Israel is central in Bible Prophecy
Israel in Hebrew means God’s power. The name first given by God to Jacob the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, fulfilled God’s promise of a people and a nation, which belonged to God. Known as the Abrahamic covenant, the entire Old Testament presents the historical accounts of the nation. This accounts the rescuing of the sons of Jacob from the Egyptican famine by Joseph, to the Exodus out of Egypt by Moses to the land. The wilderness journey, the giving of the ten commandments, the law and the arc of the covenant.
Once in the land the Bible records the victory over inhabitants and invaders via the books of Joshua and Judges. The historical accounts filled with layers of spiritual lessons, truths and lessons of Jesus the Messiah forecast to come. In each of the books the reaccurant message against idolatry and its consequencess carries into even into the book of Revelation.
Isreal’s Biblical History
From the Judges begins the Kingdom period in Israel beginning with King Saul, followed by David and his son Solomon who the Lord designated to built the glorious First Temple. After Solomon because of sin the Kingdom split into the Northern (Israel) and Southern (Judah) kingdom.
The Bible records the reign of the various kings and their righteous or idolatrous paths. Both the major and minor prophets warned these kings and predicted the coming judgments among predictions of the coming Messiah and the world’s end. Israel and Judah’s idolatry would bring God’s judgement and end both kingdoms. First with the Assyrian conquests of the Northern kingdoms and next of the Babylonian conquest. As the prophet Jeremiah warned Nebudchadnezzar (the Babylonians) over several invasions conquered the entire land and ransacked the Temple.
The 70 Weeks of Daniel
The Babylonians captured Daniel and chose him among the youths to serve in the Babylonian kingdom. His ability to interpret Nebudchadnezzar’s disturbing dream promoted him to a leading position within the kingdom. The prophetic dream predicted the future kingdoms that would conquer the kingdom before it. These empires would each rule over the Israelites. Daniel gets very specific conerning the Israelites and tells them in Daniel 9:24:
Seventy weeks are determined for you people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconcilation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousess, To seal up the vision and prophecy, And to annoint the Most Holy.
70 weeks equal 490 years.
Predictions of restoration of Second Temple and death of Jesus
The passage continues with a marker and more predictions and a time frame and both states and predicts in Daniel 9:25-26 records:
Know therefore and underand, That from the going forth of the command, To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty two weeks; The street shall be built again again and the wall, Even in troublesome times.
The command to restore and build Jerusalem and the Temple came under Cyrus the Persian. The book of Ezra records the return the exile from Babylon and rebuilding of the Temple. Nehemiah describes the building of the walls. From the edict at the timing of Ezra until the passage predicting the death of Jesus was 69 weeks or 483 years.
The Death of Jesus and Destruction of the Second Temple forecast
Daniel 9:26 continues:
And after 62 weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary… The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
From the timing of the decree to Ezra Scholars estimate that Jesus died in 30 AD. In 70 AD Roman Emperor Titus destroyed the City and the Second Temple as was foreasted.
The remaining seven years-the Duration of the Tribulation
Daniel 9:26 predicted the destruction of the second temple by the Romans and stated that it is the same people of the Prince who is to come referring to the Antichrist: , Daniel 9:27 continues:
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrafice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.
This is referring to the Peace Treaty, which is detailed more below which is agreed by the Antichrist on behalf of Israel. It is very clear the Biblical bases why end time Bible Prophecy centers on the nation of Israel.
Israel Established as a Nation in 1948
Bible scholars view the reestablishment of the Israeli nation as the most important sign of the end times. The European Union, the revived Roman empire saw its beginnings three years later in the European Coal and Steel community. The Nation State trend of the 1800’s and 1900’s contributed to Israel Statehood. Many nations formed in these centuries.
Fulfillment of Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel
Many commentators regard Ezekiel 37:1-22, which prophecies about God’s bringing the Jews back to their land from the valley of dry bones, as a reference to the restoration that took place in
1948. Ezekiel 37 predicted Israel’s rebirth as a nation, and in 1948 this prophecy saw fulfillment.
The skeletons in the valley are a picture of the way many Jews appeared after the Holocaust. The bones cry, “our hope is lost.” At the moment of their great despair, God brings about this miracle, which is exactly
The passage discusses God’s bringing the Israelites from all of the nations where they lived, to
their own land. During the Cold War, Communist nations did not allow Jews who desired to go to Israel to leave their countries. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, another prophecy saw fulfillment.
Ezekiel 36:24 states: “For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.” With the fall of communism, Jews who lived under the oppression of
totalitarian regimes returned home.
Israel Once Again Major Issue in World Affairs
Today the Middle East is a primary focus in international affairs. With end time Bible Prophecy centering on
Israel, this is not a coincidence but rather a sign of the end times.
You will want to check out my links for Bible Prophecy News as it pertains to Israel and read my articles that give you the details on Israel and Bible Prophecy, and for more detailed information you will want to purchase one of my books.
For more on Israel in Bible Prophecy, search in the search bar of this site to pull up all of the articles written about Israel. Also be sure to check out my Youtube playlist on Israel.
Bible Prophecy and the Peace Treaty That Begins the Tribulation
The restoration of the nation Israel was a major prophetic event. This will allow for the next major event regarding Israel: The Peace Treaty. This covenant will guarantee Israel’s peace. The Antichrist will mimic the Abrahamic covenant in the agreement. The Peace Treaty marks the start of the Tribulation. The abomination of desolation, which occurs within the Jewish temple marks the start of the Great Tribulation. More about this further down.
Due to the significance of Israel in Bible Prophecy all Bible Prophecy watchers and Bible Prophecy experts stay tuned to the events in Israel. They are on the lookout for this treaty. It should be noted that a Israeli-Palestinian Peace is a major issue in world affairs.
Antichrist’s Peace Treaty
It should be noted that the Antichrist’s treaty will mimic the Abrahamic covenant. It is an agreement that promises to protect Israel. We know this because it is regarded as a “refuge of lies.” For more on the latest news and how it fits in with prophecy see the Peace Process Playlist.
Bible Prophecy watchers became very exited with the move to Jerusalem of the US Embassy initiated by President Donald Trump . First the US, now Romania and possibly also the Czech Republic. Above you will find my article against the two state solution fulfilling the Peace Treaty prophecy. Niether will a divided Jerusalem.
The Third Temple is a Major area in Bible Prophecy and one to keep watch.
Theologians years ago knew that the Third Temple would be rebuilt, because it is a key marker of events during the Tribulation.When I first learned of Bible Prophecy and the End Times back in 1978, teachers taught that Third Temple would be rebuilt at some point in the future.
Some theologians went too far in their speculation by stating, when, where an how the Third Temple would be rebuilt. Their errors did not change the fact that simply, all of us who followed Bible Prophecy knew the Third Temple would come into existance. All Bible Prophecy experts teach about the Third Temple because of the predictions around it.
In my own book, The Seat of the Antichrist I made reference to the Temple Mount Faithful established in 1967. In addition, The Temple Institute was founded by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel in 1987. Since the inception of these groups and their evolution through the last several decades all of the details for the Third Temple are in place. What is missing are the events that will lead to its actual rebuilding. I don’t believe any Bible Prophecy expert expected to see this, we anticipated that it would be rebuilt after the start of the Tribulation. Here I provide a link to the site of the Third Temple for all of its details.
The Abomination of Desolation
The abomination of desolation is a key event in end time Bible Prophecy. Jesus warned of it because of the seige of Jerusalem that happens afterwards. The event begins the Great Tribulation. For more details on the abomination of desolation type into the search bar to pul up all of the articles written.
This page is part of a series of pages of Main Bible Prophecy Topics.
Other subjects fall under these topics. For example under the Beast of Revelation falls World Government. On the Tribulation page you will find the Peace Treaty, which begins the Tribulation. The Abomination of Desolation begins the Great Tribulation. It falls under that category. This is set up so that you can easily navigate the key topics of end time Bible Prophecy.
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