Is it the End of the World?

It is historically obvious that Israel’s many enemies have all gone the way of the dodo bird. Assyria, Babylon…the Nazis.

A fresh wave of Palestinian terrorism has been launched against the state of Israel in the last century, virtually unabated. Yet as I often teach, Isaiah 54 tells us that God promises no weapon formed against the Jews will succeed.

Hundreds of rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza have been launched since Hosni Mubarak was forced from office in Egypt (the Egyptians did a moderately good job of controlling the flow of arms to terrorists in Gaza and the Sinai).

My favorite subject is this: the Bible is true because it is self-authenticating and it reflects reality in our world today. Even though Israel faces many enemies, I am not ashamed to say that I believe Scripture is true. Israel will not be defeated or obliterated by any foreign power. Iran? Please. Antiochus Epiphanes was arrogant once, too.

The Palestinians might be developing more advanced weaponry, but in the end, it will not succeed.

Kassam rockets, like the ones fired at Israel from Gaza today

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.