Jimmy Evans on Israel: The Epicenter for the End Times

An Israeli flag flies Wednesday near the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

When I was a young Christian, I had no idea of the significance of Israel or the Jewish people. I was new to the faith and newly married. One day, when my wife and I were casually browsing a Christian bookstore, I saw a poster on the wall. It bore one simple word, Israel, along with a picture of a menorah.

I didn’t really know what it meant, but couldn’t take my eyes off that poster. After staring at it for a few minutes, I approached the bookstore owner at the front counter. “What does that poster mean?” I asked him. He proceeded to tell me about the nation of Israel and the Jewish people from the Bible’s perspective.

The part of his explanation that meant the most to me was when he mentioned that Jesus was—and is—Jewish. I felt something shift in my heart. Despite my lack of knowledge, I believe God used this moment in a supernatural way, causing me to fall deeply in love with Israel and the Jewish people. My love for Israel has only grown through the years.

Jimmy Evans is the Founder and CEO of MarriageToday, a ministry and nationally syndicated television program devoted to helping couples thrive in strong and fulfilling marriages and families. He is Senior Pastor of Gateway Church, one of the largest churches in the nation. | (Courtesy of Jimmy Evans)

I am too young to have been alive when Israel became a nation in May 1948, but I believe God masterfully orchestrated the nations and powers of the world for this to become a reality. Israel’s existence today is a pure miracle.

For almost 2,000 years, the Hebrew people were scattered all over the world. Then, in 1948, their nation was reborn as a physical and geographical reality.

God’s regathering of them to their homeland was an answer to Bible prophecy and still has enormous implications today. For some, that may be a confusing statement, because Israel is a small nation. It has only around 9 million people, and geographically is about the size of New Jersey.

How then is it so consequential? The Bible demonstrates this fact on almost every page. Through Israel, God showed His love for the human race and brought salvation to the entire human race. At the same time, Israel will be the epicenter for the events of the end times.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jimmy Evans