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Bible Prophecy and the War in Israel

There is coming a day, upon the return of Jesus Christ, when the Jews will finally accept their Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord!

In Ezekiel 37:1-10 we read about his vision of a valley of dry bones. In that vision, the Lord asked Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel responded, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (Ezekiel 37:3). The Lord then asked Ezekiel to prophesy life into the bones, and soon the bones started making a rattling sound and came together. Tendons, flesh, and skin began to appear (vs. 7-8). And then the Lord told Ezekiel to breathe life into the bones. We read:

So, I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army (vs. 10).

What a sight that must have been to behold, a valley of dry bones coming to life and forming a mighty army.

Ezekiel was a prophet during the Jewish exile in Babylon, so we know that the vision pertained to the restoration of the Jews to Jerusalem 70 years following their exile, under the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah. However, some Old Testament prophecies have more than one fulfillment. Many scholars see a double fulfillment of this passage in the return of the Jews and the establishment of the Jewish state on May 15, 1948.

Since the time between the fall of the Jewish nation in 70 A.D. and its restoration, hundreds of years passed, and many nations that inherited the land would come and go. These empires included the Byzantine period, the Early Muslim period, the Crusades & Mongols, the Mamluk period, the Ottoman period, and the British Empire. Due to the great expanse of time, the second fulfillment was even more awe-inspiring than the first.

Today the small sliver of land that we call Israel is the focus of the world, a phenomenon that can only be understood when adding a spiritual component to these events. Recently, the terrorist group, Hamas, raided the land, killing and brutalizing hundreds of people, including a few dozen Americans.

As a result, numerous people have asked the question, does the Bible predict the outcome of this war, and what significance does it have in light of end-time events? There are several prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled regarding Israel, but they assume not only the revival of the Jewish nation but the rebuilding of the temple. For example, the sign of the great persecution that is yet to be fulfilled will be the abomination that causes desolation, standing in the holy place of the temple (Matthew 24:15).

It is within this context that Zechariah 14;1-5 will be fulfilled, when God will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it. On that day 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.”

Such devastation will be followed by the Lord’s return and the salvation of the Jewish people. I believe the event of Christ’s return will include the resurrection of the dead, the rapture and the wrath of God against the nations. We read in verse 3 and following:

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.

The Mount of Olives will literally be split in two, providing a means of escape.

Then we read this regarding the inhabitants of Israel:

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).

There is coming a day, upon the return of Jesus Christ, when the Jews will finally accept their Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord!

Whatever events that transpire in Israel at this present time, since the temple has not been rebuilt, I do not believe they relate to end times events, and they certainly cannot result in the destruction of the Jews, as there are prophecies yet unfilled. Nonetheless, we should pray for peace for Israel, and that the day will come when the Jews will accept their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In service to Christ,

Mark Eastway

Pastor, Burket Bible Church

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