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End Times Berean Watchman Report - Fulfilled Prophecies Regarding Israel - Part 3

End Times Berean Watchman Report
End Times Berean Watchman Report - Fulfilled Prophecies Regarding Israel - Part 3
By Dr. Christian Widener • Issue #24 • View online
April 8th, 2022
Welcome back to the End Times Berean Watchman Report!
I’ve got another installment of prophecies that have been fulfilled in Israel, an update on the book, and we’ll be talking about some of the more significant developments in the news…

Fufilled Prophecies Regarding Israel - Part 3
The Permanent Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
As I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah along with their neighboring towns,” declares the Lord, “so no one will live there; no people will dwell in it.” – Jeremiah 50:40
In the land of ancient Israel, the site of Sodom and Gomorrah has been discovered. Researchers have suggested that the destruction could have been caused by the mid-air explosion of a massive meteor [1], but the Bible gives us an explanation of what really happened that is even more spectacular. Nevertheless, what they found is evidence of a massive fiery destruction of the entire plain. The area is near the Dead Sea, and to this day it is a wasteland where no one lives, as Jeremiah prophesied when he said that Babylon would be destroyed like Sodom and Gomorrah. [Some may see this as a trivial fulfillment, but to have declared thousands of years ago that a place would be wasteland forever, and for it to now still be a wasteland, four-thousand years later, seems impressive to me.]
[1] Ted E. Bunch, et al. “A Tunguska sized airburst destroyed Tall el-Hammam a Middle Bronze Age city in the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea.” Scientific Reports, v. 11, n. 1 (2021): 1-64.
The Land a Continual Waste
Ezekiel foretold that not only would there be a return of the Jews to the Holy Land in the last days, but also that when they did return, it would be to a land that had been a continual waste up until that time. It is a striking prophecy, considering that Israel was once a very lush land. It quickly became a wasteland, though, after the destruction of Jerusalem, and it remained that way for almost two millennia. We also see that this is one more verse promising to regather the exiles.
After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.  – Ezekiel 38:8
It is well documented that Palestine was a continual waste up until the time of the creation of the state of Israel. In fact, Mark Twain, in his visit to the Holy Land in 1867, said this to say:
“Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince. The hills are barren. The valleys are unsightly deserts fringed with feeble vegetation that has an expression about it of being sorrowful and despondent…It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land…Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes… Where Sodom and Gomorrah reared their domes and towers, that solemn sea now floods the plain, in whose bitter waters no living thing exists – over whose waveless surface the blistering air hangs motionless and dead… Nazareth is forlorn; about that ford of Jordan where the hosts of Israel entered the Promised Land with songs of rejoicing, one finds only a squalid camp of fantastic Bedouins of the desert; Jericho the accursed, lies a moldering ruin today, even as Joshua’s miracle left it more than three thousand years ago; Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and their humiliation, have nothing about them now to remind one that they once knew the high honor of the leader’s presence; the hal-lowed spot where the shepherds watched their flocks by night, and where the angels sang Peace on earth, good will to men, is untenanted by any living creature, and unblessed by any feature that is pleasant to the eye. Renowned Jerusalem itself, the stateliest name in history, has lost all its ancient grandeur, and is become a pauper village; the riches of Solomon are no longer there to compel the admiration of visiting Oriental queens; the wonderful temple which was the pride and the glory of Israel, is gone… Capernaum is a shapeless ruin… Bethsaida and Chorazin have vanished from the earth, and the “desert places” round about them where thousands of men once listened to the leader’s voice and ate the miraculous bread, sleep in the hush of a solitude that is inhabited only by birds of prey and skulking foxes. Palestine is desolate and unlovely.” – Mark Twain [2]
Mark Twain was not famously given to an ardent and fanatical faith in God and the Scriptures; but in his account of his visit to the Holy Land, his faith in the events of Scripture is expressed in his recognition of the places where biblical events occurred. For example, he noted that “Jericho the accursed, lies a moldering ruin today, even as Joshua’s miracle left it more than three thousand years ago.” This shows that Twain believed in the miracles of the Bible. Twain refers to Jesus Christ as “the leader,” but with reverence. And Twain indirectly demonstrated that he understood Christ’s prophecy regarding Bethsaida and Chorazin, when he remarked that those two cities had “vanished from the earth,” an allusion to Jesus’ pronouncement in Matthew 11:21-23. But Twain’s descriptions confirm the poor condition of the land prior to the return of the Jews as a nation (as prophesied); however, it is obvious that one could no longer call the land of Israel a wasteland. Once again, it has been built up and is flourishing.
“Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.” – Matthew 11:21-23
View looking SW toward Jerusalem circa 1898 [3].
View looking SW toward Jerusalem circa 1898 [3].
View looking SW toward Jerusalem in 2011 [4].
View looking SW toward Jerusalem in 2011 [4].
[2] Mark Twain. The Innocents Abroad (Collins Clear-type Press, 1869): 606-8.
[3] “Jerusalem Cityscape.” G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection (taken between 1898 and 1946), https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/matpc.08440
[4] “Old City, Jerusalem,” State of Israel. December 12, 2011, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jerusalem_Old_City_(8118442767).jpg
The Desolate Places Rebuilt and Productive
Since the Jews began returning to Israel in the nineteenth century, and especially since the creation of the Jewish state in 1948, lands that were once barren and desolate are now farms, orchards, plantations, and grazing grounds for livestock. From a state the size of Vermont, Israel exports fine fruits and vegetables all over the world. They are world leaders in modern agriculture and irrigation.
In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit. – Isaiah 27:6
The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. – Isaiah 35:1
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. – Isaiah 61:4
I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful. Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit. – Jeremiah 31:4-5
The final fulfillment of making Israel prosper must also clearly include the millennial kingdom; and yet, as soon as Israel became a nation again, the fulfillment of these verses began to be seen in the land of Israel. We read that God intentionally wanted this to be a sign to the nations. He wanted everyone to know that it was brought about by the strong arm of the Lord, who does everything he says he will do.
“Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.” – Ezekiel 36:36
In the News...
So, it’s been another couple of weeks, but the prognosis is unchanged. The ride is definitely going to get rougher.
INFLATION
Even more inflation is on the way. The fact that the discount store Aldi had to take such a drastic change in their prices overnight, tells you just how fast prices have actually been increasing, and that surpluses (which is were discounts mostly come from) are drying up.
German retailer Aldi Nord to raise prices by 20-50% on Monday
For those in the US, inflation will mean rising prices for food as global shortages drive prices up, but it will not mean food is generally unavailable. As a major breadbasket of the world, we should be protected from true famine conditions, but that doesn’t mean that food will be distributed everywhere it needs to be. In some places, food just won’t make it to the shelves. But other countries, like those in the Middle East and Africa, will be even worse off. Many of those countries simply don’t grow enough grain in their own countries to feed everyone. Combined with extreme poverty, some countries will not be able to import enough food, guaranteeing empty shelves–whether food distribution is working or not.
RUSSIA-UKRAINE
This will not only become a humanitarian crisis, but it could also make countries in the Middle East, who are highly dependent on grain imports from Russia and Ukraine, especially volatile. Lebanon’s central bank has already declared bankruptcy, which again will further exacerbate the problem of feeding the nation.
Blinken Warns Arab World of 'Grave' Security Threat From Ukraine War
Lebanon’s economic crisis deepens as central bank declares bankruptcy - All Arab News
The Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to some reports, is driving us into a global recession.
Dallas Fed: Global recession 'seems unavoidable' if Russian sanctions continue | Texas | thecentersquare.com
But if you were hoping for a quick end to the present conflict, think again. Although, General Miley’s predictions have been anything from reliable, this sounds more like an admission than a prediction. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Poland is beginning to prepare its citizens for invasion. If that happens, then there will be no doubt that WW3 is underway.
Top General Urges More US Troops in Eastern Europe | Newsmax.com
Govt. launches guide on how to survive Russian invasion, with tips including how to prepare for war and what to do if hostilities break out!
ISRAEL
The Russia-Ukraine crisis is also hitting countries like Israel who are having to destroy food because they are having a lot of trouble finding new distribution lines for produce once destined for Russia and Ukraine, before it spoils.
50,000 tons of Israeli produce may be destroyed due to Ukraine War - Israel News - The Jerusalem Post
Terror attacks have exploded in Israel to the worst level since 2006. Just in March, there were 52 shooting attacks, nine stabbing attacks, two ramming attacks, seven arson attacks on military facilities, 255 rock-hurling attacks, 28 firebombings, 296 incidences of conflict with IDF forces, 119 incidents of conflict with “settlers,” and 47 mass protests against the “occupation.” All those attacks were in March of this year alone, in a country the size of New Jersey. PM Bennet even urged all Israeli citizens who can legally carry guns with them when they go out to do so. And with the Muslim month of Ramadan just getting underway, the attacks have been continuing, with every expectation that they may yet escalate further. This has helped to destabilize an already teetering government in Israel that was only held together by its disdain of Netanyahu. This present challenge to the government could lead to a sudden shift of alliances, in order to regain a coalition with the current elected members, or it could result in another round of elections. We’ll have to wait and see on that, though.
In one month: 52 shooting attacks during March | Israel National News - Arutz Sheva
PM tells licensed Israeli owners to carry their guns amid ‘murderous terror wave’ | The Times of Israel
Breaking down Bennett’s coalition breakdown | Israel National News - Arutz Sheva
And it seems that we are not alone in thinking that these really could be the beginnings of the final tribulation before the return of Christ. Almost 40% of Americans see the present circumstances as a biblical sign of the last days.
EXCLUSIVE: New poll finds stunning 40% of all Americans believe Russian invasion of Ukraine is a biblical sign of the 'last days' - that's more than 100 million Americans | All Israel News
Witnessing the End
And I uploaded the Kindle edition of my book for Pre-Order this week on Amazon. It will be only $9.97 for the Kindle Edition. By next week, the paperback and hardcover versions should also be listed. The list price for the paperback will be $24.97 and the hardcover will be $39.97. I’d be interested in any feedback on that pricing, though. Compared to high volume distribution books they would be a bit higher than similar books, but compared to a large specialty pizza or a steak dinner, they don’t seem overpriced. Plus, Amazon will at times run their own sales and discounts well below those prices. Book sales are the only way I’m supporting my ministry, and the extremely slim margins selling books at the prices that people who sell hundreds of thousands of books do simply doesn’t pencil out. And with the Kindle ebook, there is a very low entry point that should make it available to anyone who’s interested.
If your a Kindle fan, I hope you will pre-order your copy today, and if you’d prefer a hard copy, just wait a bit, because that should be uploaded for pre-order soon as well. :)
Witnessing the End: Daniel's Seventy Sevens and the Final Decree Everyone Missed - Kindle edition by Widener, Christian. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
And I’ve just made my last book, The Temple Revealed, available for download as a .pdf on the marketplace website, Gumroad.
The Temple Revealed: The True Location of the Jewish Temple Hidden in Plain Sight (Full Book pdf)
Until Next Week...
Next week, I’ll have some more prophecies for you about Israel, and we’ll check in on world events, while we wait to see, “What’s Next?”
Be strong and courageous–knowing where our help comes from,
Christian
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