What is the most potent sign that demonstrates conclusively that we're in the season of the Lord's return?
Hebrews 10:25 says, "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." That verse makes it clear that there are signs that we are to watch out for that will identify the season of the return of Jesus Christ. I've asked my old friend and Bible prophecy expert Gary Fisher of Lion of Judah Ministry if he believes that the signs of the times indicate that the season of the Lord's return is upon us.
Sign of the Return of Israel
My last sign I'll point to is the one that I love the most. I've saved it for last because I want to end on it. Jesus in Matthew 24 talked about the greatest sign that would show when He was soon going to appear. Jesus said in Matthew 24:32, "Learn the parable from the fig tree, when it's branches become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer..." I pause to add a parenthesis to explain that when He says summer as a season it's because we don't know the day or the hour, but Jesus is giving us a license to know the season meaning era.
Jesus continues in verse 33, "You know that summer is near, even so, you too when you see all these things." There's that word "see" again, just like Hebrews 10:25 also says. "When you see all these thing recognize that He is near, right at the door."
In Matthew 24:34 Jesus declares, "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place." What generation is He speaking of? The generation that sees the budding of the fig tree is who He's talking about.
And, what is the fig tree spoken of here? What is God using this symbolism for? You can find the answer to by going to Joel 1:7 and Hosea 9:10. Hosea 9:10 is God speaking in first person. He says, "I saw your forefathers as the first fruits on the fig tree." Jesus is referring to the fig tree here. And so Jesus is saying we are to watch the fig tree, and when we see it blossom we will know the season of the Lord's return is near." We are living in that very season! We have lived in the world for 2,000 years not seeing a physical Israel, but on May 14, 1948, physical Israel was born. Today the Jewish people are moving back to it from all over the world, exactly like the Scripture declares. It is a sign that Jesus is about to appear.
Isaiah 11 declares that in the Last Days the Jewish people would come from all over the world. I was raised in a denomination that taught that Isaiah 11 was fulfilled in the dispersion of the Jewish people to Babylon, but that cannot be true because Isaiah 11 says that they will come from the four corners of the world. They will come from the East, the West, the North and the South. There is only one time in history where they've come from all over the world, and that time is now. Those people are moving into Israel. Some 6.5 million Jewish people are now living in the land of Israel, and they are still coming in by the month.
The prosperity of Israel is also prophesied in the Bible. In Ezekiel 36, God said that He would bless the children of Israel and the land of Israel and that they would enjoy prosperity like never before. Today Israel has $188 billion economy and it is still growing. It's stronger than any other Middle Eastern nation, and we are going to see more.
Amos 9:15 says Israel will never, ever again leave the land. So, people today are asking, "What will happen to Israel? Are they there to stay?" Yes, they are there to stay. And, why are they there? Because, in Zechariah 12-14 it says the Messiah will come to Israel and so there has to be a physical Israel for Him to come to. Zechariah 12:10 says, "They will look on Him whom they have pierced. They will mourn for Him as one who mourns for an only son." Zechariah 14 says He will be declared King on that day.
My question to you is, "Is He King of your heart?" You can make Jesus the Lord and King of your heart today. Romans 10:9 says, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you shall be saved." Now is a good time to do that with all of these things developing in the world. I encourage you accept Jesus as your Savior this very day.