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Friday, November 27, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

Jesus gave generic signs regarding His Second Coming in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.

Some say, “But these things have always been happening to one degree or another.”

To that, prophecy students reply by pointing to Ezekiel 36-39. There is the key puzzle piece that fits the generic into the key piece as wrap up signs maximum.

In the Old Testament prophecy, God’s Word predicts that Jews will come from all over the globe into their own land. There they will bring back the rural and urban areas.

Such happened on May 14, 1948. It never happened before since Christ. So that puzzle piece is the specific data needed to wed to the Gospel passages’ signs.

Israel, the size of New Jersey, is the Holy Land, the Promised Land, the spit of turf that the Almighty prizes. It is typical of Almighty God to go after the not-almighty by which to show His preference in power. God honors the small, the humble.

God chose little baby Jesus by which to come into the human race as one of mortals. God chose the little baby Moses by which to train as Hebrews’ liberator from Egyptian slavery. God chose the bashful David by which to rule Israel as king.

With Israel, God focused on the navel of the planet. There He planted holy history throughout recorded Old and New Testament annals. To this moment, everything significant revolves around that slice of geography.

Now that Israel has become a nation as of May 14, 1948, all other signs fall in place behind that key puzzle piece. Therefore, studying biblical prophecy, we can rightfully conclude that we are nearing the close of the Church Age, that is, the Second Coming of Christ.

Allah’s Koran, worked out by Islamics worldwide, pit Christ against Muslims’ manufactured messiah. Thus it has always been war between God and Satan. So it is in the End Times: the demonic versus the Holy.

Allah’s devotees threaten all non-devotees with destruction. With that, Allah’s disciples threaten Israel with flattening. Therefore, only Allah’s followers will be left standing at the close.

Such is the play-out of Satan since the start. Satan salivated for the heavenly throne, wanting to be god. His game plan has never lessened; now it is worked out in everyday political and societal angst. If Satan could grasp the planet, God’s footstool, he could hoist himself atop deity’s throne—ruling eternity.

Of course, Satan, father of lies, knows himself that his scheme is impossible; nevertheless, he has fooled enough spiritually duped mortals to believe it as fact. And so the beat goes on.

In the days henceforth, God will stand on the side of Israel. Again, the Old Testament repeatedly states God’s motive for that. It is not because Israelis deserve this; it is instead to vindicate God’s holy name. That is a constant refrain throughout Ezekiel 36-39.

God’s holy name has been besmirched due to the history of love of sin throughout His chosen ones. Therefore, they do not deserve special care in love. However, what does concern God is the evil leveled against His holiness.

That madness must be vindicated. And it will be with His oversight provided Israel till the Second Coming of Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. That Christ, once murdered by His own, will rule from Jerusalem for one thousand years (millennium).

Consequently, Iran will not blow up Jerusalem or Israel as a nation. God will keep all that intact for His Son’s holy reign.

Israel is the key puzzle piece in the study of End Times prophecy. It is the matter that matters most when it comes to understanding how Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 buttress the Middle East happenings.