The Bible, especially the Old Testament, is filled with prophecies about future events in human history. The best known of these prophecies are the ones concerning the first and second comings of the Messiah. Many want to know if there are any Bible prophecies relevant to the time we are living in now, especially in regard to Israel.

The passages that speak about the second rebirth of Israel as a nation present the strongest case for biblical prophecies being fulfilled during our time. Many Bible scholars believe that these prophecies apply to the Jewish nation established in 1948 in the land over which King David reigned three thousand years ago. Other Bible scholars believe that these passages do not literally apply to modern Israel, but rather are figurative references to the Christian church.

Below are all the Bible passages I am aware of that scholars cite in support of their application to the modern nation of Israel. When it comes to eschatology (end times considerations) I am a premillennialist. Thus I believe Scripture speaks of a future for the nation of Israel. I encourage readers to examine these texts in the context of modern Israel’s history and its potential future, and then draw their own conclusions.

Modern Israel, a Fulfillment of Prophecy?

Worldwide Dispersion of Jews (key passages denoted by asterisks)
Lev. 26:31–35 Jer. 9:7–21 *Dan. 9:26 Zech. 10:9
*Deut. 28:36–68 Jer. 12:7–17 Hosea 3:4–5 Matt. 23:36–39
*Deut. 29:22–28 *Lam. 4:12–19 Joel 3:1–3 Matt. 24:1–35
1 Kings 14:15–16 Ezek. 36:3 Mic. 5:3 *Luke 21:20–24
Isa. 6:9–13 *Ezek. 36:18–19 Zech. 7:13–14

Second Rebirth of Israel as a Nation (key passages denoted by asterisks)
Deut. 30:1–9 Isa. 51:14 Ezek. 11:17 *Hos. 3:4–5
*Ps. 102:12–22 Isa. 52:2–3 Ezek. 21:25–27 Joel 3:1–3
*Isa. 11:11–13 *Isa.60:9 Ezek. 28:25–26 *Amos 9:9–15
*Isa. 14:1–5 *Isa. 66:7–11 Ezek. 34:12–14 Mic. 5:3
Isa. 27:12–13 Jer. 23:3 *Ezek. 36:1–15 Zeph. 3:19–20
Isa. 41:9 Jer. 23:8 *Ezek. 36:24 Zech. 2:3–12
Isa. 43:5–6 Jer. 30:7–11 *Ezek. 37:1–14 Zech. 8:7–8
Isa. 44:1–5 *Jer. 31:8–40 *Ezek. 38:8 Zech. 10:9–12
Isa. 49:14–22 Jer. 32:37–42 Hos. 1:11 *Matt. 24:32–33

Developments in Reborn Nation of Israel (key passages denoted by asterisks)
*Isa. 11:11–16 Isa. 51:3 *Ezek. 36:34–38 Mic. 7:11–17
*Isa. 19:16–17 Isa. 51:22–23 *Ezek. 38:1–16 Zech. 2:3–12
*Isa. 27:6 Isa. 54:3 Dan. 9:24–27 Zech. 8:11–13
Isa. 32:12–15 *Isa. 61:4–5 Joel 2:18–20 *Zech. 9:8
*Isa. 35:1–2 Jer. 3:16–18 Joel 3:1–3 Zech. 12:2–13
*Isa. 41:11–12 *Ezek. 28:26 Mic. 4:11–13 *Zech. 13:8–9
*Isa. 41:18–20 *Ezek. 34:25–30 Mic. 5:5–9 Zech. 14:2–21
Isa. 48:3–7, 11 *Ezek. 36:1–15

Reborn Israel’s Adversaries
Gen. 12:3 Isa. 41:11–12 Ezek. 29:3–16 Mic. 4:11–13
Ps. 83 Isa. 51:22–23 Ezek. 30:3–9 Zech. 9:8
Ps. 120:5–7 Isa. 54:3 Ezek. 36:1–8 Zech. 12:2–9
Isa. 11:14–16 Isa. 61:5 Ezek. 38:1–39:23 Zech. 14:2–21
Isa. 14:1–3 Jer. 30:7–11 Dan. 11:40–45 Rev. 9:14–16
Isa. 19:11–25 Jer. 30:16 Joel 2:19–20 Rev. 16:12
Isa. 29:14 Ezek. 28:26 Joel 3

Reborn Israel’s Territorial Expansion
Isa. 11:14 Ezek. 47:13–23 Mic. 5:5–6 Zeph. 2:6–11
Isa. 35:2 Amos 9:12 Mic. 7:11 Zech. 10:10
Ezek. 36:1–15 Obad. 19–21

Not Just for the Sake of Israeli Jews
Deut. 9:6 Isa. 19:23–24 Ezek. 36:22–32

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About The Author

Dr. Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. I also am eager to equip Christians to engage, rather than withdraw from or attack, educated non-Christians. One of the approaches I’ve developed, with the help of my RTB colleagues, is a biblical creation model that is testable, falsifiable, and predictive. I enjoy constructively integrating all 66 books of the Bible with all the science disciplines as a way to discover and apply deeper truths. 1 Peter 3:15–16 sets my ministry goal, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience." Hugh Ross launched his career at age seven when he went to the library to find out why stars are hot. Physics and astronomy captured his curiosity and never let go. At age seventeen he became the youngest person ever to serve as director of observations for Vancouver's Royal Astronomical Society. With the help of a provincial scholarship and a National Research Council (NRC) of Canada fellowship, he completed his undergraduate degree in physics (University of British Columbia) and graduate degrees in astronomy (University of Toronto). The NRC also sent him to the United States for postdoctoral studies. At Caltech he researched quasi-stellar objects, or "quasars," some of the most distant and ancient objects in the universe. Not all of Hugh's discoveries involved astrophysics. Prompted by curiosity, he studied the world’s religions and "holy books" and found only one book that proved scientifically and historically accurate: the Bible. Hugh started at religious "ground zero" and through scientific and historical reality-testing became convinced that the Bible is truly the Word of God! When he went on to describe for others his journey to faith in Jesus Christ, he was surprised to discover how many people believed or disbelieved without checking the evidence. Hugh's unshakable confidence that God's revelations in Scripture and nature do not, will not, and cannot contradict became his unique message. Wholeheartedly encouraged by family and friends, communicating that message as broadly and clearly as possible became his mission. Thus, in 1986, he founded science-faith think tank Reasons to Believe (RTB). He and his colleagues at RTB keep tabs on the frontiers of research to share with scientists and nonscientists alike the thrilling news of what's being discovered and how it connects with biblical theology. In this realm, he has written many books, including: The Fingerprint of God, The Creator and the Cosmos, Beyond the Cosmos, A Matter of Days, Creation as Science, Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, and More Than a Theory. Between writing books and articles, recording podcasts, and taking interviews, Hugh travels the world challenging students and faculty, churches and professional groups, to consider what they believe and why. He presents a persuasive case for Christianity without applying pressure. Because he treats people's questions and comments with respect, he is in great demand as a speaker and as a talk-radio and television guest. Having grown up amid the splendor of Canada's mountains, wildlife, and waterways, Hugh loves the outdoors. Hiking, trail running, and photography are among his favorite recreational pursuits - in addition to stargazing. Hugh lives in Southern California with his wife, Kathy, and two sons.

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