Israel and Bible Prophecy: The Future Of God's People
There will come a day when Jews in great numbers are going to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah. The prophet Zechariah tells us how it will happen: the dark days to come and the future events resulting in Israel’s miraculous regeneration. But it comes with great cost.
Jerusalem in that day will be the focal point of world trouble. The noose will be drawn tighter and tighter around the Israelis. There will be worldwide devastation and upheaval as Antichrist, the world dictator, brings a contingency from all nations to attack and destroy God’s people in the Battle of Armageddon. But the Israelis have an ally—the Lord of Hosts. This prompts the Second Coming of Christ, for the Lord will fight for Israel.
In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem…And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:8-9
At His ascension, our Lord returned to Heaven from the Mount of Olives. At the Rapture, He will first come secretly for the saints, His church. But at the Second Coming, He descends from Heaven with His blood-washed saints of all the ages, and will literally, visibly, bodily touch down on that very same mount. Read Zechariah 14:216 for a moment-by-moment account of the Lord’s Second Coming.
After He destroys His enemies, Jesus will go up through the Eastern Gate to the Temple Mount and sit upon the throne of His father David, for God has decreed it.
But what happens in the hearts of God’s people? God is miraculously going to speak to them, and their eyes will be opened to see what they have never seen nor understood before:
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (v. 10)
What a day that will be! The eyes of God’s people will be opened. They will recognize the One their forefathers pierced as their Messiah. “...and they shall say, The Lord is my God.” (13:9)
It’s impossible to overstate what this will be like—both for our Savior and those who rejected Him. It moves my heart deeply to think that the Jewish people will call upon the Savior. And of Jerusalem, Zechariah 14:11 says, “And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.”
If you want to know what’s going to happen to Israel, you don’t need the nightly news. Only God knows the future. God promised to preserve and protect His people—even through Inquisitions and Hitler’s gas chambers. No evil intent or force of hell could destroy them, because God made a covenant with Abraham, and God always keeps His word.
This is Israel’s glorious future—and ours:
And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles….In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness unto the Lord; and the pots in the Lord’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts…and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 14:16, 20-21)
Imagine a world where even horses’ bells and kitchen pots will be “holy unto the Lord.” If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you will experience this, too.
We cannot know exactly what all this is going to look like because we are dealing with things hard to interpret. But I have this much correct: Jesus is Lord, and He is coming again. God is going to bring it to pass. But where will you stand on that day? Are you ready for Jesus to come?
This article is from the e-booklet Israel and Bible Prophecy. To download a FREE PDF copy of the complete e-booklet, please visit www.lwf.org/iabp.