As you know, earlier this month, my wife, Elizabeth, and I took some 100 delightful folks to Israel to experience the land and people we love so much.
But my objective was a little different from the earlier tours we led over the last five years.
I wanted them to experience Israel from a prophetic perspective.
Prophecy jumps out at you wherever you go to Israel.
What do I mean?
It seems like everywhere you dig in the Jewish state, you find ruins – cities abandoned, the rubble of ancient synagogues, nation-states destroyed.
So many of these ruins represent archaeological confirmations of what we read in the Bible. But, more than that, they demonstrate the fulfillment of Bible prophecies.
God pronounced judgment on the Canaanites. It’s confirmed in the ruins.
God pronounced judgment on the Philistines. It’s confirmed in the ruins.
God pronounced judgment on the Jebusites, the Ammonites and the Hittites. It’s confirmed in the ruins.
Did you know “scholars” once assured the public there never was a Hittite civilization? But the archeologists found the proof of their existence in the rocks, in the ruins.
Everywhere you dig in Israel you find the proof of what God said would happen – including the destruction of Israel that took place in the latter part of the first and second centuries.
In addition, many great empires conquered Israel, including Babylon, Assyria, Greece, Rome and Islam. But they, too, as prophesied, have come and gone.
We also see who has returned to the land in massive numbers – the Jews. Today, most Jews in the world live in Israel. They’ve come from Europe, Russia, Africa, Asia, the U.S., Iran, all the Arab nations. It’s also important to understand that some never left. They’ve been a constant presence in the land for thousands of years.
And just as the exodus from Israel was prophesied in Scripture, so was their return. That return after nearly 2,000 years is unprecedented in the history of the world. No other people have returned from any dispersion to their land in massive numbers after so long a period of time, even reviving their ancient, dead language.
That, too, was prophesied.
And when they returned, the land responded in surprising ways, yet ways that were again predicted in the Bible. The land, which had withered into desolation, also revived and bloomed. Deserts are turning into forests, again. Land so badly eroded it was considered useless has turned into some of the best agricultural real estate in the world.
Think about it.
- A land of milk and honey turned into a wasteland. Prophecy fulfilled.
- A people chosen by God cast out of the land. Prophecy fulfilled.
- A people cast out of the land for 1,800 years returns. Prophecy fulfilled.
- A land forsaken blooms again. Prophecy fulfilled.
You might look at that record and ask, “Well, what does the Bible say is going to happen next to this land and people?”
What it says is that their Messiah, who came nearly 2,000 years ago, is going to return, not as a Lamb led to slaughter, but as a conquering King. And when He comes, He will fully restore Israel as the center of a fully restored Earth, a kind of Edenic paradise, the way things were intended before the fall of mankind.
The whole script is there in the Bible – and it is more than two-thirds complete.
Visit Israel and these facts shout out the miraculous story to anyone willing to consider the possibility that the Bible is true – the only holy text that explains the end from the beginning and confirms the beginning from the end.
Why do we take people to Israel every year?
Where else can you go on the face of the Earth to see something like that?
See the book trailer for “The Restitution of All Things”: