I do not believe any human can fully understand all of prophecy, since oftentimes the prophecies are enigmatic, and thus difficult for humans to stop from happening until after they have happened. What GOD leaves vague, I leave vague.
What I share with you in this article is straight from the Bible. The final chapter of the Biblical Book of Revelation is clear that those who add to its revelations or who take away from them will be horrifically recompensed for their actions. The Bible is the most published book on the planet, one of the most trusted books on the planet, and is quoted by all major religions. The Bible is so accurate in its fulfilled prophecies that it astounds the field of probability and statistics.
In fact, oftentimes people use expressions like “the Gospel truth” or they call their corporate handbooks “the Bible” of a certain area of knowledge. When will the end of the world come according to Jesus in the Bible? Jesus said that nobody knew the day or the hour, but only the Father in heaven. If that’s true, then setting dates is strictly a waste of time, although far too many televangelists and seers attempt to do so, and make an enormous amount of money selling their supposed “secrets”. That being said, the prophecies of the Bible have perfectly been fulfilled so far and are proof of the Bible’s veracity as seen in the amazing article at this link and also in the article at this link.
However, Jesus also told His disciples of “signs” or clues as to when the end was about to take place such as increasing natural disasters, disease, wars, and the amazing prophecy that we’re about to share in this article.
In order for this astounding prophecy to take place, two other events had to take place first.
One of them took place in 1948. In the Bible, Ezekiel predicted that the Jews would be scattered across the face of the earth, but would one day return to their land again, which was fulfilled in 1948 and is described in the interesting article at this link.
Psalm 83 appears to be speaking of the 1948 event, since the Arabic coalition against Israeli during the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 greatly resembled the coalition found in Psalm 83. In fact, Psalm 83 mentions the countries of Amalek, and also the children of Esau, Edom, and the children of Lot, Moab and Ammon, which are today associated with the territories that compose the country of Transjordan, which is now just called Jordan. The Psalm also mentions the Ishmaelites which appear to be the country of Saudi Arabia, including Yemen. The Hagarenes, mentioned in Psalm 83, are connected to Egypt, Syria, and Mesopotamia. The people of Gebal are also mentioned which seem to be Phoenician inhabitants or modern-day Syria, and the citizens of Tyre appear to be directly linked to Lebanon. The Philistines are named and today they are most likely the people of the Gaza strip which borders Egypt and was indeed part of Egypt until after the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. The descendants of Assur were said to help the children of Lot in this Psalm. Assur is part of Iraq, and the children of Lot would have been the people of Transjordan (aka Jordan), namely the children of Ammon and Moab. The Arab League that attacked Israel back in 1948 included Egypt, Iraq, Transjordan (renamed Jordan in 1949), Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
Isn’t it amazing how precisely the predictions of the Bible have been fulfilled over and over again? The second event that had to take place was fulfilled in 1967 when Israel took back much of the city of Jerusalem. Before we get too far into the prophecy which we are about to share, let’s take a look at this second preparatory event in which Jerusalem was taken back by the Jews in 1967.
As we read this verse from Zechariah, we are reminded from the past century, that the Jews first regained Judah (aka Judea) in 1948, and later they regained Jerusalem in 1967 with one caveat. They still do not control all of Jerusalem. There’s one spot in Jerusalem which is controlled by an Islamic Waqf (or an Islamic charitable trust that gives the proceeds back to the needy in the community). Wikipedia states in an article on the Temple Mount the following regarding its ownership:
“An Islamic Waqf has managed the Temple Mount continuously since the Muslim reconquest of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1187. On June 7, 1967, soon after Israel had taken control of the area during the Six-Day War, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol assured that “no harm whatsoever shall come to the places sacred to all religions”. Together with the extension of Israeli jurisdiction and administration over east Jerusalem, the Knesset passed the Preservation of the Holy Places Law, ensuring protection of the Holy Places against desecration, as well as freedom of access thereto. Israel agreed to leave administration of the site in the hands of the Waqf.”
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there-into. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:20-24
Verses 21, 22, 23, and the first half of verse 24 seem to describe the conquering of the Jews, the desolation of the temple in A.D. 70 (mentioned in Daniel 9), and particularly the phrase “led away captive into all nations” is indicative that this passage is most likely referring to the Jews’ Dispersion into all nations as captives right after A.D. 70, known as the Diaspora.
The latter half of verse 24 mentions that “Jerusalem shall be trodden [crushed] down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (which is oftentimes seen by theologians as the time which will precede the “final seven years of Daniel” or at least that period which many call the “great tribulation”). This is the astounding prophecy that is little mentioned today, but which is a leading indicator, in my opinion, that we are in the very end of time. When will Jerusalem no longer be trodden by Gentiles then? We must first answer another question; namely, what is the “time of the Gentiles”? Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, wrote the following which he addressed to the Gentiles:
“For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” – Romans 11:24-26
This passage speaks of how easy it will be to restore Israel after the time of the Gentiles “has come in”. When will the Jews be restored to GOD again? Another great question is how will there be 144,000 Jewish Christians in the final seven years of Jewish history before the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on earth?
Notice the end of this passage says “and in this way all Israel will be saved”. At the end of the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 (which many expect will occur around the beginning of the final seven years of Daniel’s prophecy), we are told that GOD will create a spectacle by defeating the armies mentioned in those passages so that all the world sees His power. Afterward toward the end of Ezekiel 39, we see GOD pours His Spirit upon all of mankind. We see almost an identical thought in both Zechariah chapter 12 verses 9 and 10, as well as Romans 11. The time of the Gentiles appears to have begun around the year that Jesus was crucified and the year of Pentecost, and thereafter we see the Holy Spirit move upon Jews and Gentiles. The apostle Paul was even chosen thereafter as the apostle to the Gentiles. The time of the Gentiles is expected to continue until around the time of the “final seven years” of Daniel’s prophecy.
49 years and 434 years and 7 years = 490 years (seventy “sevens” or “weeks” of years) as described thoroughly in the article at this link.
49 years (the time during which the rebuilding of the temple and the wall of Jerusalem occurs) + 434 years (the time from the completion of Jerusalem to the time of the Messiah Jesus) + 7 years (the time when the 144,000 Jewish Christians will be sealed by GOD just before He unleashes the most horrific wrath, tribulation, plagues, and judgement upon earth ever recorded in history) = 490 years (after the 490 years, Jesus will reign as the King and Messiah of the entire planet for one thousand years)
Between the “483 year (49 + 434) period” and the “final seven years period” is a gap of time that most accept as being “the time of the Gentiles”. Therefore, knowing all the above information, we realize that the “final seven years” of Bible prophecy is close. Why? The Jews are back in their land. The Jews have almost taken back Jerusalem. The Gentile’s time in history will be complete once the Jews are in full control of Jerusalem again from my reading of the Scriptures I’ve shared with you. Now even more exciting is that the following Scripture verse seems to indicate that the Gentiles will trample Jerusalem until halfway through the “final seven year period”:
“But do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.” Revelation 11:2
When will Jerusalem no longer be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles? According to this passage, the timing appears to place the Jews’ full ownership of Jerusalem in the middle of the “final seven year period”. This means that the Temple Mount must be owned by Israel and not the Islamic Waqf in the future (at least by the halfway point of the final seven years). Does this mean the ‘time of the Gentiles’ will end when Jerusalem is no longer trampled by Gentiles? Not necessarily. The trampling must occur until the Gentiles’ time ends, but the time of the Gentiles doesn’t necessarily have to occur when the trampling ends. However, I would think it would occur in close proximity – perhaps days or years.
How soon might this happen?
With the way things are boiling in the Middle East, it could happen very soon. In fact, if you continue reading Revelation 11, you will read of the killing of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11. In this chapter, you will see the killing of the two witnesses appears to be in the middle or possibly at the end of the “final seven year period”.
The killing of these two witnesses is mentioned right after the quoted passage above about how the Gentiles will “trample the holy city for forty-two months”. The 144,000 Jews appear in both chapter seven and chapter fourteen of the Book of Revelation, and their appearance in chapter seven could very well be near the middle of the “final seven year period” as well. They appear to be part of those upon whom GOD poured out His Holy Spirit.
Thus, a revival in Israel seems to be a probable sign that the “end” is upon us. The following passage is exciting! These verses indicate a revival of Israel and the time of the Gentiles completing right before the “beginning of the end”.
“Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? If the dough offered as first-fruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” – Romans 11:13-27
I believe a great purging may proceed it as well from my reading of Zechariah chapters twelve through fourteen. Many theologians believe that Ezekiel 38 and 39 will precede many of the tribulation judgments of the “final seven years of Daniel” and so may also be the stimulus.
Much of the prophecies of the Bible, including the prophecies of Revelation, Matthew 24, Luke 21, and throughout the writings of Peter and Paul are not simply “cut and dry”. Many of the prophecies will better be understood after the fact, but will occur exactly to the very detail as they were prophesied, as can be seen in the article at this link regarding the multitude of Scriptures that prophesied of Israel returning to her land after many years which took place in 1948. All of these things show us how very close we are to the “final seven years of Daniel”. Only a Temple Mount stands in the way of the complete ownership of Jerusalem by the Jews. Will Gentiles need to be removed from Jerusalem completely or will the ownership of the Temple Mount be sufficient for the time of the Gentiles to end? We’ve never been closer in world history to finding out.