Questions On Bible Prophecy – 5

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*Pastor’s Note: We will continue, in no particular order questions posed from the excellent book by Mark Hitchcock entitled, The Complete Book of Bible Prophecy. My hope and prayer is that it will give some insight into much of the end-times prophecy the Bible speaks of and hopefully alleviates some of the fears and confusion people have about studying prophecy. The following is the next in a line of questions I present to you from his book:

What Is The Number-One Sign That These Are The Last Days?

There are numerous signs of the last days in the Bible. However, the number-one sign or “super sign” of the last days is the current regathering of the nation of Israel, which began in 1948. This last-days regathering of Israel is predicted in many places in Scripture (Isaiah 43:5–6; Jeremiah 30:3; Ezekiel 34:11–13; 36:34; 37:1–14). Students of Bible prophecy no longer have to say that this will happen someday. It began in 1948 and continues to be fulfilled today.

Israel is the number-one sign of the end times because Israel must exist as a sovereign nation for many prophecies in Scripture to be fulfilled. Here are just five examples:

  1. Antichrist will make a seven-year covenant with Israel (Daniel 9:27).
  2. Antichrist will invade Israel and desecrate the temple (Daniel 11:40–41; Matthew 24:15–20).
  3. Gog and his allies will invade the nation of Israel when it is at peace (Ezekiel 38–39).
  4. All the nations of the earth will invade Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:1–9; 14:1–2).
  5. The people of Israel will flee into the wilderness to escape the wrath of Satan (Revelation 12:13–17).

Since so many major prophecies require the existence of the nation of Israel, Israel is the number-one sign of the last days. If you want to know where we are on God’s prophetic clock, the best place to look is at the tiny nation of Israel.

John Walvoord highlights the significance of Israel as a sign of the last days:

Of the many peculiar phenomena which characterize the present generation, few events can claim equal significance as far as Bible prophecy is concerned with that of the return of Israel to their land. It constitutes a preparation for the end of the age, the setting for the coming of the Lord for his church, and the fulfillment of Israel’s prophetic destiny.1

Mr. Hitchcock’s teachings are informative and enlightening as well as inspirational and any book you can get for yourself from his writings will most definitely be well-worth it. I hope you are blessed AND informed and some of these questions and answers will give you a greater strength to walk in confidence and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Bible prophecy ALWAYS points to God and His plans for this world that He created through Christ Jesus. Therefore, for true Christians, it is meant to be a comfort that God continues as always to have everything under control despite what it might appear to the average person.

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1John F. Walvoord, Israel in Prophecy (Zondervan Publishing House, 1962), 26.
Mark Hitchcock, The Complete Book of Bible Prophecy (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1999)
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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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