According to the parable of the fig tree, the end of the world as we know it will take place less than eighty years after Israel’s reemergence. By the end of this period, every End Times prophecy will have been fully accomplished. By virtue of this time limit, the parable of the fig tree is joined to the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. The last three and a half years of the Seventieth Week will take place at the end of the Time of the Gentiles. As previously mentioned, the Latter Days began with the reemergence of Israel as a nation. It was a phenomenal fulfillment of prophecy when Israel returned from near extinction 1,800 years after being exiled from the Promised Land. Let us now look at prophecies that validate Israel’s return from the four corners of the earth as an act of God.
One of the earliest prophecies predicting Israel’s miraculous reemergence is written in the book of Deuteronomy. In approximately 1451 BC, God instructed Moses to write a prophecy that would inform the Israelites they would one day be returned to the Promised Land following many generations in exile. According to the prophecy, they would be returned to Israel after being scattered throughout the nations of the world (Deuteronomy 30:1-10). The prophecy does not specify how many years Israel will be exiled or the exact countries from which Israel will reemerge. The verses do, however, confirm Israel will prosper and one day reestablish their commitment toward their God, causing the curse of the covenant previously visited on them to fall upon the enemies of God. This prophetic information is found in Deuteronomy chapters 30–31, where the prophecies declare these things will take place during the Latter Days after Israel has reemerged as a nation from an extended period of exile and desolation. Bear in mind, every element of the prophecy must come to pass or the prophecy is not accurately fulfilled.
Another related prophecy found in Isaiah 11:8–16 relates its fulfillment partially during the time of Christ. Then, over the next 2,600 years, God causes this and other related prophecies to come to pass. Both Isaiah and Jeremiah were given prophecies relating to Israel’s restoration and its eventual return from the four corners of the earth during the period of the Latter Days. For Israel’s reemergence to be the legitimate fulfillment of these prophecies, a few conditions had to be met:
- At the time of Israel’s return, the world must be full of the knowledge of the Lord.
- The Messiah must have previously come, having established His rightful place as Savior of the gentiles through the implementation of a covenant.
- Salvation must be available to both Jews and Gentiles.
- The Israelites must be restored to the Promised Land and gathered from the four corners of the earth.
- Israel’s restoration and return to the Promised Land must have taken place on at least one other occasion in history.
Each of the above conditions has been met. During the next prophecy-related blog we will continue with prophecies demonstrating the miraculous hand of God in Israel’s reemergence as a nation and the beginning of the last eighty or less years for the Latter Days and the end of the world as we know it.
To immediately continue with this information, turn to pages 103 – 114 in “This Side of the Whirlwind.” Enjoy:)