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Is it the End of the World?

In the book of Revelation, Jesus Christ is poised to “tread the winepress” of His wrath, in defeating His enemies.

As He stepped out of the tomb on Resurrection morning, I wonder what He was thinking. Oddly enough, a few years ago, archaeologists uncovered an ancient winepress only meters from the tomb (at “Gordon’s Calvary). Jesus would have walked over it on His way out of the tomb.

The book of Revelation has always been a bugaboo for many; liberal scholars in the Church mock those of us who believe it is future history.

For a whole host of reasons, I certainly believe it is future history—rapidly approaching.

In the doorway of Jerusalem's Garden Tomb

Another clear sign we are in the last days is the issue of Jewish religious life. Unfortunately, too many of my Christian friends say things like, “How can you support Israel? Those people aren’t even religious.”

How sad. How pathetic. First of all, anti-semitism sparks much of that kind of talk. Sadly, people just don’t like Jews. So they say things they have no idea about.

When I visit Israel, I see clearly that Ezekiel 37 is being fulfilled. For one thing, the Jewish people are being revived spiritually. It is happening. I saw this anew when I was there over the summer.

On a partition near the Western Wall, I saw a copy of the Scriptures. It was a reminder that prophecy is true—the Lord is preparing to give them a heart of flesh and be their Lord forever.

What a faith-builder.

Another sure sign that we are living in the biblical last days is seen in Israel’s coastal plain, where most of the country’s population resides. Tel Aviv, the second-largest city, with over 400,000 residents, is home to much of Israel’s military industrial complex, and its high-tech industry.

Iran in particular has promised to wipe Israel off the map, an incredible threat that the international community does not take seriously. Should the Iranians (or anyone else capable) launch a nuclear missile strike against Israel, the coastal plain would be target number one.

I do not worry though about Israel being wiped off the map, and my view has very little to do with making such a prediction from the safe confines of the U.S. I don’t worry about it because God has promised to protect Israel supernaturally. (See Isaiah 54:17).

Tel Aviv isn’t going anywhere.

For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. (Isaiah 51:3)

This week, I am interested in the “signs” that we are living in the last days, as prophesied in the Bible. The thing I find astonishing is that so many clear signs are rooted in reality.

Take the remarkable reclamation of the land of Israel. Indeed, in the southern part of the country, that once-forbidding area of the Judean Hills, the Israelis have planted palm groves that have taken root and are thriving. When you consider that the whole country was barren a mere few decades ago, it is truly amazing.

The north has been blossoming like a garden for some time, but now the south is following suit. Only people who do not want to see are missing the clear fulfillment of Bible prophecy.