Israel, the Resurrection, and the Return of Jesus

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God has not finished with his people Israel. Many prophecies of the end times are specifically related to Israel. The Prophet Amos says that Israel will never again be uprooted (Amos 9), having been planted again in their homeland in 1948.

Zechariah the Prophet says that two-thirds of Israel will be cut off and die, but one third shall be left in it. Israel is in for some turbulent times. God will bring the one third through the fire and will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on his name, and he will answer them. He will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’” All Israel will be saved (Romans 11)! Jesus will plant his feet on the Mount of Olives and wage war against the nations, and deliver Israel from her oppressors. (Zechariah 13, 14)

When Jesus returns – the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up (Hapazo / raptured) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4)

But this will not take place until the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2)

This event is the abomination of Desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel which happens 3 1/2 years into the final 7 year period (Daniel 9).

The doctrine of an imminent return – which teaches that Jesus could have come at any time, is in opposition to what 2 Thessalonians 2 teaches.

But more than this – Jesus told Peter that he would be crucified in his old age – which meant the resurrection and rapture could not have happened beforehand. Rendering this idea of an imminent return un-biblical.

Jesus said; Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” (John 21)
No one knows the day or the hour of Jesus return. Jesus could come any time after the abomination of desolation, but no time beforehand.

Whether that be immediately after the abomination of desolation, a little while after – or entirely after the tribulation of those days. We need to be ready for that day.
We aren’t appointed to wrath, which means if we do remain on the earth when the seals, trumpets and bowl judgement are unleashed – like Israel in the time of the Exodus – we won’t suffer Gods wrath, but will be sheltered from it.

But we are promised persecution. We must be prepared for persecution.

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