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ON THE PLAN TO BUILD THE THIRD TEMPLE (PART 12): The Great Storm of Apocalypse

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The best way to describe where we are as an end-of-days generation is to liken our perspective to looking out across a great plain, such as that found in Oklahoma. We can see all the way across the flat distance to the horizon.

Boiling on that vast horizon are ominous, black clouds. The closer the storm gets, the more we can see the wicked, jagged flickering of lightning. We sense the audible distant rumbles, and soon our ears are assaulted by thunderous crashes of violence rushing our way.

These represent the many prophetic signals Jesus foretold. We are not yet inside that great apocalyptic tempest, but we certainly recognize that it will soon overtake our still relatively tranquil surroundings.

The world stage is setting up for the era about which Jesus said: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21).

The Exception?

There is an exception to every rule, so the saying goes. Even God’s Word sometimes has exceptions to the rules it contains. But this never happens in the case of unalterable truth, such as the following: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 12:4).

The exception to the rule in the case of end-times prophecies not being fulfilled during the current dispensation (Church Age) might well be Israel once again being a nation.

Modern Israel’s rebirth can be likened to Jesus being the only way to salvation. Israel being back in the Land of Promise, with Hebrew once again the national language, is the dramatic manifestation of God’s inalterable truth. Israel will be His nation forever. Promises God made to Israel, highlighted in the list below, are key to understanding His never-failing truth about the security of Israel’s future.

God’s first promises to Abraham about a nation:

  • “Unto thy seed will I give this land” (Genesis 12:7a).
  • “I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God” (Genesis 17:7–8).

God’s promises that His covenant with Israel is unconditional:

  • “If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah” (Psalm 89:30–37).
  • “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever” (Jeremiah 31:35–36).
  • “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3).

God’s promises regarding Abraham’s idea for Ishmael, versus God’s plan:

  • “And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee!” (Genesis 17:18).
  • “And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him” (Genesis 17:19).

God’s revelation of His plan for the land/nation to Jacob:

  • “And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of” (Genesis 28:13–15).

God’s words to Moses:

  • “Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them” (Deuteronomy 1:8).

God’s words to Joshua:

  • “Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.… Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them” (Joshua 1:2–4, 6).

God’s promise to return Israel to the land:

  • “And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the Lord their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 26:44–45).
  • “And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God” (Amos 9:14–15).



The Israel/America Miracle

The reestablishment of Israel in the land God promised His chosen people validates that God’s promises never fail. This is the one element that can verify fulfillment of prophecy in our day. Israel’s amazing relationship with America, likewise, gives the United States considerable credence as a nation of prophetic destiny.

Consider the profound assurances given Israel by God through Moses, in light of Israel being cut off as a nation occupying the land the Lord gave the Jews. Remember, this is a people who were scattered throughout the world and persecuted—without a country or a common language—for almost two millennia! “That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee….and will return and will gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee. And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it.” (Deuteronomy 30:3, 5).

A Stunning Fulfillment?

Isaiah the prophet was given view down the corridor of time to see God’s people scattered, violently mistreated, and then brought back together as one. Ezekiel the prophet foresaw a similar thing in the prophecy about the valley of dry bones recorded in Ezekiel 37. Isaiah’s is remarkably more dramatic than other prophecies—even than Ezekiel’s vision—because of the stunning precision with which his prophecy was given, and, I believe, with which it came to pass.

As stated previously, Israel is the one sign Jesus gives that seems most directly to signal the beginning of the end. We have been living a part of that dramatic sign since May 14, 1948, when the nation of Israel was born in a single day.

The Center of the Storm

The true source of the world’s rage against Israel is summed up in Revelation 12:1–5, as related earlier. This is the nucleus of the geopolitical storm presently gathering in the Middle East. More than a mortal storm, it is a cosmic, universal maelstrom of eternal consequence.

Lucifer stirs the black, brewing tempest that will soon unleash his fury into man’s final war. His hatred for the people through whom God chose to give fallen man His supreme love gift, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so they could be reconciled to the Creator, grows more intense and more manifest by the hour.

The Jews, the nation Israel, are the centerpiece of the Middle East turmoil. Why? Because they are at the center of that struggle over which man and his intellect have philosophized since antiquity but have never comprehended. The struggle is between good and evil. Many governments have tried to deal with the trouble in this region. Some seemed for a time to succeed in their efforts. But the ancient conflict goes on, and more and more often, it inflames to the point of eruption.

Israel, America’s Saving Grace

This brings us to America’s second-most important reason for existence—second only to this nation’s destiny in broadcasting the gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world. In my view, this secondary use of the phenomenally powerful American nation is among the most profound indicators we can find that America, indeed, is in Bible prophecy. God is using America to be midwife in Israel’s modern birth into the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob those thousands of years ago.

President Harry S. Truman insisted, despite many voices of opposition, that the embryo country still in the womb of the Holy Land, Israel, come to birth on May 14, 1948. America stood by Israel’s struggle to get to its feet and its battles against its attacking, hatred-filled enemy neighbors.

God’s hand was at work in unseen ways during the times leading up to Truman’s presidency after Franklin D. Roosevelt died in 1945. Truman, who said he had read God’s Word through a number of times, told those around him that the Jews had promises from God concerning the land. He apparently believed that America must bless, not curse, Israel. Historians would say that coincidentally, perhaps even ironically (yet certainly providentially), Truman had a Jewish friend—Edward Jacobson—with whom he had co-owned a haberdashery. His partner convinced Truman early on of that nation’s prophetic destiny.

Although Israel now has its own nuclear arsenal, it is America—in human terms—that has provided the most military strength to discourage overwhelming assaults against the Jewish state. (Looking beyond the physical earthly protection for Israel, it is the Lord of Heaven who provides the ultimate hedge of protection.)

God has proved in war after war throughout Israel’s earlier and latter incarnations that He keeps His promises to protect them from absolute destruction, despite their many diasporas and their tribulations as captives and/or outcasts. He uses human military to accomplish this promise that the Jew will always be His chosen people. But, many strange reports have come out of some of those battles proclaiming it was supernatural activity that turned the tide.

Reports of battles during Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948, as an established nation in 1956, 1967, and 1973, brought such reports. And, at a spiritual warfare level in the sense of Ephesians 6:12, conflicts unseen by human eyes continue.

Christian Soldiers

Israel’s nuclear capability and America’s stupendous military and technological might are strong defensive ingredients for modern Israel’s protection. But, while surrounded by forces of overwhelming numbers whose satanic rage cannot be stemmed, a most unconventional army is Israel’s greatest ally.

This ally contingent holds the joint Israeli-American defensive coalition in place and in God’s prophetic plan. It is a spiritual force that is Israel’s closest friend. Christians, particularly those in America, make up the spiritual army that supports Israel’s right to exist as does no other group on earth. This army doesn’t bear physical arms or always fight literally on the bloody fields surrounding Israel. It fights with prayer for the peace of Jerusalem and does spiritual battle for Israel while that Jewish state moves in blind unrepentance toward its ultimate great destiny as the head of all nations during the Millennium, Christ’s thousand-year reign on Planet Earth.

America Plunges While the Church Arises

America, the golden cup in the Lord’s hand for more than two centuries—having disseminated the gospel to the world and having been the midwife of Israel’s birth into modern times, then its protector—is not mentioned in Bible prophecy by name. However, supposedly lesser nations of history are mentioned, such as Persia (present-day Iran), Syria, and others. Many believe Russia fits into the region known in ancient times as the region called in Scripture “Rosh.” But the once-shining city on the hill called America is nowhere to be found as the very end of days unfold.

So, what happens to the United States of America?

Not all born-again people believe Israel is God’s chosen nation. Most Christians today don’t even think in terms of Israel and its prophetic destiny one way or the other. This is because, in many cases, they aren’t taught about these matters by their pastors and teachers. Also, they may not do enough study on their own so God the Holy Spirit can instruct them regarding Israel and prophecy.

So, it is a relatively small group that observes prophetic matters as outlined in God’s Word. The others are ignorant of these things. Many are willfully ignorant.

No matter the tragic state of the spiritually weakened Church, God hasn’t let slip from His mighty grasp upon the human condition the Israel/America miracle He began to form in history now long past. Be assured, those among the Heaven-bound, end-times Christians who do understand Israel’s place in God’s holy eyes are key to America’s ultimate destiny.

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