FROM  THE  JVT [Jewish Voice Today} MAGAZINE - Jan/feb 2012

"Therefore, repent and turn to God, so that your sins may he erased) so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord's presence) and He may send the Messiah appointed in advance for you, that is, Yeshua. He has to remain in heaven until the time comes for restoring everything, as God said long ago, when He spoke through the holy prophets."

—Acts 3:19-21 (Complete Jewish Bible)

MY  ANSWERS - Keith Hunt

Well, it is now 2013 and despite Harold Camping spending millions of dollars on billboards predicting that Judgment Day would be May 21, 2011, or ancient Mayan astronomers predicting the world would end in 2012, here we still remain.

Lest we forget, Jesus Himself admonished us to "be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect Him" (Matthew 24:44). As to the actual time of Yeshua's return, "no man knows"—not even Jesus knew that during the time He was here on the earth. We are not to predict dates. Though we can't know the exact hour, God wants us to know the season... to be wise as the "men of Issachar, who understood the times..." (l Chronicles 12:32).

ANSWER:  Yes  we  are  to  know  Bible  prophecy  that  will  tell  us  the  step  by  step, on  the  return  of  Christ.

There are, indeed, many clear signs that we are in the last of the Last Days. The ones you likely hear the most include the ten-nation confederacy, the Antichrist's emergence and identity, the mark of the beast, the rebuilding of the Third Temple, and the final showdown between Israel and Russia. Although important, I am not an expert in these areas, so I will leave these to others to expound on. There are, however, other prophetic signs that we are in the Last Days that are clear and being fulfilled before our very eyes. I will mention just a few below:

ANSWER:  Some  of  the  above  are  false  understandings  of  what  to  look  for  as  the  end  times  proceed.

1) The Restoration of Israel and Jerusalem

Almost all teachers on the Last Days agree that the restoration of the Land of Israel in 1948 after almost 2,000  years was the moment the End-Time clock began to tick. Then in 1967 Jerusalem came back under Jewish control after a miraculous victory in the Six Day war. This was a direct fulfillment of Yeshuas statement in Luke 21:24, "Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." These two events, including Israel becoming an agricultural phenomena and the revival of the Hebrew language in Israel, had to happen before Jesus could return. They are now fulfilled and are clear signs that the end is near and the return of the Messiah to the earth is imminent.

ANSWER:  Completely  wrong!  The  punishment  of  the  Jews  was  over  in  1917,  when  British  forces  regained  Jerusalem,  and  so  more  and  more  Jews  started  to  return.  The  return  of  Jews  to  the  Holy  Land  has  nothing  to  do  with  Luke 21:24.  That  prophecy  is  for  the  yet  future,  the  start  of  the  last  42  months,  1260  days,  or  time,  times,  and  half  a  time,  as  given  in  the  book  of  Revelation.  All  explained  in  many  of  my  in-depth  studies  on  Bible  prophecy  on  my  website.

2) The Rising Tide of Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is once again rapidly spreading throughout the world at an alarming rate and is at an all-time high since the Holocaust. Sixtypercent of all Europeans regard tiny Israel as the greatest threat to world p eace; a third of those surveyed in Europe and America regularly attribute to the Jewish People "excessive power and influence." At its core, it is Satan who is fermenting "the world's deepest hatred"- both against the Land and People of Israel. While some would try to make a distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, as one noted historian remarked: "It's distinction without a difference." Think about it: Israel is the only state on the face of this planet that such a large number of disparate people wish to see disappear.

The new carriers of this demonic hatred are fanatic Muslims who see Israel and the Jews as a dangerous cancer that must be wiped off the earth. Islamic leaders like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have vowed to destroy Israel as soon as they acquire the means to do so.

This scenario was predicted thousands of years ago. The prophet Zechariah declared that all nations would turn against Israel in the Last Days: "On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves" (Zechariah 12:3). Jesus describes the conditions immediately preceding His return as a time of great conflict and tribulation (see Matthew 24 and Luke 21). The good news is those who seek to destroy Israel will fail. Israel, with Jerusalem as her capital, is here to stay.

ANSWER:  Sure  hatered  for  Jews,  especially  in  the  Arab  world  is  large,  but  it  has  always  been  so.  The  prophecy  of  Zechariah  12:3  is  for  the  very  end  time,  around  the  time  of  the  battle  of  Armageddon. The  context  is  when  the  Jews  will  admit  Christ  is  the  Messiah.  It  is  the  time  of  the  deliverance  of  Judah  and  Israel  from  their  enemies.  All  fully  explained  in  detail  under  "Prophecy"  on  my  website.

 3) The Re-gathering of the Jewish People Back to the Land of Israel

Not only did God promise to restore the Land of Israel in  the Last Days, He also declared He would re-gather the         "outcasts of Israel" from all the nations where He scattered them (see Isaiah 11:11). This aliyahj or return of the Jews to their biblical homeland, is yet another important sign that the Messiah's return is approaching. It is no coincidence that over the last 20-plus years, the largest immigration in Israels short history has come from Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union. Amazingly, Jeremiah 16:14-15 predicted that the mass return of the Jewish People would begin from the north. He was not speaking about North America but the land directly north of Israel, the former Soviet Union. More than one million Russian-speaking Jews are now in the Land of Israel, and just as Jeremiah prophesied, they are now returning from the south (more than 130,000 Ethiopian Jews now live in Israel) and all the countries where the Jewish People have been scattered.

ANSWER:  The  writer  has  the  context  of  Isa.11:11  etc.  all  mixed  up.  Such  take  the  words  out  of  the  whole  context;  which  is  the  very  time  of  the  Messiah's  return  to  deliver  Israel  and  Judah [which  the  writer  also  does  not  have  the  truth  on]  from  their  captivity.  This  prophecy  has  nothing  to  do  with  Jews  coming  from  Russia  or  Ethiopia [the  Ethiopian  Jews  are  not  Jews  by  blood,  only  by  religion].  People  take  verses  out  of  context  to  uphold  their  false  ideas.

Still, more Jews remain outside of Israel than inside Israel. We at Jewish Voice are committed to finding and helping Jewish communities in remote areas of the world. Since 1999, we have been conducting free medical, dental, and eye clinics in Ethiopia to help the Beta Israel and Beta Avraham communities that remain there. There are still more than 60,000 there that need our help. For the last six years, we have been providing the same clinics for the Bnei Menashe in Manipur and Mizoram, India. Recently, 7,000 of the Bnei Menashe were permitted to make aliyah. Just this year, we held our first clinic in the remote bush of Zimbabwe to help the Lemba tribe. I invite you to read the February and August 2012 editions of our Connections newsletter to learn more about this amazing "lost tribe" of Israel.

ANSWER:  Note  the  writer  admits  there  are  still  more  Jews  outside  the  Holy  Land,  than  in  it. The  prophecies  they  quote  show  clearly  when  fulfilled  ALL Israelites  will  be  back  in  the  Holy  Land - the  context  is  the  key  to  understanding  correctly  these  prophecies.  The  fulfillment  of  them  has  not  yet  come  to  pass,  and  will  not  until  the  Messiah  Jesus  has  returned.

Other tribes that claim to be decedents of ancient Israel contact us regularly for help. The Yiber tribe of Somaliland, the Igbo tribe in Nigeria, and the Abuyudaya tribe of Uganda are just a few examples. The identification and eventual restoration of these lost communities of Israel is fulfillment of End-Time prophecy most hear little about, but it is one of the clear signs that we are in the Last Days.

ANSWER:  The  writer  has  no  clue  about  who  the  other  tribes  of  Israel  are  besides  the  Jews [who  are  made  up  of  the  tribes  of  Judah,  Benjamin and  Levi].  Such  writers  are  off  the  wall  and  out  in  left  field,  when  it  comes  to  understanding  the  truth  about  all  the  13  tribes  of  Israel.

4) The Gospel Proclaimed to the Nations

Another End-Time restoration that must take place is the Gospel must be proclaimed to all the nations of the earth. In fact, this maybe the clearest statement in Scripture about what must happen before Jesus can return. He, Himself told us, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14).

ANSWER:  This  prophecy  has  nothing  to  do  with  present  Gospel  proclaiming  by  the  Church  of  Jesus  Christ.  It  has  to  do  with  the  "angel"  who  proclaims  the  Gospel  to  all  nations  just  before  Christ  the  Messiah  returns - see Revelation 13:6. and  the  fall  of  modern  Babylon  and  the  return  of  Christ verse  14 and on  into  chapter  16  and  the  battle  of  Armageddon.

Thanks to modern technology, it is now possible for the Gospel to be preached to "all nations" or, more accurately, ethnos—which actually means "a race," "a tribe," or "a people group"—in the remotest areas of the planet.

We must understand this requirement in the light of Romans 1:16, however, that the Gospel must go to the Jew first. This is a precedent, a biblical mandate and order; that is just as true to day as it was when it was written. This means the Gospel has to be proclaimed to every Jewish community in every nation where they have been scattered. And this has not yet happened. In addition, around 350 million people still need the Bible translated in their own language. This must happen before the end will come.

ANSWER:  Jesus  in  the  Gospels  said  His  disciples  would  not  have  gone  over  all  the  cities  of  Israel  till  the  Son  of  man  come.  To  go  over  the  towns  of  the  State  of  Israel  is  simple,  not  many  towns  there.  But  Israel  is  much  larger  than  Jews  in  the  Holy  Land.  If  this  was  not  so,  then  Jesus'  words  mean  nothing.  The  spreading  of  the  Gospel  by  Christ's  church  has  nothing  to  do  with  Mat. 24:14.  Hence  to  try  and  figure  out  when  the  Gospel  has  gone  to  all  nations  is  silly  and  futile.  God  the  Father  is  not  dependent  on  us  and  our  work  of  spreading  the  Gospel.  The  Gospel  will  be  proclaimed  to  the  whole  world  by  an  angel  as  told  in  Revelation;  then  the  end   of  this  age  will  come.

5) The Blindness Coming off of the Eyes of the Jewish People

The final (and, I believe, most important) "restoration of all things" that must yet take place is the national salvation of Israel.

There's no doubt that we're witnessing the beginning of the day when "all of Israel will be saved" (see Romans 11:25-26). More Jewish People have recognized Yeshua as their Messiah in the last 30 years than in the last 20 centuries! But while Jewish People are coming to saving faith in Yeshua in record numbers, we have not yet seen the "national" salvation of the Jewish People.

Think of it this way: Every time a Jewish person accepts Yeshua, we move that much closer to Messiah's return. This means that if you've doubted your purpose in life—whyyou are alive at this exact point in time-—-doubt no more! History is indeed "His Story"—a story that we who are alive "for such a time as this" have the awesome privilege—-and responsibility—of hastening to its Final End.

ANSWER:  Completely  wrong  once  more.  It  will  not  be  until  Christ  comes  and  delivers  Israel  and  Judah  from  their  enemies,  pours  out  His  Spirit  on  them,  that  the  salvation  of  all  Israel [all  13  tribes]  will  come  to  pass.  Again,  the  context  of  verses  in  Bible  prophecy  prove  this  is  so.  And  I've  expounded  all  that  in  depth  on  my  website  under  "prophecy."