No one knows the day or the hour, but the Israeli police seem to believe the Messiah is coming soon.
The Israeli commissioner of police, Roni Alsheikh, stated at a recent Jewish celebration that his department is preparing for the arrival of the Messiah.
“When the Messiah comes, everyone will want to [approach] him so it will get very crowded,” Alsheikh was quoted as saying in Breaking Israel News. “That will be a time when we will have to be very strong in respecting our fellow.”
The commissioner stated the police want to enact “preventative measures [regarding] how to strengthen mutual consideration for our fellow.”
In other reported comments, Alsheikh was far more explicit.
“There is no doubt that happiness and serving God will bring us closer,” he said. “Soon, God willing, we will need to start preparing for the security operation necessary upon the arrival of the Messiah.”
Leading Israeli rabbis have also argued in recent years Jews should be preparing for the imminent arrival of their Messiah. Some rabbis have also claimed the Messiah’s coming will be preceded by the healing of the breach between Christians and Jews.
To Christians, the coming of Messiah is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Jan Markell, founder of Olive Tree Ministries, host of the radio show “Understanding the Times” and co-author of the book “Trapped in Hitler’s Hell,” says what is truly shocking is how those outside the faith are more focused on eschatology than are Christians.
“Religious Jews are more excited about Messiah’s return than Christians are,” Markell told WND. “Muslims are more anticipatory about their Mahdi’s return than are Christians about Jesus’s return. This shows the deplorable state of the church today that is ‘majoring in minors.’ They have their finance seminars and marriage conferences but have shoved the idea of the Lord’s imminent return not just to the back burner, perhaps to the back yard.”
Markell pointed to various signs of how Jewish leaders are preparing for the arrival of the Messiah and the construction of the Third Temple, including:
A call by the Israeli rabbinical council involved with re-establishing the Sanhedrin for concrete construction plans.
“Red heifers” needed for ritual purposes being raised in the Holy Land.
The construction of an altar for use in sacrificial services.
“I am not so sure that in my lifetime I will see more than a remnant of Christians this anticipatory for the Lord’s return,” mourned Markell.
As a “pre-Tribulation” believer, Markell believes the rapture could occur at any moment. She calls for both increased attention by Christians to the subject of the end times and dedication to the Jewish state of Israel.
“In my lifetime, the biggest change in the church is the switch of church loyalty from Israel to the Palestinians,” Markell said. “This is called ‘Christian Palestinianism.’ Before the state of Israel was born in 1948, most evangelical churches embraced ‘Christian Zionism.’ They were loyal to the state of Israel even before it was formed.
“Today the religious left and others have swung support away from Israel to an ‘invented people,’ the Palestinians. Yasser Arafat was a superb salesman and sold the world on the idea that the Palestinians had their land stolen. Arafat was an Egyptian and there was no Palestinian people. Yet today much of the world believes the Jews live in ‘occupied territory’ rather than God-given land. This is the biggest change in my lifetime. I cannot believe what I am seeing.
“If the church were functioning properly, this confusion would never have happened, but the church shredded maps of Israel 25 years ago when it decided to be politically correct rather than biblically correct.”
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Bill Cloud of Shoreshim Ministries, the author of “Esau Rising: Ancient Adversaries and the War for America’s Soul,” also believes many Jews in Israel recognize something huge is about to happen.
“Several years ago some rabbis got together and declared that Israel had entered into the time of ‘Jacob’s trouble’ – terminology used in Jeremiah 30:7,” Cloud said.
“The point is this: The time leading to the advent of the Messiah is a time of trouble and is also likened unto birth pangs. With the recent development in the U.N. – the U.S. abstaining from the security council vote – and the obvious ‘stab in the back’ Israel received from the Obama administration, I feel that many of them are beginning to realize that there is no one who can save them. They cannot depend on the United Nations, the United States or anyone for that matter…” Read more »