The Jerusalem Post reported today that the terror attack that killed four soldiers and wounded 17 people was the most deadly to occur since the terror wave began on September 13, 2015. The report stated, "Prior to Sunday there were 332 attacks through (sic) the country in the last 16 months, in which 42 people were killed and 619 others were wounded." This is appalling.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the soldiers and families of the victims of this cowardly act.
It is difficult for me to imagine the animosity that resides in the hearts of people who hate the Jews. I can explain it, of course. The Jews are God's chosen people, therefore Lucifer and his evil minions are doing everything they can to bring about the total annihilation of their race. He is deceiving the nations, including the current administration of the United States of America, into believing that the Jews are the reason there is no peace in the Middle East. Nothing could be further from the truth, except the devil himself.
All of this, in my opinion, is fulfilling endtime prophecy. The Apostle John wrote in Revelation 12:12, "Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the earth and the sea, for the Devil has come down to you with great fury, because he knows he has a short time."
He has a short time, indeed, for Yeshua Ha-Mashiach (Jesus Christ), is coming soon. He spoke in Matthew 24, "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: as soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near—at the door! I assure you: this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place" (vv. 32-34).
Do you believe that Jesus is at the door? If so, then you are doing better than most who call themselves Christians these days. So many sit in the church pews without any concern that the Lord is coming soon. They don't know much about prophecy, and they prefer to keep it that way. They are more concerned about being comfortable in the world than they are about studying the Scriptures. They don't care to hear about sin and repentance. They would rather just rest in the grace of God. They see God only in relation to His love while they remain stubbornly indifferent to His holiness.
The church shouldn't be this way. We are supposed to love the Lord's appearing. We are supposed to be telling the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Instead we are choosing to be ignorant of endtime prophecy. We sing 'Jesus Saves!' inside the four walls of the church building, but we never mention it to those who are without! This is shameful!
John, writing to the churches in Revelation, aptly described much of the church today. Like Ephesus we have left our first love. Like Pergamum we are engulfed in sexual immorality. Like Thyatira we tolerate sin and refuse to repent. Like Sardis we are spiritually dead. And like Laodicea we are worldly and apathetic. The church as an organized religion has become so spiritually putrid that the Lord Jesus will vomit it out of His mouth.
Let us be, instead, part of the True Church, the ekklesia. This is the Body of Christ. It is not a place where just anyone can come and join as if it were a country club or a secret society. It is the one place where Jesus places those who have come to Him in sorrow and repentance, seeking His forgiveness, forsaking our old lives, and embracing the new life He has for us - a life governed by the pursuit of holiness and righteousness rather than the pleasures of the world.
And let us not forget that the Jews are God's chosen people. They are the people that gave us our Messiah. Some are still looking for Him, but many others have already accepted that Jesus is the prophesied Savior. When Israel is attacked, we are attacked as well. We need to stand by her side and love her as God loves her. The Bible says that we are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. That peace will not come until the Millennial reign of Christ. But until then we must continue to pray and love the chosen people of God.
Our prophetic futures are delicately and irrevocably interwoven into God's divine plan. Embrace it.
Until He comes,
My name is Richard Goble. I hold a Masters degree in Ministry and a Doctorate in Theology. I have been involved in ministry for 40+ years. My passion is the study and teaching of endtime prophecy.