UNDERSTANDING GOD’S PROMISES TO ISRAEL

›Israel is God’s vehicle to bring salvation to all the world. It is central to His redemptive purposes.

›God created Israel to be His “Kingdom” on earth. Nine times, He described the Land of Israel as His “Land”—“the place He has chosen as the dwelling place for His Name.”

›Israel’s rebirth in 1948 after almost 1900 years was a miracle, a miracle which Jesus prophesied in the Olivet Discourse (parable of the fig tree) as the first major sign prior to His return.

My temple will stand in Israel for all time, and I will live among My people and be their God. Every nation on earth will know that My temple is in Israel and that I have chosen the Israelites to be My people.Ezekiel 37:24-28

IRREFUTABLE PROOF ISRAEL IS GOD’S CREATION

Recently The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) made claims that the Jewish people had no historical claim to Jerusalem and yet the artefacts found in the City of David provide irrefutable proof of the Jewish People’s ties to Jerusalem, dating back over 3,000 years.

City of David archives by Eliyahu Yanai

In 1867, British archaeologist Charles Warren was digging in the area around the Old City of Jerusalem. The Ottomans did not allow digging on Temple Mount, which turned out to be a wonderful thing for Warren, as it allowed him to discover the Ancient Biblical City of David.

The city was hidden for nearly 2,000 years, and Warren uncovered it, beginning a journey of 150 years of digging and discovery. New artefacts and archaeological sites are still being uncovered today, giving us insight into  Biblical Israel and Jerusalem. Until Warren’s discovery, people thought that ancient Jerusalem was limited to the confines of the Old City Walls. Warren’s discovery changed that misconception.

In 1867 City of David discovered by Charles Warren

Fifty years later the 1917 Balfour Declaration giving the land of Israel back to the Jewish people,

Fifty years later the 1967 Six-Day War and the Jews take back control of Jerusalem.

Fifty years later the 2017 recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by President Donald Trump and America—the first such declaration issued by a major world power since ancient times.

God spoke to Moses: “Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet sound throughout the land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession , and each of you shall return to his family. That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you ; in it you shall neither sew nor reap what grows of its own accord , nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you…

Basically, it was a time of release, when land was restored to its original owner, release of Hebrew servants, restoration of all inheritances.  Debt was released every Shemitah (every seven years). God understood fallen man so instituted His way of restoring things and giving people another chance in His nation. Notice all is built around the family. It is God’s basic building block for society. Is it any wonder it is under ferocious attack by Satan and his demons.

Will we reach 2067 before Jesus returns to rule and reign from Jerusalem I am not so sure? By 2067, Jesus may be ruling and reigning in Jerusalem with resurrected saints.

 

DANIEL 8 PROPHESIES IRAN’S INVASION OF MIDDLE EAST

A simple interpretation of Daniel 8 suggests Iran is going to invade most of the Middle East (the vision concerns the time of the end”. Iran’s current presence in Syria, Lebanon (Hezbollah) and Gaza (Hamas) and continued threats to annihilate Israel already give credence to this prophesy. The following article just confirms that this event is an important one in end times Biblical prophecy.

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Former Intelligence Chief: Gravest Threat Facing Israel is ‘First Northern War

“The gravest threat we face is not the third Lebanon war, but the first northern war – simultaneous conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon, Syria, and Iran, which Hamas in the south is likely to join,” warned IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, former head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate.

Speaking while presenting President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday with the 2019 Strategic Assessment from the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) which he currently heads, Yadlin noted that “Israel of 2019 is a strong country, the IDF is extremely powerful and deters our enemies.” The INSS research highlights the major political and diplomatic issues facing Israel in the near future. On the list of leading threats by severity, the INSS’s 2019 assessment includes war with all the enemy forces and on all fronts in the north – Iran on the Golan Heights, Hezbollah (Iran proxy) in Lebanon, and the Syrian regime – as well as a military conflict in the south with Hamas (Iran funded)  in Gaza and a deterioration of the situation in Judea and Samaria.

 

9TH OF AV – PROOF GOD IS IN CONTROL OF HISTORY

9th of Av is the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar. It occurs on the 9th day of the 5th month on the Jewish calendar – Av (30 days, equivalent July- August).

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE 9TH OF ARV?

Thousands of years ago God vowed to Abraham that He would “bless those who bless you; and curse those who curse you.” (Gen 12:3) Many individuals, nations, and empires have put God’s Word to the test. As one of the greatest superpowers the world has ever known, has Britain proved the potency and longevity of God’s ancient covenant with Abraham and his descendants?

This documentary film traces the rise and fall of the British Empire as it intertwines with Britain’s complex historical relationship with the Jewish People. What was Britain’s role in the re-birth of Israel in her historic homeland? How did Britain’s rich Christian heritage intersect with geo-political factors surrounding the First and Second World War? Did Britain’s destiny end in a forsaken promise?

Presented by Lance Lambert, the film features interviews with academics and church leaders, alongside eye-witness accounts, historical footage, and live action dramatisation of an epic journey with urgent implications for our modern times. It demonstrates God is in complete control of events on His planet. World history is unfolding exactly as He says it will in His book, the Bible. Another great movie from Hatikvah Films. Check them out for other great prophetic Biblical films particularly relating to the role of Israel in Gods plans.

 

TRUTH ABOUT PALESTINE

If you want to know the facts behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the history of the region, this educational video is for you!

How did Palestine get its name?

Who are the Palestinians?

Is it the West Bank or Judea and Samaria?

Is the territory captured in the 1967 war “occupied” by Israel?

Do Jews belong in the Land of Israel?

This webinar, presented by Canadian-Israeli educator Yehudit Shier Weisberg, is quite long, but for those interested in understanding Israeli history and knowing the truth behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it’s absolutely worth watching. Filmed August 7, 2018.

THE “RARE JEWEL” THAT IS ISRAEL

A former Australian lawmaker publicly chastised the Arab world for not appreciating the “rare jewel” that is Israel.

Australia’s Sky News hosted an interview with former Australian MP, Ross Cameron, who expressed admiration for the Jewish people and sent a message to the Arab world, praising Israel as a “rare jewel” and “one of the best things going for the Middle East.”

According to Cameron, Israel and the Jewish people lays claim to “the most awesome story of human survival ever written.”

The only thing missing from this amazing report by Ross Cameron is the WHY and WHO of this “rare jewel” that is Israel. YAWEH birthed, established and preserves His nation for His purposes. God said in His Word that His nation would be a blessing to all nations of the world and in Jesus and many other ways this is truth.

BIBLICAL PROPHECY UNFOLDING IN OUR DAY

Iranian lawmakers burned a US flag and chanted “death to America” in parliament after Trump’s nuclear deal pullout.

The stage is being set for the prophesied “last days” war of Gog (Leader/Prince/King) of the land of Magog (uttermost parts, north of Israel) outlined in Ezekiel 38 & 39. Gog forms an alliance with Persia (Iran) Ezekiel 38:5 and ” it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring you against my land (Israel)” Ezekiel 38:16.  The other countries in the alliance to come against Israel are Sudan, Libya, Turkey and some of the -stan countries (Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc) countries (all Muslim).

US flag burn

The lawmakers, including a Shiite cleric, held the flaming flag alight as their colleagues joined their chants. They also burned a piece of paper representing the nuclear deal and stomped on the papers’ ashes. While US flag burning is common in Iran and harsh criticism of America has been a staple of Iranian parliamentary politics for years, it was the first time political observers could remember anything being burned inside the parliament itself.

Wednesday morning after the flag burning, parliament speaker Ali Larijani urged the country’s nuclear department to prepare for “resumption of all aspects of nuclear activities.”

Netanyahu lauded his American counterpart for withdrawing from the Iran deal, declaring that “Israel thanks President Trump for his courageous leadership.”

In a live address on Israeli television after Trump’s announcement of US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu expressed “full support” for the president’s decision.

Netanyahu added, “as we exposed last week, since the deal, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret nuclear weapons program. So if you leave all of this unchanged, all this combined is a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world.”

 

 

 

ONE DAY WITH YHWH IS AS A THOUSAND YEARS

One Day with YHWH is as a Thousand Years
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8

Peter’s statement of “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” is sandwiched between the scoffers’ question of “where is the promise of his coming” and Peter’s reassurance that “the Lord is not slack concerning his promise” but rather He is “long suffering to us-ward”.

In other words, YHWH’s delay in coming to restore his people is due to His love towards the Jewish people and His unwillingness that any of those called should perish.

As you can see from this context, It’s unlikely that Peter believed in the immanency of Christ’s return. He understood, that the period of time between Yeshua’s first and second coming was a period of time during which YHWH’s long suffering purpose was worked out toward the Jewish people as well as the gentiles.

Do you see, Peter’s statement here is not an enigma nor is it some metaphysical statement about the relativity of time? It is a clear statement to the Jewish people, a statement that Peter unequivocally states that they should not beignorant” of.

The reason they should not be ignorant of this statement is because, it comes from one of their  most important prophetic books (in the Bible) which speaks to the Jewish people’s restoration. That book was the book of Hosea and as we have already seen, both Peter and Paul referenced it when discussing the current status of the Jewish people and their promised restoration. Further, this period was linked to the “two days” of Hosea and his people’s promised restoration.

Impending judgement on Israel and Judah Hosea  Chapter 5 

I have chosen just a few verses but read all chapters 5 and 6.

“Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke;
Among the tribes of Israel I make known what is sure.
“The princes of Judah are like those who remove a landmark;
I will pour out My wrath on them like water.
Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment,
Because he willingly walked by human precept.
Therefore I will be to Ephraim like a moth,
And to the house of Judah like rottenness. Hosea 5:9-12

A Call to Repentance Chapter 6

Come, and let us return to the Lord;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.
Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.Hosea 6:1-3

Hosea’s Two Days are 2000 Years

Some will try to set dates based upon this information, but frankly that is not possible or fruitful. Peter’s allusion to two days of Hosea provides no basis for us to calculate the day, hour, or frankly even the year of Yeshua’s return. The prophecy of Hosea simply states that Israel will be revived on “the third day”. When on the third day is conjecture.

It is enough for us to understand that we are living at the very end of the “two days” since Yeshua’s death and resurrection. That we have had the awesome privilege to witness the “dry bones” of Ezekiel 37 coming back together as the final century of those “two days” of Hosea runs its course.

Also. the dispersion and regathering of Israel has an amazing symbolic parallel to the death and resurrection of Yeshua. What happens to Israel’s king happens to Israel. As Yeshua was killed by the Romans and His soul left His body for two days, so was the people of Israel exiled out of their land for two thousand years. As Yeshua returned into His body after two days to be resurrected, so has the people returned to their land to be restored after two millennia.

As Yeshua’s return draws near, let’s intercede with YHWH on behalf of the Jewish people who have not yet turned their hearts towards Yeshua. Now is the time to be looking up, for our Salvation of Yahweh – our Yeshua draws near.

Post used information from William Struse’s article, “Did the apostle Peter believe in the imminence of Christ’s return.” http://www.the13thinnumeration.com