THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF THE PAST 1900 YEARS
SEEING BIBLICAL PROPHECY COME TO PASS
We must all understand from Scripture that in the end times, history picks up speed. Have you noticed the acceleration of technology in the last 50 years? If you pick up your Bible with one hand and a newspaper in the other, you can tell that we are living in the closing shadows of the end of an age.
Twenty-five centuries ago, the book of Daniel predicted that there would be an explosion of knowledge and a huge increase in travel in the last days. Daniel wrote these words: “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book UNTILL the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase (Daniel 12:4).” Throughout thousands of years of history the level of knowledge only increased incrementally. In some generations the level of general knowledge actually decreased. Yet, in the past 125 years or so, there has been an explosion of knowledge beyond anything ever experienced in human history.
My dad, born just before the dawn of the 20th century (1890), from an era of horse and buggy to supersonic Jets, to seeing a man placed on the moon, before his death in 1975. He witnessed so much change in one single lifetime. Today, mankind’s knowledge base, they say, now doubles every few years. Nothing like this knowledge explosion existed in previous history. So, what happened? Did man suddenly become more intelligent? Are man’s brains larger now than in previous centuries? No! Rather, we are simply seeing biblical prophecy come to pass before our very eyes.
We are living in a time like no other. This is why I always felt, after studying the prophecies of Bible, that the generation that was born after 1967, or shortly thereafter, would be the “terminal generation.” Why do I say that? Keep your eyes on Israel. Israel is God’s prophetic clock.
Let us look at Matthew 24:32-34: “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: when its branches have already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: even so you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He (Jesus) is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.”
Here we see that our Lord draws a spiritual lesson from nature. The fig tree is symbolic of the nation of Israel. For 2500 years Israel has had no government of its own. Then, for nearly 1900 years Israel has been dormant; no land, no temple, no priesthood, and no sign of national life. The Jewish people have been scattered throughout the world. For almost 1900 years the Jews wondered about the earth as strangers and were persecuted from every side wherever they went. This culminated in the Holocaust of World War II, when 6 million Jews were put to death in concentration camps.
History has demonstrated that any people who leave their homeland will after five generations lose their national identity by being absorbed into the culture of their new homeland, but the Jewish people remained a distinct entity. Not only have they survived, but the nations that persecuted them: Moab, Ammon, Edom, Phillistia, and many others have either been destroyed or have completely lost their individual identity and absorbed into other cultures and races. Have you ever heard of a Russian Moabite, a German Edomite, or a Polish Ammonite? No, you haven’t! However, have you ever heard of a Russian Jew, a German Jew, or a Polish Jew? I have and I know you probably have as well. As it was prophesied, they have not lost their identity. God has preserved His people. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the survival of the Jewish people is one of the greatest miracles of the past 1900 years.
As far as I know the Jews are the only people who have been thoroughly uprooted from their homeland to then return to that same land and re-establish their national sovereignty. You could search far and wide and still not find another people who have managed to do this even once, and yet the Jews have done it twice! What makes this all the more remarkable is that the Bible told us all this was going to happen before it came to be. The Scriptures declared beforehand that there would be two scattering and two returns of the Jewish people – first from Babylon and then from all the nations of the earth.
It is without parallel in the annals of human history, that a nation carried into captivity for 70 years (exiled to Babylon) should return to resume its national life. Then once again after nearly 600 years in their homeland this same nation was forced out of Jerusalem and Judea and scattered worldwide for the past 1900 years. And once again for the second time these same people have returned to their ancient homeland, retaining their national identity, and achieving statehood among the family of nations. Now, was this a result of the Jewish people being so resourceful or was it because some Divine hand was watching over His people? Absolutely! It is an objective sign to the world, testifying to God’s existence and verifying His promises to national Israel. The modern-day rebirth of the nation of Israel is such an unprecedented act in world history and is an outright “miracle” in the most classic sense of the word. That is, it could only have been achieved by Divine intervention – nothing short of a supernatural phenomenon.
Against all odds, the State of Israel was reborn, and the Jews began to return to their homeland from all parts of the globe just like Ezekiel prophesied: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side (of the globe) and bring them into their homeland (Ezekiel 37:21).” No, God has not abandoned the Jewish people. In fact, God performed the greatest miracle of the last 1900 years. On May 14, 1948, Israel became a nation in one day with its own land, government, army, currency, stamps, etc., just as Isaiah had prophesied 2700 years ago. “Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such a thing? Can a country be born in a day, or a nation be brought forth in a moment (Isaiah 66:7-8)?” Never in the history of the world had such a thing happened before but God keeps His Word. No other ancient nation ever ceased to exist for a period of centuries and then returned to take its place on the stage of world history. Most nations evolved gradually over the centuries. The Jewish people began to return from 70 different nations to the Promised Land after 1900 years of exile. Yes, spiritually the nation is still barren and cold; there is no fruit for God. But nationally, we might say that its branches are green and tender just as mentioned in the parable of the fig tree in Matthew 24.
Israel’s emergence as a nation means not only that the beginning of the tribulation is near, but that Christ Himself is near, at the very doors. Soon, after the rapture of the church to heaven, God will then start dealing with His people Israel directly once again. God’s prophetic clock is ticking.
After referring to the fig tree, Jesus added, “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away until all things take place (Matt 24:34).” Why 1967, and not 1948? The year 1967 fulfilled this key prophecy of Christ Jesus: “And they (the Jewish people) will be led away captive into all nations (A.D. 70). And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles UNTILL the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (Luke 21:24).” The year 1967 marked the end of more than 2500 years of Gentile rule over Jerusalem when Israel gained control of the entire city of Jerusalem during the Six-Day War. Another reason for 1967 is because Jerusalem has always been their capital and without Jerusalem, the State of Israel would not have been complete. In 1948 when Israel became a nation, they did not have full control of Jerusalem. It was in 1967 when God’s prophetic timeclock started ticking regarding the final generation mentioned in Matthew 24:34. God’s promise has been fulfilled. This is just more proof that we are now living in the end times. I believe those individuals born after 1967 will be the generation that will experience God’s wrath on earth called “the Tribulation,” if they haven’t put their faith in Christ Jesus.
We are getting very close to hearing the trumpet of the Lord. I can’t wait. In fact, I’ve always been looking forward to the UPPER-TAKER, and not the UNDERTAKER. Praying that God would grant me the time and health to experience it – the RAPTURE. “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:16-17).” Hallelujah!
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