Many events are coalescing around the world with prophetic players. It is not so much that Israeli elections came to a stalemate with division. It is not so much that Iran is rattling its sword. It is not so much that the world is in a very divisive state where major countries are facing visceral debates over illegal immigration, migration, refugee placement—essentially, a redistribution of the world population, much of which is due to Islamic wars. It is, however, that all these events are occurring at the same time. We can point to various prophecies regarding the end of times and the return of Christ and reasonably discern that the prophecy clock is moving forward with Israel as its timekeeper.
When we look at the chronology Christ gave in Matthew 24, there is a picture of what happens in Israel leading up to the return of Christ. Verse 10: And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. Verses 15-16: When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place…Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains.” The Daniel 11 prophecy speaks of the king that takes away the daily sacrifice and places the abomination that makes desolate. It goes on to say that many shall fall by the sword, by flame, by captivity and spoil. These are also prophesied in Zechariah, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel, Revelation and other books of the Bible.
Israel is going to fall. There will be a time when the Beast will take over Jerusalem and do horrible things to the people there. Zechariah 14 says that Jerusalem will be taken, the houses rifled, the women ravished, and half of the city will go into captivity. But the Lord returns and sets things straight by defeating the Beast in a supernatural way as such that the nations “shall know that I am the Lord (Ezekiel 38:23).” The enemies of Israel will be defeated and the Lord establishes his kingdom on earth as foretold by the prophets. Zechariah 14:9 says, “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.” Just as it is written in Romans 14:11, “For it is written (in Isaiah 45:23), As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
We are constantly watching and discerning the times. Iran is making a play for the Middle East. Israel has had elections resulting in nothing but division. The Middle East is in turmoil. Islam is advancing around the globe either by sword or by immigration. As we look at all these events, we also need to pay close attention to what is happening in Israel. Israel is the timepiece for prophecy. There will be an event or a series of events that will set the stage and actually trigger all the other events that are in place for the return of the Lord. We can watch closely to see the convergence. What event causes division in Israel and opens the door for the enemies of Israel? We may be seeing today a type and shadow of prophecy evolving as Israel’s leaders are divided and the Joint List of Arab parties are united. Something to ponder and pray about.