Q. I need to know when and where Israel would get saved. The two witnesses are prophesying in the tribulation and Elijah will restore all things. It seems that Israel is purified in Petra and the covenant is made in this wilderness. Would you agree with this? If not, please give clear answers concerning when and where Israel would get saved.
A. As Daniel’s 70th Week begins, Israel will have made a national return to their Old covenant relationship with God. When they see the Abomination of Desolation 3 1/2 years later they’ll flee into the mountains (Matt. 24:15-16). These mountains are thought to be East of the dead sea in Jordan, where the ancient city of Petra is located. Somewhere near the end of the Great Tribulation, they will experience another awakening, this time to the fact that Jesus has been their Messiah all along (Zechariah 12:10). At this point God will forgive the blood guilt they incurred at the crucifixion (Joel 3:21, Matt. 27:25) and they’ll be restored.