"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near" (Luke 21:28). Does that get your blood to boiling?
Hey Gang: What say you? Jesus said, "When all of these things begin to happen, don't get panicky, look up, for your redemption draws near". (Luke 21:28 Hillbilly Rendition).
What things was He talking about? A quick review of Matthew 24, the Olivet Discourse, Second Timothy Three and the words of the prophets of old, and we can soon compile a list of ‘signs of the end of the age’ that we should be aware of.
A prophesy guru was asked if he could sum up the prophetic promises of the Bible in one word. His response, “Piece of cake, ‘Israel.’" After twenty- five hundred years the land of Israel was restored; and, after twenty five hundred years the old language of Hebrew was restored; and after 2500 years the Olim (people living in the diaspora -those countries where they were dispersed to in 70 A.D when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem and burned their Temple) began to make aliyah (to return to the land of their heritage).
It is amazing to me today that so many folks are being caught up in the blasphemous teaching that Israel is no longer the apple of God's eyes. How can you look at Israel and believe such rubbish? How can you read Jeremiah 23:3, "Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply", or the other hundreds of verses that tell us clearly that God's love for His chosen people has not waned a lick?
We have been there. We have dug in the dirt, (I unearthed an intact tea pot that had not been touched by human hands for more than 2000 years). We have helped restore the walls. We have worked in the rose garden of the Knesset. We have helped set up a dental clinic for Arab children in Jerusalem. We worked with a ministry that bought Olim from the old USSR, as prophesied in the Word. We have been obedient warriors in fulfilling God's challenge to us, "To pray for the peace of Jerusalem". (Psalm 122:6).
But what about the subtle things that are happening all around us? It all adds clarity and expanse to our seeking what Jesus meant when He said, "When these things happen look up.” Have you noticed that everything that can be shaken is being shaken as predicted by the writer of Hebrews in Chapter 12? Have you noticed that Israel is totally surrounded by enemies that are loaded with killing devices as recorded in Psalm 83?
Have you noticed that Russia and Iran have made a military alliance and the other nations listed in the coming battle of Gog and Magog are coming together? As mentioned above, have you noticed Israel is a nation again, risen from the ashes of more the 2500 years. They are a powerful nation that will not be defeated by those nations that are using the very words of Psalm 83:4-5, "They have said, "Come and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more." For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant".
Have you noticed that the economies of the world, including the once powerful United States, are in a state of chaos? If Jeremiah were here today and prophesying, he would say "Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law" (Romans 13:8).
Soooo, my young friends, Jesus said, "I do not want you to be unaware. I want you up to speed every minute of every day. So that when these things happen you do not get discouraged but your heart will be programmed to look up, for I am coming soon. You best have your lamps trimmed and your best wedding clothes prepared for we are going to be taken to the greatest wedding blast of all time - the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. But there is a prerequisite, your name must be on the invitation list recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life.” (Hainley rendition).