Part 5 of 5
Israel’s is God’s sundial.
Even though over seven million Jews are back in the Land of Israel for the first time in over 1900 years, only 12% consider themselves observant. Far less than that call themselves Christian. So, the vast majority are not there in belief in Jesus Christ. Tel Aviv the largest city in Israel is one of the most homosexual cities in the whole Middle East. But in spite of Israel’s consistent rebellion against God’s commands He has made a covenant with her that he made with no other nation, and he will observe it and bring backslidden Israel back to himself (Genes 12:3, 15:6; Deuteronomy 7:6-10).
At the end of the Seven-year Tribulation period Jesus shall appear and reveal himself to Israel and they will call out to him in repentance and deep sorrow for their rejection. A nation that was born physically in one day on May 14, 1948, shall be Born Again spiritually in one day at this time. At his second-coming Jesus shall reveal himself to Israel as their divine messiah in a most spectacular fashion (Zechariah 12:10-14; 13:6; Luke 24:39-40, Genesis 45:1-15).
To put it simply, the devil wants to destroy the Jews so he can set up his own everlasting kingdom. But that will only happen when man learns to number and conquer the stars (Habakkuk 2:14; Isaiah 11:6-9).
An important point to grasp here is that the war of Gog and Magag is before the Great Tribulation. And the Battle of Armageddon is after the Great Tribulation. After Gog and Magog Russia and Islam will be no more.
After the final war of Armageddon Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire for 1000 years and joy shall cover the earth as pain and suffering now cover the earth.
The thing that is so shocking is that after the Gog and Magog war antisemitism will not die out. Antisemitism will rule the air waves once again. Satan will make one more all-out effort and gather the remaining nations of the entire world and pit them against the tiny nation of Irael. It will be his last-ditch effort to stop Christ from returning to this earth and setting up his everlasting kingdom beginning in Israel. This is all spelled out in Zechariah chapters 12-14.
The hardnosed fact is that Israel is back in her land to stay. She will never be uprooted again. As God prophesied through Amos, “I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” Says the LORD your God” (9:15).
The prophet Habakkuk lived in a day as wicked as our own. He saw his beloved nation of Judah edging towards captivity. But he chose to cling firmly to God’s promises regardless of what others around him believed. He made the great statement in Habakkuk 2:4, “The just shall live by faith.” And so he lived to the end of his days. His fitting prayer is one we can all pray until Jesus returns,
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills” (Habakkuk 3:17-19).
The fact remains that our world is becoming a darker colder place spiritually. Christians and Jews can expect to be ostracized and persecuted for their faith. The love of many will grow cold as we draw nearer and nearer to the Great Tribulation era. There is nothing hindering the Lord from Rapturing his Church out of this world at any moment and the war of Gog and Magog begins to rapidly unfold. Certainly, after the Church is raptured out of this world, after the salt and light of the world is gone, the wide, wide world shall be quickly plunged into a darkness as deep as that of the days of Noah. The elimination of the Jews/Israel shall be the main target. But even in this Great Tribulation era God shall have his remnant that will be faithful unto death. Israel will not be overcome.
Let us pray that many Jews will turn to Christ in these end times. That like Simeon in the Temple many will look upon the Christ and see him as their Messiah, the consolation of Israel.
One day the Prince of Peace shall have dominion from sea to sea; from the river to the ends of the earth.” And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Psalm 72:8; Luke 1:33).
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you” (Psalm 122:6).
Maranatha! Our Lord is Coming!
Dr. Robert Bryant