It's perhaps the most rapid demographic shift in history. Some would even call it miraculous.
Within only a few generations, Jews scattered around the world have reassembled into a nation in their ancient biblical homeland of Israel. One Israeli in the new film "I Am Israel” marvels that there were only around 60,000 Jews in what is now Israel at the turn of the last century, compared to more than 6 million today.
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As Breaking Israel News notes, the global population of Jews outside Israel has decreased from 1945 to today, while the number of Jews within Israel has dramatically increased. Today, 43 percent of the global Jewish population now resides in Israel. If current trends continue, the majority of the world's Jewish population will soon reside in Israel.
"Another Bible prophecy is about to be fulfilled in Israel," said Joseph Farah, founder of WND and the author of "The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians and the End of the Age." "We're reaching the tipping point at which the majority of the world's Jews are actually living in Israel. That strikes me as a big deal when you consider how many times the Bible predicts this miraculous ingathering – something that has never happened with any other nation in the history of the world."
Farah points to Scriptures such as Isaiah 11:11 and Jeremiah 16:14-16 that suggest the biggest miracles in Israel's history, such as this vast ingathering of the Jews from all parts of the earth, are still to come. Farah, who along with his wife Elizabeth will be leading the 2017 WND Israel Tour in November 2017, has argued the rebirth of Israel and the prophesied ingathering of the Jews is God’s greatest miracle.
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Isaiah 11:11 reads: "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea."
Jeremiah 16: 14-16 reads: "Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks."
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Many Jews themselves are quick to realize the prophetic significance of the times in which they are living. Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin, a group attempting to resurrect the ancient Jewish legal body, told Breaking Israel News his group believes Jews are in the prophesied "third inheritance" of the land. Some argue that according to Jewish tradition, this "inheritance" of the land will be permanent, the Jews will not be driven out again and the Third Temple will soon be constructed.
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Mark Biltz, the man who discovered the "Blood Moons" phenomenon and the author of the new book "God's Day Timer," is excited about the biblical importance of current events.
"The ingathering of Jews back to Israel has great prophetic significance," he told WND. "It's all about sanctifying the Name of God. God's name is sanctified by the regathering of Jews back to the Land. God made a promise to give them the land of Israel so if they are not there, to the nations He becomes either a liar or an impotent God who never was able to fulfill His promise.
"Believers in the God of Israel should definitely take heed to what the prophets of Israel said would come to pass!"
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Biltz also believes the second coming of Jesus Christ will be sooner, rather than later. He cites Psalm 102: 15-16, which reads: "So the heathen shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth thy glory. When the Lord shall build up Zion, He shall appear in his glory."
Verse 18 of Psalm 102 goes on to say, "This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord."
Biltz argues "Zion" is another name for Jerusalem, which has been continuously "built up" since 1967. This historical development, combined with verse 18, gives reason to hope Jesus' second coming is imminent.
"This is huge!" he exclaims. "Because in Hebrew it ['the generation to come'] is better translated as 'the terminal or last generation.' This is telling us that the generation seeing Jerusalem built up will be the generation to see the Lord appear in His glory!"
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Carl Gallups, a pastor and author of several books including his analysis of end times prophecy "When The Lion Roars," urged Christians to realize the current nation-state of Israel is "prophecy in action," not simply a secular political development. Israel, he claimed, is a living miracle.
"Certainly, the ingathering of Jews to the foretold revenant nation of Israel holds deep prophetic significance," he told WND. "We are the first generation to see the return of Israel, and it has been there now for almost 70 years – another potentially important prophetic marker.
"I am always amazed by those who insist that the Israel that is currently in the Middle East is not the biblically prophesied Israel, but is merely a 'fake' Israel. The Bible nowhere foretells the appearance of a fake Israel in the last days. That would be a huge thing to be on the lookout for, yet not a single word of warning (in exegetical context) exists on that subject."
Gallups argues there are specific predictions made about historical events that will affect the returned Israel in the last days – including events taking place today.
"It is said a returned Israel would eventually face a coalition of certain foretold nations that would rise up against it," Gallups explained. "We are currently watching that coalition form right before our eyes. To deny it, is to deny the obvious – and the Word of God. A literally returned Israel is declared multiple times in the Scripture. And it is attested to be Yahweh's definitive last days sign to the nations that His word is true and that His plan of the ages will be soon be accomplished. Again, those who deny Israel's right to exist are lining themselves against the God of Heaven – and positioning themselves in direct alliance with Satan and the spirit of Antichrist."
Gallups says he is "deeply attentive" to what Jews themselves are saying about prophetic matters. However, as Jews deny Jesus Christ (Yeshua) was the Messiah, he argues they have a blind spot in prophecy.
"Messiah has already come – and He is soon to return just as He promised," the pastor said. "The Jews are still looking for the Messiah (making them very susceptible to a false messiah), and they are still looking primarily for a political and nationalistic deliverer."
On the other hand, Gallups is deeply encouraged by increasing signs of the growth of Messianic Judaism, especially within Israel itself.
"This is now happening by the thousands," Gallups said. "And much of it is happening right in the middle of the land of the resurrected Israel. That particular ingathering, I believe, is the most significant! I am thrilled to be alive during the days of the return of Israel, the ingathering of the Jewish people to that returned Israel, and the ingathering of those Jews who are turning to Jesus Christ. It is difficult to understand how so many Christians are still missing the profoundly prophetic days in which we are currently living."
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Joel Richardson, the scriptural teacher and filmmaker, host of "The Underground" and the New York Times bestselling author of several books including "The Islamic Antichrist" and the new "Mystery Babylon," also said the current ingathering of the Jewish people to the land of Israel is prophetically significant. However, Richardson predicts the struggles of the Jewish people are not over.
"Unfortunately, the majority of Jews who return to the land today and over the past 50 years are not coming back in a spirit of repentance and contrition," he said. "The Messianic Jewish community, although growing, is still a minute fraction of the total population of the state. More often, those returning are coming to escape the increasing anti-Semitism through the world. Although the Lord's ultimate purpose is to bring His people back to Himself, the Scriptures are clear that this will not happen without another great national tragedy."
Richardson claims such a tragedy is inevitable, however shocking such an assertion seems.
"Surely there cannot be another great tragedy beyond the Holocaust?" he asks rhetorically. "The Scriptures are very clear that indeed there is. The ultimate regathering that was prophesied by Moses and the Hebrew prophets is one that will be in complete repentance and belief. This will not happen until after the current state of Israel is brought to the end of herself. It will not happen until Jesus returns to deliver and save the remaining remnant of Israel from total extermination. Then, in their brokenness, they will return to the Lord.
"After the unimaginable tragedy of the Holocaust, the collective sentiment that arose out of Israel was, 'Never again!' What this phrase means, is this: 'Never again will we as a people be weak so as to allow ourselves to become the prey of the nations. We will pick ourselves up from this and become strong.' The only cry that will bring true national restoration is, 'Come let us return to the Lord. For He has wounded us, but He will heal us. For He has torn us, but He will restore us.' This is pattern that He uses for all people to bring them to Himself. It is through brokenness and repentance, not through self-determination."
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