1948 - Prophecy Fulfilled

In 1948 Israel became a nation.

What significance did this hold?

What relevance does it hold for us today?

And how does it relate to end times?

 

Even though the state of Israel is small in size and population, people all over the world have heard of this nation of Israel. The population of Israel was estimated in 2014 at 8 million with 75% of Israelis, or 6 million citizens, designated as Jewish (the same number that were killed in the holocaust 70 years earlier).

The Jewish people had been exiled from their country almost 2000 years ago in 70 AD. They had been scattered all over the world as was prophesied in the Bible.

“I will scatter you among the nations and will draw out my sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins.” ~ Leviticus 26:33

Why Is This Significant?

In all of human history, there have been less than 10 exiles of an entire people out of their country. It is an extremely rare phenomenon. And of those exiles only one group was exiled twice and only one exiled group returned to their nation. That group was the Jewish people to the nation of Israel.

What is even more amazing is that these events were prophesied hundreds or thousands of years prior to them occurring, by the prophets in God's Word, the Bible.

What Was Fulfilled?

In this article, we will just be looking at the second return from exile which occurred in 1948 after 1900 years in exile. The following diagram gives an overview of when, and by whom the prophecies were made, and when they were fulfilled (i.e. 1948 onwards).

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THE PROPHECIES

Starting with the oldest prophecy, we will look at over 20 prophecies that were fulfilled in 1948 or since regarding the Jewish people returning to the nation of Israel.

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Torahwritten ~1440-1400 BC              

Disproportionately powerful

"Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you."  ~ Leviticus 26:8

Fulfilled: 1967

This prophecy is a promise from God to the people of Israel that obedience to God would result in their military might being multiplied and highly effective. It was not about a single or specific future event, but has already been fulfilled many times over in the Old Testament when Israel overcame much greater enemies against the odds.

More recently this was fulfilled again in June 1967 with the Six Day War. In the six days between June 5 and 10 Israel had a decisive victory over the surrounding Arab nations (Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon with support from Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, PLO, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Tunisia). Casualties were 20:1 ("five of you will chase a hundred"), captives 365:1 ("and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand") and aircraft losses 10:1.

Back from distant land, Become prosperous

"Then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors." ~ Deuteronomy 30:3-5

Fulfilled: 1948 onwards

This prophecy has been fulfilled in multiple senses. One is that the Jews were scattered across the nations even to the most distant land. Secondly from the late 1800s many Jews returned to Israel from distant lands such as China, the United States, Russia and South Africa. Thirdly, since Israel declared independence in 1948 it is now among some of the most prosperous countries in the world.

According to the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the World Bank, in 2014 Israel was in the top 25 countries of GDP per capita in the world. If we look at the GDP per capita (IMF) of Israel compared to its closest neighbours the difference is striking.

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There is no doubt that Israel is very prosperous in comparison to its neighbours regardless of its short existence. God did promise this would occur.

Amoswritten ~750 BC        

Ruins rebuilt

“In that day I will restore David’s fallen shelter (tent) - I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins - and will rebuild it as it used to be…”
“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the ploughman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills…
~ Amos 9:11, 13

Fulfilled: 1948 onward

King David ruled Israel between ~1010 BC and ~970 BC. And Israel (referred to here as David’s tent) was destroyed by the Babylonians, Assyrians and the Romans. And the land of Israel has lay in ruins for much of the last 2000 years. But over the past 100 years Jews have returned to Israel and have been rebuilding many of Israel’s ancient cities.

Secondly, Amos also states that there would be continuous planting and harvesting. Since the Jews have returned to Israel they have turned what used to be a barren land into productive farmland. The Jews have invented and been using advanced farming and irrigation techniques for many decades now.

Thirdly, Amos says wine will come from the mountains and the hills. Of the 10 largest Israeli wineries a number of them are on Mount Carmel and Golan Heights (mountains/hills referred to by Amos). God knows every detail before it happens, and he keeps his word.
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Regain control, ruins rebuilt, fruit and wine, never again uprooted

…and I will bring my people Israel back from exile. “They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God. ~ Amos 9:14-15

Fulfilled: 1948

Amos lived about 2750 years ago, in a time when the people of Israel were being pushed out of their homeland through a series of foreign invasions. Despite much time in exile, God has kept his word and many Jews have been brought back to Israel.

Secondly, as already discussed earlier the Jews have been rebuilding the ancient cities in their homeland, again fulfilling this promise.

Thirdly, in 2012, the Israeli wine industry produced an average of 36 million bottles of wine annually. Today, there are over 300 wineries in Israel. Israel is now also a fruit producing nation.

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Fourthly, Amos said that Israel would be in their own land, “never again” to be uprooted. Many attempts have been made at uprooting Israel again. In 1948 when Israel declared independence a war was triggered by the surrounding countries which objected to the Jewish state. The surrounding countries invaded saying “This will be a war of extermination…” But despite its tiny size (especially at the time), Israel prevailed. Again in 1967 and 1973 further wars resulted in the invading nations being defeated, and Israel was not uprooted. The Lord God is faithful.

Isaiahwritten ~740-681 BC        

Worldwide return of Jews

He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth. ~ Isaiah 11:12

Fulfilled: 1900s

As mentioned earlier in Deuteronomy, Jews have been gathering back to Israel from the four corners of the earth over the last 100 years.

Fill the world with fruit

In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit. ~ Isaiah 27:6

Fulfilled: 1948 onwards

The term “fruit” here could refer to good outcomes or results or to food. But in the case of Israel both are true. Israel is very technologically advanced and many of their advancements have benefitted the world around.

In regards to fruit (food) Israel is one of the world’s leading fresh citrus producers and exporters, including oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and the pomelit, a hybrid fruit developed in Israel. Israel grows more than 40 types of fruit and developed over 12 new fruit and vegetables. Israel exports more than $2 billion worth of produce every year.

Overall Israel grows 95% of its own food, in a land that was largely desert. This really is a testament to God’s goodness.

Prevail over enemies

Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
~ Isaiah 41:12-14

Fulfilled: 1948, 1967, ongoing

The first part of this prophecy has not been fulfilled completely yet. A day will come when Israel has no enemies, or at least no enemies can be found. Obviously this is not true just yet. Christian scholars believe that a time will come when all of Israel’s enemies will be destroyed (as per other passages in the Bible).

In 1948, 1967 and more recently in 2014 other nations or groups have waged war against Israel. Each time Israel has prevailed excessively making the attackers colloquially “nothing at all”.

Also, the Lord has said that he will help Israel. In July 2014, the Gaza Strip Hamas complain (referring to the Jews) “Their God changes the paths of our rockets in mid-air”. In August 2014, an Israeli Iron Dome operator claims that he witnessed “the hand of God” diverting an incoming Hamas rocket into the sea.

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Trees grow again

I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. ~ Isaiah 41:18-20

Fulfilled: 1948 onward

Lack of accessible water, including rain, was one of the predominant reasons that the land of Israel had been like a desert, desolate and unproductive land, for most of the last 2000 years. But during the 20th century, with many Jews returning to their former homeland, they have built a networks of irrigation systems across the country returning life to the land.

Isaiah says “rivers flow from barren heights”. The following video footage shows Negev’s Zin River forming.

And “springs within the valleys”, “desert into pools of water”, and “parched ground into springs”

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And trees in the desert. More than 200 million trees have been planted in Israel over the last century.

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Why? Why did God do this? “So that the people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this”

Worldwide return of Jews

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth ~ Isaiah 43:5-6

Fulfilled: 1900s

I have always found it interesting that the directions north, south, east, west all really seem to be referred to as relative to Israel. To the west is Europe and the US, to the east is Middle East and Asia, to the north we have Russia, and to the south is Africa. This is certainly how the God sees it and describes the directions in his promises.

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In 70AD the Romans destroyed the city of Jerusalem. They killed and exiled hundreds of thousands of Jews. Since this time, the Jews have been scattered all across the globe for around 2 millennia. But over the last 100 years, millions of Jews have returned to their homeland Israel from every direction.

EAST: Many Jews living in the Middle East returned to Israel in the early 1900s. Also many from China.

WEST: Around the time of the World War II and Israel becoming an independent nation, hundreds of thousands of Jews in Europe and the US started moving back to Israel.

NORTH: The Lord says to the north “Give them up!” implying they would not be free to leave. This is what occurred in Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) when it initially refused to allow its Jewish people to move to Israel. However, after years of pressure, in the 1980s Russia relented. And since then hundreds of thousands of Russian Jews have migrated to Israel.

SOUTH: Like the north, the Lord says to the south “Do not hold them back” again implying that the south would attempt this. Ethiopia, which is south of Israel, refused to allow its Jews to return to Israel. But, in 1985, a deal was made between Israel and the Ethiopian government. And on the weekend of 25 May 1991 Operation Solomon took place airlifting 14,325 Ethiopian Jews non-stop to Israel.

Note that every word and comma in the Bible matters. God is specific in his promises.

Deserts to Eden, watered/green & singing

The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. ~ Isaiah 51:3

Fulfilled: Occurring now

The prophet Isaiah states that the Lord will transform the deserts and wastelands of Israel into a paradise, like the Garden of Eden. During the 1900s the Jews began irrigating and cultivating the land. Over 200 million trees have been planted. Vineyards, orchards and crops abound. Israel produces 95% of its own food.

Whilst 60% of land in Israel has been desert and droughts were frequent, the innovation and technology of the Jewish people has overcome these obstacles to bring Israel closer to being like Eden. Drip irrigation and more recently desalination technology now mean Israel is no longer short of water.

Joy, gladness, thanksgiving and singing can be found in Israel.

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Reborn in one day, prior to labour pains

Before she goes into labour, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labour than she gives birth to her children. ~ Isaiah 66:7-8

Fulfilled: 14 May 1948

Firstly, in this prophecy Isaiah foreshadowed Israel being re-born. The prophet describes the birth of the nation Israel as a woman giving birth, but before going to labour and before the birth pains come. This implies the birth pains (or labour) came after the birth.

And this is exactly what happened. The very next day, on 15 May 1948, surrounding countries (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq) invaded Israel starting a 10 month war known as the First Arab-Israeli War or The War of Independence. Israel prevailed. Later the famous 6 day war of 1967, the 1973 war and more recently the 2014 war.

It is important to note that Israel’s declaration of independence was not the result of a war but rather the cause of one.

In Matthew 24:8 Jesus speaks of “…the beginning of birth pains” when referring to wars and rumours of wars, nation rising against nation, famines and earthquakes. Could Jesus have been referring to Israel’s birth, with the birth pains coming afterward? In this light, it is interesting to view the frequency of earthquakes over the last 100 years, to see a sharp increase since 1948.

Secondly, Isaiah speaks of a country being born in a day. Again, this is precisely what occurred on 14 May 1948 when Jews, for the first time in 2900 years, declared independence for Israel as a united sovereign nation.

Only hours before declaring independence, a UN mandate expired, ending British control of the land. On the same day, the US recognised Israel as a nation. So in a single day Israel became a nation fulfilling what God had promised.

Jeremiahwritten ~626-586 BC        

The second return to Israel will be greater than the first.

However, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but it will be said, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors. ~ Jeremiah 16:14-15

Fulfilled: 1948

This prophecy indicates that the first entry to Israel was great and talked about. When Moses led the people in the exodus from Egypt and what the Lord did to make that happen was great, and we all know this story. But the second return to Israel would be even greater. It is more impressive what the Lord has done in 1948 bringing a nation together that had been scattered across the entire earth for to the farthest regions for 2000 years or more. Who has ever heard of such a thing? This is the only instance in human history where this has occurred. Only God could do this.

God will gather them from distant coastlands

Hear the word of the LORD, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’ ~ Jeremiah 31:10

Fulfilled: 1948, 1967, etc

The prophet Jeremiah said that one day the Lord would gather the Jewish people together and that He would watch over them like a shepherd. A shepherd is one who protects his flock from the dangers such as wolves that might attack the flock. And we have seen earlier that Israel has been protected since 1948 against all odds. Only hours after becoming a nation they were invaded. In 1967 many surrounding nations, much bigger than Israel itself, setup to attack Israel. But time and time again Israel is protected. This is not by chance, but by the hand of the Lord.

Ezekielwritten ~593-571 BC        

When Israel Re-established.

Then take an iron pan, place it as an iron wall between you and the city and turn your face toward it. It will be under siege, and you shall besiege it. This will be a sign to the people of Israel. “Then lie on your left side and put the sin of the people of Israel upon yourself. You are to bear their sin for the number of days you lie on your side. I have assigned you the same number of days as the years of their sin. So for 390 days you will bear the sin of the people of Israel. “After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the people of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year. ~ Ezekiel 4:3-6

Fulfilled: 1948

The prophet Ezekiel lays out exactly when Israel will become a nation in this prophecy, on 14 May 1948. There is too much detail to explain in full here, but the following is a simplified version of it.

In bible prophecy 1 day usually means 1 year, and in this case the prophecy itself confirms this. So 390 days + 40 days = 430 years. Takeaway the 70 years of captivity in Babylon leaves 360 years. Then because of disobedience this punishment was multiplied by 7 (see Leviticus 26:18) giving 2520 years. And remembering that God’s calendar has 360 days in a year, different to the Gregorian calendar we use. So 2530 x 360 days = 907,200 days, which in our current calendar is 2483 years, 9 months and 21 days (taking into account the Gregorian Reform).

There are two start dates (which you can look up in the article below), 23 July, 537 BC and 16 August, 518 BC.

- 537y 7m 23d (606 BC siege + 70 years)
+     1d (no year 0)
+ 2483y 9m 21d  
= 1948y 5m 14d (14 May 1948)
And...        
- 518y 8m 16d (587-518 BC siege, desolation of Jerusalem )
+     1d (no year 0)
+ 2483y 9m 21d  
  1967y 6m 7d (7 June 1967)

On 14 May 1948, Israel was declared a nation. On 7 June 1967, as a result of the Six Day War, Jerusalem was restored to the nation of Israel.

You can read the full detail here http://www.khouse.org/articles/2000/276/ (by Chuck Missler).

Egypt never again rule over nations

It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations. ~ Ezekiel 29:15

Fulfilled: 1948, 1967, 1973

Ezekiel 29 tells of God’s judgment on Pharaoh and Egypt. In verse 15 God says Egypt will never again rule over the nations (as it did in the past). So when Egypt, amongst other nations, attempted to invade and take over Israel in 1948, 1967 and 1973 they did not succeed. God keeps his word, and so we know Egypt will “never” succeed at exalting itself above other nations.

Gathered back to own land

I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. ~ Ezekiel 34:13

Fulfilled: since 14 May 1948

The prophet says here that God will bring back the people of Israel to “their own land”. Since Israel was re-established as their own land on 14 May 1948, the Jewish people have been gathering back from the countries of the word back to Israel. Many Jews came back prior to the declaration of independence in 1948, but millions have returned to their ancient homeland since it truly became “their own land” again.

Prosperity in modern Israel

I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the LORD. ~ Ezekiel 36:11

Fulfilled: 1948

Israel used to be prosperous in King David and Kind Solomon’s day about 3000 years ago. But at the time of this prophecy about 2600 years ago, Ezekiel lived when the northern kingdom of Israel had been decimated by the Assyrians and the southern kingdom of Judah was being destroyed by the Babylonians. In the centuries following these invasions the Jews rebuilt Jerusalem only for it to be destroyed again in 70 AD by the Romans.

But with Israel being a nation once again, the number of Jewish people and animals living in the land has increased. As in the day of King David, Israel is once again an independent nation and is prospering well beyond its natural means.

It is important to note that, in this prophecy as with many others regarding the rebirth of the nation of Israel, God says “Then you will know that I am the Lord.” God wants the Jewish people to return to Him and know that He is the Lord.

Brought back to life

So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet - a vast army. Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’” ~ Ezekiel 37:10-14

Fulfilled: 1948 (+ future)

Prior to 1948, for almost 1900 years it has seemed that Israel was dead or cut off. And during the Holocaust it seemed the Jewish people were close to being wiped out. But Ezekiel speaks of the dry bones (i.e. Israel) coming back to life and settle them in their own load. This began in 1948 when Israel was once again their own land and the Jews have been resettling there since.

Another way to consider this prophecy is when Jesus returns he will raise the dead and bring them back to life. And they will live again in the land. But I tend to believe the last verse of “Then you will know…have done it” indicates this fulfillment is prior to His return and hence since 1948.

One nation, Gathered from around the world, Undivided

…and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. ~ Ezekiel 37:21-22

Fulfilled: 1948 onward

At the time of Ezekiel, about 2600 years ago, Israel was divided into two kingdoms, the northern kingdom (Israel) and the southern kingdom (Judah).

But in 1948 Israel became united as one nation – Israel. And the promise here says they will “never again” be two nations or divided into two kingdoms.

Minor Prophetswritten ~750-518 BC        

Temple Mount, Worlds most important religious site.

Prophesied: 750-686 BC

In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as the highest/chief of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it. ~ Micah 4:1

Fulfilled: Today/Future

The prophet Micah says that the Temple Mount will become the most important of mountains, the focal point of the world. This place has been fought over for millennia due to its high significance to many. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all see the Temple Mount as a holy place. You only need to look at the news and see this is probably the most consistently talked about hill/mountain in the world.

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People from all over the world travel to the Temple Mount and acknowledge its significance in history, the present, and future.

Jews live in Jerusalem (1967)

Prophesied: 520-518 BC

This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.” ~ Zechariah 8:7-8

Fulfilled: 1967 onward

This prophecy states that God will bring the Jews back to Jerusalem. But at the time of this prophecy the Jews had returned from Babylonian exile (538 BC) and were already living in Jerusalem. So it is more likely that this prophecy refers to future events when the Jews will again live in Jerusalem.

In 1967, as a result of the Six Day War, Israel reclaimed Jerusalem as part of their nation. Nowadays, over 500,000 Jews live in Jerusalem.

Second Temple rebuilt

Prophesied: 520-518BC

This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built.’” ~ Zechariah 8:9a

Fulfilled: 516 BC

At the time of this prophecy the foundation of the second temple had already been laid (535 BC) and building had commenced, but the temple was still incomplete. Then in 516 BC, shortly after this prophecy, the second temple was completed and consecrated. So it appears this word from Zechariah was God encouraging the Jewish people to finish what they had started.

The second temple was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans, and the Temple Mount has been without a temple for about 1945 years. Will it be rebuilt?

New Testamentwritten ~750-518 BC        

Last generation

Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it/he is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. ~ Matthew 24:32-34 & Luke 21:29-32

Fulfilled: 70 AD, 1948 onward and future

Matthew 24 is Jesus response to two questions from the disciples:

  1. When will the temple be destroyed?
  2. What are the signs of your return and the last days?

Jesus goes on to answer both questions in an interleaved manner. Sometimes he is answering the first question (which occurred in 70 AD), sometimes the second (which appears to be today), and sometimes he is answering both at the same time. We are looking at the latter here.

In the Bible the fig tree refers to the wellbeing of Israel. So when Jesus says “As soon as it’s (i.e. the fig tree) twigs get tender and its leaves come out” he is referring to the resurgence of Israel, which we have seen began in 1948. He goes on to say “you know that summer is near” and then compares this to “when you see all these things, you know that it (or he) is near, right at the door”. He has compared summer to His return and/or the end of the age. So when you see Israel bloom/reappear you know that the end of the age and His return are near.

Jesus goes onto say something with great confidence, “this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” This verse has caused a lot of disagreement as to what it actually means. So I say the following as my own conjecture… I believe it means two things…

  1. That some of the people that were alive when Jesus spoke this would also see the second temple destroyed (in 70 AD). This is already fulfilled.
  2. That some of the people that were alive at the time when Israel became a nation, in 1948, would still be alive when Jesus returns. This has yet to be fulfilled.

Man of lawlessness, setup in temple

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day (Jesus’ return/rapture) will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. ~ Thessalonians 2:3-4

Fulfilled: Future

So much could be said about these verses, and they can cause people to become unsettled. And if this is the case for you, please read verses 1 & 2 which says “not to become easily unsettled or alarmed”. But I only want to focus on a small part of this verse “God’s temple” which implies another temple will exist in the future.

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Since 70 AD there has been no temple, as it was destroyed by the Romans. Even since Israel was reborn in 1948 it has not rebuilt the temple. However, the Jewish people have been preparing for over two decades to build the third temple on the Temple Mount. They have drawn up the blueprints, they have been practising the ceremonies, and they are breeding the red heifer without blemish, and the Israeli government has said it should happen. Time will tell.

Summary

When you look at what has happened with Israel becoming a nation in 1948 and regaining Jerusalem in 1967, it is easy to see that it fulfills many prophecies from 1000's of years prior, all spoken by God through His faithful prophets. It is not by chance that these things have happened. Not one other nation in all of human history has been exiled and returned to their nation, especially 2000 years later. Sometimes skeptics think prophecies are so vague they could fit any situation, but it is clear that no other nation comes even close to the prophecies made and fulfilled by Israel. It can only be by God's word and His hand.

Writing this article I was overwhelmed with what amazing precision and detail God speaks His Word and carries it out. Every sentence, word and comma in His Word matter. I found it such a blessing to see God's Word fulfilled over and over again. May you also be blessed.

Many scholars believe that when Israel became a nation in 1948 that this started the countdown to Jesus' return. That his return is near, even right at the door (Matthew 24). Many prophecies were fulfilled in 1948 and since and we have shown a portion of them in this article, and few remain. Time before the Lord's return must be drawing very close.

We see the significance of what it means for us today, that we are in the last days and that the triumphant return of the Lord Jesus is near. Something that struck me when investigating all these prophecies was that many of them had a reason attached to the prophecy, as to why was the prophecy made. And this is the reason "Then you will know that I am the Lord". Do you know?

May this be a blessing to all that have read, and may you "know" that He is the Lord, and He keeps His Word.