Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

Say hello to Moshe

posted by jfletcher

When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. (Deuteronomy 30:1-3)

I’m sitting here in a beach hotel in Tel Aviv, just sitting in the lobby watching the world go by. People are walking down the streets, laughing, shopping, and doing such ordinary things.

And it blows my mind. Do you want to know why?

I’m sitting in the Jewish state, in the days foretold by the prophets and, of course, by the Lord Himself. Time and again, He told them exactly what would happen to them, and that He would bring them back to the land of their forefathers in the closing days of world history.

I don’t care in the least that scoffers laugh about “the end of the world” and all that stuff. There is such a thing as willful ignorance.

So today, I am Walker Percy for a few hours. The novelist also felt the hair on his neck stand up when he “passed a Jew” on the street.

These people should be gone, like the Babylonians and Assyrians and the Ottomans. Instead, they are here in full color.

The above passage was given to the Israelites in the time of Moses. The fellow who helped me with my rental car today at Ben Gurion Airport is named Moshe/Moses. When you shake the hand of an Israeli today, you are touching 4,000 years of a living, breathing people. Or, as another novelist, Herman Wouk might put it, you are touching “an ember of sacred fire.”

They have museums here that I will visit with my son. There we will see artifacts from almost countless civilizations that passed through this area. Israel, though, is not a museum.

Israel is alive. I see it, touch it, smell it, hear it, and taste it. If you can’t find God in this miracle on the Mediterranean, then I would say that you are not looking.

What an extraordinary thing, to watch miracle after miracle pass by my window. I am deeply moved.

TOMORROW: Jaffa, then Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Day

posted by jfletcher

Jerusalem is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible. The first indirect reference is found in Genesis, when Abraham encounters Melchizedek, identified as the king of Salem.

In Joshua 10, there is the first overt mention, as the fearless Israelite warrior Joshua defeats five regional kings, including the king of Jerusalem.

The Israelis celebrated Jerusalem Day today, and the whole world trembles with rage. The world has a problem with Jewish sovereignty in the holy city.

In Luke 21, Jesus tells the apostles about a future time for Jerusalem. He says that “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Although I am not dogmatic about it, it is interesting to note that Gentile rule over Jerusalem ended in June, 1967, when Israeli commandos under the leadership of General Motta Gur burst into the Old City and vanquished their Jordanian counterparts.

Today Jerusalem is under Jewish control, not Gentile control.

Interesting.

Metric Schmetric

posted by jfletcher

Around the time Mr. Nixon was having some trouble in the White House, I was sitting happily in elementary school. One day, the teacher announced that we would be learning something new: the Metric System.

Having grown up calculating, say, how many quarts of Mountain Dew my buddies and I could drink on a hot summer day, I was now being asked to convert to “liter” thinking.

My recollection is that that lasted about three weeks. I never heard anymore talk of going metric. Resistance to other methods has always been part of the American charm—in America—and has made us the target of those who think we’re arrogant.

In any event, I thought of all this recently, while chatting with a friend who is a former agnostic. As a youngster, in the religious private school he attended, the teachers attempted to get him to convert his thinking.

It didn’t work, until he listened to some Bible prophecy teaching (the kind that was credible).

He turned. When he learned, for instance, the staggering prophecies predicting the coming of the Messiah, he was floored.

I’m still surprised that so many people don’t “get” Bible prophecy, that they can’t see it right in front of them.

Sometimes we resist truth; in fact, the human mind and heart are, according to the Bible, in rebellion against our Creator. We don’t want to see Him. We don’t want to follow Him.

But He is there. In Isaiah 46, He said that He alone knows the end from the beginning.

We should be able to take great comfort in that. That’s change we can believe in and embrace.

Yes, we can.

What is reality?

posted by jfletcher

There is an extraordinary paradox in our world today. As Bible prophecy is fulfilled in remarkable detail, before our eyes, more people are unaware of it. Or, perhaps worse, seek to discredit predictive prophecy.

Take the situation in Israel. The Jewish state is becoming more of a pariah in our world, and while this unfortunate scenario is a startling fulfillment of prophecy (see Psalm 83, Ezekiel 36-39, Zechariah 12-14, among others), most are focused on further marginalizing Israel.

Most incredibly, this line of attack on the credibility of Bible prophecy comes mainly from some in leadership in the American church! See 2 Peter 3 for that.

As I go to Israel this week and focus on these things, meditate on your own position on the Bible’s trustworthiness.

Do you think the Bible is true?

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