Are we living in the end times?
Is God rapidly bringing final fulfillment to Bible Prophecy?
12 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
The above scripture reveals God’s foreign policy. If you bless Israel, you will be blessed. If you curse Israel, you will be cursed!
2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.
Shortly, after Trump was elected President, “Israel Today” published an article entitled “Trump Presidency: So far, So Good, for Israel.” Trump stated shortly after his election, “I can bring peace to Israel.” He also stated, “My son-in-law could broker Middle East peace.” One Pro-Trump Pastor stated that he “hopes Trump will usher in the end times.”
It seems as though God is putting His focus back on the land of Israel in these last days. If this is true, then we are closer to Jesus’ return than most can realize. And if we are that close to Jesus’ “Second Coming” coming, then how close are we to the rapture of the Church? God has set aside a 7 year period known as “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble” or “The 7 Year Tribulation” to save a remnant of Jews.
The prophet Daniel was given a vision of the end times told to him by the Angel Gabriel concerning the Jewish people.
It is important to note that the focus of this prophecy is the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
Daniel 9:24-27 (KJV)
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The Hebrew word for weeks is “shabua” which means:
- (literally) sevened.
- a week.
- (specifically) of years.
What Daniel’s prophecy is saying is that there are seventy sevens of years. There is one seven year period for each year. When you take 70 x 7 = 490 years.
The prophecy begins by stating that the following six things will be accomplished regarding the Jewish people during a period of 490 years:
- To finish the transgression, which refers to the rejection of Jesus as their Messiah.
- To make an end of sins, this period will also witness an “end of sin” for the Jews.
- To make reconciliation for iniquity, the third thing that will happen is that the Jews will accept Jesus as their Messiah.
- To bring in everlasting righteousness, this will happen when Jesus establishes His earthly Kingdom.
- To seal up vision and prophecy, the fifth achievement will be the fulfillment of all prophecy concerning the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
- And to anoint the Most Holy. The final goal to be achieved at the end of the 70 weeks of years is the anointing of the Messiah as King of Kings!
None of the things listed in Daniel 9:24 have found fulfillment in this prophecy concerning the Jewish people. Daniel’s prophecy continues in verse 25.
Daniel 9:25 (KJV)
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
The first part of verse 25 was fulfilled when the Persian King Artaxerxes issued a decree to restore and build Jerusalem on March 14, 445 BC (Nehemiah 2:1-8).
The second part of verse 25 (Until Messiah the Prince) was fulfilled when Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on April 6, 32 AD (Matthew 21:1-11).
From the time King Artaxerxes made the decree to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince was seven weeks and sixty-two weeks = 69 weeks (of seven years) or 483 years.
Daniel 9:26 (KJV)
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
Verse 26 was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified on the cross, and the Romans in 70 A.D. destroyed the 2nd temple that was prophesized to be built in verse 25.
After Christ presented Himself to Israel as their Messiah on Palm Sunday and was subsequently “cut off,” a nearly 2,000 year gap ensued.
When Christ was “cut off” the time clock for the Jewish Nation of Israel was put on pause and the Church Age began.
Then, on May 14th 1948, Israel was once again back in the land fulfilling Isaiah 66:8, essentially turning off the pause button.
That was significant because Israel had to be back in the land before the prophecy in Daniel 9:24-27 could be fulfilled.
God had dealt with Israel as a nation up to the time Messiah was cut off.
He does so again when He resumes His plan with Israel for the 70th week, the final seven years, as we read in verse 27.
Daniel 9:27 (KJV)
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The Apostle Paul tells us what this “abominations shall be one who makes desolate” means in 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
2 Thessalonians 2:4
4 who [the antichrist] opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
Jesus further expounded on what this “abominations shall be one who makes desolate” means in the scripture below.
The Great Tribulation
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
Scripture plainly tells us that when the antichrist steps into the soon to be rebuilt 3rd temple and proclaims to be God, and demands to be worshipped as God, that the Jewish people are to flee to the mountains and to do so in a hurry!
So, is God putting His focus back on Israel?
On Tuesday November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience celebrating Aliyah Day in Jerusalem that “we are closing fast on the historic moment when the majority of the Jewish nation will be living in Israel.”
Consider Jeremiah 30:3 below:
3 For behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’”
In November 2016, the Sanhedrin asks Putin and Trump to build the third Temple in Jerusalem. Cyrus sent the Jews under his rule back to Israel with a considerable sum of money with which to rebuild the Temple. The Sanhedrin is now calling on the two world leaders to take up this ancient Biblical decree and support the Jewish people in their holy mission.
Could the President Trump administration reshape the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
President Trump, speaking at the U.S.-Israel Policy Conference in 2016, pledged his support in backing the Jewish state. Promised that if elected President, he would veto any attempt by the U.N. to impose its will on the Jewish state. Promised to immediately meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help bring “stability and peace” to the entire region. Further, he promised to move the American Embassy to the “eternal capital” of the Jewish people, Jerusalem. Trump and Netanyahu both said “peace and security” recently in front of world audiences fulfilling Bible prophecy as we read:
1 Thessalonians 5:3
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
What is the sudden destruction mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:3?
There is a prophecy of future war involving Israel and the surrounding Muslim nations:
83 Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, And do not be still, O God! 2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. 4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” 5 For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You: 6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. Selah
These are the modern day nations listed in Psalm 83 who want to “cut Israel off from being a nation:”
- Saudi Arabia
Was Psalm 83 fulfilled in 1948?
Some bible scholars believe that the Psalm 83 prophetic war was fulfilled during the 1948 Arab-Israeli “War of Independence.” This view was shared on the September 19, 2015, Understanding the Times radio show hosted by Jan Markell. Jan’s guests on the program were Pastor Jack Hibbs and Amir Tsarfati. We have great respect for Jack Hibbs and Amir Tsarfati. Therefore, it is our opinion that their viewpoints should be prayerfully considered.
Is it possible that Psalm 83 is close to finding fulfillment in Bible prophecy and along with it Isaiah 17? And is this the sudden destruction?
17 The burden against Damascus. “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more.
This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.
Today, more than at any time in the last 2,000 years, the Church can well expect the fulfillment of Daniel’s “70th week” prophecy, and the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
The signs of Jesus’ return are so strong now and the evidence is so clear that any person willing to accept the truth can see that the end of the world, as we know it, is near.