Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

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?

Going up to Jerusalem

posted by jfletcher

The modern air traveler, seated (hopefully) comfortably, isn’t really aware that the plane itself is “whooshing!” through the air. In a plane, you are going really, really fast.

Next week, as I travel to Israel again, the plane can’t get there fast enough for me. Friends ask if I’m afraid to go to the Middle East.

No, I’m not. In fact, I feel safer in Israel than I do at home.

Among the many places I’ll visit is Mishkenot Sha’ananim, a community just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. It is an astonishing fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

In Zechariah 2:4, we read that one day, Jerusalem shall be “inhabited as villages without walls.” Of course, 2,500 years ago, that was absurd. Dwelling outside the fortifications of a city offered no protection from bandits, wild animals, and foreign armies.

Yet in 1860, the prophecy was fulfilled when Moses Montefiore provided the funds for dwellings to be built outside the walls of Jerusalem.

The buildings are still there, a stone’s throw from Jaffa Gate.

Critics of the Bible often like to say it’s full of mistakes, contradictions, or that it’s outright myth. Mishkenot Sha’ananim, however, exists. The cold stones of its dwellings gradually warm throughout the day, as the regathered Jewish people pass by, themselves an astonishing fulfillment of prophecy.

Mishkenot Sha’ananim.

I can’t wait to see it again!

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