May 27, 2020 - A. V. Rauf
Meanwhile Back in Israel…..
2020 without a doubt can unequivocally be looked upon as one of the most prophetically significant years in quite some time and yet here we are only five months in as the month of June is just days away.
Yes, we have witnessed a greater degree of famine, locusts, volcanoes, earthquakes, fires, rumors of war, and the list goes on.
The tipping point of this all has been the current COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and global ramifications which are yet to be determined in its severity.
What seemed to be an afterthought but Biblically speaking is most assuredly positioning itself to move into the forefront of all eschatological events is the current crisis that has been simmering for quite some time but is ready to reach its boiling point. Keep reading………..
After three elections and over almost a year and half of waiting, the Jewish state of Israel, also referred to as Judah, has finally agreed upon a government. Howbeit, it currently has two leaders, BOTH named Benjamin (Netanyahu & Gantz). Each leader will serve 18-month terms beginning with Benjamin Netanyahu. Both terms equal 36 months or 3 1/2 years. Benjamin Netanyahu stated during his swearing in ceremony that they would move forward with the settlements in the West Bank.
According to Benjamin Netanyahu, on July 1, 2020, which officially begins the second half of the year 2020, Israel will begin its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria. Keep in mind that as a result of the War of independence in 1948, Jordan annexed Judea and Samaria, as well as East Jerusalem.
However, as a result of the Six-Day in June of 1967, Israel recaptured Judea and Samaria, which since have been under Israeli control.
Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was built by King David over 3,000 years ago, and has never been a capital for any people other than the Jewish people, as was chronicled in the bible, and proved by independent archaeological discoveries found.
Jewish presence in the old city of Jerusalem existed uninterruptedly until the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem was overrun by the Jordanian Legion in 1948. This brought about the division of Jerusalem into East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, and West Jerusalem. In 1967, Jerusalem was reunited, and like any other nation’s capital, will never be divided or shared with any other……….until July 1, 2020???
We already know that King Abdullah of Jordan has already given Israel a stern warning that if Israel proceeds with the annexing of territories in Judea and Samaria this summer that a massive conflict will ensue.
Add to this, Recap Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has stated that he personally would not allow the annexation of Judaea and Samaria to occur. This alone raises the strong possibility that war in the Middle East could possibly erupt next month.
And if that is not enough, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomenei referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor to be destroyed,” and has promised to support any nation group that fights Israel and has urged Palestinian militant groups to cooperate, and expand the field of Jihad in All “Palestinian lands.” This would include Judea & Samaria!
Hosea 5:8-13—Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin.9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment.12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
In the Contemporary English Version, Verse 1o reads like this:
Hosea 5:10–Judah’s leaders are like crooks who move boundary markers; that’s why I will flood them
with my anger.
In the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, the unleashing of the anger of the LORD can be equated with His wrath or ultimately a time known as the Day of the LORD which has a simultaneous occurrence during a period known as the Time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble.
Jeremiah 30:1-7–The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,2 Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.3 For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.4 And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.5 For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.”
The chapter ends with some very strong verbiage coming from the LORD of the Sabaoth:
Jeremiah 30:23-24— Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.24 The fierce anger of the Lordshall not return, until he hath done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.
Two things to consider here:
1) The anger of the Lord is mentioned again as He is opposed to the dividing of His Covenant Land.2) The reader is being informed that “…in the latter days ye shall consider it.”
Again, it must be mentioned that God is not favor the dividing of the Covenant Land He promised to Abraham. Although it is inevitable that the nations of the world will proceed to try to accomplish this, the LORD will intervene:
Hosea 3:1-2— For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
One does not need an M. Div. or a Doctorate in Theology to discern that we are indeed living in the latter days. A simple reading of Matthew 24 clearly confirms that. I also believe that what took place during the COVID-19 pandemic is the microcosm of something that may repeat itself in similar fashion during the Tribulation period but with greater consequences.
What we need to understand is that the nation Israel has been the central focus of the Bible and becomes just that during the Tribulation period after the Rapture of the Church.
Soon and very soon, it will leapfrog all other events and take center stage culminating in the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. We know that prior to His return, the nation will be divided. This is exactly what is getting ready to take place in the very near future.
In the television series Avengers Assemble, this quote meant that you have reached the point of the story in which although it appears as if the villains appear to have an advantage, the audience needs a cue that the action is about to shift and the villains will soon be defeated.
Could it be that although we have been forbidden to congregate for the past several months and we are near the end of the Church Age that the time has come for the true Body Christ, with JESUS being the ultimate Avenger to get ready to assemble again???
Will the true Church assemble to reap a harvest of souls or will the true Church assemble …..in the air??