I have spent all my adult life as a student of prophecy, and I believe recent developments, namely in Israel, are signaling a hot, accelerated, and unprecedented prophetic season that will quickly change the course of history.
Are you ready?
Jesus Himself told His followers:
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14)
What does this mean for us today?
Let me share these key milestones of prophecy that are coming into view:
Prophetic Milestone Marker #1: Israel is the Heart of Prophecy
Israel is the voice of prophecy. There is no other place like Israel! That’s where it all began and where it will end. I’ve been touring Israel for the past few days, and each time I go there I am reminded that this is the land of miracles.
The recent election results there, with my long-time friend and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerging victorious, continues to reverberate in surrounding countries such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, all the Persian Gulf states…and around the globe. What happens next, as he moves forward to strengthen Israel, will have great prophetic significance.
What happens to the Jewish people affects the world and is especially noteworthy for the church.
Prophetic Milestone Marker #2: The Middle East is a Ticking Time-Bomb
In a day when we can see the news instantly as it’s being played out in front of news cameras, these naturally frightening events should also help us understand the prophetic significance of these momentous times.
Even a brief glimpse at Ezekiel 37-39 offers a panoramic view of what ultimately will take place in the Middle East. With help from Russia (Gog, Magog, Meshech, and Tubal in Ezekiel 38:2-3), Iran (mentioned prominently and called Persia in Ezekiel 38:5) will openly attack Israel, plotting on an international scale the complete obliteration of Jewish people.
And today, as the events unfold throughout the region, we are seeing that Iran no longer seeks to hide its support of terrorists in their unrelenting attacks against Israeli citizens. With Hezbollah to the north and Hamas to the south—both directly supported by oil-rich Iran and often supported by Middle Eastern nations who seek to rid the area of all Jewish people—Israel stands at the edge of a historic precipice. And Iran’s president, to the applause of some world leaders, calls for the destruction of Israel. This ferocity and determination to exterminate all Jews from the area are staggering!
Prophetic Milestone Marker #3: Even as Our World is Being Shaken, We Can Be Confident That Almighty God Will Prevail
As we see all these events coming into view, and as it certainly seems that Ezekiel’s prophecy is being fulfilled in front of our eyes, it should also be apparent that we are hurtling toward the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The prophetic words of the Lord Jesus sound more and more like today’s newscasts:
There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:25-28)
These are the times spoken of by the prophets. We are eyewitnesses to history! The signs of the times are screaming at us through events taking place right before our eyes.
Prophetic Milestone Marker #4: Prophecy is Being Fulfilled with Intensity
Our Lord Jesus tells us, “Verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come” (Matthew 10:23).
Before the Gospel is preached to all Israel, our Lord will return!
When I was first saved, that verse always puzzled me, but now I understand its meaning clearly. You see, the Gospel used to be preached by the apostles, yet in AD 70, the Jews were driven out of their homeland, including the church. For 19 centuries, the Gospel was seldom proclaimed throughout the Holy Land. Believers were scattered to the four winds and often faced unspeakable persecution wherever they went.
The years leading to World War II only heightened the danger, as Hitler’s forces openly sought to exterminate all descendants of the children of Israel from the face of the earth. But God’s plans were already moving into place for a gathering from around the globe unlike anything seen in history.
However, in 1948 when Israel was restored as a nation, the Jews were overwhelmingly not ready to hear the Gospel. Only recently have they started opening up to the message of hope and salvation through Jesus Christ. Today, even some rabbis are preaching the Gospel at the Wailing Wall. Every time I travel to the land of my birth, I am accosted on the street by people who watch This Is Your Day. The Holy Spirit is drawing Jews to Himself!
So the prophecy the Lord gave in Matthew 10:23 is happening right now! The apostles started it but could not finish it, yet now we are helping to finish it!
As prophesied long ago, the last people who hear the Gospel will be the Jews, and the hour has come that we must tell them. And when the Gospel is preached to all of Israel, our Lord Jesus will return!
Prophetic Milestone Marker #5: Israel Has Become a “Light to the Nations”
I’ve mentioned before many times that Israel is a land of miracles. Since its rebirth in 1948, it has become a light unto the world through its stalwart defense and unprecedented breakthroughs in so many fields—from mathematics to robotics, chemistry, physics, optics, medicine, economics, biotechnology, theoretical computer science, agriculture, weaponry, energy, consumer goods and appliances, food and drink, and so much more. The story of Israel’s economic and technological miracles is mind-boggling!
Right now, in addition to everything else, the Jews are perfecting advanced means of turning both saltwater and air into water!
The nation of Israel has become a hotbed of innovation and a magnet for venture capitalism, inspiring news reports such as the recent article, “Israeli Innovations that Set Example to the World.”
God promised “to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will also make You a light to the nations that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6 AMP).
This is actually taking place today!
Prophetic Milestone Marker #6: Spiritually, Believers Must Become a “Light to the World”
Today, because of technological breakthroughs and advancements, believers can use these technologies developed in Israel and around the world to become a spiritual “light to the world.”
The “regions beyond” are no longer merely geographical; they are virtual. And with what is available today, we can touch hearts with the Gospel, from the hurting teenager in Chicago to lost souls in desolate outposts around the world!
In today’s digital world, we can truly say, “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22).
Prophetic Milestone Marker #7: We Must Keep Advancing and Changing to Survive
There are so many ways available to us now that will allow us to “by all means save some.” But to stay relevant and able to reach masses of lost and hurting souls, we must be constantly changing, not relying on old methods and technology models.
You’ve often heard me say that I am determined to preach the Gospel and bring souls to Jesus by any means possible. Right now, the Internet and emerging technology are exploding with innovative breakthroughs that we couldn’t have imagined even a few years ago.
Currently, we are expanding our Internet and social media presence in the new virtual frontiers through video content, new interactive media workstations, social media staffing, and expanding infrastructure.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is free, but the means of getting out the message is very expensive. And in today’s fast-changing world, we will have less time to change. We must move with speed and cost-effectiveness.
I need your help to take “the Light of the world” to the nations!
We know there is only one answer for the world today: Jesus!
Will you join me in impacting the next generation of believers today through innovative social media as we continue to reach souls through television?
During the remainder of this month, we need to raise one million dollars above our normal operating budget in order to get totally current with our TV costs and to fund expanding social media advancements.
I’m asking the Lord to touch the hearts of my partners to send an extra $1,000, $500, or $100—whatever He shows you to give—during this special offering time.
Will you say “yes” today?
Heaven takes special notice when we give to spread His precious Gospel, and the Lord Jesus Himself will reward you for caring for those who have no hope, who have not heard, and who are in need!
And today’s accelerated times place an even greater demand on us—to get the Gospel out with intense speed. Now is not the time to slow down. The events occurring in the Middle East are wake-up calls for all believers.
I need your help more than ever. The hour is late, and the warning bells are ringing. The voice of prophecy is getting louder and louder, telling us to get the message out now. God is trying to get our attention through events occurring on the earth. We are on the verge of disastrous days if we do not hold it together in prayer.
Above all else, we know that we can no longer hide from the truth and wait for someone else to do the work. We must do it. Both you and I have a big job to do, and I am counting on you.
Trigger God’s outpouring in your life! Sow your seed as a step of faith with mighty expectation for today and the future, for Jesus declared:
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38)
Now is the time!
For the glorious and eternal cause of our precious Lord, Jesus Christ,