Historical events in Israel related to prophecy
BC 930 - As a result of king Solomon's worship of foreign
gods, the twelve tribes of Israel were divided into two nations. Ten tribes
were given to Jereboam, a servant of Solomon, an "industrious young man"
whom Solomon had put in charge of the northern tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh.
This was foretold in 1 Kings 11:11: "I will surely rend the kingdom from
thee, and will give it to thy servant". Ahijah the prophet told Jereboam:
"Behold I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon
and give ten tribes to thee" (1 Kings 12). There has never again
been a united twelve tribes.
BC 709 - The northern ten tribes of Israel were never God-fearing. Their worship of Gentile idols resulted in the Assyrian siege of their country and they were taken captive to cities in the Assyrian Empire - never to return to their own land. The prophet Hosea foretold this:
"They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The strangers shall swallow it up. Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure" (Hosea 8:7-8).
BC 606 to 586 - The siege of Jerusalem. The two southern tribes of Judah, despite having some good kings, turned finally to the gods of the nations around them. Chaldea, Mesopotamia and Babylon had always been the pagan enemies of the Jews. For over fifty years the prophet Jeremiah told of the coming destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians.
"For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah" (Jeremiah 1:15).
Nebuchadnezzar was to make Jerusalem and Judah "a desolation,
and an astonishment". The Jews would "serve the king of Babylon seventy
years" in exile (Jeremiah 25:9-12). The Jews would never have another
king until Jesus Christ rules on earth:
"Remove the diadem, take off the crown...and it shall be no more until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him" (Ezekiel 21:26-27)
BC 536 - Seventy years after the first siege of Jerusalem, Cyrus the Persian king authorised Jews to return to the city:
"In the first year of Cyrus, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled...Cyrus made a proclamation saying, Who is there among you of all his people?...Let him go up to Jerusalem, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel" (Ezra 1:1-3).
They rebuilt the walls and laid the foundations of a new
temple. The prophecy was fulfilled exactly.
BC 516 - Exactly on cue, seventy years after the destruction of the old one, the new temple was completed. "And they came and did work in the house of the Lord of hosts" (Haggai 1:14).
c. BC 500 - The prophets foretold the re-gathering of Jews from all over the world:
"And I will take the children of Israel from among the nations...and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all, and they shall be no more two nations" (Ezekiel 37:21-22)
c. AD 27 - Jesus prophesied the AD 70 destruction, by the Romans, of the city of Jerusalem and the magnificent temple built by King Herod. The disciples came to show Jesus the buildings of the temple. He said: "Seest thou these great buildings? There shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down" (Mark 13:2). It happened exactly as he predicted, but Jesus also said that after a long Jewish "tribulation" he would return from heaven to Jerusalem: "Then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory" (Mark 13:26).
AD 1948 - The prophecies are being fulfilled. The Jews are back in the land God promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the State of Israel was born on the 14th of May 1948 and the Jew-Arab conflicts foreseen in Psalm 83 continue to take place. Jerusalem has become "a burdensome stone for all people" (Zechariah 12:3).
Present Day - The middle east peace plan or road map to peace seems to result in anything but peace. Saddam Hussein, once a dangerous threat to Israel's security has been removed. What now for the "peace process"?
"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3)We now await the final phase - the return of Jesus Christ to rescue Israel from an invasion of its land (Zechariah 14:1-4).
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