Coming soon: A plethora of prophetic events
The year 2017 will see commemorations of a cluster of anniversaries tied in one way or the other to the restoration of the land of Israel to the Jewish people in preparation for the coming of the Lord:
These will include:
The 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation (October 31, 1517) that made the Bible accessible to ordinary Christians so they could read for themselves all about God’s promises foretelling His determined purpose to one day restore the Jewish people to their land. The Reformation began just one year after the Ottoman Turks conquered and brought the Land of Israel into their empire.
The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba (October 31, 1917) that led to the liberation of the land of Israel from the Turks after a continuous 626 years of Islamic rule.
The 100th anniversary of the drafting of the Balfour Declaration (October 31, 1917) supporting the resurrection of the Jewish national home in the Land of Israel. British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour’s letter containing the text of the declaration was delivered to Lord Rothschild on November 2.
The 70th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly Partition Resolution (November 29, 1947) that paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel.
The 50th anniversary – Jubilee – of the start of the Six Day War (June 5, 1967) which saw the Jews thwart the Islamic effort to re-conquer the liberated land and drive the Arab occupiers out of the biblical heartland of Samaria and Judea and off the Golan Heights.
The 50th anniversary – Jubilee – of the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem (June 7, 1967) marking the first time in over 2000 years that Jews were sovereign in their own capital.
Also in 2017 the battle for the future of this land looks set to heat up:
In the words last week of US Vice President Joe Biden, there is increasing dissatisfaction with Israel and a growing determination on the part of the international community to impose upon Israel the creation of an Islamic ‘State of Palestine’ on the biblical lands restored to the Jews in 1967.
“[N]ot withstanding our sometimes overwhelming frustration with the Israeli government – we have an obligation to push them as hard as we can toward what they know in their gut is the only solution – a two-state solution,” Biden said, seemingly insensible to the arrogant and demeaning tenor of his words.
“The present course Israel’s on is not one that’s likely to secure its existence as a Jewish, democratic state, and we have to make sure that happens,” he continued.
The Europeans are on the same page, according to a statement released April 21 by French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault announcing plans to host a meeting of ministers from 20 countries to try and relaunch the Israel-Palestinian “peace process.”
The aim of the meeting – set for May 30 – is to prepare an international summit in the second half of 2016, which would include Israeli and Palestinian Arab leaders.
Israel is not to be invited to the May 30 meeting, notwithstanding the fact that it is the Jews’ ancestral homeland that is on the chopping block.*
Positively, plans are underway to convene in The Hague, in June 2017, a congress of experts in international law who will make the legal case for Israel’s right to extend sovereignty over those same biblical lands. Laws passed by the League of Nations and secured as unalterable in the Founding Charter of the United Nations grant this right – which the international community has chosen to disregard.
Ed Note: In a couple of days I will be taking a ‘word from Zion’ to Bible believers on both the east and west coasts of the United States. Then, in the summer (though it will be winter there), with my thoughts on the 2017 Beersheba Battle Centenary that is looming and will not come by again, I am scheduled to make my third speaking trip to Australia and New Zealand, where I will be speaking to both Christian and Jewish audiences. On my return from America I will take a closer look at this upcoming succession of extraordinary events. Watch this space.
* The French have a history of leaving concerned parties outside the room while planning to steal their lands – consider how Czechoslovakia was treated by France and England when those countries’ leaders met with Germany’s Hitler to decide the fate of the Czech’s Sudetenland.