Why Israel And Jerusalem Are Important
People who don’t know the Bible want to know why Jerusalem is such a big deal in world news? Our text plus many other Scriptures tell us that Jerusalem will play a key role in prophecy. Stop and read the text one more time.
Scripture tells us in Ezekiel 37 that the Jews would be regathered in their land, and that prophecy was fulfilled when Israel became a nation on May 14, 1948. After Ezekiel 37 comes Ezekiel 38, which speaks of an attack against Israel by a large nation to the north of the Jewish homeland, accompanied by several allies invading Israel from every direction. Scripture emphasizes multiple times that this will happen in the last days. This is still in the future.
In speaking of Israel's enemies, Ezekiel 38:8–11 offers an interesting detail. I’m using a lot of the NLT version this morning because that is what I’m reading from and it says it so plain without taking anything away.
"A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel.
You and all your allies—a vast and awesome army—will roll down on them like a storm and cover the land like a cloud.
This is what the Sovereign Lord says: 'At that time evil thoughts will come to your mind, and you will devise a wicked scheme. You will say, "Israel is an unprotected land filled with unwalled villages! I will march against her and destroy these people who live in such confidence!”
Notice those last 6 words, “These people who live in such confidence”. That is talking about Israel. Can you imagine that statement being made right after the Holocaust? I don’t think they were very confident back then. Can you imagine that statement being made after Israel was established as a nation, or even after the 1967 war? Not really. But today Israel has one of the most powerful and effective military forces on the face of the earth. They are not the largest, but they are known for their military prowess and for their military intelligence. And for quite a long time now, they have had nuclear weaponry. That is why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stood before the United Nations and made it very clear that, if necessary, Israel will exercise a military option to protect herself. So, I think Israel does live within a certain degree of confidence today that they have never known historically.
The United States has been a staunch ally of Israel's and I believe that’s one of the reasons God has blessed our nation is because of our continued support for Israel. And according to Bible prophecy, one day, there will be no great ally behind Israel. That may be because we get a leader who turns their back on Israel or maybe America will be reduced to a third world country. Genesis 12:3 is plain as day and our leaders would be wise to keep this in their hearts. God says, “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Israel will stand alone when she is attacked by an enemy from the north and its allies. (Russia and some of the Arab Countries)
The Bible also predicts that a national revival will come to Israel, when God will once again pour out his Spirit upon the nation. But this will happen after the rapture of the church. Romans 11:25 predicts, "Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ."
How can a person know the chronology of events of the end times and not live godly lives? If we know what the Bible say’s is going to happen in the last days and it doesn’t impact us in the way that we live, then we have missed what God is trying to say. Jesus didn't say, "When these things begin to happen, argue about it." Rather, he said, "When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near" (Luke 21:28. God Bless!!