seven of the end time prophecies
In the 20th Century, seven of the end time prophecies related to Israel were either fulfilled or were in the process of being fulfilled. They were:
- The regathering of the Jewish people from the four corners of the world.
- The reestablishment of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948.
- The reclamation of the land of Israel from a barren wasteland to an agricultural land of abundance.
- The revival of the Hebrew language from the dead.
- The reoccupation of the city of Jerusalem on June 7, 1967.
- The resurgence of Israeli military power.
- The refocusing of world politics on the nation of Israel.
All of these events represent the fulfillment in whole or in part of very specific end time prophecies that can be found in the Hebrew scriptures.
Let's take a look at one of those prophecies whose fulfillment began before the 20th Century, but which was completely fulfilled during the 20th Century. This is one of the most amazing prophecies of them all. What I have in mind is the revival of the Hebrew language from the dead. It's a remarkable story!
A Special Street
I love to take groups to Israel. We always end up in the new city of Jerusalem. When I say new, what I'm talking about is the fact that it is the new part of Jerusalem as compared to the Old City of Jerusalem that is surrounded by the walls. The street called Ben Yehuda Street is sort of the heartthrob of the new Jerusalem. It is very busy there at noon during the day as people come and go to eat lunch, but it's really busy at night. Come down to Ben Yehuda Street during the night time and particularly after the Sabbath ends on Saturday about 9 o'clock at night, and you will see people come from all over Jerusalem where they have fellowship and they eat ice cream. You'll see street vendors of all kinds, people playing violins and guitars, dancers, and tattoo artists. You name it! You'll find it on Ben Yehuda Street.
In Israel, almost every city has a street named Ben Yehuda Street. Just who was Ben Yehuda? What is his name all about?
Before I answer these questions, let me read to you a Scripture. In the Hebrew scriptures in Zephaniah 3:9 it says speaking of the end times, "In those days I will restore the peoples of pure language that they may call on the name of the Lord to serve Him with one accord."
Throughout the centuries, Christians as well as Jews have believed that this is a prophecy that in the end times the biblical language of Hebrew would be revived.
Man on a Mission
Eliezer Ben Yehuda was the man who fulfilled the Zephaniah 3:9 prophecy!
He was born in Lithuania in 1858 to an Orthodox Jewish family. He began studying, reading when he was just three years old. He was absolutely a genius. He excelled in all languages. He learned Hebrew very quickly. By the age of 12, he was already fluent in many languages like French, German and Russian. He was a spectacular language specialist.
Ben Yehuda's family wanted him to be a rabbi, but that never was something that he seemed to be interested in. Instead, he decided to move to Paris and study medicine. He was there four years studying medicine.
While he was in Paris, the spirit of nationalism began to sweep across Europe. This is the idea of one nation for every people. The Balkans, like every other group of people there, were wanting their own nation. That spirit of nationalism touched his heart and his soul and he decided the Jews really need a land for their own nation. This was before Theodor Herzl came on the scene. In fact, a number of years before Herzl, who is considered the founder of modern day Israel, came on the scene, Ben Yehuda had this vision of going back to the Jewish homeland and starting to speak Biblical Hebrew once again. Ben Yehuda believed it was essential if the Jewish people were really going to be a nation for them to have their own special language.
To truly understand what this was all about, you have to understand that when the Jews were scattered by the Romans all over the world after 70 AD, that the Jewish people stopped speaking Hebrew. Those who went into the European area took Hebrew and they mixed it with German and came up with a new language called Yiddish. Likewise, the Jews who were scattered into the Mediterranean Basin took Hebrew and they mixed it with Spanish and came up with a language called Ladino. Jews continued to read Biblical Hebrew in the synagogue for example, or when they were reading the Talmud or various religious papers, but they stopped speaking Hebrew as an everyday language. They were speaking either Yiddish, Ladino, or the language of whatever country they happened to live in. So, Hebrew over the 2,000 years following the dispersion of the Jews all over the world became essentially a dead language as far as being spoken by people on an everyday basis.
In 1881, at the age of 23, Ben Yehuda was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He was told that he only had a very short time to live. So, he decided that he was going to move to the land of his people, to his homeland. If he was going to die young, he was going to die there. Well, that was about the worst decision one could make in 1881, because he moved to the Holy Land and to the City of Jerusalem. Jerusalem at that time was an incubator of disease. Just about every disease you could imagine was rampant in the city. People were dying of tuberculosis, cholera, yellow fever, and the plague. You name it! But, Jerusalem is where he came to live. And, God supernaturally extended this man's life even with TB for many, many years thereafter.
When Ben Yehuda arrived in Jerusalem, he became obsessed with the revival of the Hebrew language. He would work 12-18 hours a day trying to revive the Hebrew language from the dead so it would become a daily spoken language of the people.
Let me try to give you an example of what I am talking about here. What if I were to tell you that God had spoken to me and said He was fed up with modern English and He wanted us to go back to the pure English that existed in the time of Chaucer when he wrote the Canterbury Tales. That's English from only 600 years ago. Well, Ben Yehuda was going back 2,000 years trying to revive a language! Here's what English sounded like when Chaucer wrote:
"Whan that Aprile with his shoures soote. The droughte of March hath perced to the roote. And bathed every veyne en swich licour. Of which vertu engendred is the flour."
If I told you that God had told me that we've got to go back and revive that language and bring it up to date, I suspect you would be calling the guys with the butterfly nets to have me put away as incurably insane. Well, let me tell you, there were many people who felt that way about Eliezer Ben Yehuda.
He ended up with people attacking him from both sides. For example, the men who later became the major political leaders of Israel in its early years were all Socialists, and they were men who were mainly Agnostics and some were Atheists. They didn't want to speak a biblical language. They wanted a modern language. On the other hand, the ultra-orthodox were also opposed to Ben Yehuda because they believed that Hebrew was a biblical language that should never be spoken on the street.
Jerusalem is Jewish
Jerusalem has always been Jewish, and the eternal capitol of the Jewish people. The State of Israel celebrated the 3,000 anniversary of Jerusalem back in 2000 to the ire of the Arabs. David conquered Jerusalem from the Jebusites in 1000 B.C. and has been a Jewish capitol ever since.
The Arabs today try to re-write history and revisionist try to claim that Jerusalem was never Jewish and the Jews have no right to the city. The PA wants East Jerusalem for a future Palestinian State, with sovereign control of the Temple Mount and other Jewish and Christian holy sites.
The Muslim Walkf, the caretakers of the Temple Mount today say they never was a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. This is nothing but Arab propaganda. According to a 1924 Arab document put out by the Muslim Walkf at that time, said there were indeed two Jewish Temples, Solomon's and Herod's Temple.
The Bible predicts a time when all nations will move against Jerusalem in an attempt to kill the Jewish people. Zechariah 12:2-3 says God will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone, and a cup of trembling. He also says in Zechariah 14:2 God will gather all nations to Jerusalem for battle.
Jerusalem is mentions over 700 times in the Bible, but not once is it mentioned in the Koran. Archaeologist have uncovered scores of Jewish artifacts dating back to the first and second Temple periods and even earlier. The Arabs today cannot produce any evidence they were in the land before the Israelites. Arab archaeological artifacts were uncovered in the Holy land only after the 7th century A.D., 700 years after Jesus.
The Bible says that one day Jerusalem will become the seat of Jesus during Millennial Kingdom that will last for 1000 years. He will re-establish the throne of King David and will reign on that throne from the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be earth's capitol and Israel the head of the nations.
These events of a global march on Jerusalem by the enemies of the Jewish people is setting the stage for Bible prophecy. With the prophecies of a Daniel 11:40 Syrian and Egyptian invasion of Israel, a Psalm 83 Arab invasion of Israel, and an Ezekiel 38-39 Russian led Arab coalition against Israel seems to be on the horizon.
Jesus is coming soon and it could be today.
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time