Right now there’s a pull for Jewish votes between President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney.
How does God feel about Israel? Will the tiny nation surrounded by enemies who want to wipe them from the earth survive Iran’s nuclear bomb, Syria’s wars, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah or even the United States turning its back on them?
The prophets Isaiah and Zechariah are among those who wrote about Israel’s future. The Jews were scattered over all the earth after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Then, after World War II, they began coming from all directions back to their country and became a nation in 1948. It’s the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s vision of the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37) that ended up as the spiritual song that connects the skeleton one by one. “The toe bone, the foot bone, the heel bone, and on and on. Here are the words of Zechariah:
“Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein,” Zechariah wrote in Zechariah 2: 4-11. “’For I,’ saith the Lord, ‘will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.
“’Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the Lord: for I have spead you abroad as the four winds of heaven’, saith the Lord, ‘for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven,’ saith the Lord. ‘Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.’ For thus saith the Lord of host; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.
“’ For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants; and ye shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me.
“’Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee,’ saith the Lord.
“’And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts hath sent me unto thee.”
Here’s what Isaiah wrote about what will happen in Israel during end times: “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
“The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by the arm of His strength: Surely I will no longer give your grain to be food for your enemies; and the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored.
“But those who have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; Those who have brought it together shall drink it in my holy courts….
“Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world: Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold his reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’ And they shall call them The Holy People. The Redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought Out, A City not Forsaken” (Isaiah 62: 6-12).
One final good word from Zechariah 13:1: “In that day there shall be a fountain opened in the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and uncleanness.”
But it’s not all good news. Read these books of the Bible and be amazed.