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.

The Revelation

Someone said something to me and I assumed I understood, until I saw what they actually meant.  I was given a message that made sense, but it was not specific or in context, so my understanding was incomplete.  I could have speculated about various details and meanings of the message, but a complete picture would have to wait until the event transpired.  When what was said was put in its full context its accuracy can be established.

This process is like prophetic revelation.  Prophecy is a foretelling of things yet to come.  Revelation means to be revealed over a period time.  There is much speculation in our society, sports, business, finance, politics, fashion – you name it.  The difference in prophecy and speculation is that prophecy is given by one who knows, whereas speculation is merely a guess.  Revelation could happen without prophecy, if one wanted to surprise their friend by giving periodic hints about an event planned to be held in the future.  Each hint would shed more light on the event until at last everything would be made certain.

The book of Revelation in the Bible is this way.  It was prophetically given to the Apostle John about the end times.  Some books in the old covenant also contain prophecy about the end times, such as, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Zechariah and Malachi. The supernatural nature of God gives us a picture of events that will proceed the end times, as well as a description of the destruction of earth and a glimpse of Heaven.  No other book on earth even attempts this, unless it is a knock off of the Bible.  It contains a special blessing, “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” (Rev. 1: 3).

God gave the Bible to us so that we would know Him, especially as Yeshua Messiah, the Savior of all who believe in Him.  The Bible is the story of God’s love and redemption of Mankind.  It includes things that are yet to come, in the prophetic books, and the End times before the Earth will be destroyed by fire.  When reading prophecy it is dangerous to be dogmatic and fall into speculation.  Prophecy is not like a cheat in a video game, so you can get what you want.  Prophecy is for encouragement to draw us to God, so that we may find refuge in Him, knowing that He is good and loving eternally.

Here is are some items presented, in no particular order, in end time prophecy:

Yeshua will return to earth bringing justice, judgment, and destruction to the enemy of God and mankind.

One last battle will take place at Megiddo, Israel, before the end, called Armageddon, with every nation on earth coming against Israel.  The enemies of Israel will be defeated by God through His supernatural deliverance.

Powerful natural disasters will take place, such as have never happened before, bringing great destruction upon the earth and its inhabitants.

A world-wide ruler, called the Antichrist, will emerge along with his associate who will deceive non-believers on earth and proclaim Himself God.

In judgment the world will experience plagues, that will bring suffering as never before seen in history.

After the Messiah defeats the enemies of God, He will establish peace on earth and rule for a thousand years, after which time the enemy will again arise and with his defeat, the earth will be destroyed by fire.

After the earth is destroyed a new heaven and earth will be created and all believers from every nation will be restored in relationship to God and live in His glorious presence with new heavenly bodies.

God will protect believers and faithfully deliver them, even in and through times of upheaval, oppression, and disaster.

In the end, God and Yeshua are victorious over His enemies and bring justice, love, righteousness blessing and eternal glory in heaven to all who accept Him.

We only live a few years in our bodies on earth, but the Bible teaches that we were created with a Spirit that is eternal.  “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…” (Heb. 9: 27).  After judgment those who trust in Yeshua Messiah will live and inherit a home in Heaven with eternal glory in God’s loving presence.  Prophecy describes it and it is being revealed, bit by bit.