Have you ever wondered why the entire world seems to be making such a big fuss over the tiny little nation of Israel?

The land mass of Israel is about the size of the state of New Jersey. You could drive across the entire country lengthwise in about 2 hours.

One of the better Bible Prophecy web sites on the Internet, devotes most of their resources to tracking the daily activity that is centered around the nation of Israel. With all of the activity by Secretary of State Clinton, a huge push is underway to secure a peaceful solution to the tensions in that part of the middle east.

Okay, okay, so there is lot’s of activity in Israel right now. Remember that all this attention on Israel did not just happen at this place in history. The interest and focus of the world has been on Israel since she became a nation again in 1948. The Palestinians insist that the land is theirs, the Jews insist that God gave the land to them as an eternal inheritance. The rest of the world watches the two sides fight over property rights like two small children screaming that the toy is “Mine”.

The purpose of this post is to point out that the real reason that the tiny little nation of Israel is on the hearts and minds of the whole world, is because this land is on the heart and mind of the Lord of Heaven. Every since the Lord called Joshua to bring the former complaining and doubting children of Israel out from the desert into their own land, the nation of Israel has been a huge priority for the Lord.

Moses represented the Law of God. As any good student of the Bible knows, the Law can never bring God’s people into all of His promises. Joshua who was a picture of Jesus, (They even have the same name) represented the Grace of the Lord. His unmerited favor, and that is why Joshua was allowed to bring to people in to the land and not Moses.

One day, as Jesus was near the temple grounds with the disciples, the men who had been following Jesus wanted to take the Lord on a personal tour of the temple itself. As they began to show Jesus the temple area, the Lord interrupts their efforts to tell them this:

Matthew 24:1-2 “Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

The problem with the entire nation of Israel was that they had not “Recognized the day of their visitation“. Although the Old Testament was full of prophecies describing the events of Jesus first coming to the Earth, the Jewish leadership in Israel was not really paying attention. The Book of Daniel chapter 9 gives us the detailed description and literal day that Jesus would come the first time.

Daniel 9:24-25 “Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times”

We understand today that the “Seventy Weeks” are actually Seventy weeks of years, or 70 X 7, a period of 490 years. In the Old Testament, a week of years is called “The Shabua”. There are various examples of a week being seven years, such as in Genesis chapter 29, verse 27, where Laban tells Jacob to “Fulfill the week of Rachel” in order to pay the bride price to have Rachel for his wife. Then verse 30 says that Jacob worked for Laban another seven years.

Genesis 29:27, 30 “Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you will serve with me still another seven years.”

Genesis 29:30 “Then Jacob also went in to Rachel, and he also loved Rachel more than Leah. And he served with Laban still another seven years.”

Daniel had been reading the prophecies of Jeremiah in which the Lord promised that after 70 years of captivity by Israel in the land of Babylon, that God would again allow them to go back into their own land and become a people and a nation once again.

Jeremiah 29:10 “For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.”

In response to God’s promise of deliverance after the 70 years, Daniel begins to pray and repent for the entire nation of Israel. In chapter one of the book of Daniel, while Daniel is still praying, the angel Gabriel comes to Daniel and gives to him the prophecy of Daniel 9:24-25. This prophecy reveals the exact day that Jesus would come to the Earth and be announced as “The Messiah”.

According to Daniel chapter 9, verse 25, from the time that “a command is given” that Israel can return to their own land again from Babylon, the prophetic time clock starts ticking. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the date of this command came on March 14, 445 B.C. by Artaxerxes Longimones.

70 times 7 = 490 years.

The first part of Daniel 9:25 is fulfilled in 69 of these 7 years periods, or 483 years.

Daniel 9:25 “There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks…” ( 7 + 62 = 69 weeks X 7 years = 483 years)

The Babylonians were using a 360 day a year calendar during this time.

483 years, X 360 days a year, = 173,880 days.

If we start counting on March 14th 445 B.C., then count 173,880 days, we come to April 6th, 32 A.D.

This is the exact day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, April 6, 32 A.D. and was proclaimed as the Messiah, “The Son of David”. It is also incidentally, the first time that Jesus allowed anyone to proclaim publicly that He was the Messiah.

Matthew 21:1-9 “Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, “The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

The most important and foundational prophecy in the Bible, is this prophecy given in Daniel chapter 9, and it concerns and is centered around the nation of Israel.

After Jesus told His disciples that “Not one stone would be left upon another” in the Temple He was telling them that someone would come along in history and destroy the temple stone by stone.

Because the Jews did not “Recognize the day of their visitation” by the Messiah, Jesus told them that “Their house would be left to them “Desolate“.

Matthew 23:37-39 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

Luke makes an additional observation to that of Matthew, concerning the time when Israel will be surrounded by her enemies and the Temple will be destroyed:

Luke 19:41 “Now as Jesus drew near Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”

Jesus spoke these words to the nation of Israel in 32 A.D. He said that their city would be taken and their Temple destroyed, stone by stone. Just 38 years later in 70 A. D., Titus came with the Romans army and completely destroyed Israel and burned the temple to the ground. Over 2 million Jews were killed in that siege and the rest were scattered all over the face of the earth. All of this happening just as Jesus that it would.

As the Roman army came to the Temple Mount and issued a command to the Priests in the Temple “to come out or die”. The priest inside chose to stay in the Temple, even as it was set on fire. After the flames had subsided and the soldiers came to inspect the damage, they discovered that all of the massive amounts of gold that were inside the Temple had melted in the fervent heat of the fire. As the gold melted, it ran down into the cracks of blocks that the temple was build from. In their greed the Roman soldiers in order to get to the melted gold, pried up each stone one by one. They rolled each stone of the Temple down the side of the Temple Mount, “leaving not one stone upon another”, just as Jesus had Prophesied.

Matthew 24:2 “...Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

For the past 2,000 years Israel has remained scattered all over the face of the earth.

In one of the greatest miracles of all time, against all odds… On May 14, 1948, in just a single day Israel once again became a nation and a people, just as the Prophet Isaiah had predicted would happen in the Last Days

Isaiah 66:8 ‘Who has ever seen or heard of anything as strange as this? 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, the baby will be born; the nation will come forth. 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.”

The First principle in interpreting Bible Prophecy is to remember that all Bible Prophecy centers around the Nation of Israel.

It is a fact that until Israel came back into their own land again, as was Prophesied in Ezekiel 36 and 37, Jesus could not return for His church at the Rapture, and the events of the Book of Revelation could not take place. In order for the events depicted in the Book of Revelation to take place, there will need to be sacrifices being offered at a rebuilt temple in Israel. When the antichrist comes on the scene, he will enter the newly rebuilt temple and announce to the world that he is their “God”. If there was no Israel and the Temple had not been reconstructed, then the events of the seven year Tribulation period could not occur.

Ezekiel predicted that when Israel is scattered over the face of the earth for nearly 2,000 years, that it will be like bringing old dead bones back to life again, when Israel is reborn as a nation.

Ezekiel 37:11 “Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones — all hope is gone.’ Now give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: 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.

So, today when people ask: “What is the Big Deal with Israel?” You can tell them why: Because all of Gods attention in completing His plan for this present world, is centered on Israel.

Rob Robinson

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