Behold, the day of the Lord is coming…. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem. Zechariah 14:1-2
On September 6, 2007, an Israeli airstrike destroyed a mysterious military site near the Euphrates River in Syria. There’s little question why—Israel acted to keep Syria from developing nuclear weapons. But what about now? Iran and North Korea are working day and night to create their own nuclear weapons. Turkey may be seeking the same. And Hezbollah claims its goal is to have 500,000 missiles aimed at Israel. History is hurtling toward a global conflict, and the Middle East is ground zero.
That’s just what the Bible predicted.
John F. Walvoord wrote, “The importance of prophecy should be evident, even superficially, in examining the Christian faith, for about one-fourth of the Bible was prophecy when it was written. It is evident that God intended to draw aside the veil of the future and to give some indication of what His plans and purposes were for the human race and for the universe as a whole.”1
We should keep our eyes on the headlines and our nose in the Bible.
In the nature of Christian faith a solid hope for the future is essential. Christianity without a future would not be basic Christianity.
John F. Walvoord
- John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy of the Bible (Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 1999), 10.
Zechariah 14:1-9, The Siege of Jerusalem