Dalton Thomas quote from Covenant and Controversy III: The Great Trouble (video scheduled to be posted to this blog on 29th May). First two highly recommended episodes have already been posted.
We Christian Zionists, in our generation, have made a grave mistake. We have interpreted the victories of Israel over the last generation with an unsanctified optimism.
We saw these victories and we said we’re going to go from glory to glory. Now that they’re back in the land it’s only going to get better and better and better.
Look! The dry bones of the holocaust are coming together and now the State is back together, so flesh is being put on the bones and then God’s going to breathe into the State and its going to be amazing, and if anyone tries to oppose it, God will crush and destroy them.
We’re reading Israel’s victories onto the text and we’re not looking at the text and saying what does the text say.
Because what the text says is that if those days were not cut short, no flesh would survive in Jerusalem.
Zechariah 14 says that half of the city of Jerusalem will be taken into captivity and the other half will be absolutely pummelled.
Women raped. Houses destroyed. Goods stolen.
That’s the context of Jerusalem, and I can tell you this, Jerusalem will be the last stand.
If Jerusalem is on the verge of collapsing. If Jerusalem is about to fall, then you know the perimeter of the nation has been violated.
Meaning, that in order to get to Jerusalem via the plain of Megiddo, you have to get through the Golan heights.
And if you got through the Golan Heights, it means this, the Israeli military, the Israeli security forces have been neutralised. Their lines have been broken. They are unable to defend themselves against the onslaught.
The overwhelming emphasis of the prophetic, apostolic, eschatological texts related to Jerusalem at the end of the age, is that it is a final showdown and everyone is huddled into that city for the final climax of the age.
It’s not going to be on the heels of this progressive improvement of the State of Israel, where they’re growing and getting better and better and better and stronger and stronger.
It’s death, burial and resurrection.
The way that Jesus walked is the way Israel will walk.