There are many End Time signs, plainly visible to all of us who are aware and spiritually awake. But, 3 particular “super-signs” stand out from the rest. They are unique, because they happen at an exact year in history. This gives us a clue for the timing of the Rapture, and the beginning of the 7 year Tribulation. They are all tied to God’s chosen people, the Jews. And, they all occur exactly 50 years apart. The first super-sign happened 100 years ago.
Protect me as the pupil of Your eye;
hide me in the shadow of Your wings Psalm 17:8
1917 – A National Home for the Jewish People / Jerusalem freed from the Ottoman Empire
The Balfour Declaration was a letter addressed to the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Arthur Balfour on November 2, 1917, which laid the foundation for the formation of the state of Israel.
At the same time, after 400 years of rule, Ottoman Turkey lost control of Jerusalem to the British Empire. The Battle of Jerusalem occurred during the British Empire’s “Jerusalem Operations” against the Ottoman Empire. On December 11, 2017, General Edmund Allenby entered the Old City on foot through the Jaffa Gate instead of horse or vehicles to show respect for the holy city. He was the first Christian in many centuries to control Jerusalem.
The Balfour Declaration and this victory led to the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, a proposal by the United Nations, which recommended a partition of Mandatory Palestine at the end of the British Mandate. On 29 November 1947, the UN General Assembly adopted the Plan.
Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel) increased, and ultimately led to Israeli independence a year later, in 1948. This time was marked by massive migration of Jews from both Europe and the Muslim countries to Israel.
The second super-sign happened exactly 50 years later.
May God be gracious to us and bless us;
look on us with favor Selah
so that Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations. Psalm 67:1-2
1967 – The Jews return to Jerusalem
The Six-Day War was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, backed by the Soviet Union. On the morning of June 7, the order was given to recapture the Old City. Israeli paratroopers stormed the city and secured it. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan arrived with Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin to formally mark the Jews’ return to their historic capital and their holiest site. At the Western Wall, the IDF’s chaplain, Rabbi Shlomo Goren, blew a shofar to celebrate the event.
Israeli Reaction to the Recapture of the Western Wall and the Old City of Jerusalem
“For some two thousand years the Temple Mount was forbidden to the Jews. Until you came — you, the paratroopers — and returned it to the bosom of the nation. The Western Wall, for which every heart beats, is ours once again. Many Jews have taken their lives into their hands throughout our long history, in order to reach Jerusalem and live here. Endless words of longing have expressed the deep yearning for Jerusalem that beats within the Jewish heart..You have been given the great privilege of completing the circle, of returning to the nation its capital and its holy center…Jerusalem is yours forever.”
–Commander Motta Gur to his brigade upon their recapture of Jerusalem’s Old City and holy sites
“We have returned to all that is holy in our land. We have returned never to be parted from it again.”
–Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, upon reaching the Western Wall
“The Wall was before us. I trembled. There it was as I had known it—immense, mighty, in all its splendor…overcome, I bowed my head in silence.”
–General Uzi Narkiss, Head of Central Command during the Six Day War
“I felt truly shaken and stood there murmuring a prayer for peace. Motta Gur’s paratroopers were struggling to reach the Wall and toudh it. We stood among a tangle of rugged, battle-weary men who were unable to believe their eyes or restrain their emotions. Their eyes were moist with tears, their speech incoherent. The overwhelming desire was to cling to the Wall, to hold on to that great moment as long as possible.”
–Chief of Staff Yitzchak Rabin
“I am speaking to you from the plaza of the Western Wall, the remnant of our Holy Temple. ‘Comfort my people, comfort them, says the Lord your God.’ This is the day we have hoped for, let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation. The vision of all generations is being realized before our eyes: The city of God, the site of the Temple, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, the symbol of the nation’s redemption, have been redeemed today by you, heroes of the Israel Defense Forces. By doing so you have fulfilled the oath of generations, ‘If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its cunning.’ Indeed, we have not forgotten you, Jerusalem, our holy city, our glory. In the name of the entire Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora, I hereby recite with supreme joy, Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us in life, who has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this day. This year in Jerusalem – rebuilt! “
–General Shlomo Goren, Chaplain of the Israeli Defense Forces, at the Western Wall
The last super-sign is being prepared right now, 50 years later.
Praise the Lord, all nations!
Glorify Him, all peoples!
For His faithful love to us is great;
the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.
Hallelujah! Psalm 117:1-2
2017 – The rebuilding of a Third Temple
All indications are that, before the end of 2017, sacrificial worship will resume, and construction of the Third Temple will begin. How will this be possible? Just as Cyrus, the king of Persia, was prompted by God in 538 B.C. to make a decree that the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt, so will a modern political leader be prompted.
Just as Cyrus was a non-believer, so will this leader be. In fact, he will enter into an agreement with the Beast or Antichrist, and secure a peace treaty between the modern nation of Israel and its neighbors following the Ezekiel war (Ezekiel 38 – 39).
This agreement is called the Arab-Israeli Peace Agreement. This Middle East peace initiative is the major End Times sign, and indicates the beginning of the 7 year Tribulation. It is the prophetic trip wire that is more critical than any other modern sign.
This agreement will guarantee a two-state Israeli-Palestinian solution, with the conditions that the Palestinians end violence, act against “all those engaged in terror”, draw up a constitution, hold elections and the Israelis would stop settlement activities and act with military restraint.
In return, Arab countries will recognize Israel and her right to exist.
In a surprising twist that confirms Bible prophesy, the deal will most likely be forced by a land-for-peace deals and a land swap that includes a 7 year lease.
A modern version of the Sanhedrin stands ready to resume the Temple sacrifice at a moment’s notice:
Menorah and Oil Stand Ready for Third Temple as Hanukkah Approaches / Breaking Israel News, November 17, 2016
“The oil is ready, so if the government decided to permit it, we are ready to go up to the Temple Mount and light the menorah,” affirmed Rabbi Yaakov Savir, appointed by the Sanhedrin to oversee the complex oil-making process.
He explained that lighting the menorah is actually considered a ritual offering to God: “The oil is burned just like an animal sacrifice and is considered one of the daily Temple offerings.”
“We can do this part of the Temple service on the Temple Mount right now without building a Temple. We are preparing the oil now, so that if the situation suddenly arises, we will be ready to perform this mitzvah (Torah commandment),” Rabbi Savir told Breaking Israel News.
“It is clear though, that the Temple will be rebuilt. It may happen sooner or it may happen later, but people are becoming more conscious of the Temple, studying about it, and the number of visitors to the Temple Mount is rising rapidly. It is inevitable that the will of the people, their desire to build the Temple, will become a reality.”
We can see the makings of the Antichrist in Recep Erdogan, as the Bible shows that the Antichrist (or “Beast”) will be a peace maker and will be very wise in the beginning of his rule. Interestingly, he wants to create a “Neo-Ottoman Empire.”
At first the Antichrist will seem to solve many of the world’s problems and he will be considered great in the eyes of most in the world. The Antichrist will help mediate a peace agreement in the Middle East, especially with Israel. As of August 15, 2016, Abbas would welcome any efforts by Turkey to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians in light of the failure so far of French and Egyptian efforts:
Abbas to meet Erdogan by the end of the month / Times of Israel, August 15, 2016
Turkish and Palestinian leaders reportedly to discuss situation in Gaza and ‘the recent Israeli escalation in the region’
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by the end of the month for talks about the situation in the Gaza Strip and a French initiative for ending the conflict with Israel.
A senior Palestinian official told the Qatar-based Al Khaleej news site that the meeting will be part of a two-week international tour by Abbas covering Egypt, Jordan, France and other “Arab, Islamic and foreign countries.”
In the two men’s first meeting since a failed coup in Turkey last month, they will discuss Palestinian internal affairs, the Israeli- and Egyptian-imposed blockade of Gaza and what the official called “the recent Israeli escalation in the region.”
Abbas, said the official, wants to develop ties with Ankara, and the visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations.
Also reportedly under review will be a French peace initiative, as well as Palestinian intentions to appeal to the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank.
The official indicated that Abbas would welcome any efforts by Turkey to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians in light of the failure so far of French and Egyptian efforts.
We believe that the Peace Treaty and Third Temple will begin the dark one “week” or 7 year period called the Tribulation, and that this will start this year. Then, half way through the treaty the Antichrist (or Beast) will enter the Temple and declare himself to be God.
What did Jesus Christ say about the “abomination of desolation”?
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
(1 Thessalonians 5:3)
Amazingly, these super-signs were prophesied around 800 years ago:
Israel Today magazine / March 2008
Some 800 years ago in Germany, Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel was a top Talmudic scholar with an inclination for the mystical. Before he died in the year 1217, he prophesied that the Ottoman Turks would conquer Jerusalem and rule the Holy City for “eight jubilee years.” A biblical jubilee year consists of 50 years. Fifty multiplied by eight equals 400 years. Afterwards, according to Ben Samuel, the Ottomans would be driven out of Jerusalem, which would remain no-man’s land for one jubilee year. In the tenth jubilee year, Jerusalem would return to the Jewish people and then the Messianic end times would begin. This came to pass 300 years after Ben Samuel’s death. He could not have based this prophecy on events that could be foreseen, but only on the results of his study of the Bible. According to Leviticus 25, the nation is reunited with its land in the year of Jubilee. Therefore, the Jubilee year plays an important role in Israel’s history. In this case, the Jubilee began with the defeat and conquest of the Mamluks in Jerusalem by the Ottoman Kingdom in 1517. The Turks reigned over Jerusalem until the British General Edmund Allenby defeated them exactly eight Jubilee years later, in 1917.
Ben Samuel’s prophecy was fulfilled precisely because 1517 to 1917 is exactly 400 years. Afterward, Jerusalem was no-man’s land for 50 years during the time of the British Mandate (1917-1947) and the time of Jordanian rule (1947-1967), another jubilee year. During the Six Day War in 1967, Israel captured Jerusalem from Jordan and the city returned to the Jewish people after nearly two millennia of exile. After that, the countdown for the Messianic age began.
So, to recap, this is the 100 year timeline:
1917 – A National Home for the Jewish People / Jerusalem freed from the Ottoman Empire
1967 – The Jews return to Jerusalem
2017 – The rebuilding of a Third Temple begins
We do not think it is unusual that the predicted “season” of the Lord’s return was made clear to believers. The Lord does everything with precise timing.