2017 – A Significant Year for Bible Prophecy

As we farewell what has been truly eventful year, I cannot but think that this year was just a precursor to even greater things next year.

For those who know and love the word of prophecy, 2016 was truly annus mirabilis. Having grown up in these amazing times it gives me great encouragement to hear brethren and sisters who have lived many years longer  and have greater hindsight, who are no less awed by the extraordinary nature of current events in the last few years.

However unprecedented these events have been, next year is already looking to be very significant on a number of accounts:

2017 –  a Year of Milestones in Israel

2017 will see three exciting anniversaries that all relate to Israels revival;

  • 50 years since Israel captured Jerusalem (and a Biblical jubilee)
  • 70 years since the UN resolution on the adoption of an independent Jewish state.
  • 100 years since the Arthur Balfour declaration in favour of an independent Jewish state.

God often worked with Israel in Jubilee periods. What will next years Jubilee bring for Israel?

Will Israel Annex the West Bank in 2017?

The annexation of the West Bank has been thrown into the limelight for the very reason that it recently became a real possibility.

The prophets talk extensively about Israel inhabiting the West Bank (“The mountains of Israel”) around the time of the second advent. Ezekiel 38 gives us an indication that Israel will be inhabiting this region at the time when Russia invades.

2017 will be the first year to see both unprecedented momentum within the Israeli government to annex the West Bank and significantly less international power constraining Israel from doing so.

Today, Israel’s government is more supportive of West Bank annexation than what any Israeli government has been in the past, and while every previous US administration have done their level best to stop Israel building settlements and claiming sovereignty over the West Bank, President elect Trump and his Israeli ambassador are about to free the shackles constraining Israel from doing so.

A guest author recently wrote an article on this blog entitled; “Will Israel Annex the West Bank“? Its worth reading in light of recent news.

Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry held a press conference where he made his frustrations clear and for the first time, suggested that Israel is close to annexation.

If it happened in 2017 it would certainly be another incredible milestone and a witness to the fact that the Messiah’s return is very close.

Will 2017 bring Transformation in Europe?

An era of global stability is coming to an end; anti-establishment nationalism is fermenting in most countries, and thrusting this unwitting world into uncharted and volatile waters. Don’t let this be a distraction; beneath the bubbling surface is a number of key projects that the Angels are working on in preparation for the return of Christ.

One of these changes which is yet to take place is the transformation of Europe into the ten nations and leaders (Daniel 2, Revelation 17) who complete Nebuchadnezzar’s image.

Next year will see substantial change in the geopolitical sphere with elections due in many countries, and with that, many new political parties, party policies and foreign policies will be up for grabs. Nowhere will a transformation be more likely, and more pronounced than in Europe, which is facing a tidal wave of far right, pro-Russian, anti-EU elections. Such change in Europe would be more profound than the Brexit and is likely bring about the circumstances for the image of Daniel 2, where the image stand’s in preparation to oppose Christ.

Further Reading

3 thoughts on “2017 – A Significant Year for Bible Prophecy

  1. Thank you Michael . The material you have put together has been very good and as you have said the events taking place in the world are the signs which are pointing forward to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the coming Kingdom of God. May it be that all things will soon be fulfilled.

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  2. Allan Harrison

    It is right to see 2016 as a significant year for this reason: Pepin’s gift to relieve Pope Stephen III from Astolphus king of Lombardy occurred in 756. Pepin’s sponsorship of the Pope resulted in the gift of the three territories depicted by the three uprooted horns in Dan.7. This was the origin of the the reign of “the little horn” or the start of the Popes’ temporal power; a significant event in the Beasts’ development. The popes came to like the idea of setting up and deposing rulers.

    756 + 1260 years = 2016. This points to 2016 being the commencement of “The end-time prophecies”. The final throes of the Kingdom of men may have started without our seeing it.
    Another possible time period is 1897-8 Birth of Zionism + 120 years (Noah’s preparation for the flood) = 2017-8
    Also 153 (John 21) may be an applicable Bible number: 1865 (end of Popes’ temporal power + 153 years = 2018.

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  3. It is not just Bible students who are conscious of the significance of some of the anniversaries that attract our interest in 2017. In a speech on 12 December 2016, to a meeting of the Conservative Friends of Israel, British Prime Minister, Mrs Theresa May, observed that:

    “We are entering the centenary year of the Balfour Declaration … It is one of the most important letters in history. It demonstrates Britain’s vital role in creating a homeland for the Jewish people. And it is an anniversary we will be marking with pride. Born of that letter, and the efforts of so many people, is a remarkable country … we have, in Israel, a thriving democracy, a beacon of tolerance, an engine of enterprise and an example to the rest of the world for overcoming adversity and defying disadvantage.”

    Mrs May’s high regard and praise for Israel is rare in modern politics. By contrast, in late December the out-going United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, was very negative about the policies of the Jewish state. Mrs May’s comment about the Balfour Declaration reassure us that our prophecy-informed expectations of events in the last days remain on track. Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!

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