Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of me; John 5:39
I said something recently about the Lord’s return & the person I was speaking to snorted dismissively. Yeah, sure thing. Two thousand years & He’s not returned yet.
Sadly that is also the attitude of many believers. We have waited a long time & still the Lord has not returned.
There has been a shift. Our world has been changing. In some ways it has changed beyond recognition in just a generation. Many of us have been sensing that change. Some of us, doing as the Lord instructed us & watching the signs, dared to hope that we were watching the birth pains beginning & that very soon our Lord & Saviour would return.
The Lord began speaking to me. He showed me the horsemen loosed & riding over the world. He showed me cities burning, rioting & the utter depravity of man. And in case I had missed His point he directed my attention to Matt.24:42, Matt.25:10 & 25:19, ~ Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come….But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with Him to the wedding feast & the door was shut….After a long time the master of those servants returned & settled accounts with them….
Now there is no reason on earth why you should believe me just because I tell you these things. No reason at all. That is between you & the Lord. Seek your prayer closet & ask of the Lord yourselves whether these things be true or not. However there is one point to which I would like to direct your attention because it is completely relevant to this generation & this is not only the first generation but the only generation for which this is relevant.
That point is Israel.
For 2 000 years there was no Israel. In Matthew 24, where our Lord refers so often to the End Things, He gives the discourse on the Fig Tree. The Fig Tree is symbolical Israel, an Israel that had not borne fruit for the Lord, which is, & was, its whole reason for existence. It was to be a Light unto the Nations but because it had not borne fruit it was to be cut down & removed from the land.
That happened in 70 AD when Rome devastated Israel, razed the temple to the ground & scattered the people to the nations just as Jesus had foretold!
But wait! There is more!
Jesus also foretold that Israel would rise again. Oh, my brothers & sisters in Christ! We have seen this happen! It began in 1948 when returning exiles to the land of Israel declared their independence triggering the surrounding nations to declare a war of extermination & 1967 when Jerusalem was taken by the Jews during the 6 Day War.
This one simple fact has fulfilled at least 10 O.T prophecies:
Amos9:14~15 Jacob’s descendants would regain control of Israel
Ezekiel 37: 10~10 Israel would be brought back to life
Isaiah 66:7~8 Israel will be reborn in one day
Ezekiel37:21 ~ 22 Israel would be re-established as a nation
Jeremiah 16:14~15 The 2nd Israel would be more impressive than the first
Ezekiel 4:3~6 Ezekiel pinpointed the time of Israel’s rebirth
Ezekiel 34:13 The people would return to their own land
Jeremiah 31:10 God would watch over His people & regather them
Leviticus23:3, 7 ~ 8 Israel’s army would be disproportionally strong
Deuteronomy 30: 3~5 The fortunes of the people of Israel would be restored.
You can read more on these here.
The restoration of Israel is the key sign that we are indeed in the last days at the end of the Age. Remember Jesus discuses the fig tree after he has spoken about the tribulation & His return. He returns to the beginning & reminds us that these are the signs to watch for that indicate various stages of the end times. Then He says: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished.
Which generation? The one that has seen the restoration of the Land of Israel! That is us.
I do not care, & I do not think the Lord cares, which denomination any of us affiliate with. We have been told that those of us who worship Him must worship Him in Spirit & in Truth. There is only one condition: We are to love Him with all that is in us, all that we are, everything! And that is only possible if we are sealed unto to the Day of Redemption by His Holy Spirit & live & walk in the Truth of the Spirit.
Dearly Beloved, are you His? Does His spirit testify with your Spirit assuring you of your salvation & your place as sons & daughters of the king, co~heirs with Christ Himself? Do you know, personally, experentially that Jesus Christ is alive & that He is indeed your Lord & Saviour? Are you hearing from heaven?
Behold, even now He stands at the very gates. He is almost here. Are you ready? Is there oil in your lamp?
Oh, my Lord & my king! Come quickly!