Because the signs He gave us to watch for (Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21) were not clearly defined.
The disciples asked Jesus what will be the sign of His coming and of the end of the age? He answered by telling them to watch out for:
- wars/rumors of wars
- wars/rumors of wars
Israel, of course.
The signs mentioned above were meaningless until the Jews were back in the land. It's important to remember that for almost 2000 years, Israel did not exist, and yet hundreds of prophecies regarding the end of the age refer to Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple. If Israel didn't exist, we couldn't possibly be near the end of the age.
Jesus said those signs were only the beginning. They would increase in both frequency and intensity--just like labor pains in a pregnant woman. But in Luke 21: 28 He says, "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." In other words, the believer won't be here to see the hard labor, though it's probable we'll see the beginning of the birth pains. Jesus put it this way: "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When it's branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near--at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, buy My words will by no means pass away." (Matthew 24:32)
B ready 4 anything!
click for "The History of Israel's Wars with Pastor Jack Hibbs and Amir Tsarfati" video
A wise man once said: "Sometime in the future there will be a seven-year period climaxed by the visible return of Jesus Christ. Without the re-birth of Israel on May 14, 1948, this seven-year period couldn't begin." -- Hal Lindsey, author
- The Jerusalem Post: Iran's flag on Israel's border: "We Are Coming"; threat written in Hebrew and Arabic
- DEBKAfile: Tehran marks ballistic missile target area with large Star of David; "clear evidence of Iran's continued intention to harm the State of Israel," says Israeli Ambassador to U.N.
- Associated Press: Kremlin sees U.S. urging regime change in Russia; fear feeds rising tensions between the two countries.
- The Jerusalem Post: Israel to Russia: "Your tensions with U.S. might endanger our border."