The Shroud of Turin … Real or Fake? / A Decisive Answer

What on earth is the Shroud of Turin?

What do you know about it?

(1) Nothing at all. (2) A little. (3) More than a little. (4) A lot.

Shroud and Turin are nouns. You remember, nouns come in three forms: person, place, or thing.

Turin is a place: A city in Italy.

Shroud is a thing. It is also a verb but more commonly used as a noun.

Definitions of shroud that pertain to the Shroud of Turin: “…to cover for protection … to dress for burial” (Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary).

The Shroud is not just any burial cloth. It supposedly shows the imprint image of the most well-known Person who has ever walked the earth … Jesus of Nazareth.

Multiple television documentaries on the Shroud of Turin have been aired. Beginning with the 1978 hour-long program summarizing the investigative results of the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP).

Ironically one of the (lead) team researchers was a Jewish professional photographer, Barrie Schwortz. Ironic because, with exception of Messianic Jews, neither religious nor secular Jews accept the New Testament record that Jesus is God’s Son—the Jewish Messiah Savior. Mr. Schwortz remains an ardent enthusiast concerning the Shroud of Turin’s (potential) authenticity.

(Photo of Barrie Schwortz on the televised show, Shroud of Turin, 1978)

I have seen most of the televised or online Shroud of Turin programs, including the 2017 National Geographic special entitled: Is It Real? The Shroud of Turin. The following is an introduction to that You Tube video:

“The 53-spuare-foot rectangle of linen known as the Shroud of Turin is one of the most sacred religious icons on Earth, venerated by millions of Christians as the actual burial garment of Jesus Christ.

“It is also among the most fiercely debated subjects in contemporary science, an extraordinary mystery that has defied every effort at solution.

“Over the 117 years since a photographic negative of the linen unexpectantly revealed the image of a tortured body, ranks of physicists and chemists have weighed in on the fabric’s age and the image’s composition. Forensic pathologists, microbiologists, and botanists have analyzed its bloodstains, along with specks of dirt and pollen on its surface. Statisticians have combed through mountains of data.”

The final paragraph of introduction to the Nat Geo program condenses the long-standing dilemma of this enigmatic relic:

“The sum result is a standoff, with researchers unable to dismiss the shroud entirely as a forgery or prove that it is authentic. ‘It is unlikely science will provide a full solution to the many riddles posed by the shroud,’ Italian physicist Paolo Di Lazzaro, a leading expert on the phenomenon, told National Geographic. ‘A leap of faith over questions without clear answers is necessary—either the faith of skeptics or the faith of believers.’”

This is a startling statement from a scientist (physicist). Especially his concession that science itself is not sufficient to solve the status of the Shroud of Turin. Most secular scientists are reluctant, some rigidly so, to admit that science can’t always determine (agree to) the final answer to any given material matter. At the minimum, they will often hold tight to a theoretical explanation. For skeptics of the Shroud, their hypothesis is that it is either a counterfeit relic or (generously giving the benefit of the doubt) perhaps a 13th or 14th century work of art to replicate and venerate the original shroud of Christ.

Paolo Di Lazzaro’s reference to the faith of skeptics could mean either those skeptical about the Shroud of Turin itself or a broader application. Meaning, those who do not believe or at least strongly doubt the very resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Or anything else concerning the birth, life (including dozens of miracles performed by Jeus), death, burial and, therefore, burial shroud of Christ.

Likewise, the faith of believers could apply jointly to both Christian and non-Christian supporters of the Shroud’s authenticity. With many believers in Christ persuaded that the shroud is the burial cloth of Jesus himself because they want passionately for the shroud to be just that.

Media Handling of the Shroud of Turin

On a Personal Note: It’s good to be back after 8 months and 2 weeks of … well, I’ll call it a sabbatical from writing and posting Eye of Prophecy articles! The Lord willing, there will be a few more articles before I leave this earth, preferably still alive via the Rapture! If it’s my destiny to die before the Rapture, then so be it.

With the Apostle Paul, I confidently and gratefully say:

My purpose (mission) in this Eye of Prophecy article is threefold:

(1) Challenge the Conventional World View of Faith with a Biblical View

(2) Resulting in a Decisive Answer from the Most Reliable Source of All, Whether the Shroud of Turin is the Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ

(3) Leading To a Special Substitution for the Shroud with a Far More Significant Subject of Eternal Value

Today’s article will concentrate on Purpose Number 1. Points/Purposes 2 & 3 will be presented in the next article … Part II

But first: To further demonstrate the ongoing interest in the Shroud of Turin, you only need to check the multiple websites covering this controversial artifact. Additionally, there have been numerous articles, books, commentaries, and T.V. / Online (YouTube) programs.

For example: Because the Shroud of Turin essentially belongs to the Roman Catholic Church, a package of four television films on one DVD can be ordered through The Catholic Company via their website. Simply entitled The Shroud of Turin, it is the New Expanded Edition by Producer David Rolfe. The following are excerpts from the promotional introduction of that DVD:

“This is the definitive most up to date collection of 4 films on the Shroud of Turin … of award-winning filmmaking on the Shroud by acclaimed British film producer and director David Rolfe. All four films use the latest scientific, historical, medical, and archaeological research on the Shroud to reveal all the evidence for the authenticity of it as the burial cloth of Christ….”

The prelude goes on to summarize the four films:

“The Silent Witness … This film broke box office records when it opened in London in 1978. Kenneth More narrates what became the most successful film ever made on the subject…. This film greatly expanded interest in the Shroud worldwide.

Shroud of Turin … Commissioned by the BBC in 2008, twenty years after the C14 test that cast a shadow over Shroud research, this film looks at how that test stands up against the weight of other evidence from history, archaeology, forensic medicine, art, and 3D analysis….”

*Note: That film was rebroadcast in April 2021. Also, to mention that I’ve seen all these programs plus others not produced by David Rolfe, including National Geographic T.V. documentary aired in June 2017 and a History Channel program released in September 2018. These films on the Shroud of Turin seemed to focus more on interviews and evidence suggesting or stating that the Shroud was not the real thing … at the worst a forgery and at the best only a “work of art.”

Yet it was a half-hour television show that I recently watched on the Smithsonian Channel which presented a highly condensed but, nevertheless, effective review of the pros and cons of this controversial cloth that, in part, led to this Eye of Prophecy article. Specifically, an astounding detail that came to me … and a handful of others as I subsequently discovered.

More on this dramatic and decisive disclosure in the next article (Part II). One that will clarify once and for all if the Shroud of Turin is genuine. Before that discernment, I had been an interested but neutral bystander regarding the legitimacy of the Shroud.

Continuing with the 3rd and 4th films in this 4-film package:

Shroud … The official film for the 2010 Exposition of the Shroud. Written by Ian Wilson, it tells the story of the Shroud for our modern age of high technology to show the image of the Man on the Shroud as never before seen. This film does not shrink from examining the religious significance of what has become the single most studied article in history.”

The other film, Grave Injustice, attempts to provide more confirmation of the Shroud’s authenticity, “…telling how a recent carbon dating test of the Shroud that purportedly shows it to be a medieval fake was seriously flawed, and a more accurate test has yet to be made.”

The Shroud of Turin is so named because it has been kept since 1578 in Turin, Italy, inside the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Pope Francis not long after his elective promotion as the current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church referred to the Shroud of Turin as an “icon of a man scourged and crucified.” Yet, he stopped short of dogmatically declaring it to be the burial cloth of Christ. In the 14th century a Catholic bishop asserted that the shroud (initially discovered or presented in 1354) was a fake which was officially approved by Pope Clement VII in 1390. Then later overturned by Pope Julius II (1506) who declared the Shroud to be real and authorized public reverence of it. However, the paradox to this day: The Vatican has not adopted an official position regarding the Shroud of Turin as the actual burial cloth of Jesus.

(Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy)

Disputed Data Surrounding the Shroud … Highly Reduced Summary

Although in some respects still captivating, there has been an overabundance of research, interviews, programs, and literature on the Shroud of Turin. Others would disagree with this opinion especially those who unequivocally support the Shroud as being the original cloth wrapped around the body of Jesus after he died and was taken down from the cross by Joseph of Arimathea.

My current view regarding the excessive emphasis on this continuing debate is that both sides of the cloth coin haven’t relied on or even adequately consulted the original source and highest authority. This authoritative source provides an indisputable resolution to the disputed evidence or testing or interpretation of that evidence—be it physical (physics), forensic medical, photographic image analysis, biological, chemical, material (of the shroud itself), or rules of handling the evidence.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Because of the redundant research and the large volume of literature and media documentaries presenting divergent views of the “facts”, I’m going to provide just a few of the crucial points highlighting why both sides of the authenticity issue are adamant that their position is correct. With, however, acknowledgment that there are those (both religious and secular) who have assumed a more neutral stance, as did I until recently.

Neither side has been granted victory in terms of positively proving their arguments. Today’s Eye of Prophecy article will set the stage; the next article (Part II) will then offer a final finding that should eliminate the debate over the Shroud of Turin. And, in so doing, a much bigger picture and a more superior subject will justifiably lower the Shroud’s status to a more appropriate level.

Though there are others, the following pros and cons represent the selected highlights of the differences:

Those Who Say the Shroud of Turin Is the Actual Burial Cloth of Christ

  • The physical imprint on the cloth is clearly the outline of a man, head to foot
  • The cloth reveals wounds/scars/stains virtually identical to a man beaten, crowned with thorns, stabbed (spear), and crucified (nailed to a cross) precisely as Jesus was killed
  • The imprint was like a photographic negative on the cloth, but it could not have been a photograph or painting; thus, it was the forensic result of the dynamics of the resurrection

Those Who Say the Shroud of Turin Is Not the Burial Cloth of Christ or (Some Say) A Burial Cloth at All

  • In 1988 a tiny strip of the cloth was removed and sent to 3 separate laboratories (University of Oxford, University of Arizona, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) for Carbon 14 testing. Results: All three dated the strip from A.D. 1260 to 1390—over a Millenium since Jesus was on this earth. Plus, the dating matches the time frame when the Shroud first emerged. Not just for the secular scientists, but also for many others the debate was over. (*Note: Advocates of the Shroud’s legitimacy contend that the strip of cloth used for C14 dating was probably a repair fragment from medieval times and/or the cloth section contained residue from pollen or plants that distorted the C14 testing)
  • The cloth is of a herringbone weave; however, the fabric weaves of the 1st century were plain (one or two-way weave), not the complex herringbone twill of the Turin Shroud. Thus, the Shroud could not have originated during the time or place of Jesus—First Century Israel
  • Both religious and secular dissenters use (referring to but not necessarily deferring to) the Bible to counter proponents of the Shroud’s authenticity with the observation that none of the Gospels say anything at all about the linen cloths of Christ’s burial bearing an imprint of his body

In summary fashion, the preponderance (quantity and quality) of research would tend to favor the skeptics, but not entirely. Which is why there are still some well-meaning, intelligent, and persuasive professionals and lay people who ardently support the supposition that the Shroud is assuredly that of a man’s burial cloth, as opposed to a medieval work of art or a fabricated misrepresentation of Jesus’s burial cloths. With some still asserting that it is the actual Shroud of Christ Jesus.

(Images of the Shroud of Turin)

An Example/Representative of the Shroud’s Proponents

Perhaps the most devoted advocate for the continued research and analysis of the Shroud of Turin is Barrie M. Schwortz … introduced in the beginning of this article. So much so that he has established the most prominent websites for the Shroud of Turin.

As earlier indicated, Barrie Schwortz is Jewish (anyone who has read just a handful of my Eye of Prophecy knows of my love for Israel and the Jewish people … and why). Which is somewhat of a paradox; albeit he was part of the original research team in his professional capacity of photography.

Here is an excerpt from one online biographical resume (the first two paragraphs):

“Barrie Schwortz was the Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project, the team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978. Today, he plays an influential role in Shroud research and education as the editor and founder of the internationally recognized Shroud of Turin Website (, the oldest, largest, and most extensive Shroud resource on the Internet, with more than ten million visitors from over 160 countries….

“Mr. Schwortz has conducted Shroud lectures around the world. He has appeared in programs and documentaries on every major broadcast and cable television network, including the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, the National Geographic Channel, CNN, PBS, the BBC, Fox News, Channel 1 Russia, the Coast to Coast AM radio show, Catholic Answers radio and Vatican Radio. His photographs have appeared in hundreds of books and publications including Life Magazine, National Geographic, Time Magazine, and Newsweek and in countless television documentaries. He has written many Shroud articles…. He continues to participate in Shroud research with experts around the world and co-authored a book with Ian Wilson titled, “The Turin Shroud: The Illustrated Evidence” published in August 2000….”

The remainder of Mr. Schwortz’s bio lists other professional positions and activities.

Barrie Schwortz’s primary online source is entitled: Shroud of Turin Website. When I logged into this website on 11-28-2022—as part of my recent research on the Shroud—the following introduction stood out (I’ve placed the narrative text in italics; the bold and underline words are part of the website; the parenthesis are mine):

Welcome to the Shroud of Turin Website

Pulse aqui para version en espanol de esta pagina (font in blue color)

Summer/Fall Update! August 31, 2022 (this was in large blue probably size 20 font)

You are visitor 12,484,233 to view this page

The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. Is it really the cloth that wrapped his crucified body, or is it simply a medieval forgery, a hoax perpetrated by some clever artist? Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human history, and we know more about it today than we ever have before. And yet, the controversy still rages. This web site will keep you abreast of current research, provide you with accurate data from the previous research and let you interact with the researchers themselves. We believe that if you have access to the facts, you can make up your own mind about the Shroud. Make sure you visit the page where you can Examine the Shroud of Turin yourself. We hope you enjoy your visit. Barrie M. Schwortz, Editor.

Some observations: I respect Mr. Schwortz’s professionalism and persistence in his ongoing research, commentaries, and general support of “the facts.” Yet, the primary reason for the still raging controversy is that there are conflicting interpretations of the evidence. What is factual to one side is not necessarily so to the opposing side. And there are some (not all) on both sides whose underlying belief system influences—to the point of manipulation or prejudiced persuasion—an otherwise objective analysis of and opinion on ALL the evidence.

(More recent photograph of Mr. Schwortz)

Is there, then, any supreme source—scientific, historical, archeological, textual, and/or biographical—that could render a definitive decision, reliable resolution, and supreme settlement to the still pending mystery of and debate over the Shroud of Turin?

As previously indicated: I’m convinced that the answer to that question is a resounding, YES.

Which leads to the three stated objectives of this article, beginning with:

(1) Challenge the Conventional World View of Faith with a Biblical View

In the context of the Shroud of Turin, this examination of faith stems from the following excerpt of the quote by physicist Paolo Di Lazzaro cited in the early part of today’s article:

“A leap of faith over questions without clear answers is necessary—either the faith of skeptics or the faith of believers.”

In general terms, leap of faith is or can be synonymous with blind faith.

However, I don’t believe that a Biblical view (faith of believers) in general or the Biblical view on any given subject requires a leap of faith, nor is it blind faith.

Faith is defined in Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as: “allegiance to duty or a person … belief and trust in and loyalty to God. Belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion… firm belief in something for which there is no proof. Complete trust… something that is believed esp. with strong conviction … a system of religious beliefs….” (Underlined emphasis mine to identify the synonyms)

Other synonyms (nouns): confidence, devotion, reliance, commitment, dedication.

Verb form: Believe, trust.

Traditional beliefs still prevalent the world over include but are not limited to trusting in:

State Systems And/or Dictators Running the State: Such as Fascism, Communism, Socialism, Totalitarianism

National Forms of Democracy: Parliamentary or Congressional representation in which most people (through voting) place their trusted support in or give their loyalty to a particular Party and/or the leader of that party.

World Religions and Cults (Including Mormonism and Catholicism): All possessing one common denominator—a sophisticated system (virtually impossible to follow) of rules and regulations that must be kept earning whatever rewards the religion designs. Plus, enough good deeds outweighing the bad behavior to hopefully merit whatever version of heaven or eternal life or Nirvana (Buddhism) that may be awaiting them.

*Note: I’m not including Christianity (Biblical Christian faith) as a religion. Reason: The Christian faith is completely based on and in a Person; not some religious system, or central organized church, or ecclesiastical hierarchy. It is the only creed that has a Savior. Trusting this Savior for who he is and what he has done for humanity that we could not do for ourselves—a substitutionary sacrificial death for our ugly sins.

Everyone believes in something and/or someone, even if it’s themselves—which is rapidly becoming the norm in our post-modern world. Included in the spurning of anything religious and relying on one’s feelings to arbitrarily set their own standards of truth, morality, and all things existential is the belief that, “what is true for you may not be true for me.” In fact, many have sadly reached the conclusion that there is no such thing as absolute truth or anything absolute.

Everything is relative to and depends on what a person thinks and how a person feels about the subject or situation at hand. Regarding the abundance of religious systems, the mantra of some says, “there are many paths to God or gods.” Regarding faith: No matter what the event, problem, or decision to make, “just have faith and everything will turn out okay.” Or if you “believe in yourself” practically anything is possible in life.

As opposed to:

The fallacy with this kind of reasoning is that each one of these belief systems and assertions is an absolute statement of its’ own. That, and the hard-knock realities of life prove that this kind of shaky, vague, feel-good faith often fails. Plus, every religion claims that it is the either the only way or at the very least, the best way to…. You fill in the blanks.

Whereas the true Christian faith is in a Person who lovingly but unequivocally said: “…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

In summary of the prevailing worldview, there is an increasing reliance on feelings more than faith, or faith in those feelings. Just “have faith.” Faith in what? Their answer: “That’s up to the individual.” Which God certainly allows for every person who has ever lived … free choice. But as the Bible clearly states in several passages: the ultimate destiny-determining choices are between truth and lies, good and evil, eternal life and eternal death … heaven or hell.

The Biblical View of Faith

I firmly believe that the Triune God of the Bible IS (the only) GOD. That the Bible is the very Word of God; therefore, containing precise facts and absolute truth. Objective evidence will be provided in the next article (Part II) to further support that assertion.

Let’s look at the Bible’s dynamic description of faith. *Note: When Scripture is quoted in Eye of Prophecy articles, it comes from the New Living Translation (NLT), unless otherwise noted.

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1).

In another translation: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (New American Standard Bible).

And though I don’t refer that often to the King James Version, that translation is still my favorite for Hebrews 11:1. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews Chapter 11 (known as the faith chapter) and other Biblical passages on faith tell us that faith thrives when it is exercised (placed) in the Lord. Under the Old Covenant (Testament) it was real-time trust in Father God and expectant belief in the coming Messiah who would be the once and for all supreme sacrifice (Isaiah 53) to replace the repeated animal sacrifices for sin required by the Law of Moses. Under the New Covenant (Testament) redeeming faith is in that Messiah—Jesus, the Son of God.

The very foundation of Biblical faith is belief that the Lord is Creator of all things.

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen” (Hebrews 11:3, emphasis added).

Did you catch the profound proposal of the italicized words? Though no person has ever seen God (the Father) nor ever will this side of heaven, it is by faith (trust, belief) that we understand (comprehend, realize, appreciate, know, recognize, grasp, fathom) that the universe (everything including all life) was formed by God’s verbal command.

Reading further: “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Neither in the definition of faith (verse 1) nor in the personal trust in a Personal God (verse 6) does it declare or infer that this faith is a blind faith that requires a “leap of faith” because allegedly there is little or no proof scientifically or objectively that God exists.

To the contrary it’s quite easy to believe in the existence of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—because of the extraordinary existential evidence above, below, and all around us.

Faith is not only for the future; it is for the past (original creation) and present. Not only in the more general revelation of God through His creation, but also in the special revelation of the Lord through his Word, the Bible. Which is replete with historical events, biographies, and direct communications by/from God and later the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Also, divine inspiration from the Third Person of the Triune God—the Holy Spirit—given to the authors of the Old Testament and New Testament books.

Regarding the general revelation of God and his creation, the relevance of a commonly used analogy is so very appropriate: “Every watch has a watchmaker.”

As complicated as a watch or clock is, the universe and its physical laws (such as gravity) and the stunning complexity and variety of species within the even more dramatic differences between the families of living creatures—insects, fish, birds, animals of all kinds, and of course human beings—is infinitely greater in comparison to a watch and its maker. Especially when telescopes and microscopes show us the magnificent macro and marvelous micro features of our world. And not to forget the astounding assortment of plant life on this planet.

Macro Example: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3).

“The heavens proclaim the glory (very essence) of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world….” (Psalm 19:1-4, parenthesis mine).

“Both day and night belong to you; you made the starlight and the sun. You set the boundaries of the earth, and you made both summer and winter” (Psalm 74:16-17).

“…O Lord my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty. You are dressed in a robe of light. You stretch out the starry curtain of the heavens… (we now know the universe is virtually endless and is constantly expanding)” (Psalm 104:1-2, parenthesis mine).

*Footnote Commentary: Evolution … Seriously! As some have said: It takes far more faith to believe in evolution than in the Creator. Belief in evolution is indeed a blind leap of faith!

Micro Example: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born…” (Psalm 139:13-16a, italics & bold for emphasis).

*Footnote Commentary: Abortion … Please, don’t do it. Nine times personal pronouns are used of I, me, or my in this passage from King David which indisputably confirms that a human being is created at the moment of conception. In the “I” of the 3rd sentence, David is not referring directly to his existence in the womb.

Macro & Micro Addendum: “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

“…This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one” (Genesis 2:24).

*Footnote Commentary: LGBTQ relationships & Same Sex Marriage … Don’t go there. It is a direct denial of and disobedience to God’s decree and purpose that reproduction for humanity is only possible between a man and a woman. Which also is to be the only source for sexual pleasure.

The Christian Faith is Not a Blind Faith

To further validate that Biblical faith is not blind, rather it’s directed to and placed in a Person, let’s return briefly to Hebrews Chapter 11 which provides a list of individual examples. Such as:

“It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did…” (Hebrews 11:4a).

It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—he disappeared, because God took him. For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith…” (Hebrews 11:5-6a).

“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before … and he received the righteousness that comes by faith” (Verse 7).

“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith… And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise” (Hebrews 11:8-9).

“And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous (right standing with God) because of his faith” (Genesis 15:6, parenthesis mine).

Notice how each of these passages connect faith with God … trust in the Lord which leads to agreement with and obedience to God’s Word and Way.

Through inspiration from the Holy Spirit, Israel’s King David understood that one of his descendants would one day rule and reign from Jerusalem over the entire earth. This King of all kings would also be The High Priest. David fully grasped (believed) that this eternal King and Priest (who was and is and is to come) is none other than the Son of God (see Psalm 2)

This is David’s astonishing disclosure: “The LORD said to my Lord, ‘Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.’ The LORD will extend your powerful kingdom from Jerusalem; you will rule over your enemies. The LORD has taken an oath and will not break his vow: ‘You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek’” (Psalm 110:1-2 & 4; emphasis added; The capitalized LORD in Scripture is a substitution for God’s name YHWH, Yahweh; my Lord is Adonai in Hebrew meaning master, superior, sir—referring to the coming Messiah who is you in this passage).

(See Eye of Prophecy article, Melchizedek … A Man of Mystery! Published 3-3-2018).

With the New Covenant promised by God through the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:33-34), implemented by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lord’s new Way for the Jews and then to the Gentiles is faith in His Son—Jesus. The innocent for the guilty, the just for the unjust, the righteous for the unrighteous!

Things to Ponder

The next Eye of Prophecy article (Part II) will present what I believe to be a final resolution to the intriguing issue and ongoing debate: whether the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. However, in that article as in today’s post, the (by far) bigger picture of the crucified and risen Christ (Messiah) remains the pivotal point, instead of the burial cloth or clothes that covered him. And for only three days at that!

The 2nd and 3rd points/purposes mentioned earlier and covered in the next article:

(2) Resulting in a Decisive Answer from the Most Reliable Source of All, Whether the Shroud of Turin is the Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ

(3) Leading To a Special Substitution for the Shroud with a Far More Significant Subject of Eternal Value

Jesus is not only the spectacular subject, but also the overwhelming object of our faith.

What Jesus told the Jewish religious leader Nicodemus was/is intended for the whole world:

Pardon of our sins and eternal life cannot be earned. Rather, they are gifts from the Lord. The only thing required of every person is to believe and receive Messiah Jesus as Savior and Lord.

A large crown searching for Jesus, “…found him on the other side of the lake and asked, ‘Rabbi, when did you get here?’

“Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.’

“They replied, ‘We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?’

“Jesus told them, ‘This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent’” (John 6:25-29, emphasis added).

Russia’s Shocking Invasion of Ukraine … A Preview of Gog/Magog’s Attack on Israel?

Russia’s appalling attack on Ukraine began 24 days ago (February 24th, 2022).

Global media coverage has been incessant.

Heads of states, geopolitical analysts, op-ed writers, journalists, military experts, religious leaders, and common folk have voiced strong opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inexcusable strikes against Ukraine.

Except for rogue nations like North Korea and Venezuela, the world has seldom seen such a universal condemnation of one nation’s unacceptable intrusion into another (innocent) country.

Opinions abound: Why did Putin order this unprovoked offensive against Ukraine? What will it take for Russia to withdraw or even to deescalate? As expected, most viewpoints or impressions are secular in origin and nature. However, Christians (teachers and students alike, particularly those interested in Bible prophecies) are also weighing in on these ominous developments.

Those who are familiar with this Eye of Prophecy blogsite know that all articles in the five categories (Current Events; Prophecy in General; Devotional / Miscellaneous; Antichrist; The Rapture) convey—to some extent or another—Biblical explanations and/or perspectives. To provide a clear witness for Messiah Jesus who is the very essence of prophecy (Revelation 19:10); to defend and confirm the truth of the gospel (Philippians 1:7); and to clarify, correlate, and even correct some mainstream prophecy views … if/when necessary (Habakkuk 2:2).

Thus, to begin with, one thing is certain: Russia’s venture into Ukraine is not, as some have suggested, a direct fulfillment of the well-known last days Gog/Magog prophecy vividly depicted in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel Chapters 38 & 39.

On the other hand, as proposed in today’s Eye of Prophecy article: it very well could be (I believe it is) a preparation portrayal of the Gog/Magog event.

There are two main reasons why the conquest prophesied in Ezekiel is not (yet) happening: First, the Gog/Magog coalition is just that … an enormous alliance of three powerful nations/armies (Russia, Iran, Turkey) and several smaller countries, such as Libya, whose diabolical objective is to conquer Israel … not Ukraine.

Secondly, as I’ve stated in some of the previous Eye of Prophecy articles written about the Gog/Magog end times campaign against Israel, it won’t take place until (shortly) after the Rapture. With reasons provided for that timeframe.

Accordingly, I’ll begin with this premise: Although Russia’s audacious attack against Ukraine is not specifically found in Scripture, it is (or in the process of becoming) a dress rehearsal. A prelude to the far greater and the not-so-distant future Gog/Magog crusade against Israel.

Whether Vladimir Putin will turn out to be the leader Gog is, of course, not known for sure. If not Putin, then most likely his successor who could be even more cruel and careless (foolish). A probable scenario is that Putin or a successor will not contemplate an attack on Israel until he realizes that the Ukraine campaign was at least partly successful (according to Putin’s criteria).

Meanwhile we will wait to see if (when) Putin withdraws from the Ukraine.

Probably in the form of a “strategic retreat,” having proven whatever points or achieved whatever gains he wants to make. This dress rehearsal (expanded meaning of the term) for a much bigger accomplishment (conquest of Israel) was either hatched in Putin’s devious mind/plan before he invaded Ukraine; or it will occur to him during the war with Ukraine or afterwards, to include correction of mistakes and presumptions made during this trial run.

Says God through Ezekiel to Gog: “You and all your allies—a vast and awesome army—will roll down on them like a storm and cover the land like a cloud” (Ezekiel 38:9).

Significant Sets of Twos in the Bible

This heading is the title of an Eye of Prophecy article posted 3-30-2019. The following is an excerpt from the early portion of that post (in italics):

Before we examine the ten most prominent pairs in Scripture, let’s briefly look at the one attribute of God (he has many) that is identified in twosomes. This dual dynamic is ascribed both to God and His Son, Messiah Jesus.

First and Last / Beginning and End / Alpha & Omega

Beginning with God the Father: “This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies: ‘I am the First and the Last; there is no other God’” (Isaiah 44:6).

In the final revelation of himself, Jesus said to John: “…I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave” (Revelation 1:17-18).

First and Last and Beginning and End are two terms with the same meaning but articulated in different words for both emphasis and better understanding. First and Last express the everlasting existence of the Triune God—Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Which intriguingly conveys the concept that God is without beginning and without end. It is a statement of the Lord’s essence as found in his very name, Yahweh—I AM. Beginning and End reflect God’s eternal omnipotence in action, i.e., beginning all things and all things yielding (ending) to a New Beginning

…Let’s look at the most significant pairs of people or events found in the two Testaments that comprise the awesome Word of God—the Bible.

The article goes on to list ten sets of twos which are not all sets found in Scripture … just some of the most prominent.

Seven of those ten sets:

First & Second Creation of the Heavens and Earth

The First Adam & The Second Adam (The First Man & The Last Man) *Adam & Jesus

Birth and Rebirth of Israel

Old Covenant (Law) & New Covenant (Grace)

First Advent & Second Advent of Messiah (*Note: Several other articles have been written about the two-part return of Messiah Jesus … The Rapture & Physical touchdown on earth seven years later). Such as: The Rapture / Before or After the Great Tribulation? Posted 9-7-2019.

Israel—Two Exiles & Two Returns

Christ & His Antithesis, Antichrist

Then, in the final part of that article:

These striking sets of twos encapsulate God’s panoramic plans for humanity, plus his providential power, persistence, and patience to accomplish those plans.

In these pairs, we find one or more of the following: contrast, correlation, clarification, combination, correction, and culmination.

We’ll examine and apply the phenomenal prophecy of Gog/Magog to what’s happening with the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine (dual connections … sets of twos). First, let’s identify some of the proposed reasons why Vladimir Putin has resorted to warfare.

Suggested Motives for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s War Against Ukraine

On Thursday, February 24, 2022, the headlines of the Arizona Republic newspaper read: “Russia attacks Ukraine.” This was a typical headline the world over. As was the case the following day … February 25th.

This time the Arizona Republic headlines were in a much larger upper-case font and in the form of a quote: ‘BRUTAL ACT OF WAR’.

The statement was attributed directly to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg’s description of Russia’s unprovoked attack on its neighbor, Ukraine. Which was exact or similar language broadcast by other national leaders. Such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who called the assault, “hideous and barbaric.”

Hideous, barbaric, brutal, heinous, reprehensible, and other synonyms certainly fit. The heavy Russian armament (tanks, ballistic, cruise and surface-to-air-missiles, medium and heavy airplane bombers, mortars) have targeted Ukrainian military, industrial, and civilian targets alike. Such as the shameful bombing of hospitals, schools, and apartments. Ukrainian released casualty statistics indicate that more civilians have been killed than soldiers.

(One of many Ukranian civilian areas targeted by Russia)

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (also spelled in media accounts as Zelensky) said shortly afterward: “Russia treacherously attacked our state in the morning, as Nazi Germany did in World War II. As of today, our countries are on different sides of world history. Russia has embarked on a path of evil, but Ukraine is defending itself and won’t give up its freedom no matter what Moscow thinks.”

Though he is under constant threat of assassination, President Zelensky has made several other statements since the war began. Such as: “We are on our land. We don’t fear anything or anyone. We don’t owe anything to anyone. And we won’t give anything up … to further Russian aggression.”

The world is wondering: How far will Vladimir Putin go to achieve his stated objectives as well as his hidden agenda?

According to Putin’s warped ideology and rationale, the incursion into Ukraine is not a war nor even an invasion. Rather it is a “peacekeeping … special military operation.” Why? Because he has said several times over many years that, Ukraine is not a sovereign state or even a country. He claims that it and 13 nearby countries such as Georgia and Belarus still belong to Russia … once part of the vast Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991.

To that end he has declared that two eastern regions of the Ukraine (Donetsk & Lugansk) will officially be independent “peoples republics.”

(Over 2 million Ukrainian refugees have fled to other countries)

Short-Term Reasons for Russia’s Invasion

For sake of time/space in this article, it will be condensed into demands made by the Russian president himself. Beginning with Putin’s condition that if Ukraine (and by default, NATO) does not comply with his terms, then “…circumstances require us to take decisive and immediate action (to remove Ukraine’s leaders) for committing numerous crimes.” The demands include but are not limited to the following:

  • For Kyiv (capital of Ukraine) to recognize Russian sovereignty over Crimea (more on that later), the Black Sea peninsula that Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014
  • Cease and desist from any plans/effort to become a member of NATO
  • For Ukraine to become “neutral”; don’t side with NATO or the EU against Russia
  • Partially demilitarize, i.e., Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms and go home
  • Acknowledge the independence of the eastern separatist regions (Donetsk & Lugansk), effectively allying these regions to Russia

Long-Term Motives for Russia’s Invasion / Cited by Political, Academic, Military Analysts

This list is also not exhaustive.

  • To restore domain (land) and dominance (world influence) that Russia lost after the disintegration of the Soviet Union
  • Even further … to recreate in some fashion the once mighty Russian Empire under the Czars
  • To assume direct or at least indirect control of Ukraine’s vast reserve of natural gas (2nd largest in Europe to Russia), with these gas fields predominantly in or near the Crimean Peninsula and eastern Ukraine … Donetsk and Kharkiv (Ukraine’s 2nd largest city)
  • Subjugate Ukraine to the extent that its leaders/people will agree, voluntarily or involuntary, to yield Ukraine’s sovereignty (a puppet government/state) once again to Russia
  • In typical fashion of tyrants who care more about themselves than their own people: to become a ruler in the blended mold of Russian Czars and Soviet Dictators, e.g., Joseph Stalin

People who personally know Vladimir Putin and/or have studied his service in the KGB and subsequent political career have noticed that he is (becoming) fearful of losing his power image in Russia … also globally.

In an article written by Soeren Kern posted 3-14-2022 in the on-line source Gatestone Institute, he quotes several reliable sources regarding Putin’s mindset and disposition. Including former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen who said:

“Mr. Putin has changed over the years. My first meeting took place in 2002…and he was very positive regarding cooperation between Russia and the West. Then, gradually he changed his mind…. And in 2008, he attacked Georgia… In 2014, he took Crimea, and now we have seen a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. So, he has really changed over the years.

“…I think he suffers from paranoia. And he thought that after the revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine, that the aim (of the West) was to initiate a regime change in the Kremlin—in Moscow—as well. And that’s why he turned against the West.”

Other observations of his personal and political persona have spanned the gamut from cold, cruel, and conniving to confident, congenial, and cheerful.

Some are questioning his sanity.

(Russian President Vladimir Putin … a sinister smile?)

From a Biblical perspective, I’m persuaded that the reasons for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine are not as significant as what he learns (takes away) from this hellish attack in which he is oblivious to how many people suffer and die—Ukrainian or Russian. Whether his immediate goals are realized or not, he—or his successor—will shrewdly gage global reactions. This to determine if it’s feasible to launch another invasion on a far greater scale, with an even more devious plan.

Just as depicted in Scripture:

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: At that time evil thoughts will come to your mind, and you will devise a wicked scheme. You will say, ‘Israel is an unprotected land filled with unwalled villages! I will march against her and destroy these people who live in such confidence!’” (Ezekiel 38:10-11).

The Gog/Magog campaign is part of two different sets.

One set involves the past and future: The decisive victory over the Assyrian army during the reign of Israel’s King Hezekiah; Then the devastating defeat of the Gog/Magog armies not long after the Rapture to come. And as alluded, the other set is the correlation between the present Russian foray into Ukraine and that same Gog/Magog episode in what is most likely the (fairly) near future.

Before we look more closely at these sets of twos involving Gog/Magog, let’s go back to Russia’s 2014 incursion into Crimea, which was (at that time) part of Ukraine.

Beware of the Bear!

That heading is the title of Eye of Prophecy article posted 3-22-2014 (nearly 8 years ago this month) dealing with Putin’s capture of the Crimean Peninsula (February 2014, almost 8 years to the day before he invaded Ukraine). Here is an excerpt from that article (in italics):

Moreover, by the time President Reagan completed his second term as President, he had been instrumental in achieving what no one thought possible … the dissolution of the mighty Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. (Though the Soviet Union wasn’t dismantled until 1991, this was simply the aftermath of Reagan’s efforts during the 1980s to stand tall against the Soviet regime).

Some of you may remember: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”

The Russian President complied, resulting in the reunification of East and West Berlin; also, the end of Soviet dominance of East Germany, which had become like a vassal state to Russia. Soon to follow was the break-up of the Soviet Union, in which most of the 14 satellite states that comprised the Russian Sphere declared their independence from the mother land. By the end of 1991, the Soviet Union was no more….

The American eagle flew proudly over the Russian bear and spread her wings to protect and defend the nations that embraced democracy. The United States regained her status as the world’s only superpower…. Many politicians, social scientists, economists, religious leaders, and even evangelicals believed the once mighty Russian bear was dead.

Students of prophecy shook their heads in disbelief, questioning whether their analysis of the Ezekiel 38 & 39 Gog, Magog attack on Israel could possibly be accurate. Many students of the Bible reexamined the Scriptures to determine if, “the prince who rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal” (Ezekiel 38:2) and “Gog” ruler of the land of Magog would, in fact, be the ruler of the nation that comes against Israel, “from the distant north” (Ezekiel 39:1). Had they been wrong all this time? Russia couldn’t even lead itself, let alone a great multi-national army as Ezekiel so graphically portrays….  

We see, now, that the Bear was not dead, but in a state of prolonged hibernation. Due mostly to the leadership of one man, Vladmir Putin, the people from the mother land of “the distant north” once again proudly wave the Russian flag. Recently, Mr. Putin voiced his opinion that the greatest calamity of the 20th century—indeed of modern history—was the disintegration of the Soviet Union. In no uncertain terms, he was implying that this catastrophe even exceeded the monumental disasters of World War II, including the unthinkable, unimaginable tragedy of the Holocaust. But then, with autocrats such as Putin, we must consider the source. For many, it is crystal clear what Putin intends to do: Whatever the cost, he means to rebuild the once mighty Russian empire and reestablish its preeminence among the global family of nations.

Then later in that article:

… Putin had no problem ignoring United States and the European Union’s threats of political and economic sanctions against Russia if they annexed Crimea back to the Russian Federation, which is exactly what happened just a few days ago.

…In response to Russia’s takeover of the Crimea and corresponding fear of former Russian satellite nations (such as Lithuania) that Russia will seek to return them to Russian territory, US Vice President Biden assured them that the United States is, “absolutely committed” to defending any aggression against its allies, i.e., NATO alliance nations or those who are in partnership with NATO.

Yet, many are skeptical of any U.S. or EU backing of these countries vulnerable to Russia invasion and annexation. Such as Israeli columnist and Editor Boaz Bismuth who wrote in Israel Hayom, “The Russian bear has already swallowed the (Crimean) peninsula as if it were a jar of honey.” Thus, Crimea no longer belongs to the Ukraine, even though former Russian President Nikita Khrushchev had allowed the Crimea to be part of the independent Ukraine state in the 1950s. Bismuth concluded his article by saying that Putin will, (continue to) “exploit the West’s blubbering and Washington’s lack of leadership.”

*Note: How ironic that this “lack of leadership” is once again on display, this time with Joe Biden as President, instead of Vice President.

I then discussed Russia’s expedition into and annexation of Crimea in the context of the Gog/Magog scenario. Beginning with a question:

What About Ezekiel’s Gog, Magog Prophecy?

International developments within the past few years shows that Ezekiel’s prophecy of Gog and Magog is alive and well after all! Right? Of course, right. Why is that? Because it’s found in the Bible, the very Word of God! What God says will happen, happens! Always has, always will! It parallels other Biblical prophecies that were considered to be impossible or inaccurate or non-applicable to the generation of that time, only to be proven correct by means of gradual or even sudden changes in world conditions. Israel’s miraculous born-in-a-day arrival on the world scene in 1948 is a good example.

(Caption upper left corner reads: “Russia’s Preferred Eastern European Buffer States”)

Contrasts/Comparisons of Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine & Gog’s Future Attack on Israel

Contrasts, comparisons, correlations, and combinations are components of sets of twos. And sets of twos are prominent in Scripture.


Including but not limited to (for sake of time/space):

1a) Gog continues his boasts against Israel: “I will go to those formerly desolate cities that are now filled with people who have returned from exile in many nations. I will capture vast amounts of plunder, for the people are rich with livestock and other possessions now. They think the whole world revolves around them!” (Ezekiel 38:12).

1b) In that same vein, Putin has made several conceited and derogatory comments about the Ukraine and its leaders. Calling Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky a, “drug-addled Nazi,” and asserting that Ukraine is not an “independent sovereign country.”

2a) “I will capture vast amounts of plunder…” (Verse 12). Please refer to Eye of Prophecy article, Gog, Magog, and Leviathan, posted 1-3-2015; regarding Israel’s natural gas reserves and pumping platform called Leviathan in the Mediterranean Sea off Israel’s coast.

2b) One item on Vladimir Putin’s bucket wish list is to take over (directly or indirectly) the natural gas reserves in Ukraine in addition to the ones in Crimea. Some experts believe that he is already the richest man in the world via all sorts of legal and illegal enterprises. Those that have much usually want more. If Putin turns out to be Gog of Ezekiel 38 & 39, one of the main motives for invading Israel is to increase the wealth of the Russian empire, while lining his personal pockets even more. The Bible says, “For the love of money is… (finish the sentence).

3a) Listen to the reaction of some nations to the Gog/Magog alliance: “But Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish will ask, ‘Do you really think the armies you have gathered can rob them of silver and gold? Do you think you can drive away their livestock and seize their goods and carry off plunder?’” (Ezekiel 38:13). Effectively, the warnings of other nations to Gog/Magog are nothing more than ineffective talk … no action.

When the Lord springs into action against Gog/Magog, among other graphic forewarnings: “And I will, rain down fire on Magog (various nations) and on all your allies who live safely on the coasts. Then they will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 39:6). This will undoubtedly include some of those nations who stand by and do little or nothing to stop the Gog/Magog coalition. The coasts certainly could and probably will include western nations, e.g., United States, British Isles, western European countries, etc.

3b) Although most countries of the world have presented a unified response of denouncing Russia and Putin for this detestable attack on Ukraine, for all intents and purposes, it is mostly rhetoric. Which is nearly identical to the world’s response when Gog launches his invasion of Israel. Though sanctions have and will continue to weaken Russia’s economy, they will not be enough to stop Russia’s occupation of Ukraine. That will happen for other reasons, including Putin’s assessment that he has realized enough of his objectives—one of which is to calculate the nature/extent of global reaction (tough or tame)—for “future use.”

Contrasts: Two main differences.

First: Russia will initiate and spearhead the Gog/Magog campaign against Israel. But this time Putin or his successor will allow (welcome) other nations to join it. Though much smaller in population than Ukraine, Israel’s military is stronger—especially the Israeli Air Force.

God gave this message through Ezekiel: “…Gog, I am your enemy! I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws to lead you out with your whole army…. Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya will join you, too, with all their weapons. Gomer (Turkey) and all its armies will also join you…and many others” (Ezekiel 38:3-6, parenthesis mine).

I’m sure Putin would have liked one or two other nations (such as Lithuania and Belarus) to actively participate with Russia by also sending troops into Ukraine. Nevertheless, he confidently and has thus far correctly calculated that none of the 30 NATO countries, including the United States, would engage in battle with Russia because Ukraine is not a NATO member.

(Since the invasion of Ukraine, Sweeden and Finland are seriously considering application for NATO membership)

Second: The outcome of the current Russia/Ukraine conflict will be considerably different than the fatal failure of the Gog/Magog fiasco. Vladimir Putin will realize some measure of success (real and/or perceived) before he disengages from Ukraine. Since his last name begins with a “P”, I’ll present the following observation:

Putin’s track record shows that he is punitive—sometimes prefers to punish those weaker (individuals and entire nations) who differ with him, and pound them into submission. He is also pragmatic and can be persuaded to make concessions to maintain his (self-perceived) personal prestige and political power.

Which leads us to the other set of twos (past and future) confirming the dress rehearsal premise of correlating (Russia vs Ukraine) to Putin or his successor as Gog/Russia.

God Exclusively & Unilaterally Fights for Israel

Here, I will defer to an excerpt from Eye of Prophecy post, Stand Still & Watch God Fight for Israel! Published 7-30-2016. It covers the Old Testament (II Kings 19) account of Assyria’s invasion of Israel. The article then likens the outcome of Assyria’s unsuccessful conquest of Israel with Gog/Magog’s total failure to conquer Israel. The excerpt begins with the first part of that article:

With exception of three extraordinary events, there is no record, Biblical or secular, of God (alone through direct intrusion) supernaturally defeating an enemy of Gentile nations involved in a righteous justified war, without the necessary fighting and dying of those whom God helped to accomplish their worthy cause and God’s ultimate plan. Each of these three exceptions involve Israel. All three validate the Lord’s ultimate authority and power over nations.

In the year 701 BC, during the reign of one of Judah’s greatest and most godly kings, Hezekiah, God on a massive scale once again delivered his people from national destruction; and did so without any fighting on the part of Judah’s army.

As a backdrop, the powerful nation of Assyria had already conquered the ten northern kingdoms of Israel in 722 BC; this according to God’s warning of what would happen if Israel continued to abandon and disobey their God who created the nation of Israel (through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) and protected and prospered her for hundreds of years thereafter.

The Assyrian King, Sennacherib …  proudly boasted in messages to King Hezekiah that no one, not even the God of Israel, could prevent him from capturing Jerusalem (that alone was a huge mistake … to defy blatantly and arrogantly the true and living God).

“When King Hezekiah heard their report, he tore his clothes and put on burlap and went into the Temple of the Lord” (II Kings 19:1).

Hezekiah was distraught for he knew that Judah was no match against the mighty Assyrian army. So, he sent for Isaiah (again seeking God’s Word through the voice of God’s prophet). Isaiah’s response was an immediate and emphatic promise from God:

“…This is what the Lord says: Do not be disturbed by this blasphemous speech against me from the Assyrian king’s messengers. Listen! I myself will move against him, and the king will receive a message that he is needed at home. So, he will return to his land, where I will have him killed with a sword” (Verses 5-7).

Skipping other details in that article (time/space), we move along to the finale:

“And this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria: ‘His armies will not enter Jerusalem. They will not even shoot an arrow at it. They will not march outside its gates with their shields nor build banks of earth against its walls. The king will return to his own country by the same road on which he came. He will not enter this city, says the Lord. For my own honor and for the sake of my servant David, I will defend this city and protect it’” (II Kings 19:32-34).

Do you remember what happened next? It is only the most mind-boggling event in the annals of warfare. It will remind you of what happened to the first-born of every Egyptian when Pharaoh’s arrogance had stretched God’s patience to the limit, which also happened at the hands of an angel sent by God. Read with me:

“That night the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere. Then King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and returned to his own land. He went home to his capital of Nineveh and stayed there” (Verses 35-36).

Boom, just like that. Sennacherib and what was left of his decimated troops were “out of there.” And why not! This boastful king had just lost 185,000 soldiers. Scripture doesn’t give us the size of his army, but that wouldn’t matter anyway. When you lose that many soldiers in one night while the survivors slept through it, you’re not going to stick around to see what might happen next.

Assyria was never the same again. In a few decades, Babylon would destroy the once mighty Assyrian kingdom.

*Note: In that quoted article, there are three incidents (two past, one future—Gog/Magog) in which Israel does not lift a finger to defend herself, with the first incident found in II Chronicles Chapter 20, when Jehosophat was king of Israel. However, in that incident, Israel’s enemies (several nations) turned on each other before Israel even arrived for battle. Though the Lord was the proximate cause of this miraculous turn of events, he did not directly inflict any damage or death on Israel’s enemies. Whereas the devastating defeat of the Assyrian army was initiated directly and decisively by the Lord, as will be the utter destruction of Gog/Magog forces.

Returning to the last part of article, Stand Still & Watch God Fight for Israel:

“But this is what the Sovereign Lord says: When Gog invades the land of Israel, my fury will boil over! In my jealousy and blazing anger, I promise a mighty shaking in the land of Israel on that day … all the people on earth will quake in terror at my presence. Mountains will be thrown down; cliffs will crumble; walls will fall to the earth. I will summon the sword against you on all the hills of Israel, says the Sovereign Lord. Your men will turn their swords against each other. I will punish you and your armies with disease and bloodshed; I will send torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and burning sulfur!” (Ezekiel 38:18-22)

…Against Gog and Magog, the Lord doubles down. He strikes this massive alliance of several nations—what presumably will be hundreds of thousands or even millions of troops aligned against Israel—by turning the forces of nature against them and causing their troops to turn on each other.

…Oh, the Israelis will need to contribute, but only after the fact. Here is what they will do:

“Then the people in the towns of Israel will go out and pick up your small and large shields, bows and arrows, javelins, and spears, and they will use them for fuel. There will be enough to last them seven years! They won’t need to cut wood from the fields, or forests, for these weapons will give them all the fuel they need. They will plunder those who planned to plunder them…” (Ezekiel 39:9-10).

In today’s terms think of guns, grenades, mortars, missiles, assault vehicles, tanks, and aircraft.

Not just damaged armaments, also dead bodies of Gog’s hordes: “It will take seven months for the people of Israel to bury the bodies and cleanse the land. Everyone in Israel will help, for it will be a glorious victory for Israel when I demonstrate my glory on that day, says the Sovereign Lord” (Ezekiel 39:12-13).

*Other Eye of Prophecy articles regarding the Gog/Magog end times event are:

The Russians Are Coming! (11-14-2015); Beginning of the End (3-5-2016); The Gog/Magog Countdown Has Begun! (9-10-2016); The Terrible Trio of Gog and Magog (2-17-2018); Gog/Magog’s Prophetic Clock Is Ticking, Ticking…. (6-16-2018); The Prophetic Endgame of Gog/Magog (11-9-2019)

Another incidental yet interesting set of twos that has become prominent in the media: Two Jewish men who are involved (one directly, the other indirectly or inadvertently) in this conflict.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy—as far as I know the only (highest) leader of a nation who is Jewish other than, of course, Israel’s leader. Here is an excerpt from an Associated Press article published shortly after Russia’s invasion:

“…Zelenskyy studied law at home, and upon graduation, he found a new home in movie acting and comedy—rocketing in the 2010s to become one of Ukraine’s top entertainers with the TV series, Servant of the People. In it he portrayed a lovable high school teacher fed up with corrupt politicians who accidentally becomes president. Fast forward just a few years, and Zelenskyy is the president of Ukraine for real.”

The article concluded with: “He has demonstrated enormous physical courage, refusing to sit in a bunker but instead traveling openly with soldiers, and an unwavering patriotism that few expected from a Russian speaker from eastern Ukraine.”

(Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky … In a bomb shelter but because he’s on the front lines of the war in eastern Ukraine)

(Zelensky’s message to U.S. Congress a few days ago)

The other Jew is Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who is the only world leader thus far to have met personally with Russian President Putin and with Ukraine President Zelensky after Russia’s assault on Ukraine. He is not yet in the official role of a mediator between these two nations, but that could change. Whatever the outcome of the war or in whatever manner it ends, how ironic (more like providential design!) that these two men are both Jews; in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the not-so-distant Gog/Magog campaign against Israel.

(Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to the left & Vladimir Putin, taken 10-22-2021 during a meeting between the two leaders) 


One last quote from article Beware of the Bear, which is just as relevant today as it was eight years ago.

When Russia, Iran, and this unholy coalition attack Israel, the U.S. won’t be able to do anything about it. Why? Because she will have been decimated by the loss of millions upon millions of people. And how will that happen? THE RAPTURE….

The slumbering Russian bear has awakened. She is baring (pun intended) her teeth at NATO and the EU. In a demonstration of superiority, fearlessness, and defiance, she is swiping her paw at the United States. She dared the West to do something about Crimea and the Ukraine, much like Iran dared the EU and the United States to do something about Syria and about Iran’s nuclear intentions. Russia and Iran stood up. The West stood down. What will they do next? What will we do next?

Who better to assume the role of the prince of Magog, than Vladmir Putin? Right, wrong, or indifferent, today’s global community crowns Putin as the “world’s most powerful person.”

In the epic battle of Gog/Magog, Russia and Iran will do precisely what God warns them not to do. So, too, does this warning apply to the beast of Revelation. “I warned the proud, ‘Stop your boasting!’ I told the wicked, ‘Don’t raise your fists! Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens or speak with such arrogance’” (Psalms 75:4-5). But they will not listen. Following the total annihilation of Gog’s armies as described in Ezekiel 38 & 39, here’s what God says to Israel and to the nations, “In this way, I will demonstrate my glory to the nations. Everyone will see the punishment I have inflicted on them and the power of my fist when I strike. And from that time on the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God” (Ezekiel 39:21-22).

There are several prophetic “birth pain” signs in the 20th & 21st centuries (increasing with frequency and intensity) to distinctly demonstrate that we are in the last days of the end times, as prophesied in the Old Testament but also by Jesus himself in the New Testament—wars, rumors of wars and natural catastrophes. However, there are two powerful prophecies that stand out as the most stunning:

(1) The rebirth restoration of Israel as a sovereign nation and corresponding return of Jews from worldwide exile dispersion to live in their Promised Land.

This would begin before the “Day of the Lord” which includes the Great Tribulation, followed by the Millennial Reign of Messiah Jesus. It would also precede the trigger point catalyst of the seven-year Tribulation, which is the Rapture (resurrection of dead Christians plus catching up of all believers in Jesus Christ—Jew and Gentile alike) to spare us from the horror of this seven-year apocalypse.

The return of Messiah (Jesus) is also in two-parts: Jesus taking believers to heaven. Then descending to earth to rescue Israel again by means of Messiah’s devastating defeat of Antichrist and his ten-nation confederation during the final phase of the Tribulation … Armageddon.

(2) The Gog/Magog assault against Israel.

Which will result in one of the two direct (solo) interventions by God himself to defend and rescue Israel. It will be greater even than the defeat of the Assyrian army. Not only is the Gog/Magog coalition much larger, but the whole world will watch as the Lord crushes this evil alliance.

Which is why Putin’s incursion into the Ukraine is yet another startling sign that we are that much closer to the end of this age. More than ever, Israel needs to look up to see her national redemption is near. That individual redemption is also necessary. I pray constantly that they would open their eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to know that salvation comes exclusively through their Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.

For believers in Messiah Yeshua, the awesome Son of God, we embrace the words of Jesus: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me … When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14: 1-3).

Things to Ponder

Ukraine’s President Zelensky has already been applauded for some notable quotes and brave actions. Not long after Russia’s invasion, U.S. President Biden (staff) offered to get Zelensky out of Ukraine to a place of safety.

Zelensky’s response: “I need ammunition, not a ride!”

During Russia’s (joined by Iran, Turkey, and lesser nations) abominable aggression against Israel, the Jews will not need any ammunition at all. When the God of Israel takes up the fight, he needs only to speak the word … heaven and earth will be moved!

You don’t want the God of Israel (the only true and living God) mad at you. Especially angry enough for his “fury to boil over” (Ezekiel 38:18).

“Then they will learn that you alone are called the Lord, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth” (Psalm 83:18).

King David of Israel goes on to say: “Those nations will fall down and collapse, but we will rise up and stand firm. Give victory to our king, O Lord! Answer our cry for help” (Psalm 20:8-9).

What Is Done to Israel Will Be Done in Return / Dangers of a Divided Jerusalem

This week’s Eye of Prophecy post is a sequel to the previous article (What is Done to Israel Will Be Done in Return / The Iran Nuclear Deal, posted 11-20-2021) dealing with the perilous path of a (any) nation’s apathetic endangerment of and arrogant contempt for Israel.

Thus, it’s fitting to begin with the same quotation: “The day is near when I, the Lord, will judge all godless nations! As you have done to Israel, so it will be done to you. All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads” (Obadiah 1:15).

Extending the quotation from this obscure (yet intense) one-chapter Old Testament prophetic book, we read:

“Just as you swallowed up my people on my holy mountain, so you and the surrounding nations will swallow the punishment I pour out on you. Yes, all you nations will drink and stagger and disappear from history. But Jerusalem will become a refuge for those who escape; it will be a holy place. And the people of Israel will come back to claim their inheritance” (Obadiah 1:16-17).

The following powerful prophecy from the previous article also bears repeating; one that uses the same graphic analogy of drinking and staggering—from an intoxicating concoction that foolishly stimulates attempts to decide and direct the fate of Israel and Jerusalem.

“This message concerning the fate of Israel came from the Lord: ‘This message is from the Lord, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundations of the earth, and formed the human spirit. I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather together against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves’” (Zechariah 12:1-3).

Under the presidential administration of Joe Biden, the United States is once again (picking up where former president Obama left off) imbibing the intoxicating power potion that prods them to tell Israel what to do and what not to do. One too many diplomatic cocktails that blurs vision and impairs judgement with, among other misguided notions, the naïve assumption that the rogue nation of Iran will cease and desist from their pursuit of nuclear warheads.

That the Biden administration presumptuously thinks it knows what’s best for Israel no matter what the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has to say about the matter.

And no matter the irony that the United States is desperate to participate directly in the current meetings (Vienna, Austria) of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that produced the infamous original Iran Nuclear Deal of 2015 between Iran and the P5 + 1 world powers—Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the United States. But is relegated to the sidelines because Iran flatly refuses to allow a representative from the United States in the meeting room! Which makes it the P5 +1, minus 1.

(Representatives and flags of Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, Iran, and the European Union at the Vienna Conference. Conspicuously missing is the United States flag that was subsequently removed when Iran refused meetings if a representative of the U.S. was present!)

As indicated in the previous Eye of Prophecy post, there are two “existential threats,” facing Israel, meaning a threat to Israel’s very existence as a sovereign state among the family of nations on earth. Both of which have been shaped mostly by the United States of America. The first is the Iran Nuclear Deal (primary subject of the prior post).

Before we examine the 2nd threat (dividing Jerusalem) in today’s article, let’s do a summary update of recent developments regarding this outrageous nuclear deal. I’ll do so primarily through:

Excerpts From a Jewish News Syndicate Article Written by Israeli Journalist Ruthie Blum

Published on 11-30-21, the article is entitled: Iran’s military gears up for Vienna talks by vowing to annihilate Israel.

Her article begins: “Renewed negotiations over a return to or revision of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers from which former President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018—kicked off in Vienna on Monday (November 29th) with feigned fanfare (2nd parenthesis mine).

“The Islamic Republic had made it clear that no agreement can be discussed, let alone reached, unless all sanctions hindering the regime’s operations are removed. It has also been engaging in double-speak, bragging about its strides in uranium-enrichment, on the one hand, while insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, on the other.”

*Note: Unless the sanctions against Iran remain in place during this conference, the P5 + 1 nations will be negotiating from a position of irreversible weakness. Which, considering the pre-conference conditions and commands imposed by Iran before they will even negotiate, begs the question: Why is this conference being held in the first place?

Continuing with Ruthie Blum’s article: “…the other parties to the JCPOA have convinced themselves that the interests of all concerned are best served through diplomacy. Never mind that Tehran refuses to allow American representatives anywhere near the room where the talks are being held. Washington is willing to have the mullahs dictate the terms of the entire arrangement…”

Later in her article, she wrote, “Former President Barack Obama’s administration, too, humiliated itself by pleading with Iran to sign the disastrous JCPOA in the first place…. Today, it’s President Joe Biden’s team that’s bowing down and bending a knee.”

To underscore Ruthie’s commentary, here is an excerpt from the first part of an Eye of Prophecy article written over six years ago entitled, A Deal That Will Live in Infamy (8-1-2015), part of which I also quoted in the previous post of 11-20-21. In italics:

Deal? A very loose term at best. Agreement? I suppose so if they mean that the P5+1 nations agreed to everything Iran demanded. It just may be the most one-sided bargain of all time. No level playing field. No equal benefits for both sides. Picture a teeter-totter that won’t move up and down, with Iran grounded securely below and the P5+1 nations dangling in the air above … hung out to dry. Or a merry-go-round with Iran standing and smirking nearby as they watch the United States on the carousel going round and round at a maddening and dizzying pace. What makes it even more mocking is that the United States begged Iran to meet them on the playground in the first place.

The imagery of a playground is suitable because the leaders of the United States and of other powerful nations on earth are playing with the lives and destiny of millions of Jews and Arabs and Persians in the Middle East.

In the previous Eye of Prophecy article, I cited a recent quote from an Iranian general, who boasted (paraphrasing): If the Zionists started anything, Iran would finish it and Israel would then be destroyed. This is one of dozens of threats over the past few years from high-ranking Iranian military personnel and civilians—including the Aytollah himself—to erase Israel from the face of the earth.

In her article, Ruthie Blum also quoted the Iranian army spokesperson himself, Brig. General Abolfazl Shekarchi. She wrote: “…Shekarchi’s words in the current context should serve as sufficient cause for America to call off the whole charade. Speaking to the regime-controlled Iran Students News Agency, Shekarchi announced that Israel’s annihilation is his country’s ‘greatest ideal before us and the greatest goal we pursue.’”

She prefaced the General’s quote by saying that he spoke these words, “…a mere 48 hours before the start of the kowtowing in Austria—all the more relevant and chilling.”

Shekarchi also said (though not quoted in Ruthie’s article): “We will not back off from the annihilation of Israel, even one millimeter. We want to destroy Zionism in the world.”

(Iranian General Shekarchi … faces of the enemy)

In a video address directed primarily to the P5 +1 nations, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett boldly responded: “Today, Iran will be arriving at negotiations in Vienna with a clear goal: to end sanctions in exchange for almost nothing. Iran doesn’t hide its intentions… Such a murderous regime should not be rewarded.”

Later PM Bennett posted in Twitter: “Iran deserves no rewards, no bargain deals and no sanctions relief in return for their brutality. I call upon our allies around the world: Do not give in to Iran’s nuclear blackmail.”

Establishing a Consulate for the Palestinians in Israel’s Capital, Jerusalem

This, too, is on President Joe Biden’s laundry list. However, he is Bidening (biding … sorry, couldn’t resist that one) his time to see if Israeli leaders will warm up to the idea. If not, he may unilaterally move forward with this devious decision.

In addition to the Iran Nuclear Deal, a (Palestinian) consulate is a threat to Israel’s sovereignty and security.

As the content of what is now 330 Eye of Prophecy articles will attest, I seldom get political. If I do, it is always in some (or a lot of) Scriptural context—past, present, future (Biblical prophecy). Today’s article is no exception.

Thus, in the context of the following Bible passages, I’ll present some observations about U.S. President Joe Biden’s performance and how it pertains to the main topic of today’s article:

“On the holy mountain stands the city founded by the Lord. He loves the city of Jerusalem more than any other city in Israel. O city of God, what glorious things are said of you!” (Psalm 87:1-3).

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you…. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:1 & 3, emphasis added).

“Blessed is the nation, whose God is the LORD” (Psalms 33:12). The opposite of that would be true: Nations whose God is not the Lord, will not be blessed.

In the following Messianic passage, Messiah himself is speaking of what he and the LORD (his father as demonstrated in Psalm 2 and Psalm 110) would do:

“After a period of glory, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me against the nations who plunder you (Israel). For he said, ‘Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession (older Bible versions say apple of His eye). I will raise my fist to crush them…’ Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me.

“The Lord says, ‘Shout and rejoice O beautiful Jerusalem, for I am coming to live among you…’ The land of Judah will be the Lord’s special possession in the holy land, and he will once again choose Jerusalem to be his own city. Be silent before the Lord, all humanity, for he is springing into action from his holy dwelling” (Zechariah 2:8-10 & 12-13, parenthesis mine).

If only people, especially national leaders like President Joe Biden, would recognize a simple lesson (principle): Powerful nations that mistreated Israel are in the dust bin of history—some permanently and others temporarily, to be judged again during the Great Tribulation.

Such as: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Roman Empire, Germany’s Third Reich, Italy’s Mussolini.

Moreover, the Lord is springing into action again with the inevitable result of Israel’s final restoration (the land) and redemption (the people). Consequently, don’t mess with Israel and especially Jerusalem.

The fate of nations and peoples will depend on whether they “acknowledge” the Lord … willingly or unwillingly. This most assuredly includes the attitude and actions of nations and individuals for or against Israel.

President Biden’s Dismal Performance & Approval Rating

The exclusive reason for an examination of Joe Biden’s regrettable record and pathetic performance in less than 11 months since he was sworn in as U.S. President is to provide a broader perspective on his mostly apathetic and (sometimes) arrogant attitude toward and dreadful decisions concerning the nation of Israel. Which is nearly a 180-degree departure from the previous administration under Donald Trump. The italicized words in this paragraph are descriptive terms summarized from several sources: mostly articles and polls commenting on President Biden’s substandard performance of what many consider to be the most powerful and persuasive position on earth, often abbreviated as POTUS.

For sake of brevity, I’ll refer to just one (representative) of many articles I’ve read on this subject, authored by journalist/commentator Joseph Frager, posted in Jewish News Syndicate on November 4, 2021. Entitled, Biden’s freshman-year report card.

Beginning with: “It’s been a full year since U.S. President Joe Biden declared victory over Donald Trump. To say that the honeymoon is over is an understatement.”

He then cited a 42% approval rating, which also has dipped to 38%; Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval mark plunged to a shaky 28%.

Frager continues: “Even Biden’s trustworthy echo chamber, The New York Times … stated, ‘Mr. Biden’s approval ratings have declined on nearly every issue, and among nearly every demographic group in national surveys over the last two months, as a return to normalcy has given way to rising inflation (worst in 30 some years … especially food, home, and fuel prices—three essential areas of the economy), a simmering pandemic, gridlock in Washington and chaos on the border and in Afghanistan” (parenthesis mine).

In addition. Joseph Frager cited the (unprecedented) “problems with the transport of vital products from docks and storage centers” contributing to “his poor grade-point average.”

Followed by: “The humiliating, disastrous and bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, which I referred to in a previous article as his ‘Waterloo,’ probably hurt him the most.”

Next, is the part of Frager’s post that closely tracks with and provides a smooth transition to this week’s Eye of Prophecy article:

“His report card looks even worse when you factor in his pressure on Israel. Currently, the administration is trying to shove down the throats of a very fragile Israeli government the illegal and counterproductive opening of a consulate in Jerusalem for the Palestinian Authority. Not only is this against American law (also against international law); it’s totally inappropriate, given the fact that all consular services are provided to the Arab population at the American embassy in Jerusalem” (parenthesis mine).

He then states, “Biden’s report card really takes a dive where his handling of Iran is concerned…”

The final sentence in Frager’s article reads, “Biden deserves a failing grade for his far-from-stellar performance.”

Since the Iran Nuclear Deal is the main theme of the previous Eye of Prophecy post and summarized in this week’s article, we’ll focus today on the proposed Palestinian Consulate in Jerusalem and the repercussions, thereof.

With a Biblically supported sidenote that—as important as are the contentious issues of immigration, abortion, economy (inflation), pandemics, a position of strength v. weakness in foreign affairs, and overall morality (or lack thereof) of a country—there is nothing more hazardous to a nation, whether a democracy or state-run or a dictatorship, than a deliberate denial of Israel’s right to exist securely as a sovereign state. Coupled with acts or even threats to harm Israel or to divide the land that God has indivisibly given to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in perpetuity.

A few weeks ago, former governor of South Carolina (2011-2017) and then the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said, “The Iranian nuclear threat is existential for Israel. If Israel makes the grave decision that its security depends on removing that threat, it should not wait for an American green light that might never come.”


(Nikki Haley, rumored to be a Republican candidate for the 2024 U.S. Presidential elections)

Not only is the Biden administration not showing support and sympathy for Israel’s security (Iran, other Muslim nations, and terrorist groups from without and within like Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas sworn agenda to eliminate Israel as a sovereign nation); but recent reports indicate that U.S. officials have warned Israel against attacking Iran’s nuclear sites, claiming that such actions would be “counterproductive.”

Also, see Eye of Prophecy article: Ambassador Nikki Haley & The Truth About Israel (Posted 10-20-2018).

More Dramatic Details of a Palestinian Consulate

Nikki Haley’s forewarning was reinforced by former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence who in no uncertain terms stated: “Make no mistake about it. President Joe Biden has turned his back on Israel.”

That Biden, “restored funding for the Palestinian Authority, announced his intention to rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal, and now the Biden administration is planning to open a consulate in Jerusalem for the Palestinian people… an unlawful step and it’s time for Congress to act to deny President Biden from opening a consulate in Jerusalem”

In fact, about six weeks ago, 35 Republican Senators spear-headed by Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), introduced a bill to block the administration’s unilateral, even without Israel’s consent, plan to reopen the U.S. consulate (previously closed by Donald Trump) for the Palestinians in Jerusalem.

In a statement, Hagerty wrote: “President Biden continues to push forward this inflammatory plan to establish a second mission in Israel’s capital city of Jerusalem—one for the Israelis and a second one for the Palestinians—despite the fact that this plan violates the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and is completely opposed by the Government of Israel.”

Subsequently, some 200 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Biden also expressing opposition to a Palestinian consulate in the heart of Jerusalem. Stating among other things: “The Biden administration’s shameful move would have the unconscionable effect of undermining the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and signal support for dividing Jerusalem.”

The following is an excerpt from Eye of Prophecy article: Is President Trump Wavering on the Waiver? (2-14-2017):

Second question: Should the US Embassy be relocated to Jerusalem?

Let’s get right to the answer.

YES, it should be moved. Says who? Says the American people!

Really, when did we say that?

We said that through our legislators in the House of Representatives and Senate when they passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, calling for relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In fact, the voting margin was overwhelmingly in favor: Senate 93-5; House of Representatives, 374-37. That’s as large a margin as you’ll ever see in Congress.

According to this Act, the move of our embassy to Jerusalem should have taken place no later than May 31, 1999. However, in deference to the authority of a United States President to recognize foreign sovereignty over territories, Section 7 of the Act allowed the sitting President to “waive” enforcement of the Act if the President felt that such a move might pose a risk to the security of the United States. With the stipulation, however, that such a waiver must be reviewed every six months, so as not to ignore this Congressional Law indefinitely. Since then, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have done just that … signed the waiver. As a result, the US Embassy is still in Tel Aviv. Hence, it was a binding, but floating piece of legislation.

As indicated, President Trump later made good on his promise to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

In that article, I also listed all 17 points of the Jerusalem Embassy Act. Here are seven of those points to reestablish and reemphasize the sovereign right of Israel (of any country) to determine its capital city. With international law stipulating that the host country has the sole prerogative of deciding which foreign embassies to allow in that capital. With consulates in other cities of a nation, but NOT in capital cities.

*Note: An embassy and a consulate are not the same thing.

As follows (in italics):


This Act may be cited as the “Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995.”


The Congress makes the following findings:

(1) Each sovereign nation, under international law and custom, may designate its own capital.

(3) The city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s President, Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.

(6) In 1967, the city of Jerusalem was reunited during the conflict known as the Six Day War.

(10) In 1992, the United States Senate and House of Representatives unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 113 of the One Hundred-Second Congress to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and reaffirming congressional sentiment that Jerusalem must remain an undivided city.

(15) The United States maintains its embassy in the functioning capital of every country except the case of our democratic friend and strategic ally, the State of Israel.

(16) The United States conducts official meetings and other business in the city of Jerusalem in de facto recognition of its status as the capital of Israel.

(17) In 1996, the State of Israel will celebrate the 3,000th anniversary of the Jewish presence in Jerusalem since King David’s entry.

The first Democrat to agree with the Republican senatorial resolution was Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) who stated: “The U.S. has never opened a diplomatic office without the approval of the host government and to do so in Israel would create a double standard. Any decision on this issue should be made with Israel’s consent and must recognize that Jerusalem is Israel’s undivided capital.”

(The U.S. Consulate General on Agron Street in central Jerusalem, 2019. Not until the 1993-1995 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians did this consulate take on the additional duty of a quasi-diplomatic mission for the Palestinian Authority. For decades before that it provided consular services to visitors while representing the United States. When the U.S. Embassy was moved to Jerusalem, it legally and appropriately absorbed all services to/for the Palestinians into the Embassy. Thus, the consulate was shuttered)

Next, is a shocking example of duplicity that originates either from playing politics or from words and actions that can only be categorized as hypocritical … or perhaps a lack of integrity both political and personal.

Not only did Senator (at the time) Joe Biden vote in favor of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, but he also gave an eloquent and impassioned speech (I say that sincerely) before the final vote: In a part of that address on the Senate floor … October 24, 1995, he said:

“Mr. President (Bill Clinton at the time), it is unconscionable for us to refuse to recognize the right of the Jewish people to choose their own capital. What gives us the right to second-guess their decision? For 47 years, we, and much of the rest of the international community, have been living a lie (parenthesis mine, italics for emphasis).

“For 47 years, Israel has had its government offices, its parliament, and its national monuments in Jerusalem, not in Tel Aviv. And yet, nearly all embassies are located in Tel Aviv. I think this is a denial of fundamental reality.

“Mr. President, are we, through the continued sham of maintaining our Embassy in Tel Aviv, to refuse to acknowledge what the Jewish people know in their hearts to be true? Regardless of what others may think, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. And Israel is not just any old country. It is a vital strategic ally.

“Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will send the right signal…. To do less would be to play into the hands of those who will try their hardest to deny Israel the full attributes of statehood” (emphasis added to illustrate that this “denial” would be intensified exponentially if there would be a Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem).

Joe Biden ended his speech with: “I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.”

Contrast that to what Joe Biden, during the election campaign in 2020, said in answering a question regarding President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in 2018.

Mr. Biden replied that the move was, “short-sighted and frivolous,” although he would not transfer the embassy back to Tel Aviv if elected.

At the time, Senator Biden said that we (the United States, including him) and the international community was “living a lie” in denying Israel’s right for Jerusalem to be its capital … with the logical result that the U.S. Embassy (all embassies) should be in Jerusalem.

(A younger Joe Biden when he was a U.S. Senator (D-Delaware)

I think the following would be legitimate and reasonable questions for President Biden to answer: Why such a colossal change in your attitude and actions regarding Israel? Were you living a lie then as you said, or were you lying about living that lie?

More Commentary Regarding President Biden and the Consulate in Jerusalem

In a Gatestone Institute online article (October 27, 2021) entitled, Jerusalem Palestinian consulate: A nail in the coffin of peace, Colonel Richard Kemp (former British Army Commander, currently writer/speaker on international and military affairs) begins:

“Only a few months ago, U.S. President Joe Biden betrayed a U.S. ally by withdrawing forces from Afghanistan, bringing down the government in Kabul and consigning the country to … Taliban terrorists. Now he is winding up to betray another, much closer ally—Israel.

“Biden plans to open a U.S. consulate in Jerusalem. This may seem like just another diplomatic facility to issue visas, promote trade, and take care of U.S. citizens… But it is far more than a mere office for paper-shuffling diplomats.

“It amounts to a de facto U.S. embassy to the Palestinians on Israeli territory. Its true purpose is to undermine Israeli sovereignty in its own capital city and will jeopardize future prospects for peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs. The Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh (the supreme PA leader is President Mahmoud Abbas), understands the implications only too well. In a recent interview, he triumphantly predicted that the new consulate would re-divide Jerusalem” (parenthesis mine).

Kemp goes on to say: “The new consulate, exclusively to manage diplomatic relations with Palestinians, is designed to give hope that one day Jerusalem will be the capital of a putative (supposed) Palestinian state. Israel can and rightly should never allow that. As well as betraying Israel, Biden’s irresponsible diplomatic signaling—which also appease his hard-left supporters—is a betrayal of the Palestinian people. They have suffered too long and too hard under the hostility of their leadership, which has consistently refused to entertain all proposals for peace with Israel that could lead to the establishment of their own state” (parenthesis mine).

He then said that the Palestinian leadership, “…intends to see not a two-state solution but the destruction of the Jewish state…”

Which is nearly identical to what I’ve written in several Eye of Prophecy articles, i.e., Palestinian Arabs do not want a state alongside of Israel. They want a state instead of (to replace) Israel.

(That slogan is often quoted / displayed by Palestinians and their supporters. The meaning is crystal clear. From the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea… All Israel must cease to exist and replaced with a Palestinian State with all Jews expelled … or killed)

The following excerpt (in italics) is from Eye of Prophecy article, The Balfour Declaration … Beginning of the Omega Generation (Part I) Posted 5-13-2017. The excerpt begins with a statement made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to President Trump during their meeting in Washington D.C.

We are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace.”

My immediate response in the article was:


Less than two years ago, Abbas incited dozens of lone-wolf attacks against innocent Israelis by declaring that Palestinians must not allow the “filthy feet of the Jews” to walk on Temple Mount. In September 2015, Abbas said that he, “welcomed every drop of blood that is spilled in Jerusalem.” Not long afterward the “Knife Intifada” began that also included shooting and car-ramming murder of Israelis.

Regarding a Palestinian State that Abbas really doesn’t want unless Israel capitulates to every single one of his demands, such as East Jerusalem (there is no such thing as east Jerusalem) as the Palestinian capital—when such a capital would more easily and with much less adversarial results be placed in Ramallah—or the return of millions of Arabs currently restricted to so-called refugee camps, here’s what Abbas said not too long ago:

“A Palestinian State like Iraq, Saudi Arabia & other Islam countries, will not have or allow a single Jew to live there.”

Richard Kemp concludes his article with, “…opening a consulate in the same city as an existing embassy—an unprecedented move—reinforces its immense political significance. Especially as there is no practical purpose for the new facility, with the embassy already incorporating a department devoted exclusively to Palestinian affairs. If an independent consulate were really needed for the Palestinians, it would make sense to put it in Ramallah, where virtually all PA government buildings are located.”


From the previous Eye of Prophecy article, What Is Done to Israel Will Be Done in Return / The Iran Nuclear Deal, I briefly introduced today’s post (a Part II-type sequel focusing on dividing Jerusalem with a Palestinian consulate) by stating:

Although this doesn’t necessarily pose an immediate existential threat as does a nuclear armed Iran, it, nevertheless, will aggravate rather than alleviate problems between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs.

It would be tantamount to and a catalyst for a Palestinian State with Jerusalem (the eastern portion) also becoming the capital of that state. One city as the capital of two nations will not cut it. If it didn’t work/continue in Germany (East Berlin and West Berlin) between people of the same nationality (Germans), there’s absolutely no way it will be viable between two peoples whose racial and religious conflict didn’t originate a mere century or so ago. Rather, thousands of years from the ancient past.

Things to Ponder

“…Shout this message for all to hear: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: My love for Jerusalem and Mount Zion is passionate and strong. But I am very angry with the other nations that are now enjoying peace and security…” (Zechariah 1:14-15a).

May the executive, congressional, and judicial leaders of the United States of America and leaders of nations the world over listen to the shouts from Scripture trumpeting the passionately strong affection the true and living God has for Israel, and for Jerusalem … especially Temple Mount.

The harshest time of God’s judgment will be during the seven-year Tribulation. However, past and current events also demonstrate that God’s punishment—including his own people—has fallen periodically on those who have harmed, scattered the Jews and divided Israel and/or Jerusalem.

May leaders and peoples on a global scale heed the warnings of Scripture which declares there will be a heavy price to pay for dividing the city and land he has chosen as his very own dwelling place on earth. Beginning with the Tabernacle during Israel’s wanderings in the wilderness. Then in the glorious Temple planned by King David and built by King Solomon on Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Then during the time that the Son of God, Messiah Jesus taught and healed in Jerusalem’s rebuilt Temple some 2000 years ago.

With the Son of God returning in power and great glory to the Mount of Olives from which he ascended to heaven forty days after his magnificent resurrection from the dead to prove that he was/is the Messiah, who was sacrificially crucified for the forgiveness of sin to all who believe and receive him as Lord and Savior—Jew and Gentile alike.

Resuming with Messiah’s Second Coming to rescue the Holy City during the very last part of the Great Tribulation. Followed by Messiah Jesus’ majestic Millennial Reign from Jerusalem. And the Grand Finale: The New Jerusalem throughout all eternity.

The Jewish Apostle Paul (formerly Saul, a devout Pharisee whose heart, life, and eternal destiny were miraculously changed by his encounter with Jesus) wrote:

“Though he was God … When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:6a, 7b, & 8-11).

The following is an excerpt from the prior Eye of Prophecy article:

Let’s hope that the Lord’s wrath doesn’t boil over before the Rapture because of any rivalry with or our antagonism toward and/or disrespectful and reckless endangerment of Israel. To that end, we need to pray for the leaders of Israel and the United States to do what is right. And warn them that they are wrong if they harm Israel in any way. To recognize that Iran is our common enemy and cannot be appeased. To stop foolishly playing with fire which could be the literal result of a maniacal nuclear Iran with its sworn Islamic agenda to eradicate Israel and America.

To fully acknowledge that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel; neither Israel nor Jerusalem should ever be divided.

*Personal Note: On behalf of my brother and two sisters, this article is dedicated to our dearly loved but departed mother. Today’s posting is December 11th, 2021. Mom died on December 11th, 2011. Were she still alive she would be 100 years old this year. She loved the Scriptures and knew them well. She also loved Israel and Jerusalem.

As Jerusalem goes, so goes Israel. As Israel goes, so goes the world!


What Is Done To Israel Will Be Done In Return / The Iran Nuclear Deal

“The day is near when I, the Lord, will judge all godless nations! As you have done to Israel, so it will be done to you. All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads” (Obadiah 1:15).

As Jerusalem goes, so goes Israel. As Israel goes, so goes the world.

I do not think that is an exaggeration.

If anything, it’s an understatement. For no other reason than Jerusalem’s supreme status as a (the) Holy City.

“On the holy mountain stands the city founded by the Lord. He loves the city of Jerusalem more than any other city in Israel. O city of God, what glorious things are said of you!” (Psalm 87:1-3).

If the Lord loves Jerusalem more than any city in Israel, then he must cherish Jerusalem more than any city on earth. For the Lord calls Israel his “special possession” (Joel 3:2 and other passages).

For the record, The LORD cited in the above passages and hundreds of other passages is the God of the Bible. Among other names and titles, He first referred to himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is the ONLY true God and must not be confused or identified with (not the same as) the god of Islam or gods of any other religion.

“Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish” (Isaiah 46:9-10).

The Lord backs up his exclusive claim with many mighty miracles and 100% accuracy (fulfillment) for hundreds of persuasive prophecies.

The 1948 rebirth of the sovereign state of Israel followed by the liberation and reinstatement of Jerusalem as her eternal capital via Israel’s stunning victory in the Six-Day War of 1967 was (still is) the single greatest prophetic fulfillment (sign) of the end times thus far. Therefore, I’m convinced that we are living in the final generation that will experience the Rapture—resurrection of dead believers who will be caught up to heaven along with living believers, and both groups transformed into glorious eternal bodies like that of our Lord Jesus Christ. Followed by the Seven-Year Great Tribulation and Return of Messiah Jesus to establish his Millennial Reign on Planet Earth.

The intense increase in the planet’s attention on Israel and obsession with Jerusalem provide more proof that these unfulfilled events are as imminent as ever. Hardly a day goes by without politicians of all levels, celebrities, and common people from every part of the world weighing in on virtually anything and everything pertaining to Israel.

Opinions (mostly unfounded criticism, if not outright antisemitism) abound on what Israel should do or not do. Especially issues involving the Israeli / Palestinian conflict. A few national leaders occasionally (infrequently) express support for Israel’s precarious position among hostile Islamic nations surrounding Israel, particularly Iran, and from antagonistic Palestinian Arabs within Israel (Hamas but also the Palestinian Authority) who deny Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign Jewish nation. Thereby, seeking its very destruction.

For example, Austria’s Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said, “I understand Israel’s skepticism over a nuclear agreement with Iran.” Sadly, the new United States Administration under President Joe Biden does not adequately appreciate and/or is apathetic toward the perilous predicament in which the Iran Nuclear Deal (2015, spearheaded by former President Obama), places Israel.

Wrote well-known columnist David M. Weinberg in an Israel Hayom article posted 11-7-2021 entitled, Misplaced global priorities:

“In short, world leaders are seized more about the expanding ozone hole than Iran’s deepening nuclear bunkers. They are prepared to bravely declare ‘war’ on polluters, but afraid to threaten Iran with war—which is the only way to reach an accommodation with Iran. They are prepared to heroically escalate their rhetoric against carbons, but not prepared to boldly put the threat of military escalation on the table against Iran.”

Concerning the hostile Palestinian agenda against Israel, Weinberg then said:

“…World leaders are more concerned about the rights of terrorist-backed Palestinian NGOs (in response to Israel’s announcement to abolish six NGO’s that, under the guise of human rights advocacy, sponsor terrorist cells) than the rights of Israelis to live without a perpetual Iranian nuclear threat hanging over their heads. They are more upset with Jewish home-building in Jerusalem and Judea than the building of Iranian Revolutionary Guard bases on Israel’s northern border (and in Iraq, Yemen, Western Africa, etc.).” (1st set of parentheses mine).

I would add the observation that these leaders, including (unfortunately) several in the United States administration, blindly accept the Palestinian narrative—proven time and time again to be based on deception and distortion … rewritten history. Hardly a day goes by without reading about three major complaints against Israel and Israeli Jews: apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and occupation.

Because I have written several Eye of Prophecy articles regarding these and other false accusations, my response in this article will be limited to: The accusations are absurd!

For two main reasons: (1) Most people who use (misuse) these phrases and/or carelessly accept them as fact do not really know the full meaning of the terms nor how they play out in real-life experience.

(2) The vast majority of Israel’s critics know practically nothing about Israel’s longstanding history and very little about Israel’s contemporary chronicle … past 100 years or so. None of these conditions have existed in Israel since the Jews reclaimed Jerusalem (indeed, all Israel) in their amazing victory in the Six-Day War of June 1967. Furthermore, from 1948-1967, it was Jordanian and Palestinian Arabs who were actively engaged in apartheid, ethnic cleansing against the Jews, and (illegal) settlement occupation of Judea/Samaria and Jerusalem. That is a matter of historical record of which those who irrationally dislike and even despise Israel are either woefully ignorant or deliberately disregard as irrelevant.

(Now that is ethnic cleansing!)

(See Eye of Prophecy articles: Ethnic Cleansing of Jews … The Real Palestinian Agenda (posted 9-17-2016) and More Palestinian Lies (2-20-2016).

The Rapture, Great Tribulation, and Millennial Reign of Messiah Are Closer Than Ever

The time is that much shorter with one episode after another (within Israel and outside Israel … the Middle East and the whole world) preparing for the day—during the Great Tribulation when the following prophecy will unfold:

“This message concerning the fate of Israel came from the Lord: ‘This message is from the Lord, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundations of the earth, and formed the human spirit. I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather together against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves’” (Zechariah 12:1-3).

Another sign of the last days of the end times is the amazing agricultural, building construction, infrastructure, and economic restoration of Israel’s land and technological advancement of her people. This for a nation that is only 73-years old with a Jewish population of less than 7 million.

“The time will come, says the Lord, when the grain and grapes will grow faster than they can be harvested. Then the terraced vineyards on the hills of Israel will drip with sweet wine! I will bring my exiled people of Israel back from distant lands, and they will rebuild their ruined cities and live in them again. They will plant vineyards and gardens; they will eat their crops and drink their wine. I will firmly plant them there in their own land. They will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them, says the Lord your God” (Amos 9:13-15, emphasis added).

That time has come and will continue unabated until Israel’s achievements will be even greater and her standing among the nations highly elevated when Messiah begins his Millennial Reign on earth from Jerusalem.

Since the Romans crushed the Jewish rebellion (66-70 AD), devastated most of Israel, destroyed the Second Jewish Temple along with much of Jerusalem, and exiled the Jews to the four corners of the earth, the land of Israel had been largely forsaken. Beginning with the miraculous rebirth of Israel in 1948, Amos’s prophecy is being fulfilled before our 20th and 21st century eyes.

The affluence of Israel is a direct result of God’s blessing after their time of discipline ended in 1967 (see Eye of Prophecy trilogy: Seven times Seven to the 4th power; followed by The Omega Generation—posted January, February 2014). The renewal of Israel from a desolate, infertile land to one of abundant harvest (making even the desert bloom) and beauty is a God-thing … accomplished only after the Jews returned to Israel in great numbers.

This literal budding of Israel did not take place during the times that Jews were fewer in number and the land and people were under the thumb of the Arabs, the Crusaders (not true Christians, but in name only), the Ottoman Turks, or even the British.

It was through God’s chosen people, the Jews—descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—that the land of Israel has been revived to the point of hardly being recognized after hundreds of years of neglect and barrenness.

(Example of terraced vineyards and crops in Israel yielding abundant harvests)

Which will be a catalyst to yet another powerful prophecy of the last days:

“At the time of those events, says the Lord, when I restore the prosperity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will judge them for harming my people, my special possession, for scattering my people among the nations, and for dividing up my land” (Joel 3:1-2).

Jehoshaphat means “the Lord judges.” In Joel’s prophecy, these are the same armies (Antichrist and his ten-nation coalition) spoken of by Zechariah in the passage quoted earlier plus the “kings of the east” (Daniel 11 and Revelation 16) who will at first oppose Antichrist, then align with him just before the final battle of Armageddon. The valley of Jehoshaphat judgement and Armageddon (in the valley of Megiddo) are one and the same. It will happen when Messiah Jesus returns with “power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30) to vanquish these armies just after Antichrist and the False Prophet are captured and thrown into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 19).

Many nations have harmed (or attempted to) the Jews and/or Israel through the centuries and have scattered the Jews (or attempted to). Such as: Assyria, Babylon, Persia (contemporary Iran which most Israelis believe is Israel’s greatest modern threat), the Roman Empire, Roman Catholic Church via the Crusaders and the shameful Inquisitions. Plus, European heads of state doing the Pope’s bidding through the Middle Ages. Also, Russian and eastern European pogroms against Jews particularly during the 18, 19th & 20th centuries. Worst of all: Hitler’s Third Reich Holocaust that murdered six million Jews.

Followed by Israel’s four full-scale wars with Arab nations: 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973. Each resulting in Israel’s victory.

When the Arab nations realized they could not defeat Israel in conventional warfare, individual Palestinians (usually after incitement by Palestinian Authority President Yassar Arafat then Mahmoud Abbas or other PA officials) resorted to lone-wolf attacks to maim and murder Jews. With Hamas in the Gaza Strip launching thousands of missiles into Israel since the Jews were removed from Gaza (under orders of the Israeli government) in 2005.

As for “dividing up my land” (Israel), that is and will continue to be more of a modern phenomenon right up to the present time and then into the post-Rapture soon-to-come Great Tribulation. The divisions began with the British Mandate that subsequently created the nation of Jordan, much of which was part of Israel’s Biblical land as described in several passages in the Old Testament. As a result of the creation of the Jordanian state, Israel’s original land mass was considerably condensed. When Messiah returns, Israel’s full territory will be as it was promised by the Lord long ago.

More on the dangers of dividing Jerusalem and Israel in the next Eye of Prophecy article.

Turmoil, Tragedy, and Terror in Israel

This was the title of three recent Eye of Prophecy articles: Part I—Turmoil; Part II— Tragedy; Part III—Terror (published June, July 2021).

Here is an excerpt from Part I of that trilogy to summarize what precipitated and comprised these three tests of endurance, experienced by Israelis primarily during the first half of 2021:

When you combine the turmoil of an Israeli government following the country’s 4th election (March 23, 2021) in two years (under the helm of what many consider to be Israel’s greatest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—in terms of national and international accomplishments for Israel) but still unable to form a majority coalition of 61 seats in the Knesset, with the tragedy on Mount Meron (April 30th) followed recently by terror inflicted on Israelis via indiscriminate firing of over 4,000 missiles from Gaza into Israel (beginning on May 10th); preceded by tens of thousands of Arabs rioting in several towns, including Jerusalem (earlier in May); an argument could be made that Israel’s resolve and resiliency have not been tested like this since the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in 2014.

Some would say not since the Palestinian intifada of 2001. Others might even compare the inner turmoil—political, social, and (most of all) religious division among Israelis—combined with the Mt. Meron tragedy in which 45 men and boys were crushed to death during what was supposed to be one of the most jubilant religious celebrations among Orthodox Jews; plus, the recent Palestinian terrorism uprising to constitute the most difficult time in Israel’s 73-year history since the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

It is mind-boggling in scope and should give serious cause for Israelis and Jews worldwide to pause; to ponder their perplexing past, perilous present, and portentous future of the reborn state of Israel.

In fact, the whole world would do well to carefully consider its imminent destiny and take heed of these three tenses of Israel’s existence….

(Damage to house in Ashkelon, Israel from missile launched by Hamas from Gaza Strip, several Israeli Jews injured)

I then made some penetrating but poignant statements in that article, directed toward Israel and the Jews, but obviously including all people and nations. Everyone needs Jesus.

Prefaced by this sub-heading:

Listen Up … Look Up!

It is time for God’s chosen people—religious, secular, leaders, and common folk alike to—individually and collectively, nationally (the state of Israel) and internationally (Jews worldwide)—heed the passionate warning of the only true and living God, the God of Israel’s ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:

“Listen to me, O my people, while I give you stern warnings. O Israel, if you would only listen to me!” (Psalm 81:8).

It is time for Israel and Jews worldwide, especially the observant among them (Ultra-Orthodox, Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed) to realize that thousands of Messianic Jews all over the world (who have believed and received Jesus as the Son of God—the Messiah foretold in the Jewish Scriptures) have indeed listened to the God of Israel. They have heeded the Lord’s precious promises, powerful prophecies, and stern warnings given to his prophets, who practiced, preached, and prophesied precisely what God told them to do and speak.

Prophets such as Amos who declared: “Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

Like King David who unequivocally proclaimed in one of the Messianic prophecies in Scripture that the God of Israel has a Son, who is the Messiah: “For the Lord declares, ‘I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.’ The king proclaims the Lord’s decree…” (Psalm 2:6-7a).

“Now then, you kings act wisely! Be warned you rulers of the earth! Serve the Lord with reverent fear; and rejoice with trembling. Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him” (Psalms 2:7b-12).

Then in the profound book of Hebrews (New Testament), the Jewish author summarizes so great a salvation purchased by Jesus Christ with the highest price ever paid, through the (once for all) greatest sacrifice ever made … the blood and life of the Son of God. Beginning with:

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days (when the new covenant had begun), he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven” (Hebrews 1:1-3, parenthesis mine).

Blessings or Banes (Curses) Depend on How Israel Is Treated

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you…. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:1 & 3, emphasis added).

Hundreds of Bible end-times prophecies revolve around two subjects: (1) Israel’s final restoration and redemption, individually and as a nation. (2) Accomplished by the Messiah’s—Jesus of Nazareth who fulfilled all the prophecies about Messiah’s (first) arrival on earth—glorious return to rescue Israel, physically and spiritually.

“…Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say, ‘The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness. And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins’” (Romans 11:25-27, quoting Isaiah 59:20-21).

Several passages also speak of God’s increased anger during the end times towards peoples and nations who try to interfere with his plan to restore Israel and usher in the Millennial Reign of Messiah Jesus from Israel’s UNDIVIDED CAPITAL of Jerusalem. Consequently, the leaders of the world, especially the United States which God has generously blessed since our foundation in 1776, would do well to venerate God, and value his precious promises and powerful prophecies.

To also heed his stern warnings regarding the mistreatment of Israel.

Based on the extraordinary evidence of several Biblical prophecies being fulfilled through the ages along with end times predictions coming to pass in this generation, I would confidently present the following premise:

The Lord’s promise of blessing those who bless Israel or judging those who treat her with contempt has increased since 1948 and will intensify until Messiah returns to this earth to set all things right in the magnificent Kingdom of God, replacing the evil, injustice, and violence of this world with righteousness, justice, and peace.

Such as natural disasters (mostly hurricanes) during the past few decades occurring in direct proximity to the United States doing or considering something that would harm or jeopardize Israel’s safety.

A New President for the United States & A New Government & Prime Minister for Israel

Will they be good for the United States and Israel or not so good?

Earlier this year, the 4th Israeli election in the past 2 ½ years finally produced a coalition government, albeit an awkward and fragile combination of ultra-liberal, central, and conservative parties unprecedented in Israel’s 73-year history. Much like the current Democrat/Republican 50-50 split in America’s Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris a tiebreaker, if necessary, the Israeli parliament consists of a majority with the slimmest of margins … 61-59.

Although U.S. President Joe Biden eventually invited Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to meet with him at the White House with all the politically correct verbiage before, during, and after the meeting, their relationship is tenuous (more like testy) at best. During his years as U.S. Senator, President Biden expressed solid support for Israel. However, as Vice President he was heavily influenced by former President Obama’s displeasure with Israel—especially directed against (then Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu.

Just as Israel was recovering from the turmoil, tragedy, terror from within her borders that I wrote about in the previously cited articles, she now faces critical challenges from without. Not the least of which is the United States through an administration that is determined to undo all that former President Donald Trump did, especially regarding Israel. Rather than acknowledging the positive actions taken by Biden’s predecessor including, but not limited to, relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and U.S. withdrawal from the horrendous (dangerous) Iran Nuclear Deal.

President Biden has (for now) agreed to leave our embassy in Jerusalem. However, as we will see, he is also seeking to undermine both the symbolic principle and political practicality of the U.S. Embassy being in Israel’s capital which as the previous president Trump and his executive staff said at the time: “It was the right thing to do.”

Recently, the Israeli government passed a (belated) budget for the 2021 calendar year … also 2022. Unless this budget had been finalized before November 14, the new government would have dissolved, and elections held yet again. Shortly afterward, Prime Minister Naftali Bennet said: “Our next mission is to utilize this stability and deal with the challenges and problems that have been neglected for years….”

He then identified several issues, all of which were national or internal matters such as housing cost, traffic jams, cost of living, crime in the Israeli Arab communities. At that time Bennett said nothing about the two most critical challenges facing Israel which, as indicated, have originated internationally—first and foremost through the Biden Administration. Yet, he did address those problems during his meeting with President Biden and during a couple of press conferences.

Concerning Iran, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke these words in preparation for the November 29 conference in Vienna, subject of which will be further discussions on the 2015 nuclear deal:

“Iran poses a strategic threat to the world and an existential threat to Israel, and they ought not to be allowed to get away with it. We will not tire, we will be relentless, when we are talking about the very existence of the Jewish state, we will do what we need to do.”

(Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressing the United Nations on 9-27-2021)

Kudos for Naftali Bennett even though former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said things like this numerous times over several years.

These two challenges constitute “existential threats,” meaning a threat to Israel’s very existence as a sovereign state among the family of nations on earth. They are:

(1) The Iran Nuclear Deal: I would surmise that most readers of today’s article are at least somewhat familiar with this infamous “deal” between Iran and six nations, including the United States. With today’s headlines continuously commenting on President Biden’s push to restart discussions (possibly more negotiations) with what is clearly an arrogant and stubborn Iran.

Here is an excerpt from the first part of Eye of Prophecy article entitled, A Deal That Will Live in Infamy (8-1-2015):

I suppose there are other titles that could be used for the subject of this week’s Eye of Prophecy article. But since it follows on the heels of last week’s post entitled, Day of Infamy that dealt with the Jewish 9th day of Av—a date on which two titanic tragedies and other ominous events struck Israel—it’s appropriate to describe the recent nuclear arrangement with Iran in the same fashion.

This deal with a nation that is an avowed enemy of Israel and the United States is eerily comparable to and just as menacing as the day that England’s Neville Chamberlain signed a pact with Hitler. An agreement that not only didn’t guarantee peace in their time, but intensified the winds of war that led to World War II.

Deal? A very loose term at best. Agreement? I suppose so if they mean that the P5+1 nations agreed to everything Iran demanded. It just may be the most one-sided bargain of all time. No level playing field. No equal benefits for both sides. Picture a teeter-totter that won’t move up and down, with Iran grounded securely below and the P5+1 nations dangling in the air above … hung out to dry. Or a merry-go-round with Iran standing and smirking nearby as they watch the United States on the carousel going round and round at a maddening and dizzying pace….

The imagery of a playground is suitable because the leaders of the United States and of other powerful nations on earth are playing with the lives and destiny of millions of Jews and Arabs and Persians in the Middle East.

Oh, there was give and take. The United States and other P5 nations did all the giving and Iran did all the taking. In doing so, our Presidential Staff apathetically ignored the warnings of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his stirring address to the United States Congress on March 3rd, 2015. Much was written about the speech that President Obama and Secretary of state John Kerry refused to attend, including the Eye of Prophecy article entitled, A Modern Day Esther, posted this past March 7th.

I then quoted a small part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the United States Congress. As follows:

Prime Minister Netanyahu proposed a much better deal with concluding remarks such as, “Ladies and gentlemen, history has placed us at a fateful crossroads. We must now choose between two paths. One path leads to a bad deal that will at best curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions for a while, but it will inexorably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran whose unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to war. The second path, however difficult, could lead to a much better deal that would prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclearized Middle East and the horrific consequences of both to all of humanity.”

(Back to the 2015 article, A Deal That Will Live in Infamy)

Now that this infamous deal is done, it’s all too clear which path was taken.

This deal has been in the making for nearly two years. Many of us hoped (wishful thinking) that the P5 +1 nations, which include the United States, would see through Iran’s deceitful agenda.

That we would come to our collective senses, and fully realize that you cannot deal with a rogue nation—an enemy which before, during, and after the negotiations continued their tirade that calls for the humiliation and destruction of both Israel and the United States.

(Leaders from the P5 + 1 nations and Iran, plus United Nations representative/flag)

In that article I then discussed in more detail some of the repercussions of this deal (called the Joint Comprehensive Agreement) which would endanger the nation of Israel. Prefaced by an excerpt from a previous article entitled, Let’s Make a Deal, published 12-14-13, written about this deal in the early stages of negotiations. I’m convinced the material in both of those prior articles is as relevant today as it was in 2015 and 2013, respectively. As follows a portion from the 2013 post (also in italics):

About three weeks ago, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei announced to the Iranian people: “Israel is doomed to failure and annihilation.” That, “Zionist leaders cannot be called human.” A short while before that, Khamenei said, “The Zionist regime is a rabid dog.” There were other words of hatred directed against Israel. But the irony of this menacing message is that it was delivered disrespectfully just a short time before the P5+1 (United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany) completed negotiations with Iran in a November 24th interim deal called a “Joint Plan of Action”—to ease economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for a “slow-down” of Iran’s nuclear enrichment of uranium.

Would you make a deal with someone whose main purpose in life was to destroy you and members of your family or your best friend? How do you negotiate with those who would lie to you, cheat you, and ultimately kill you to accomplish their warped objectives? Where do you start? What do you say? How sure can you be? Why are you even there in the first place? But none of these questions seemed to bother the P5+1, with perhaps the exception of France.

“Suppose we can reason with them?” Really?  … It’s been 34 years since the attack on the US Embassy in Tehran and kidnapping of dozens of US Embassy representatives by the newly formed Islamic government of Iran. If we’re even a fraction wrong about Iran’s true intentions, then there’s a 99.9% chance they will follow through on their threats.

Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to this menacing pact was to label it an “historic mistake.” He should know. For the same 34 years, Israel has lived under the constant threat of Iranian terror exported to Syria and Lebanon, especially through Hezbollah. Because Israel understands her enemies far better than the United States under the current administration, Netanyahu also said, “The most dangerous regime in the world must not be allowed to have the most dangerous weapon in the world … we will not allow Iran to receive a military nuclear capability.”


The U.S. Democrat administrations (naively) sees non-confrontation concessions as the best way to deal with even a terrorist nation. With the misguided notion that placating Iran will persuade its dictatorial leaders not to pursue nuclear bombs. The Republican administration under Trump and most Republicans in the current Biden administration believe the best (only) way to handle a rogue regime like Iran is coercion though sanctions and a show of strength. That nothing should be left on the proverbial “table” including military action, if necessary.

It’s quite simple: As with the Obama era, once again the United States doesn’t regard Iran all that seriously. Accordingly, Biden has reversed Trump’s withdrawal from this so-called deal and is actively promoting compromises with Iran. Whereas Israel takes Iran very solemnly as expressed by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who avowed that Israel would do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from going nuclear. The question is whether Israel’s current government under Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is as committed to this goal. It appears they are, but will they relent if the United States (wrongly) applies excessive pressure on Israel not to interfere … politically and especially militarily.

One more excerpt from Let’s Make a Deal:

Regardless of your view on the right or wisdom of Israel to act independently of the US, or the P5+1, or the entire world, I would again ask: Would you sit down at the table with an enemy who has sworn to do anything and everything they can to terminate your existence on this earth? And keep in mind that Iran has not only threatened to wipe Israel from the global map, it has also avowed to destroy the “Great Satan.” That’s right. Iran refers to America as the Great Satan; Israel is only the “little Satan.” We should be so honored?!

In a recent interview, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said about the same thing: “It’s really dangerous what the administration is doing. They will, if they head back into that deal, provide resources and money for a regime that had made clear its intentions to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. They want to destroy America as well.”

It’s elementary. Extortion 101. Protection money. Only with the Iran Nuclear Deal this protection has a shelf life.

*Note: Although there’s a possibility that Israel and Iran will go to war before the Rapture, I’m convinced that it will be a limited engagement consisting more of sporadic aerial or missile strikes and/or naval skirmishes. Not until after the Rapture and the massive Gog/Magog invasion against Israel led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey will it be all-out war. A war in which Israel will stand back and watch the Lord God unilaterally fight for Israel and soundly defeat this massive coalition (Ezekiel Chapters 38 & 39).

(Biblical names for today’s Russia, Turkey, Iran, Ethiopia, and Libya. Ezekiel identifies only these nations by name but says there will be “many others.” Thus, I would identify the other nations shown in dark red–besides the five listed–as “probably against Israel”)

Several Eye of Prophecy articles have been written on this subject. Such as: The Prophetic Endgame of Gog and Magog (posted 11-9-2019) and The Terrible Trio of Gog/Magog (2-17-2018).

The bottom line is that U.S. President Biden and his entire executive staff are willing to risk Israel’s (and other nations in the Middle East who see Iran as a threat—like Saudi Arabia) very existence over their end game of discount (the threat) diplomacy. Plus, the United States is setting the stage for a Post-Rapture (Tribulation period) adversarial relationship with Israel by (eventually) cooperating with the Antichrist and his ten-nation coalition. Please see Eye of Prophecy article, “One Ring to Rule Them All…” (11-21-2015).

The second challenge to Israel that also originates directly from/with the United States:

(2) Establish a Consulate for the Palestinians in Israel’s Capital, Jerusalem.

Although this doesn’t necessarily pose an immediate existential threat as does a nuclear armed Iran, it, nevertheless, will aggravate rather than alleviate problems between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs.

It would be tantamount to and a catalyst for a Palestinian State with Jerusalem (the eastern portion) also becoming the capital of that state. One city as the capital of two nations will not cut it. If it didn’t work/continue in Germany (East Berlin and West Berlin) between people of the same nationality (Germans), there’s absolutely no way it will be viable between two peoples whose racial and religious conflict didn’t originate a mere century or so ago. Rather, thousands of years from the ancient past.

Alas, I’m out of space and time. We’ll examine the details of this proposed consulate in the next article, including quotes from some prominent politicians and journalists. And, of course, more Scripture passages regarding the danger of mistreating the “apple of God’s eye” (Zechariah 2:8, NASB).

Things to Ponder

Defiance of God by attacking (synonyms: assailing, assaulting, condemning, damaging, harassing, harming, hurting) his special possession Israel and chosen people the Jews has in the past provoked God to anger and retribution. In the future any dire existential threats (active or passive) against the reborn state of Israel will arouse the full fury of the Lord.

“But this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘When Gog invades the land of Israel my fury will boil over! …and all the people on earth—will quake in terror at my presence. Mountains will be thrown down; cliffs will crumble; walls will fall to the earth… Your men will turn their swords against each other. I will punish you and your armies with disease and bloodshed. I will send torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and burning sulfur! In this way I will show my greatness and holiness, and I will make myself known to all the nations of the world. Then they will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 38:18-23).

Let’s hope that the Lord’s wrath doesn’t boil over before the Rapture because of any rivalry with or our antagonism toward and/or disrespectful and reckless endangerment of Israel. To that end, we need to pray for the leaders of Israel and the United States to do what is right. And warn them that they are wrong if they harm Israel in any way. To recognize that Iran is our common enemy and cannot be appeased. To stop foolishly playing with fire which could be the literal result of a maniacal nuclear Iran with its sworn Islamic agenda to eradicate Israel and America.

And as we will see in the next Eye of Prophecy post: To fully acknowledge that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel; neither Israel nor Jerusalem should ever be divided.

In response to Prime Minister Bennett’s words quoted earlier regarding Iran (we will do what we need to do), one high-ranking Iranian general retorted boastfully to the effect that if Israel started anything, Iran would finish it. As a result, Israel would cease to exist.


I’ll take the Everlasting to Everlasting I AM, Alpha and Omega, Sovereign Creator, Almighty & Most High God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob over the man-made Islamic moon-god anytime, anywhere.

Iran will get its chance. I would encourage its leaders and citizens to read Ezekiel Chapters 38 & 39 for the outcome!

The Lord will give those who defy him and seek Israel’s destruction one last chance to “break their chains … and free ourselves from slavery to God” (Psalm 2:3).

For those who deliberately ignore the warnings of Scripture:

“God says, ‘At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked. When the earth quakes and its people live in turmoil, I am the one who keeps its foundations firm. I warned the proud, Stop your boasting! I told the wicked, don’t raise your fists! Don’t raise your fists in defiance at the heavens or speak with such arrogance. For no one on earth—from east or west, or even from the wilderness—should raise a defiant fist. It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall’” (Psalm 75:2-7).

Jesus Is The Very Essence of Prophecy

Today’s Eye of Prophecy post is number 328 since this online website began in July 2013.

An unusual introduction but for a suitable reason: It’s an unusual article! Different (partially) from the preceding 327 articles.

Somewhat dissimilar because it will be necessary to spend some time/space on personal matters; to accomplish a greater goal. One that is intended for and hopefully reached in every Eye of Prophecy article, directly or indirectly.

As found on the Home Page: “…For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus” (Revelation 19:10b).

And restated on the About Page: The major emphasis of Eye of Prophecy website is to, “give a clear witness for Jesus,” who is the very essence of prophecy.

Most Biblical predictions consists of two main subjects: (1) Messianic prophecies that focus on the 1st and 2nd Advents of Messiah. (2) The physical restoration of Israel as a nation and spiritual redemption of the Jews who have believed and received their Jewish Messiah, Jesus as Savior and Lord.

Also found on the About Page of Eye of Prophecy: The intent, form, and content of Eye of Prophecy is presented through Eschatology


Prophetic Inspirational Connections Through Understanding Relevant Events (and) Scripture.

In that context of “connections” there are three other “C” words that I want (hope) to realize through the Eye of Prophecy ministry: clarification, correlation, correction, as applied to all five categories. Each article is placed in one of those categories: Current Events; Prophecy in General; The Rapture; The Antichrist; Devotional/Miscellaneous.

With correction intended as a result (as opposed to a deliberate end unto itself) of a more accurate application of some Biblical prophecies. With clarification and correlation achieved by comparing Scripture with Scripture and Biblical prophecy with fulfillment (historical events) and those awaiting fulfillment.

To clarify (clarification) and to correct (correction) are pretty much self-defined.

But let’s look at Webster’s definition of correlate: “to establish a reciprocal or mutual relation; to show a causal relationship between; to present or to set forth so as to show relationship; a phenomenon that accompanies another phenomenon … usually parallel to it (as in form, type, development, or distribution) and is related in some way to it.”

In addition to parallel, other synonyms of correlation: association, connection, relationship, link, and correspondence. With a definitive implication that there are varying degrees of correlation. On the stronger side: parallel, connection, and link. On the softer side: association, relationship, and correspondence.

The Lord has graciously given me the gift of teaching (explaining the truth). With a little extra dose of discernment, and some disclosures that resulted in more accurate correlation and clarification of a handful of Biblical prophecies. Plus, correction of mainstream applications of a few prophecies. Yet, I encourage you not to simply take or leave my word for it. In addition to my second book, Out of the Abyss, read as many Eye of Prophecy articles as time permits.

Then ponder and decide for yourself.

On a Personal Level

Because my teaching (mostly through writing) ministry began later in life, there is not the degree of exposure, or the more noticeable platform established by well-known prophecy students and teachers … especially those in the media.

Thus, I can identify with one of the more obscure (termed “minor”) prophets, Habakkuk. When the Lord said to him: “…Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled….” (Habakkuk 2:2-3b, emphasis added).

We are living in that future time. In what I am persuaded is the final generation spoken of by Messiah Jesus when he said: “I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place” (Matthew 24:34).

What things? Pre-Rapture Birth Pains such as natural disasters increasing in number and magnitude; The Rapture; Seven-Year Great Tribulation; Second Coming of Christ to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth; and Millennial Reign of Messiah Jesus.

In my articles, I don’t (need or want to) draw any more attention to myself than marginally necessary to accomplish that higher purpose of giving a clear witness for Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). To exalt the Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This article is somewhat of an exception. However, the personal references will ideally serve more to thank and praise the Lord for the blessings, insights, and disclosures given to me, some in the context of prominent Biblical numbers, especially three and seven.

An Excerpt from My Second Book (Non-Fiction) Out of the Abyss

Taken from last part of Chapter 11 (Let’s Summarize), the final chapter of Part I … in italics:

Students of prophecy exponentially increased in number and knowledge primarily throughout the 19th, 20, and now the 21st century. All Christians and students of the Bible have been given the awesome privilege of possessing the entire Word of God. Conversely, the Old and New Covenant prophets were given these direct revelations from God on a periodic and/or progressive timeline. Yet, no individual prophet painted the complete portrait or possessed every piece of the prophetic puzzle. That same principle applies to the study of the closed Canon of the Bible, particularly as applied to prophecy.  

Thus, it is vitally important that I clarify something before you read Part II and Part III of this book. It is not my intent to prove anyone wrong, as though that was an end unto itself. That is not my heart. Rather, it is a matter of contributing to the completion of the prophetic puzzle. I and others have used this metaphor of a puzzle as a very appropriate way of visualizing the intricacies of comparting Scripture with Scripture—a piece here and a piece there, leading to the synchronized composite whole of the Bible. Another metaphor is that of connecting dots, at least the key dots, until we can distinguish the outline of what the dots represent.

Particularly in the last seven decades or so, students of prophecy have enthusiastically begun to assemble this prophetic puzzle. But they, no less than you or me, have had to sometimes start over with the frame of the puzzle or, otherwise, refit certain pieces….

During the writing of this book, I found yet another “hidden gem” in the Bible. I use that term because that is how the Word of God works. Whether we read a verse for maybe the first time, or have read it many times, there’s always something else or new that the Holy Spirit shows us. Were it not for this verse I probably would not make the following bold statement:

The Lord will disclose to us through his Word all crucial things that pertain to the fulfillment of God’s prophetic proclamations. And he will do so before the Rapture. This observation applies to anything in Scripture unless the Bible specifically states that a future prophetic event cannot be known, such as the day or hour of Messiah’s return.

The hidden gem is found in the Book of Amos. Incidentally, here was another blessing for me. In addition to the contents of the verse, it is from Chapter 3, Verse 7. Such good numbers!

…Anything includes more information than most Bible students or Christians in general would think possible or even acknowledge as knowable.

Would that, for example, apply to ascertaining the identity of the Antichrist? My answer would be a resounding, yes! In fact, Revelation 13 and 17 challenges the reader to figure out both the origin and identity of “the beast.” We’re going to do that in Part II and Part III.

*Note: A pause here to say to say that other disclosures—which are often part of the gift of teaching condensed into accurate clarification, correlation, and, if necessary, correction (partial refitting of the prophetic puzzle)—will be provided later in addition to the identity of the Antichrist that was the main subject of Out of the Abyss. Although identifying the Antichrist is not necessarily the most significant of these refitted pieces, it is probably the most startling.

Returning to the excerpt from Out of the Abyss:

I will say again: I am not a predictive prophet, as defined and demonstrated in the pages of the Bible. I have not, cannot, and will not “predict” anything, not in the manner in which the Lord revealed the future to his appointed and anointed prophets through dreams and visions. The Special Revelation of God including predictive prophecy (God and only God directly revealing future events) ended with the closed Canon of Scripture, the Book of Revelation.

Returning to the analogy of the prophetic puzzle, the Lord has graciously shown me some pieces of the puzzle. Remaining is to replace a piece that doesn’t fit, with the correct piece.

I am only one of several who have collectively spent much of their lives and time in studying God’s prophetic masterpiece. And, in so doing, I am hoping to help with the fittings in and on an already solid frame and foundation assembled and poured by well-known prophecy scholars, teachers, pastors, and some lesser-known students.

*Note: I then listed by name twenty-one of these better-known scholars/teachers, such as Tim LaHaye, Hal Lindsay, and Dave Hunt. Preceded by the question as to why the Lord has given to me (as one of the lesser-known scholars … which is not a matter of concern or complaint for me … just wondering): …these somewhat veiled truths, when I don’t have the credentials or platform of so many men and woman of God, who are well recognized in the media mainstream of Biblical prophecy.

Frankly, I don’t yet have an answer to my question; nor in the final analysis do I really need to know. But I do know and believe this: the discernment given to me is no more important than any other gift given to every believer in Christ. Though it may be a little more specialized, it is by no means special, meaning in comparison or contrast to other gifts to and contributions by other believers. I also know that I am grateful and honored that the Lord has given these things to me. And now, I share them with you (Pages 98-101).

Before examining in summary form seven special disclosures that help put some of the correct pieces of the prophetic puzzle in place, let’s look at two events that are extraordinary examples of clarification and correlation (connecting the dots … linking in parallel fashion).

An Astounding Correlation Between (Enemies of) 5th Century B.C. Israel and 20th Century Israel

First, a reference to Eye of Prophecy post, Significant Sets of Twos in the Bible (posted 3-30-19).

Ten of the most prominent pairs found in Scripture and/or history are identified in that article.

The twosomes can either complement or contrast each other. Either way, it’s clear that the Lord is into clarification, correlation, and correction, if required. And often does so by tying things (especially loose ends!) together to accomplish his perfect plans and powerful purposes.

For example, one of the ten pairs cited in that article: The Birth and Rebirth of Israel. Another set: The Old Covenant & The New Covenant.

In the contrasting seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine (with the emotional backdrop of the story of Joseph and ten older brothers who betrayed him), we read these poignant and providential words of Joseph to his brothers that clarify and connect otherwise conflicting episodes in their lives:

“…Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God that I can punish you? You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people” (Genesis 50:19-20).

(Depiction of Joseph forgiving his brothers)

Then the New Testament (Covenant) counterpart written by the Jewish Pharisee Saul turned Apostle Paul because of his stunning encounter with the risen Jewish Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, whom Paul believed and received as Savior and Lord. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, writing to both Jewish and Gentile believers in Christ, Paul proclaimed:

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).

Now for the remarkable correlation involving the Jews (Israel), spanning some 2,400 years.

The Purim Link Between Nazis and Anti-Semitic Iran

That is the title of an article written by Warren Goldstein, Chief Rabbi of South Africa; reposted in the February 2021 edition of the Levitt Letter, one of the components of Zola Levitt Ministries out of Dallas, Texas. (Having misplaced this edition for several months, I read it only a few days before starting on this week’s article).

The setting is the series of 13 post-World War II Nuremberg Trials from 1945 to 1949 in which dozens of high-ranking Third Reich officers, political leaders, and prominent civilians were tried for war crimes.

You may know about one of these (later) trials which took place in 1948 from the highly acclaimed movie, Judgment at Nuremberg. Directed by Stanley Kramer and released in 1961, it boasted some of Hollywood’s most well-known actors at the time: Spencer Tracy, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Lancaster, Maximillian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, and a young William Shatner. However, the German defendants at that trial were four judges who allowed doctors/lawyers to conduct gruesome sterilization experiments and other assorted medical-type (civil rights violations in today’s terminology) crimes.

(Spencer Tracy in middle, as Chief Judge in Movie, Judgment at Nuremberg)

However, the trial referred to by Rabbi Goldstein is the first and most famous of the trials (November 1945 to October 1946), given the designation of an International Military Tribunal. It was called by one of the British Judges, Sir Norman Birkett, “The greatest trial in history.”

*Comment: If Sir Norman Birkett is referring exclusively to trials involving guilty bad guys, then an argument could be made that it was the “greatest trial in history.” Even, perhaps, to this day. If the reference point is an unjust trial involving a totally innocent good guy (as in the perfect Son of God), then the greatest trial (two-parts) in history was that of Jesus of Nazareth before the Jewish Sanhedrin led by High Priest Caiaphas. Then later the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate.

See Eye of Prophecy article: The Three Greatest Trials of All Time (Posted 11-10-18).

There were twenty-four defendants at that 1st Nuremberg tribunal; most were found guilty with varying sentences, including the death penalty for 12 of them. However, one of the twelve (Martin Bormann) was given the death penalty in absentia, as he had died not long before the trials began.

Rabbi Goldstein began his article:

“Something unexpected happened when Julius Streicher, one of the high-ranking Nazis sentenced to death at the Nuremburg Trials, was executed.”

He went on to say that just a short time before Streicher was hanged on October 16, 1946, Newsweek reported, “He shouted to witnesses facing the gallows. ‘Purimfest, 1946.’”

Rabbi Goldstein continued his article with a perceptive question:

“Why would a condemned Nazi mention Purim in his last words? Streicher was obviously familiar with Queen Esther’s history, in which Haman planned a genocide of the Jews. However, when Haman’s plans were thwarted, he and his 10 sons were hanged.

“Streicher was acutely aware of the irony of history—that he was one of 10 Nazis hanged after being sentenced at the Nuremberg Trials. (In fact, 11 had been sentenced to die, but Hermann Goering committed suicide before his sentence was carried out). Ten were hanged, just like Haman’s 10 sons in the Book of Esther. Amazingly, Streicher saw the historic link between the Nazi genocide and the attempted genocide of Haman. Like the Nazis, Haman also intended to wipe out every Jew—man, woman, and child” (parenthesis in the text of the article).

Note: Rabbi Goldstein omitted the 12th (Martin Bormann) as his death sentence was a technicality for symbolic purpose. In actual or practical terms, he correctly stated that 11 defendants were condemned to die and only 10 were put to death.

(One of many photographs taken of the Nuremberg Military Tribunal; two rows of defendants seated behind the divider)

Although I have read about this Nuremberg Trial; have seen historical film footage of it; and am familiar with Streicher’s ironic (poetic justice) acknowledgment of the Jewish observance of Purim as linked to his death sentence, I was not aware of the next part of Rabbi Warren Goldstein’s article:

“There is a deeper irony, of which Streicher was certainly not aware. Megillat Esther (the scroll of Esther) lists the names of Haman’s 10 sons. According to the Halacha (collective works of Jewish law and custom), three of the letters in these names are written in smaller font than the rest of the text—a tav, a shin, and a zayin—and one letter is written in larger font—a vav” (parenthesis in the text of the article).

Rabbi Goldstein then wrote that for generations various explanations were presented as to the meaning of/for these different size letters. Not until the 20th century could any correlation be made. Moreover, the connection could be understood through Hebrew gematria— (although he doesn’t use the term)—counting by using the Hebrew alphabet.

He continues: “The large vav is numerically 6, corresponding to the sixth millennium. The small tav, shin, and zayin are numerically 707. Together, the four numbers refer to the 707th year of the sixth millennium—in other words, the Jewish year 5707, which corresponds to 1946, the year in which these 10 high-ranking Nazis were hanged. Thus, the unusually sized letters—vav, tav, shin, and zayin—found in the names of Haman’s 10 sons allude to the year of the execution of these 10 Nazi war criminals.”

*Note: The keeping of Jewish time/calendars is unlike Gentile time or the Julian/Gregorian calendar. There are 12 Jewish months, but each month contains 30 days … the new moon cycle. Also, Judaism does not recognize B.C. or A.D. (BCE and CE are the more modern abbreviations) demarcation of years. Rather the Jewish years are continuous, i.e., year 1 through…. Hence the Jewish year 5707 is the Gregorian year of A.D. 1946.

Rabbi Goldstein concluded this fascinating application (correlation) in the first half of his article by stating:

“Of further interest is that the ten men were sentenced on the 1st of October, in the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur of 1946. They were hanged on the 16th of October, on which in 1946 fell Hoshanah Rabbah, the day that judgment of the world is finalized.”

*Comment: Rosh Hashanah is the first day of the Jewish (civil) New Year that always begins on the 1st day of the 7th month (based on the religious calendar) called Tishrei. The month of Tishrei overlaps the months of September and October. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) is observed ten days after the civil New Year begins … the 10th of Tishrei.

(Hebrew calendar with months of year numbered, beginning with Nissan; Tishrei is spelled T I S H R I on this pictorial)

In one of Rabbi Goldstein’s summary observations (commentary), he states:

“Our celebrations on Purim attribute all of the Esther miracles to God’s direct intervention in history, albeit hidden behind the machinations of politics and world affairs …. Viewing history at large with Esther’s message in mind powerfully demonstrates God’s involvement in the affairs of people and the direction of civilizations. The supernatural miracles of national Israel’s rebirth and renewed Torah learning following the Holocaust are but two examples that show God’s power and presence in everything.”

He then makes a comparison between ancient Persia and modern-day Iran, whose evil agenda is identical to that of Haman—genocide of the Jewish people.

(Among several Eye of Prophecy articles on Iran—most in the context of being one of the three main nations along with Russia and Turkey to attack Israel in the Gog/Magog invasion found in Ezekiel 38 & 39—please refer to: Divine Consequences of Iran’s Arrogance, Part I & Part II, posted 5-23 & 5-30-2015).

A Personal Correlation

Although Rabbi Goldstein identified the Hebrew year (5707) that corresponds to 1946, he didn’t say in which month or on what day October 1, 1946, fell on the Hebrew calendar (day when the Nazis were sentenced). Immediately I knew that the date was the 6th day of Tishrei in the year 1946 … without needing to look it up on the online Hebrew conversion calendar!

Why would I know or why did I even think of such a connection?

Answer: About seven years ago, I wanted (more like a need) to find out when my birthday fell on the Hebrew calendar. Beginning with a drumroll disclosure of my birthday to everyone reading this article: September 28, 1946. Yes, I’m a Baby Boomer—born in the first year of that generation. Just kidding on the drumroll part!

And some seven years before that I had changed my email address to include the numbers 73, then later to 773. It had to do with my profound interest in (not anything approaching an obsession to the extent of numerology and certainly not astrology) certain numbers of Scripture that manifest a great deal of significance to the Lord himself. Those two numbers have been involved in a few personal experiences (blessings) for me, with some examples provided in my book, Out of the Abyss. And a small handful of Eye of Prophecy articles.

The following is an excerpt from Eye of Prophecy article: Three … A Divine Number of God! (8-17-19), in italics:

This is the third time that I’ve begun an article on a personal note. The reason: this week’s post is number 300 since my first article was published.

Given that 300 is an obvious multiple of 3, what better subject than the number three!

(Note: I had forgotten how I had begun that article. Which makes this week’s Eye of Prophecy article the fourth to begin on a personal note)!

Continuing with the excerpt:

There are several numbers in Scripture that bear remarkable relevance to the accomplishment of God’s providential plans for his creation, especially humanity. Such numbers as 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 40, 70, 400, 1,000. But none more so than 3 & 7, which are divine in both essence and expression. They are the numbers that, above all, reveal and relate to God’s ultimate sovereignty in all things pertaining to life and death—past, present, and future.

The number three decisively defines who God is; I AM … everlasting to everlasting.

The number seven dramatically demonstrates what God does in the course of his interaction with people and nations, reflecting his creative love but also his consuming judgment of sin and evil. For example: the seven days of creation and seven years of the Great Tribulation, soon to come.

Thus, it’s no coincidence that there are three sets of seven judgments each (Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls in the book of Revelation) in preparation for the magnificent Kingdom of God on earth. Which will bring mankind full circle back to where it all began in the Garden of Eden. Only this time even better and lasting forever—New Jerusalem, new heavens, new earth!

Returning to my birthdate on the Hebrew (Jewish) calendar and relevancy to the numbers 3 and 7. Also, in the context of the Nuremberg Trial and the dates identified by Rabbi Goldstein.

A Dramatic Discovery & Personal Blessing

By using the Hebrew/Gregorian Online Conversion Calendar, I learned my Hebrew date of birth: The 3rd of Tishrei, 5707. (Equal to September 28, 1946).

As indicated, that took place around seven years ago, several years after my interest in Biblical numbers (especially 3 & 7) began to grow.

Although the 1st day of Tishrei is the beginning of the Jewish New Year, it is technically the 7th month of the Hebrew year … as found in Scripture and ordained by God himself. Using the method of identifying one’s date of birth by the often-used numerical order of the Gregorian calendar, my DOB would be shown as 9-28-1946, or 9/28/1946.

With the Hebrew calendar, it would read: 7-3-5707!

Which was (is) a personal blessing and somewhat of a personal (providential) correlation; with the most applicable synonym of correlation in this case to be association.

Why did I instantly know that October 1st, 1946 (date of sentencing for the Nazi war criminals) was the 6th day of Tishrei (6 representing the number of mankind with a poetically justified sentence of death for 11 of the criminals, with the ironic number of 10 hanged that same month)?

Answer: My DOB is the 3rd day of Tishrei of that same year … three days earlier. Which was a Saturday … the Jewish Sabbath.

I am part German, part English, with a little Dutch thrown in. I constantly thank the Lord for giving me life—the breath of life through physical birth. Then giving me life again—eternal life through spiritual rebirth which took place 7-8 years after my 7/3/5707 birth date … Hebrew calendar.

(Do you remember or have heard of Roy Rogers & Dale Evans? Pictured here because it was Dale Evans who led me to the Lord at a Youth For Christ meeting in Kansas City, MO. these many years ago! Yes, there have been a few Christians in Hollywood!)

The Lord graciously included me in his grafting of Gentile believers to the tree of Israel—from which came the Jewish Messiah Jesus to save all who would believe and receive him as Personal Savior … Jew and Gentile alike!

Wrote the Apostle Paul:

“Did God’s people (Jews) stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves. Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it.

“I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this, for I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have, so I might save some of them. For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were (spiritually) dead!” (Romans 11:11-15, parenthesis mine).

Paul elaborates further with a metaphorical correlation of Israel (Jews through Abraham) as the original natural tree and Gentiles as the wild tree.

“But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree.

“…. And if the people of Israel turn from their unbelief, they will be grafted in again, for God has the power to graft them back into the tree. You, by nature, were a branch cut from a wild olive tree. So if God was willing to do something contrary to nature by grafting you into his cultivated tree, he will be far more eager to graft the original branches back into the tree where they belong” (Romans 11:17 & 23-24).

*A Pause: For you out there, including (unfortunately) even some Christians, who believe that national Israel and individual non-Messianic Jews have no place in God’s soon-to-come Kingdom on Earth (Messianic Age through Messiah Jesus), what are you going to do with these verses just quoted? Plus, hundreds of Old Testament prophetic passages that paint a powerful portrait of Israel’s physical and spiritual restoration. Which began with the rebirth of the Sovereign State of Israel in 1948, and the reclamation of all Israel, including Jerusalem, in the amazing Six-Day War of 1967. With millions of Jews immigrating to Israel and millions more born there in the last 73 years (yes it’s been 73 years since Israel’s statehood) in stunning fulfillment of these prophecies.

(Israel’s current population; Haredi means observant, religious Jews)

Paul wasn’t done yet.

“I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters (still speaking to the Gentiles), so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts (many still do to this day), but this will only last until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved…” (Romans 11:25-26a, parenthesis mine, italics for emphasis).

Refer to Eye of Prophecy article: Times of & Fullness of the Gentiles … What Do They Mean? (Posted 4-21-18).

**As indicated earlier in this week’s article, which contained more personal information than I’ve shared in any previous article, I had intended to list seven specific disclosures given to me by the Lord. We’re just about out of time/space, so they will need to wait for the next Eye of Prophecy post.

Things to Ponder

As stated in the opening sentence, today’s Eye of Prophecy post is number 328. I didn’t realize or think about what number it was until compiling most of the material for this article, including Rabbi Goldstein’s article.

The extended correlation (association): I was born on the 3rd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. And on the 28th day of the Gregorian month of September. 3 & 28 … 328.

One more: Just a few hours before posting this article (early morning of 8-28-21), I happened to check the current number of visitors to Eye of Prophecy. It had reached 73,773!

Coincidence? Not to me. More like providentially calculated and crafted!

Thank you, Lord, for caring so much for those whom you have saved, even the smaller details of our lives!

God is still sending showers of blessings and performing miracles on a national stage, particularly for reborn Israel, as prophesied in the Old Testament. But mostly, I believe, on individual levels to believers the world over. And I’m convinced that the godsends (what we sometimes call a God thing) are bestowed in areas of our lives that mean the most to each of us.

That’s what makes them personal and that much more precious.

I love the Lord because he first loved me. And I love Israel and the Jewish people because God loves them and chose them to bring Messiah to the world to save all who put their trust in Him for salvation.

Once again, listen to the word of the Lord through the Jewish Apostle Paul:

“Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God (during the Old Covenant period of the Law), but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead (beginning with the New Covenant). Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy” (Romans 11:28-31, parenthesis mine).

Rabbi Warren Goldstein concluded his article with these moving words: “May God once again bless His people with redemption and liberation. Then may we give thanks to Him as we say in our Purim prayers, ‘for the miracles, the redemption, the mighty deeds, and the victories in battle, which You performed for our ancestors in those days and in this time.’”

If only Rabbi Goldstein (and many others) would take one more step to realize that the New Covenant promised by God through the prophet Jeremiah (Chapter 31) has arrived—some 2000 years ago! Through Jesus of Nazareth by his death, burial, and resurrection!

And upon his return, Israel (collectively and individually) will fully experience the answer to Purim prayers … miracles, redemption, mighty deeds, victories in battle. When he delivers Israel from the onslaught of Antichrist and his ten-nation coalition. And when He, “pours out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem…” (Zechariah 12:10).

To now—so they won’t have to go through the Great Tribulation—embrace the truth of the Good News (Gospel of Messiah Jesus) so clearly expressed by the Jewish Apostle John:

(Not wish, not wonder … but know that you have eternal life!)

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God…” (I John 5:1).

Turmoil, Tragedy, & Terror in Israel (Part III … Terror)

The following was presented in the introduction to Part I (Turmoil in Israel), and repeated in the Part II post (Tragedy in Israel):

When you combine the turmoil of an Israeli government following the country’s 4th election (March 23, 2021) in two years … still unable to form a majority coalition of 61 seats in the Knesset, with the tragedy on Mount Meron (April 30th); followed recently by terror inflicted on Israelis via indiscriminate firing of over 4,000 missiles from Gaza into Israel (beginning on May 10th); preceded by tens of thousands of Arabs rioting in several towns, including Jerusalem (earlier in May); an argument could be made that Israel’s resolve and resiliency have not been tested like this since the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in 2014.

Some would say not since the Palestinian intifada of 2001. Others might even compare the inner turmoil—political, social, and (most of all) religious division among Israelis—combined with the Mt. Meron tragedy in which 45 men and boys were crushed to death during what was supposed to be one of the most jubilant religious celebrations among Orthodox Jews; plus, the recent Palestinian terrorism uprising to constitute the most difficult time in Israel’s 73-year history since the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

Also, the challenge and premise applicable to all three articles will be partially repeated:

Challenge: …a respectful but also robust challenge to Israelis and to Jews throughout the world (whether religious or secular) … that the recent developments in Israel should be a wake-up call to look up for divine guidance in general. And for their returning Messiah in particular.

Premise: The current (internal) turmoil produced in part by Israel’s political system and sometimes dysfunctional government, the tragedy of the recent Meron disaster, and the terror caused by the latest war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas terrorist organization contain precedents, parallels, and patterns … preparing and even precipitating the return of both Christ (Jesus) and Antichrist (Nero).

Terror & Terrorism

As with turmoil in Part I and tragedy in Part II, let’s look at the definition of terror in this week’s post. Grasping the far-reaching meaning of each term provides that much more insight on what is happening in Israel, in these last days of the end times.

Webster’s Dictionary defines terror: “A state of intense fear; a frightening aspect (ex: invasion); a cause of anxiety; worry.” Also, “Reign of terror … violence (as bomb-throwing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands.”

Some synonyms of terror: dread, alarm, panic, shock.

Terrorize: “to fill with terror, or anxiety. To coerce by threat or violence.”

Terrorism: “the systematic use of terror, esp. as a means of coercion.”

That’s what terrorists do: they systematically (sometimes spontaneous, but more often planned) terrorize innocent civilians to intimidate and get concessions from them and/or their government. But also, just for the sake of maiming and killing … borne out of hatred for their victims. That and pure evil.

(We all know where we were when we first heard. In just a couple of months, it will be twenty years)

It is no (statistical) secret. The facts show undeniably: the greater majority of those who fit these definitions/profiles of terrorists are Muslims.

Their religious and political ideology are deep-rooted in Islam. Their chief enemies are Jews, Christians, and, depending on the two main branches of Islam … Shi’ite or Sunni, other Muslims when necessary.

Terrorism covers the gamut of lone wolf attacks (guns, knives, rocks, firebombs, car-ramming, explosives wired to their bodies); to small groups/gangs (beginning with airplane, bus, train hijackings … now frontal attacks using guns and grenades); to well-rehearsed larger cells of say eight or more (Munich Olympics and 9/11 … plus rioting in general). To much larger groups with thousands or tens of thousands of well-armed soldiers led by religious/political fanatics that function like a quasi-government and paramilitary … such as Boko Haram in Africa, Taliban in Afghanistan, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Houthis in Yemen, Hamas in the Gaza Strip of Israel.

Plus, international terrorism ruthlessly dispensed by Al-Quada and ISIS at their terroristic worst.

Not to mention entire nations or national governments ruled by Islamic dictators that have terrorized their own people, e.g., Iraq, Iran, Syria, and several African countries. With Iran funding Hezbollah, Hamas, and Houthis.

With exception of communist nations (China, North Korea, some say Russia still is), they are ALL Muslim. There is no Islamophobia going on here. It is the plain truth of the matter.

With regard to these terrorists and their terrorism, it is not much different in Israel.

With, however, one exceptional exception. It has been going on (and off, but mostly on) for 73 years; ever since Israel’s rebirth as a Sovereign State, and the only democracy in the Middle East at that. Jewish parents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in Israel have all faced terror in some sinister shape or another.

At first it was entire Islamic Arab nations who tried to destroy Israel in four different wars. Beginning with armies from Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, and Egypt attacking Jews the day after Israel declared statehood on May 14, 1948. After the Six-Day War of 1967, and particularly the Yom Kippur War of 1973, these Arab nations realized they could not defeat Israel by conventional warfare.

Consequently, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) decided to take up the cause of driving Jews out of Israel via terrorism and substituting a Palestinian State. Not a state alongside Israel; rather a Muslim/Arab state in place of Israel. That’s exactly what the Palestinian mantra means when it boasts: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.”

And that is precisely what the Palestinian Authority President meant when he said:

After the Palestinian Authority was formed during the ill-fated Oslo Accords of 1993, the Palestinians (Arab non-citizens of Israel) began to use terrorism as the regular weapon of choice. That and the attempt to gain international sympathy and support via the oft used tactic of Muslims making martyrs out of their murderers. “Resistance-fighters” out of their terrorists.

Time/space in this article do not permit elaboration to refute the derogatory insinuations and blatant lies perpetuated against Israel that falsely accuse Israeli Jews and/or the Israeli government of such things as apartheid. Or using terms like occupation and settlers as though the Jews have no right to live in certain areas of Israel. For purpose of today’s article, I will simply repeat what has been documented at greater length in prior Eye of Prophecy articles: There is absolutely NO APARTHEID in Israel. There is categorically NO OCCPATION (illegally or even in the negative sense of the word).

For an in-depth look at the real history of Israel and the Palestinian issue combined with current (accurate) facts on the ground, please consider some of the Eye of Prophecy articles on this subject. Such as (chronological order of posting):

Israeli Occupation … Fact or Myth? (Posted 5-16-15)

Can A Murderer Be A Martyr? (1-30-16)

The Myth of Al Aqsa Mosque (4-16-16)

Ethnic Cleansing of Jews … The Real Palestinian Agenda (9-17-16)

Jewish Sovereignty on Temple Mount, Part I & II (8-5 & 8-12-17)

The Real Reason for Palestinian Terrorism (9-30-17)

The “Right of Return” … For Palestinians or Jews? (4-7-18)

Israel’s Controversial Nation-State Law (8-11-18)

Judea/Samaria & Gaza Strip / Who Has Sovereignty? (5-11-19)

Jewish Settlements in Judea/Samaria … Are They Illegal? (11-23-19)

Palestine or Israel? Which Is It? / Your Answer May be in Jeopardy! (1-18-20)

Israel’s Annexation of Occupied Territories? We Must Define the Terms (6-27-20)

If you haven’t, please read some or even all these articles, then draw your own conclusions.

Elusive Peace in Israel

I have been to Israel (March 2006 with one of my sisters), although I wasn’t your typical tourist with a tour group visiting the cherished sites of the Holy Land. My main purpose was to gather geographic and demographic data for my first book (a novel, entitled O Israel). Most of the time, we rented a car. On a couple of occasions, we took a taxi.

Obviously, in the fifteen years since that trip some things have changed in and around Israel. Yet many things have not changed, not the least of which is the contemporary Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nor the endless struggle between Arab and Jew beginning some 3,800 years ago … Ishmael and Isaac. Then between Muslims (mostly Arabs) and Jews beginning about 1,400 years ago.

(Protesters near Damascus Gate leading to Old City of Jerusalem. One of three gates my sister and I went through during our trip to Israel. The actual entrance is obscured in the photo by a Palestinian flag. Several of these protests turned into riots in early May, 2021)

In the context of this trilogy’s themes, I will mention only three features of that trip.

With a preface: these observations representatively affirm that there is nothing whatsoever in Israel to even suggest a condition of apartheid—which did occur years ago in South Africa. Israeli Arabs (citizens of Israel) have equal rights to Jewish Israelis, including but not limited to voting and holding office in the Knesset, that the indigenous blacks of South Africa never had.

Even the non-citizen Palestinians—who refuse to become citizens of Israel unless it’s by marrying an Israeli Arab—of the Gaza Strip and Judea/Samaria (aka West Bank) have privileges that many of their fellow Arabs in Islamic countries do not have. Not the least of which is a higher standard of living … excepting the oil-rich families of the Gulf States. Nor, for example, Palestinians living in Syria and Lebanon; many of whom are being mistreated as second and third-class citizens by the governments of those nations. Consequently, many are poverty-stricken.

Those three things:

(1) Our first taxi driver (Sammie) who served as a tour guide for the initial part of our trip to Jerusalem (we started in Tel Aviv) was born of an Egyptian father and Jewish mother. And, of all things, he passionately believed that Jesus was/is the Messiah and would someday return to Jerusalem! I hope he is still in business!

(2) Our last taxi driver simply drove us from the Old City of Jerusalem to our hotel in the newer part of the Holy City. He was an Israeli Arab, approximately 62 years old. I asked him point-blank if he and his fellow Arab citizens (including non-citizen Palestinians) were better off in a democratic Jewish nation than he and his ancestors were under a non-state (territorial) Jordanian rule (most of Jerusalem from 1948-1967); British mandate (1917-1948); and Ottoman Turk empire (some four hundred years before that).

His answer … “yes.” However, with a disclaimer. He said that the land (of Israel) does not belong to the Jews but to his people. Yet he stopped short of saying that there should be a Palestinian state.

This has been and still is the main dividing line and stumbling block between Muslim and Jew. Muslims simply will not acknowledge:

(A) the Jews have been in Israel since God gave the Promised Land to them nearly 4,000 years ago. Whereas the Arabs did not occupy (in the negative sense of the word) Israel until Mohammed invented Islam in the 7th century AD and began killing and subjugating Jews.

(B) For several years now, the Jews in Israel have outnumbered both the Arab Israelis and the Palestinians in Israel. Even though the ultimate right for the existence of the one Jewish nation on earth stems from the only true God granting them in perpetuity this small portion of land—plus 3,300 years of inhabiting (settling) and possessing (occupying in the neutral sense of the word) the Promised Land with Jerusalem as its eternal capital under King David around 1,000 B.C.—the fact that there are more Jews in Israel than Arabs is a point that cannot be dismissed. If for no other reason than this (population) numbers card has been played by the Arabs for years.

(3) In 2005 (just a few months before my trip to Israel), some 10,000 Israeli Jews were evicted by their own government (Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the time) from their homes in the Gaza Strip, many under police and military “escort” (coercion). They were relocated throughout Israel. Please understand: The Gaza Strip is geographically part of the sovereign state of Israel. The Jews were not “settlers” in Gaza nor were they “occupying” it. They were removed mostly for security but also for geopolitical reasons.

Much could be said about that unfortunate decision; however, only one point will be made in the context of today’s article: To this day, there are those (misinformed, uninformed, refuse to be informed) who erroneously think or say that Israeli Jews occupy the Gaza Strip and/or segregate it.

(A not so new) Newsflash: There are no Jews living in the Gaza Strip, nor have they for 16 years. Nor do the Gazan Palestinians want Jews there or want to be part of the State of Israel. Because they do not even recognize Israel’s right to exist. It is the Jews who are segregated by/from Gaza.

(One of the sad scenes during the 2005 expulsion of Jews from Gaza, some by force)

Consequently, Hamas refuses to participate in peace discussions with Israelis. Nor will Hamas (which began their autocratic Gaza rule in 2007) recognize or be part of a Palestinian State with the Palestinian Authority (headquartered in Ramallah of Judea/Samaria region) running that state. In fact, the Palestinian Authority / Fatah and Hamas are bitter enemies.

With whom is Israel supposed to negotiate? It would be sheer madness for Israelis to consider the creation of another state within its borders (with Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt) when the people of that state cannot even agree on whether to hold elections. Nor would one Palestinian side recognize the legitimacy of the other’s government even if an election would produce such and such a leader or leaders. Plus, it’s absurdly impractical to create a Palestinian state with what would be two or three separated boundaries, as opposed to contiguous borders within Israel proper.

Terror in Israel

The deep mourning of all Israel over the Mt. Meron Lag B’Omer tragedy of April 30, 2021, had barely begun when the Palestinians in Judea/Samaria, joined shortly afterward by thousands of Arab Israelis, followed a few days later by the terror organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip decided to add terror to Israel’s turmoil and tragedy. A reign of terror; literally raining down missiles in Israel.

Not that Arabs in Israel—usually Palestinians, but in this latest episode also thousands of rioting Israeli Arab citizens—need an excuse (pretense) to wreak as much havoc as they can get away with before Israel is forced to respond. Some terror attacks are a spur-of-the-moment result of incitement by Palestinian leaders.

However, from the evidence collected during this latest spate of terror or gleaned after the cease-fire (5-21-2021) between Hamas and Israel, it’s clear that the sequence of events was mostly planned … deliberate. Each provocation was more calculated than impulsive. The Palestinians and Israeli Arabs knew that the attacks on Israeli Jews and their property (beatings, rocks, Molotov cocktails, burning, looting, missiles from Gaza) would produce a response from Israeli police and military. They reckoned that Israel’s response to defend and protect her people would be perceived as entirely disproportional in the eyes of the world; thereby, generating more (senseless) sympathy for the “underdog.”

It’s All About Jerusalem

One feature of this latest engagement (May 10 through 21) between Hamas and Israel that is like the previous three (limited) wars of 2008, 2012, and 2014: the launching of missiles (over 4,300) into Israel. With Israel’s (necessary) retaliation of some 1,500 air strikes by the IDF Air Force. Israel hit Hamas hard and rightfully so considering Hamas’ massive number of missiles and, as we will soon see, the out-and-out arrogance of Hamas leaders.

However, there were two aspects of this Arab/Palestinian uprising different than past episodes of terrorism.

(1) The widespread rioting and violent attacks against Jews and Jewish property by Israeli Arabs (citizens of Israel) instead of the non-citizen Palestinians of Judea/Samaria. Albeit, with a great deal of incitement by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and by his military arm Fatah.

(2) Jerusalem as the center of attention like never. In fact, the Israeli Defense Force named this military operation in response to Hamas’ missile barrage, “Guardian of the Walls.” Referring primarily to the Western Wall in Jerusalem just below Temple Mount. Hamas labeled their (unprovoked) missile attack that struck several Israeli cities including Tel Aviv and even Jerusalem itself: “Sword of Jerusalem.”

Hamas’ switch in reasons (excuses) for launching their periodic missile and mortar attacks indiscriminately into Israel cities was summarized by retired Israeli Navy commander Eliezer Marom in his article posted 6-1-2021 in Israel Hayom, entitled: It must be clear: Jerusalem is not up for discussion. He writes:

“…Hamas gambled and started the latest round using a different narrative than it employed in the previous ones. It was no longer about ‘resistance’ and defending the Gaza Strip and its residents from ‘the siege,’ but rather about ‘protecting Jerusalem and hurting anyone who attacks it.’ The Palestinian public was fired up and we saw Arab Israelis take to the streets.”

*Note: Hamas’ audacity and conceit is clearly on display nowadays. They no longer imply; rather they insist that ALL Jerusalem belongs to the Arabs, not just the eastern portion to include Temple Mount.

Eliezer Marom continues: “Ultimately, in war, the image of victory is a mental one. At the end of this round, Hamas managed to cast itself in the eyes of some of the Palestinian public as the defender of Jerusalem. The IDF’s success in crushing Hamas’ military capabilities has not been sufficiently publicized. Hamas is trying to create a new equation in which any attack on Jerusalem, such as evicting residents of Sheikh Jarrah (more on that incident in a moment) or police entering the Temple Mount compound, will lead to Hamas rocket fire on civilian targets in central Israel. We cannot accept that (parenthesis mine)”

(One of the Israeli Jews dwellings damaged during the 11-days of Hamas missiles into Israel) 

This latest action between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas (funded by Iran) is yet another prelude to this well-known, soon-to-unfold end times Biblical prophecy:

“This message concerning the fate of Israel came from the Lord. ‘This message is from the Lord, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundations of the earth, and formed the human spirit. I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves’” (Zechariah 12:1-3).

I am convinced that one of the reasons (a pretense because nearby nations, including Arab Muslim nations don’t really care about the Palestinians) for the Gog/Magog invasion of Israel (led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey) soon after the Rapture will be to assist the Palestinians of Israel in their avowed goal to “free Palestine.” To “liberate Jerusalem” from the Jews.

According to Ezekiel 38 & 39, God Himself will unilaterally and utterly crush this coalition.

Then, near the end of the Great Tribulation, Zechariah’s (Chapters 12 & 14) prophecy plus that of Daniel Chapter 11 will unfold. With Antichrist and his alliance invading Israel for any number of reasons, to include ostensibly “deliverance” of the Palestinians from the Israelis.

More so than ever, both Palestinians and Israeli Arabs fabricated threats of Jewish attacks against Al Aqsa Mosque on Israel’s most holy site (Temple Mount) as an excuse to attack Israeli Jews and provoke Israeli police. That and distorting the evidence and deceiving themselves and anyone who didn’t want to know all the facts about a situation in Jerusalem involving (alleged arbitrary) eviction of Arab residents from their homes … without cause. When, in fact, they were tenants simply not paying their rent and had not for decades.

The Sheikh Jarrah Saga

Several op-ed articles were posted about the Sheikh Jarrah episode, with the authors explaining the real circumstances (history).Thereby, exposing the lies foisted by and on both Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Arabs, as well as misinformation from some international media sources, especially those that are subjectively slanted against Israel.

Even then, a recent poll disclosed that only about 25% of Arabs in Israel believed the distortions about Israel’s handling of the Sheikh Jarrah dilemma. Which means the majority knew all too well the rest of the story.

In 1973 well-known Israeli diplomat Abba Eban said (in the context of Arab/Palestinians not terribly interested in peace negotiations):

This time they seized the moment because what they were about to do was anything but peaceful. Why not use the lies about Sheikh Jarrah and Temple Mount to protest, riot, terrorize, and attack Jews and destroy Jewish property (Israeli Arabs)? And to lob thousands of deadly missiles and mortars into Israel (Hamas).

Time/space only permits a condensed version as found in excerpts from a couple of these articles. Beginning with: Media lies about Sheikh Jarrah feed a false narrative. Written by James Sinkinson, President of and posted originally on June 13, 2021, for FLAME (Facts and Logic About the Middle East); reposted in Jewish News Syndicate.

“In the days leading up to the recent Israel-Hamas conflict, the mainstream media and various talking heads were provocatively reporting on the ‘eviction’ or ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Palestinians from their homes in eastern Jerusalem in favor of ‘Jewish settlers.’ Thus begins one of the most outrageous sagas of twisted journalism and media disinformation so far this century. The New Yorker’s Steve Coll disingenuously put it this way: ‘For many Palestinians, the eviction cases evoked a long history of dispossession while presenting evidence of continued efforts to remove them from the city.’

“Few journalists—and certainly not Coll—bothered to provide background beyond these breathless declarations, which at times bordered on incitement and anti-Semitism, and which are part of the wider battle against the legitimacy of Jews in their national, indigenous and ancestral homeland.”

*Note: There has never been a case of Israeli Jews attempting, “to remove them (Palestinian Arabs) from the city (Jerusalem)”, merely for the purpose of dispossession or ethnic cleansing. In fact, it’s just the opposite. As Sinkinson goes on to explain and as I (and others) have written about the contemporary history of Israel; it was Jordan (Arabs) who in 1948 forcefully evicted Jews from most of Jerusalem, including the Old City which lies in the eastern part of Jerusalem. Not until Israel won a stunning victory over superior Arab armies in the phenomenal Six-Day War of 1967, did Israel reclaim what rightfully belonged to her … ALL of Israel and ALL of Jerusalem.

Only to relinquish some of the territory back to Egypt (Gaza & Sinai) and Jordan (Temple Mount). Then land sections known as A & B of Judea/Samaria to the Palestinian Arabs. With, however, ultimate jurisdiction maintained by the sovereign Jewish State of Israel.

James Sinkinson goes on to explain that the Sheikh Jarrah community in question was (illegally, due to illegitimate occupation and administration by Jordan) “arranged for the housing of 28 Arab families in the area of the abandoned residential compounds in the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood….”

Sheikh Jarrah is the burial site of a 3rd century B.C. Jewish high priest, Shimon Hatzadik who served, “…700-800 years before the arrival of Muslim invaders.”

He stated, “Most importantly, the New Yorker … failed to clarify that the properties in question were legally purchased in 1875 by two Jewish trusts committed to the development of the Jewish population of Jerusalem… After Israel liberated these areas in the 1967 Six-Day, the Jewish families who had had their homes and lands confiscated—and had the deeds to prove it—began proceedings to reclaim them. In 1972, these claims were accepted by the courts, and ownership was returned to the original owners.”

(Shiekh Jarrah community in Jerusalem)

The rightful Jewish owners of these houses/properties agreed to allow the Arab tenants to remain, with (the obvious) condition that they honor the leases and pay rent. Not only didn’t the Arabs pay rent and/or move out when their lease expired, they damaged and destroyed some of the buildings including an old synagogue.

James Sinkinson then accurately stated in his article: “Like all tenants who refuse to pay their agreed rent and (who) damage property, they were legally called to leave. Eviction notices were issued, but the tenants refused to leave, despite exhausting all legal avenues open to them….”

He then summarized by explaining how international media in their incomplete and dishonest reporting of this situation, “gives the false impression that these Arabs lived on their own property since time immemorial” (italics in the text).

In a more recent article entitled: The 2021 Gaza War: An overview reprinted in Jewish News Syndicate, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations and journalist Dore Gold explained the two reasons given by Hamas in attacking Israel.

Wrote Dore Gold:

“According to Hamas, the 2021 war was caused by Israeli actions in Jerusalem: first, the Palestinian protests around the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. Hamas spokesman argued that Israel was planning to evict residents from that area. But in truth, this was a legal dispute that had been under consideration by Israeli courts for many years….

“This was not a dispute between indigenous Arab residents and new Israeli ‘settlers’ as it is often portrayed today. The legal battle over Sheikh Jarrah went all the way up to the Israeli Supreme Court, which evaluated the orders issued by lower courts to evict the squatters and ordered Israeli Police to enact the ruling.”

Dore Gold then labeled the next sub-heading in his article (in bold letters):

The Israeli ‘threat’ to the al-Aqsa Mosque

Followed by: “Hamas claims that a second cause of the Gaza attack was events on the Temple Mount, namely Israeli police stopping rioting and stone-throwing from inside the barricaded al-Aqsa Mosque. Since the early 20th century, the Palestinian leadership in Jerusalem sought to use the so-called threat to the Muslim religious shrines on the Temple Mount as an instrument to rally (incitement) public opinion” (parenthesis mine).

Large rocks, firebombs, and firecrackers (the kind that can cause injury) were hurled from Temple Mount onto Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall below with the intention of luring a large contingency of police to respond. The rioters then pelted the police with more stones and Molotov cocktails. Police responded with stun grenades and water cannons. Palestinians cunningly convinced the (mostly) uninformed international media that, “the Israeli Police decided to attack peaceful Muslim worshippers on Temple Mount.”

*Note: Are rocks and firebombs part and parcel of Islamic worship….?

(Stockpiled rocks inside Al Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount)

Fortunately, there were no police fatalities; however, 18 were wounded.

As written by Shmuel Katz in an article posted in Jewish News Syndicate (May 24, 2021) entitled, Anti-Semitic lies, Israeli truths:

“Hamas gave an ultimatum to Israel on May 10 to leave the Temple Mount and Sheikh Jarrah, and release by 6 p.m. all Arab rioters who were caught and arrested. Israel ignored this insane ultimatum, and Hamas started a massive assault on Jerusalem and other Israeli locations, launching multiple rockets…”

*Note: several of these rockets didn’t make it out of the Gaza Strip, instead falling prematurely onto Palestinians in Gaza, killing several of their own people. Twelve Israeli Jews were killed. Were it not for Israel’s amazing Iron Dome defense (shooting missiles out of the sky before they reach their target), it is estimated that dozens, if not hundreds of Israelis might have died.

Just before Hamas initiated its barrage against Israel, its top leader Ismail Haniyeh had the gall to issue a warning directly to (then) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to, “play with fire” in Jerusalem.

*Note: How vainly ironic when 26 fires were ignited in Israel by Gazans sending fire kites and balloons into Israel. And the fires that burned cars, homes, businesses, and synagogues started by Israeli Arabs throughout Israel. With a Hamas military leader issuing this threat to Israeli Jews: “we’re here to burn you, to make you wish you were dead. You will not enjoy a decent life….”

Then Haniyeh brazenly boasted: “Neither you, nor your army and police, can win this battle.”

Naturally, Haniyeh’s counterpart—Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (these two Palestinian Arab leaders are sworn enemies)—had to get his two cents worth of incitement in by acclaiming the “courageous stand” of the protesters (rioters actually). On Palestinian T.V. he claimed that Israel bore full liability for the violence.

There were other condemnations of Israel’s justified response to ruthless attacks on Israeli Jews and mass destruction of Jewish property, but one needs only to consider the sources. Thus, I would be remiss if I didn’t cite the biased, anti-Semitic (don’t bother me with facts) quote from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders:

“The United States must speak out strongly against the violence by government-allied Israeli extremists in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and make clear that the evictions of Palestinian families must not go forward.”

Note: there is no city or territory, or jurisdictionally zoned area called East Jerusalem. Even if there were, the Shiekh Jarrah neighborhood is in the northern section of Jerusalem, not the eastern portion as such.

Plus, one of the Squad Members, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted: “We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem.” She then labeled Israel’s actions as, “state violence.”

Israeli Arab Rioting

As alluded to earlier, one unusual feature of this current uprising was the virtually unprecedented violence perpetrated by Israeli Arabs on a massive scale … citizens of Israel as opposed to Palestinians non-citizens.

In an article written by Itsik Saban posted in Israel Hayom on May 27, 2021, we read:

“The recent clashes between Jewish and Arab Israelis in the country’s mixed-population towns were worse than the public believed and bordered on anarchy, Border Police Commissioner Maj. Gen. Amir Cohen said. They were, ‘the stuff of nightmares. The police are not to blame for the riots nor for the vandalism or brutality,’ he said of the shocking events in Lod, where clashes were so severe the city had to be placed on emergency lockdown.

‘That day, tens of thousands of rioters flooded the streets of Lod, Akko, Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa, Bat Yam and Umm el-Fahm, and even if the police had had hundreds of additional officers, unfortunately, we still would not have been able to be everywhere.’

The article continued: “Indeed, the May riots required the activation of 20 companies of Border Police reservists—a first in the country’s history.”

He then quoted Commander Cohen again: “We’re not the Israel Defense Forces, which faces a known, familiar enemy—we’re police officers facing our fellow Israelis. I never expected an Israeli citizen, even an Israeli Arab, to point a gun at law enforcement. I saw mobs storming innocent bystanders…”

Several Jews were injured. Three were killed by Arabs—one by gunfire, two beaten to death. Jewish homes and businesses were vandalized and/or set afire.

(Israeli home vandalized by Arab rioters)

Rabbi Avi Berman described the devastation in the city of Lod: “…While it is a mixed Jewish-Muslim community, this was the first time that the Jewish community living there experienced rioting led by their neighbors. The experience was absolutely shocking…”

For Israeli Jews, it was a two-front war of terrorism against them, with individual Muslims and Arab gangs terrorizing Jews mostly in northern and central Israel. Then, Hamas from the Gaza strip creating terror among hundreds of thousands of Jews in southern and central Israel, including Israel’s two largest cites, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The kind of terror that keeps people from leaving their homes night or day for fear of being assaulted or the need to protect their house from vandalism. The distress which gives them less than 15 seconds to run to a bomb shelter when sirens warn of incoming missiles.

In an article posted in Israel Hayom on 6-8-2021 by Maytal Yasur Beit-Or entitled, Study: Israelis’ psychological resilience took a hit during Gaza War, she wrote:

“The research looked into the level of psychological resilience and social cohesion of the Israeli population and found that respondents’ level of resilience had been dropping since the COVID pandemic and saw a significant drop during Operation Guardian of the Walls last month.

“…measured from 1 (lowest) to 5 (strongest). In 2018, the Israeli population’s average level of resilience stood at 4.33. When the second COVID wave was at its height in October 2020, the average level of resilience stood at 3.41; and during Operation Guardian of the Walls, it dropped to 2.47.

“Should the drop … continue, they warned, it could ‘seriously damage Israeli society’s ability to recover and return to normal life.’”

The Turmoil, Tragedy, and Terror of It All

Three types of troubles and trials from three different sources; each, I believe, for the testing of how Jews will respond—individually and as a nation.

Part I, Turmoil (Self Inflicted, From Within): A result of two years of the Israeli government in limbo. Even the recent bare majority Knesset coalition is fragile at best.

Part II, Tragedy (Possibly Providential, From Above?): 45 Orthodox Jews died in an ironically tragic twist to what was supposed to be a jubilant celebration of the Lag B’Omer annual festival.

Part III, Terror (Israel’s Enemies, From Without): Over 4,300 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel; also, days of terror inflicted by rampaging Arab gangs.

Isn’t it time for a great number of Israeli Jews (and Jews worldwide) to join their Messianic brothers and sisters who have recognized Jesus of Nazareth as the (their) Messiah? To believe and receive him as Savior and Lord. Otherwise, they will be among those in Israel who will mourn when they see their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10-14). Mourn because they will know that he is the one who was crucified for their sins (Isaiah 53).

And Psalm 22.

That Jesus was, indeed, raised from the dead and he is, despite their rejection of him for all these years, returning to rescue Israel from even more turmoil, tragedy, and terror. Trouble and trials of epic proportions that those left behind at the Rapture will experience at the hands of the Antichrist and his ten-nation coalition during the last days of the seven-year Great Tribulation as graphically depicted in the following passage:

“Watch, for the day of the Lord is coming when your possessions will be plundered right in front of you! I will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem. The city will be taken, the houses looted, and the woman raped. Half the population will be taken into captivity, and the rest will be left among the ruins of the city. Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations, as he fought in times past. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem…” (Zechariah 14:1-4a).

Things to Ponder

If only the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, would look up to see that their redemption is near (Luke 21:28).

If only they would have ears to hear, eyes to see, and hearts to know how much the God of Israel and His Son, Jesus of Nazareth, loves them and wants them to be saved … ALL OF THEM! Spiritually (from sin). Physically (from enemies).

That a former Orthodox Jew (Pharisee) in the first century who was dramatically changed from the inside out (born again) in his remarkable encounter with the risen Christ also loved his Jewish brothers and sisters in the flesh.

Wrote the Apostle Paul (formerly called Saul) under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God” (Romans 10:1-4, italics for emphasis).

Paul would go on to prophetically declare:

“…Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved…. Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News (Gospel of Jesus Christ which is the New Covenant of Grace), and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…. Once you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead. Now they are the rebels and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy” (Romans 11:25-31, parenthesis mine).

Said the Lord God: “O Israel, if you would only listen to me!” (Psalm 81:8).

Said God about His Son as heard (witnessed) by Peter, James and John: “…This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him” (Matthew 17:5). Also see Psalm 2.

Said Jesus (Son of God, Son of David, Son of Man): “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation (some translations use the word trials) but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NASB; parenthesis mine).

The words tribulation or trials are broad in meaning and encompass turmoil, tragedy, and terror.

Those of us who are IN CHRIST can take courage.

Jew and Gentile—even Muslim Arabs—alike can have peace with God (sins forgiven forever) through Jesus and peace (of mind and heart) in this troubled world.

An immoral and cruel world. A terrified world trembling with turmoil, tragedy, and terror.

Jesus is coming soon to establish righteousness, justice, and peace in the Kingdom of God on earth. To make all things right!

(“He’s got the whole world in his hands” Do you remember the song?)

Are you ready? Will you greet him as your Savior? Or meet him as judge?

Choose now.


Turmoil, Tragedy, & Terror in Israel (Part II … Tragedy)

Let’s start with the beginning of the previous Eye of Prophecy article posted 6-5-21: Turmoil, Tragedy & Terror in Israel (Part I … Turmoil). In italics:

From April 30th to May 21st, sirens pierced the ears and hearts of Israeli Jews.

Sirens to announce the arrival of personnel and equipment to fight fires all over Israel.

Ambulance sirens…

Police and military sirens…

Air raid sirens…

When you combine the turmoil of an Israeli government following the country’s 4th election (March 23, 2021) in two years (under the helm of what many consider to be Israel’s greatest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—in terms of national and international accomplishments for Israel) but still unable to form a majority coalition of 61 seats in the Knesset, with the tragedy on Mount Meron (April 30th) followed recently by terror inflicted on Israelis via indiscriminate firing of over 4,000 missiles from Gaza into Israel (beginning on May 10th); preceded by tens of thousands of Arabs rioting in several towns, including Jerusalem (earlier in May); an argument could be made that Israel’s resolve and resiliency have not been tested like this since the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in 2014.

…Some would say not since the Palestinian intifada of 2001. Or the most difficult time in Israel’s 73-year history since the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

Israelis needed and heeded the sirens which fortunately have subsided since Israel and Hamas of the Gaza Strip agreed to a cease fire on 5-21-21.

Hopefully, Israelis will now heed more than just sirens. With ears to hear and hearts longing to know, perhaps they (and Jews worldwide) will also have eyes to see the signs of the (end) times.

To that end the ongoing challenge and premise delivered in the previous article will be (partially) restated:

Challenge: …To compellingly consider that the recent developments in Israel should be a wake-up call to look up for divine guidance in general. And for their returning Messiah in particular.

Premise: The current (internal) turmoil produced in part by Israel’s political system and sometimes dysfunctional government, the tragedy of the recent Meron disaster, and the terror caused by the latest war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas terrorist organization contain precedents, parallels, and patterns of 1st Century Israel, before and/or after the (first) arrival of Israel’s Messiah—Jesus of Nazareth. Consequently, these recent events are preparing and even precipitating the return of both Christ (Jesus) and Antichrist (Nero).

(*Note: After Part I article was posted, Israel did manage to form a bare majority (fragile) government with Naftali Bennett replacing Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister. And just a few days ago, the cease fire was interrupted when Gaza Palestinians lobbed fire kites and balloons into Israel setting several tender-dry farm fields on fire.)

(One of several of these fires) 

This week’s Part II article will focus on the incident on Mount Meron in northern Israel that occurred on April 30, 2021.

Tragedy in Israel

Definition of Tragic: “marked by, or expressive of tragedy; lamentable … disparity between the actual and the ideal…” (Webster’s Dictionary).

Definition of Tragedy (older and narrower concept): “a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror” (Webster’s Dictionary).

Greek tragedies (plays) were the main expression of “the literary genre of tragic dramas.”

The More Current and Expanded Meaning of Tragedy: “a disastrous event, calamity, misfortune … tragic quality or element” (Webster’s).

Tragedy is connected to the idea of flawed and/or irony. In fact, Webster’s Dictionary contains the term: tragic flaw (a flaw in the character of the hero of a tragedy that brings about his downfall).

Also, tragic irony.

Partial Definition of Irony: “incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result…” (Webster’s).

Some synonyms of incongruity: strangeness, incompatibility, inconsistency, bizarreness.

The episode at Mt Meron was a tragedy in every sense of the concept. As opposed to the more general idea of natural disasters (earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and the like); or that of accidents caused by human negligence usually involving cars, trains, buses, airplanes, fires, and industrial mishaps.

For the most part, typical accidents that happen globally on a near daily basis could have been prevented—with proper lookout, management and control, quicker/better decision making, and other reasons. Negligence that is part of the natural human experience. People make mistakes.

Whereas tragedy supersedes simple neglect in that the incident SHOULD HAVE been prevented. Which would not have taken place had this, that, or the other occurred … or not occurred.

A tragedy (tragic event) entails more drama, irony, misfortune, and oft times deeper heartbreak than does a common—using the word neutrally and respectfully—disaster or accident. A chief characteristic of a tragedy: it is both surreal and all too real.

What happens is the exact horrible opposite of what could/should have been (incompatible and inconsistent with) a time of celebration and joy which was the intended or expected result. Then after the fact (speaking specifically now of the Mt. Meron tragedy) and after showing great respect for the time of mourning, it is vital to look closely at the how and why of the occurrence.

To examine one’s heart and the national conscience.

I realize these are difficult (perhaps painful) concepts and comments to consider. So, let’s survey what happened at Mt. Meron to determine if Israelis, Jews worldwide, and Christian supporters of God’s chosen people and promised land can and will listen and learn from this tragedy. With the realization that it has precedents, parallels, and/or patterns found in Israel’s Scripturally documented past. In preparation for the soon to come 21st century return of Messiah.

The Occasion … What, Where, and How

At the time of the incident, there were over 100,000 mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews who had just finished a celebratory worship style service and were exiting a stadium, having made the annual pilgrimage to/near the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai who died in the second century A.D.

Suddenly, merriment turned into mourning at the annual Israeli Jewish festival of Lag B’Omer held on Mount Meron in northern Israel. On April 30th, 2021, 45 men and boys were literally crushed to death and 150 injured … several in serious condition.  Many leaving the main area of the massive service had fallen on slick metal flooring; made even more slippery by water and other liquids spilled from plastic bottles/cups with the containers also covering the walkway. This tunnel-like exit ramp was too narrow and too sloped which caused a domino stampede effect.

From an article written by Paul Shindman posted in the online news source World Israel News not long after this disaster, he quotes an eyewitness, Yehuda Gottleib, a volunteer EMT: “I was on duty when I saw dozens of people fall on top of one another during the collapse. A large number of them were crushed and lost consciousness.”

In one of several online articles written about Lag B’Omer celebrated in small groups all over Israel and in mass (huge crowds on Mt. Meron) a few days prior to its observation, we read the following in The Places of Israel:

“Meron, originally known as Merom, was first mentioned in the Bible as the site of Joshua’s victory over the Canaanite kings (Joshua Chapter 11) …. Meron is most famous as home to the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, believed to be the author of the mystical Zohar…. Lag B’omer … is the day that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai died. As such, the day is traditionally devoted to celebrating life and accomplishments. During the festivities attended by Jews of every religious and political persuasion, bonfires are lit, music is blaring, and dancing is everywhere.”

Lag B’Omer is literally translated as “the 33rd day of the Omer, which is on the 18th day of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar (April 30th of this year). The Omer consists of seven weeks that begin on the second day/night of Passover and end at the Jewish Festival of Weeks called Shavuot … also known as Pentecost.

In an online United for Israel article posted just a few days before this tragedy, Rabbinic Director Ari Enkin wrote a summary of this festival and a (glowing) tribute to the long-departed Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, but also to Rabbi Yochai’s mentor, Rabbi Akiva.

“Lag B’Omer also marks the yartzeit (anniversary of date of death) of the great Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who among his many accomplishments, allegedly authored the Zohar, the primary work on Kabbalah” (emphasis is part of the original article).

Rabbi Enkin goes on to list some miracles attributed to Rabbi Yochai directly or miraculous events in his life. Such as: “A prominent feature of the celebrations is the bonfires and in Israel groups of people singing around a bonfire can be seen across the country. There is much discussion on what these bonfires represent. Some suggest that it is to recall the fire which was said to have erupted at the moment of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s death.

“It is also intended to recall Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai’s gaze, which was said to be as powerful as fire and would vaporize anything that earned his disfavor. Finally, bonfires represent the ‘fire’ of Torah, especially the esoteric side that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai revealed through the Zohar and other mystical teachings.”

*Note: It is evident that these and other paranormal-like attributes and episodes in the life of Rabbi Yochai are mostly conjecture … embellishments that produce legends. But there is no denying that this rabbi has captured the undivided attention and generated a sizeable following of observant Jews down through the centuries.

Wrote Rabbi Enkin: “Although one might think that a day of fasting and introspection would be appropriate for the … anniversary of the death of a tzaddik, a righteous person, as is the case regarding Moses, but Lag B’omer is uniquely different. Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai had requested that the day of his death become an annual celebration, as it is the day on which he would reveal many secrets of the Torah.”

And celebrate they do. Including some of the most intense reveling in which Israelis (mostly Orthodox men and teenagers) participate annually. It is a time of rejoicing and partying in equal measure.

(One of many bonfires throughout Israel during Lag B’Omer festival)

Yet it is more than celebratory. From all I have read and seen—including the tragically ironic late-night service just moments before the disaster occurred in which tens of thousands sang Ani Maamin (“I believe”), a musical version of the Jewish sage Maimonides’ 13 Jewish principles of faith—Jewish honor of Rabbi Yochai borders on deep reverence … passionate esteem.

So much so that it is (seemingly) equivalent to worship. I am not stating that as fact, which is why the modifier seemingly is used.

However, I will list one more quote from Rabbi Ari Enkin’s article to add further commentary regarding the veneration afforded to Rabbi Yochai’s memory: “There is a well-known Lag B’omer custom for children to play with bows and arrows, which is said to be alluded to in the verse (he then quotes I Chronicles 8:40).

“…It is explained that playing with bows and arrows on Lag B’omer recalls that during the lifetime of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, no rainbow had been seen. This is because the rainbow, which represents God’s protection over the world, would have been superfluous, as Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai served this purpose.”


No (need for) rainbows during Bar Yochai’s lifetime!? Because he provided the protection before his death that only God could/would provide based on and through God’s promise never to judge the earth again by flood!?

The conclusion is inescapable: These kinds of attributes possessed by, and adoration afforded to are normally (expected) reserved for the God of Israel. And from Messianic Jews and Gentile Christians, also adulation for and worship of Jesus of Nazareth who arose from the dead to prove he was/is … the Son of God, Messiah.

Was the Lag B’Omer on Mt. Meron a True Tragedy? To What Extent?

Considering that both natural and man-made disasters occur all over the world on a regular basis—some with many more casualties—what makes this incident on Mt. Meron in Israel so terribly tragic … ironically so?

There are several, including the religious nature of Lag B’Omer already mentioned; but for sake of time/space only two more reasons with be provided.

(1) Magnitude of this sad occurrence: affirmed by how shockingly serious it was to Israelis, already traumatized by two years of turmoil from a mostly dysfunctional government (as presented in Part I of this trilogy) plus the same trouble experienced by the whole world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That and the casualty count. Considering the size of Israel and population of Israeli Jews (7.7 million) 45 fatalities is no small number. As a comparison, the population of the United States is approximately 43 times that of Israeli Jews. Using that analogy would result in a proportional count of 1,935 Americans dead. The injury figure of 150 in Israel would equate to 6,450 in the United States.

(2) Reactions on a global scale: demonstrate that the incident on Mt. Meron was, indeed, a tragedy as previously defined (with commentary) in today’s article. There were dozens of sympathy and empathy messages from high-ranking officials within Israel and without, including heads of state. Time/space permits only a few.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: (at that time but on June 13th replaced by Naftali Bennet)

“The Mt. Meron disaster is one of the worst disasters to hit the State of Israel. We grieve for the victims. Our hearts are with the families…. There were heartbreaking scenes here. People were crushed to death, including children.

“…We will carry out a thorough, serious and in-depth investigation in order to ensure that such a disaster does not recur.”

*Note: To date, no official investigation has taken place.

Benjamin then said: “I would like to declare Sunday (May 2, two days after the tragedy) as a day of national mourning…” (parenthesis mine).

(Prime Minister–at the time–Benjamin Netanyahu surveying the aftermath of the Mt. Meron tragedy)

It is uncommon, if not rare, that a nation’s leader proclaims a national day (or period) of mourning over an accident.

U.S. President Joe Biden: “The United States stands with the people of Israel, and with Jewish communities the world over in mourning the terrible tragedy at Mount Meron. The loss among worshippers practicing their faith is heartbreaking….”

German Ambassador to Israel Susanne Wasum-Rainer: “Waking up to the shocking news of the tragedy of Lag B’Omer festivities … I am deeply saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred tonight…”

Messages from other dignitaries including but by no means limited to: Russia (President Vladimir Putin); India (Prime Minister Narendra Modi); many European leaders and officials (including Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain); several Arab countries (like Bahrain and the United Emirates); Catholic Cardinal Vincent Nichols; and most of the political leaders within Israel.

Even from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who conveyed his (politically correct, so as not to seem insensitive) condolences to Israel’s President Rivlin … instead of to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

“We are praying to the Lord for mercy to victims and speedy recovery to those who suffered injuries, and for the families of victims.”

*Note: To which “Lord” is Abbas referring? Could it be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (of the Promised Land of Israel and of God’s chosen people, the Jews)? Doubtful. For you see: the Islam god Allah (through the Koran) compels Muslims to persecute and kill Jews.

On the other hand, is it the thought that counts?

Who Is to Blame? Anyone … Everyone?

I have read dozens of articles on the Lag B’ Omer festival and/or the tragic event on Mt. Meron. As anticipated, most were written by op-ed authors who (or whom they wrote about, i.e., quoted) encouraged Israelis to do the right thing. To commiserate with the anguish of those whose relatives and friends were killed or injured … a time of mostly silence and mourning. Then later point fingers of blame if they were so inclined. Many Israelis (but not all) followed this protocol out of sincere sorrow and reflective respect for the dead/injured and their families.

But as expected, there were fingers of blame pointed soon after this horrific event. For example, in an Israel Hayom article posted that same day author Adi Hashmonel writes:

“Senior police officers told Israel Hayom the Mount Meron disaster was a ‘fiasco, start to finish.’ A former top Northern District Officer refused to absolve rabbis from partial responsibility for the events. ‘The real bosses on the ground at Mount Meron are the Haredi leaders. They have the final say on who gets in or not. That’s insane. The power of each Hassidic dynasty is reflected in how things take place on the ground and the police tend to seek compromises with them.’”

This district officer also cast (partial or equal) blame on the police by stating: “They (the police) should never had allowed so many people into the compound. What was the expected capacity? You have to stop letting people in when it’s met…”

In a subsequent Israel Hayom article posted 5-2-21 (just two days later), entitled, At Mt. Meron, the writing was on the wall, the co-authors began: “In yet another sign Friday’s deadly stampede could have been avoided, the State Comptroller’s Office repeatedly warned of overcrowding and inadequate infrastructure at Mount Meron.”

They referred to a 2008 report in which the State Comptroller at the time, “…wrote that inadequate maintenance at the mount ‘does not suit the sanctity of the site.’ He explicitly mentioned the possibility of a mass-casualty event taking place on the mountain and warned access paths ‘could not accommodate rescue services.’”

Subsequent studies and reports (2009, 2011, 2016) were cited with similar conclusions reached, … just a matter of time before this type of tragedy would take place.

(Some of the bodies of those killed on/near the site of the disaster)

So, who (or what) is to blame? How much, if any, responsibility for this tragedy will the Haredim themselves (primarily Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox) accept?

Will the Israeli government impose rules and regulations by means of placing this religious event under the ultimate control of a governmental agency—which it never has been? Will the strained relationship between secular and religious Israelis increase or lessen because of this tragedy?

The following excerpt is from an article written by well-known author Johanthan S. Tobin, editor in chief of the online news source, Jewish News Syndicate posted on May 3, 2021, entitled: Can a disaster breed Jewish unity or widen the communal breach?

“There is nothing positive to be gleaned from an event that led to the deaths of 45 Jews and injuring of 150 others. The wake of the fatal stampede in the early hours of Friday morning at Israel’s Mount Meron during the annual Lag B’Omer pilgrimage caused shock and mourning throughout the Jewish world. But perhaps it might also have put a more human face on a sector of the Jewish community—the ultra-Orthodox—that is often viewed by most other Jews with suspicion and hostility. And it might also be possible for many haredim to draw some conclusions of their own with respect to their unwillingness to subordinate their activities to state regulation and to think better of the secular Jews who did so much to save lives and who rally to their aid on-site, as well as comfort family members, elsewhere in Israel.”

Although Jonathan Tobin concludes his article on a somewhat (guarded) positive note concerning the more subtle changes in Israeli society regarding “…the ability of Jews to survive and surmount such problems…”, he states:

“Indeed, in Israel, as JNS has pointed out, part of the problem at Mount Meron was that the refusal of the ultra-Orthodox to let the government regulate their annual event—in much the same way that they demand autonomy about everything else—was clearly part of the prescription that inexorably led to tragedy….

Haredim, both in Israel and the United States, exists separately from the rest of the Jewish world. The two sides stare at each other across a seemingly unbridgeable divide…. The quick transition from sorrow to politics with respect to Mount Meron reinforces the notion that this divide is unbridgeable.”

In a prior article (May 2nd) Alex Traiman, managing director of Jewish News Syndicate, gets even more specific:

“The event should open up a period of national reckoning. Whether an honest reckoning will take place—one marked by constructive and unifying measures—will require Israelis to look deep down into their own behavior.”

*Note: I would add: How deep should Israelis look, and should it be for more than just their behavior?

Alex Traiman continues: “Despite their staunch religious observance, Orthodox sects have largely angered other sectors of Israel’s public for years. Men refuse compulsory army service. Many opt to study in state-funded learning institutions, rather than work and take on their share of the tax burden…

“While many of Irael’s Orthodox truly represent a beautiful blend of advanced religious observance within a modern state, that beauty is often marred by those who express a lack of appreciation for individuals and communities with lesser religious observance. As this tragedy has struck at the heart of their own community, it may be time for greater humility on their part.”

Op-ed author Akiva Bigman was even more direct in an article published on 5-7-2021 in Israel Hayom, entitled Support for the Haredim, but not their worldview.

“The week that followed the devastating Lag B’Omer stampede can be described in two words: love and alienation. On the one hand, all of Israel—secular, leftist, Arab, and Druze—embraced the Haredi sector and mobilized to donate blood, offer financial support, and visit the mourners’ homes….

“On the other hand, while the public is incredibly supportive of the ultra-Orthodox as individuals, the disaster exacerbated alienation from the Haredi worldview even more. The response of sage Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky to the tragedy is just one such example. The public cannot accept the view that such a heartbreaking tragedy was fated and that the answer is to become more observant.”

[*Note: Akiva Bigman was referring to Rabbi Kanievsky’s (preventative) resolution for such tragedies: that of reading the Torah more; for women to dress more modestly; washing of one’s hands before eating was not being done properly in Israel. Concerning Bigman’s statement that the Israeli public cannot accept the tragedy as being “fated” (destined), does not mean that it wasn’t. The consensus already is that it was physically (inadequate infrastructure and logistics) and socially (mindset and behavior of the Orthodox) inevitable. In a moment we’ll explore the spiritual side of whether this tragedy was “fated.” However, I totally agree—but as a believer (with a Biblical worldview) in Jesus Christ as Messiah Savior—with Bigman’s observation that the Rabbis’ prescription for Jews to be even more religious/observant presumably as a remedy … is way off the mark.]

Listen Up … Look Up

Ironically (in the context of the Mt. Meron incident and Rabbi Kanievsky’s recommendations which were more like challenges to both religious and irreligious Jews alike), the ultra-Orthodox Jews of the 1st century, called Pharisees, made a similar challenge to the man who had already demonstrated his divinity—by many marvelous miracles. Some of which the Pharisees witnessed, but still would not acknowledge him as the Son of God—the long-awaited Messiah.

Read with me:

“Some Pharisees and teachers of religious law now arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They asked him, ‘Why do your disciples disobey our age-old tradition? For they ignore our tradition of ceremonial hand washing before they eat’” (Matthew 15:1-2).

Jesus’s answer was somewhat like his response to several other challenges issued by Israel’s religious leaders of that time (not unlike the Orthodox in today’s Israel); he exposed their rote emphasis on tradition and the letter of the (Mosaic) law in contrast to the spirit of the law. Said Jesus:

“…And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God? For instance, God says, ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ In this way, you say they don’t need to honor their parents. And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’” (Matthew 15:3-9, with Jesus quoting Isaiah 29:13).

In that same scene Jesus later said to his disciples about the Pharisees:

Should there be serious introspection among religious and secular alike or merely investigation? To what extent? Limited to just the external features of this tragedy, such as better crowd control and facilities to accommodate so many.

Or with the broadest perspective possible? Such as: Internal examination of the heart and soul searching. To also, “Look Up.”

My opinion/response is yes (in fact, imperative). All Jews everywhere should stand up and take notice of this tragedy, preceded by the turmoil within Israel created by their polarized dichotomies, politically and religiously. With the tragedy followed shortly by the terror (next article) created by not only the latest war between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas (Gaza); but also, the unprecedented Israeli Arab rioting that destroyed Israeli property (homes, businesses, synagogues), and killed or injured Israelis in (mixed, where Jews and Arabs live side by side) several Israeli cities.

For both blind guides and the blind (religious and secular) to have eyes to see and ears to hear and hearts to heed the words of God the Father, “O Israel, if you would only listen to me” (Psalm 81:8). And to God the Son: “So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your redemption is near!” (Luke 21:28).

Precedents, Patterns, Parallels, Principles, and Prototypes

For the religious and secular alike to carefully consider correlations between the extraordinary events in Israel’s 1st century history (and before that) and its’ 20th century prophetic fulfillments of Israel’s rebirth and remarkable return of many Jews to Israel, plus its’ 21st century prophetic destiny. To give equal historical and theological weight to the New Testament as God’s inspired Word as they do with the Old Testament. To see that it gloriously unwraps the New Covenant predicted in Jeremiah and the Messiah who would implement that Covenant of Grace.

To give as much (if not more) time and attention to the prophecies contained in the Psalms and prophetic books of the Old Testament, particularly the end times and Messianic prophecies. Then match them with the birth, life, teachings, miracles, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

And while they are at it to perhaps recall two incidents in the Jewish Scriptures that are surprisingly similar to the tragedy at Mt. Meron.

To that end, here is an excerpt from Eye of Prophecy article, The Ark of The Covenant, Part II (posted 6-27-2015). The setting is the Philistines capture of the Ark. In italics:

…So, too, were the Philistines familiar with the presumed legendary power of the Ark of the Covenant.

“What’s going on?” the Philistines asked. ‘What’s all the shouting about in the Hebrew camp?’ When they were told it was because the Ark of the Lord had arrived, they panicked. ‘The gods have come into their camp!’ they cried. ‘This is a disaster! We have never had to face anything like this before! Help! Who can save us from these mighty gods of Israel? They are the same gods who destroyed the Egyptians with plagues when Israel was in the wilderness’” (I Samuel 4:6-8).

…To them—sadly even to the Israelites—the Ark of the Covenant was a mysterious object that possessed magical, cryptic clout. The army that carried it into battle would be invincible. But this was not just some ancient fantasy that would be considered absurd in today’s ultra-modern civilization. This same perverted belief drove Hitler and the Third Reich to extreme measures to try to find and wield the Ark of the Covenant in their conquest of Europe and eventually the world.

Then the incident in question after the Ark of The Covenant was returned to Israel:

In a foregone conclusion, the Philistines returned the Ark of the Covenant to Israel, specifically to the Jews of Beth-shemesh who were overjoyed to get it back. So much so that they, too, forgot God’s solemn instructions as to how the Ark must be handled reverently and treated respectfully; including only Levites carrying it … which was done upon its return. But that no one must look inside the Ark, which some of the Israelites failed to obey. The Lord would not permit even his own people from misusing the Ark of the Covenant; to flippantly disrespect and disregard the holiness and sanctity that the Lord had placed on the perfect purpose and proper position of the Ark—God’s very presence above the Ark of the Lord in the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle.

The result: “But the Lord killed seventy men from Beth-shemesh because they looked into the Ark of the Lord. And the people mourned greatly because of what the Lord had done. ‘Who is able to stand in the presence of the Lord, this holy God?’ they cried out. ‘Where can we send the Ark from here?’” (I Samuel 6:19-20).

Indeed, it was a severe object lesson.

Followed by a similar incident during King David’s first attempt to transport the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Although this time the Lord struck down only one man (for touching the Ark), it was still a powerful parallel to the precedent set with the first Ark tragedy (see II Samuel 6).

(Depiction of Uzzah’s death when touched the Ark of the Covenant)

Yet, it was broader than the act of touching and looking into the ark. It had to do with God’s people giving as much or more significance to what they considered mystical powers of the Ark itself, instead of the Lord of the Ark—the God of Israel. In that regard, they were no different than the pagan Philistines.

In an eerily similar fashion, many of the Orthodox at Mt. Meron follow to some extent the Kabbalah (or Chabad … a more modern adaptation), especially the version taught by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai—which is the whole purpose for the Lag B’Omer festival. Time/space does not permit elaboration on this branch of Judaism. Except some descriptive words to summarize the extra-Biblical (even anti-Biblical) practice: mystical, esoteric, secretive (generally only for the more knowledgeable or persistent), including features of the occult and Eastern mysticism.

On the more positive side, those Jews who delve into Kabbalah (at least in theory) place a great deal of emphasis on the coming Messiah. So much so, that the practice of this off-shoot of Judaism will allegedly hasten his coming. Since the 2nd century A.D. a few rabbis and/or prominent Jewish leaders were (some still are) considered to be the Jewish Messiah. On the negative side, Jesus of Nazareth has continuously been ignored, dismissed, or outright rejected as the Messiah—despite the historically verified account of his resurrection, among other overwhelming evidence.

More Tragic Irony

A notable fact is that the number of Hebrews killed in the first Ark tragedy was seventy. Which matches the number of elders appointed by Moses to lead and govern the Israelites before and after they entered the Promised Land. With Moses as their leader, the number was 71, but the governing body itself consisted principally of seventy men. This entity is better known as the Sanhedrin.

An uncanny parallel to that number is the number of Jews killed in the April Mt. Meron tragedy … 45.

Plus, the number who died in the first Lag B’Omer disaster in 1911 when a roof railing collapsed causing people to fall almost 30 feet on another part of the crowd below … 11.

Plus, the number who (in May 1976—45 years ago) lost their lives when a tour bus carrying passengers to the Lag B’Omer festival fell (drove) off a cliff at Mount Meron … 13.

A total of 69. Only one less than the number who died trying to get a glimpse of (determining) what kind of mystical, magical powers the Ark of the Covenant contained. Thereby, affording more reverence to the Ark as the supernatural source of power than to the Lord of the Ark of The Covenant.

There’s more: On May 16, 2021 (2 ½ weeks after the Mt. Meron disaster), bleachers collapsed in a Jerusalem synagogue which was still unfinished and not yet approved for use under city code requirements. Fifty were injured. The number of fatalities … 2.

Adding 2 to 69 (the three Mt. Meron tragedies) equals 71—the full number of the Sanhedrin including the leader (President). Tragic? Ironic? Tragic irony?

(A gathering in Israel to mourn for the 45 who died on Mt. Meron)

Summary Conclusion  

Am I implying that the Lord brought about the Lag B’Omer disaster?

Two-part answer: (1) Absolutely not, am I absolutely saying that. (2) Possibly, yes.

However, no matter what the evidence might show or suggest, shouldn’t Israelis (and Jews everywhere) take stock in what’s happening. Beginning with COVID-19.

Here is an excerpt from Eye of Prophecy article, COVID-19 / Just Another Plague? Part I (posted 5-9-2020).

Because there hasn’t been a scourge quite like this coronavirus—how easily and extensively it has spread—both believers and unbelievers are voicing their opinions and/or seeking answers to questions outside of or in addition to quantified (data based) “scientific” solutions and explanations.

Like (but not limited to) the following:

(If) God is in control; will he step in and bring it under control? If so, when? How many people must suffer and die?

Did God merely allow this pandemic, or did he send it? Meaning, is it simply a warning or is it a judgment? Is there even a difference between the two, considering God’s ultimate sovereignty?

With the understanding that God can and sometimes will prevent natural disasters and man-made catastrophes from happening in the first place, does he on other occasions not only allow such things to happen, but intensify them? In the case of the coronavirus, on a global scale.

Is this global epidemic, in fact, a wake-up call from God to get our attention? A preview of and preparation for coming attractions? In which His sovereignty will be on universal display, i.e. His obliteration of the Gog/Magog coalition and then resounding victory over the Antichrist-led ten nation coalition following the Seal, Trumpet, & Bowl Judgments.

Does this pandemic have special relevance to the last days of the end times?

In principle, these same questions could be asked of the Mt. Meron tragedy.

To consider the incongruity (remember that word defined earlier in this article) between one of the reasons for this celebration—ardent desire for Messiah to come while identifying a few Orthodox rabbis of the past and even the present as Messiah or Messiah-like. Set against the continual rejection of Jesus of Nazareth as fulfilling in extraordinary detail the Messianic prophecies of the Jewish Scriptures.

There are 10 annual festivals observed to varying degrees by Jews worldwide including, of course, in Israel.

Seven were ordained directly by God to his people through Moses. With four of them by and large celebrated more than the others: Passover (Pesach), Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).

The eighth was instituted as a national holiday after God’s providential deliverance of the Jews (through Esther and Mordecai) … Purim.

The ninth is not found directly in the Bible but was clearly the result of God sovereignly protecting and providing for the Maccabean Jews when—against all odds—they defeated the mighty Greek army led by Antiochus IV Epiphanes in the 2nd century B.C. Plus the miracle of one day’s supply of holy oil lasting eight days. This well-known celebration is called Hannukah.

Lit menorah, Israel

The tenth is not found at all in the Bible. Nor is there anything in Israel’s national experience (as the Promised Land and/or Chosen People of God) to consider it worthy of commemoration… Lag B’Omer.

Instead of lighting bonfires in remembrance of the (alleged) light of Rabbi Yochai’s mysterious writings and life that was as much or more legend than fact, why couldn’t / shouldn’t God’s people take a hard look at their own Scriptures—especially end times prophecies including the Messiah. Then give themselves the benefit of the doubt to also (at least) read the amazing account of Jesus of Nazareth in the four Gospels. Plus, the books of Romans and Hebrews in the New Testament.

They just might see the light. The real light of the Messiah as foretold by Isaiah: “…and I will give you to my people, Israel, as a symbol of my covenant (the new covenant) with them. And you will be a light to guide the nations. You will open the eyes of the blind…” (Isaiah 42:6-7, parenthesis mine).

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12).

Things to Ponder

The incident at Mr. Meron was truly a tragedy. It resulted in deep mourning … individually, nationally, and even internationally.

As much or more than Israelis killed in their four wars of survival … 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973. Or regional conflicts with terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. Or by individual (lone wolf) Palestinian atrocities against Jews with guns, knives, rocks, fire balloons, and vehicles.

One only need consider the source (Muslims, Arabs, Palestinians) and the reason—hatred of the Jews and desire to replace the sovereign State of Israel with another Arab state … and in the Promised Land of Israel no less.

But an internal tragedy like what happened on Mr. Meron in which so many observant Jews died during one of the most jubilant of Israel’s festivals is considerably harder to process and ponder.

Still, that should not prohibit the processing or prevent the pondering.

For example: To correlate the Mt. Meron mourning over the death of some of the most religious of Jews just minutes after singing a song that included a longing for Messiah’s arrival to the following passage that so poignantly points to the Messiah. In fact, the Messiah is speaking:

“Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pieced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died. The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the great mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo. All Israel will mourn, each clan by itself, with the husbands separate from their wives…” (Zechariah 12:10-12).

Question: Why on earth would the Jews mourn for/over their Messiah who arrives to supernaturally rescue them from utter defeat (at the hands of Antichrist and his coalition) in the final battle for Israel and Jerusalem, as prophesied in Zechariah Chapters 12 & 14? And Daniel 11:36-45.

This should be a euphoric time of great jubilation, instead of massive mourning.

The text is crystal clear why Israel will grieve. This is the 2nd appearance (return) of the Messiah because he had already been pierced (crucifixion) when he came the first time to save his people from their sins through his substitutionary death on the cross (Psalm 22, Isaiah 53).

They will rejoice but not until they mourn deeply for missing and dismissing Jesus as Messiah when he arrived in the 1st century.

As recorded in the Gospels based on the event (along with hundreds of other events) seen and heard by (in this case) Jesus’s disciples, Peter, James, and John on what is called the Mount of (Jesus’s) Transfiguration.

Jesus is the Son of God; the Son of David; the Son of Man.

He is the Light of the World.


Turmoil, Tragedy, & Terror in Israel (Part I … Turmoil)

From April 30th to May 21st, sirens pierced the ears and hearts of Israeli Jews.

Sirens to announce the arrival of personnel and equipment to fight fires all over Israel. Fires in businesses, homes, cars, busses, and fields of crops. Lit mostly by rampaging Arab Israelis but also by non-citizen Palestinians … from fire kites hurled from the Gaza Strip.

Ambulance sirens to prepare for emergency treatment and transfer of the wounded and dying. And to transport the dead for burial.

Police and military sirens to clear the way for Israel’s men and woman in uniform; to rescue and defend; to stem the tide of lawlessness and violence rampant throughout Israel.

Air raid sirens to give Israeli civilians a few precious seconds to seek shelter from thousands of mortars and missiles launched by Hamas of the Gaza Strip into Israel. Hoping that Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system would blow the rockets from the sky before they destroyed property and people.

When you combine the turmoil of an Israeli government following the country’s 4th election (March 23, 2021) in two years (under the helm of what many consider to be Israel’s greatest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—in terms of national and international accomplishments for Israel) but still unable to form a majority coalition of 61 seats in the Knesset, with the tragedy on Mount Meron (April 30th) followed recently by terror inflicted on Israelis via indiscriminate firing of over 4,000 missiles from Gaza into Israel (beginning on May 10th); preceded by tens of thousands of Arabs rioting in several towns, including Jerusalem (earlier in May); an argument could be made that Israel’s resolve and resiliency have not been tested like this since the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in 2014.

Some would say not since the Palestinian intifada of 2001. Others might even compare the inner turmoil—political, social, and (most of all) religious division among Israelis—combined with the Mt. Meron tragedy in which 45 men and boys were crushed to death during what was supposed to be one of the most jubilant religious celebrations among Orthodox Jews; plus, the recent Palestinian terrorism uprising to constitute the most difficult time in Israel’s 73-year history since the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

(Israelis light candles for the 45 victims killed in a stampede at Mount Meron during the Lag B’ Omer celebrations)

It is mind-boggling in scope and should give serious cause for Israelis and Jews worldwide to pause; to ponder their perplexing past, perilous present, and portentous future of the reborn state of Israel.

In fact the whole world would do well to carefully consider its imminent destiny and take heed of these three tenses of Israel’s existence in the context of the three main subjects of Biblical prophecy and its fulfillment: (1) The Promised Land of Israel given to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in perpetuity; (2) The New Covenant foretold by Jeremiah to replace the Old Covenant of Law, that would (has for 2,000 years and counting) bring redemption to all who believe and receive God’s Son (Messiah); (3) The Jewish Messiah Jesus of Nazareth who would implement that Covenant of Grace for Jew and Gentile alike. To then return to establish the Kingdom of God in Jerusalem from which he will rule and reign for a thousand years. After rescuing Israel from annihilation at the hands of Antichrist and the world from self-destruction during the Great Tribulation soon to come.

Listen Up … Look Up!

It is time for God’s chosen people—religious, secular, leaders, and common folk alike to—individually and collectively, nationally (the state of Israel) and internationally (Jews worldwide)—heed the passionate warning of the only true and living God, the God of Israel’s ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:

“Listen to me, O my people, while I give you stern warnings. O Israel, if you would only listen to me!” (Psalm 81:8).

It is time for Israel and Jews worldwide, especially the observant among them (Ultra-Orthodox, Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed) to realize that thousands of Messianic Jews all over the world (who have believed and received Jesus as the Son of God—the Messiah foretold in the Jewish Scriptures) have indeed listened to the God of Israel. They have heeded the Lord’s precious promises, powerful prophecies, and stern warnings given to his prophets, who practiced, preached, and prophesied precisely what God told them to do and speak.

Prophets such as Amos who declared: “Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

Like King David who unequivocally proclaimed in one of the Messianic prophecies in Scripture that the God of Israel has a Son, who is the Messiah: “For the Lord declares, ‘I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.’ The king proclaims the Lord’s decree…” (Psalm 2:6-7a).

Then the king speaks: ‘The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’

“Now then, you kings act wisely! Be warned you rulers of the earth! Serve the Lord with reverent fear; and rejoice with trembling. Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him” (Psalms 2:7b-12).

King David also wrote: “The Lord (God the Father) said to my Lord (God the Son), ‘Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.’ The Lord will extend your powerful kingdom from Jerusalem; you will rule over your enemies” (Psalm 110:1-2, parenthesis mine).

In Psalm 22, David presents stunning specifics of Messiah’s suffering and death before, during, and after his crucifixion hundreds of years before the Romans perfected this cruel torture and death. With Jesus of Nazareth fulfilling every one of these prophecies in startling detail. 

Whether religious or secular, all Jews need to seriously consider the extraordinary evidence that Jesus explicitly fulfilled Isaiah’s shocking portrait of a (the) suffering Messiah in Isaiah 53. Such as: “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all” (Isaiah 53:5-6).

Just hours before he was falsely arrested, illegally tried, unjustly condemned to die, and ruthlessly nailed to a cross, we read what Jesus said to his disciples (and all who would believe in him): “After supper he took another cup of wine and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you’” (Luke 22:20).

Then in the profound book of Hebrews (New Testament), the Jewish author summarizes so great a salvation purchased by Jesus Christ with the highest price ever paid, through the (once for all) greatest sacrifice ever made … the blood and life of the Son of God. Beginning with:

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days (when the new covenant had begun), he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven” (Hebrews 1:1-3, parenthesis mine).

Not long before his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus provided more startling features of the last days of the end times. In the context of those predictions and the many end times prophecies found in the Old Testament, he uttered these words intended first and foremost to his Jewish disciples and the nation of Israel: 

Great Expectations for Messiah

This heading was the title of an Eye of Prophecy article (posted 8-8-15). Here is an excerpt from the beginning of that article, in italics:

Jews all over the world, especially observant Jews in Israel, are becoming exponentially excited over Israel’s redemption. They see this restoration as both physical—rescue from and protection against their enemies—and spiritual … individual and national return to God through renewal of the sacrificial system lost to them when the second Temple was destroyed. No matter what form this revival takes and no matter whether a Jew is religious or secular, there is one prevailing and passionate premise: Messiah will make all these things happen upon his glorious appearance.

For most Jews this will be the first arrival of Messiah. For born-again believers, Gentiles and Messianic Jews alike, this will be the majestic return of Jesus Christ.

Two Eye of Prophecy articles entitled Look Up, Redemption is Near (Part I & II) were recently published on 7-11-15 and 7-18-15, respectively. In these articles, we looked discerningly at twelve unmistakable signs of the 20th & 21st centuries showing that Biblical end-times prophecy has been and is being fulfilled in one generation alone. In the second article, these signs were itemized for quick reference. They are as follows:

  1. Rebirth of Israel as a Sovereign Nation, 1948
  2. Recapture of Jerusalem in the June 1967 Six-Day War
  3. Jerusalem, a Heavy Burden to the Nations
  4. The 3rd Rebuilt Temple
  5. Israel’s Phenomenal Agricultural Accomplishments
  6. Modern-Day Alignment of God/Magog Nations against Israel
  7. National and Ethnic Wars in the 20th & 21st Centuries
  8. Amazing Increase of Natural Disasters
  9. Moral & Spiritual Decline & Intense Persecution of Christians
  10. False Messiahs & Prophets
  11. Unequaled Increase in Quantity and Speed of Transportation and Information
  12. Unprecedented Spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the World 

…The time of Messiah is near, so very near. Why can we say that? Because the last time that Israel and even surrounding Gentile nations were so zealous about the arrival of Messiah, that’s exactly what happened! Jesus Christ appeared on the scene of history fulfilling dozens of Biblical prophecies that he was, in fact, the Messiah … with an abundance of documentation, the greatest proof of which was his resurrection from the grave!

It has been nearly six years since Great Expectations for Messiah was posted. Based upon observations of pivotal events, both positive and negative, going on in Israel and the world at large (including op-ed articles from both Messianic Jews and non-Messianic Jewish sources), it is becoming evident that the anticipation for Messiah’s return is waning.

The following is an excerpt from a recent Eye of Prophecy article, Reexamination of Messiah’s Imminent Return & The Omega Generation (published 1-16-21). In italics:

Just How Imminent is the Imminent Return of Messiah?

That is the title of an Eye of Prophecy article posted over three years ago (11-18-17).

In the 20th & 21st centuries, there have been and still are an abundance of flashpoint signs to signal that the return of Messiah Jesus is more imminent than ever. There are also patterns, parallels, and principles plus correlations (including certain numbers) in Scripture that strongly suggest that we are in the last days of the end times.

I then went on to write:

However, because it has been nearly 2,000 years (close to 1,988 years) since Jesus ascended to heaven, we need to reexamine the question posed earlier that Peter said would be in the form of mockery from unbelievers in the last days (and it certainly is): “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again?”

In other words, repeating: Just How Imminent is the Imminent Return of Christ?

Or in stronger terms: Is his return imminent at all? Could it be hundreds of years from now? Might it not even be in this Third A.D. Millennium?

It’s not just the skepticism, sarcasm, and scorn coming from many unbelievers. That’s to be expected; in fact, the Apostle Peter prophesied of such. Unfortunately, in the last few years some disillusionment has developed concerning the Second Coming of Jesus Christ even among believers. There is a growing concern that the imminent return of Christ is anything but that.

Instead, the Second Coming appears more indefinite than ever.

I believe there are two reasons (sources) for this concern that is causing varying degrees of complacency and/or pessimism in the hearts and lives of some Christians.

(1) From Without: This is particularly true of American Christians in the context of the current state of our Union. Or should I say: the (deplorable) state of our disunion within these (dis)United States of America. Not since the Civil War (blue vs. gray) have we been so divided (blue vs. red). Violent radicals on both sides (liberals and conservatives) have crossed the lines of democratic decency, of moral accountability, of law and order which is (should be) the heart of a republic. Some say that we have irretrievably breached the middle ground of cooperation in this country and are holding tight to ground on opposite sides of an unbridgeable gulf between left and right, democrat and republican.

*Note: No need to quote the 2nd reason, as only the first reason applies to today’s article.

A Challenge Based on a Premise

For Jews even half-way interested in the Messiah, the ardent anticipation for his arrival also seems to be diminishing within Israel and the global Jewish community. Much like the United States and most of the world, Israelis and Diaspora Jews are becoming increasingly polarized, particularly in their politics. Expressed mostly through the deepening divisions between observant/religious (called Haredim in Hebrew … especially the Orthodox) Jews/Israelis and secular Jews.

Challenge: This week’s Part I article (Turmoil in Israel) includes a respectful but also robust challenge to Israelis and to Jews throughout the world (whether religious or secular). To compellingly consider that the recent developments in Israel should be a wake-up call to look up for divine guidance in general. And for their returning Messiah in particular. The challenge will continue with Part II (Tragedy in Israel) & Part III (Terror in Israel) of this trilogy, as will the rolling premise.

Premise: The current (internal) turmoil produced in part by Israel’s political system and sometimes dysfunctional government, the tragedy of the recent Meron disaster, and the terror caused by the latest war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas terrorist organization contain precedents, parallels, and patterns of 1st Century Israel, before and/or after the (first) arrival of Israel’s Messiah—Jesus of Nazareth. Consequently, these recent events are preparing and even precipitating the return of both Christ (Jesus) and Antichrist (Nero).

Turmoil in Israel

Webster’s Dictionary defines turmoil as: “an utterly confused or extremely agitated state or condition.”

In addition to confusion and agitation, some of the lighter synonyms of turmoil: turbulence, unrest, disorder, commotion.

Some of the heavier synonyms: chaos, mayhem, havoc, upheaval.

The greater percentage of the 7.7 million Israeli Jews and 1.8 million Israeli Arabs seem to be somewhere between the lighter and heavier meanings of turmoil. With a smaller percentage on either end of the scale, i.e., just slightly confused/agitated (at the very least, frustrated) or tremendously disturbed over the turbulence in the Israeli government for the past two years or so.

Politics in a democracy (governed by a parliament or a congress) is both a reflection and an expression of society and its diversity of religious beliefs, ideologies, and economics.

Principally through Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s skilled leadership (with support from the United States—primarily from former President Trump), Israelis have seen some significant accomplishments in the past few years. Such as moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to its rightful (mandated by the Jewish Embassy Act of 1995 that passed the U.S. Senate and House with a large margin) location in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem. And the Abraham Accords last year resulting in unprecedented diplomatic relations between Israel and a few Arab (Muslim) countries like the United Arab Emirates. Plus, a pre-pandemic booming economy that has already experienced a resurgence.

For the past two years, however, a dark political election cloud has hovered tenaciously and tempestuously over Israel. Creating an atmosphere of uncertainty, confusion, and agitation … with varying degrees of turmoil. Thereby, testing the overall optimistic attitude of Israeli Jews.

In my opinion, Israel’s parliamentary coalition government as contained in 120 members of the Knesset, is one of the finest in the world. At least it used to be. But when the kind of acute tribal polarization that has enveloped the entire world (especially in the United States) found its way into Israeli politics … well, four elections in two years without forming a majority coalition tells the whole story.

The first of these elections that failed to reach a majority coalition (61 seats in the Knesset) took place in April 2019.

Since then, the same kind of pattern has developed; the only difference is that some of the parties and party leaders have changed and/or changed allegiance—partially or completely. Something like: Party leader A formerly aligned with B is now with C who swore never to affiliate with either A or B.

That and the seemingly irrational movement (considering all his accomplishments for the State of Israel) to oust Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister. Which more than any other platform or purpose, is making strange bedfellows of the political parties and their leaders.

(Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu … for now?)

The following is an excerpt from Eye of Prophecy article, Israel’s Government in Limbo … Unprecedented! (Posted 7-6-19) to summarize what happen to that election, including the party leader “culprit” primarily responsible for preventing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from establishing a majority Knesset coalition led by his Likud party (the largest … still is). In italics:

For the first time since Israel was reborn as a sovereign Jewish State in 1948 and following unscheduled mid-term elections just three months ago, the Israeli Knesset failed to establish a majority coalition.

Nonetheless, despite the (sometimes) perplexing parliamentary paradigm of Israel’s government and election process, it truly is one of the most democratic systems in the world. Reason: It combines the best of pure democracy and a representative republic by giving voice to many more platforms than those nations which have just two parties, or even three or four.

When Israelis participate in national elections they vote for a party, not for an individual.

Parties that garner the minimum number of votes required (which also determines the number of Knesset representatives) then decide which of their associates will serve in the Knesset. The ruling coalition, which can consist of several blocs, must have a minimum of 61 of the 120 Knesset seats. Israel’s Prime Minister is the recognized leader of the largest party of the majority coalition. In this case, it would have been a reelected Benjamin Netanyahu.

You may not know about this situation in Israel. Or, if you do, you may not be familiar with the details, some of which will be provided in the context of today’s focus: the prophetic destiny of Israel’s national redemption and restoration. And how that destiny will determine the fate of the entire world.

I then quoted an excerpt from a previous Eye of Prophecy article, The Jewish Dichotomy In & Outside Israel (posted 6-20-18). As follows from that article:

In much larger geographic and demographic nations like the United States of America (population 327 million) you would expect a wide range of political, social, economic, cultural, and religious diversity. But with only 7.7 million Jewish citizens of Israel (7.7 is the current population to match the posting date of this week’s article) and only 14+ million Jews on the planet you would anticipate fewer differences and certainly not such dramatic dichotomies within Israel nor among Jews throughout the world.

At the same time, both Israelis and Jews outside of Israel are an extraordinary example of a cohesive dichotomy (an oxymoron) unparalleled on Planet Earth.

Nevertheless, differences between Jews themselves can be troublesome, especially when the Jews as a people and Israel as a nation have so many adversaries….

Though there is significant solidarity of Jews within and outside of Israel, there are three basic Jewish dichotomies.

I went on to identify those dichotomies, with the most noticeable difference between secular and observant Jews….

Then later in that article, a summary pinpointing the principal cause for the failure to form a coalition government (Knesset) for the first time in Israel’s history. As follows:

By the time of the extended deadline, the Likud party and its supporting factions could muster only 60 seats—a deadlock. Consequently, the 21st Knesset voted to dissolve itself and schedule another snap election on September 17, 2019.

Why did that happen?

Answer: Even though there were smaller parties supporting Likud (35 seats) with a total of 30 additional would-be Knesset representatives, it took just one party and its leader to dissolve the new Knesset, an unparalleled event in Israel’s modern history. The party: Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is our Home). Its leader: Avigdor Lieberman.

… In principle, both Lieberman and his party had agreed to back the Likud. As a result of the April 9th election, his party was reduced from six to five Knesset members; still resulting in a convincing mandate of 65 seats for the majority coalition. Yet, they reversed their support after the election.

This abrupt turnaround came with an ultimatum imposed by Lieberman, summarized in this quote from a June 4, 2019, Associate Press article reposted in the online news source World Israel News: “After appearing to win April 9 elections, Netanyahu was blocked from forming a government coalition by his political ally turned rival Avigdor Lieberman, who insisted on passing legislation that would require young ultra-Orthodox men to be drafted into the military like everyone else.”

This issue of observant Jews serving in the IDF has been controversial for years; it is one of the two main platforms of Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party….

Lieberman further dug in his heels when he learned that Bezalel Smotrich of the United Right Party (ultra-Orthodox) was being considered as the next Justice Minister. Said Lieberman:

“To my sorrow, the State of Israel is going to elections (again in the same year). We are natural partners (but only under his terms) in a right-wing government; we won’t be partners in a halachic government. The Likud failed in this work of building a coalition (thanks to Lieberman’s rigid and impatient position) … and they and the Haredim are to blame for Israel going to elections” (emphasis added, parenthesis mine).

(*Note: Haredim is a term applied to observant Jews, particularly the Orthodox … in contrast to secular Jews, who far outnumber their religious kindred. Halachic is a Hebrew expression from the root word, halacha. Which means, “the way” or the “way of walking” or path. …In short, it’s the idea of an entire community or even a nation—as a whole, majority—following the instructions of the Lord in all areas of life … including politics.

(A gathering of Orthodox Jews in Israel, comprising about 13% of the total Israeli population)

I then wrote in that article:

Although not nearly reason enough to join the Likud-led conservative coalition, liberal Jewish politicians also adamantly oppose any thought that Judaism would be the (a) governing base for the State of Israel. Said left-wing Meretz party member Tamar Zandberg, “It is clear that there cannot be a justice minister serving in Israel who wants to establish a theocracy.”

Which is, in fact, what ultra-Orthodox Knesset Member Bezalel Smotrich proposed when he said: “The State of Israel will be run, God willing, as it was run during the days of King David and King Solomon—according to Torah law.”

Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is passionately patriotic about Israel and gives considerable weight to Jewish tradition and the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) that he often reads; he, too, does not favor what would be tantamount to an Israeli version of a State Church or Church (Synagogue) State. Said Netanyahu in a terse response to Smotrich: “The State of Israel will not be a halachic state.”

That portion of the article concluded with:

It’s nothing short of amazing that Israel’s dichotomy between secular and observant Jews is, in unparalleled fashion, the overriding reason that this mid-term election (April) did not result in a new government… Of all the variables that could have blocked Netanyahu’s Likud-led government from being reinstated (renewed), it was Lieberman’s party withdrawal from the conservative bloc that reduced the majority from 65 seats to a deadlock of 60 seats. Moreover, this withdrawal was driven by fear that the Israeli government would be heavily influenced, if not dominated, by the religious minority.

That election was just a little over two years ago. Three more mid-term elections (most recently March 23, 2021) have resulted in an ongoing non-majority deadlock. With (points of) disagreements far outweighing agreements constituting the main reason for this governmental stalemate in Israel.

Prophetic Correlation of the 20th / 21st Century Reborn State of Israel with 1st Century Israel

First to state the obvious which, nevertheless, bears pertinent historical and profound prophetic importance, particularly in the context of so many other signs that we are living in the last days of the end times that will see the return of both Christ and Antichrist. The obvious—but most significant of all the signs of the end times is the rebirth of the Jewish Nation-State of Israel (1948). Then the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem during Israel’s stunning victory in the Six-Day War of 1967.

Significant for any number of reasons as found in Scripture, including the Biblical/historical evidence that many of God’s plans involving his chosen people (Jews) and their Promised Land (Israel) and/or sovereign intervention in human affairs come in sets of two.

Please see Eye of Prophecy article: Significant Sets of Twos in The Bible (posted 3-30-19).

Although there are more, I identified ten (10) sets in that article. Some of the sets complement each other such as the already mentioned birth and rebirth of the Sovereign State of Israel.

Other sets of two are in sharp contract. For example, Christ Jesus vs his antithesis, Antichrist (Nero).

Some sets are a combination of correlation and contrast. For example: The New Covenant of Grace (implemented by/through Jesus) completing but also replacing the Old Covenant of the Law (given to/through Moses).

Let’s review the premise of this week’s post, which will continue (the Lord willing) with Part II (the tragedy of the Meron disaster in Israel) and Part III (the terror generated by massive Arab rioting and even more so by thousands of Hamas missiles fired into Israel from Gaza).

Premise: The current (internal) turmoil produced in part by Israel’s political system and sometimes dysfunctional government, the tragedy of the recent Meron disaster, and the terror caused by the latest war between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas terrorist organization contain precedents, parallels, and patterns of 1st Century Israel, before and/or after the (first) arrival of Israel’s Messiah—Jesus of Nazareth. Consequently, these recent events are preparing and even precipitating the return of both Christ (Jesus) and Antichrist (Nero).

As indicated, the turmoil produced by the unprecedented instability and uncertainty (past two years) of Israel’s government which, in turn, has been caused by the harsh and unrelenting ideological, societal, and political divisions between blocs of the 13 current parties that make up a partially dysfunctional Knesset bears striking resemblance to what happened in 1st Century Israel. The First Century AD was/is of great prophetic significance to the Jews and to/for Israel … indeed, for all mankind.

Plus, there is a Biblically prophetic “ring” (relevancy) between 1st century and 21st century … a divine multiplied connection regarding several monumental events in the past, present, and still future fulfillment of prophecy. If for no other reason than the two numbers of great prominence in the Bible are considered divine … three and seven. Multiplying these two numbers equals 21. Also, 1 x 21 is still 21.

Several rabbis and Jewish scholars not necessarily religious have attributed the Jewish rebellion instigated primarily by the activist party called Zealots against Rome in A.D. 66 to sectarian divisions within Israel. Not just secular versus observant, but also sharp disputes between the main religious groups: Samaritans, Sadducees, Pharisees, and Essenes. In addition to thousands of Romans in Israel—mostly military, there was also a group called the Herodians—lackeys of Rome, often alienating their own people, the Jews.

These competing and often conflicting factions were already in existence when time itself was changed by the birth of Jesus Christ (B.C. to A.D.). And became more antagonistic one toward the other during Jesus’s life and ministry. The animosity of these groups intensified that much more after Jesus rose from the dead and ascended back to heaven.

And, of course, there were thousands upon thousands of Jesus followers, at first called The Way, then later called Christians. However, Christians were already under severe persecution by both Jews and the Romans (under Nero). They had no part, whatsoever, in the Jewish revolt against the mighty Roman empire.

Which led to a massive invasion of Israel led by Roman General Vespasian, and finished by his son, Titus—both of whom were handpicked by Emperor Nero to crush the rebellion. The campaign ended in August of A.D. 70 with the destruction of Jerusalem; utter demolition of the 2nd Temple (9th of Av on the Jewish calendar … exact day of the month/year when Solomon’s Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.); slaughter of over a million Jews; and the beginning of a world-wide dispersion of Jews—their 2nd exile after Babylon.

[*Note: as of today’s posting, of this article, it appears that Israel will soon have a new prime minister and a coalition majority … albeit it a very shaky one that might not survive the year. When Naftali Bennett leader of the Yamina party in Israel announced last Sunday that he was entering a coalition with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid (and other parties) to form a majority coalition “unity” government (also called “the change bloc” … meaning anyone other than Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister), he made this startling statement: “Two-thousand years ago, we lost a Jewish nation here because of infighting. That’s not happening again. Not on my watch.”

Though Bennett is as guilty as anyone of this “infighting” and though he is reneging on several prior promises and though (just my opinion) he is not nearly as qualified as Netanyahu to lead Israel (Prime Minister), his statement does fit with the premise regarding the correlation … parallels and patterns between 1st century and 21st century Israel.]


Naturally, there were differences in that 1st century Israel was occupied and controlled by the Roman Empire. With, however, much autonomy granted by the Romans to Israel’s religious and secular rulers and leaders. Although nearly all Jews despised the heavy taxes imposed on them by the Romans, it was this tribal unity (mentality) which generated disunity that made the Jewish revolt possible.

Yet, the Old Testament is replete with end times prophecies of God’s sovereignty in the return of his people to the reborn sovereign state of Israel. Hundreds of prophecies, some of which state that once this (begins to) happen, they will never again be expelled from the Promised Land. That the Holy City Jerusalem will forever be the undivided centerpiece (capital) of the Holy Land of Israel.

*Note: For a broader perspective (ultimate reason) for these monumental events in the 1st century involving destruction of the 2nd Temple, the 2nd Jewish exile, followed 2,000 years later by the 2nd return of Jews to the reborn state of Israel, please refer to Eye of Prophecy articles: Where is the Temple, Part I, II, & III (published 11/29, 12-6, 12-13-14). Also, God’s New Covenant with Israel … Minus the Temple, Part I & II (Sept. 2018).

Moreover, the geopolitical differences between 1st century and 21st century Israel by no means invalidates the earlier stated premise of precedents, parallels, and patterns experienced during both times of Israel’s epic saga.

Rather, the prophetic correlation that the sectarian divisions of Israel in the years just before, during, and some 30 years or so after the time of Christ Jesus, saw his First Advent (arrival). With contemporary conditions (especially in Israel) contributing to and shaping the world for the magnificent return of Messiah Jesus at the end of the Great Tribulation.

The 1st century also experienced the initial arrival of Antichrist … Nero; the ruler/king predicted in Daniel 7 and Daniel 9, whose armies would destroy Jerusalem and the Temple. That same ruler who would make a seven-year treaty with Israel … yet to happen. Who would obviously have to return in bodily form to do that. Which is exactly what Revelation 17:7-8 tells us … a reappearance from the Abyss.

Please see my 2nd book, Out of the Abyss and/or any number of the Eye of Prophecy articles in the category of Antichrist for what I believe is compelling, even conclusive evidence: the Roman Emperor Nero is the ruler introduced in Daniel, the man of lawlessness cited by Paul in II Thessalonians, and the beast of Revelation … the Antichrist.

Things to Ponder

Both God the Father and God the Son (Messiah Jesus) are referred to as Alpha and Omega in Scripture. Said Jesus to John as recorded early in the book of Revelation:

In the context of more revelatory disclosures later given to John in Revelation about the Antichrist beast/king including the fact that he lived and died before John even saw these visions and would return from the Abyss (during the outset of the Tribulation), I’m convinced that Jesus’s Alpha & Omega title is not only referring to his eternal existence … everlasting to everlasting. This designation also applies to the divine order of things beginning in the 1st century and culminating (soon) in the 21st century. As follows:

Christ (Jesus) was born at the turn of the 1st century A.D. Indeed, the keeping of time was changed from B.C. to A.D., a profound transition from the Old Testament (Covenant) to the New Testament (Covenant). Antichrist (Nero) was born in A.D. 37, just a few years after Jesus arose from the grave and ascended to heaven.

Thus, Messiah Jesus is the FIRST.

Antichrist will reappear soon after the Rapture at the beginning of the Tribulation. Then Christ will return about 7 years later to end the horrific reign of Satan, Nero, and the False Prophet at the final battle of Armageddon.

Messiah Jesus is, therefore, the LAST (He will have the final say).

“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).


The Most Significant End-Times Sign Of All

“And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately” (Luke 21:9, words of Jesus Christ).

Not immediately, but within one generation as the Lord would later clarify.

“Then he added, ‘Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven’” (Luke 21:10-11).

Messiah Jesus revealed several riveting signs of the last days of the end times as recorded in Luke Chapter 21, with the longer text of what is called the Mount Olivet Discourse found in Matthew Chapters 24-25. Flashpoints such as: prevalence of false messiahs and prophets to deceive many (both spiritual and secular, i.e., national leaders); moral decline and intense persecution of Jews and Christians; rampant sin and hatred; partying like there was no tomorrow.

But also, “…the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

Although Jesus did not mention a prominent end time development prophesied by Daniel—substantial increase in the speed and quantity of transportation and information world-wide (Daniel 12:4)—he did refer to Daniel’s prophetic warning of the sacrilegious object that Antichrist will erect in the Jewish temple (rebuilt during the Tribulation period … Matthew 24:15 & Daniel 9:27).

The (abundance of signs) analogy presented by Jesus was that of birth pains, beginning with the pre-Rapture Omega (last) generation and reaching the agonizing crescendo of contractions during the Tribulation. All in preparation for his physical return to earth which will generate the birth of a New World—the Millennial Reign of the Messiah … the very Son of God.

“Then he gave them this illustration: ‘Notice the fig tree or any other tree. When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place’” (Luke 21:29-32, emphasis added).

If (a big if because many, even including some believers, are inexplicably disinterested in the powerful prophetic signs being fulfilled in front of our 20th & 21st century eyes) people would only look at what’s happening in the world, matched with (the extraordinary unfolding of) Biblical prophecy; they would realize that “summer is near.”

And they would “know without being told.”

The reality in our generation: that summer is here.

Whether it is the signs of the times or times of the signs, to look objectively is to see and understand that the time is short.

Messiah Jesus left out what is undoubtedly the most significant and stunning last days prophecy of all. We’ll get to that shortly including the (proposed) reason.

First a glance at some remarkable but bone-chilling 20th & 21st century facts and figures regarding the earth-shattering happenings that Jesus did announce. Which provide dramatic documentation of the (one) generation timeframe when these birth pains would expand in frequency and severity; that’s what birth contractions progressively do.

Wars & Insurrections (Ethnic Rivalries)

Armed conflict (justified or not) including but not limited to matters of race, religion, nationality, secular ideals, political persuasions, economic disparity, and land disputes have plagued people from the beginning of the human saga. Who knows how many hundreds of millions have been killed in local, regional, national, and international wars?

Yet, not until the 20th century did Planet Earth experience one, then (incomprehensively) a second war that were truly global in severity and scope. With the ultimate irony that of World War I bearing the banner: The War To End All Wars. Ending in 1918, generationally there are still some people alive who were born during that war.

Even more tragically ironic is that World War II (just 21 years later) dwarfed the first world war in its bloodshed. Over four times the number of people (combined military and civilian) lost their lives in World War II … some 72 million than in World War I … 17 million.

Then on an equally unparalleled scale, the insidious initiation of mass killings (purges) in the 20th century in which tens of millions of Russians and Chinese were systematically slaughtered or starved by the dictatorial communist regimes of Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong.

Several online sources provide the numbing statistics of displaced civilians, death, and destruction that have taken place in clashes raging all over the planet. With the larger national and international conflicts taking place in the 1st half of the 20th century and the startling number of ethnic and civil conflicts taking place in the last half of the 20th century into the 21st century. The sheer frequency of these armed struggles clearly confirms the words of Jesus regarding nation against nation and ethnic group against ethnic group in our generation (defined in Scripture as both 100 years and 70 years). As well as his birth pain and fig tree comparisons.


Worldwide Surge in ‘Great” Earthquakes Seen in Past 10 Years was the title of an article dated October 26, 2014 posted in the online website of Science News. Beginning with the enormous 9.0 quake that struck Indonesia in late December 2004, which, in turn, caused a massive tsunami that took the lives of about 250,000 people. I vividly recall watching hours of film footage and later on docudramas of this horrific disaster.

An excerpt from that article reads: “The annual number of ‘great’ earthquakes nearly tripled over the last decade, providing a reminder to Americans that unruptured faults like those in the northwest United States might be due for a Big One.

“Between 2004 and 2014, 18 earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.0 or more rattled subduction zones around the globe. That’s an increase of 265 percent over the average rate of the previous century, which saw 71 great quakes, according to a report to the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America this week in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“…If we look at all earthquake magnitudes, the past 10 years is not unusual in terms of the rate of events, the rate increase are just seen for events with magnitudes larger than 7.5 or so, he said (referring to comments made by Thorne Lay, professor of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California … parenthesis mine).”

In a more contemporary context, just a few weeks ago there were three back-to-back-to-back powerful earthquakes of 7.0 or higher that jolted parts of New Zealand. Through various sources including the United States Geological Survey, op-ed author Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz wrote the following in a March 8, 2021 article posted in the online site of Israel 365 News:

“In the first 65 days of this year, 42 major quakes, magnitude 6 or higher, have shaken the planet. The year with the largest total was 2010, with 24 major earthquakes greater than or equal to 7.0. In 2011, a total of 207 earthquakes of magnitude 6.0 or higher shook the earth, culminating in a 6.6 magnitude earthquake that caused the catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear reactor and the concurrent 9.1 magnitude earthquake in Tohuka, Japan that killed over 20,000 people.”

After citing the recent cascade of earthquakes in and around Iceland (some 18,000 in one week including three Richter scale quakes of 7.3, 7.4, and 8.1), Berkowitz continues by comparing the first 65 days of some previous years to the 42 major tremors so far in 2021.

“…In the first 65 days of 1921, exactly one century ago, only seven major quakes, magnitude 6 or higher were recorded globally according the USGS Data Base. In the same period last year (2020) a total of 24 major quakes, magnitude 6 or higher were recorded around the globe. Back in 2019, just 20 major quakes had been reported up to March the 6th, just 50% of this year’s total… in 2015, just 18.”

Both in his article and in other articles I read online, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) pretty much dismisses these facts/figures as either cyclical or random.

I do not agree with that analysis. If for no other reason than the persistent increase of major quakes all over the world over a period of some 100 years, particularly in the last 20 years or so. That and the imposing evidence of a similar sliding scale surge in other natural disasters, e.g., tornadoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, forest fires, and volcanic eruptions.

Again, quoting Messiah Jesus immediately after he warned of wars taking place on a global scale: “There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands…” (Luke 21:11). Great earthquakes are self-explanatory. Many lands clearly convey a global range.


In examining (what would be considered) major famines in the 20th & 21st centuries, I discovered that the number was considerable, as was the number of deaths from starvation. But not necessarily that many more than found in centuries going back hundreds of years. That and factoring in a greater world population in the last century or so.

What was both apparent and alarming (yet in keeping with Jesus’s forecast): The correlation or causative link between many of these 20th & 21st famines to war (both national and civil) and/or dictatorial oppression such as mentioned earlier regarding Russia and China. As opposed to many pre-20th century famines that were caused by the usual suspects (reasons)—drought, locusts, natural and weather-related disasters, and/or mismanagement of the land.

For example: What some consider to be the greatest famine of all time between 1959-1961 was caused by the inept yet ruthless agricultural system imposed by Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward policy. Estimates vary: 15 to 55 million deaths by starvation in what is simply called, The Great China Famine. Whatever the numbers, it devastated China, which for centuries has been no stranger to famines.

Another is the estimated 8 million famine deaths in the Soviet Union during the early 1930’s when Joseph Stalin ordered the government to seize grain for export (rather than to feed the people). It was simple, but cruel: he and his Soviet government needed cold cash for industrial purchases. Most of those who died were in the Ukraine; Stalin refused to provide any food aid to them.

There are other national or sectarian conflicts that led directly to massive famines and fatalities in the hundreds of thousands or millions. Such as the Second Congo War (Africa) of 1998-2004 in which some 2,700,000 people died of starvation and disease attributed to and caused by warring factions in the region.

The title of a recent article posted in the online site Global Citizen reads: War-Torn Yemen on Brink of ‘World’s Worst Famine in 100 years.’ It begins with, “There are 13 million people at risk of starvation.” While the number would be less than The Great China Famine, it nevertheless, is a monumental tragedy in the making if the civil war continues. Particularly if the Yemen rebels that Iran funds ousts the Yemenite government, supported by Saudi Arabia.

(Houthis in Yemen–a Gulf State … The Biden Administration eliminated the terrorist status of these ruthless rebels)

Also, the imminent risk of over 1 million children in Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan dying of starvation—famine induced by civil war in these nations.

“Then he added, ‘Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands…” (Luke 21:11).

As a reminder, Messiah Jesus’ disclosures are in answer to his disciples’ inquiry, “…When will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?” (Luke 21:7).

Like labor pains, they would intensify in frequency and/or severity, especially during the last (Omega) generation preceding the Rapture, continuing with the 7-year Great Tribulation. We have seen that advancing phenomena in wars, earthquakes, other natural disasters, and famines in the last hundred years or so.

Next are:


Some online sites list the 10 or 20 greatest epidemics or pandemics of recorded history.

There are a few differences on these lists; however, the most devastating of the plagues are found in nearly all of them. The largest of which you probably have read or at least know about: The Bubonic Plague (Black Death) in Europe … 1346-1353. It is estimated that nearly ½ of Europe’s population died from this dreaded disease.

On the other hand, this was not a viral sickness; rather, it was bacterial in origin—carried by fleas that had been on rodents. Had the cause/origin been known at the time, it is likely that the death toll would have been much lower because of preventive measures that could have been taken. Chalk it up to superstitious medieval medicine and substandard technology at the time.

Beginning chronologically with a major epidemic in ancient China around 3,000 B.C., another pre-20th century epidemic was the Great Plague of London (1665-1666) in which some 100,000 people died. And the potent Smallpox that lasted from 1520 to 1600, taking an estimated 56 million lives.

Still, what is both startling and what we would expect (knowing the absolute reliability of Biblical prophecy … 100% accuracy) is that 8 of the 21 most deadly plagues to strike mankind have occurred in the 20th & 21st century.

Your reaction might be: That is logical due to the rapid population increase in the last hundred years or so? Which is an accurate observation. But so, too, is the offsetting factor that medical training, technology, and medicines (especially vaccines) have advanced exponentially in the last 100 years or so.

Chronologically, those plagues were:

American Polio Epidemic … 1916.

Spanish Flu … 1918-1920. Some 500 million—nearly 1/3 of earth’s population at the time infected, with some 50 million deaths.

Asian Flu … 1957-1958. Worldwide, 1.1 million deaths.

Aids Pandemic … 1981 to present. About 35 million dead.

Swine Flu Pandemic … 2009-2010. Killing primarily children and young adults.

West African Ebola Epidemic … 2014-2016. Not necessarily a high fatality count—11,325, but a dangerous deadly disease (high percentage of fatalities).

Zika Virus … 2015 to present.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) … 2019 and counting. Statistics as of March 27, 2021: Number of cases worldwide—126,834,725; deaths worldwide—2,781,928. Number of cases in the United States—29,925,133; deaths in the U.S.—543,933.

These and other signs that Jesus declared are unfolding in snowball (make that avalanche) style in the last ten decades or so. Yet, as indicated, he omitted what is arguably the single-most significant last days event of all time … to date.

(Avalanche on Mt. Everest)

Israel’s Rebirth as a Sovereign State Accompanied by the Return of Many Jews To Their Promised Land

In his panoramic litany of end-times events, why would Jesus exclude this monumental milestone prophecy divulged numerous times in the Old Testament?

Prophecies such as: “Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it? Asks the Lord. No! I would never keep this nation from being born, says your God…. This is what the Lord says: ‘I will give Jerusalem a river of peace and prosperity. The wealth of the nations will flow to her… I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child” (Isaiah 66:9-13).

Also: “Therefore., prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 37:12-13).

In several Eye of Prophecy articles, I have written extensively about the modern-day miracle of Israel’s rebirth in 1948, followed by the end of Gentile domination (God’s way of disciplining his people to prepare them for the first arrival and soon-to-come return of Messiah Jesus) when the Jews (IDF) reclaimed Jerusalem and all Israel in the stunning Six-Day War of 1967.

Says the God of Israel: “I will bring my exiled people of Israel back from distant lands, and they will rebuild their ruined cities and live in them again. They will plant vineyards and gardens; they will eat their crops and drink their wine. I will firmly plant them there in their own land (these things began intensely in 1948 and continue strongly to this very day). They will never again be uprooted from the land I have given them, says the Lord your God” (Amos 9:14-15, parenthesis mine).

The extensive prophecies of Israel’s restoration—including the return of the Jews to the Promised Land never thereafter to be removed from that land—is the very reason why Jesus did not mention it as one of the end-times signs. It was unnecessary. By that time, his disciples were sufficiently (some thoroughly) familiar with their Scriptures … the Torah, the Psalms, and the Prophets. They understood Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah. Further validated by his spectacular resurrection from the grave after voluntarily surrendering his life as the once for all redemptive sacrifice, to all who would believe and receive him as their personal Savior.

Do you recall the question his disciples asked just before Jesus arose in the clouds to heaven … 40 days after his resurrection?

“…Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” (Acts 1:6).

They knew the Old Testament prophecies regarding Israel’s restoration—physical and spiritual—would be possible only by and through Jesus of Nazareth—their (our … all who believe in Him) Messiah. However, they did not know that Jesus would leave them so soon, nor could they (or anyone) know the length of his absence along with the seemingly interminable duration of a 2nd major exile of the Jewish people.

Or that the restoration of Israel would, indeed, be a miracle of miracles. Greater even than one that would/could involve a Messiah-led victory against the Roman Empire in the first century. It would be a truly remarkable rebirth of a dysfunctional if not defunct nation, a defeated scattered people, and a nearly dead language (Hebrew) all in an astonishingly short period of time—once God set the wheels in motion. It would be an unprecedented revival from the floods of global dispersion and the fires of Nazi death camps.

Just a few days before his crucifixion, Jesus had disclosed to his disciples that the rebuilt Temple would be demolished, which took place in A.D. 70, less than 40 years later.

After Jesus told them about the Temple’s destruction, his disciples asked him, “…Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3).

Although they wanted to know when, his disciples did not need to be told (the fact of) that a crucial sign of the end times would be Israel’s restoration … from Roman dominion at the time of these questions to whatever the conditions of the world might be at the time of Messiah’s return. By reading the Scriptures, they and all believers since then would/should presume the prophetic fact that the Messiah (Jesus) would return to an intact Israeli nation, and rule and reign from her eternal capital, Jerusalem. But only after rescuing the Jews one last time from their enemies, then fully restoring and redeeming Israel for all time (Zechariah Chapters 12-14).

By no means does that diminish the magnificent miracle of Israel’s rebirth and the remarkable return to (against all odds) and natural birth of millions of Jews in Israel.

Rather, he provided details that they would not have known or even imagined, e.g., global wars, earthquakes. Not just ordinary but “great” earthquakes everywhere on earth, and other catastrophes increasing in number and size in the same fashion as a woman’s childbirth pains.

And in one generation’s time!

Israel’s Real Labor Pains Began After Her National Rebirth!

The labor pain analogy used by Jesus to describe the intensified calamities leading to the (soon-to-come) Rapture and reaching a climax during the Great Tribulation are some of the same birth pains God describes through Isaiah regarding Israel’s birth. The (big) difference is that Israel’s contractions began AFTER her birth virtually overnight on May 14, 1948. These troubles consist of four major (defensive) wars fought by Israel after her declaration of statehood, as well as persecution suffered at the hands of nearby nations and from within by the Palestinians. Such as mortars and missiles, suicide bombings, car-ramming attacks, gun, knife, and rock attacks in which thousands if Israelis have been murdered and maimed.

This is particularly true with Jesus’s prediction of kingdom against kingdom… literally ethnic group against ethnic group. In Israel’s case, the Palestinians in Gaza, and Judea/Samaria (West Bank) with their (real) agenda that of replacing the sovereign state Israel with a Palestinian State. Not a state alongside of Israel, which they have turned down at least four times.

Listen again to the words of the only true and living God regarding the Holy City of the Holy Land given to his people in perpetuity:

“Before the birth pains even begin, Jerusalem gives birth to a son. Who has ever seen anything as strange as this? Who has ever heard of such a thing? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, her children will be born. Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it? Asks the Lord…” (Isaiah 66:7-9).

One of several examples of Israel’s labor pains after the fact of birth is that the very day following declaration of statehood, Israel was attacked by five Arab nations—Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq. Which is why the rebirth of Israel as a sovereign state in 1948 is the single most significant sign … fulfilled prophecy of what (I passionately believe and have written about often) is the last generation spoken of by Jesus—the one with all the birth pains!

See Eye of Prophecy article: Reexamination of Messiah’s Imminent Return & The Omega Generation (posted January 2021).

What also makes Israel’s rebirth as a nation and return of the Jews to their Promised Land the centerpiece of the generational birth pains disclosed by Messiah Jesus is the ongoing obsession of virtually the entire world with this tiny nation of less than ten million Israeli citizens (7.8 million Jews and almost 2 million Arab Israelis). Plus, another 4 million or so Palestinians who don’t want to be citizens of a Jewish State.

Here is an excerpt from Eye of Prophecy article, Global Obsession with Israel … In Biblical Proportions (1-16-18). In italics:

Obsession: “a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often-unreasonable idea or feeling” (Webster’s Dictionary).

The persistent unreasonable idea or feeling harbored by Israel’s enemies and even by her (few and far between) friends is whether Israel and especially Israel’s capital Jerusalem truly belongs to the Jews. Or are the Jews “occupying” Jerusalem and other parts of Israel?

Obsessive: “excessive often to an abnormal degree … need for quick solutions.” The entire planet is demanding urgent resolution to Israel’s problems, even though the core of these issues is at least three thousand years in the making.

Compulsion: “an irresistible impulse to perform an irrational act.” The compulsive agenda of many world leaders is to impulsively (bordering on the irrational) fix Israel. Their faulty premise: If they can fix Israel and solve Jerusalem’s status, then the entire Middle East can be fixed in some fashion or another.

As the first Eye of Prophecy article for a new year, there is no more fitting topic than the world’s fanatical focus on the tiny state of Israel, smaller in population than many cities on earth. It is political, racial, religious, and social OCD (Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder) on steroids and on a truly global scale. Since her rebirth as a sovereign state in 1948, no nation on earth has received more world-wide attention as has Israel. It is mind-boggling. We only need to look at the United Nations—to which virtually every nation on earth belongs— to confirm that this obsession is not an exaggeration.

Then later in the article:

There is a remarkable phenomenon underway whereby some national leaders are developing friendly ties with Israel, even though most of their people still harbor anti-Semitic feelings against Jews….

This ambivalent, puzzling disposition of nations toward Israel is exactly what Scripture said would happen, especially when the Gog/Magog coalition invades Israel. This massive campaign led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey (all three of which have a military presence in Syria right next door to Israel) will occur not long after the Rapture.

Says the Sovereign Lord to Gog/Magog, “…At that time evil thoughts will come to your mind, and you will devise a wicked scheme. You will say, ‘Israel is an unprotected land filled with unwalled villages! I will march against her and destroy these people who live in such confidence!” (Ezekiel 38:10-11).

The clear concept conveyed in this passage is that Israel will be at a level of peace not thought possible by Israelis or the rest of the world. Obviously, it will be a false sense of security.

Hardly a day goes by without some news about Israel, whether internally such as the recent Israeli election or externally concerning any number of nations, some of which are Arab countries that have recently in unprecedented fashion agreed to diplomatic and trade interactions with Israel. And, of course the three most prominent anti-Israel nations of the Gog/Magog coalition: Russia, Iran, and Turkey.

Although there have been many official and unofficial exchanges between Israel and several other nations, I’ll close this week’s article with a brief example of recent episodes involving Israel and each of these three nations. This to further confirm the amazing accuracy of Biblical prophecies regarding the world’s preoccupation (good, bad, and neutral) with Israel and the Jews. Each example is somewhat typical of how Russia, Iran, and Turkey currently interact with or react to Israel. It reflects their national mindset that will continue after the Rapture, but with the malevolent twist (development) of an all-out alliance between these three countries culminating in their surprise Gog/Magog invasion of Israel.

As indicated earlier in this article and in some prior Eye of Prophecy, each of these nations are to varying degrees entrenched in Syria, bordering Israel on the north.

Moreover, it was not that long ago that Russia, Iran, and Turkey were at odds each with the other. Although they continue to have disagreements (mostly concerning who would/should be the dominant foreign power in Syria), their mutual ties continue to develop. With, according to Scripture, their ominous goal that of conquering the State of Israel.

Currently, the temperament of each country and their leaders (Vladimir Putin of Russia; Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran; Recep Erdogan of Turkey) toward Israel is that of: (1) Bilateral relations and ostensible friendship … Russia. (2) Incessant hatred and threats … Iran. (3) Wavering between antagonism and agreeable … Turkey.

Iran & Israel

On March 16, 2021, Iranian Major General Mohammed Bagheri issued another in a long line of genocidal threats against Israel, with some of those past tirades mouthed by the Ayatollah, himself.

Said Bagheri: “Before entering the second step of the Islamic Revolution, the capacities for the annihilation of the Zionist regime and, by God’s grace, the elimination of the fake, child-murdering and odious regime from the political geography of the region have been prepared.”

Iranian leaders make no pretense about their loathing for the State of Israel. This hatred is the epitome of irrational Antisemitism.

Iranian leaders rarely need a reason to threaten Israel. It’s what they do and who/what they are: a radical rogue Islamic nation that funds terrorism and terrorizes its own people. More likely that not Bagheri was responding to a statement made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a few weeks earlier during Israeli celebration of Purim—Israel’s ancient deliverance from and victory over the wicked Persian official Haman and those who sought to kill all the Jews.

Said Netanyahu, “On the eve of Purim, I would like to say to those who seek our lives, Iran and its proxies in the Middle East: 2,500 years ago, another Persian villain tried to destroy the Jewish people and just as he failed then, so, too, you will fail today. We will not allow your extremist and aggressive regime to attain nuclear weapons.”

(Major General Mohammad Bagheri & Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran)

Turkey and Israel

Since Turkey’s Recep Erdogan became Prime Minister (2003) then President of Turkey (2014), Israel’s relationship with this country has covered the ambivalent scale of hot, cold, and lukewarm. Nonetheless, Erdogan’s overall attitude is one of hostility toward Israel. That and increasing boldness in his plans for Turkish influence to escalate in Israel, especially Jerusalem.

The following is an excerpt from an article written by veteran Israeli journalist Nadav Shragai, originally appearing in the online news source Israel Hayom. Then reposted in Jewish News Syndicate on March 1, 2021:

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to change the name of the Directorate of Religious Affairs to the “Directorate of Jerusalem and Umrah Affairs” isn’t about semantics but substance. Erdogan views himself as a successor to the line of Ottoman sultans. He wants to restore the empire of old and sees himself as responsible for Jerusalem from the Islamic perspective.

“In his own eyes, Erdogan is the successor to Salah al-Din (Saladin) and Suleiman the Magnificent. Hence, Erdogan has adhered to the dream of a Muslim caliphate with Jerusalem as its capital…

“From Erdogan’s point of view, Jerusalem is ‘under occupation,’ is of utmost importance after Mecca and Medina, and should be part of the ‘Umrah’ (the ‘regular’ Muslim pilgrimage throughout the year, unlike the Hajj). True to this worldview, as early as 2017 the Turkish president called for ‘conquering’ the city through a mass infusion of Muslim tourists to Israel. ‘We must visit Al-Aqsa much more,’ he said at the time.

“Erdogan believes that Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem is a historic accident. All his moves relating to Jerusalem, including the aforementioned name change, are geared towards amending it…”

See Eye of Prophecy, The Myth of Al-Aqsa Mosque (posted 4-16-16).

Russia & Israel

As contained and explained in several Eye of Prophecy articles, Russia will spearhead the malicious Gog/Magog alliance. Which makes the current relationship between Russia (President Putin) and Israel (Prime Minister Netanyahu) even more intriguing. Obviously, the majority of what Putin does for or with Israel is self-serving; but the fact remains that the two leaders get along quite well, having held several meetings in the past four years or so.

Although Russia and Iran both support the Syrian government and are allies of sorts, Russia permits Israel (with an occasional objection or two) to conduct airstrikes in Syria against Iranian and Syrian forces, including Iran’s proxy … Hezbollah. This to prevent a buildup of armaments (especially sophisticated guided missiles) aimed at Israel.

This cordial diplomatic arrangement between Russia and Israel includes even some smaller incidents such as Russia’s recent agreement that its troops would conduct searches in Syria for the remains of famed Israeli spy Eli Cohen—who was killed in the 1960’s near or in Damascus. Moreover, the Russians were pressing the Assad regime to provide more information as to the location of Cohen’s remains.

(Photo of Eli Cohen)

This situation came on the coattails of a Russian-arranged prisoner exchange to secure the rescue and return of a young Israeli woman captured in Syria after she crossed the Israeli/Syrian border.

Or Russia’s assistance in locating and returning the remains of a slain IDF solder, Zechariah Baumel, held in Syria since 1982.

*Note: Israeli Jews place a great deal of importance (value) on proper burial of their own in the land of Israel—much like Joseph wanted his remains to be transferred from Egypt to Israel for a permanent burial site—especially those killed in battle or in the line of duty. On more than one occasion, Israel has traded live enemy prisoners (many of them) for just one Israeli soldier, alive or dead.

Strange, but true stories, regarding two nations that will one day (not long from now) become bitter enemies, when Russia along with Iran, Turkey, and lesser nations furiously attack Israel.

Things to Ponder

Returning to the arrogant Iranian general’s boast with a question: Which God is he referring to when he said, “by God’s grace…”?

Obvious Answer: the Muslim god, Allah. Although even Muslims will sometimes substitute Allah with God, as will journalists when reporting someone who has mentioned the name Allah.

The main point: The Islamic god (in the Arab’s original pantheon of gods before Muhammed selected the moon-god Allah to imitate the Biblical monotheistic God of the Jews and Christians) certainly is not the God of the Bible. Among other names, He refers to Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Not of Ishmael nor Mohammed.

The God of the Bible states unequivocally that He is the One true and living God. There are no other gods, except those devised by people.

Here’s a quote from Iran’s so-called Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in direct response to the quotation that I cited earlier from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (concerning Purim and Iran). From an article posted in United With Israel on 2-24-21 written by Aryeh Savir.

Said Khamenei: “That clown of the global Zionism (Netanyahu) is saying that he will not allow Iran to attain nuclear weapons; however, it should be said that if the Islamic Republic had decided to attain (an) atomic bomb, the Zionists and powers bigger than them could not have been able to prevent it.”

On the authority of the true and living God and His Word, the Bible: There is a power bigger than the powers which are bigger than Israel (such as the United States). One that is immensely (universally) bigger than the USA, the European Union, Russia, Turkey, and especially big-headed Iran.

When Iran—along with its partners in crime—attack Israel, they will learn first-hand which God IS God. They will see up close and personal that Israel won’t need to lift a finger to defend herself. The God of Israel, Himself, will crush the Gog/Magog armies.

Listen to the astonishing details and stunning results as God speaks to Gog and his confederation through Ezekiel:

“…When Gog invades the land of Israel, my fury will boil over! …all the people on earth—will quake in terror at my presence. Mountains will be thrown down; cliffs will crumble; walls will fall to the earth…. Your men will turn their swords against each other (Russians will turn on Iranians who will turn on the Turks, who will turn on the Russians … because each country will want to be in charge of the others). I will punish you and your armies with disease and bloodshed; I will send torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and burning sulfur! In this way, I will show my greatness and holiness, and I will make myself known to all the nations of the world. Then they will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 38:18-23, parenthesis mine, italics for emphasis).

Then in the next chapter: “You will fall in the open fields, for I have spoken, says the Sovereign Lord” (Ezekiel 39:5). And the verse before that:

Followed with: “And I will make a vast graveyard for Gog and his hordes in the Valley of the Travelers, east of the Dead Sea… It will take seven months for the people of Israel to bury the bodies and cleanse the land. Everyone in Israel will help, for it will be a glorious victory for Israel when I demonstrate my glory on that day, says the Sovereign Lord.

“After seven months, teams of men will be appointed to search the land for skeletons to bury, so the land will be made clean again. Whenever bones are found, a marker will be set up so the burial crews will take them to be buried in the Valley of Gog’s Hordes” (Ezekiel 39:11-15).

This time it will be the Israelis looking for the remains of Russians (Iranians, Turks, and others).

Only there will be no exchange of prisoners!

Then, a few years later, near the end of the seven-year Tribulation, God’s Son Messiah Jesus will soundly defeat Antichrist and all the nations aligned with this evil man.

The staggering result:

“…Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies” (Revelation 19:20-21).

During the Millennium and throughout Eternity, this Psalmist prayer will be realized globally on a spectacular scale.

“May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. May the nations praise you, O God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Yes, may all the nations praise you. Let the whole world sing for joy, because you govern the nations with justice and guide the people of the whole world” (Psalm 67:2-4, parenthesis mine).

“And I heard a voice from the altar saying, ‘Yes, O Lord God the Almighty, your judgments are true and just’” (Revelation 16:7).

Reexamination of Messiah’s Imminent Return & The Omega Generation

“After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!’” (Acts 1:9-11, emphasis added).

This phenomenon took place while Jesus and his disciples were on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem.

Since Messiah Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after his earth-shaking, penalty (of sin) taking, salvation making, precedent breaking (Elijah needed a chariot), hope waking resurrection, those who have believed and received him as their personal Savior have staked their eternal destiny on this powerful promise of his return.

If he does not leave heaven again, neither of the following events will happen.

(1) The Rapture: Catching up of believers from the earth to heaven in which the dead in Christ will be raised to life. They along with living believers will be transformed into immortal bodies like that of our Lord Jesus. However, Christ does not touch down on earth when this occurs; rather, believers will meet him in the air. See I Thessalonians 4 & I Corinthians 15 for the dazzling details.

(2) The Kingdom of God on Earth: Which requires the reappearance (Second Coming) of Messiah Jesus in the same manner and place as when he left this planet nearly 2,000 years ago. Hundreds of years before Jesus came to earth the first time, Zechariah prophesied this spectacular event which will take place near the end of the Great Tribulation. The perfect timing and powerful purpose of Christ’s physical return is to rescue Israel from annihilation at the hands of Antichrist and his ten-nation coalition. Also, to complete the wrath of God at Armageddon preceded by the seven bowl judgments on an unrepentant and irreversibly wicked world.

“Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations, as he has fought in times past. On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. And the Mount of Olives will split apart, making a wide valley running from east to west…” (Zechariah 14:3-4).

Christ will bring an end to this seven-year period of global travail and tribulation greater than … well let’s read what Jesus’s said:

Messiah’s reappearance is often referred to as, The Imminent Return of Christ.

Webster’s Dictionary defines imminent: “ready to take place … hanging threateningly over one’s head.”

The intrinsic idea is something that will take place, at any time. And, without warning.

Invariably, there are two types of reactions to something spectacular that occurs suddenly (without immediate warning) even if the impending event has been common knowledge for a long time. One response is surprise … in a delightful sense.

The other (opposite) is shock. Which is what those left behind (unbelievers) at the Rapture will experience. Which is why the Imminent Return of Messiah Jesus has been and will continue to be something that hangs threateningly over their heads.

That is why the Apostle Peter wrote passionately about the last days of the end times.

His words would be an encouragement to believers (mixed with a little admonishment … to live godly lives); and a warning to unbelievers … be (get) ready. The getting ready is through repentance—changing one’s mind/heart by accepting Christ as Savior. Which, in turn, would change their adversarial attitude toward Christians in general and Messiah’s promised return in particular.

“Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.’

“They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.

“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord (Rapture phase) will come as unexpectedly as a thief… and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment” (II Peter 3:3-10, parenthesis mine).

Just How Imminent is the Imminent Return of Messiah?

That is the title of an Eye of Prophecy article posted over three years ago (11-18-17).

In the 20th & 21st centuries, there have been and still are an abundance of flashpoint signs to signal that the return of Messiah Jesus is more imminent than ever. There are also patterns, parallels, and principles plus correlations (including certain numbers) in Scripture that strongly suggest that we are in the last days of the end times.

We just read about one of these parallel principles and comparable use of numbers. A day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day. Which was originally penned by Moses.

Concerning the amazing prophecies in Scripture that often involve extraordinary episodes and numbers (years, days) to or during their fulfillment, there is often a literal application that is more than just an analogy … metaphoric. Or they are both symbolic and actual—in terms of a dedicated time-lapse fulfillment. Please refer to Eye of Prophecy article, The Phenomenal Thousand Years / One Day Parallel (Posted 4-4-18). Also, Extraordinary Biblical Prophecies w/Predicted Times of Fulfillment, Part I & II (March 2019).

As applied to the 1st century resurrection of Jesus Christ—which was also his return to earth on the 3rd day—and the Second Coming of Messiah, the correlation could conceivably be that of Jesus in the grave for a full two days (only part of the 3rd day) as a pattern parallel to two thousand years between his First and Second Advents.

Christ arose (returned to the earth) on the third day. Accordingly, there is every reason to make the compelling connection that he will return soon to establish the third thousand-year era since he changed time itself (B.C. to A.D.) … The Millennial Reign of Messiah on earth!

However, because it has been nearly 2,000 years (close to 1,988 years) since Jesus ascended to heaven, we need to reexamine the question posed earlier that Peter said would be in the form of mockery from unbelievers in the last days (and it certainly is): “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again?”

In other words, repeating: Just How Imminent is the Imminent Return of Christ?

Or in stronger terms: Is his return imminent at all? Could it be hundreds of years from now? Might it not even be in this Third A.D. Millennium?

It’s not just the skepticism, sarcasm, and scorn coming from many unbelievers. That’s to be expected; in fact, the Apostle Peter prophesied of such. Unfortunately, in the last few years some disillusionment has developed concerning the Second Coming of Jesus Christ even among believers. There is a growing concern that the imminent return of Christ is anything but that.

Instead, the Second Coming appears more indefinite than ever.

I believe there are two reasons (sources) for this concern that is causing varying degrees of complacency and/or pessimism in the hearts and lives of some Christians.

(1) From Without: This is particularly true of American Christians in the context of the current state of our Union. Or should I say: the (deplorable) state of our disunion within these (dis)United States of America. Not since the Civil War (blue vs. gray) have we been so divided (blue vs. red). Violent radicals on both sides (liberals and conservatives) have crossed the lines of democratic decency, of moral accountability, of law and order which is (should be) the heart of a republic. Some say that we have irretrievably breached the middle ground of cooperation in this country and are holding tight to ground on opposite sides of an unbridgeable gulf between left and right, democrat and republican.

However, there’s another source of this spreading consternation among believers (even the evangelicals) pertaining to Bible end-time prophecies and unfolding events. To the extent that some of even the most ardent believers are showing signs of declining interest in and/or indifference to Biblical prophecy.

(2) From Within: Not disbelief in the sure Biblical prophecy (fact) of the literal return of Messiah Jesus to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, preceded by the Rapture some seven years earlier. Rather, perhaps a growing weariness with Bible teachers (like me) periodically or even constantly reminding them of the imminent return of Christ; to sometimes include the approximate timeframe (within years) of his Second Coming!

I’m certainly not referring to precise calendar days, as some misguided and misinformed prophecy seers (most are Christian in name only) have erroneously calculated, to their embarrassment. Considering that Jesus himself said three times that no one could/would know the day or hour of the Rapture—the first phase of his return (Matthew 24 & 25).

After 323 articles posted in Eye of Prophecy website (ministry) with 52 of those in the category of The Rapture, it occurs to me that I may be facing a choice when it comes to appraisal of the approximate period when the Day of the Lord will begin.

I can stop writing about this specific aspect of Biblical prophecy with the thought that there should be absolutely no speculation at all. Even though Christ said it was important to wait and watch for the signs of the last days, then presented many of those markers himself.

This could conceivably involve deletion of two or three Eye of Prophecy posts from the archive of articles. Such as, The Omega Generation (posted 2-15-14). And the post identified earlier … Just How Imminent is Messiah’s Imminent Return?

Conversely, to leave those articles intact and even revisit them (which is what this week’s article is doing)!

With, however, a minimum of speculation and a maximum of Biblical evidence and concise commentary to provide further clarification and correlation that the approximate time table of his return can be assessed. And with a robust reliance on Jesus’s clear message that the primary measuring criteria (benchmark or milestone) is that of a generation.

“I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear. However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen…” (Matthew 24:34-36a).

My Decision: To Double Down but with More Clarification!

Beginning with:

The Certainty of The Second Coming of Messiah Jesus

Just as Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled all the prophecies concerning the Messiah’s (first) arrival on earth in dramatic detail, so will he fulfill the two primary panoramic prophecies of the last days: (A) His return to earth, preceded by the Rapture and Tribulation. (B) His final restoration of God’s Promised Land Israel and the final rescue and redemption of God’s chosen people, the Jews.

In fact, hundreds of other Biblical prophecies have also been fulfilled throughout history, many of them through God’s majestic miracles. Not the least of which was the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

*Note: A brief pause here to boldly and bluntly state, but with compassion and humility, that any unbeliever reading this article should heed the overwhelming Biblical and historical evidence regarding God’s (only) plan of salvation available (only) through His Son, Messiah Jesus. To distort, disregard, or deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his substitutionary death on the cross for their (our sins) is to do so at their own peril.

“Said John the Baptist about Jesus as found in the Apostle John’s Gospel:

“He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment” (John 3:31-36).

Among many other points of truth about God and about himself, Jesus emphatically and exclusively said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Returning to the sure scenario that Jesus will assuredly return, let’s revisit the passage cited earlier. Beginning with that same chapter, we read:

“This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago, and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles. Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come…” (II Peter 3:1-3a).

The Holy Prophets

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us…” (Isaiah 9:6a). Jesus is the Son of God, the Son of David, and (as he often referred to himself) the Son of Man. He was the (universal) child born for and son given to redeem mankind … all who would personally believe and receive him as Savior.

That child became a man, like no other who has ever walked this earth. Listen as God speaks of his Messiah through the prophet Isaiah:

“My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief…. But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all” (Isaiah 53:2-6).

In his First Advent, Jesus was, “…led like a lamb to the slaughter…” (Isaiah 53:7). John the Baptist acknowledged and addressed Jesus as, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).

Upon Messiah’s glorious return, “…The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” (Isaiah 9:6b-7).

From the suffering Savior of Isaiah 53, Christ will return as the King of all kings. Listen again as God speaks about his Messiah:

(Yeshua Ha Mashiach is Hebrew for Jesus the Messiah … Verses 7 & 8 go on to say: “The Lord, the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel, says to the one who is despised and rejected by the nations, to the one who is the servant of rulers: ‘Kings will stand at attention when you pass by. Princes will also bow low because of the Lord, the faithful one, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you… Through you I will reestablish the land of Israel and assign it to its own people again’”)

Through the Apostles

The Apostle John—A Direct Command & Second Coming Promise From Jesus:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:1-3).

The Apostle Paul—Through His Letter to Titus:

“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds” (Titus 2:11-14).

Although Not an Apostle, James—The (Half) Brother of Jesus:

“Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near (at any time)” (James 5:7-8, parenthesis mine).

Perhaps this patience could even be extended to Bible prophecy teachers who keep reminding us of these passages and others like them! To be sure, it is vital that we thoroughly examine what is presented; to determine the accuracy of it and whether there may be too much speculation with too little Biblical and historical documentation. Particularly true when the subject is when (approximate timeframe) the Day of the Lord might begin.

*Note: I would encourage you to read Eye of Prophecy article (a short one) entitled Value of Prophecy (posted 8-29-13).

The Apostle Peter—Returning to II Peter Chapter 3:

“But the Day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire…. Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness” (II Peter 3:10-13, emphasis added).

“And remember, our Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him—speaking of these things in all of his letters….” (Verse 15).

How and when will the Day of the Lord begin?

Answer: With the Rapture.

What we cannot know: The day/hour of the Rapture.

What we can know: The general (generational) timeframe … a window of time.

Listen again to the definitive words of Jesus himself: “I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place.”

What things? Everything he described during his Mount Olivet discourse to his disciples, PLUS (of course) all the other last days prophecies found in Scripture, many of which have come to pass or are still unfolding in the 20th & 21st centuries … the birth pains.

All in a generation’s time. Moreover, I am still convinced that we are living in and are part of that very generation … The Final Generation.

A Revisit of the Omega Generation

Before we reexamine Eye of Prophecy article, The Omega Generation (posted 2-15-14), here is an excerpt from article, Look Up, Redemption is Near Part II (July 2015) including the summary list of twelve (flashpoint) events discussed in Part I & Part II:

I’m going to conclude by saying something a bit unexpected, something that at face value may seem contradictory to the flash point theme of this article.

All these twelve indicators, including the restoration of Israel as a nation, could have developed and taken place in the first century or any century thereafter. For example, the transportation and communication advances have been relative to each generation … progressively expanding in quantity and quality. The reason that all these things could have been in place is that Christ could have returned at any time in history, what we call the imminent return of Messiah.

What is different now from then is that all twelve have synchronized with a frequency and magnitude never seen before. With intensity that really can’t get much more extreme or enhanced than it already is. Together they have formed a combustible concoction ready to spontaneously ignite. The accumulative impact of these flash point prophecies fits precisely with the Lord’s comparison to childbirth, all in a generation’s time.

Here is the list of the twelve in a handy concise format. Check each one to see if they either have been fulfilled or if they have reached or nearly reached their optimum and maximum flash point.

  1. Rebirth of Israel as a Sovereign Nation, 1948
  2. Recapture of Jerusalem in the June, 1967 Six-Day War
  3. Jerusalem, a Heavy Burden to the Nations
  4. The 3rd Rebuilt Temple
  5. Israel’s Phenomenal Agricultural Accomplishments
  6. Modern-Day Alignment of Gog/Magog Nations against Israel
  7. National and Ethnic Wars in the 20th & 21st Centuries
  8. Amazing Increase of Natural Disasters
  9. Moral & Spiritual Decline & Intense Persecution of Christians
  10. False Messiahs & Prophets
  11. Unequaled Increase in Quantity and Speed of Transportation and Information
  12. Unprecedented Spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the World

Next is an excerpt from The Omega Generation article (also in italics):

When Jesus says, “this generation” he is not referring to some vague, unspecified, undefined, ambiguous period of time. Rather, he is identifying the precise generation that will be alive and witness the amazing end time’s events described in Matthew and Luke. In other words, this is a literal, identifiable generation. Scripture gives us two primary designations or parameters of a generation, both of which are measured in real time.

1. One Hundred Years: “Then the Lord said to Abram, ‘You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, where they will be oppressed as slaves for 400 years … After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, for the sins of the Amorites do not yet warrant their destruction’” (Genesis 15: 13-15).

This is a phenomenal prophecy given to Abraham even before Isaac was born, in which God not only talks about the (many) descendants of Abraham; but hundreds of years before the fact announces that they (the Israelites) would be slaves in a foreign land (Egypt), only to return to the Promised Land of Israel. Moreover, God equates a generation to 100 years … 400 hundred years equals four generations. Think about it for a moment. Although unusual (perhaps even rare), there are people the world over who live to be one hundred … some even a few years more. Yet, 100 years of age is pretty much the maximum scope of any given lifetime or generation.

  1. Seventy Years: “Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty” (Psalms 90:10).

This insight as to the customary lifespan of a human being was given to Moses, who is the author of Psalms 90, the only Psalm credited to Moses. Again, think about it. By and large, the normal or average lifespan of most people the world over is between 70 and 80 years of age. By seventy, virtually no more children are conceived and birthed by a woman. For all practical purposes, a person who reaches 70 years of age (perhaps a few more years) has lived a generational lifetime. They have children and grandchildren who are the progeny of the next generation. King David, himself, died at exactly 70 years of age.

Application of Biblical Generations to the Last Generation

If Jesus is referring specifically to the last generation, and I believe the text/context is crystal clear that he is; then this generation must have a designated start-up date or dates. Without an actual event (which can be identified by a specific calendar year) to begin the generation, the 70-year or 100-year generational time frame is much too vague … meaning there’s too much overlap or ambiguity as to the actual decades involved. If you were explaining your generation to someone, what would be your reference point? How would you describe it? Wouldn’t you say, “In my generation….” Essentially, then, your reference or starting point is the date of your birth!

…Is it, then, possible to select or identify events/dates in Israel’s contemporary history that correspond to the Biblical definition of a generation … that is one hundred years and/or seventy years? The answer is a resounding, YES. In fact, we’ve already touched on these dates in the previous three articles.

…Some Christians are confused about or don’t entirely understand the role of the Church and Israel during the last days beginning with the Rapture.

Please fathom one critical premise/truth: Although the Mount of Olives discourse indirectly applies to the Church … the whole purpose of Christ’s majestic return is to set up the Kingdom of Heaven (Kingdom of God) on the earth IN the Holy Land and THROUGH / FOR his chosen people, the Jews. And what triggers the need for Christ to return to Israel is none other than the ultimate and final rescue of the Jews (Israel) from conquest and destruction at the hands of Antichrist.

Concerning the Church, the sole purpose of the Rapture is to snatch away believers from the earth so that we do not have to experience the final wrath of God poured out on an ungodly generation of unbelievers. Otherwise, ALL the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Last Days or End Times focus on Israel, not the Church; in fact, the Church (consisted of all Jews/Gentiles who place their trust in Christ’s sacrificial death) doesn’t even come into existence for over 400 years after the last book of the Old Testament was written….

So, let’s look again at the three monumentally crucial events of the last 100 years, relating to the return of the Jews to Israel.

A. Balfour Declaration of November 1917: England extended official support that Palestine could be a home for the Jews. This was the beginning of Jewish autonomy in Israel, although the land was still called Palestine at that time.

Recognizing this especially important event/date, we can then apply the Biblical generational measurement of 100 years. Once again, however, we need to convert Roman calendar years to Jewish years. Doing the math, we come up with 101.4 Jewish years which translates to 101 years and 5 months. From November 1917, this would take us to March or April 2019.

B. United Nations Resolution of November 1947: UN voted to grant statehood rights to the Jews; the nation would be called Israel. (May 14, 1948, David Ben Gurion proclaimed the reborn existence of the State of Israel!).

…Without the UN resolution of November 1947, there would have been no recognized Israeli State in May 1948. Yet, there is only a period of 6 months separating these two events; thus, selection of either one would be a legitimate application to the 70-year generational measurement of time.

Again, doing the conversion math, we arrive at a total of 70.97 or (rounding it off) 71 Jewish years. Adding 71 years to November 1947, we arrive at November 2018. If we utilize May 1948 as the benchmark date, the 71 years would take us to May 2019.

*Note: For more detail on the Balfour Declaration, please see Eye of Prophecy articles, The Balfour Declaration … Beginning of the Omega Generation Part I & Part II (May 2017).

Time/space in today’s article does not permit elaboration on the third milestone, which is the Six-Day War of 1967 in which the Israelis reclaimed all of Israel. After some more facts and figures, that article concluded with the following summary:

… First, none of these three possibilities give us an exact day/hour of Christ’s return that begins with the first phase which is the Rapture and ends with his physical return at the end of the Tribulation. And that’s good. Why? Because Jesus, himself, said that no one can possibly know the day or hour of his return…. Therefore, I wouldn’t even pretend to know the exact date of Christ’ return, nor would I ever venture a guess. Forget it!

On the contrary, Jesus did advise us to recognize the seasons, the times, the signs, and the symptoms if you will, of his glorious return. If he didn’t want us to put 2 and 2 together, then why did Jesus provide so many clues and signals? ….Why would he have selected a time-measured or time-dedicated point of reference (generation), if he didn’t want us to identify the noteworthy benchmark events of the final days, aligned alongside the pre-Rapture birth pains and post-Rapture (Tribulation) incidents that he describes.

With these questions in mind, what other specific events have occurred relating to Israel during the 20th or 21st century that would surpass or supplant the 1917, 1947 (48), and 1967 highlights….?  I’ll give you a hint: There are NO other events that even come close to these historical mileposts….


Here’s what we find when we combine all three projected dates of generational or Jubilee time-lapse… meaning 100 years, 70 years, and 50 years (Roman calendar….

It’s conceivable that we will hear the blast of the last Rapture trumpet: BETWEEN FEBRUARY 2018 and MAY 2019!!

Of course, Christ may Rapture the Church any day between now and the above listed dates, or after those dates…. Concerning a generation (whether 70 or 100 years): unless the prophecy specifies actual periods of time such as found in Daniel 9, there is normally some flexibility built-in to God’s use of numbers in Scripture. For example, there are, relatively speaking, a handful of people on the earth who live to be 105 or 110, or whatever. Also, the average life expectancy in many developed countries is in the vicinity of 76, 77, or 78 years.

But, if the Lord decides to combine all three timeframes, then I would be very surprised if we Christians are still on this earth after the year 2020 …. based on some solid evidence from Scripture, particularly the passages quoted in this article and prior articles.

(End of excerpt from The Omega Generation)

Please consider reading (for the first time or again) Eye of Prophecy article, Just How Imminent is Messiah’s Imminent Return? (posted 11-18-17) which contains even more facts and figures. Which also includes Ezekiel’s Dry Bones prophecy that fits perfectly with our Omega Generation. Here is an excerpt from that article:

“Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel’ … This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel’” (Ezekiel 37:11-12).

In verses 15 through 20, Ezekiel is told that Israel (ten northern tribes) and Judah (two southern tribes) would both be returned to the Promised Land.

“…I will gather the people of Israel from among the nations. I will bring them home to their own land from the places where they have been scattered. I will unify them into one nation on the mountains of Israel. One king will rule them all; no longer will they be divided into two nations or into two kingdoms” (Verses 21-22).

…Several times this passage in Ezekiel refers to “they” and “them.” With the unmistakable meaning and application that they are the very ones brought “home to their own land,” some of whom will be alive when “one king (Messiah Jesus) will rule them all.”

We need to fully understand: The unfolding of Ezekiel’s Dry Bones prophecy has taken place ONLY in our generation, with the time-lapse definition of generation to be explained in a moment.

Let’s read on:

“They will live in the land I gave my servant Jacob, the land where their ancestors lived. They and their children and their grandchildren after them will live there forever, generation after generation … I will give them their land and increase their numbers…” (Ezekiel 37:25-26).

Do you see semantically what’s going on here?

Who are “they?” Answer: The remnant of Jews who will be returned to the land of Israel. And Israel wouldn’t be Israel until she once again became a Sovereign Nation (1948); the reality of which began with and was prepared by the Balfour Declaration of 1917—declaring the Jewish right of return to Israel. The Lord makes this even clearer by then referring to their (they or them of the passage) children and grandchildren. Then even more so by saying this would continue from generation to generation.

From which generation does this perpetual generational cycle begin? Answer: From the generation that returns to the Promised Land in which Israel is “born in a single day (Isaiah 66:8).

Ezekiel’s prophecy is time-dedicated and generational-specific to those Jews who return to and are born-in Israel in the last days (same) generation referred to by Jesus … the one which will see his return. Right now as you are reading this article, most Jews in Israel (and the world over) are first, second, and third generations since Israel was reborn in 1948. Those are the, “they,” the “children,” and the “grandchildren” distinctively identified in this passage.

Things to Ponder

Again, listen to the prophetic words of Messiah Jesus concerning the last days of the end times just a few verses before his “this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things take place” statement.

“Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near” (Matthew 24:28, emphasis added).

As indicated, I’m even more convinced that the most accurate Scriptural criteria (benchmark) to use in identifying the approximate period for commencement of the Day of the Lord (Rapture), is that of our Lord’s reference to a (the final) generation.

Am I surprised that the Rapture has not happened yet (2020 has come and gone!), as stated some seven years ago in The Omega Generation article?

Yes, but not as much as otherwise would/could be. For two reasons:

(1) With regard to the first definition (parameter) of a generation, to have given more weight to the San Remo Conference of 1920 which affirmed the Balfour Declaration of 1917. Then, perhaps, even more consideration to the 1922 League of Nations ratification (on a more global scale) of the San Remo Conference decisions and declarations. Therefore, the milepost beginning of the final generation would be revised to 1922 instead of 1917.

Which takes us to the year 2022 (100-year generation).

*Please see Eye of Prophecy article, Israel’s Annexation of Occupied Territory? We Must Define The Terms (6-27-20), for a more detailed account of the San Remo Conference.

(2) In hindsight I would have placed even more emphasis on the built-in flexibility of God’s timetable with more highlighting in a few prior articles on our passage of II Peter 3 … the Lord’s patience in extending the prophetic clock so that more people would be saved.

Thus, we could stretch the 100-year generation to the maximum life expectancy of say the oldest person in the world at any given year, conceivably from 110 to 115 years old. Which, using the age of 110 years, would take us to the year 2032. Same thing with the 70-year generational span to accommodate the increased longevity of people in several nations.

For example: The oldest (highest average) life expectancy on Planet Earth is found in Hong Kong; women at 87.8 years and men at 82 years, with their combined average at 85 years (rounded off). Second highest—combining both men and women—is in Japan … 84 years. With the beginning point of Israel’s rebirth as a nation in 1948, we could then add some 14 years (to the generational age/figure of 70 years) which takes us to the same year 2032.

Accordingly, I’ll revise my surprise year to 2032. If I live that long, I will definitely be surprised that the Rapture has not yet occurred, fully understanding that no one knows the day of the Rapture! Nevertheless, the signs of the times (there are so many that some are calling them the “times of the signs”) strongly suggest that believers will meet the Lord in the air even sooner.

“He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon! (at any moment). Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people” (Revelation 22:20-21, parenthesis mine).