Prophetic Signs of the End Times

Proverbs 2

1 My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
8 He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
10 When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
11 Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things,
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice in doing evil,
And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked,
And who are devious in their paths;
16 To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,
17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth,
And forgets the covenant of her God.
18 For her house leads down to death,
And her paths to the dead;
19 None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life—
20 So you may walk in the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness.
21 For the upright will dwell in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it;
22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,
And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.

(All scriptures are from the New King James Bible)

RETURN OF ISRAEL TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE

One of the most important events concerning bible prophecy is the return of the Jewish people to Israel. Most other prophecies predicted events with the Jewish people living in Israel and not scattered amongst the Gentiles. On May 15, 1948 the nation of Israel was established beginning the countdown to the end. There was no nation of Israel since hundreds of years before the birth of Christ.

Isaiah 11:11

It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left,   from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea.

Jeremiah 30:3

For behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ says the LORD. ‘And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’

Moses predicted that the Jews would be scattered throughout the world and persecuted as has occurred for the last three thousand years and that one day the Jews would return to God and to the land of Israel which he promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Deuteronomy 4:27-28,30-31
27 And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you. 28 And there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell.

30 When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice 31 (for the LORD your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.

Amos foresaw the restoration of Israel in one day (May 15, 1948).

Amos 9:11

   11 “ On that day I will raise up the tabernacle[a] of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old;

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 9:11 Literally booth, figure of a deposed dynasty

     Fig Tree Returns

The fig tree is used by Hosea and Jeremiah to refer to the Jewish people.

Hosea 9:10
“ I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal Peor,  and separated themselves to that shame; they became an abomination like the thing they loved.

Jeremiah 24:2-5
2 One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten, they were so bad. 3 Then the LORD said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
And I said, “Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad.”
4 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: ‘Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans.

Israel the fig tree has put forth its leaves and been reborn as a nation; therefore the coming of Christ draws near.

Matthew 24:32-33
32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[a]is near—at the doors!

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 24:33 Or He


 RETURN OF JERUSALEM TO ISRAEL

After 1948 only part of Jerusalem was in Israeli hands. Then this prophecy was fulfilled in 1967 after Israel took over all of Jerusalem in the Six-day war. The times of the Gentiles began with the Apostle Paul’s missionary work in the first century. Prior to this time God’s ministry was preached mainly to the Jewish people.
Luke 21:24
24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
We are the last generation of this earth. This reading from Luke occurs after the signs and warnings Jesus gave of the end of the age and the prophecy of Jerusalem’s return to Jewish control. Therefore the generation that will not pass away would seem to refer to the generation in place in 1967.
Luke 21:32
32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.

How long is a generation? Based on other bible passages it could be:
40 years

Numbers 32:13
So the LORD’s anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD was gone.
70 years

Psalm 90:10
The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
This would put the end of this generation in the year 2007 or 2037. Time may be getting close.
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