As the war in Israel continues, we delve into a topic of great significance – the role of Israel in fulfilling prophecies in the end times. The Bible is rich with passages that foretell events involving the nation of Israel in the last days. Let’s explore what the Scriptures reveal and gain insights into the significance of Israel in God’s divine plan.
First, the restoration of Israel was prophesied.
We find in the Bible the promise of the restoration of Israel. In Ezekiel 37:21-22, God declares, “I will take the people of Israel from among the nations… and bring them back to their own land.” This restoration was fulfilled in 1948 when Israel was officially recognized as a nation.
Second, Jerusalem plays a key role in an end time prophecy.
Jerusalem holds a central place in end times prophecies. Zechariah 12:2-3 says, “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling… On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations.” This prophecy hints at a time when Jerusalem will be a focal point of global attention and conflict. Could this be what is happening right now?
Third, Israel will turn to the Messiah when the right time comes.
The Bible also speaks of a spiritual awakening for Israel in the end times. Romans 11:25-26 tells us, “A partial hardening has come upon Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way, all Israel will be saved.” This suggests that there will be a great turning to God among the people of Israel in the last days.
Fourth, Israel has a role in world events.
The Scriptures imply that Israel will play a significant role in world events leading up to the return of Christ. We see this in various prophecies, such as in Matthew 24:32-34, where Jesus compares the rebirth of Israel to the budding of a fig tree, signifying that when these things happen, the end is near.
The role of Israel in fulfilling end times prophecies is a profound and complex topic, as indicated by the Bible’s rich tapestry of passages. The restoration of Israel, the centrality of Jerusalem, the spiritual awakening, and the nation’s role in global events are all pieces of this divine puzzle. As we look to the future, let us keep a watchful eye on the events unfolding in Israel, recognizing that God’s promises and prophecies are steadily coming to pass. May we, as believers, remain vigilant, prayerful, and faithful as we await the glorious return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
May God bless us all!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Director, Office of Communications