There is a passage found in the Guidebook to the Supernatural i.e. the Bible, that tells us that in that in the latter days, the end of days, the end-times, Jerusalem will become a cup of trembling to all the nations of the earth. Here is the passage:
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.” (Zechariah 12:2,3).
Those who take the position that Israel does not figure into end time prophecy, or worse that all of this was fulfilled 2000 years ago – Preterism – shrug their collective shoulders with indifference at the recent round of violence in Jerusalem. Let’s strip it down and expose what is going on. First, there was no Israel until 1948. In fact if we were to go back a hundred years or so not many people really cared about Jerusalem. It didn’t figure into international politics. I quote Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens, in Politics, Prophecy & the Supernatural, who went to the holy land in that late part of the 19th century and found it nearly abandoned. This was because the later rain had not fallen in Israel for almost 2000 years. Without this rainfall it is almost impossible to grow crops that would sustain a population. Then around the turn of the 20th century the later rain began to fall. After WWI the Ottoman empire was dismantled by the victors, the British and the French. The newly formed countries of Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine were formed. After WWII the British pulled out of Palestine, which prompted the war between the Arabs and Jews for control of Palestine. This came after almost 6 million Jews were killed in the concentration camps of the Third Reich. In 1948, after Israel had defeated the combined Arab armies, the United Nations voted to recognize the nation of Israel. However the Palestinians call this, the day of catastrophe and therein lies the problem that has plagued the region for decades. What is interesting to note, and I have stated this before, is that Jordan has a population of almost 75% Palestinian.
In the eyes of HAMAS and Hezbollah, Israel does not have the right to exist. Add Iran and Syria to this equation and we have the current morass that is the Middle East today. Jerusalem is erupting in violence as I post this BLOG. Will we see another Intifada? Are the current demonstrations by Palestinians a precursor to an all out war? Remember, that King Abdullah, of Jordan stated that unless there was a two state solution there would be a regional war within a year. Well a year has almost passed and there is no two state solution. I would say that the so-called peace process is dead in the water. The Palestinians demand Jerusalem as their capital and so do the Israeli’s and therein lies the rub. Israeli’s president Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel. There is also talk of the third temple being built, which again is another prophecy that we are told will happen in the last days. The recent outbreak of violence is yet another marker, for those who have eyes to see, that we are in the last days and that at some point we will see the fulfillment of the Ezekiel 38 prophecy. My friend Bill Salus will join me tomorrow on Acceleration Radio. While we have different views on whether or not the Ezekiel war comes first or the Psalm 83 war, we both agree that Jerusalem has become a cup of trembling…. http://www.debka.com/article/8653/