Israel’s Future

Israel is surrounded by nations that are committed to Israel’s destruction. They are all much bigger and stronger than Israel. They are also supported by other powerful nations who are also committed to Israel’s destruction. How can such a tiny nation, no larger than 8000 square miles, continue to exist when so many are committed to its destruction?

The answer lies in the fact that God said that just before Jesus returns, Israel would once again become a nation in the land that God had given them. This has now happened. Israel is an established nation in the ancient land of Canaan (modern Palestine). To learn more about this, read my article “Israel and America’s Future.”

An Ancient Prophecy

Back in the 12th century, a legendary and prolific German Jewish rabbi by the name of Judah Ben Samuel gave a prophecy concerning Israel and more specifically Jerusalem. He wrote that the Ottoman Turks would conquer Jerusalem and that they would rule over Jerusalem for 8 Jubilees. (To learn more about the Israeli year of Jubilee, read “What Is A Jubilee?”)

Then he said that following these 8 Jubilees, that the land would become a “no-mans land” for one Jubilee (the 9th Jubilee). Then, in the 10th Jubilee, Jerusalem would come back into the possession of the Jewish nation and that would signify the beginning of the “Messianic end time.”

It is very interesting to note that the fulfillment of this prophecy did not begin until about 300 years after Judah Ben Samuel died. The Ottoman Turks did not conquer and occupy Jerusalem until 1517.

Since one Jubilee is 50 years long, it means that the Ottoman Turks would occupy that land for 400 years. This means that the Ottoman Turks would occupy the land from 1517 until 1917.

World War I

What happened in 1917? World War I had begun in 1914. Even though the war against Hitler occupied most of the news, part of the war concerned the area that we now know as Palestine. In 1917, the Allied Forces were also battling the Ottoman Turks who still had control of Palestine and Jerusalem.

The question that the Allied Forces had was: “What was going to happen to this area we now know as Palestine, once the Turks were defeated.” There had not been an autonomous government in Palestine for 400 years. Who would the newly liberated land belong to? The question was answered by, not only America, but also the British Empire. Both countries said that the land should go to the Jews, since it was historically their land.

The Turks were soon defeated and the British army entered Jerusalem on December 11, 1917. Jerusalem was no longer in the hands of the Ottoman Turks. It was now a free city. Notice that it happened exactly 400 years (50 Jubilees) after the Turks began their occupation of Jerusalem (1517 to 1917). It is also interesting to note that December 11, 1917 was Hanukkah.

So, 750 years after Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel predicted that the Holy Land (Palestine) would once again be in the hands of the Jews, the prophecy came true.

It is true that the Jews had not yet established their own nation. However, Jerusalem, and the surrounding area, was occupied by a multitude of Jews that had been there for many years. And now, they were a free people. The land was no longer occupied by the Ottoman Turks.

“No-Mans Land”

The British did not make Palestine or Jerusalem part of their territories because they were part of the Allied Nations. The League of Nations took control and placed the Holy Land under the British Mandate. This meant that the Holy Land would not be a possession of Britain, but rather Great Britain would only oversea the protection of, and the governing of, the land. Thus, the Holy Land did not belong to any nation and so became a “no-man’s land.”

Remember what the prophecy said. In the 9th Jubilee, the Holy Land would become a “no-man’s land.” This meant that for exactly 50 more years, the Holy Land would be a “no-man’s land.” Again, this is exactly what happened. From 1917 until 1967, the Holy Land belonged to no one. At the same time, the Jews lived as free people in that land. This also meant that Jerusalem belonged to no one.

Israel Becomes A Nation

After the League of Nations (later becoming the United Nations) took control of the Holy Land, Jews from all over the world began migrating to the area. Even World War II did not stop this migration. In fact, because of the persecution leading up to World War II, the migration greatly increased.

By 1922 there were over 82,000 Jews living in Palestine. By 1939 there were over 300,000.

In November, 1947, the United Nations approved a proposal to partition Palestine into separate Jewish and Palestinian states. This partition included dividing Jerusalem between the Jews and Jordon. The Arabs intensely opposed this plan, because they wanted complete control over Jerusalem. But the United Nations went ahead with it anyway. However, the plan was not finalized until the next year when the British army left the region.

On May 13, 1948, the last of the British forces left Palestine. On May 14, 1948, the Jewish leaders assembled at the Tel Aviv and signed the “Israeli Declaration of Independence.” This document announced the creation of the first modern Jewish State.

However, Jerusalem had been divided between the Jews and the Arabs. So even though Israel declared themselves an independent nation, they still only had control of half of Jerusalem.

On May 15, 1948, the nations of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Jordan attacked the new nation of Israel. An amazing thing happened. Five very powerful nations attacked the new and tiny nation of Israel, but Israel repulsed the attacks and took control of their territory. This territory covered most of the earlier British Mandate of Palestine.


What happened in 1967? This was the year of the famous 6 day war. During this 6 day war (June 5-10), Israel gained new territory, including all of Jerusalem. The UN Security Council forced the return of some of the newly gained territory back to the Arabs, but not any of Jerusalem. But, you ask, what about “The Dome of the Rock?” The Israelis allowed the Muslims to keep control of their most sacred building.

What else does 1967 signify? This is the year that the 10th Jubilee started. Remember that the prophecy stated that Jerusalem would be a no-man’s land during the 9th Jubilee? This would be between 1917 and 1967. This is exactly what happened. Yes, the Jews gained control of much of the original Holy Land in 1947, but not Jerusalem. This was not until 1967, exactly 50 years (one Jubilee) after the Turks lost control of this land.

Now, note the significance of the 10th Jubilee. The prophecy said that that it would signify the beginning of the Messianic end time.

The Future of Israel

My question is: “Do you think that God was implementing His plan for Israel during all this? He gave Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel a prophecy in about 1167 that told the future of Israel. By 1967 this prophecy has come true to the letter. Everything that the prophecy foretold has come true exactly as the prophecy predicted.

The last part of the prophecy is the most interesting for us. He prophesied that during the 10th Jubilee, Jerusalem would be under the control of the Jews and the “Messianic end times” would begin. The 10th Jubilee began in 1967 and will end in 2017.

Many people have written as to what is going to happen in 2017. The most common is that this is the year that Jesus will return. Others say that this is when the Tribulation Period will begin. According to this theory, Jesus will return in 2017, 2020 or 2024, depending on whether you believe Jesus return at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the Tribulation Period. Keep in mind that very few people still hold to the theory that Jesus will return at the end of the Tribulation Period.

I would like to propose another scenario. Remember that Jesus said that we would not know the day or the hour that He will return. In other words, we can know that His return is imminent, but we cannot know the exact time. So, I do not believe that the prophecy points to the date of the return of Jesus.

However, there are two events that we do know for sure are going to happen. First, the Jewish Temple is going to be rebuilt before Jesus returns. We know this because Daniel said that the Anti-Christ would defile the Temple. See Daniel 9:26-27. (Read this in one or more modern versions.) This will happen before Jesus comes again.

Even Jesus speaks about this Abomination of Desolation. He said in Matt 24 that when you see this happening, flee Judah (modern Israel) because horrible things are about to happen. This certainly is not going to happen after Jesus begins His reign from Jerusalem, but before.

Secondly, remember that the Jubilee year pertains only to the Holy Land. This means that something special is going to happen in the Holy Land, and specifically in Jerusalem, in 2017. Since we do not know exactly when Jesus will return and that the Temple must be rebuilt before His returns, is it not possible that Rabbi Judah Ben Samuel’s prophecy means that the Temple will be rebuilt in 2017?

This would certainly be a fitting end to the 10th Jubilee. It would also mean that, even though we cannot point to a specific date, when we see that the Temple is rebuilt, the return of Jesus is certainly imminent.

What Does All This Mean?

It means that we are living in exciting times. It also means that Israel will not be destroyed. It means that we need to keep an eye on the Middle East. God is going to work many miracles in and for Israel. Remember that the Biblical book of Obadiah is all about Israel in our own future. See “Israel and America’s Future.”

However, we need to keep praying for Israel. Yes, this is God’s perfect plan for Israel. But, remember, God put the earth in our hands. It is up to us to bring about God’s perfect plan for Israel.

Remember what Daniel did in Daniel 9. Daniel knew that Jeremiah had prophesied that they would be in exile for 70 years. He also knew that the 70 years was about finished. Yet he knew that he had to pray that God’s will would be done. We must do the same thing. We know what the prophecy said. We also know what the Bible says. Yet, we still need to pray that God’s Will will be done.


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