Signs of the End Times – Rebirth of Israel

The rebirth of Israel on May 14, 1948

is one of the greatest signs

of the End Times! 

The “countdown” to Jesus returning started with Israel becoming a nation again.  All of the other “signs of the endtimes” (wars, earthquakes, famines, etc.) don’t mean anything before Israel’s return to her homeland.  She is the “first sign” and then the others follow.  As discussed in Part I, every sign is increasing in frequency and intensity since 1948.  The last few years have seen amazing increases!

Israel had to become a nation again in order for Jesus to return to Israel in the last days and rule there.  He fights the Antichrist at Armageddon (Megiddo in Hebrew).  Megiddo is located in Israel not far from Haifa.

Israel had to be a nation in order for the prophetic “last days” wars with her to occur.  These wars are mentioned many times in the scriptures.  Ezekiel 38, Obadiah, Psalm 83, Isaiah, Revelation and many more.  Until 1948 and Israel’s rebirth there wasn’t a nation of Israel to fulfill these war prophecies!

Jews returning to Israel in 1948Jews returning to Israel in 1948

The Romans obliterated Israel in 70 A.D.  Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jewish people were scattered around the world.  Israel is the only country in history to be completely destroyed and to come back into existence 2000 years later.

Israeli Newspaper announcing their birth as a nation
Israeli Newspaper announcing their birth as a nation

No other people have ever been able to retain their language, beliefs and culture for that many years.  They could never have accomplished this feat on their own!   The Lord God made a covenant with Abraham (Abram)  that He has never forgotten.

Genesis 15:17-21  When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”

God has His hand on Israel. 

He vowed that they would always be the “apple of His eye” and God never fails His promises.

Zechariah 2:8  For thus said the Lord of hosts, after his glory sent me to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye.

The people of Israel haven’t necessarily deserved God’s covenant with them though.  Through the years they wandered away from serving Him and obeying Him (as have the rest of mankind).  The Lord God was patient over and over and drew them back to Himself.  Yet…..when the people of Israel wouldn’t change their ways, stop worshiping other gods. and turn back to Him……..He punished them.

Deuteronomy 28:64  Then the LORD will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods–gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known.

Ezekiel 22:15  I will disperse you among the nations and scatter you through the countries; and I will put an end to your uncleanness.

Ezekiel 39:23  And the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they all fell by the sword.

The Jews endured persecution in virtually every country they ever lived in.   The Holocaust during World War II saw approximately 6 million Jews murdered.  Many survived the atrocities of the concentration camps.  They would live to see their homeland re-established in Israel.  Those people saw the promise of God to Israel fulfilled!

holocaust    Jewish men in Concentration Camp
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However, God didn’t forget His first love.  He promised to restore Israel and bring the people back from the nations to once again live in their homeland.

13 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,“when the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed;the mountains shall drip sweet wine,
and all the hills shall flow with it.

14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel,  and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them;  they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine,  and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.

15 I will plant them on their land,  and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the Lord your God.

English: Flag of Israel with the Mediterranean...
English: Flag of Israel with the Mediterranean sea in the background, in Rishon LeZion. עברית: דגל ישראל בראשון לציון (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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