Israel is surrounded by hostile nations, several of whom have pledged to wipe her from the face of the earth. Pray for her. But don’t be surprised. God’s plan to rescue the earth from the grip of evil began there and it will end there – at Israel.
When God called Abraham, pledging that all nations would be blessed through him, He relocated Abraham to the land now known as Israel.
” The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1)
When Abraham’s descendants had later become enslaved in Egypt for 400 years, God sent Moses to take them back to the land, the land of Israel.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’” (Exodus 33:1)
When God sent His Son as the Savior, He was born in Bethlehem, raised in Nazareth, began His ministry in Galilee and was crucified and raised in Jerusalem – all located in the land of Israel.
Jesus’ second coming is prophesied to be associated with a gathering of hostile nations, led by evil forces, who will surround His people and attack, at Armageddon, “the mountain of Megiddo,” – in Israel.
“…They [demonic spirits] go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:14-16)
Is the rocket attack by Hamas and the ongoing ground war the beginning of those prophesied hostilities? I don’t know. I do know, when it comes, it will happen in Israel. And I know Jesus warned us to “stay awake,” clothed (with His salvation) and ready. There have been many times when it seemed as though His coming, and the final battle, would occur soon. Since 1948, they have been literally centered on Israel. This was all foretold with astonishing accuracy, beginning roughly 4000 years ago. God’s plan began and will end in Israel.
Get ready. If you have not made a decision about Jesus, please do not put it off. For more information on that, see “Accepting the Gift.”
And please pray: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth…”