The Word gives us many clues. And all we have to do is look around us to see those things taking place right under our very noses.
Although there are many more than this, I will focus on three different Biblical reasons why we can believe that Yeshua is returning very, very soon.
1. The Pattern of SevenThis pattern shows up over and over in the Word. In Genesis, God created the world in six days, and rested on the seventh. Seven means completeness. Human history has been around for 6000 years (although there are many who would dispute this, even in the church). There were about two thousand years from Adam to Abraham, about two thousand years from Abraham to the Messiah, and about two thousand years from the Messiah to now. Revelation talks about a millenium of peace that the Messiah will set up here on Earth when He returns - could this be our Sabbath Millenium?
In Revelation, God gave us the letters to the Seven Churches. These letters are not just instruction to those seven actual churches in Asia Minor. They are a prophetic picture of the age we are now in. The churches, in order, line up with church history, from the end of Acts to the present. Right now, we are on the cusp of Philadelphia/Laodicea. (For more information on the Seven Churches, feel free to click on the "Seven Churches" label to the right.
There are also seven feasts (appointed times) of the Lord, which are outlined in Leviticus 23. The Messiah has fulfilled the first four with His first coming: Passover with His death, Unleavened Bread with His Burial, Firstfruits with His resurrection, and Shavuot (Pentecost) when He sent the Holy Spirit. The "long, hot summer" between the Feasts is the time period we are now in - the church age, in which the gospel is offered to the nations. He will return to fulfill Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets, aka Rosh Hashanah), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).
Interestingly, Yom Teruah is the feast known as "no man knows the day or the hour," because the priests had to search for the new moon. (The other six feasts take place later in the lunar month when the moon is visible). Without knowing the Jewish roots of this expression, people today get all whipped up over "date-setting." Luke 21:7 says, "So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?” And Yeshua proceeded to explain to them all the signs that will precede the end of the age.
2. The Increase of KnowledgeDaniel 12:4 says, “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
Is that true today, or what? The beginning of the industrial age was marked by the invention of the steam engine in the 1700s. From there, we progressed to all manner of machines and inventions, leading right up to the current information age. Google gives us any factoid we want to know, right at our fingertips. It is easy to look at modern history and see how knowledge has increased exponentially. I find it interesting that the bicycle, the car, and the airplane were invented all within a few decades of each other.
3. The Modern State of IsraelThis one is my favorite.
No other sign shows God's power and faithfulness better than His miraculous regathering of the exiles from all over the Earth. No people group has ever been able to maintain their identity once expelled from their homeland the way the Jewish people have. Especially when so many in history have tried to hard to annihilate them!
|The Palestine Post, founded in 1932, was re-named The Jerusalem Post in 1950|
The Jewish people experienced two expulsions from the land that was promised to Abraham as an everlasting possession in Genesis 17:7 (and later confirmed to both Isaac and Jacob). The first dispersion was due to idolatry and disobedience to the Moses covenant made at Sinai. They were sent to Babylon, remained there for 70 years, and were then sent back by King Cyrus - just as Isaiah had prophesied many years earlier.
The second expulsion happened because the Jewish leaders rejected Yeshua as Israel's Messiah; thereby leading many of their people astray. The temple was destroyed in 70 AD (forty years after the death and resurrection of the Messiah) and the Jewish people were scattered, not just to Babylon, but to the four corners of the Earth.
Some of the early church fathers didn't know what to make of this. They developed "Replacement Theology," which says that the Church replaced Israel in God's plan; that God is done with Israel for good. And for many centuries, it may have seemed that way to them, since the Jews were no longer in their homeland. But to cling to this theology, they needed to either ignore or allegorize so many scriptures. Here are a few examples (and there are many, many more):
You [Israel] whom I [God] have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its farthest regions,
And said to you,‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not cast you away...
Thus says the Lord:
And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
I will also cast off all the seed of Israel
For all that they have done," says the Lord.
They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them;
They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.
I will plant them in their land,
And no longer shall they be pulled up
From the land I have given them,”Says the Lord your God.
Then the Lord will be zealous for His land,
And pity His people.
The Lord will answer and say to His people,
“Behold, I will send you grain and new wine and oil,
And you will be satisfied by them;
I will no longer make you a reproach among the nations.
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
God's plan is centered on the people of Israel, and so as we look for the return of the Lord, it is wise for believers to pay close attention to, and pray for, Israel in these last days.
May they prosper who love you.