An American Jewish leader last week called upon American Jews to immigrate to Israel because of increasing anti-Semitism in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, but also because she is convinced we are witnessing the end of days.
Lori Palatnik, a Jewish writer and educator who lives in Washington, D.C., and heads the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (an international initiative that brings thousands of women to Israel each year from 18 different countries), posted a YouTube video in which she explained that because of increasing anti-Semitism, Jews would be safest in Israel.
But that’s not the only reason she wants American Jewry to move to Israel.
“Returning to Israel is also a fulfillment of a biblical prophecy, she said, marking the ‘end of days,’” the International Business Times reported.
She told Breaking Israel News, a website that reports news from a biblical perspective, that the events of September 11, 2001 had convinced her that the prophecies in the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel and Zechariah were coming true in our lifetime.
She gave two examples of these prophecies that describe events that will occur at the end of days.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. (Joel 3:3)
And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the peoples that have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their sockets, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. (Zechariah 14:12)
Palatnik says that these verses describe a nuclear holocaust, and is convinced that this will happen soon.
She also referred to what is happening with Jews in Europe, where anti-Semitism is increasing and where religious Jews are being told not to wear a Kippa (Yarmulke) anymore when they go out.
“I’m not a prophetess, but the Almighty is starting to make it uncomfortable because being comfortable seems to work against us. I don’t want to wait for that. I don’t think anyone should wait until they’re running for their lives,” Palatnik added.
Palatnik is not the only Jew who thinks we are living at the end of days.
Many rabbis in Israel share this view and point not only to what is written in the books of the prophets, but also to what the Talmud and the Zohar (mystic commentary on the Torah) say about the events that will occur at the end of days.
These scriptures describe events that will take place in the land of Israel at the end of days. Almost all of these events have already occurred.
Rabbi Yechiel Weitzman explores these events in his book The Ishmaelite Exile, which deals with the situation in Israel at the end of days. He cites the Talmudic sage Rabbi Yishmael, who foresaw what the children of Ishmael (Mohammed is descended from Ishmael) would do to Israel at the end of days.
They will measure the land with ropes (to determine the borders of their state)
They will change a cemetery into a resting-place for sheep (and) a dunghill (not allow Jews to access their Holy Sites and desecrate those that fall into their hands).
They will measure with them and from them upon the tops of the mountains (to gain an upper hand on the tops of mountains e.g. the Golan Heights.)
Falsehood will multiply, and the truth will be hidden (Lies will abound, and the truth will disappear).
The statutes will be removed far from Israel (Secularism will run rampant, and Torah will be far from the Jews).
Sins will be multiplied in Israel
Worm-crimson will be in the wool (the thinnest of threads will be seen as thick rope – e.g. the so-called peace process).
And he (Yishmael) will cover with insects paper and quill (all written agreements and treaties will be treated as null and void)
He will hew down the rock of the kingdom (destroy Jewish structures)
And they will rebuild the desolated cities and sweep the ways (Jericho, Gaza, Shechem)
And they will plant gardens and parks, and fence in the broken walls of the Temple (see the pics of people picnicking on the Temple Mount);
And they will build a building in the Holy Place (The Dome of the Rock)
And two brothers will arise over them,’ princes at the end (Hamas and Fatah or ISIS & Al Qaeda ?)
And in their days the Branch, the Son of David, will arise, as it is said, “ And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed ” (Dan 2: 44).
The war of Gog and Magog is another event that takes a prominent place in what Jewish scriptures say about the end of days.
Jewish sages have said that it will be a three-stage war. Two of these stages have already taken place (WW1 and WW2), and we are currently witnessing the final war, which will be completely different from the first two. Virtually all the nations of the world will participate in this last war. This is based on the numerical value (gematria) of the Hebrew words ‘Gog Oe Magog.’ which is 70. The ancient world counted 70 nations.
The Jewish sage Malbim, who lived in the 19th century, wrote: “In the end, of days the army of Gog and Magog which are the nations of Edom (Russia, Europe and the U.S.) will gather together to take Jerusalem out of the hands of the Yishmaelim, and they will fight against each other and kill each other.”
Currently, roughly seventy nations are involved in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, among them the United States, Russia and a number of European countries.
Rabbi Amnon Yitzchak, the leader of a Jewish outreach movement in Israel, says that the presence of Russia and the United States in Syria will eventually lead to a confrontation between the two countries that will mark the beginning of the final battle in the war of Gog and Magog.
In the end, Israel will supposedly be drawn into this confrontation, and the war will end with a battle for Jerusalem. At that point, God will step in and save Israel, the Rabbi explained in this video: