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God’s Prophetic Time Clock

By Rich Carmicheal 

    This issue of Herald of His Coming focuses upon watchfulness and readiness for the Lord’s Return and also upon the Lord’s purposes and heart for the Jewish people.  In my own pilgrimage with the Lord, the main truth that He has burned into my heart in regard to end-time events is the vital role of the Jewish people.  I agree fully with David Reagan’s statement in the lead article that “the Jews are God’s prophetic time clock.”

    As we were completing the work on this issue, we came across an article in the July 1948 Herald entitled, “Upon This Event Hinges The Entire System Of End-Time Events.”  This article was written in response to the rebirth of Israel on May 14th of that year.  Here is an excerpt from it: 

    “The Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel is the most momentous fulfillment of prophecy in nearly two thousand years.  Although many other prophecies are being fulfilled this is the surest sign that we are living in the last of the last days.

    “After nearly two thousand years of exile and fruitless effort to regain the Holy Land, the Jews at last have their own government in Palestine.  This must not be confused with complete national rebirth but it does mean that flesh and sinews have appeared upon the skeletal structure (Ezek. 37:8) and from now on events will hasten quickly leading up to the revelation of the Man of Sin.  It is the greatest indication that the coming of the Lord is near (Matt. 24:32-33).

    “‘…Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled’ (Luke 21:24).  A nation of Israel there now is.  Be assured of this one thing, ‘the times of the Gentiles’ are fast running out.  The end of the Age is right upon us….

    “‘Ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, and give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth’ (Isa. 62:6-7).  Remember, when these things ‘BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh’ (Luke 21:28).  We have never had such reason to redouble our diligence for Christ.  THE HOUR IS LATE.” 

    The founders of the ministry of Herald of His Coming obviously also saw the rebirth of Israel as integral to the last days.  Of course, the Jewish people have regathered largely in an unconverted state, but that condition will change in time and the world will benefit tremendously from their fulfillment! (Rom. 11:12).  Because of their key role in relation to the return of Christ, it is no wonder that spiritual forces oppose them so strongly, as is manifested in the great hostility that is prevalent in the world toward the people and the nation.  The Herald staff hopes that you will join us in considering God’s love, faithfulness and purposes for the Jewish people, and to do all that you can to bless and pray for them.