Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

Safely in Danger

posted by jfletcher

Israel today is a paradox, and this according to Bible prophecy. The nation dwells alone among the international community—Isi Leibler’s recent column in the Jerusalem Post reveals the depth of the Jewish state’s isolation (really only supported by Canada, Australia, and a now-ambivalent America. Polling shows that Europeans believe Israel to be more of a threat to world peace than North Korea, Iran, etc.).

Yet if we hold strictly to Scripture, in the context of Bible prophecy being true, we see that the Lord not only carries the Jewish people in His heart, He promises them safety and peace in the last days. This is not a popular view.

As I often tell audiences, in the last days it isn’t Israel that’s in trouble; it’s everyone else. They are at once in more existential danger than at any time since 1967, or 1973, and yet they are safe in the Lord.

Think of that! Israel is in danger, and at the same time, safe. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants the Jews dead. The Creator of the universe intends to keep them alive.

Remarkable.

In Joel 3:2, the Lord is pretty clear about the impending judgment on the nations, for the way they have treated the Jews. Of course, liberal scholars and other skeptics scoff that all these passages mean something else. It doesn’t really matter; we’re going to find out at some point who was right and who was wrong.

In Isaiah 49:26, there is a rather macabre description of just what the Lord has in store for Israel’s enemies.

The question of course is, what is the proper interpretation of these scriptures? The liberal would say they are metaphor, or some other nothingness. The popular view today is that these passages are not referring to future realities that are on the doorstep. Many critics of the Bible do not like the concept of a vengeful God.

It doesn’t really matter.

What matters is that the safety God provides the Jews in the last days is not some esoteric nonsense. It is reality. There are unlimited practical benefits to believing Scripture.

I have a lot of Jewish and Israeli friends, along with pro Israel Christian friends, who are afraid for Israel. I am certainly concerned about the saber-rattling from rogue nations, and the international community’s decision to isolate Israel saddens me. But I am not afraid for Israel.

I admire the Jewish people. I love them. I believe they are noble, and to paraphrase Herman Wouk’s comment about Israeli hero Jonathan Netanyahu, in Israel one sees an ember of sacred fire. Their return to their ancestral land against all odds is surely the most sensational miracle of the past 2,000 years. Again, the liberals scoff at this, but read the Hebrew Scriptures—the Old Testament—and then read a history book. The simple fact is, Israel has re-entered history. If you can explain the fulfillment of these ubiquitous Old Testament prophecies in modern history—apart from the supernatural—I tip my hat to your super brain that can explain this sublime truth in secular terms.

Israel is astonishing.

In this I see the hand of God, and marvelous comfort. When I visit Israel, as I will do several times this year, I feel completely safe, physically. I feel rejuvenated spiritually.
As a practical matter, I feel safer walking down a street in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv than I do in any American city. The Israelis are both resourceful and scary innovative. Eating their superb food in a restaurant, taking pictures of glorious historical sites, or simply strolling along ancient streets makes me feel safe and happy. I trust the Israel Defense Forces to keep the peace.

I trust the Lord even more.

Fear and the Future

posted by jfletcher

As the bus pulled into the complex at the base of Masada, my conversation with a British journalist was just wrapping-up. This was during the Second Intifada in Israel, and the country was almost emptied of tourists.

My new acquaintance and I were the only ones visiting Herod’s one-time fortress, the scene where almost a thousand Jewish men, women, and children chose suicide over slavery in the Roman empire, near the end of the first century.

The window for our seat was open, and we heard a solitary eagle screech near the mountain’s summit. The Brit grabbed his backpack from the floor and left me with a comment that has stayed with me:

“I do hope it’s true.”

He was referring to our discussion of the Bible and in particular, Bible prophecy. The topic was back on the front-burner for many people after 9/11.

We try to make sense of our world. The journalist was no different, although he wasn’t particularly religious.

I grew up in a conservative, Bible-belt culture. My career and travels though have allowed me to meet a melting pot of worldviews.

We all are humans trying to survive this life. That is one common denominator between Christian fundamentalists, Buddhists, secularists—even, strictly speaking, members of Al Qaeda.

Writing and speaking now about the Bible, and in particular, its prophecies, gives me opportunity after opportunity to share my faith.

People are fearful now. Fear and worry are now wholesale features of our culture.

But what emerges is an opportunity to decide if someone, anyone has answers for our problems and, ultimately, hope.

And don’t we all want to know the future? At least a little bit?

For me, the Bible is a singular source for hope. I am one of those theological “Neanderthals” that believes it’s true historically, where it touches on science, and in its philosophy for life.

Like a good friend of mine, my own faith is largely rooted in the amazing track record of predictive prophecy in the Bible. Most specifically, the prophecies concerning the Jewish people grabbed me and haven’t let go. If predictions about the future were made thousands of years ago, and they are coming to pass in our time—that is something worth checking out.
And if they validate the Bible, that raise issues that have implications for all of us. For example, the central figure of Christianity made certain claims, ranging from how we should behave corporately to our individual searches—usually desperate searches—for personal peace (Matthew 28:11). We all want a respite from the brutality of this life. And our world today is brutal.

So what if the Bible is true? What if its prophecies are real?

How would that affect you?

Is this the “End of the World”?

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You are going to enjoy these thought-provoking musings by respected author, editor and lecturer Jim Fletcher. Former editor-in-chief at a top Christian publishing company, Jim has written or edited a number of books about Israel, Bible prophecy, education … and the National Football League’s top players!

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