A bill officially defining the nation of Israel as a Jewish state—something that has eluded Knesset lawmakers since the country’s inception—has just passed a key Knesset committee and now goes on to the full Knesset chamber this week for the first of three votes. The significance of its potential passage cannot be understated.
This Jewish-state bill would actually become Israeli Basic Law, akin to an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and far more powerful than typical laws that can be easily overridden by the courts. Not only would it officially declare the State of Israel to be the one and only homeland of the Jewish people, but it would also make Hebrew the official language of the country, and would include key prophetic language from Deuteronomy 30:1–5 about how Israel must now ingather the remaining exiles spread abroad.
The law is a major prophetic turning point, and in my humble opinion, a prophetic signal that the fig tree is now ready for inspection and the times of the Gentiles are near to their end (see also Jeff’s latest article). If it passes, I will have no hesitation in concluding that 2018 is as prophetically-significant as 1948 and 1967. The Jewish people will finally have recognized and declared who they are, where they belong, and what a major part of their purpose is, but they will still be missing one key thing: the recognition of their Messiah Yeshua. It will take nothing less than a 7-year tribulation for them to finally acknowledge Him and to accept His atoning sacrifice for their sins.
1948: The State of Israel is reborn
1967: Israel takes Eastern Jerusalem and the Temple Mount
2018: Israel becomes the Jewish State, declares Hebrew the official language, and defines its prophetic purpose?
I should also mention that the bill, as written, does not mention democracy and that is intentional as its authors want to restrain the courts and require them to give deference to Jewish law. It also allows Jewish-only communities to be established in the country.
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