During the last few months, as I have been going through the never-ending process of my heavenly Abba refining me (a never ending job), I have been watching what is going on in the world as a whole. What I see happening is not surprising (it has been prophesied), not really shocking (I have seen firsthand the face of evil), but it is heartbreaking.
There is a darkness that is rising all over the world. It is manifesting in various ways. One way is a “religion” that wants to stamp out all who do not worship its god and it is doing so at an alarming rate. Beheadings, even of little children. Rapes. Selling into slavery. They are doing this against Christians, primarily, but also even against their own who are not as extremist as they, not as “pure” as they. Among themselves, they also marry girls as young as 5 and 6 to men…some of them dying at the consummation of their marriages. And let’s not forget the mutilation of females that is becoming more and more widespread with the spread of sharia law.
Another way darkness is rising up is in the wholesale denying of the Creator and pushing away of His ways. People are placing themselves into the role of “G-d”…they think. They are deciding for themselves what is right and what is wrong and using fallible human logic to define those concepts. This is even being taught in many “Christian” churches and in most seminaries. As a result, we have the imploding of the family, widespread sexual and physical abuse of children and women, a growing sex slave trade and rampant pornography and drug addictions. Immorality is everywhere we look. When we cast off the idea of a Creator who gives guidelines for living and assume a happenstance naturalistic origin, there is no longer a set measure for right and wrong. It becomes whatever we “think” it should be.
At the same time, a Light is rising in the world. All over there are groups of people whose eyes are being opened to the truth about their own spiritual beliefs. They are re-examining the roots of their faith and recognizing that the Jesus they worship has been badly misrepresented. They have, in essence, been ripped off of a wonderful and rich heritage. And that, too, was prophesied. The times of the Gentiles is being fulfilled as many of us are coming full circle and looking back at the Jewishness of our Messiah.
In 1967, the prophesied return of Jerusalem from Gentile hands into Jewish hands took place. In that same year, a movement of G-d broke out and we saw many people of Jewish blood (although not all were of Jewish faith) come to know Messiah. They knew Him then as Jesus. But as time has gone on and the Jewishness of Jesus (Yeshua) has been restored, many started to realize that Jewishness and Yeshua DO mix! He was and is Jewish!
Right now, there are Jews coming to know Yeshua as Messiah in record numbers. Although there have always been Jews who followed Yeshua since the time He walked the earth amongst us, the numbers have grown with a building momentum since 1967 and there are now over 100 Messianic synagogues in Israel. There always have been, and are even more now, religious Jews recognizing Him. This is an exciting time in which to live. And no, I am NOT talking about converting to Christianity (which bares little to no resemblance to the 1st century sect of Judaism known as “The Way”). These are Jewish people, living as Jews, walking in the fullness of Messiah.
While there are little points of light in many nations, places where the Ruach/Spirit of G-d is moving, a Light is rising in Israel as a largely secular and squabbling group of people are being united and are turning more and more back to the G-d of their fathers…the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So, we are seeing more and more turning to the Creator, to the G-d of the bible, and some also to His Messiah…Yeshua.
The darkness and Light are leading to a world-wide polarization. On one side will be the people who are for G-d and on the other side will be those who are against. And much of that centers around the land He has called His own (although in reality He owns the whole universe). That land is Israel.
No other nation on record has come back after 2000 years. No other language has resurrected after being considered “dead” and in almost complete non-usage (outside of prayer books). No other people group has been so scattered (and hunted down) throughout all the earth and yet survived. No other people group has been coming back to the land of its fathers from the nations of the world.
No other nation has seen the miracles Israel has. I know there are some who poo-poo the idea of miracles and try to explain them away as naturally occurring events. However, those people have never read or studied in detail the things that took place. Visions of Abraham to Arabs telling them to leave the soldiers they were about to attack alone. How do you explain that? And it happened several times. The Arabs who dropped their weapons and ran have testified to what they saw and heard.
Or how about the story the Arab who was going to kill Moshe Dayan told Dayan later when Dayan found him in a prison for prisoners of war? He was aiming at Dayan’s head about to fire when he saw angels all around. He and all the soldiers with him ran. He told Dayan that he can fight Jews, he can fight mean, but he cannot fight angels. Dayan relates the event in his autobiography.
There is a video series called “Against All Odds: Israel Survives” that I cannot recommend enough. You will see re-enactments and hear eyewitness accounts of events that simply cannot be explained away as anything but supernatural. You can now find the series on YouTube, although I do not know how long it will be there.
The video set is available from WND. The set we borrowed had a full length movie that touches on key events and 13 episodes that gave greater detail and also covered more events. The full length movie is also on YouTube.
O Jerusalem is a book done by two investigative reporters. In it, they share what they uncovered about the founding of Israel and the ensuing wars. I have not read it, but my husband has. It is not written from any kind of religious context that he remembers. These are just reporters writing the facts they have uncovered…facts that are unexplainable in the natural.
What is happening in Israel was foretold over 2000 years ago. The whole world will be affected as Jerusalem fulfills her prophesied role as a cup of trembling for the world. The focus of many nations and of many people is on Jerusalem and will be in increasing measure as events unfold. The darkness rising against her is spreading to far too many other places in the world.
Israel is only the first target. If you listen to the voices coming out of the darkness, the rest of the world is next. If you listen to prophesy (from a book that has been proven to be right on the money so far), the whole world is facing quite a time ahead.
That means we need to pay attention to what else was foretold. What has been prophesied that has not yet happened? For therein lies our future. Are you ready?