Today’s news headlines and world events appear to be taken from the pages of scripture. So, are we to believe that we’re living in the last days? If this is true, how does this factor into our preparedness plan?
As believers, we’ve been warned to remain vigilant to the signs of the times as they provide an understanding of where we’re at on God’s prophetic timeline. The Bible’s prophetic narrative also makes it clear that specific prophecies must be satisfied prior to the Lord’s second coming.
At this moment in history, some very important prophecies have been fulfilled - specifically those that relate to Israel and Jerusalem. This is significant because Israel plays a major role in the events that transpire prior to the Messiah’s return. These events will ultimately alter the course of human history and present extreme challenges to God’s elect.
The Biblical prophecies of a restored Israel signify that we’re in the season of Yeshua’s return. It’s important to look at these prophecies as they provide further evidence to the turbulent times that are now upon us, a time that leads to our Messiah’s return.
Israel is Reborn in a Day
Isaiah wrote, "Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?” (Isaiah 66:8). In this scripture, the prophet foreshadowed a day in which God would gather the Children of Abraham to a reborn, sovereign nation - Israel. It accurately depicts the events that unfolded in a single day.
On May 14, 1948, the prophecy was fulfilled. After nearly 2,900 years of separation, captivity, and great persecution, Israel was restored as a Jewish state. In just a day, Israel’s sovereignty and independence were recognized by the United States and many nations around the world. In addition, only hours prior to this historic event, a United Nations mandate expired which ended British control over the land. Modern Israel was established within a 24-hour period.
Jerusalem Restored to the Jews
Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled” (Luke 21:24).
Since the rebirth of Israel in 1948, we have witnessed signs of the prophecy being expeditiously fulfilled. The reoccupation of Jerusalem by Israel, as well as its recognition as Israel’s capital by nations such as the United States, is of tremendous importance prophetically. Although this doesn’t signify that the ‘times of the Gentiles’ has come to an end, it does set the stage for the sequence of events that lead up to the Messiah’s coming.
The Desert Will Blossom
In Isaiah 35:1, the prophet foreshadows a time when Israel’s desert lands will become fertile farms. Isaiah wrote, “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.”
Despite the limited amount of land possessed by Israel, and the fact that this land is situated in a desert, agriculture has become very effective. In fact, Israeli agriculture meets 75% of the nation’s needs. Being in the desert and limited in in her short time of existence as a modern State, Israel is known for its abundant flowers and produce. Desert lands have become fertile farms.
Restoration of the Hebrew Language
The revival and restoration of the Hebrew language provides us with further evidence of the validity of Bible prophecy. According to the prophet Jeremiah, he foretold of a time when the Jews would return to Israel, and the Hebrew language would be restored (Jeremiah 31:8-17; 31:23). Zephaniah wrote that the pure language of Hebrew would be revived by God in the end times (Zephaniah 3:9).
Eliezer Ben-Yehudah was a Russian Jew who immigrated to Israel in the late 1800’s to raise his family. He’s been credited with reviving the ancient Hebrew language. With the exception of a few phrases used during religious ceremonies, the language had not been spoken for nearly 2000 years. However, he began conversing with friends in Paris, France which ultimately led to giving returning exiles of Israel a common language to use.
Biblical prophecies surrounding Israel are being fulfilled. By understanding the significance of their fulfillment, believers are becoming more aware of the season in which we’re living. This will allow us to better prepare for the amazing times that will be upon us.