Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Do you want to know what will happen next in the Middle East?

 

Will there be peace in the Middle East? Who is going to win the Israel Palestinian conflict? When the tensions go high between Israel and Arab nations, people want to know what will happen next. 

 

I want to explain what is going to happen in the Middle East. I am not writing what will happen in the future because I am a prophet.  "I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet" (Amos 7:14). I am writing the future because I study the prophets. Some of the things I am writing here may seem preposterous to a few people.

 

 

 

Before 1948, when some pastors preached from the Bible that God will bring back the nation of Israel, many scoffed at them. For almost 1900 years, there was no nation Israel, said the unbelievers. Scoffers questioned how a nation could come back that has gone out of existence for 1900 years. For man, it is impossible, but for God, all things are possible. In fact, God can bring a nation in one day just like the prophet Isaiah foretold:

 

 "Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things?

 Can a land be born in one day?

 Can a nation be brought forth all at once?

 As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons” (Isaiah 66:8).

 

On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. U.S. President Harry S. Truman recognized the new nation on the same day. The prophecy came to fulfillment, and the nation Israel was born in one day. And the rest is history. 

 


This should make the reader curious after seeing the fulfillment of a prophecy written during 750 BC. There are several prophecies concerning Israel that are yet to be fulfilled. 

 In the last days, the Jewish Temple will be rebuilt, and the temple sacrifices restored. Looking at the TV screens and watching the tensions flaring up in the Temple Mount recently, it appears, rebuilding the Jewish temple is an impossible task. 

 With all the details in my head, someday I will write a book, but for now, I should keep this short. 

 According to the Bible, we are now living in the "Church Age". When the rapture happens, all the truly born-again, born by the spirit Christians, both living and dead, will be taken out of this world with a glorified body.  

 The Apostle Paul writes, 

"… the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

 As millions of people disappear into thin air at the rapture, the corrupt mainstream media will convince the people left behind as some radiation or an alien invasion that caused the people to disappear. There will be lawlessness and turmoil in a scale the world has never seen. Out of the chaos, an insignificant leader emerges into the center stage and usurps power over many nations. The Bible calls this leader the Antichrist. 

 


The Antichrist will sign peace treaties with many nations and Israel for seven years (one week of years). It's ironic that Israel rejected their Messiah (the Christ) but accepts the Antichrist. By this time, Israel will have its temple rebuilt and the sacrificial system restored. The Antichrist will break his covenant in the middle of the seven-year treaty and halts the sacrifices in the temple. He enters the temple and declares himself as god. He begins persecuting the Jewish people in order to annihilate them. 

 

The next three and half years is the great tribulation. The great tribulation is a time of unprecedented suffering, especially for the Jewish people. It is also called the "Jacob's trouble." Many of them will flee to Petra. The Antichrist and his armies will ravage Israel. As the prophet Joel describes, they "have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it" (Joel 3:3). If you think the holocaust was the biggest tragedy for the Jewish people, six million Jewish people were killed, it will be nothing compared to what is going to happen during the time of the Antichrist. It is estimated that one in three Jews were killed during the holocaust. In the great tribulation, two out of three Jews will be killed. When the nation Israel goes through the tribulation, they realize their great sin of crucifying their Christ (Messiah) and accepting the Antichrist. The prophet Zechariah wrote,

"In the whole land, declares the Lord,

two thirds shall be cut off and perish,

and one third shall be left alive.

And I will put this third into the fire,

and refine them as one refines silver,

and test them as gold is tested.

They will call upon my name,

and I will answer them.

I will say, 'They are my people';

and they will say, 'The Lord is my God" (Zechariah 13:8-9).

 

Until the Church is raptured, and Israel goes through the tribulation, a partial hardening has come upon the Jewish people. When they repent and call for their Messiah, whom they crucified, then all Israel will be saved. The Apostle Paul writes,

"... a partial hardening has come upon Israel,

until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,       

"The Deliverer will come from Zion,

he will banish ungodliness from Jacob";

 "and this will be my covenant with them

when I take away their sins" (Romans 11:25-27).

 

At the end of the seven-year tribulation period, Jesus Christ will come back and destroy Antichrist and establish his kingdom. When the Prince of Peace comes, there will be peace in Jerusalem.  Until then, there will be no peace. There will be no peace without the Prince of Peace. 

 

Dear reader, if you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, the next event that happens is the rapture. If you only have a religion and not a relationship, you will be left behind and will suffer through the tribulation. If you really understand the tribulation, you do not want to be there or do not want your loved one to be left behind. 

 

Jesus said ..., "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31). Those who reject Jesus Christ will be thrown into the lake of fire. 

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2 comments:

  1. Great explanation John! I am going to save this to refer back to. Thank you!!!

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  2. Can't wait till you find time to write your book on Revelation!
    You explain everything so clearly.

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