Historical events in Israel related to prophecy
BC 930 - As a result of king Solomon's worship of foreign
gods, the twelve tribes of Israel were divided into two nations. Ten tribes
were given to Jereboam, a servant of Solomon, an "industrious young man"
whom Solomon had put in charge of the northern tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh.
This was foretold in 1 Kings 11:11: "I will surely rend the kingdom from
thee, and will give it to thy servant". Ahijah the prophet told Jereboam:
"Behold I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon
and give ten tribes to thee" (1 Kings 12). There has never again
been a united twelve tribes.
BC 709 - The northern ten tribes of Israel were never God-fearing. Their worship of Gentile idols resulted in the Assyrian siege of their country and they were taken captive to cities in the Assyrian Empire - never to return to their own land. The prophet Hosea foretold this:
"They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The strangers shall swallow it up. Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure" (Hosea 8:7-8).
BC 606 to 586 - The siege of Jerusalem. The two southern tribes of Judah, despite having some good kings, turned finally to the gods of the nations around them. Chaldea, Mesopotamia and Babylon had always been the pagan enemies of the Jews. For over fifty years the prophet Jeremiah told of the coming destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.
"For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah" (Jeremiah 1:15).
Nebuchadnezzar was to make Jerusalem and Judah "a desolation,
and an astonishment". The Jews would "serve the king of Babylon seventy
years" in exile (Jeremiah 25:9-12). The Jews would never have another
king until Jesus Christ rules on earth:
"Remove the diadem, take off the crown...and it shall be no more until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him" (Ezekiel 21:26-27)
BC 536 - Seventy years after the first siege of Jerusalem, Cyrus the Persian king authorised Jews to return to the city:
"In the first year of Cyrus, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled...Cyrus made a proclamation saying, Who is there among you of all his people?...Let him go up to Jerusalem, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel" (Ezra 1:1-3).
They rebuilt the walls and laid the foundations of a new
temple. The prophecy was fulfilled exactly.
BC 516 - Exactly on cue, seventy years after the destruction of the old one, the new temple was completed. "And they came and did work in the house of the Lord of hosts" (Haggai 1:14).
c. BC 500 - The prophets foretold the re-gathering of Jews from all over the world:
"And I will take the children of Israel from among the nations...and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all, and they shall be no more two nations" (Ezekiel 37:21-22)
c. AD 27 - Jesus prophesied the AD 70 destruction, by the Romans, of the city of Jerusalem and the magnificent temple built by King Herod. The disciples came to show Jesus the buildings of the temple. He said: "Seest thou these great buildings? There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down" (Mark 13:2). It happened exactly as he predicted, but Jesus also said that after a long Jewish "tribulation" he would return from heaven to Jerusalem: "Then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory" (Mark 13:26).
AD 1948 - The prophecies are being fulfilled. The Jews are back in the land God promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the State of Israel was born on the 14th of May 1948 and the Jew-Arab conflicts foreseen in Psalm 83 continue to take place. Jerusalem has become "a burdensome stone for all people" (Zechariah 12:3).
Present Day - The middle east peace plan or road map to peace seems to result in anything but peace. Saddam Hussein, once a dangerous threat to Israel's security has been removed. What now for the "peace process"?
"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." (1 Thessalonians 5:3)We now await the final phase - the return of Jesus Christ to rescue Israel from an invasion of its land (Zechariah 14:1-4).
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Comments on this article:
D P Dobson - Saturday 30th May 2009 at 12:36:01
I am looking for the dates of The Abrahamic Promise and the exodus togetrher with the date of entryinto the promised land
fred harper - Tuesday 2nd March 2010 at 09:25:44
Hi, to convey to people words that were writen over two thousand years ago with land rights promised by `an entity`?, in this day and age it is ridiculous. People of the Arab race who have lived on that land for hundreds of years are been ethnicly cleansed!! NOT IN MY NAME.
Clive McLaren - Thursday 24th June 2010 at 09:39:39
In response to Fred Harper's comment; Fred, if you don't accept Biblical history and prophesy as a valid argument for the State of Israel, perhaps you need to look at recent history. From 1922 onwards The League of nations ratified the Balfour Declaration, giving the Diaspora of Jews the right to a homeland. (This region was called Palestine since the 1st century by the Roman occupiers, as an insult to the Jewish nation.) The United Nations re confirmed those rights as agreed by over 50 Nations.
Israel‘s promised territory was then carved up by politicians wanting to reward Arab allies during the 2nd world war, and also wanted to ensure friendly oil producing states. Israel as a State ended up with only 12.5% of the LEGALLY AGREED land area. And even that area was much smaller than Trans-Jordan. Israel gave in time and time again to international pressure to appease the Muslim demands for 'Palestinian Rights' Most Palestinians in 1948 (about 700,000 went to Trans- Jordan, and Lebanon believing the Arab aggression on the new State of Israel, would wipe out the Jews so they could not only have their farms and villages back, but also the Jewish ones as well!
As we know Israel won against phenomenal odds, which they did again in '67 and '73. The West bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem are part of Israel. Arabs living in Israel have a better standard of living and more freedoms than most Arabs living in the Arab nations.
There was NEVER a sovereign state or nation called Palestine. This whole perennial argument is about the destruction of the Jewish nation and people.
To say that Palestinians are being 'ethnically cleansed' from Israel is a gross exaggeration and an obscene distortion of the truth.
Ethnic cleansing relates to Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, Turkish Armenia, Rwanda and Burundi. To compare what is happening in Israel with those horrific evils is an insult to those Millions of people who have suffered and still suffer from Ethnic cleansing and genocide around the world.
Please do some in-depth research in Ancient History and Modern History. Please don't believe the massive propaganda machine of the Muslim world and the anti-Semitic media coverage about Israel.
The Gaza enclave should not exist, if the Arab world aided by Russia and others, didn't keep it as an open sore as a propaganda tool in their fanatical desire to destroy Israel. Palestinian people would be living in harmony with Jews in Israel (as hundreds of thousands of Arabs already do). $Billions in aid and money are poured into Gaza every year. If the Sudanese, Somalians, Haitians etc, received such massive support, they would be thriving viable communities.
By the way I am not Jewish, I am British, and I am ashamed of my country's deceit and betrayal of the Balfour Declaration and the honourable efforts he and others like Churchill made to give the world's Jewry their homeland back.
Do you remember the 'Falklands War back in the '80's? We declared war on Argentina because they dared to occupy a tiny group of islands that we British had occupied in the 18th and 19th centuries! The Arab powers DO NOT WANT peace with Israel! If Israel gave into every Palestinian demand, the Arab powers would still find a pretext for their continued vision of real ethnic cleansing, till every Jew in Israel was either dead or emigrated!
Forgive my long response to your comment, but so many people criticise and judge Israel, without checking the facts and historical context. It is sad that so many reject Biblical history and prophesy as religious mumbo jumbo. Serious research of the Bible itself, would convince many sceptics, if only they studied with an open mind.
I look forward to your comments Fred!
Thomas Lister - Saturday 3rd July 2010 at 09:08:03
Back in 1848 Dr John Thomas wrote (in his book Elpis Israel)that in fulfillment of bible prophecy, the Jews would return back to their land in unbelief of the Messiahship of Jesus, to get rich in cattle and goods, and that they would be aided in doing so by the British power. These things have come to pass exactly as he predicted through the Balfour delcaration, 1917, and British Mandate. The state of Israel was reborn in 1948, and since then has been a thorn in the side of the nations.
Dr John Thomas also stated that the future movements of Russia would be notable signs of the times, and that when she made her grand move to build up her Image empire (Dan.2), the thief like advent of the King of the Jews would be on the eve of becoming a fact. Ezk. 38 shows how Russia confederate with Iran, Libya and Ethiopia and European powers would come against Israel in a massive blitzkrieg of the Armageddon crisis (Rev.16) This confederacy would in its turn be broken by a stronger power, namely the Jews' Messiah, Jesus Christ, returned to the earth, who will smash his enemies, dash them to pieces as a potter's vessel (Pslm 2), and rule over all nations with a rod or iron in righteousness and Truth for a thousand years (Rev.20). The gospel message was to call out a people from the nations to embrace this hope of the Millenial reign of Christ, and separate from a godless world through baptism Mk.16.16 He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved etc.
The prophet Daniel speaks of a time of trouble such as never was coming upon the nations (Dan.12.2), so that now is the time to act and get wise to the developing world crisis and what to do about it as an individual thinking person who is concerned about the future of this planet and what man is doing to it, since the Bible also says "God will destroy those that destroy (pollute) the earth." (Rev.11.18). Man is certainly doing this, and is unfit to have the stewardship of the earth, and it will certainly be taken from his evil grasp, and given to those who are worthy, namely the prophets and apostles, and all who have reponded inteliigently to the gospel call, and kept their garments unspotted by a blaspheming, depraved godless generation , fit only for destruction, like Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord in fact warns that in the days of his coming, the earth would be like the days of Noah and of Lot, eating and drinking, and marrying and giving in marriage, planting and sowing and building, but without God,heathen, godless, until the Flood came and swept them all away, the earth full of violence and corruption, just as it is now, and God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone, so he will destroy this age with the fire and brimstone of war and conflagraiton of nations rising against nation, with Israel at the centre of the storm, but God will preserve a remnant of Judah (read Zech.14), and gather the rest of the Jews back to their land, on condition that they submit to their Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.
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saxon - Sunday 31st October 2010 at 19:50:13
I don,t believe in fairy stories ancient or modern,
If I was to believe these alleged stories it would lead me to a question, WHY DO CHURCHS and the like need lightning conductors,
Margaret - Saturday 15th January 2011 at 16:01:04
SAXON- York minster's lightening conductor did not prevent it being hit by fire just after the Bishop had denied Jesus' divinity - His virgin birth, I think it was.
raymond f jones - Sunday 13th February 2011 at 08:34:31
To trade inn the words of the prophets for the words of self serving politicians who are not able to prophesy anything outher than what the prophets prophsied they would do.Which is ruination.
zman - Tuesday 3rd May 2011 at 15:20:17
SAXON - CHURCHS should be spelt churches. Poor, like your argument!
Anonymous Commentator - Tuesday 28th June 2011 at 14:24:47
Exodus 34:1-12 These are the boundaries of the Lanf of Gos which He gave the children of Israiel to occupy the word of God from His Mouth, remains and there is no one who can dare to challenge it. concerning the land of Israiel, (actually it is not their land it is His land ) as He gave it to them at the river Jorodan those marks by the hand of God will remain forever and who ever is occupying it is against God's word he not only is cheating the Jews but he is stealing God's land that is why, every time countries and big names starts to tamper the land mArkings, God comes out with windstorms and galestorms, may be you have not wondered why wars are not far away from your home. there is no peace process which will settle that land.
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abomiacrord - Monday 22nd August 2011 at 23:57:11
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Valerie Cooley - Thursday 19th January 2012 at 11:38:54
what off; Jer16:17,18.. Rev 7:4,.Rom 9:6-9. 2:28,29. To me it looks like another Israel of God, as the others did not keep the law, also the Jews killed Gods son. that is why he is a Spiritual Jew on the inside according to Paul- tks
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richard - Wednesday 5th September 2012 at 22:43:45
i would say that jews do not beleive in jesus so he can not return for them thomas lister, jesus for christians has passed. any jesus for the jews will be new and not of the same blood line of david. one should strive for peace in the world with others, i will respect your view if you will only respect mine, should be the message of the 21st century, however all those who gain power are afraid to lose it, theodor herzl also said uganda should be the homeland of the jews not palestine. his image was slap bang in the middle of the opening of israel.
Masahiro - Sunday 6th January 2013 at 03:53:31
Ethnic cleansing is an ofvfisnee by a definition If Israel is being defensive , then Nazi Germany was also while setting the Warsaw ablaze and cleaning the city house by house, street by street.P.S. Only who's being denied right to exist is Palestine They are vetoed in UN UN created israel after the end of British Mandate of Palestine, hence it requires a complete moron(mildly put) to state UN denies Israel the right to exist .The sad fact is IDF reminds far too much of Wehrmacht.
Atishey - Sunday 6th January 2013 at 18:32:04
God told ancient Israelite to enter the holy land, but never told them to wipe out the plepoe who are living there. now are ancient Israelite related to modern day Zionists who came from Europe? is the way zionists took the land by ethnically cleans the Palestinians something God will prove? what Zionists did to the holy land something God will prove? if Jesus (pbuh) come back today and go against what zionists are doing..what will happen to him by zionists?