Considering the worldwide opposition, the fact that Israel exists today is an absolutely astonishing miracle that testifies to God’s intention to fulfill His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is this miracle that provides the strongest assurance that we are indeed in the last of the last days and that the removal from earth to heaven of the church composed of all true believers is very near.
Israel is the great sign God has given that we must watch. Events in the Middle East are moving us closer to the time when God’s program will move completely from the church to Israel because she alone will be left. The church will have vanished from this earth in an event called the Rapture, and the fulfillment of last days prophecies concerning Israel will accelerate.
Many skeptics imagine that the instant mass disappearance of millions of true Christians in the Rapture is pure fantasy invented by weaklings who dream of escaping this world. Such skeptics need to consider very carefully the fact that the same Bible from which we have been quoting prophecies that have unerringly foretold the entire history of Israel and events being fulfilled in our day also foretells the Rapture. To be left behind could be serious indeed. That will be the case, of course, for all – Jews and Gentiles alike – who have not believed in Christ as their Messiah and who will have to face Antichrist.
It will be through Armageddon, when Israel seems doomed to destruction, that Israel’s salvation will come. Looking death in the eye has a way of changing one’s attitude and beliefs. It many have been at the last moment in the Nazi gas chambers or standing on the edge of a pit dug as a mass grave and facing Nazi executioners that many Jews cried out to God and believed. Some previously unbelieving Jews who survived the Holocaust “felt compelled to return to Judaism [because] their experience simply confirmed to them that there was no way to avoid Jewish destiny – that assimilation among the gentiles was ultimately impossible” (Shoah, p. 271).