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I praise God for having blessed me to have lived in eight kibbutzim (collective-farms) throughout Israel that have helped to fulfill these pioneer prophecies!
God clearly prophesied through Zechariah chapters 12-14 that Jews would AGAIN be living in their ancient capital of JERUSALEM, with their own rulers, and that "United Nations" would oppose them and ultimately be defeated. Zechariah also shows long-awaited recognition of Jesus by Jews as God's Son and Judah's Firstborn and heartfelt repentance of political (House of David) and religious (House of Levi) establishment. In fact, Jesus said that Jews in Jerusalem wouldn't see Him again until they had this necessary change of heart (Matt. 23:39).
Zechariah also reveals that Jews would again be a FORMIDABLE MILITARY POWER in Middle East with God working in and through and for them. Many Israelis KNOW that God has been their true General and performed many miracles on their behalf. I've heard Gershon Salomon, chairman of Temple Mount Faithful, recount his miraculous experience of divine protection on Golan Heights many times.
It's important to note that God has inspired holy prophets to write about real flesh and blood JEWS living in Israel - not Jewish imposters!
Why? Because those suffering from sickness of anti-Semitism are out to spread doubt and confusion about Israel's Jewish identity! They publish slanderous hate literature attempting to poison minds against Jews by promoting quack racial theories and Nazi propaganda.
It's nothing less than Satan's desperate efforts to deny that God has power to fulfill prophecy! Bible-believers reject their bitter lies knowing God's Word is true!
Zechariah also agrees with New Testament prophecies that reveal Jerusalem as a thriving Jewish city that will suffer under a harsh Gentile occupation just before Messiah arrives in time (Rev. 11:2; Zech. 14:2).
Christ will liberate Jerusalem and secure it as His headquarters! Jerusalem, site of David's Throne, will be seat of God's government! Jesus, like prophet Daniel, foresaw that Jewish-Christians would be living and working in a Jewish State. They'll witness historic restoration of animal sacrifices and their abrupt cessation by an evil European force, quickly followed by "abomination of desolation" that triggers World War III (Matt. 24:15-16; Dan. 12:11).
Meanwhile, God's Church (or select individuals if Church continues to shirk its responsibility) must ANNOUNCE TO THE CITIES OF JUDAH that Messiah's about to appear! We're to boldly offer Judah hope and comfort that a TRUE PEACE is coming and to get ready for it (Isa. 40:1-3). We're to help prepare Israel for shock of a GLORIFIED CHRIST REVEALED AT LAST (vs. 5) and lead them to expect an audience with a DIVINE KING whose ROYAL RADIANCE will illuminate every nation!
We must identify Yashua (Jesus) as "Son of Man" from Heaven that Daniel previewed (Dan. 7:13-14), and stress that Zechariah gave an "eyewitness account" of this same DIVINE SAVIOR descending from Heaven to reign as LORD from Jerusalem over whole earth (Zech. 14:3-4, 9, 16).
Remember this is no small task, and is quite controversial, since Jews are still looking forward to a human leader to save them from all their troubles!
The Two Witnesses will be most influential in reaching CITIES of Judah from Jerusalem (Isa. 40:9; 52:7-8), effectively knowing their mindset and culture (unlike so many others), but God's Church should still do what we can now.
These exciting Scriptures clearly prove (they're not assumptions) that with God nothing is impossible: Jews would again be living in an independent Israel, resurrected from dust of history just prior to Christ's coming, with Jerusalem as their capital, complete with an effective fighting force, having been restored to their ancient cities and energetically transforming land from barren desert to productive fields - all with God's blessing! (Ezek. 37:1-14). These Scriptures glorify God as faithful and we should praise Him that His Word is good and true! Amen.
David Ben-Ariel, an American author who has travelled widely and who has lived throughout Israel, shares a special focus on the Middle East and great interest in Jerusalem, reflected in hard-hitting articles that help others improve their understanding of that troubled region. Check out www.benariel.com