The Jewish People
The Jewish people are a living testimony to God’s sovereignty over fulfilled prophecy. The scriptures and the Savior came through the Jewish people and they play a key role in end-times prophecy. That is the reason there has been a millennia-long Satanic hatred of the Jews that shows up throughout the pages of scripture and world history. As God’s chosen people through whom would come the scriptures, the Messiah, and fulfilled end-times prophecy, the Jews have a remarkable and miraculous history, all foretold in Bible prophecy.
In all of world history there has never been another people group who has lost their land, been scattered all over the world, persecuted almost everywhere they have gone, maintained their cultural identity, and returned to their original homeland after nearly 2000 years.
There are many Old and New Testament prophecies concerning the Jewish people. From the Abrahamic covenant, to events of our day, we see very clear prophecy fulfillment exactly as it was foretold by the prophets, the apostles, and by Jesus himself.
For example, the Bible predicted there would be two dispersions and two occasions where the Jewish people are regathered to their land (Isaiah 11:11). The first occurred in 605 BC when Judah was conquered and the Jewish survivors were taken captive to Babylon and returned 70 years later to their land just as predicted. The second dispersion occurred in AD 70 when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem scattering the Jewish people all over the known world.
Following that they experienced major persecution which pushed many of them to even farther reaches of the world where they faced more persecution, most notably in Spain (1492 Edict of Expulsion), Russia (pogroms of 1791-1835), and most notably during the WWII holocaust at the hands of Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Jews began returning to their land the second time due to such hardships and persecution. They did not have a national homeland for 1878 years until, miraculously, after WWII, the nation of Israel was literally re-born “in a day” (Isaiah 66:8) on May 14, 1948. There are also many prophecies in the Bible requiring Jewish control of Jerusalem (see Zechariah 8:4-8, 12:1-3, Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) which were fulfilled in 1967 as a result of the Six Day War.
These three broad prophetic categories (covered in this post and the 2 previous posts: SEE 1, SEE 2)—along with many others—prove Scripture’s reliability and divine nature. As the verse at the beginning of the article tells us, we have a “completely reliable” prophetic message. Experts cite that approximately 2000 of the 2500 prophetic details in Scripture have already been fulfilled. My friends, that should give us great confidence that the remaining 500 or so end-time prophecies will also be fulfilled. God is a promise-keeper and one day soon he is coming for his Bride—then these remaining prophecies will unfold before our eyes. We live in truly exciting times.