Why is it important for Christians to understand how Israel fits into prophecy?
To answer this and many other questions concerning Israel in Bible prophecy, we invited as a special guest on our television program Christ in Prophecy radio host Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries, located in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Jan’s “Understanding the Times” radio program broadcasts nationally on more than 800 radio stations! Being a Messianic Jew, Jan holds many unique insights into God’s prophetic plan for the nation of Israel.
The Super Sign
Jan Markell: Oh, my goodness! Israel is certainly the “super sign” that the Lord is coming back. What a testament to God that He keeps His promises! If God can keep His promises to Israel, would He not then keep His promises to the Christian as well?
Going to Israel changed my life. If standing in the middle of a living, fulfilled prophecy can change this Jewish woman’s life for Christ, then traveling to Israel will change anyone’s life.
Dr. Reagan: Just think about the Puritans who 400 years ago wrote about how God was going to regather the Jewish people from the four corners of the earth and bring them back to the land of Israel. Everybody told them, “You’re just crazy! That will never happen.” Even in 1909, when C. I. Scofield put together the Scofield Study Bible, when he got to Ezekiel 38-39 he said, “I can’t understand it. I can’t explain it. But Ezekiel says in the end times Russia will invade Israel.” When he wrote his comment, Israel did not exist. People did not believe that the nation would ever exist again. Why, Russia (Gog) was a Christian Orthodox nation during Scofield’s time! How could he explain that prophecy? He couldn’t.
Jan Markell: I have a friend who in her grandmother’s Bible was written in the column, “The Jews. What is going to become of the Jews?” She couldn’t figure it. She wrote this way back probably in the 1930’s. She couldn’t imagine what was going to happen to make Israel a nation once more, but it did happen.
Israel returning as a nation after almost 1,900 years is the miracle not just of the 20th Century, but the miracle of all times. To regroup a dispersed people, bring a language back from obsolescence, and have it’s people blossom as a rose in a wasteland country could only be a miracle from God.
Dr. Reagan: Another miracle, one that occurred even before the rebirth of the nation, was the preservation of the Jewish people. For 2,000 years the Jewish exiles were scattered all over the world. Gentiles persecuted them wherever they went. The Jew faced being killed, such as being slaughtered in pogroms, and yet God preserved a remnant to this day.
Jan Markell: Yes, the preservation of the Jewish people is indeed another miracle.
Nathan Jones: What nation comes back after 1,900 years? We don’t hear about the Hittites coming back, or the Aztecs, or the Mayans. No, only the nation of Israel has came back from out of the recesses of ancient history.
Dr. Reagan: And yet, I hear evangelical leaders all the time claiming the nation of Israel is merely an accident of history. “Israel’s rebirth has no significance whatsoever.” I can only stand there mouth gaping and think, “What?!”
Jan Markell: Denying the miracle of Israel is to discredit God, I’m sorry to say, because Israel is His miracle.
Dr. Reagan: It is, but you would think that just using common sense would tell a person that there’s got to be something going on here. Nations just don’t return after nearly 2,000 years of extinction.
Jan Markell: Israel’s return has got to mean something, and there is something amazing and prophetic to it. I encourage people to go. Go and see Israel for yourself, and witness a living miracle.Jan Markell: Go and see #Israel for yourself, and witness a living miracle. Click To Tweet
In the second segment of our interview of radio host Jan Markell concerning the miracle that is the nation of Israel, we’ll ask her if the Jews in Israel are really impostors.