The Last Generation

“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.
So you also, when you see all these things,
know that it is near—at the doors!”
Matthew 24:32-33

The fig tree is a Biblical symbol of Israel. Because of her great sins against God, and after the Lord had sent them many prophets to plead with them to repent but they did not, so in the year 70 AD Rome destroyed their Temple in Jerusalem and disbursed the Jewish people out of the land – and they were scattered throughout the world. They were driven into every country on earth, and there they remained for 2,000 years.

After so long a time, and considering the extent to which they were scattered, would it be possible to regather them into one people in one place again? From all the countries on the earth? Think of it: contemporary with ancient Israel were the Hivites, the Perrizites, Amorites, Jebusites, the Girgashites, and many more. Which of them is with us today? None are, because they were conquered and reconquered and when a people are conquered they are assimilated into the place they’re taken to. Generations later there will be no remembrance of them.

Not so with Israel. God promised to keep Israel no matter where they were, and he has done so throughout their very long dispersion. And that, my friends, is a miracle because if not for God keeping them as he promised, they would have been assimilated long ago into the nations where they were dispersed to and in just a few generations their identity as Israelites would have been forgotten like the Girgashites who have disappeared from the pages of history. I’ve always said that if I ever doubted my faith, the Israel story would have sustained it because this story would be impossible were it not for the God of Israel who glorifies his Name by doing the impossible, as he has done with Israel.

And now is the time of the miracle of the restoration God promised. In May of 1948, after those 2,000 years of dispersion, the Lord raised up the nation of Israel once again, and since then Jews from all over the world have been drawn back to the land of their fathers. There are currently more than 6 million Jews living in the land of Israel, and they’re still flooding in. The Scriptures foretold that they would speak Hebrew, their ancient language, when they’re back in the land. That’s another great feat, because wherever the Jews were, they spoke the language of that country. Hebrew was lost, except for religious rites. Yet today, Hebrew is the national language of the nation of Israel. It’s just amazing.

The restoration of the nation of Israel is the pivotal sign of the impending “last days.” The whole subject of the last days is covered in Matthew chapter 24, and here Jesus said that the generation that sees all the things he mentioned will not pass away until all that he said is accomplished. It will all happen in that one generation.

vs 34:
“Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away
till all these things take place.”

And that, my friends, is THIS generation. All of the signs of the end of the age recorded in Matthew 24 are presently taking place. Never before have they all taken place in the same generation, with the added emphasis being that it has to be the generation that sees the return of the nation of Israel. All of this, all of it, is before us.

Those who love truth are watching this closely, recognizing that we’re there! The Scriptures tell us that it will end with a period of seven years called “the Tribulation,” which will be a time of unprecedented horror. In fact Jesus said that it will be greater tribulation than the world has ever known or ever will thereafter.

“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”  Matthew 24:21

He also promised that before it begins, he will come for the born-again believers and remove them from the earth to join him in heaven in what is known as “the Rapture.” The church age will close with the Rapture, and the final judgment of the nations and the restoration of the Jews will begin.

“Come, my people, enter your chambers,
and shut your doors behind you;
hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment,
UNTIL the indignation is past.
For behold, the Lord comes out of his place
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;”
Isaiah 26:20-21

Friends, it’s not a good time to be out of God’s favor. The end of the age is upon us, and the time of the Great Tribulation is impending. Don’t jeopardize your eternity by not taking this seriously. It’s not worth it! Turn to Jesus. Ask him to become your Savior and your Lord. Be willing to surrender yourself and your life to him. He loves you. He wants the best for you, and he alone can bring about that best. Give him your life today. If you bow before him in humility and surrender he will receive you with open arms, no matter your past. And he will make your life new.

More:
Israel’s Covenant

 

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