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Mind Blowing Certainty of Christ’s Imminent Return

April 15, 2015

Have you ever had your mind blown before? You are about to have your mind blown not once but several times after reading this article (please “like,” comment, subscribe, and share).

Most everyone agrees that we have reached the end of the end times. You don’t have to be a Christian or a Jew to recognize this. Even unbelievers around the world can sense it. Why else would there be all of the talk of doomsday in recent years?

The Certainty of Christ’s Imminent Return

Mind Blower Number One. The reason we can be certain that we have reached “the end of the end” is because the Bible assures us that we would know that we had finally arrived at that point in time after Israel had been restored to nationhood. The mere fact that we have reached this point after it being predicted in the Bible (in multiple places by several prophets) is a mind blower.

I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. (Ezekiel 37:21-27, written between 595-565 B.C.)

News - Rebirth of Nation of Israel

Mind Blower Number Two. For those of you wanting evidence that God exists and that the Bible is, indeed, God’s Word and that the Christians and Jews are His chosen people, take a look at this. Grant R. Jeffrey, in his book, Prince of Darkness, lists 38 predictions that have been fulfilled. Jeffrey calculates the odds of just six of these predictions being fulfilled as 1 in 15.6 billion. But the odds of all 38 being fulfilled is beyond comprehension. Dr. Chuck Missler said that there are not enough atoms in the entire universe to represent this number. Nevertheless, hundreds of prophecies in the Bible have been fulfilled with remarkable accuracy.

Raising_the_flag_in_Eilat_1948Yet, it would be this single event, the rebirth of Israel as a nation, that would give credence to the notion that ours will be the generation to see the Lord’s return. (In 2014, a person born in 1948 is age 66, so it can’t be much longer!)

Mind Blower Number Three. In 1945, after the second world war, a remnant of holocaust survivors and persecuted Jews who had all suffered from antisemitism streamed back into their ancient homeland, Palestine, by the tens of thousands including Jews from over 100 nations.

This is God at His best and the devil at his worst playing their final game of cards together. Good and evil were joined at the hip upon the world stage once again. At this particular juncture in human history; the enemy of our souls and former god of this world had just tried to wipe out the keeper of God’s Word, the Jews, the Father’s Chosen People and Wife. The devil did all of this with the eyes of the world watching on television. Little do most people realize, that a group of Islamic leaders were working behind the scenes supporting Hitler’s extermination of the Jews. Nevertheless, God was about to put Satan, Hitler, and these Muslims in their place!

There are so many mind blowers here that I can’t even count them! Here are just a few:

  • Number Four – The mere fact that these beaten and bruised people hadn’t given up after having all of their property and loved ones ripped out from under them in such a horrendous fashion is truly amazing. That they even had any strength to start over again is remarkable, let alone fight and win a war. I don’t know about you, but the visions that come to mind here are of emaciated bodies with skin stretched over bone, not fearless soldiers; albeit they had recovered to some degree. But can you imagine the post traumatic stress they must have suffered? God must have given them supernatural strength to accomplish such a feat.
  • Number Five – Also mind blowing is the fact that Palestine would be opened up to the Jews during this precise timing, along with all of its history (very much worth studying, I will add a link later to help you learn more about the rebirth of Israel as a nation).
  • Number Six – But the most amazing fact of all was how the Jews won their independence despite being severely outnumbered by seven well-equipped Arab nations having only a handful of tanks, armored cars and bombers that were sold to them from leftovers marked as scrap metal. Many soldiers from both sides of the conflict testified to incredible miracles out in the field of battle that helped the Jews win.

As recently as July 2014 when soldiers of Israel’s enemy, Hamas, tried to defend their poor aim when providing the reason for their rockets missing their intended targets in Israel, they said this was the fault of “their God”[1] (i.e., the Jews’ God). The Jewish Telegraph also quoted David Ben Gurion, who said, “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.”[2] This has been true of all of Israel’s historic battles documented throughout the Bible.

Israel-Gaza-Hamas-God-changes-their-path-in-mid-air

Mind Blower Number Seven – Regardless of the endless battle that has ensued against Israel ever since, they managed to take a desolate desert with unusable land and turn it into a land flowing with milk and honey. For example, they not only provide 70-95% of the food for their own nation, making their nation self-sufficient from outside sources, they are one of the world’s top exporters of citrus fruit and vegetables. Despite having been a desert for nearly two thousand years, their fruitfulness during the end times was predicted in the Bible. God’s hand is definitely upon Israel!

Vineyards in Israel's Negev Desert

Vineyards in Israel’s Negev Desert

Israel's Fruitfulness“And you, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God: “Because the enemy has said of you, ‘Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession,'” therefore prophesy, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Because they made you desolate and swallowed you up on every side… therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God!

Israel Farm“…I have raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bear their own shame. But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come.For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do better for you than at your beginnings. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. (Ezekiel 36:1-4, 7-9)

On October 5, 1998, fifty years after this prophecy became a reality, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Feast of the Tabernacles Conference (International Christian Embassy) said, “….I can tell you that for the first time in the history of the Jewish people since the Second Temple period, in the next decade and a half the majority of the Jewish people will live in the Jewish land. If this is not the materialization of prophecy, then nothing is.

Parallels Found in the Church

When something major happens with regard to the end times in Israel, there are parallels within the Church; Christ’s Bride. These parallels between the Christ’s Church and the nation of Israel are well known and seen throughout Scripture as well. Interestingly, during the year Israel was officially made a state, 1948, this was also the year that two other major, mind-blowing events happened; each of which would signal the final days of the end.

First Significant Event

Mind Blowing Event Number Eight. In the year that Israel won the war of independence, 1949, the first of a rare blood moon tetrad (4 lunar eclipses) was punctuated by a solar eclipse. Why would this be significant? We are told in Genesis 1:14 that the sun, moon, and stars were created with more than one purpose. Besides providing light and a way to understand the seasons, they were created as a communication device; to provide the world with signs from God.

signseye of god

More proof for this interpretation came from Jesus, Himself. Jesus did not leave us in the dark as to the timing of His return. He said before His return there would be many indicators. One of those indicators would be that the moon would turn to blood and the sun would be darkened. But this happens every so many months. So why would Jesus mention such a common occurrence as an indicator of His return? Because He knew His people would recognize the rare appearance of a blood moon tetrad as a sign from God after it appeared in the sky during such a momentous prophetic event as the reformation of ancient Israel into a nation.

A tetrad such as this has four lunar eclipses and usually one solar eclipse or other partial eclipses within a short period of time (generally 18 months).

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Mind Blowing Event Number Nine. For this to happen when Israel became a nation would have been quite enough to announce to the world that we had entered into the generation that would see Christ’s return. But for these eclipses to simultaneously occur on Jewish holy days is even more staggering. For such a “coincidence” to occur, exactly as the Bible predicted, concurrently with the impossible miracle of such an ancient people group returning to nationhood after two millennia, is quite astonishing, statistically speaking. But wait, there is more… much, much more!

1948-1949-Jewish-Tetrad-Eclipses

Mind Blowing Even Number Ten. These were not just any holy days. The four blood moons fell on feast days which specifically point to Jesus’ various appearances upon the Earth!

Jesus’ first appearance on Earth took place when He became the Passover Lamb. Some would call this a type and shadow pointing to the identity of Jesus centuries before His birth. So He may not have been there in the flesh, but the blood of the lamb which was to be spread on each door to signal to the death angel to “pass over” that home was meant to represent the coming Savior of the World, our Messiah, Jesus.

AHMOSES DEFEATING THE HYKSOS

Ancient Egyptian wall art showing Ahmose defeating the Hyksos (assumed to be the Semitic people called the Jews). This is believed to be a depiction of the Jews escape from slavery through the Red Sea. Of course, the pharaoh would be expected to skew the story to glorify him.

The feast of Passover, a lengthy celebration, represents a time was when the Jews were slaves in Egypt. This holiday originated from the events that transpired during the Hebrew Exodus when God was freeing them from slavery through the leadership of Moses. All of this happened just before Israel would become a nation for the very first time. Do you see the correlation to the blood moons landing on the Passover feast the very year the Jews would also win their War of Independence? Independence is another word for freedom.

In subsequent years, each time the Jews were disobedient and worshiped other gods, they ended up being defeated by their enemies. If they did not repent, they were scattered to the four winds or enslaved, ultimately with Israel losing nationhood in the process. This more severe form of punishment happened two time. Nevertheless, God was always faithful, and they’d end up coming back home again, set free from horrendous circumstances and suffering; like they were during their first Passover when they were set free from Egyptian slavery. The Jews have followed this prophetic pattern over and over again throughout history. Their return to nationhood in 1948 is to be the last.

That is why nothing, absolutely nothing, would speak as clearly to the Jewish people than seeing two blood moons fall on this, of all holidays (Passover) during the very year they won their War of Independence (if only someone had pointed it out to them then). They had just completed their latest exodus from the Nazi holocaust that left them without a home to call their own.

During the Passover season in which Jesus would become the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world was to be the culmination of Israel’s ultimate purpose on Earth; to give birth to the Messiah. Through Moses, God would set up the religious structure which would help the world recognize Him. Anyone studying the Mosaic Law, the Temple ceremonies, and other aspects of Jewish culture including the lives of the Patriarchs, the history of this nation, and the prophecies would recognize Him immediately. Yet the enemy works so hard to blind us to these Truths that the few religious leaders in Jesus’ day did. Instead they crucified their own, long awaited Messiah.

This last Passover celebration in which Christ would fill the cup of the marriage covenant with His own Blood was to be the fulfillment of thousands of years of prophecy and a promise to take care of His Bride, the Church. The prophetic portion of the Passover dinner predicted the arrival of the Messiah on Earth through unleavened bread; bread that is traditionally made with piercings like His hands, feet, side, and head were and stripes like Jesus was by the cat of nine tails the Roman soldiers used to turn His back into mince meat. During the Passover Supper, this bread is then hidden away in a white cloth for the children to find later. This represented Jesus burial in white linens and His resurrection to make us all born again.

What  I am about to tell you includes many mind-blowing events. But I am going to keep all of this as mind blowing event number nine for now; since it has to do with the blood moon falling upon Passover. Nevertheless, lets count the individual bullet points within this single event:

  1. The bread in the Passover Feast was unleavened, that means there was an absence of yeast or sin. Yeast in the Bible represented sin during this feast (yeast puffs people up in pride).
  2. The piercing and stripes on the bread represented how the coming Messiah would suffer; first with a whip then with the piercings caused by the nails, spear, and crown of thorns.
  3. The white cloth represented Jesus’ burial cloth.
  4. Hiding the bread away represented His death.
  5. And the fact that the children retrieved Him represented the following:
    1. His resurrection
    2. How those who would later “find” Jesus’ and these truths about Him; then believed in Him, taking Him into their heart (eating Him; the unleavened bread) woul become new creatures and made into God’s children.
    3. Of course, all of this was predicted thousands of years earlier when Moses led the Hebrew slaves into their Promised Land.
    4. During His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus, like Moses, delivered humanity out of emotional, mental, spiritual and physical slavery.
    5. Jesus wasn’t just the deliverer; but He was also the Passover Lamb whose precious Blood would signal to the death angel to spare God’s children an eternity spent in hell.

Wow, count them. That is eleven more mind-blowing facts!

Mind Blowing Event Number Twenty-Two. The second Feast, the Feast of Tabernacles will likely have just as many mind-blowing facts as the Passover did. But the most significant thing I want to point out about the feasts is that there are seven of them in totality; four in the spring and three in the fall. The four in the spring were already fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament. There are three in the fall that remain to be fulfilled when Jesus returns, first for His Bride during the rapture when the “final trump” is blown. The belief is that this may happen during the Feast of Trumpets. The other two happen when Jesus comes back and sets up His reign on Earth for 1,000 years. The two blood moons that happened the year Israel won Her War of Independence happened during the Feast of Tabernacles when Jesus was to set up His final kingdom on Earth. So this has already been partially fulfilled, as follows:

I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.  (Ezekiel 37:21-27)

Mind Blowing Event Number Twenty-Three. A parallel landmark event for the Church, which is considered spiritual Israel, or the children of faith through Abraham. During the late 1940’s, God accompanied the establishment of the nation of Israel with a corresponding outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon the Church. This brought a revival to the world. This, too, was predicted in the Bible:

“When I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them from the countries of their enemies, I will show myself holy through them in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD.” (Ezekiel 39:27-29)

Of course there will be a similar outpouring upon literal Israel, as well. And there has been a great awakening of Jews in recent years.

Following World War II, Billy Graham led an international evangelical awakening to get people saved. He also emphasized the importance of discipleship. And others such as Oral Roberts, Kenneth E. Hagin, Jr., and Jack Coe along with William Branham led a global healing movement during this period surrounding the blood moons and the rebirth of the nation of Israel. But the one major ministry already planted in Israel at that time of Israel’s return to statehood was Derek Prince, a British scholar from Oxford who’d ended up there as a soldier. Prince (an appropriate name, don’t you think?) would come to lead a world-wide movement teaching people about how to get set free from demonic deliverance. Many of these evangelists were reported to have also raised the dead. So there you have it; the five parts of the Great Commission of Jesus:

  • Make disciples (Matthew 28:18);
  • Teach commandments (Matthew 28:18);
  • Heal sick/cleanse leper (Matthew 10:7);
  • Raise Dead (Matthew 10:7);
  • Cast out demons (Matthew 10:7).

And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. (Matthew 10:7)

In each of these cases, new knowledge about the Kingdom of Heaven exploded onto the scene. A different focus came to Christianity teaching the children of God how they, too, were expected to do the same works as Jesus. The newest technologies; the radio, television, and audio tape multiplied the understanding imparted to these anointed teachers how to execute a walk like Jesus and sent their messages to the darkest corners of the Earth. This will continue for decades even after their deaths. A fulfillment of this calling, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18).

All that I have shared here about the Church would signal the end times because Scripture teaches us that once the Gospel has been preached around the earth, Jesus will return, as follows: “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

This movement is often referred to as the Latter Rain Movement and the Manifest Son’s of God Movement; both of which I will commence to explain because they are often misunderstood due to some of the error that was perpetuated by earlier manifestations of these movements.

It is important that you understand what these phrases mean. “Latter rain” is a phrase that was referred to in the passage of Scripture referenced by the Apostle Peter during Pentecost. He used it to explain the phenomenon of tongues and the fire that had fallen down on the apostles to empower them with the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised this empowerment would last until the Gospel was preached to the ends of the earth, as follows, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) So, despite Cessationist teaching, this power of God upon mortal men would endure and not end once the Bible came into being

Apostle Peter referred to this outpouring of the Holy Spirit as the fulfillment of what was spoken of in Joel 2. But there are two harvests to be brought in. These come as the result of two different types of rain; the former rain and the latter rain. The first outpouring of the Holy Spirit (the Holy Spirit is often referred to in the Bible as water, rain, a river, oil, fire, honey, or wine), got the Church started. But the much more abundant latter rain will end the Church Age and bring in the greater, end times harvest.

If the verses in Joel 2 referred to only one Pentecost, it would not have verses depicting the following timing: a) The final establishment of Israel as a nation; and b) The great and dreadful day of the Lord, as follows.

Joel 2:24-25, 27, 28-32

The threshing floors shall be full of wheat,
And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil.

25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…

You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame.
27 Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:
I am the Lord your God
And there is no other.
My people shall never be put to shame.

God’s Spirit Poured Out

28 “And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
29 And also on My men servants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
32 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.

The Bible speaks of this maturity in several places referring to  God will have mature sons.

Before Christ’s return He will have a pure and spotless bride.

But let me add one more…

Mind Blowing Event Number Twelve. This mind blowing event involves how this blood moon tetrad also occurred when another prophecy was fulfilled during the Six Day War in 1967 when Israel won Jerusalem and the Gaza strip back from the Arabs. This was an important event as well because Jerusalem is a hugely significant city in biblical terms. It is also where the third and final Temple must be rebuilt. However, there is a mosque sitting upon the place where the Temple is supposed to be built. Nevertheless, the Temple Institute in Israel has everything in place to move in to the new Temple once it is. And some archaeologists believe it might not even need to go on the exact same spot where the mosque is.

Again, the Six Day War was won miraculously. And many events in the Church and the world would also correspond. In 1967 the Church would see the Charismatic movement which would bring the manifestation and gifts of the Holy Spirit into the mainline churches. What was once a movement among those that called themselves Pentecostals or other such “Full Gospel” groups would spread like wild fire and become the fastest growing segment of the Church worldwide bringing in 600 million new members.  New colleges teaching Christians how to walk in the power that Jesus did were set up during this period of time.

 Conclusion

There would be three times in history when Israel would be a nation. The first occurred after their exodus out of Egypt. The second when Israel returned to Palestine after they had been taken into exile. The third was in 1947-1948 when the Jews returned to Palestine and fought for their establishment as a state. Each of these corresponds with the first; escaping oppression and even slavery from an enemy. Each time there were so many miracles involved that the world could not deny that the hand of God was delivering them from this bondage.

The last one which corresponds with a blood moon tetrad is supposed to be our signal that this generation will see the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. And Scripture tells us just before His return a blood moon and solar eclipse event like the blood moon tetrad would signal “the great and terrible day of the Lord” (spoken of over nineteen times in Scripture).

It is very significant to mention that out of the eight blood moon tetrads that have happened since the birth of Christ (of this type that coincide with Jewish holidays), almost half of them have occurred since the rebirth of the nation of Israel! There have been three blood moon tetrads in under 70 years. Is that a sign? I think so. When will the next one come around? Not for another 600 years. So we can be fairly certain this is the one being referred to in Joel 2 before the great and terrible day of the Lord.

Similar articles about the signs of the end times that can be found on this blog are as follows:

Blood Moons: Signs in the Heavens Point to Christ’s Return

Heavenly Sign from Revelation 12 to Appear during Fall 2017

Are Christians Supposed to Watch for Christ’s Return? 

Mind Blowing Certainty of Christ’s Imminent Return 

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1) Jewish Telegraph. (2014). “Israel Miracle? Gaza Strip Hamas Complain, ‘Their God Changes The Paths Of Our Rockets In Mid-Air.'” From http://www.inquisitr.com/1364461/israel-miracle-gaza-strip-hamas-complain-their-god-changes-the-paths-of-our-rockets-in-mid-air

2) Ibid.

© Tracey Nelson, M.Ed.

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**Disclaimer: Nothing in this article is meant to serve as medical advice. If you feel you are suffering from a mental illness, you need to seek the counsel of a certified mental health worker. The author is simply providing you with helpful information as a pastoral counselor with Master’s degrees in adult education and conflict negotiation and mediation.

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