Israel is God’s prophetic timepiece – Jerusalem is the second hand.
Milton B. Lindberg writes: “without the existence of the nation of Israel, we would not be able to say with certainty that we are in the last days. That single event, more than any other, is the most prominent sign that we are living in the final moments before the coming of Jesus.”
End-time Bible prophecies require Israel to be back in the land that God gave them by way of an unconditional, eternal covenant (Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 17:8, Psalm 105:7–11, Ezekiel 37), they require Israel to be a nation again (Jeremiah 32:36–42, Isaiah 11:11-12, Jeremiah 16:14-15), they require that Israel be in disputed possession of the city of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:2-3) and they demand a conflict between Israel and her neighbours [Daniel 9]. This conflict is so intractable it will require supernatural intervention to resolve it [Daniel 9:27 Zechariah 12:2-3].
When Israel was reborn in a day just as God promised (Isaiah 66:8)on May 14th, 1948, these pieces of the end-time prophetic picture were set in place and God’s end-time clock was set in motion.
Without a biblical understanding of Israel in God’s plans and purposes, end-time prophecies don’t make sense and seem irrelevant. May we be like the sons of Issachar who understood the times in which they lived and how they were to live in those times (1Chronicles 12:32).