Today signs are everywhere, a part of our everyday lives. They inform us, direct us, and most importantly, warn us. For example, a stop sign tells us to slow down, right? Wrong!!! I heard the story about two people standing on the side of a road, waving a sign that said: YOU NEED TO TURN AROUND RIGHT NOW, BEFORE IT’S TO LATE! A car slowed and the driver rolled down his window and shouted: “why don’t you crazy religious fanatics go home”, then sped away. In a few moments, there was this awful screeching of tires and a loud splashing sound. Then one of those holding a sign said:” do you think maybe it would have been better if we’d just written: STOP-THE BRIDGE IS OUT”!
Well seriously friends, I want to talk to you today about some different kinds of signs, written centuries ago in the Bible , by God’s prophets of old. And the sign I want us to look at first has been called God’s Super-sign – The re-birth of the nation Israel, a miracle in our generation today!
You know, if I were asked why I believe we re living in the last days, there are many signs I could point to, but I believe the most important and sure sign, is the existence of a tiny country in the middle east called Israel! No other nation in history has ceased to exist, its people scattered all over the world for almost 2.000 years, and then returned to their homeland, with their same nationality, culture, language and religion! And yet today, against all odds, Israel is a nation again friends, exactly as predicted over 2500 years before by God’s prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel.
So, let’s go back to the future and take a closer look at God’s prophetic word. Although there are numerous scriptures predicting the future return of Israel back to their homeland, two are very specific. The first one is Isaiah 66:8 “Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen a thing like this? Can a country be born in day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.” (Is.66:8). And folks, it happened in ‘1 day”, on May 14, 1948. And by 1 vote in the U.N. security council, the nation of Israel was reborn! So ask me why I’m convinced it’s the last days? Just 2 words: Israel is!
And because you cannot separate the land of Israel and the people of Israel, let’s also look at Jer. 37: 11-13. This chapter is often referred to as “The Valley of the Dry Bones”! “ Then He said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel, behold, they say: Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; and we are completely cut off. Then prophecy and say to them, thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; And I will bring you into the land of Israel, and then you will know that I am God …”. And friends, if you read the story of how Israel became a nation again, believe me, it defies any human explanation!
In closing: Many generationsbefore us have thought they were the last generation, just as I believe we are today. And they probably saw a sign or two. But with a proper understanding of end times prophecy, they would have known it wasn’t yet possible, because almost every end times prophecy depended on Israel being back in their land once again! And friends, that happened, in our generation, on May14, 1948, and despite being attacked numerous times by the overwhelming armies of surrounding Muslim nations, today, Israel still stands. And that’s because God promised Abraham the land in an eternal covenant centuries ago, and friends, that covenant will never be broken! And we must continue to stand with Israel because the Jewish people have given us so many incredible blessings:the Holy Bible, The Church and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! And, of course, in Genesis 12:3, God issues this ominous warning: ”I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you” God bless and see you soon friend! Maranatha, come Lord Jesus!