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?Will Israel Survive?
Multitudes simply do NOT understand that there is a supernatural Protecting Power working in the world on Israel’s behalf . . . that awesome Power is our Creator God! He has revealed Himself in behalf of the Jewish people throughout history. The Bible tells us of nation after nation going against Israel . . . Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks and the Romans . . . but WHERE are these kingdoms today? They are all in the trash can of history . . . while the Jews are back in their homeland as their own state. Also, in modern times, since the re-establishment of the state of Israel, the nonstop enemies of the Jews have come against them time after time in efforts to destroy them. Israel has fought many wars since 1948, and the periods between the wars have been times of extreme tension due to unending terrorist attacks. But, even with all this non-stop violence, Israel continues to stand. WHY??? Because Almighty God protects them!
Psalm 121:3-4 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (KJV)
Does Israel have any hope about the future? The evil world would answer with an absolute “No!” But what does the Bible say? Dear one, it tells us the exact opposite. The Bible does reveal some dark days ahead for Israel, but it also states that Israel will come through very victorious.
Let’s consider the dark days that are prophesied.
#1. The War of Extermination. Israel’s immediate neighbors will launch a war to wipe out Israel as a nation. Psalm 83:4-5 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: (KJV)
The nations described as being a part of this despicable effort are those that join Israel today (verses 6-8) . . . Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Gaza. The second half of the Psalm is a prayer for the victory of Israel (verses 9-18). The war's outcome is not specifically stated, but we know from other Scriptures that Israel will win.
Zec. 12:6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. (KJV)
Zechariah further states: Zec. 12:8-9 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. (KJV)
In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. This will also produce the security spoken of in Ezekiel 38, where it says that before the War of Gog & Magog, Israel will live in security. It is during this war that Israel will most likely destroy Damascus, in fulfillment of prophecies in Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49. BUT the security provided by the Psalm 83 War will NOT last long because the Arab nations will most likely turn to their natural ally, Russia, and cry out for help . . . resulting in . . .
#2. The War of Gog & Magog, which is the war of Ezekiel 38 and 39.
Russia will be glad to respond to the Arab cry for help because they have always dreamed of taking the oil fields of the Middle East. They will launch an invasion for the purpose of helping the Muslims destroy Israel. Their specific allies will involve the outer ring of Muslim states that surround Israel . . . all but Saudi Arabia. I believe Russia’s unstated agenda will be to use the Arab invitation as an excuse to expand their sovereignty over all the Middle East. This ulterior motive is mentioned in: Eze. 38:12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. (KJV)
The invading armies will be supernaturally destroyed by God “on the mountains of Israel.”
Eze. 39:4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. (KJV)
The LORD will accomplish this destruction through earthquakes, pestilence, hail storms, fire, brimstone and battlefield confusion (Eze.38:19-22). The Jewish people will KNOW that the victory belongs to the LORD God, and many will open their hearts to Him (Eze.38:23).
The timing of Gog & Magog is the greatest mystery concerning this war. Most have placed it at the beginning of the Tribulation. Others delay its start to the middle of the Tribulation. But more and more, in recent years, the tendency has been to place it before the beginning of the Tribulation. Some think that it is most likely to happen 3½ years before the Tribulation begins. Their conclusion is based on the following reason. The Tribulation lasts seven years. Eze. 39:9-10 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. (KJV) . . . This states that the Jews will spend seven years burning the weapons they will capture when Russia and its allies are destroyed in the Battle of Gog and Magog (possibly nuclear fuel). Revelation 12 says the Jews will flee from the land into Jordan 3½ years into the Tribulation when the Antichrist tries to eradicate them. So, the only way the Jews could spend seven years burning the weapons is for the war to begin 3½ years before the start of the Tribulation.
Does this mean the wars of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 and 39 must occur BEFORE the Rapture? Not at all. The Rapture could happen any time before, during or after these wars. The Rapture does NOT mark the beginning of the Tribulation. The Tribulation begin when the Antichrist signs a peace treaty with Israel (Dan.9:27). Several years could pass between the Rapture and the beginning of the Tribulation.
#3. The Unveiling of the Antichrist. The next dark moment for the Jewish people will happen in the middle of the Tribulation when the Antichrist comes to Jerusalem and declares himself to be God. Up to that point in time, the Jews will have considered this man to be their political savior because he will initiate the Tribulation time period by guaranteeing the safety of Israel and allowing them to rebuild their Temple. BUT, once he comes to their rebuilt Temple and declares himself to be God, the Jewish people will totally reject him, and he will respond with a vengeance. Satan will inspire him to once again try to annihilate the Jewish people, picking up where Hitler left off. Many of those in Israel will flee to Jordan. The Antichrist will pursue them, but he will not be allowed into Jordan because this remnant of the Jews will be given supernatural protection by God. The Antichrist will then unveil a second worldwide Holocaust, and in the process, he will manage to kill two-thirds of the Jews remaining in Israel and around the world. Zec. 13:8-9 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. (KJV)
This is why Jesus referred to the last half of the Tribulation as “the great tribulation” . . . not because this half will be worse than the first half, but because the wrath of Satan will be focused on the Jews. Dear ones, the Antichrist will be very successful in his war against the Jews, but he will fail in his ultimate goal of destroying all of them. We are told continually in the Scriptures that a remnant of the Jews will live to the end of the Tribulation at which time they will receive Yeshua as their Messiah.
The Good News
#1. The Return of Jesus. The good news for the Jewish people does not start until the Return of Jesus to this Earth at the end of the seven years of Tribulation. After the Jews have come to the end of themselves, due to their unparalleled persecution during the second half of the Tribulation, Jesus will appear in the Heavens, and the remaining remnant will repent and accept Him as their Messiah. Moses described it before the children of Israel entered their Promised Land. Deut. 4:30-31 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; 31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. (KJV)
The prophet Zechariah describes it in greater detail: Zec. 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (KJV)
The peak of this great day is related in: Zec. 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. (KJV)
Jesus Himself stated that He would not return to this Earth until a remnant of the Jews were ready to receive Him as their Messiah. Matthew 23:37-39 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (KJV)
#2. Regathering in Belief When Jesus Returns. ALL believing Jews on Earth will be regathered to Jerusalem. The current regathering is in unbelief. The one at the end of the Tribulation will be a regathering in BELIEF. This regathering is mentioned in several places in the Hebrew Scriptures. Consider: Deut. 30:1-5 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, 2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; 3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. 4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. (KJV)
It shall be when all of these things have come upon them, the blessing and the curse . . . and they return to the LORD their God and obey Him with all their heart and soul according to all that He commanded them, they and their sons, then the LORD their God will restore them from captivity, and have compassion on them, and will gather them again from all the peoples where the LORD their God had scattered you. If their outcasts are at the ends of the Earth, from there the LORD their God will gather them, and from there He will bring them back.
#3. Preeminence. We are then told in the Scriptures that Jesus will begin His Millennial reign by establishing Israel as the prime nation of the world. Jesus will reign from Jerusalem as King of the World. David, in his glorified body, will reign as the King of Israel. Believers, in their glorified bodies, will be scattered across the Earth to reign with Jesus over the Gentile nations.
Consider some of the blessings that Isaiah mentions:
(a) The Shekinah glory of the Lord will appear over the nation. Isa. 60:2-3 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (KJV)
(b) Foreign aid will come from all the nations of the Earth. Isa. 60:5-6 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. 6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD. (KJV) Isa. 60:10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. (KJV) Isa. 60:16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. (KJV) The wealth of the nations will come to you.
(c) Israel will be rebuilt. Isa. 61:4-5 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. (KJV)
(d) The Temple in Jerusalem will be beautified. Isa 60:7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. KJV)
(e) Israel will have the respect of the nations for the first time in its history. Zec. 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. (KJV)
Isa. 60:2-3 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. (KJV)
Isa. 60:15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. (KJV)
(f) The peace and joy of the nation will be guaranteed. Isa. 60:17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. (KJV)
(g) The Jewish people will be a channel of blessings to all the nations. Isa. 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. (KJV)
(h) The city of Jerusalem will be adorned with blessings. Isa. 62:1-3 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. 2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. 3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. (KJV) Isa. 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. (KJV)
The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the LORD will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the Hand of your God. Dear one, God will make Jerusalem a praise in the Earth.
(i) And the reason for all of this is that the LORD will make the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem His home during His Millennial reign. Isa. 60:13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. (KJV) God shall make Jerusalem glorious. Ezekiel authorizes this: Eze. 43:7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places. (KJV)
God’s Protection over Israel has some very difficult days ahead, but God has made wonderful Promises to them that they can rely on.
(j) He who watches over Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. Psalm 121:4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. (KJV)
(k) No weapon formed against Israel shall flourish. Isa. 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. (KJV)
(l) God Wants Israel to Trust Him. Isa. 41:8-16 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. 9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. 10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. 12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. 14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. 15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. 16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. (KJV)
God's Word teaches that Israel will not only survive, but they shall end up as the prime nation in all the world as God fulfills His Promises to the Jewish people and comes to live in their midst. What a wonderful day that will be . . . not just for Israel, but for the whole world. It will be a day of total victory that is coming for Israel, and for the Church. Psalm 122 tells us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” The Bible makes it quite clear that Jerusalem will never have peace until Jesus Returns. So, if you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, you are praying for the Lord’s Return.
1 Cor.16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. (KJV)
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ . . . this is a most solemn and moving closing of the whole Letter. It was intended to direct them to the great and crucial matter of religion, the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was no doubt intended, to turn their minds away from the subjects which had troubled them, the disputes and dissensions which had broken the church into groups, to the great question . . . did they truly love the Saviour? It is implied that this was indeed a real danger, because of their arguments and troubles about minor matters, of sadly forgetting about and neglecting the love of the Lord Jesus, or of substituting an attachment to a party in the place of love to the Saviour, who alone could give them eternal life.
Let him be Anathema . . . the meaning of the word anathema (1 Cor.12:3), properly means accursed, or condemned to destruction . . . and the very clear idea here is: that anyone who did not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and love Him above all else (Mat.10:37-38), would be, and should be, condemned to eternal destruction, or cursed by God. It expresses what should be done; it expresses a truth in respect to God's dealings with sin, it was not the desire of the apostle Paul. My dear friend . . . no matter what any man's gifts might be; no matter what his wealth might be, or his standing, or his talent; no matter if he were viewed as a ruler in the church, or at the head of a party . . . IF anyone does NOT have TRUE love for the Lord Jesus Christ, he could not, he would NOT be saved. This Truth agrees with the declaration of God’s Word everywhere. See: Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (KJV) Pro. 8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. (KJV) John 3:3-8 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (KJV) John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (KJV) John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV) John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV) Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (KJV) Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV) Heb. 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; (KJV) Heb. 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, (KJV) Heb.10:26-29 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? (KJV) Heb. 12:25-26 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. (KJV) 1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV) Rev. 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV)
Let him be Anathema . . . this is not said as a wish or insult, but a firm PREDICTION of what would certainly come upon all them (and us) if they did not repent, but continued to denounce, to hate, to utterly detest the Lord Jesus. It greatly saddens me because there are millions in the world today because they continue to hate, to utterly detest the Lord Jesus, the Redeemer of the world. This is one of the most solemn, prophetic warnings in the New Testament! BEWARE!!!
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