Israel is the major topic of the Bible. The word
"Israel" occurs 2,565 times in 2,293 verses. More than enough
prophecies have already been fulfilled in Israel’s unique history to
prove that "the God of Israel" (203 times) is the true God. In
Zechariah 12:2-3, He declares:
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling
unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege
both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I
make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden
themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of
the earth be gathered together against it.
This is an amazing prophecy not only that
Jerusalem, which was then in ruins, would become a burden to the
whole world, but that all of Israel’s neighbors would be united
against her. They have fought one another in the past. Yet today,
for the first time in history, "all the people round about" are
united by Islam to destroy Israel.
For more than 50 years, Israel’s neighbors have
launched surprise attacks against her and she has proved too strong
militarily, even though they outnumber her forty to one. God said,
"I [will] make...Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood…and
they shall devour all the people round about…" (Zech 12:6). Soundly
defeated every time, her Muslim neighbors feign a desire for peace,
hoping to deceive and ultimately destroy her—a strategy established
The real battle is not between Arabs and Jews,
but between Allah and Yahweh. There is no question of the outcome,
but it will be costly for both sides: Israel will be severely
punished for rebellion, and her enemies will be destroyed.
Exactly as foretold, Jerusalem is a burden to all
people of the world. More than 60,000 individual votes have been
cast in the UN against Israel. This tiny nation with one 1,000th of
the world’s population has occupied one-third of the United Nations’
time—a burden indeed!
Skeptics accuse Christians of trying to fit
current events to the Bible, claiming that no one recognized such
prophecies until Israel was formed in 1948. On the contrary, for
centuries most evangelical Christians have preached from the Bible
the return of the Jews to their own land. Even John Owen, a leading
Calvinist, wrote in the 17th century: "The Jews shall be
gathered...into their homeland." 1 This was also the opinion of the
poet John Milton, of John Bunyan, Roger Williams, Oliver Cromwell,
and many others.
Martin Luther wrote: "If the Jews are Abraham’s
descendants…[they should be] back in their own land [with] a state
of their own. But…[they are] scattered and despised." 2 He therefore
wrote off the Jews as God’s chosen people and persecuted them. But
today the Jews are back in their own land after 2,500 years of being
scattered worldwide, speaking Hebrew just as King David did 3,000
years ago. No other people have returned to reestablish their own
nation and language after being cast out of their land for such a
period of time.
Some prophecies applicable only to our day are
frightening, foretelling God’s judgment. The language is often
If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take
hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies...my sword
shall devour flesh… (Deut 32:41-42). For, behold, the LORD will
come…to render his anger with fury...by his sword...(Isa 66:15,16).
And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the
earth even unto the other…they shall not be lamented, neither
gathered, nor buried.... (Jer 25:33)
The question is often asked as to whether the
United States (or Canada, Australia, et al.) is in Bible prophecy.
Of course! Scripture declares that every nation in the world will
join together to invade Israel in the last days and be destroyed in
the battle of Armageddon: "I will gather all nations [surely all
includes America] against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be
taken….Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those
nations…" (Zech 12:9; 14:2-4).
But wouldn’t the United States be spared for
being Israel’s friend? In fact, the U.S. State Department has often
been against Israel. This was true in the Yom Kippur War. In a sneak
attack (October 1973), 80,000 Egyptians overwhelmed 500 Israeli
defenders along the Suez and 1,400 Syrian tanks swept down the Golan
with only one Israeli tank in service to oppose them. Israel was
taken by surprise. Most of her armed forces were on holiday. The
initial success of the attackers so electrified the Arab world that
nine other Arab states rushed to get in on the slaughter.
Historian David A. Rausch writes: "Jordan’s King
Hussein sent two of his best armored brigades to Syria. Saudi Arabia
and Kuwait financially underwrote the huge cost while sending
thousands of troops to fight the Israelis. Kuwait lent her
British-made Lightning jets to Egypt. Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi turned
over forty French-made Mirage III fighters and 100 tanks. Iraqi MiG
fighter jets as well as tank and infantry divisions fought on the
Golan Heights, while a squadron of Iraqi Hunter jets were utilized
by Egypt. Arabs predicted the extermination of the Jewish state and
the ‘liberation’ of Palestine...." 3
The Soviet Union blocked any UN attempt at a
cease-fire and refortified the Arab forces with armaments and
supplies by sea and air. It was the closest Israel ever came to
being defeated. But when the war ended, the Israeli tank columns
were on the outskirts of Damascus and Cairo and could have taken
those cities had they not turned back. Tragically, Israel suffered
about 3,000 dead—which would be comparable to the U.S. losing
150,000. Except for a series of miracles from God, Israel would not
Where was her friend, the United States? Dozens
of notices were sent to the Nixon White House by America’s National
Security Administration (NSA) that an Arab Pearl Harbor was about to
be launched against Israel. Nixon sat on them. Kissinger hid at the
Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York the day of the attack and waited
another three days before convening the UN Security Council.
Declining to rush desperately needed military supplies to Israel,
the White House said it had to be careful not to upset the Arabs and
cause an oil crisis.
Six years earlier, on June 8, 1967, the fourth
morning of the "Six-day War," the USS Liberty, an electronics
eavesdropping vessel, arrived off the Sinai coast and began to suck
in every Israeli military communication, relaying it all to the
British Secret Service’s giant computer installation on Cyprus. From
there, complete maps of every Israeli military move were transmitted
in advance to the Arab armed forces. With that help, the Arabs might
have been able to use their overwhelming numerical superiority to
turn the tide of the war. Israel had no choice except to sink the
Liberty. Of course the media screamed about this "cold-blooded
attack." No one believed Israel’s public excuse that the Liberty had
been mistaken for a hostile Egyptian ship—and neither the U.S. nor
Israel has publicly told the truth.
Yes, the United States, too, will attack Israel
and will be punished at Armageddon. God declares plainly that He
will bring all nations against Israel to destroy them:
In the latter days...I will bring thee against my
land…my fury shall come up in my face…there shall be a great shaking
in the land of Israel…the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the
heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things [on]
the earth, and all the men [on] the face of the earth, shall shake
at my presence…[all nations] shall know that I am the Lord. (Eze
This is terrifying language! What causes this
"great shaking" of the entire planet and every living creature upon
it? God is personally coming to earth as He did at Mount Sinai when
He gave the Law—and He is going to take vengeance upon the enemies
There are two specific reasons for God’s
judgment: "I will also gather all nations ...into the valley of
Jehoshaphat [between Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives, where God
miraculously destroyed invading nations without Israel lifting a
finger (2 Chr 21:10-25)], and will plead with [punish] them there
for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have 
scattered among the nations, and  parted my land" (Joel 3:2).
Of course, all nations have participated in
persecuting and scattering the Jews from country to country for
2,500 years. The second reason for God’s judgment falling on all
nations, however, is something that has only occurred within our
generation: "they have…parted [divided] my land."
Israel has been overrun by invaders many
times—but never did any conqueror divide the land. The victor does
not share its spoils with others. Since World War I, however, all
nations have joined to divide the land of Israel.
The 1917 Balfour Declaration, the 1919 Paris
Peace Conference, and the 1922 Declaration of Principles by the
League of Nations all recognized that the land that had become known
as "Palestine" (since the Romans renamed Israel in A.D. 135)
belonged to the Jews. It was set aside to become the national
homeland of the Jewish people "internationally guaranteed,
and…formally recognized to rest upon ancient historic connection."
Of course, history ties Israel to all of "Palestine."
Britain was given the mandate to see that the
Jews were safely settled there. The discovery of huge reservoirs of
oil under Arab lands caused Britain to keep Jewish immigrants out
and let in tens of thousands of Arabs. Just when millions of Jews
desperately needed a haven to which they could flee from Nazi
Germany, Britain’s 1939 White Paper limited Jewish immigrants to
10,000 per year for a maximum of five years, plus an additional
25,000 "refugees" during that period—then the door to Palestine
would be shut entirely to the Jews. Since the Nazis had marked for
extinction 11 million Jews in Europe, the quota of 25,000 defied God
A year earlier, President Roosevelt had gathered
delegates from 32 countries in Evian, France, to discuss the
worsening plight of the Jews. Roosevelt made it clear that the
United States would do nothing. Britain said there was no room in
Palestine and it was not to be discussed. Professing their great
sympathy for Europe’s Jews that everyone knew were to be
exterminated, the nations offered various excuses why they could do
nothing to intervene.
Hitler shrewdly declared, "We...are ready to put
all these criminals at the disposal of these countries...even on
luxury ships." When the conference ended with the Jews completely
abandoned, Hitler mocked the participants: "It was recently regarded
as wholly incomprehensible why Germany did not wish to preserve in
its population...the Jews…[yet these] countries seem in no way
anxious to [receive them] now that the opportunity offers." The
entire world was Hitler’s partner in destroying the Jews!
In 1944, Hitler offered to sell to the allies
500,000 Hungarian Jews for $2 each—and no one would take them!
England said there was "no room" in Palestine for them! In 1943,
Britain and America had agreed to say and do nothing about the
Holocaust, fearful that if pressed, Hitler would dump the Jews on
his critics. The Allies steadfastly refused the repeated urgent
appeals from Jewish organizations to bomb the rail lines going in
and out of the extermination camps. God will judge all nations!
After the war, a trickle of emaciated survivors
of Hitler’s death machines sought to reach "Palestine" in
half-sinking ships. Some who got within sight of the land God had
given to them as an everlasting inheritance (1 Chr 16:15-18) were
driven back by the British navy and put into internment camps on
Cyprus. Many who did manage to find shelter within what would become
the new Jewish State of Israel were rounded up by the British and
removed to those camps. Britain created Jordan out of most of the
Promised Land. The demise of the British Empire, upon which "the sun
never sank," can be counted from the time Britain betrayed the
Jews—one more fulfillment of the prophecy, "I will bless them that
bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee…" (Gen 12:3).
When the UN finally voted to partition Palestine
on November 29, 1947 (UN Res. 181), God’s "chosen people" received
about 13 percent of the land that had once belonged to them! Thus
Joel’s prophecy was fulfilled that all nations would join to divide
Israel. The only part of that prophecy remaining to be fulfilled is
the judgment on the nations for having "parted" God’s land: "The
land shall not be sold [partitioned] for ever; for the land is mine"
God’s anger is growing hotter against the nations
of this world for robbing Israel of what He gave to her. Yet in
continued defiance of God, every peace proposal that the West has
imposed upon Israel has involved further dividing of God's land.
President Bush, a professing Christian, originated the so-called
"road map to peace," which calls for a further dividing of the land
of Israel. He ought to tremble and repent, as should President
Putin, the EU, and the UN, who have joined Bush to make up the
"quartet" sponsoring this plan.
On her part, Israel has been willing to give away
more and more land in exchange for promises of "peace" from the PLO
in spite of the fact that its charter calls for the destruction of
Israel and that its maps and those of the entire Arab world do not
even acknowledge Israel’s existence. The fact that Israel has been
forced to do so by the West is no excuse. For this she will be
punished severely in what is called "the time of Jacob’s trouble" (Jer
30:7). Yes, God will deliver her, but only after two-thirds of all
Jews on earth have been killed (Zec 13:8,9).
There is no more appropriate place and way to
destroy the nations that have abused Israel than when they, in the
spirit of Satan, come to effect once and for all what Hitler called
the "final solution to the Jewish problem." Believers are to meet
together to encourage and exhort one another from Scripture, "so
much the more, as ye see the day [of judgment] approaching" (Heb
10:25). Fulfilled prophecies are heralding that day as never before.