Around 536 B.C., a king (Cyrus), would proclaim the end of the 70 year captivity for the Jews recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We know Daniel the Jewish prophet was taken into captivity around 606 B.C- confirming the 70 years captivity that was prophesied in Jeremiah (See Jeremiah 29:10).
The Jews would return to Israel. The proclamation at that time would set in motion events that would lead up to the first arrival of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. (See Daniel's 70 7's).
In 2018, another king (Trump), would issue a proclamation recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel- exactly 70 years after President Truman recognized Israel as a Nation in 1948. Again, the wheels have been set in motion for Jesus Christ, the Messiah's return.
The Return of the King
Jesus Christ is returning for His chosen land - Israel- for His chosen people- the Jews. He made a covenant with Abraham, long ago, that the Land was forever Abraham's and his entire bloodline thereafter; the land was promised to them forever; whatever land has been taken from them, the Lord will return- back to Israel.
Jesus Christ, King of all kings and Lord of all Lords is returning for His people, the Jews, who will receive Him as their Lord and Savior after they receive the false Messiah- the Antichrist- first.
43 "I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."John 5:43
The Antichrist will confirm a 7 year false peace covenant between many and Israel. He will be a man of peace and welcomed by the Israelis at Jerusalem. (Daniel 9:27)
Halfway into that 7 year false peace deal, the Antichrist will desecrate the 3rd Temple- put an end to the animal sacrifices, declare himself as God, and command everyone worship him, worship the image he sets up at that Temple, and receive the mark of the beast on their hand and/or forehead in order to buy or sell anything. (Revelation 13:16-18)
If they don't receive the mark- they will be persecuted- they won't be able to buy or sell anything and will most likely be beheaded. If they do receive the mark of the beast, they will lose their eternal salvation and burn in hell for eternity. (Revelation 14:9-11)
At that point- the Jews will recognize that Jesus Christ was in fact- their true Messiah- as He spoke - almost 2,000 years ago.
God instructs the Jews of what to do when they see this happen in a prophecy in Matthew 24:
Matthew 24:15-17 (NKJV)
15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. that when they see the "Abomination of Desolation" to literally drop everything they are doing and run to the hills.
They will then repent and receive Jesus Christ as the true Messiah; then, He will return- at the end of that 7 year Tribulation period- to Jerusalem. The Lord will provide for them as they flee the Antichrist to the mountains, just as He provided for them in the wilderness before they entered the promised land.
Anyone who receives that mark of the beast, loses their eternal salvation.
The Great Revival
Right now, we are witnessing a great revival of the Jews returning to Jerusalem; for centuries they have been dispersed all around the world, because they were persecuted and driven out of their land. Now, Israel is prosperous, just 70 years since becoming an official Nation in 1948, Israel is a thriving world power.
All of the nations who attacked Israel- sought to wipe out Israel and it's people- are no more- those great Empires- are fallen as God spoke in Genesis 12:1-3:
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
We now see a new wave of allied forces aligning against Israel- prophesied in the Bible over 2600 years ago in Ezekial 38. They are even lined up on Israel's borders, strengthening their military presence - right now.
This is indeed the beginning of the Gog Magog war spoken of in Ezekial 38. These powerful allied forces are going to eventually attack Israel. God Himself, He alone- is going to dismantle and crush these forces trying to overtake and plunder Israel- so that they will know it was He, the Lord, who defended Israel and crushed them.
Current Events- Prophesied- Over 2500 Years Ago...
17 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: You are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel. At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. 18 This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. 19 In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20 The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. 21 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. 23 And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’
Rebuilding of the 3rd Temple
The Antichrist will confirm the covenant with many...3.5 years after he confirms this covenant, he will rise up at that 3rd Temple and declare himself God, stopping the animal sacrifices.
27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
The Great Mirage
So although things look great for Israel right now- it is a mirage- a set-up-for the Antichrist to step in. Although God will indeed eventually crush the armies assembled against Israel, it is going to turn into an absolute EPIC nightmare- temporarily- for the Jews and everyone-across the world- who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; they will not escape the hell on earth that will happen during that Tribulation period.
2/3 of the world's population will perish from war, famine, disease and natural disasters during that time. Not only will they perish, many will lose their eternal salvation; whoever takes the mark of the beast on their hand and/or forehead, will lose their eternal salvation. They did not receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior...they will eventually be sent to hell- the eternal lake of fire -for eternity.
The Jews and all unbelievers, during this temporary reprieve- right now-before the Tribulation- have an opportunity- to make Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior , receive eternal salvation in paradise, forever with the Lord and the Church, in Heaven, experience true peace and prosperity- here- in the Millennium, and skip the Great Tribulation.
The Rapture is not only the "great hope," of all Christians, it is actually a promise-prophesied in the Bible. All of those who verbally receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, believe He died on the cross to forgive us of our sins and was risen by God from the dead are going to be Raptured up- into Heaven-before the Antichrist confirms the 7 year false peace covenant- before the 7 year Tribulation.
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.