,
despite great opposition from his own people, this man resurrected the
Hebrew tongue as he studied the Hebrew language all over the world." This
became Eliezer's lifelong mission from God, and he reintroduced Hebrew to
Palestine where it eventually became Israel's native tongue. (You can read
the amazing story of how God used this man to fulfill this prophecy here:
The Revival of the Hebrew Language.)
5. They Would Buy Back the Land.
"Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore their fortunes, declares the LORD." (Jeremiah 32:44 NIV).
Jeremiah prophesied of a day when Jews would once again purchase land within
the ancient territory of Palestine. That is precisely what returning Jews
were able to do, starting nearly a century ago, as many began to buy back
6. Israel Would be Reborn in a Day.
"Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? 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." (Isaiah 66:8 NIV).
Israel, a country that had not really existed as a separate nation for nearly 2,500 years, was declared a new sovereign state by an act of the United Nations on May 14, 1948. The nation was literally born in a single day just as God predicted it would be.
7. A Worldwide Return of Jews to Israel
"I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered -- with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath." (Ezekiel 20:34)
"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…" (Isaiah 43:5-6 NIV).
Jews had been scattered to virtually every country in the world. But over the
years, many have felt compelled to return to their ancestral
homeland (especially as they experienced persecution). So it started slowly,
but bit by bit they began to come from the east, the west, the north and the south
returning to Israel.
During the past century, millions of Jews returned, from the
Middle East; from the west (Europe and the United States); from the north (in
Russia); from the south (Ethiopia); and from the ends of the earth, just as
it had all been predicted.
8. The Jews Would Return to Jerusalem
"This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.'" (Zechariah 8:7-8).
Although Israel became a nation in 1948, the Jews did not have control over Jerusalem until 1967 when they recaptured the city during the Six Day War.
9. Israel Would Bloom and the Fill the World with Fruit.
"The days are coming,' declares the Lord, 'when the reaper will be overtaken
by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will
drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills, and I will bring my
people Israel back from exile.'" (Amos 9:13-14a NIV)
"In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill
all the world with fruit." Isaiah 26:6 NIV)
"The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy...." (Isaiah 35:1-2 NIV).
Palestine was a desolate wasteland full of malarial swamps and deserts right up until the beginning of the last century. When the Jews began to return to the area in large numbers, they began to transform the land. Israel has now advanced in their farming and irrigation techniques taking this once barren land and turning it back into extremely productive farmland. Israel is today a source of food for many countries. Israeli agricultural production is truly a great wonder considering how fast it happened.
10. Israel's Deserts will Become Like the Garden
"I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs." Isaiah 41:18 NIV).
"The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden..." (Isaiah 51:3 NIV).
God declared that he would restore Israel and turn her into a paradise like the garden of Eden. This foreshadows what is currently happening in Israel. The Jews have been irrigating, cultivating and reconditioning the land during much of the 1900s. Many of the country's swamps, which had been infested with malaria, have been converted into farmland. Water from the Sea of Galilee has been channeled through some portions of the deserts. While much work remains, Israel is definitely blooming again.
11. Trees Will Grow Again in the Wasteland.
"I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the
olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress
so that people may see and know, may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it." (Isaiah 41:19-20 NIV).
This passage emphasizes that trees and forests will be established in the wasteland which is what Israel was. During the past century, more than 200 million trees have been planted in Israel. The replanted forests are flourishing in this tiny country because it has built a network of irrigation systems all causing the land to bloom. And truly, the Lord brought it all about as he promised through his prophets.
12. In the Last Days the Lord will Defend Jerusalem and Israel.
"I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves... And the clans of Judah will say to themselves, 'The people of Jerusalem have found strength in the Lord of Heaven's Armies, their God.'" Zechariah 12:3-4, 5 NLT
All of the surrounding nations want to destroy Israel and drive her into the sea. But the Lord has promised to make Jerusalem an immovable rock. He promises that those attacking Israel will only hurt themselves. Recently Israel's Iron Dome defense had an incoming Hamas missile which it failed to shoot down. Listen to the words of the commander:
"We fired the first [interceptor]. It missed. Second [interceptor]. It
missed. This is very rare. I was in shock. At this point we had just four
seconds until the missile lands. We had already notified emergency services
to converge on the target location and had warned of a mass-casualty
“Suddenly, Iron Dome (which calculates wind speeds, among other things) shows a major wind coming from the east, a strong wind that … sends the missile into the sea. We were all stunned. I stood up and shouted, ‘There is a God!’
Many Israelis don't actually believe in God and are not religious at all. But they are still seeing the obvious hand of his protection upon them. Even those who have launched the rockets have allegedly admitted that Israel's God keeps intervening and spoils their aim! Read the entire account here: Hand of God Sent Missile into the Sea.
Why is this happening? It is because God said what he would do so long ago. God doesn't forget his promises. And all of these predictions are clear proofs that he is going to bring about (or at least allow to happen) all of those things that he has predicted through his prophets. People who doubt that God is involved in fulfilling these prophecies are simply spiritually blind. That kind of blindness can not only get you killed, but it will likely put you right in the middle of hell if you don't allow the Spirit to open your eyes. (See Why You Can't Understand.)
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The prophecies above, and many more that are not shown about the death and rebirth of the nation of Israel were given to us by God as warnings. He wants us to know how accurate his predictions really are. When God declares through his prophets that something is going to happen, you can be sure that he is writing "history in advance."
In exactly the say way, when Jesus promised to come back at the end of the age, he meant exactly what he said. He will come back on time and on schedule. The timing of the second coming of Christ will be directly tied into the rebirth of Israel as a nation (See When Will the Lord Return?).
This Generation Will Not Pass Away
Jesus gave a parable about a fig tree in Luke 13:6-9; it is cut down after three years of life, because it hasn't produced any fruit. In that parable the fig tree clearly represented Israel, who had failed to respond to the Lord as their Savior and Messiah even after three years of miraculous ministry. As I pointed out in Luke 19 and 21 (quoted above), Jesus also clearly prophesized that Israel would be destroyed and that the Jews would be exiled into the world.
In the last week of his earthly life, Jesus cleansed the temple, condemning the religious leaders for their corruption. Right afterwards, he curses a fig tree he finds along the roadside that has leaves but no fruit—and immediately it begins to wither. Again, he uses a fig tree as a symbol for Israel, and again the symbolism is that the nation is marked for destruction.
Shortly after this, the disciples ask the Lord about what will happen at the end of the age, when he returns. In the middle of his answer about the future, Jesus gives them another parable about a fig tree, and once again it's clear he's using this figure as a symbol for Israel. He says: “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place." (Matthew 24:32-34 NLT).
Now this fig is different from the fig in the first parable and the tree that he's just cursed, because both of those trees didn't have any fruit or buds. But this tree has buds, indicating that fruit is beginning. So in this parable, the Lord is talking about Israel developing green leaves and also fruit buds. In nature, he says, when you see these signs you know what season you're in. In a prophetic sense, when you see Israel "bud" you know that "his return is very near, right at the door." Then Jesus gives an important timing clue. He says: "I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place."
So he's saying that you know what season you're in, when you see the buds of the fig tree; and, the generation that sees this won't pass away until all the things he's been talking about take place. So let's summarize: 1) the season is the last days before the Lord returns, 2) the budding fig represents Israel beginning to blossom again (or become a nation in the land), and 3) the generation who sees this won't pass away until the end times events the Lord is talking about have come to pass.
For the fig tree to truly bud would mean that Israel would have to become a nation. Just a few Jews living in Palestine didn't qualify for this to be the budding. Jesus had already predicted that Israel wouldn't be able to become a nation again until the time of Gentile rule over the land was fulfilled. That means, because Israel has indeed become a nation, that we are in the last days.
As I have already shown, on May 14, 1948, Israel became a nation. So at this writing, she has now been officially in existence for over 66 years. That's about the length of a single generation. In fact, the Scripture gives us the length of the average life: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." (Psalm 90:10).
So a generation is somewhere between 70 and 80 years. Which means there isn't likely much more time on the clock before events in the world start to become much worse and tribulation-style events against the Church, the Jews and the other innocents in the world really picks up.
The Lord's statement has coined the term: "the last generation." This will be the generation that witnesses the events which will lead right up to the Great Tribulation. With everything that I see unfolding right now in our world (especially with events like God's Judgment at Fukushima), I for one am convinced that we are the Last Generation. And if that is true, it means that it is highly likely the Lord will come back soon to rescue his people.
I don't care how much food you have stored in your basement. If you are not ready to fly into the sky when the Lord appears in the air, you're not really ready for the worst case scenario here on our earth. The only way that you can be sure that you're ready to meet God is if you are found by him to be a true Christian. This is SO important. Because even if you don't end up going through any sort of tribulation, you will still eventually die. And trust me, you don't want to end up in That Place Called Hell. (I just have to think about that place and it tends to keep me on the right road).
I've prepared several articles for you that will help you
the Seeker's section so that you can connect with Jesus. Take a look at:
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How to Become A Christian.
The Lord could come back at any moment. No sign has to take place before he appears in the sky, with a trumpet and a shout, all Christians will rise up to him and then we will disappear, leaving the turmoil behind. Trust me when I say that you really do not want to be left behind. The alternatives are just too horrific to contemplate.