According to the Mayans and their calendar, the world is supposed to end on December 21, 2012. Many people have heard the hype about the world ending and think it’s crazy. Christians don’t put their faith in the Mayans or their calendar. Yet many do believe we are approaching–or in–the “End Times” described in the Bible, and are finding God in prophecy about Israel.
Some prophecies are so concrete and specific that they can’t be questioned. One impressive “Sign” (another word for a prophecy or miracle) is that Israel is back in the Promised Land.
In Ezekiel 37:1-14 God gave Ezekiel a vision of a valley of dry bones, bones so dry there was no way they could come back to life. But then the bones got up, flesh and muscle developed on them, and those bones lived! This represents the nation of Israel. Take a closer look at verses 12-14 in that passage. God is specific about the Israelites being back in their own land:
12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O 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. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 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.’” (Bold emphasis, mine.)
Israel had not been its own nation, governing itself, in the “Promised Land” (the geographical land that God gave to Abraham) since 63 B.C. I found this note in the NIV Study Bible (1984), (page 1319, on the map):
“Continued political rivalries in Judea brought the intervention of the Roman general Pompey in 63 B.C. This event signaled the end of Jewish political independence, except for periods of brief autonomy during the ill-fated revolts of the first and second Christian centuries.”
Do you know when Israel again became a nation in its own geographic land, governing itself? May 14, 1948.
That year, 1948, is not ancient history. That’s within the lifetimes of many living among us today—the World War II generation. Israel became a nation again soon after the end of World War II, after Hitler tried, but failed, to annihilate the Jews.
Now that’s specific and concrete!
This is one Sign that is unique to our generation. No one can argue saying this Sign has not been fulfilled. Israel is back in the Promised Land. That’s an incredible fulfillment of prophecy, and that’s why many people are finding God in prophecy about Israel today.
See these videos about Israel from YouTube:
Israel 1948 Footage:
1948 – The Birth of Israel: