" Every major prophetic passage in the Bible presupposes Israel at the center of the end time map, and the centerpiece of the Last Days. Israel is the hub. All of the other signs are spokes. The end time is the rim. The end time (or 'rim') cannot happen without the signs (or 'spokes'). Yet the signs have no prophetic significance as signs apart from the existence of Israel at the hub."On May 14, 1948, Israel was resurrected as a nation after 2,500 years. This marked a major paradigm shift as the existence of Israel is a prerequisite for all other end time prophecy fulfillment. (see Ezekiel 37).
In 1967, during the 6-Day War, the Jews recaptured the City of Jerusalem. That is a huge prophetic milestone. Jesus predicted in Luke 21:26b: "Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the age of the Gentiles comes to an end."
The Bible tells us Israel will be hated and surrounded by enemies until war breaks out over the dividing of the land. (Even now negotiators, including Pope Francis, are wracking their brains over this very issue. See Joel 3:1-2).
1948 saw more than just the re-creation of the nation of Israel--it also ushered in the age of technology. The computer chip was invented in (you guessed it!) 1948. Many end time prophecies depend on modern technologies and could not have been fulfilled in earlier times. Daniel 12:4 predicts knowledge will increase right before the end time.
The Bible predicts an alignment of nations in the last days. What do Russia, Iran, and a bunch of Muslim nations have in common with Israel?...a collision course predicted with precision many hundreds of years ago. (See Ezekiel 38).
The Scriptures tell us to expect a time of religious deception and false teaching in the last days, with people defecting from the truth. The result? Society in decay. (See Matthew 24; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 1 Timothy 4:1-2).
The apostle Paul said creation is groaning as the earth awaits the coming of Jesus. (See Romans 8:22). And Hosea says the earth suffers under the weight of sin:
"That is why your land is not producing. It is filled with sadness, and all living things are becoming sick and dying. Even the animals, birds, and fish have begun to disappear" (Hosea 4:3).The Bible says there will be a time of terrible trouble worse than any other time in history. But it also says many people will be delivered:
"Everyone who is found written in the book (the Book of Life)...(Daniel 12:1b).
"For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for His children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And God, in His mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting Him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see. So, be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead; even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while" (1 Peter: 4-6).A wise man once said:
"Our most basic need is not to improve our environment, education or economic status. There is a pardon with your name on it, reserved in heaven. But it will only become valid when you personally admit your need and receive it." -- Hal Lindsey, authorNews:
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