“Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment? For as soon as Zion was in labor she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?” says the LORD; “shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb?” says your God. (Isaiah 66:7-9 ESV)
As recorded thousands of years ago in Isaiah 66:7-9, the prophet foreshadowed the re-birth of Israel, which happened "in one day." The woman giving birth before going into labour represents Israel. This accurately describes what happened on May 14, 1948 - when the Jews declared independence and the sovereign nation of Israel for the first time in 2,900 years.
It came with the United States issuing a statement that recognized Israel's new sovereignty. Only hours before hand British control had expired, ending the United Nations mandate. During a 24-hour span of time, foreign control of the land of Israel had formally ceased, and Israel had declared its independence, and its independence was acknowledged by other nations.
Modern Israel was literally was born in a single day.
The prophet Zephaniah had also predicted something as equally impossible as the rebirth of Israel. God predicted through His prophet Zephaniah that He would restore the ancient dead language of Hebrew as the living, spoken language of Israel. Hebrew ceased to be the common language of the Jews long before the life of Christ. “For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord. (Zephaniah 3:9 ESV)
No other nation has ever lost its language and later recovered it.
From the birth of Israel until "all these things being fulfilled" there will be ONE generation of Israelis and here is why......
THE MYSTERY IS IN THE FIG TREE
Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, (Ezekiel 36:8) you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. (Luke 21:28-32 ESV)
Here Israel is represented by the FIG TREE
The fig tree ripens its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away. (Song of Solomon 2:13 ESV)
Like grapes in the wilderness, I found Israel. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers. (Hosea 9:10 ESV)
And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’” (Luke 13:6-9 ESV)
This parable symbolizes Israel’s last opportunity to repent before experiencing God’s judgment. Three years signifies that Israel has had enough time to repent. Sir, let it alone this year. The period of grace and opportunity is extended, but only for a limited time. Dig around it implies loosening the soil so that water can flow easily to the roots; if the fig tree does not respond, it will be cut … down. The Greek construction suggests that this last attempt will also result in failure. God’s graciousness and patience should not be presumed upon.
10 Prophecies Fulfilled in 1948
1. Jacob's descendants would regain control of Israel Amos 9:14-15
Written: about 750 BC Fulfilled: Since 1948
2. Israel would be brought back to life Ezekiel 37:10-14
Written: between 593-571 BC Fulfilled: 1948
3. Isaiah spoke of a Israel being reborn in one day Isaiah 66:7-8
Written: perhaps between 701-681 BC Fulfilled: 1948
4. Israel would be re-established as a united nation Ezekiel 37:21-22
Written: between 593-571 BC Fulfilled: 1948
5. The second Israel would be more impressive than the first Jeremiah 16:14-15
Written: sometime from 626 to about 586 BC Fulfilled: 1948
6. Ezekiel predicted when Israel would be re-established Ezekiel 4:3-6
Written: between 593-571 BC Fulfilled: 1948
7. The people of Israel would return to "their own land" Ezekiel 34:13
Written: between 593-571 BC Fulfilled: after May 14, 1948
8. God would watch over the people of Israel Jeremiah 31:10
Written: sometime from 626 to about 586 BC Fulfilled: 1948, onward.
9. Israel's army would be disproportionately powerful Leviticus 26:3, 7-8
Written: perhaps around 1400 BC Fulfilled: 1948-49, 1967, today.
10. The fortunes of the people of Israel would be restored Deuteronomy 30:3-5
Written: perhaps 1400 BC Fulfilled: 1948, and continuing today.
THAT GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY UNTIL ALL THESE THINGS BE FULFILLED. (Matthew 24:34)
The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.(Psalm 90:10 ESV)
Israel came forth bearing fruit in May 14, 1948; add 70 years and we have 2018. But note this following verse: And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. (Matthew 24:22 ESV)
We are clearly seeing Prophecy come to pass and in my option we will see the return of Christ sometime before 2018 (no one can predict an exact date).
However; do not let us confuse the prophecies of the rebirth of Israel as a nation with the Prophecies of the New Jerusalem.
Israel today is a defendant sign of the end of this age and the generation which shall witness the return of Christ. The eternal promises are not yet, but given for the New Jerusalem. The complete fulfillment of all promises is for the Heavenly Jerusalem, where God is, and which will come to earth at the end of the 1000 years. Then Christians will be a part of the eternal Jerusalem and the completion of all promises given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The term New Jerusalem occurs twice in the New Testament, in Revelation 3:12 and Revelation 21:2. A large portion of the final two chapters of Revelation deals with John of Patmos' vision of the New Jerusalem. He describes the New Jerusalem as "'the bride, the wife of the Lamb'", where the river of the Water of Life flows (Revelation 22:1).
After John witnesses the new heaven and a new earth "that no longer has any sea", an angel takes him "in the Spirit" to a vantage point on "a great and high mountain" to see the New Jerusalem's descent. The enormous city comes out of heaven down to the New Earth. John's elaborate description of the New Jerusalem retains many features of the Garden of Eden and the paradise garden, such as rivers, a square shape, a wall, and the Tree of Life.
God's faithfulness can be clearly seen by anybody willing to study Biblical Prophecy. Promises given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (later named Israel when he was about 100 years old) and to their descendents as an eternal covenant. Through faith we are grafted into the fig tree and all the eternal promises can also be ours in the New Jerusalem where we will forever with be with Jesus our Christ, Messiah, and King.
Psalm 92…Tuesday November 1st, 2011
THANKFULNESS and FAITHFULNESS GO HAND IN HAND
It is good to praise the Lord
To proclaim your love and your faithfulness
For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree
They will grow like a cedar of Lebanon
Planted in the house of the Lord
They will flourish in the courts of our God
They will still bear fruit in old age
They will stay fresh and green
Proclaiming “The Lord is upright”
“HE IS MY ROCK”
Gratitude to God should be a part of our every day conversation and attitude being an integral part of our life
Our attitude toward life will consequently change and we will become more positive, gracious, loving and humble
Palm trees are known for their long life. To flourish like palm trees means to stand tall and to live long. The cedars of Lebanon grew to 120 feet in height and up to 30 feet in circumference, thus they were solid, strong and immovable. The psalm reveals believers as upright, strong and unmoved by the winds of circumstance. Those who place their faith firmly in God can have this kind of strength and vitality
Honoring God is not restricted to the youth with their overwhelming vitality and strength
Even in old age, devoted believers can produce spiritual fruit with a continued fresh outlook on life.
What an awesome aspect it would be for the youth to seek out an older individual and so discover of their experiences with the Lord which would be a challenge to new heights of spiritual growth.
THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL BE FILLED
WITH HOPE BEING DEVELOPED AS WE HAVE A TEACHABLE MIND SET TO SO ENCOUNTER THE TRUE BENEFITS THEREOF
I rejoice in the deeds of my Heavenly Father and that which He has accomplished thereby paving the way with His love and wisdom.
As I so abide in Christ I will flourish like the palm tree and I will remain fixed, steadfast and secure
Under His care, I will thrive and continue to bear good fruit throughout my life for He reaches out to renew and thus restore me
THE LORD IS FAITHFUL AND HIM I HONOR IN ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE FOR HE IS MY ROCK AND I AM SECURE THEREIN
It is thus good to Praise the Lord and so rest in His love and care.
CAST ALL YOUR CARES UPON THE LORD WHO WILL IMPART REST FOR YOUR SOUL
Thank you dear Jesus that Your Love and care will both sustain and nourish us anew and to You we give all the praise knowing You go before us paving the way with your presence in all things
By Charlotte….October 2011