Well, I guess God didn't get that memo and neither did many of the conservative scholars throughout history. People who took the Bible at its word (i.e. literally) understood the certainty of Israel's re-establishment as a nation long before the events of 1948. Many of them wrote about it as far back as 1611. They were looking for three signs:
- The rebirth of the nation Israel. (fulfilled on May 14, 1948)
- The Jewish repossession of old Jerusalem. (fulfilled in 1967)
- The rebuilding of the ancient Jewish temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. (not yet fulfilled)
Unfortunately, that ain't all folks. Israel's return to the land would trigger ongoing hostility from all of her surrounding neighbors. Psalm 83 predicts a conspiracy involving the nations on Israel's borders. Their plan? Destroy Israel. (obviously, this hasn't happened yet, but when it does, it will fail).
Many believe this war is next on the prophetic calendar and will set the stage for the famous Ezekiel 38 prophecy, which details a surprise attack against Israel involving Iran (aka Persia), Russia (Magog) and a coalition of Muslim nations. The Bible indicates this war may be nuclear.
Only time will tell.
"...Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel...(Ezekiel 37: 21-22).
"...In the latter days you will come into the land..." (Ezekiel 38: 8).A wise man once said: "God didn't give us prophecy to scare us, but to prepare us." -- Dr. Ed Hindson, prophecy teacher
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