Q. If it’s been 61 years since Israel became a nation again and we are looking at a 70 year lifespan but yet we are still waiting for the war of Psalm 83 take place and the war Ezekiel 38 to at least start before the rapture, aren’t we running out of time for all this to happen? If the 70 years from 1948 is correct alot would have to happen by 2011 if the tribulation is to end and the second coming to take place within the 70 years.
A. I think all end Times prophecies will likely be fulfilled by 2018. If so, what has to happen pretty soon are the rapture, Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 (not necessarily in that order) with Ezekiel 38 shortly thereafter. But remember, as the time for a birth approaches, the birth pangs increase in frequency and intensity very quickly. We still have all of 2010 and 2011, and typically wars in Israel only last for days or a few weeks at the most.
Many observers are looking for something big to happen in the Middle East after the first of the year. If Israel attacks Iran as they’ve threatened to, Hamas and Hizbollah will likely respond. These groups will be no match for Israel now that there’s a resolute government in place. If Syria follows suit, the total destruction of Damascus will put an end to them quickly as well. And as for the Rapture, it requires no run up and could happen tonight. There’s enough time.