So much of biblical eschatology surrounds the nation of Israel that, to set the stage for the last days, we must give consideration to the following scenario. Israel’s enemies, being provoked by jealousy, will attack, according to *Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39. Some scholars had at one time puzzled over this notion, citing the lack of any tremendous treasure to be taken as spoil. Some have believed oil would be found in a certain part of the land because of what it says in Deuteronomy *33:15- And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil. But the Hebrew word for oil here is olive oil, perhaps as in the symbolizing of anointing for royalty or prosperity. A closer look at a parallel prophetic passage in *Genesis 49:25 & 26- Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under… unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. This reveals a picture of something from the mountains as well as from the depths that is promised as something of value. Now consider Israel’s mineral wealth. For example, the Dead Sea contains enough potash, used in fertilizer, to fertilize all tillable land on the planet for at least 200 years according to one report. Eroded from the surrounding mountains, it has collected in the depths of the Dead Sea. Recently there have been discoveries of vast reserves of natural gas as well as oil, although not in the area where people thought the scriptures spoke of. Gas has been found in the Mediterranean Sea off Israel’s coast, and in the South there are deposits of shale oil. Israel also has transformed the formerly waste areas into such productive farm land that they supply much of Europe with citrus fruits. Yes, the jealousy can be traced all the way back to Abraham and God’s promise for his descendants to inherit the land. While the Arabs can find a lineage to Abraham having a first born son, Ishmael, so do the Jews in Isaac. Isaac was born after Ishmael but he was born to Abraham’s wife Sarah. Ishmael was born to a slave girl. Even today the Arabs would not consider an illegitimate child to be in line for an inheritance. In this case alone they amazingly make an exception, making it clear that it is from that jealousy. The scripture itself provides all the proof necessary to determine which of Abraham’s son’s descendants were to inherit the land. *Genesis 21:10-13- And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed. Thus, Ishmael became the father of the Arab tribes. And this prophecy concerning Ishmael is often pointed to as having been fulfilled through history until this very day. *Genesis 16:12- And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. These things would certainly contribute to the jealousy of their enemies who have pledged to destroy Israel from long ago regardless of other matters. When confronted by these things the claim is simply made that the Jews changed the scriptures. Indeed it goes even further, the Jewish people have suffered a number of holocausts. Bible scholars have called it a satanic strategy to destroy them so that the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah and the Kingdom of God cannot be fulfilled. In our times the latest attempts are to weaken them in their own land through peace deals that don’t work because of negotiating parties lacking sincerity. One day this “breakthrough” in negotiations will happen. The most dramatic scenario that I think may be the most likely is one of Israel being forced into a two-state solution. One where many radical Islamists from around the region are attacking Israel and in order to “save” Israel the two state solution will be imposed by a world body with international troops as peacekeepers introduced in the city of Jerusalem, as is shown in scripture. All this so- called heroic action by a “savior” of Israel will only delay the inevitable. One person could then be credited for “stopping world war three”! But keep in mind the words of the Apostle Paul, *1Thessalonians 5:3- For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. I can also easily foresee a time when resolutions will be passed to make a, ”nuclear free middle east”. This has already been proposed as a means to disarm Israel. Of course a coalition of Israel’s enemies may someday be involved in enforcing it. For further discussion of possible nuclear war in the Bible let’s look at *Revelation 18:21- And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. A few verses earlier it says she will be utterly burned with fire. It has been pointed out for some time now that this imagery exists because in the ancient Greek of the manuscripts there was no word for “explosion”. Yet a large stone thrown into water would create a huge plume. So it is considered as a possible attempt to describe a fiery nuclear blast. This means the Islamic terrorists may indeed acquire possession of a nuke. They have already threatened to destroy the church in Rome. This fits with the beliefs in some Protestant circles that when Babylon is spoken of in *Revelation 17 & 18, it is referring to the Vatican!
I cannot help but sense that there will first be the birth of a new country called Palestine or at least the decision for it to happen will come first. After learning about the “Blood Moons” scenario that has exploded onto the scene in recent times, I am inclined to say this decision or implementation of an action against Israel may coincide with this incredible phenomenon or at least be the near aftermath. In short, the Blood Moons scenario refers to lunar and solar eclipses in 2014 and 2015 on certain Jewish holy days. It has certainly captivated my attention because after seeing every theory under the sun, this one seems to have a verifiable history to it. These eclipses have happened in the past, causing the moon to appear red, right on biblical holy days. Portentous events have taken place in the past when this has been the case. They would include the death of Jesus, the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, the formation of the new nation of Israel in 1948 and the 6 day war in 1967 when Israel won back the Temple Mount. This is also why I believe that *Revelation 11:2 is a picture of Jerusalem being occupied by foreigners, perhaps even meaning UN peacekeepers, for a specific time will be connected to this event, enforcing the peace deal. …it has been given to the gentiles. They will tread the holy city under foot for forty-two months. Look at what it says in *Joel 3:2- I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. This is talking about events in the last days! I will go so far as to say that if we in the U.S. are instrumental in pushing such a deal through, as is discussed in Washington, there will be consequences. *Obadiah 1:15- For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. *Zechariah 12:2 & 3- Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. By forcing the installation of a nation within a nation, we in the U.S. could end up in the same fate. A certain politician has already bemoaned an immigration bill’s lack of dealing with the foreign families of the 11 or so million who have already gained unauthorized residence. Will it be rushed through without reading it? Forced on the whole country by one man’s orders? We could be looking at a massive influx. This could result in a total of 35-50 million added to the U.S. population, in one estimate. Due to the “unofficial” number of immigrants pouring into America, it is likely an unstoppable outcome! The country cannot last under a rapid expansion of this size in a short period of time in a slowing economy. There aren’t enough decent jobs for those already here. The baby boom after WWII was the natural way of such an increase. It took nearly two decades and as the reference states, it was babies arriving on the scene, not what we would have by tinkering with political gambles. For example, some members of the Latino group La Raza (the “race”) actually want to re-take parts of the U.S. they consider stolen from Mexico. (see the graphic below) Support for this movement is growing. *Luke 21:10- Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: (Greek text- ethnos against ethnos …ethnicity) And if that isn’t enough, there has been talk from time to time of political unrest leading up to “another revolution.” There was even a movie made some years ago depicting the U.S as having undergone a breakup. Actually there is research showing such a gradual increase of the U.S. population would be beneficial due to the alarming decline in the birthrate of the country. The stagnant rate of replacement will lead to disastrous results while a baby boom, we already know, is great for the economy. The problem is having a rush of people with little to contribute to the workforce which itself has seen striking reduction, or worse, contribute nothing as needy takers. No country could withstand such a population bomb. I also want to note that while I have considered this for some time now, during this writing we have begun to see a “border crisis” begin to develop. It will eventually grow worse and could even turn into a surge of several million in a matter of months by one estimate. Could this be the beginning of a divided nation? We shall see.
A part of the United States that some see as a possible new state or to be annexed to Mexico.