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Why America May Never Recover From the Recession: Part 1: The Rebirth of the State of Israel

By: Steve Johnson

6/19/2009 - 33 Comments

One of the most amazing historical events in the last 100 years is the rebirth of the state of Israel.

This is Part 1 of an article series which takes a look at current events in relationship to biblical prophecy to explain why America may never recover from the current recession. 

After Israel was destroyed in 70 A.D. by Titus of Rome and scattered around the world for 2000+ years, the people of the land promised by God returned to re-establish the state of Israel – just as prophesied in Ezekiel 37.

Ezekiel 37 says that God will bring his people back to the land of Israel and bring their dried bones together and breathe life into them making them – a vast army.  This process started in 1948 when the nation of Israel was again created and the Jewish people started migrating from all over the world into the land that God gave them, which was promised to Abraham by God and passed down through Jacob, Isaac and all the way to the Jews today.

Ezekiel 9-17  “9 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.' " 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

11 Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.' 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O my people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.' "

Ezekiel 21-23 “'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, [b] and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.”

This amazing event has taken place to the detail. Many other prophecies of the ‘last days’ could not happen without this event taking place, which proves that we are living in the ‘last days’. 

His Return

In Acts 1:6-8, the disciples thought Jesus was going to stay on earth and restore the kingdom of Israel.
“…they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

As the king of the Jews, it was natural for a king to restore his kingdom.  But, in Luke Jesus tells us He will not return until the time of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

"Jerusalem shall be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." (Luke 21:4) Jesus says that the end of the age of the Gentiles is accompanied by the Jewish re-establishment of Jerusalem.

Jesus will return, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory … then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations . . . " (Matthew 25:31,32). Jesus will return and setup his kingdom in the city of Jerusalem.

Daniel also tells us that in the time of the kings of the revival of the Rome Empire, Jesus will restore his Kingdom and it will never again be destroyed.

Daniel 2:44-45 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”

The Future Of America

If the rebirth of the State of Israel is a precursor to the return of Jesus and at the time of His return the revived Roman Empire will be the only world power – then America could not be a superpower at this time. 

But, maybe this is still hundreds of years away?  The reason I don’t believe so is because the generation that is alive when Jerusalem is established will not pass away until Jesus returns, "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place." (Luke 21:32).  

If the generation will not die before these things have taken place, then we would have maybe 100 years from 1948 or 1967 when Jerusalum was retaken.  Perhaps we have 40-60 years before the return of Jesus at which time the Roman Empire will be the only world power.  That doesn’t leave a lot of room for America to return to prosperity and then fall apart again, while the EU (Rome) gains strength.

A more likely scenario is that America has already started declining and the European Union (the revived Roman Empire) is already strengthening.  As the dollar sinks, the Euro will perhaps become the new Reserve currency of the world.  This could easily happen in the next few years.

As I said in the introduction of this article series, the economic mistakes that have been made to bring about the global recession and that even bigger mistakes that are being made by economic leaders around the world are so obvious that they couldn’t have tried to create a worse case if they wanted to

The only explanation that I can see is that God has led them to the horrific mistakes in order for the world to fall into a massive economic collapse, while allowing world powers to shift so that prophesies will be fulfilled.  The establishment of Jerusalem was the trigger to bring about many shifts in the world that are shaking the foundation of economic and military world powers in a very short period of time.

The Lord is at work. He is moving across the face of the earth and He is bringing these things to past.  Romans 13 says, there is no authority but of God and that he has placed them there.  Many of the rulers of the world think they are in control, yet God is clearly the only authority under which He picks rulers and directs their decisions.

In part 2, we are going to look at how Israel has become the center of world conflict and how that corresponds to even more ‘last days’ prophecies and the US. 

Series Introduction

Part 1: The Rebirth of the State of Israel

Part 2: Israel Becomes the Center of World Conflict

Part 3: The Anti-Christ Will Come to Power When the Nations Are in Extreme Financial Trouble 

Part 4: Global Climate Changes will Increase in Frequency 

Part 5: America is Not Recorded as a Superpower in the Last Days

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