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Is it the End of the World?

In the 37th chapter of Isaiah—you should read it—we find the amazing story of Sennacherib, the powerful king of the brutal Assyrians, who came against Judah in the eighth century B.C.

Sennacherib himself was arrogant and boastful. Hezekiah, king of Judea, realized that his people had brought potential destruction on their own heads due to their pagan worship. He appealed to the Lord of the universe, whom he still knew, to intervene and save them. Sennacherib was laying seige to Jerusalem.

The Lord, through the prophet Isaiah, said that He would indeed save the people of Judea. He told Hezekiah what was going to happen (the hallmark of Bible prophecy, which proves that the Bible is self-authenticating!): Sennacherib would not be allowed to capture Jerusalem; in fact, he would turn around and go back home the way he had come.

History affirms this account. Sennacherib himself, of course, wrote that he had “shut up Hezekiah” like a “bird in a cage.” Isn’t it fascinating how we write history? It’s all a matter of perspective!

The point is, repeatedly, God has promised to preserve the Jewish people and not allow them to be entirely wiped-out. Today, the Assyrian empire is gone; Israel remains.

As I write this, it is 11:45 a.m., CST, and Israel is still alive.

Assyria is gone.

Does that speak to you in any way? Have you given the Bible a chance, or have you heard it is full of myth and contradictions?

Ancient seige ammunition today on display at the Ir David archaeological park, Jerusalem

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.