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.