Q. I know some have explained that the punishment for the sin of Israel and Judah (Ezekiel 4:5-6) was completed in 1948 when Israel was reborn. And too, some have said that in Math 24:32 the fig tree is the nation of Israel, but in Luke 21:29 the Lord also said to look at the fig tree and all other trees. How about the Balfour Declaration in 1917, would not this too be a good indication for the start of the fulfillment of the prophecy as mentioned in Ezekiel 36?
For sure you must be very familiar and have studied these and have selected the reborn of Israel as the starting date for the End times. Could you also share with us the reason of choosing the reborn as for the starting date for the end time? I have struggled with the selection of 1948 the year Israel was reborn as the starting date for the End Times for a long time. Basically, why must I choose the year Israel was reborn as a nation in the starting date for the End Times?
A. When Jesus was asked for the sign of the end of the age, He gave them the Abomination of Desolation, and warned those in Judea to run for the hills. (Matt. 24:15-16) This tells us the End Times couldn’t have begun before the nation was reborn and the Great Tribulation can’t begin until they have a Temple. Later He said that all would be fulfilled in the span of one lifetime (Matt. 24:34) which would all but disqualify 1917. Besides, there was no official Jewish homeland then. In my opinion, this narrows it down to 1948.