Romans 11:25-32For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.
29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Matthew 24:32-35-32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Those that study Bible prophecy are fully aware of the the years 1948 and 1967 regarding the nation of Israel. 1948 was the actual restoration of the nation-state itself whereas in 1967 the world witnessed the restoration of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.
Many Bible prophecy scholars viewed the year 2018 as a prophetically significant year. I also believe that when U.S. President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, that announcement triggered what I perceive as the acceleration of end-time prophetic fulfillments.
As we have begun the second half of the year 2018 another MAJOR event has taken place in Israel and I am convinced that the the fullness of the Gentiles as mentioned above in Romans 11 is about to be completed and blindness is about to be removed the nation of Israel. Keep in mind that Israel rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah as a nation and they must acknowledge Him as the Messiah as a nation. This of course will happen when Christ returns after the tribulation period:
Acts 1: 8-11–8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.
(notice in verse 12 this happened at the Mount of Olives…..)
Zechariah 14:1-9–14 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 AND HIS FEET SHALL STAND IN THAT DAY ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES,
which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light
8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
9 And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.
Zechariah 11:8-11—8 In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
Again, we must understand that Israel rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah AS A NATION and they must acknowledge Him as the Messiah as a nation AS A NATION. That being said, as of yesterday, the final draft of the Jewish Nation-State Basic Law was approved and ultimately passed it’s third and final reading the Bill has now officially become a law.
Ladies and gentleman, as a result of this Bill now becoming a law, Israel’s Biblical and Jewish identity has now officially been restored approximately one year after Israel temporarily regained control of the Temple Mount and Jewish prayers were openly recited on the Temple Mount platform. So what does this mean you ask?
The new Jewish Nation-State Basic Law makes official that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people only (as God’s covenant to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob stipulates).From 1948 to the passing of this Law it was the land of both Jews and Arabs. The majority of the Moslem populations are not pleased with this and this will very likely set the precedent for future attacks against Israel. Hebrew is now the official language of the nation and this is a fulfillment of what was prophesied by the Prophet Zephaniah:
Zephaniah 3:9 – For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent.
The Biblical calendar is now the official calendar of Israel and keeping the Sabbaths is now a nationwide requirement. But it doesn’t end there……the Biblical Holidays and Festivals will also be recognized and must be kept nationwide.
Leviticus 23:1-4– And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.
4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
In the Old Testament, all the feasts were related to the spiritual life of the people. The Feast of Passover served as a reminder that there was no atonement for sin apart from the shedding of blood. The Feast of Unleavened Bread was a reminder of God’s call on their lives to be a people set apart to holiness. Leaven was a symbol of sin.. Israel was set apart and were to be unleavened that is, holy before the nations as a witness of God. The feast of First Fruits was a call to consider their priorities, to make certain they were putting God first in their lives.
The Feast of Pentecost or Harvest was a reminder that God is the source of all blessings.The solemn assembly day of Trumpets was a reminder of the need for constant, ongoing repentance. The Day of Atonement was also a solemn assembly day a day of rest and introspection. It was a reminder of God’s promise to send a Messiah whose blood would cover the demands of the Law with the mercy of God. The Feast of Tabernacles was a joyous celebration of God’s faithfulness, even when the Children of Israel were unfaithful.
What the Jewish people did not seem to realize is that all of the feasts were also symbolic types. In other words, they were prophetic in nature, each one pointing in a unique way to some aspect of the life and work of the promised Messiah. Jesus Christ fulfilled several prophecies at His First Coming and this happens during the Spring Feasts:
1) The Feast of Passover – This Feast prophetically signified that the Messiah was our pass-over lamb whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the very day of preparation for the Passover, at the same time that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening. Coincidence??? Keep reading………
2) The Feast of Unleavened Bread – This Feast prophetically signified the importance of the Messiah’s sinless life, making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus’ body was in the grave DURING THE FIRST DAYS OF THIS FEAST! Is that also a coincidence???
3) First Fruits – This Feast prophetically signified the Messiah’s resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST TOOK PLACE ON THIS VERY DATE. By now you should take note that God is never late and He keeps his appointments and meets them on time.
1 Corinthians 15:13-33—13But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, AND BECOME THE FIRST FRUITS OF THEM THAT SLEPT.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
4) Harvest or Pentecost or Shavout – This Feast prophetically signified to the great harvest of souls, both Jew and Gentile, that would come into the kingdom of God during the Church Age. The Church was actually birthed on this day when the Messiah poured out the Holy Spirit and 3,000 souls responded to Peter’s first proclamation of the Gospel in the Book of Acts.
The long interval of three months between Harvest and Trumpets has been prophetically seen as the current Church Age, a period of time that was kept as a mystery to the Hebrew prophets in Old Testament times and has now passed for well over two thousand years. Keep in mind that to God a day can be as a thousand years.
Psalm 90:4 – For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
2 Peter 3:8-8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Why is this important?
Hosea 5:15 -Hosea 6:2–15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.
6 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.
2 After two days will He revive us: IN THE THIRD DAY He will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
Let me also suggest that since the creation of Adam, six thousand years have transpired. According to Genesis Chapter 2, God rested on the seventh Day.
Genesis 2:1-3-2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all his work which He had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.
Many Bible prophecy scholars see the Millennial Reign of Christ as the seventh Day.
That leaves us with the three fall feasts which are yet to be fulfilled in the life and work of the Messiah. Because Jesus literally fulfilled the first four feasts on the actual feast days, it is highly probable that the last three will also be fulfilled and that their fulfillment will occur on the actual feast days. The main point here is that now it has become Law for the people on Israel to observe these Feasts….as a Nation.
With this Bill becoming a law, Jerusalem is now the undivided capital of Israel and the Israeli government must also collaborate to complete the ingathering of Exiles, or in other words, dispersed Jews that are to return to the land, Jerusalem indeed will be a burdensome stone to not only the Muslim population, but as a result all nations:
Zechariah 12:1-3 – The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Understand that with God, timing is everything……Is it a coincidence that this is happening less than three days from Tish’a B’Av (aka the 9th of Av) and a little over a week from Tu B’Av and this century’s yet another Blood Moon, which will be the longest eclipse in Israel this century!!!
The Torah requires the Jews to count the 50-year Jubilee cycles (7 cycles of 7 years each plus the 50th year) and to identify the 12 tribes of Israel. It is important to understand that the 70th week of Daniel requires the Jews to go back to counting cycles. The Tribulation Period will be one week of years or one 7-year cycle and remember that during this period 144,000 Jews from each of the 12 tribes of Israel will be recognised and commissioned to preach the Gospel:
Revelation 7:1-8 — And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousands of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
5 Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
7 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
We may not know the day or the hour but there is no denying that the day is approaching. It may be possible that the passing of this Law ultimately leads to the Battle of God and Magog as mentioned in Ezekiel 38. After the Rapture of the Church, the nation of Israel will very likely deal with an onslaught of wars. As result, the Anti-Christ will emerge and some sort of peace deal, treaty, or armistice for a 7 year period. With this the Temple will also be rebuilt.
Prophetically speaking, all the pieces are coming into place and the Times of the Gentiles is indeed coming to a full. This means that the Church age is rapidly coming to a close.
I cannot emphasize this enough. If you are not saved, get saved. Time is short.