Here are 10 keys that I have learned from studying Jewish history,
Rabbinic thought, and current events here in Israel:
Eliezer Ben Yehuda
1. Restoring the Language
What was perhaps the first modern prophetic key regarding Israel in the end
times, came to Eliezer Ben-Yehuda in the late 1870s. He had a vision. He
felt God tell him, "You will go back and restore the language of the
prophets in the land of the prophets." He accepted that calling, and today
is known as the father of the Modern Hebrew language. He moved his family
to Israel in 1881, and his son was the first person to speak Hebrew as his
mother tongue since ancient times.
I see this as parallel to us as a Messianic community in Israel, as we
return not just to the Hebrew language, but to speaking in tongues
as the early church did for the first time on Shavuot in Acts 2.
2. Global Reconciliation
The second key was from Rabbi Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel, and
possibly the most significant in modern Jewish history. In the beginning,
the Ultra-Orthodox Jews were against the nation of Israel. In fact, most of
them continue to be so. Kook saw that the Israeli pioneers were secular,
atheist Communists. Therefore it seemed that the movement could not be from
God. However, because they were bringing God&039;s people back to the Land
of Israel according to Biblical prophecies, he created a bridge between
Ultra-Orthodoxy and modern Zionism, and in doing so, laid the foundations
of what we call Modern Orthodoxy. Today this stream of Judaism is
pro-Israel and even serves in the IDF.
Similarly, I believe that our calling as Messianics is to bring together
all the diverse aspects of Israel, including Orthodox and secular Jews, as
well as the international Ekklesia (church). Even though we're all
supposed to be on the same side, throughout history these groups have
opposed each other. So the second end times prophetic word is the
joining together of Israel and the church.
3. Stages of Restoration
When Rabbi Kook considered modern Israel, he did not believe that it was
the kingdom of God, but rather the first stage of the restoration which
would lead to the Kingdom of God. There had to be some sort of physical
restoration of the Land and the people of Israel so that redemption could
We are saying the same thing. Modern Israel today is not the Kingdom of
God, but rather the initial steps of a restoration that is leading to the
Kingdom of God. It is a mistake to be overly Zionist and call this the
Kingdom of God, and it's also a mistake to reject the idea completely.
We're saying that these are the beginning stages and the Messianic
community is in the middle of it.
4. Reading the Prophets
David Ben-Gurion, visionary and leader of Modern Zionism, read the Bible,
particularly the prophets. He held Bible studies each week in his home. He
taught the Bible, but he mistakenly interpreted the Bible through a
Communist viewpoint, as a kind of a socialist work. However, he was right
to encourage the reading of the prophets, and to not just read the Bible,
but try to live it. I believe that because he took inspiration from the
Scriptures about restoring the nation of Israel, God chose him to be the
first Prime Minister of Israel.
5. Pre-government Preparation
During the time of the British Mandate, prior to the establishment of the
State of Israel, Ben-Gurion also realized that one day we were going to
have a government, but we weren't ready yet. We needed to build an
organization that could function like a government so that we'd be
ready to have a nation when the time came. He set up an organization called
the "Histadrut," and it began to function like a government until it later
I believe that is a prophetic word for the church. The Ekklesia is supposed
to be two things, not just the people who have been gathered out of the
nations to become the body of Christ, but the word Ekklesia also means a
governing body or coalition. As believers, we are here not just to run the
church but act as our own "Histadrut" or pre-government. We are being
prepared now to run Yeshua's government when He returns. That's
why we believe in apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, in
elders and deacons, and in the structure of the church, because we are in
training. A government isn't run by one person, but by a whole group
of people. That's what discipleship is all about; getting ready to run
one of the positions of His government.
6. Preparing for War
Ben-Gurion also knew that when we declared the new State of Israel, within
24 hours every nation in the Middle East was going to attack us. We were
not ready. We didn't have any weapons or soldiers. We didn't know
how to fight. So he set aside all of his other functions, forming and
training a military in a year and a half.
I believe this is a prophetic word coming out of the body of Messiah in
Israel. We are heading towards the greatest war in the history of
mankind. We are moving into a period where all the nations of the world
are going to attack Israel and Christians, and do everything they can to
stop the second coming of Yeshua. I'm not saying we have to learn to
shoot guns, but we do need to learn to pray and prophesy, to understand the
Scriptures and declare the Word of God.
7. Confrontation of the Nations
Binyamin Netanyahu, our Prime Minister, goes to the United Nations and
confronts them, unlike any other world leader I've seen. He tells the
UN that they are making decisions against the Land and people of Israel,
even though we have a mandate from God to be here. He quotes the Bible and
he rebukes them for immorality and humanistic thinking, boldly confronting
the nations of this world.
There is something about the nation of Israel and its very existence that
is in confrontation with the UN. I believe we are going to begin to
confront the nations of the world with the truth of God. This is one
aspect of Israel's calling, and now that the body of Messiah is
connected to Israel, we have a prophetic message to give to the world.
8. Exposing Radical Islam
Netanyahu - more than any other world leader today - understands that
radical Islamic terrorism is the worst evil this world has ever seen, and
we need to fight it. People are being murdered at an unprecedented rate
and nobody is really fighting it other than Israel. There is an
alignment coming out of the nation of Israel.
You have the choice either to succumb to radical Islam or to fight against
it. The church doesn't necessarily need to take up weapons. But it
needs to be able to speak the truth and call it what it is: a murderous,
Anti-Christ spirit. When you send people all over the world to murder
everyone who disagrees with you, you are breaking the Ten Commandments.
That cannot be the God of Israel, and we need to actively oppose it.
9. Establishment of the Throne of David
In Hebrew, there is no word for 'prime minister.' Instead, the
title is the 'head of the government of Israel.' Do you remember
all the prophecies about Yeshua when He was born? He would sit on the
throne of David and rule over the tribes of Jacob. When Yeshua comes back,
he will sit on David's throne and rule the world from David's
What is a throne? A throne is a chair. The prime minister has a chair that
represents the government of Israel, the authority of David being restored
in the land of Israel. Right now, Netanyahu as the prime minister of
Israel sits in that chair. I'm not saying Netanyahu is the Messiah.
I'm not saying he's born again. But in structure and authority he
sits in the position of the throne of David.
We believe in a literal fulfillment of the prophecies of the kingdom of God
coming on earth. But until there was modern Israel and a government in
Israel, how could you believe these prophecies? For 2,000 years much of
the church did not really believe in the second coming, but instead in the
second appearance. They believed that Yeshua is going to appear, come half
way down, rapture away His bride, and then leave again! But the Bible says
He comes back once - all the way back to the Mount of Olives! Israel has
been restored and its capital is in Jerusalem. Yeshua can now return and
reign over the earth from Jerusalem.
10. Physically inheriting the Land
Lastly, one of the things that the head of the Israeli government does is
to guarantee that Jews and their descendants can settle in the Land: that
we have the right to build homes, establish farms, support an economy and
raise our children. It is amazing how much this idea is hated by so many
around the world.
Does the Bible indeed say that when Yeshua comes back the saints will
inherit the earth? Yes (Matthew 5:5 and 25:34). The way God ensures that
His kingdom will come to this earth is by promising it to the Jewish
people, in the Land of Israel. If it doesn't happen here, it
can't happen on the rest of the earth. The fact that Jewish people
are living here is a sure sign that Yeshua is coming and we will inherit
The majority of Christians have misbelieved for the last 2,000 years that
we will live for eternity in heaven leaving the earth to the Anti-Christ,
without a physical resurrection. That's all wrong teaching. But if the
Jewish people never come back to the Land of Israel, then that would
probably be true. The covenant rights of the Jewish people to live in
Israel guarantee the rights of Christians to inherit their own lands and