By Nathan Jones
What does the Bible say about the future of Israel?
It appears today that Israel has no hope. It is a tiny nation the size of New Jersey with only six million Jews, and it is trying to exist in an area where it is surrounded by 22 Arab nations with over 300 million people who are determined to destroy it. Does Israel really have any hope? Or, is it doomed to annihilation as a nation and extinction as a people?
A panel of 17 Bible prophecy experts answers those very questions! To find out, read or watch below.
Andy Woods, Sugar Land Bible Church
There are some difficult things and then there are some good things. The difficulty that's predicted in Zechariah 14:2 and other passages predict that all the nations of the world will come against Israel in the last days. She won't have a single friend. That would even include the late great United States of America, sadly, as we've been a faithful ally to Israel in the past, but we are even now seeing the political climate shift on that stance.
Israel at that point reaches out to the only friend that extends the olive branch to her, which is the Antichrist. He gives Israel a temporary peace. But, 3.5 years later, the Antichrist replicates what the Jews well remember in their history from the days of Antiochus concerning the desecration of the Temple. At that point the Antichrist betrays them.
The Jewish eyes, I believe at that point, are largely opened for they realize this guy is not their Messiah. They'll realize that their Messiah came 2,000 years ago. That's when the blessing starts, because Jesus will save them out of that time of distress, and through that nation He will fulfill every single promise He ever made to them.
So, there are some difficult days ahead for Israel, but there's a happy ending to the story.
Gary Fisher, Lion of Judah Ministries
Israel is going to face some dark days according to Bible prophecy from here forward. They are regathering back into the land. There's a thing called the Tribulation coming up. There's going to be a signing of a treaty that allows them to go back and use the Temple Mount. There will be a terribly dark time for them mid-way through the Tribulation and war is going to dominate. Two-thirds of the Jews will perish according to Zechariah, but one-third of them will make it through the Tribulation.
The remnant of the Jews who remain alive will look at Him whom they have pierced, they will mourn for Him as one who mourns for an only son, when Jesus returns. Romans 11:25 declares that in that day all Israel will be saved when they look on Him whom they have pierced. They will proclaim, "Baruch Haba B'Shem Adonai."
All of the cursing of the Jews in the universe will turn to blessing. It's all wrapped up in the history of the nation of Israel and the future involvement of the nation of Israel concerning blessing the Lord. Their blessing will continue on into the Millennium. They will become exactly what God invented them to do, which is to be kings, priests and so forth as representatives of the Lord. Christians today will be there in glorified bodies alongside them, executing the plan of God. A Jewish Messiah named Yeshua — the King of kings and the Lord of lords will rule over the whole earth. I cannot wait!
Bill Salus, Prophecy Depot Ministries
I'm looking at three or maybe four major events. I believe there will be a concluding Arab-Israeli War prophesied in Psalm 83. I believe that will be followed by the Gog and Magog Invasion of Ezekiel 38 & 39. Both of those would be predominately major Muslim wars coming against Israel sequentially.
Israel then is going to build a new Temple. That is a big event that's going to happen over there in Jerusalem. Ultimately there's going to be a confirmation of a false covenant with the Antichrist, which we are told about in Daniel 9. That will ultimately lead to the Tribulation period where the Antichrist will attempt a final genocide of the Jews. We are told in Zechariah 13:8 that this genocide will be horrible, as two-thirds of the Jews will be cut off. But, a faithful remnant of a third of the Jews will come through that and they will go into the Messianic Kingdom and there will be an Israel in the Messianic Kingdom.
David Hocking, Hope for Today Ministries
Our friend Bill Salus wrote his book Isralestine and it's based on Psalm 83. A lot of us have looked at Psalm 83 wondering about its possible fulfillment. If Bill is right on this, then Israel is going to be attacked by those nations and groups that are adjacent to its borders. People like Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad, and Hizbullah will be big time trouble. They are financed of course by Iran which leads the list of nations against Israel in Ezekiel 38. So, many prophecy teachers wonder, "Is there going to be a preliminary conflict from Psalm 83 by nations that want to cut off Israel from being a nation?" I suppose it is possible, or it may be another description of Armageddon.
Many Bible prophecy teachers, including myself, we seem to have known everything when we started over 50 years ago. Now we wonder what we do know! Personally, I know explicitly from the Bible that half of Jerusalem is going to be taken captive. The women will be raped and plenty of children will be killed, but they won't be completely destroyed. Even the time of Jacob's trouble, God says, even in spite of that persecution, God will never cut Israel totally off. He will never forget His everlasting covenant.
Personally, I think Israel is probably going to be attacked soon. But, I believe God is going to supernaturally intervene, and it appears it will be the Messiah Himself, who according to Isaiah 63 will trample the winepress of God's wrath against Israel's enemies all by Himself.
Don Perkins, According to Prophecy Ministries
The Apostle Paul said in Romans 11:26 that all Israel shall be saved. What I like about that is even though Israel will go through a season of testing in the future, God has a plan by which the nation of Israel will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. What I love about that so much is that as Israel goes through her season, the Bible calls it the "time of Jacob's trouble," the end result of her going through the Tribulation is that she is going to cry out for her Messiah. What I like about that prophecy is the end result — the house of Israel will be saved!
Al Gist, Maranatha Evangelistic Ministries
There is no doubt that there's war on the horizon for Israel. Whether you are one of those who believe the coming Psalm 83 War or the Gog-Magog War, there's definitely going to be war. And, here's what we know for sure — Israel is going to win. Israel will win whatever war is coming because the Bible is absolutely clear that they are going to be there until the Lord returns. The very last verse of scripture in the book of Amos says so. I like the fact that God put this right at the end of the book like it's the final word. God says, "'I will plant them upon their land, and they will no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them,' sayeth the Lord thy God."
In the second segment concerning the future of Israel, more of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will continue to share what the Bible has foretold.