Israel’s Awakening

“‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will be proved holy through them in the sight of the nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.” (Ezekiel 28:25-26). This was fulfilled beginning in 1948 and 1967 where the nations observed seven days of punishment on Israel’s neighbors who together set out to annihilate Israel. What does it have do to Believers today? It is proof of God’s true righteous faithfulness to keep His promises. What is coming in the future?

“Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side. Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow— so great is their wickedness!” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon will be darkened, and the stars no longer shine. The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.” (Joel 3:12-16). The prophet Joel saw the final battle where the returning Messiah will come from Jerusalem to vanquish a host of many nations that again seek to annihilate Israel.

“I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. You will flee by my mountain valley, for it will extend to Azel. You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.” (Zechariah 14:2-5). The prophet Zechariah provides more detail of the city as the Lord goes out to meet the nations and how a perfectly timed earthquake will prepare an escape passage for Jerusalem’s residents.

“Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:16). Upon the return of the Messiah many prophecies will be fulfilled including the final battle, but greatest will be the acceptance of Israel’s Messiah, such that all Israel will be saved. “For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.” (Hosea 3:4-5). God brings everything about in its perfect timing and He tells those who listen what will happen. He does this to encourage His people and confirm His word. ” ‘Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.’ ” (Zechariah 2:10-12). God draws people to himself and works in the heart of people. He opens our eyes to see Him and His salvation. “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” (Zechariah 12:10). This is like Yeshua returning for Thomas who doubted the resurrection, but believed when he saw Yeshua’s pierced hands. (John 20:25-28).

“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins’ .” (Romans 11:25-27). Every Believer is a recipient of God’s grace and favor; that He chooses to save Israel fulfilling His longstanding promises is just and loving. It is through the same faith of the patriarchs that all believers share salvation through Yeshua Messiah. Come Lord, Yeshua.

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