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The Signs of World Politics
The Bible prophesies that there will be a certain pattern of world politics that will characterize the end-time geopolitical map.
The focus will be the re-established state of Israel (Zech. 12:2-3). It will be besieged by a menacing nation from the “remote parts of the north,” the nation of “Rosh” - or modern-day Russia (Ezek. 38:2, 6). There will also be a threatening nation to the east that will be capable of sending an army of 200 million - namely, China (Rev. 9:13-16 and Rev. 16:12-13). A third source of danger to Israel will be the Arab nations that immediately surround it. They will covet the land and will try to take it from the Jews (Ezek. 35: 10 and 36:2).
Another key player on the world political scene in the end times will be a coalition of European nations that will form a confederation centered in the area of the old Roman Empire (Dan. 2:41-44, 7:7, 23-24, and Rev. 17:12-13). This confederation will serve as the political base for the rise of the Antichrist and the creation of his worldwide kingdom (Dan. 7:8).
Other international political signs include wars and rumors of wars (Matt. 24:6), civil wars (Matt. 24:7), and widespread international terrorism and lawlessness (Matt. 24:12).
The Signs of Israel
The signs related to the state of Israel are prolific and very important - more important, in fact, than all the rest of the signs put together.
The most frequently repeated prophecy in the Old Testament is the prediction that the Jewish people will be regathered from the “four comers of the earth” in the end times (Isa. 11: 10-12). The Bible states that a consequence of this regathering will be the re-establishment of the state of Israel (Isa. 66:7-8). The Scriptures say that once the Jews are back in their land, the land itself will experience a miracle of reclamation (Isa. 35). The desert will bloom and people will exclaim, “This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden” (Ezek. 36:35).
Another end-time miracle will be the revival of the Hebrew language (Zeph. 3:9). Most people are not aware of the fact that when the Jews were dispersed from their land in A.D. 70, they ceased to speak the Hebrew language. The Jews who settled in Europe developed a new language called Yiddish - a combination of German and Hebrew. The Jews who migrated to the Mediterranean basin created a language called Ladino - a combination of Hebrew and Spanish.
Other significant signs of Israel that we are told to watch for in the end times include the re-occupation of Jerusalem (Luke 21:24), the resurgence of Israeli military strength (Zech. 12-6), and the re-focusing of world politics on Israel (Zech. 12:3).
All these signs have been fulfilled in this century. The nation has been re-established, the land has been reclaimed, the ancient language has been revived, the Jews are back in Jerusalem, and Israel is the focal point of world politics.
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