The nation of Israel had its beginning with Abraham. He and his wife, Sarah, had a son, Isaac. Isaac had a son, Jacob, through whom all the promises of God would come. God would eventually change Jacob’s name to Israel. (Gen. 32:28) Jacob had twelve sons that would become the twelve tribes of Israel. They were chosen by God to bring blessings to the whole world. The ultimate Blessing would be the descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
God chose Israel to be His witness to the surrounding nations. If the nation lived obediently, God would bless them and cause the other countries to realize that the God of Israel was the true God. (Is. 43:10-12; Deut. 28:10; Josh. 2:9-11) The queen of Sheba travelled over 1,000 miles, about a 3 month journey, to see the kingdom of Solomon.
However, over the course of hundreds of years, Israel failed in their mission. They forsook the Lord over and over until there was no remedy. (II Chr. 36:16) Due to their disobedience, He would “bring a nation against” them, “a fierce nation” who would “besiege” their fortified walls and “destroy them“, just as He had warned (Deut. 28:49-52).
Due to their rejection of the Lord, He sent them into seventy years of Babylonian captivity. (II Chr. 36:16) Afterward, God brought them back into the land and they rebuilt Jerusalem, the wall, and the temple. Then again after six hundred years, the nation would reject Christ, God’s ultimate Prophet. For that reason, God would use the Romans to destroy the temple in 70 AD, eventually scattering the Jews around the world just as He said. They would become “few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven in multitude, because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God (Deut. 28:62). Eventually, the Holy Land would almost become uninhabited. In the 1500s there was only an estimated 5,000 Jews living in Ottoman Palestine along with about 150,000 Muslims and Christians.
A Promise Fulfilled
God promised Israel a land forever. (Gen. 17:8) He pledged to bring them back into their land despite their unfaithfulness – “I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries; then I will bring you to your land” (Ez. 36:24). Amazingly, God has brought them back in to their land. Today there are almost seven million Jewish people and almost two million Muslims and Christians living there. No other nation has been reunited to their land after being exiled for two thousand years. Modern day Israel is a God ordained modern day miracle.
Regardless of man’s failure, God will fulfill all His promises to Israel and to the church as well. His fulfillment of past judgments and future promises to Israel confirm that He will also fulfill His promise of everlasting life to those who have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 3:16) His promise of a future kingdom on earth where Jesus will rule and reign in righteousness is coming. Are you ready? Will you be part of it?
Assurance of Heaven; be sure that heaven is your final destination.
It has been almost 2,000 years since Jesus walked on the earth and promised that He would come back to set up His kingdom. This alone should cause anyone that believes the Bible to realize that God’s patience toward humanity may be running out.
His mercy and grace are always available, but there will be a time when He closes the door. Time alone should alert us that His return may be closer than we think. The worldwide convergence of Biblical prophecies are setting the stage for His soon return. The re-establishment of the nation of Israel started God’s clock ticking toward the end of things as we know it. Vanished When Millions Go Missing will help you understand the signs of the time.