Month: March 2017

Israel and the fig tree

FigsWhen is the end of the world? I was asked that question at a party, by people who knew I was a believer.  Cults like the Jehovah Witnesses and men like Harold Camping do us no favours.

How would I know when time is up?  Jesus said it was not for us to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. Acts 1:7

I didn’t want to brush them off either.  Put on the spot, I hunted through my mind for what I’d read in the Bible.

Asked the same questions by the disciples, Jesus gave them a description of events that would happen at the times of the end.  You can read it in Matthew 24.  But he compacted 2,000 years into his answer, from the destruction of the Jewish temple in AD70 until the present day.  And he covered two groups – the nation of Israel, and the Church he would begin at Pentecost, fifty days after his resurrection. So you have to be mindful of that.

“Watch what happens with the nation of Israel,” I answered, knowing that Israel proves Bible prophecy.

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Did you know that the fig tree represents the nation of Israel?  That’s why it was cursed for not having any fruit. Matthew 21:18-22

Jesus summed up his description of end times events by saying Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.”  Mathew 24:32-34

Cursed and cut down until 1948, the fig tree revived when Israel came back to its land and became a nation again.  The end times Jesus spoke about are here with the rebirth of that tree, the nation of Israel.

 

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The supernatural protection of Israel

Here’s an awe-inspiring sight, a pillar of cloud protecting Israel on the Syrian border on Dec 5th, 2016.

It brings to mind the column of cloud that was there in the Exodus when God stood between Israel and the army of Pharaoh.

Is there any proof for the events in Exodus 14, and the Red Sea crossing?

Ron Wyatt, a colorful and controversial amateur archeologist found chariot wheels on the floor of the Red Sea, relating it to the Biblical account of Pharaoh’s army being drowned while pursuing the Hebrews.

This hasn’t been proven true or false: https://www.truthorfiction.com/chariot-wheels/#.VFprvIdKagy

He never got his work peer-reviewed so I don’t consider his findings relevant.  For me the cloud is evidence of the Exodus.

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And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Exodus 14:19


For more evidence of God’s protection of Israel, click here.

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