I remember the first time I read this chapter being so awestruck by God’s fulfillment of this prophecy. The Israelites did turn away from God. God did send utter destruction upon them. They were scattered to the ends of the earth. And three thousand years later, they were drawn back to their homeland to become a nation once again. For them to even maintain a sense of national identity for this period of time, resisting the pressures of acculturation for generations, even despite constant persecution, is miraculous. For forces outside their control, an international body like the U.N., to declare them a nation is also miraculous.
It is also a great reminder that the plans of God cannot be thwarted. What God has declared will occur. We may not see them as prophecies fulfilled in the moment, but in hindsight it is easy to see how these events align with scripture.
Some are currently declaring prophecy is being fulfilled even now that relates to Jesus’ return to establish His kingdom. A quick search of the internet reveals many so-called prophets describing various prophecies and how they converge this coming Saturday, September 23, 2017. This isn’t the first time someone has believed and declared that the signs all indicate Jesus’ return on a particular date. So far, their track record is 0%. In fact, at Jesus’ first coming, those who were most piously watching for their Messiah, were the very ones who rejected and crucified Him.
However, the world is coming to an end. Not to be too morose, but each of us is dying. Whether it is today, next week, or eighty years from now, we all will face God either upon our death or upon Jesus’ coming. He called us to live in eager expectation, to be diligent about proclaiming the good news, and to be wise in observing the signs that point to His return.
With all that is happening in our world, we must remember that we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Not even guaranteed our next breath. Seek the Lord while He may be found. Repent and trust in Jesus’ free gift of salvation. Follow Him and share the truth with those around you.