When I am asked, “Do you believe that we are living in the last days leading up to the return of Christ in what is called ‘The Second Coming?'” I say, “Yes.” The second question which immediately follows is, “Why?” To which I answer with one word, “Israel.” Incidentally, the nation of Israel is celebrating its Independence Day Tuesday, April 28.
In Luke 22, Jesus spoke about the destruction of Jerusalem. In verse 24, he declared, “And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away captive into all nations.” This happened with the Roman Conquest of Jerusalem in AD 70. Jesus then goes on to state, “And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” For 2,000 years, Israel, the Jewish homeland, was ruled by Gentiles. Then in the middle of the 20th Century, the ‘time of the Gentiles’ came to an end, with the re-establishment of the nation of Israel.
There are three miraculous events relating to modern-day Israel that I want to emphasize here; three miracles that showed God at work in Israel and are signs of the second coming.
THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL AS A NATION ON MAY 14 1948
Recently, I read a description, written by Robert J. Morgan, of how the decision was made for America to recognize Israel as a nation. In his wonderful book ‘100 Bible Verses That Made America,’ he shares the story told by Clark Clifford, a young naval aide to President Harry Turman at the time.
One of the biggest decisions facing Truman was whether to recognize a new nation getting ready to announce its statehood – Israel. Truman’s staff and cabinet were almost universally against recognition. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, one of the most renowned men in America, was adamant in his opposition. In his heart, Truman badly wanted to recognize the Jewish state. “He was a student and believer in the Bible since his youth,” wrote Clifford. “From his reading of the Old Testament, he felt the Jews derived a legitimate historical right to Palestine, and sometimes he cited such biblical lines as Deuteronomy 1:8. At the Oval Office showdown on Wednesday, May 12, Marshall argued fervently against recognition. The arguments escalated, with Clifford reminding the men of the murder of six million Jews by the Nazis and quoting the pertinent lines of Deuteronomy 1:8.
On midnight Jerusalem time, Friday, May 14, 1948, standing in the Tel Aviv Museum, David Ben-Gurion declared, “We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be called Israel.” Eleven minutes later, at 6:11 p.m. Washington time, Charlie Ross, the White House press secretary, read a simple but world-changing despatch:
STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN. THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN INFORMED THAT A JEWISH STATE HAS BEEN PROCLAIMED IN PALESTINE. . . THE UNITED STATES RECOGNIZES THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT AS THE DE FACTO AUTHORITY OF THE NEW STATE OF ISRAEL.
America had decided to stand with the Jewish people who, after centuries of dispersion and persecution, were, miraculously, back in their biblical homeland (Morgan).
The next great miracle occurred in 1967.
THE SIX DAY WAR
In World Magazine, Andree Sea Peterson describes the Six-Day War this way. An incredible victory for Israel.
“The history of Israel is a history that repeats itself: irrational hatred by her neighbors; miraculous rescue by her God. The Six-Day War whose anniversary we remember in June is the 1967 incarnation of this all-too-familiar paroxysm.
“The fuse is lit by a Russian report to Egypt that Israel is amassing troops on Syria’s border with malicious intent. It is a lie. But also the plausible justification Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser needs for blocking the Straits of Tiran from Israeli shipping. He asks the United Nations to evacuate its peacekeeping forces, and Secretary-General U Thant obliges without even consulting the Security Council. Over three weeks, Nasser rushes 100,000 troops, 1,000 artillery cannons, and 900 Soviet-made tanks to Israel’s doorstep in the Sinai. Having failed in 1948 and 1956 to “get rid of Israel, … the dream of every Arab” (Washington Post, July 27, 1959, interview), Nasser is hoping the third time’s a charm.
“Israel goes hat in hand to her allies for help. America declines. France says, “Non.” Israel is utterly alone. Realizing that she has been abandoned by her friends, citizens of the Arab world erupt in chants of “Death to Israel.” Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan begin moving forces to Jordan. They have three times as many planes, twice as many soldiers, and four times the tanks of Israel, who begins calling reservists and digging lots of graves in public parks.
“‘On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the Lord, going before them. And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem’ (Zechariah 12:8-9).
“Around 7:15 a.m., Jordanian radar operators are alarmed by the number of Israeli planes in the air and send a coded message to warn Egypt. But the Egyptians have changed the code the day before without bothering to notify the Jordanians. Moreover, Arab commanders have chosen this morning for a joint inspection tour and given strict orders that, for their safety, artillery guns not be operational while they are aboard a transport. The IAF steals into Egyptian skies during this one-hour window and destroys two-thirds of the Egyptian state-of-the-art air force in four hours. In two more hours she annihilates the Syrian fleet. A few moments more is all it takes to vaporize Jordan’s air power. The war lasts a Biblical six days, after which Israel controls 3½ times as much land as a week earlier.(world.wng.org)”
The third event in this trinity of miracles is the Jerusalem Declaration.
THE JERUSALEM DECLARATION
Jonathan Cahn is an author who came to the fore with his best selling book ‘The Harbinger,’ which gave understanding to 9/11. In 2019, his latest book ‘The Oracle’ was published. It is a fascinating book written in the form of seven doors of revelations, each one opening up mysteries behind what is taking place in the world today. Cahan writes about President Trump and the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“It was an event that caused the world to go into an uproar and the United Nations to declare it null and void. Jerusalem was again in the news. Donald Trump had done what several American presidents had promised to do but none had ever done before – He declared America’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The event was unprecedented, historic, and prophetic. It was the first time that any major power had ever recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital since the days of the Roman Empire. How was it prophetic? The ancient Scriptures foretell that in the last days Israel will be back in the world, Jerusalem will be back in Jewish hands” (hopeoftheworld.org).
“When he (Cahn) was interviewed by Steve Strang of Charisma
Magazine, he went on to state, ‘After 2,000 years, the Jewish people enter the gates of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War,’ Cahn says. “… When you count 50 years from 1967, it obviously takes you to 2017. Did anything happen concerning the restoration or Jubilee of Jerusalem? Well, the one thing that Israel never got in the Six-Day War was the legal rights, the legal recognition that happens when you return to the land. That didn’t happen until President Trump issued the Jerusalem declaration. And that was historic. There’s never been such a declaration-even since ancient times.
“Trump most likely didn’t realize he was fulfilling prophetic mysteries, but he did. This is just further evidence that God is sovereign over historical events. Cahn says even Trump’s name has prophetic significance: ‘What do you need for the Jubilee? You need the trumpet to sound. And what does our president’s name mean in English? It means the trumpet. So you have President Trump, and you have the Jubilee” (charismamag.com).
In an article in Olive Tree Ministry Magazine, Jan Markell writes, “In the information produced by Lifeway Research , Joel Rosenberg states, ‘For too long, many pastors have shied away from teaching on birth pangs and events leading up to the Second Coming of the Lord, but the current pandemic demonstrates the need for solid, non-sensational preaching done in a biblical manner.’
“The Lifeway report reveals that more than half the pastors expect Jesus to return in their lifetime. So why on earth are their pulpits not proclaiming this? But there is more to the survey! Almost 70% of those surveyed believe the modern re-birth of Israel and the re-gathering of millions of Jewish people were fulfillments of prophecies in the Bible.
That’s great news but that was 72 years ago. Why haven’t you been preaching that, pastors? More than that, 40% of the pastors surveyed believe that the establishment of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem two years ago was a sign of the last days” (myemail.constantcontact.com).
THE LAST WORD
So, there you have it—three miracles concerning the nation of Israel. God told Abraham in Genesis 12, “I will make you a great nation. . . . I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you.” Let us pray, ‘God bless Israel’ as we await the return of Jesus Christ, our King.
Morgan, Robert (2020). 100 Bible Verses That Made America: defining moments that shaped our enduring foundation of… faith. S.l.: THOMAS NELSON PUB.