2018 In Bible Prophecy
As we turn the page on a mostly unstable 2017, we shift our attention toward what will likely be an explosive year in 2018.
We will peer into the prophetic future to preview what could be coming in the new year. However, before exploring the potential fulfillment of future Bible prophecies that could happen soon, let’s review a few that have already happened in modern history.
This year marks the 70-year anniversary of the rebirth of the nation of Israel. Restored as a nation on May 14, 1948, the Jewish state is now home to nearly 6.5 million Jews, more than any other nation for the first time in modern history. Relocating these displaced peoples back into their ancient homeland was no easy undertaking. Their ancestors had been displaced throughout the nations for almost 2,000 years.
There appears to be no other ethnicity found in history that has survived that long of a worldwide diaspora, nor two entire desolations of, and complete dispersions from, their historic homeland. The first desolation and dispersion lasted for 70 years beginning around 586 BC during the reign of the Babylonian Empire. The second spanned from 70 AD, when the Roman Empire destroyed the city of Jerusalem and the second Jewish Temple, until the rebirth of the nation on May 14, 1948.
Some suggest that the existence of Israel today is a modern-day miracle, but if so, to what or whom, should the credit for this unprecedented wonder be given? Does the glory go to the United Nations, which legislated the existence of Israel through its resolution 181 on November 29, 1947?
Certainly, after the horrific Jewish genocidal campaign of the Nazi’s during the Holocaust, the surviving Jews deserved international sympathy and compassion. However, was it the UN or the sovereign God working through the UN that caused the creation of the Jewish state?
The Lord has worked through Gentile nations in the past to accomplish His sovereign purposes concerning the Jews in relationship to their homeland of Israel. The Babylonians were used as a tool to separate the Jews from their land as part of a divine disciplinary act according to Jeremiah 25:8-11. After the completion of this historic dispersion, the Lord utilized the Persians with their infamous King Cyrus to restore the Jews to their land of Israel as per Ezra 1:1-6.
If the acclaim goes to the UN, then why has this international body tarnished this trophy by passing more negative actions against the Jewish state than any other world nation? Hundreds of Anti-Semitic UN Resolutions concerning Israel have been passed since the initial UN Resolution 181.
Or, should the marvel of Israel’s existence be accredited to the God of the Bible?
The answer to this question is YES! This is understood by the fact that the Jewish state today fulfills multiple ancient biblical predictions. These are foretelling’s that were penned thousands of years ago on the ancient parchments of both the Old and New Testaments. Below is a list of some of these prophecies.
Israel; A Modern-Day Miracle That Fulfills Many Bible Prophecies
Hosea 3:4-5 – The Israelites would be many days without a sacrifice, but would return to their ancestral homeland in the last days. The Jewish sacrificial system essentially ended around 70 A.D. when the Romans destroyed their second Jewish temple. To date, they still anticipate the day that they can rebuild their temple and reinstate their animal sacrifices.
Isaiah 66:8 – Predicts that Israel would be restored as a nation in “one day.” This coming May 14, 2017, will mark the 70-year anniversary of the fulfillment of that miraculous “one day” prophecy.
Ezekiel 38:8 – This verse also prophesies that the regathering of the Jewish people would happen in the latter years.
Ezekiel 20:34 and 36:24 – Informs the Jewish regathering would be a worldwide phenomenon.
Ezekiel 37:11-12 – Declares that the Jews will be restored after experiencing a horrific holocaust. Just prior to their regathering they will say, “Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!”
Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. (Ezekiel 37:11-12)
Isaiah 11:11 – Foretells that this regathering will be a second and final time that the Jews will be restored to their Promised Land. The consensus among some Bible prophecy teachers is that the first return was from Babylon around 539 BC and the second time correlates with this present regathering.
Zephaniah 3:9 – Proclaims that a single language will be implemented, which will enable the Jews and Gentiles to call upon the Lord together in the same tongue.
Matthew 24:15-22 – Predicts that in the future, the Antichrist will enter a future Jewish Temple and commit an abominable act. Jesus warned the Jews living in Israel at the time that when they witness this event to flee immediately because a time of Jewish persecution and great tribulation will ensue. When conditions in Jerusalem will allow for it, the Jews are prepared to construct this very temple that Jesus alluded to in this prophecy. The point is that Israel had to be restored as a nation for this prediction to find a future fulfillment. That Israel exists today!
One of the most convincing prophecies, which evidences that the existence of Israel today has God’s conspicuous fingerprints upon it, is quoted twice in the book of Jeremiah.
“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that it shall no more be said, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. (Jeremiah 16:14-15)
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.” (Jeremiah 23:7-8)
Although these two verses appear repetitive, it is important to note an important distinction. Jeremiah 16:15 relating to Jeremiah 23:8 clarifies that the Promised Land given to the Jewish patriarchs, Abraham in Genesis 15:18, Isaac in Gen. 26:3 and Jacob in Gen. 35:12, whom are referred to as “their fathers,” belongs to the Jews today as part of their God-given inheritance. If the international community recognized this historical fact and Israel’s Arab enemies accepted this biblical truth, then Mideast peace might be attained.
God’s vs. Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan
Presently, US President Donald Trump is preparing a Middle East peace plan. It is likely that it will be introduced sometime in 2018. It is highly likely that it will not achieve its desired goal of resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict in general and the Palestinian-Israeli dilemma more specifically.
This can be safely precluded because it probably won’t line up with God’s Mideast Peace Plan, rather it will follow the same failed footsteps of US President’s Clinton, Bush and Obama. The biblical formula for achieving peace in the Middle East is provided in an ancient prophecy by Jeremiah. Unless Trump’s Mideast peace proposal aligns with Jeremiah’s, it is doomed from the start.
God’s Mideast Peace Plan
Thus says the LORD: “Against all My evil neighbors who touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit–behold, I will pluck them [the Arabs] out of their [the Jews] land [Israel] and pluck out the house of Judah from among them [the surrounding Arab nations]. Then it shall be, after I have plucked them out, that I will return and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone [Jew and Arab] to his [respective] land. And it shall be, if they [the resettled Arabs] will learn carefully the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘As the LORD lives,’ as they taught My people to swear by Baal, then they shall be established in the midst of My people. But if they do not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation,” says the LORD. (Jeremiah 12:14-17, NKJV)
This Jeremiah prophecy contains the perfect political solution to the present Arab-Israeli conflict. Anticipating the demographic complications that would arise with the return of the Jews into the Holy Land, it wisely incorporated provisions for a territorial resettling process.
The Lord, Who knows the end from the beginning according to Isaiah 46:9-10, thoroughly realized that the ancient Arab hatred of the Jews would not subside during the centuries of Jewish Diaspora, but would still exist at the time of their regathering into their homeland of Israel. That’s why Jeremiah used negative and forceful words like “evil neighbors” and “plucked out.”
Regardless of what the Lord recognized would be the future case, He still had Jeremiah prescribe the prophetic remedy for all world leaders to adhere to. Unfortunately, the international community is thoroughly incognizant of, and apparently uninterested in, the Lord’s benevolent plan for Mideast peace. However, that has not prevented the Lord from paving the way for peace.
With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War 1, the Lord’s resettlement process was enabled. As the Turkish empire lost its control over the Mideast region, the Arabs and Persians regained their statehoods. (Persia was renamed Iran in 1935).
Then, in 1948, Israel became a reality in fulfillment of the afore mentioned biblical prophecies. God’s plan is effectively in place. Apart from the displaced Palestinian refugees, the evil Arab neighbors, as was predicted, have been restored, “everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land.” However now, the evil neighbors must comply with the rest of Jeremiah’s prophecy, which is;
“And it shall be, if they will learn carefully the ways of My people, to swear by My name, ‘As the LORD lives,’ as they taught My people to swear by Baal, then they shall be established in the midst of My people.” (Jeremiah 12:16)
This WILL NOT HAPPEN! Jeremiah instructs those “plucked out” “evil neighbors” to swear by the God of the Bible. This is their only obligation as part of God’s compassionate peace plan. The Lord has held up His part of the bargain, He restored the Arab states, but the evil neighbors have not complied by swearing their allegiance to Jehovah. They worship Allah and rather than embrace their Jewish neighbors, they have attempted to destroy them. As such, they will soon face their punishment, which is;
“But if they do not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation,” says the LORD.” (Jeremiah 12:17)
But how? And when? Could 2018 be the year that the Lord levies the boom upon the evil Arab neighbors?
What Does the Future Hold For 2018?
There are several prophecies that are ready to roll off their ancient parchments and pound down upon the pavement. These are powerful globally impacting predictions that will have an adverse effect, even upon Americans.
The NOW Prophecies include, but are not limited to, the following globally impacting events. They are the;
• Disaster in Iran – (Jeremiah 49:34-39),
The Gog and Magog war (Ezek 38 and 39)
• Destruction of Damascus – (Isaiah 17, Jer. 49:23-27),
• Toppling of Jordan – (Jer. 49:1-6, Zephaniah 2:8-10, Ezekiel 25:14),
• Terrorization of Egypt – (Isaiah 19:1-18),
• Expansion of Israel – (Obadiah 1:19-20, Jer. 49:2, Zephaniah 2:9, Isaiah 19:18),
Conclusion: Let 2018 Be Your Wake-Up Call
Will 2018 be the year that sees the fulfillment of the next Bible prophecy? Could it be the one that triggers many more to follow soon afterwards? According to what we see developing in current Middle East events, this is well within the realm of possibilities.
Will Israel celebrate its 70th anniversary at peace in the Mideast, or will 2018 see a Jewish generation engage in a massive war with its evil neighbors? If so, might 2018 be the year that the Lord, “will utterly pluck up and destroy that (evil neighbor) nation,” in fulfillment of Jeremiah 12:17?
Consider the following correlations that may make 2018, the 70th anniversary of Israel, prophetically significant.
1. The land of Israel experienced peace throughout the seventy years that the Jews were held captive by the Babylonians.
And those [Jews] who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her [peaceful] Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years. (2 Chronicles 36:20-21)
2. In contrast to the rest that the land of Israel enjoyed during the Babylonian captivity, that same land has had no peace over the past seventy years because of the evil neighbors spoken of in Jeremiah 12:14-17.
3. The evil neighbors had influenced the Jews to turn their worship away from the true God of the Bible and instead taught them to swear by the pagan god named Baal. This was one of the main reasons that the Lord gave the Jews over to the seventy years of Babylonian captivity.
“Because they have forsaken Me and made this an alien place, because they have burned incense in it to other gods whom neither they, their fathers, nor the kings of Judah have known, and have filled this place with the blood of the innocents (they have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into My mind), therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that this place shall no more be called Tophet or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. (Jeremiah 19:4-6) Read also: Jeremiah 7:9, 11:17 and 23:13
4. Jeremiah 12:16 clearly instructs the evil Arab neighbors to swear by the name of Jehovah, like they taught the Jews during Jeremiah’s time to swear by the pagan god Baal.
Do these past and present parallels above provide us with some prophetic clues about what might happen in the Middle East during 2018? Will God reverse the curse from Jewish worship of Baal in former times, to Arab adoration of Jehovah in modern times? Could this involve one or more of the evil neighbors being utterly plucked up and destroyed so that the land of Israel can experience some peace, at least for an interim period?
It won’t be long until the answers to these prophetic questions will be known. But, if 2018 turns out to be the year that the next Bible prophecy finds fulfillment, how will that effect you and your family? Are you all prepared? Have you come to grips with the fact that the God of the Bible is the one true God? Does the existence of Israel in fulfillment of biblical prophecies satisfy your concerns about this important question?
What Bible Prophecies can come into Fulfillment in 2018 ?
The Next Major News Event =
1. a Nuclear War in the Middle East – The Gog and Magog war – Ezek 38 – 39 .
Eze 39:8-10 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.
After This. 2. The Jewish Messiah Arrives . Note this was and will not be Jesus
After This. 3. Israel Receives their approval to Build the 3rd Jewish Temple – Rev 11
Rev 11:1-3 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles (Muslims): and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
After This. 4. The Country of Palestine is Born , Matt 24
Mat 24:15-16 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
After This. 5. The Great Christian Revival, Acts 2 v 17-21
Act 2:16-21 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
The above 5 Prophecies plus the Destruction of Damascus could take place in 2018 .
The Bible Prophecy continues 3 and half years after the Build of the 3rd Jewish Temple
After This. 6. The Antichrist claims the 3rd Jewish Temple. Daniel 12 . Matt 24.
After This, 7. The Great Tribulation Starts. Rev 12 , Matt 24
After This. 8. The 666 Mark of the Beast is Implemented . Rev 13
After This. 9. The Seal of God Rev 7 and 9
After This. 10. Jews and Christians go into Angel Protection. Rev 12 and Ps 91
After This. 11. The 5th Trumpet = Super Volcano Erupts announcing the Wrath of God. Rev 9
After This. 12. All Bearers of the 666 receive painful and incurable sours on their bodies. Rev 16
After this. 13. The Sea water changes to stale dead Blood, all sea foods dies.Rev 16
After this, 14. All fresh water turn to stale Blood. All animals and plants dies, Rev 16
After This. 15, 6th Trumpet War about left over canned foods and bottle water products and Oil . Rev 9
After This . 16 . The Sun Explodes , Burns Humans and Fires on Earth , High Heat . Rev 16
After This . 17 . Sun Burns Out , Total Darkness on Earth. Moon no Light , Stars look like they fell out of the Sky. Rev 16
After This . 18. Blood in Euphrates river dries up. for troops of World Army to battle God. Rev 16
After This . Jesus Christ Arrive at His 2nd Coming
Mat 24:29-31 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
After This . The Rapture of the Elect .
1Th 4:14-17 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
After This . The Battle of Armageddon . Rev 16 to 20
And This will Happen in the Last 10 Years on Earth!