Prophecy Letters

"Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." Matt. 13:16-17

The Prophecy Letter is a circular letter that we send out relating to the development of latter-day prophecy.

November 2022

Israel at Christ’s Coming and The Re-Election of Netanyahu - A Two-Part Article

TGP Prophecy Letter – November 25, 2022


Alright, Brethren. Our comments at this time concern something that we believe may have profound implications for Israel and the return of Christ, and therefore us. Not all world-developments bear on prophecy the same. Many things happen that we can see acting as stepping stones for the Lord’s plan, offering us encouragement, excitement, and real, tangible cause for earnest expectation. But every now and then, and increasingly so, something happens that seems to be extra-filled with promise; something that stands out well above others. We believe that one of these “somethings” has just occurred! So please, brew a cup of coffee or tea and consider this topic with us, for the Lord is certainly working among His people Israel!

Bibi is back. Benjamin Netanyahu, commonly called Bibi, has once again assumed the position of Israel’s Prime Minister (Israel365 News). When he was voted out of office in 2021, he left a short, hand-written note on his desk for in-coming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. It simply said, “Be right back!” (World Israel News).

Naftali Bennett did not last long in office, and he was replaced with Yair Lapid. However, the recent election brought the familiar face of Netanyahu back to the forefront. Bibi still has to form a government and go through a few other hoops before it is completely “official”, something which was an issue in a previous election, but it seems like this will not be an issue this time around. This election has troubled the waters of the Middle East, and we anticipate major developments in the time ahead as a result of it!

Some may question, “Why such expectation? What significance can there be in a simple Israeli election? There have been countless elections before. What makes this one any different?” These are valid questions and require valid answers. It all has to do with the prophetical picture we are given of Israel at the time when Christ returns to them. Because of the importance of this topic, we think it needful to explain it in sufficient detail.

We break these comments up into two parts so readers do not feel obligated to read all of it at once. Part 1 discusses what the prophecies say about Israel when Christ reappears to them, and Part 2 explores Netanyahu’s potential relevance to this.

Part 1: Israel at Christ’s Coming

There are a number of passages that bear upon this, but we will examine only the most clear for the sake of time. The most pointed passage is Psalm 118, and we believe this lovely chapter offers remarkable insight to Israel’s state when our Messiah returns to them. It is a Psalm of David, and here the Spirit moved him to prophesy and write from Israel’s perspective after the fact. When viewed in this light, every single aspect finds a beautiful, logical, and Scripturally supported meaning. The chapter is rich in key aspects and phrases that help us to identify its placement on the Lord’s timeline.

We encourage a reading of the entire chapter from everyone’s own Bibles before moving forward as this is undoubtedly the most profitable route. Nevertheless, because the chapter is so wonderfully abundant in the particulars of this topic, we will include every verse here in RED and offer comments on a few parts, tying in the other prophecies that expound it as we go along:

Psalm 118

(1)  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.  (2)  Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  (3)  Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  (4)  Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever. 

We are introduced to an Israel that has finally recognized the Lord and now thanks him for his ever-enduring mercy. Worthy of note is when Israel says this. The fact that it says “Let Israel now say” indicates that this thankfulness is in response to something. It does not arise out of the blue. Something has happened that has evoked a grateful attitude from Israel of the Lord’s mercy. What exactly happened has yet to be revealed in the chapter, but it is clear that it will display the Lord’s long-suffering and mercy to Israel’s benefit. Let us continue:

(5)  I (Israel, we submit) called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.  (6)  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?  (7)  The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me

Aha! We learn that Israel was in “distress”. This word is mêtsar, and Strong’s defines it as referring to “something tight, trouble, pain.” We now see the reason for Israel’s humble gratitude for the Lord’s mercy. Israel was in distress, they called unto the Lord, and the Lord answered them with salvation. From this point on, Israel will not fear what finite man can do.

Verse 7 introduces a new party to the scene. “The LORD taketh my part with them that help me…” Who is this group that helps Israel? Whoever it is, the fact that the Lord was with them gives Israel the confidence to say, therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.” We suggest that it refers to the saints, for we find them to be involved in this conflict (Zechariah 14:5, Obadiah 1:21).

We have another “aha!” moment in verse 7 as we perceive another piece of the puzzle: a reason for Israel’s distress. Israel talks about “them that hate” them and desires justice on them. Who are these enemies who hate Israel? We find them referenced in the words of Zacharias:

Luke 1:67-75And his (John the Baptist’s) father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,  (68)  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,  (69)  And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;  (70)  As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:  (71)  That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;  (72)  To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;  (73)  The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,  (74)  That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,  (75)  In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

Israel’s salvation from these “hateful” people is here said to result in the Lord performing the mercy that He promised to the fathers, specifically Abraham. What was the promise to him? That he and his seed would inherit eternal possession of the land from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates (Genesis 15:18-21). Both Abraham and his seed (which is Christ – Galatians 3:16) have yet to inherit this land (Acts 7:5).

In order for this land to be possessed of Israel, it must be dispossessed of the foreigners who presently reside therein. These are currently the Arabs, and interestingly, they vehemently hate Israel! Since Israel was delivered from Egypt and conquered the land under Joshua, all the nations who were (partially) driven out have despised Israel with a bitter hatred. They were continual thorns in Israel side, drawing them away from the truth and warring with them on every side just as prophesied:

Numbers 33:55But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.

How true this turned out to be, and how true it is today! Imagine the peace Israel would have known had they faithfully executed the Lord’s judgments and completely expelled them from the land. It is no coincidence that the Arab descendants in those same territories play the same role of vexing Israel today.

The Temple Mount is the most hotly contested area in the land, for both Jews and Arabs claim it as a holy site. Without question, the Arabs are the greatest obstacle to Jewish religious service. Though the Jews are in darkness and have yet to recognize and correctly serve their Messiah, it is clear that the false Muslim claim to the land is the greatest inhibitor to not only Jewish worship, but to the full possession of the land promised to Abraham. They simply cannot reside there when the kingdom is established (Zechariah 14:21).

We believe that these Arabs who surround Israel on every side and are prophetically named in Psalm 83 are those who “hate” Israel and will be the cause of their “distress” at a future date; one which is fast approaching! Further Scriptural evidence for identifying them as such is found in Ezekiel 28 where all of the same elements are seen:

Ezekiel 28:25-26Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.  (26)  And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.

It is here reinforced that those nations “round about” Israel are those “that despise them” and prevent Israel from dwelling “with confidence”. The only nations who are “round about” Israel are those enemies named in Psalm 83. It is also further demonstrated that the destruction of these heathen nations is directly related to Israel’s safety, confidence, and recognition of their Lord!

If we add to this the passages of Deuteronomy 33:29, Isaiah 17, Ezekiel 35, Obadiah 1:15-21 Zechariah 12-13:6, 14:3-21, and others still, what we have is a great host of testimonies all joining in chorus and speaking one message: Israel is to reach a point of distress and weakening by the hand of her Arab neighbors, they will cry unto the Lord for salvation, and the Lord will come not only to save them, but to establish the Kingdom in the land promised to the fathers.

Now that we have identified the aggressors in Psalm 118, perhaps our other comments can now be shorter!

(8)  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.  (9)  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. 

After Israel’s miraculous victory and acquisition of Old Jerusalem in the Six Day War, the famous Defense Minister Moshe Dayan made a comment that is telling of Israel’s military mindset. He said in reference to the Arabs and Israel’s victory (and we quote liberally from memory), “I wish everyone would stop talking about prophecy. We just licked em’!” Israel is confident in their own ability to handle any matter.

This Psalm, however, shows Israel realizing their dependence on the Lord. It appears that this abasing conflict with the Arabs is the means of achieving it. Finally, they will learn not to trust in their own abilities, but in the Lord’s. Zechariah 12 details the time when “all the people round about… shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem” (vs. 2). The RSV of verse 5 depicts the moment when Israel will have learned the lesson: “Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God.'”

This same thing is reiterated in

Joel 3:16The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

(10)  All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.  (11)  They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.  (12)  They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

These “all nations” are all of those “round about” as we have already seen. They will “compass” Israel on every side. The prophet Joel elaborates on this aspect:

Joel 3:11-12 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.  (12)  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

It is also in this passage that we learn in clear terms that Israel will have a role to play in “seeing their desire upon all that hate them” (Psalm 118:7). “In the name of the LORD I (Israel) will destroy them” (vs 12). This is substantiated by Zechariah’s prophecy as well, once again in clear, unmistakable terms:

Zechariah 12:7-8The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. (8)  In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

We understand these “feeble” ones to refer to the literal inhabitants of Jerusalem (perhaps specifically the IDF?), for to give it any other identity does not seem to fit in with the passage. Imagine an army where the most “feeble” of the group are as mighty as David! Truly, this is an unstoppable force!

Zechariah 14:14And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.

This passage speaks for itself!

As has been hopefully demonstrated at this point, this Psalm is simply loaded with terms and phrases that help guide us in understanding its meaning. Another one of these phrases is found in verse 12 regarding Israel’s enemies: “they are quenched as the fire of thorns…” What’s intriguing about this is that we not only find this same imagery used elsewhere in Scripture, but in the instances that we do, we find a number of other similar elements as well!

Ezekiel 28:24And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

The ties between these passages are wonderfully numerous! Ezekiel 28 shows us that those who are “round about” Israel and who “despised them” are the thorns and briers! There is no more apt name for the Arabs, for they have continually been as grievous thorns in Israel’s side, incessantly poking and irritating, yet never destroying. This irritant, however, will one day cease. The thorns will be removed and cast into the flame.

(13)  Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.  (14)  The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.  (15)  The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.  (16)  The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.  (17)  I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.  (18)  The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. (19)  Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:  (20)  This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.  (21)  I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. 

These verses explain the dire straits that Israel will face, but will not be to their destruction. They will be “thrust” at and “chastened” sore, but this is the Lord’s hand of correction. While still the Lord’s people, Israel allows sin and evil in their land. Tel-Aviv is the considered the “gay pride” capitol of the world. While some of them recognize that the Lord is the cause for Israel’s prosperity and success, most believe it to be of themselves. They are a prideful people who trust in their own devices, and as such do not presently possess the disposition to call upon the Lord for help. We believe the principle of Proverbs 18:12 is applicable here: “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.”

The fact that Christ comes to Israel’s rescue is well established in Scripture. Allow two references to suffice:

Isaiah 63:1Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. (for those with time, read through verse 6)

Habakkuk 3:12-13Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.  (13)  Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

It is clear, then, that Israel will require saving. That day has yet to arrive, but it is fast approaching! The Lord will hear their cry!

 (22)  The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.  (23)  This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.  (24)  This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  (25)  Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.  (26)  Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.  (27)  God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.  (28)  Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.  (29)  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Oh, the wonderful end of this conflict! The stone of Christ which was refused by the Jews of his day will be the head corner stone in Jerusalem (Mark 12:1-11)! It will not be accomplished by the hands of carnal man, but will be “the LORD’S doing”.

One of the most beautiful and insightful verses here is verse 26, for it so clearly teaches us that this refers to the time when Israel will gratefully accept Christ as their King! Israel is shown crying, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the LORD”. The Jews have said this very thing only one time in the past, and we have it recorded in

Matthew 21:1, 4-5, 8-11And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples…  (4)  All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying,  (5)  Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass...  (8)  And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.  (9)  And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest(10)  And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?  (11)  And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Such was Christ’s reception into Jerusalem with the Jews acknowledging him as the rightful heir to the throne of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16). Their welcoming beckon was a direct quote from Psalm 118. For clarity, here is the passage again:

Psalm 118:25-26 – Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.  (26)  Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD

Here is the Jews’ quotation of it:

Matthew 21:9And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. 

“Hosanna” means “oh save!” (Strong’s G5614) and directly correlates to Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD” in Psalm 118.

The Jews warmly welcomed Christ and saw him as deliverance from the woes of their age, thinking the Kingdom would be established then and there (Acts 1:6). Little did they know that time must continue on for further ages. Nevertheless, such was their joyful reception of him.

How does this relate to our understanding of Israel at Christ’s coming? After prophesying of the desolation of AD70, Christ spake pointed and clear words to Jerusalem:

Matthew 23:39For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Jesus was soon to ascend to the right hand of his Father. Though he was presently among the Jews, they would not see him again until they once again said, “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” This will be the disposition of the Jews in that day. We are looking for that same attitude to appear in Israel once again! Just as they did long ago, they will again gladly receive him as the rightful heir to the throne of David.

However, does the Israel of today possess this feeling? Is the democratic nation open to and looking for a king? and not just any king, but specifically the one appointed by the Most High? Not quite. Something has to change. As Paul wrote in

Romans 11:25blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

The Jews do not currently have the eyes to see the light of the truth, and this must be remedied in order for them to call upon the Lord. The beautiful Psalm we have been considering addresses this very change, for verse 27 depicts an Israel whose eyes who have finally been opened: “God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light…” (see also Isaiah 32:1-3, Zechariah 12:10, 13:6). This realization, we believe, will be born out of Israel’s humbling final skirmish with her thorny Arab neighbors. The Arabs will abase them, but the Lord Jesus will save and exalt them!

Having considered some of the Scriptural testimonies concerning Israel at that future date, it is hoped that the relevance of recent events is more readily perceivable. We now turn our attention to

Part 2: The Potential Relevance of Netanyahu’s Re-election

We were thrilled to see the familiar face of Bibi return to the Prime Minister’s office, particularly given the circumstances in which this election occurred. Why? The reason is simple: Just as Vladimir Putin has the personal qualities that make it easy to see how he could be the ruler of Gog when the confederacy descends against Israel, so Benjamin Netanyahu has the personal qualities that make it easy to see how he could be ruling Israel when the Arabs unite against them and Christ comes to their salvation. Consider Netanyahu’s effect on the following topics:

The Palestinians and Other Arab Neighbors

If Israel’s neighbors are ever to unite under the purpose to “cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance” (Psalm 83:4), then it is evident that Israel and the Arabs must not be enjoying good relations at that time. We would expect intense bitterness between the two that climaxes in a full-out confrontation. All of this is easily perceivable with Netanyahu in power. A right-wing, pro-Israel Prime Minister like him is a thorn in the side of the world’s nations, particularly the Arabs. Unlike some other politicians in the Knesset, Netanyahu will not tolerate Arab aggression or calls for Israeli annihilation.

Unlike the previous Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Netanyahu knows that true peace will not be realized with the Arabs. He is far more likely to act in Israel’s interest and leave the Arab neighbors in the dust, further causing Israel to appear as the sole “obstacle” preventing peace. In fact, he already has plans in place that will be interpreted by the world as opposing peace efforts. Arutz Sheva recently reported that Netanyahu vows to 'neutralize' the Lebanon deal that Yair Lapid helped foster. Bibi has declared that his emphasis is to  “return Israel to its place as a rising power among the nations” (World Israel News). Endless and profitless negotiations with the Arabs will only hinder this effort.

Netanyahu recognizes the foolishness of a two-state “solution”, so the proponents of it are in for a difficult time dealing with him. We must stress that it is not only Netanyahu that causes worry among the Arabs, but the rest of his government as well. In response to Bibi’s victory, the Palestinians were outraged and declared that they were going to fight the results in the International Court (World Israel News). This is because they know that this government will not cater to them. They would far rather have Yair Lapid or a more left-leaning man in charge.

Interestingly, another result of the election was the complete ousting of one of the most liberal, far-left parties in the Knesset called Meretz (World Israel News). This party advocates for “Peace between Israel and the Palestinians, based on a two-state solution, as laid out in the Geneva Accord” and “Freezing construction of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank” (Meretz - Wikipedia). Such a government would be ideal for the Palestinians and other Arabs, but the election resulted in this party losing all representation in the government. This is, however, the opposite of Netanyahu’s government. Instead of trying to oust the Jews from disputed lands, Netanyahu and Ben Gvir agree to legalize Jewish towns in the Biblical heartland (Israel365 News). With a far-right leaning government, calls in the Knesset for a two-state solution will now soften. Coincidence? We think not.

The Iranian Threat

This government will not only be intolerant of Arab aggression, but particularly Iranian aggression. While the world allows Iran to continue its course to full nuclear capability, Netanyahu will not sit idly by. He recognizes that the threat is truly a matter of Israel’s existence and will do what is necessary to take care of the issue. Consider some recent developments:

Iran tests satellite-carrying rocket, US calls it 'destabilizing' - The Jerusalem Post

Iran seeking nuclear help from Russia in exchange for weapons - The Jerusalem Post

Likud MK estimates: Netanyahu will attack Iran's nuclear facilities - Arutz Sheva

'400 seconds' to Tel Aviv: Iranian media publishes Hebrew missile threat - The Jerusalem Post

IAEA: Iran increases highly enriched uranium stockpile - JNS

As Israel’s F-35 fleet grows, IDF accelerates preparations against Iran - JNS

Iran nuclear program ‘very close to breakout,’ warns US ambassador… - All Israel News

Iran gets closer and closer to the nuclear mark, and Israel cannot afford to completely rely on someone else to deal with the issue. Netanyahu has clearly stated that he is ready to attack Iran if the US doesn’t remove the threat soon (All Israel News). We believe that Israel may be forced to try and handle Iran, a move that we think could spark the war of Psalm 83 and bring Israel to the position outlined in Psalm 118. Netanyahu is far more likely to accelerate the confrontation with Iran than other individuals. This brings us to Bibi’s relevance to the country’s relations with

The United States

The Biden administration is not fond of Netanyahu for the same reasons mentioned above: he is pro-Zionist and pro-Israel. This distaste from the US was apparent immediately following Bibi’s victory. It is customary for world leaders to call the election victor to congratulate them on their triumph and express willingness to work together on future endeavors. Historically, as Israel’s greatest ally, the US President is among the very first to make this call. However, Biden was among the last to call Netanyahu, causing many in the meantime to wonder whether he would call him at all. Consider the following news items that were published after Netanyahu won:

World leaders congratulate Netanyahu on election victory, but still not Biden - World Israel News

Biden snubs Bibi: No congratulation call to Netanyahu for election victory - World Israel News

Is Biden intentionally snubbing Netanyahu? - Israel365 News

A delayed call is no accident, but is rather a way to communicate disapproval. The Biden administration is pushing for a two-state solution, and a right-wing government like Netanyahu’s is their worst nightmare. The US does not hide this either:

Netanyahu victory in Israeli election presents 'stark challenge' for US Middle East policy - Fox News

Former US ambassador: Biden administration unlikely to cooperate with Ben-Gvir or Smotrich - World Israel News

Nides: US will fight any Israeli attempts at annexation - JNS

A new foreign policy headache for Biden as Israel forms its most right-wing government ever - Los Angeles Times 

This last article from Los Angeles Times so succinctly explains the situation that we reproduce the first few paragraphs here:

"The Biden administration is grappling with how to deal with a new Israeli government that will be the most right-wing in that country’s history and may stand in the way of core U.S. goals for the Middle East.

"... Netanyahu formed an alliance with controversial political figures known for their extreme anti-Arab views, likely dooming any peace deal with Palestinians.

"Dealing with the Netanyahu-led government will pose major challenges for the Biden administration, which desires a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and broader acceptance of Israel in the Arab world."

Friction between the two countries exists beyond Israel’s borders though, perhaps even climaxing on the Iranian issue. The US is still pushing for a nuclear deal, something which will still allow Iran to reach nuclear capability. Netanyahu knows this and (rightly so) sees this as reason for Israel to take matters into their own hands:

Biden still eager for nuclear deal with Iran – agreement ‘not off the table’ – US Ambassador to Israel tells THE ROSENBERG REPORT - All Israel News

Netanyahu ‘ready’ to attack Iran if Biden doesn’t neutralize threat soon, long-time Netanyahu confidante tells THE ROSENBERG REPORT - All Israel News

Why does all of this matter? Again, it relates to the picture we have of Israel when Jesus returns. If Israel enjoys an intimate bond with the most advanced military power on the planet, an attack on Israel would likely result in the US coming to their aid: something that is not perceivable in prophecy. The prophets illustrate an Israel who stands alone and who, as they have no carnal allies in their greatest hour of need (Isaiah 63:3), is forced to humble themselves and cry unto the Lord. We believe this is being worked out before our very eyes, and Netanyahu’s re-election contributes to this prophesied end.

The Rest of the Nations

The same reasons that foster US disdain on Israel bring out condemnation from the rest of the world: a Zionist government does not work to the rest of the world’s desires. Earlier this month, we commented on a UN resolution that singled Israel out as a nuclear threat to the Middle East. Even more recently, the UN voted on another resolution:

UN votes 98-17 to take Israel to Int'l Criminal Court, 'occupation will need to end' - World Israel News

They voted that the Israeli “occupation” of so-called “Palestine” must end, meaning that they believe that the Jews do not belong there. It is nonsense, yet it is the stance that the world at large has taken. The re-election of Netanyahu means that this point of conflict will only intensify. Why? Because of the nature of this particular government:

Public diplomacy challenges await Netanyahu's extreme government - The Jerusalem Post

Again, this contributes to Israel standing alone when her Arab neighbors (the ones who claim to be the “rightful” owners of the land) come against her. Given the general Arab-sympathizing trend we are seeing, it is possible that the world might even justify the Arabs’ invasion when it occurs. How do we imagine they will react to the destruction of this group? Will they submit to the King of Israel when he disperses his Gospel dictate (Revelation 14:6)? Unfortunately, we are told that they will not (Psalm 2). Things are escalating, and they are almost certain to continue this path under Bibi.

Religious Implications

We must consider one last thing with this new government, for it seems that it may address an important aspect that most other Israeli governments have not had.

The Israeli government is not really a religious one, and so for them to call upon the Messiah implies a substantial change has occurred. What’s incredibly important is the kind of government this will be under Bibi. Consider an excerpt from The Jerusalem Post:

“The government that Netanyahu will have the easiest time forming – with the Religious Zionist Party, Shas and UTJ – will be the most religious and extreme government in Israeli history.

This will most likely be the most religious government Israel has seen since its rebirth! It’s noteworthy that it was not just Netanyahu that won this election. In fact, many are giving a lot of credit to his running partner Itamar Ben-Gvir, a man who is considered a far-right religious extremist and who has just been appointed as Israel’s National Security Minister (World Israel News). He does not advocate for compromising with the Arabs and holds beliefs that are increasingly unpopular with the rest of the world. Netanyahu’s partnership with him is believed to be what afforded him election success.

What’s also interesting is what this election says about the people of Israel as well. Again from The Jerusalem Post:

“The people have spoken. A majority of this country voted for this exact government. When someone cast a ballot for Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, they knew they were getting Itamar Ben-Gvir. No one thought that a vote for Netanyahu meant a unity government with Yair Lapid.”

It appears that the people of Israel were not wanting a unity government, but rather a more right-leaning religious one. All of this appears to us as a step in the direction which the prophets spoke of, for a more religiously based Israel is one that is more likely to call upon the Lord in times of distress as compared to trusting in their own abilities and being willing to die in their pride.


We wish to emphasize that though these developments concerning Netanyahu are promising, his government is not a perfect one. Evil is still allowed to prosper in the land:

Netanyahu says future Israeli gov't won't violate LGBTQ+ rights - report - The Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu is no Messiah for Israel. He is merely another instrument in the Lord’s toolbelt utilized to further His eternal plan. However, his personal characteristics, those of his running partner Itamar Ben-Gvir, and the present status of the Middle East all come together to create a prime stage for major prophetical development. Let us be aware of the prospects ahead of us and prepare ourselves accordingly, for Israel’s King (our King) is soon to triumphantly enter Jerusalem once again to claim the throne of his father David, and the Jews will echo the cry of their ancestors, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13).

The UN Resolution and the Prepping of the Nations

TGP Prophecy Letter - November 4, 2022


The United Nations has done it again. A resolution was passed this week which offers another example of its hatred of Israel. There have been countless anti-Israel resolutions passed before, but to us, the most recent one ranks among the most absurd:

UN committee demands Israel destroy its alleged nuclear arsenal - World Israel News

Israel must get rid of its nuclear weapons, UNGA majority decides - The Jerusalem Post

Yes, you read that right. The UN is demanding that ISRAEL destroy all of its nuclear weapons in an attempt to create a nuclear-free Middle East. The UN has been accused of being overwhelmingly anti-Israel before, but comments of this sort are always dismissed. However, the nonsensical nature of this demand brings the truth boldly to the forefront.

The most glaring problem with the resolution is not only what it says, but what it does not say. If the intention is truly to create a nuclear-free Middle East, is there any country we can think of that should be targeted by this resolution? Is there anyone in the region who is a nuclear threat? We’ll offer a hint. It starts with an “I” and ends with a “ran”! Iran continually threatens nuclear war, but they are eerily absent from the UN document. The above article from World Israel News says,

“Iran, a member of the NPT, has openly said it is enriching uranium to near-weapon’s purity, and according to the IAEA, the Islamic Republic began producing uranium metal last year although it has no civilian purpose. This was not mentioned in the resolution.”

Iran is indisputably the greatest threat and instigator in the region. There is no question as to their advancements in nuclear capability and intent to use it. Contrarily, as pointed out by World Israel News, “Jerusalem never acknowledged possession of nuclear weapons.” Now, we think it is obvious that Israel has some amount of nuclear capability. However, they are not a recognized nuclear power and this capability has not been confirmed. The most important thing is that they do not threaten other countries with it like Iran does! This makes the resolution even more absurd. It demands that a tiny, democratic nation who has not even claimed nuclear capability must remove that ability, all the while completely ignoring the nuclear-touting, destruction-boasting regime in Iran. Ironically, the Security Council is designed to be “devoted to world security” (World Israel News).

To add to the comic-nature of the situation, “Iran was also one of 170 nations that approved a sister-resolution calling for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East” (World Israel News); a bold move coming from the number one nuclear threat in the region!

So, what does all of this mean? Why would the UN take such a stance against Israel and turn a blind eye to the real problem?

First, consider the implications of this resolution and what it tells us about the big picture. It was drafted and proposed by the UN Security Council which is the most powerful committee of the UN. This council is made up of 15 members. However, in order for a resolution to pass, it must go before all 193 members of the UN and receive a majority vote. This resolution concerning Israel’s nuclear arsenal passed with a majority of 152-5 with 24 abstentions. Yes, 152 votes in favor and only 5 against.

There are 196 recognized countries on the planet (some sources say 195). The UN having 193 members leaves only three countries that are not a formal member of the organization. Though not formal members, two of these are still involved. The Vatican and Palestine “are assigned the status of permanent observers of UN proceedings for political and religious reasons. That leaves only one country not accounted for…”, which is Taiwan (ThoughtCo).

This means that with the exception of one, every country on the planet has representation in the UN in some fashion. If every member utilizes their power to vote instead of abstaining, 98.5% of the world’s nations weigh in on any given issue. It is fair to say, then, that the results of a UN vote help gauge the world’s stance on a particular topic. With the last resolution, 77.6% of world nations voted in favor is removing Israel’s nuclear capability. Considering the import of this and its absurdities, the conclusion is unavoidable: the world is not a friend of Israel.

We must set this in its proper light though. This does not mean that every country on earth is about to war against Israel. Even in the most climactic, conquering phases of Christ’s reign, we do not believe that every single nation will war against Israel. One simple reason for this is that those who do come against Christ will be destroyed. When the Lord says that He will gather “all nations” for war, we have found that the context always defines what this “all” entails. Very rarely does “all” really mean “ALL”. Allow two of the most pertinent verses on this topic to be explained by their own context:

Zechariah 14:1-2Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.  (2)  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

We feel ourselves fighting the urge to go more in depth with this verse, but we will try to be somewhat concise. A reading of the entire chapter is critical, for it outlines an entire sequence of events. “All nations” come against Jerusalem, resulting in half of the city going into captivity. Then ensues the description of the Lord going against those nations, returning to Jerusalem, setting his feet on the Mount of Olives, and conquering the land (verses 4-11). We are then given more details of the war and its aftermath, resulting in Israel gathering spoil from these nations (verses 12-14). It is in this latter aspect that we are told who is meant by “all nations” in verse 2: “And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.”

The “all nations” of verse 2 are here described as “all the heathen round about”. This phrase is carefully used in Scripture, and it refers only to those who are directly surrounding Israel. We reason, If all of the nations of the world came against Jerusalem at this time, why is it that only the wealth of those “round about” her is gathered? Would it not all be gathered? We also note that the only locations specifically named in this chapter are either in or directly around Israel (Jerusalem, the mount of Olives, Azal, Geba, Rimmon, the tower of Hananeel, and Egypt). Egypt is the most distant location named, and they are Israel’s direct neighbor to the south. This does not lend to a planet-wide conflict. In fact, such a small area is geographically incapable of housing every army on the planet.

The last thing we will note is verse 12 which describes “the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that fought against Jerusalem…” Here, we have a qualifier. It is not every person on the planet, but specifically all of those who “fought against Jerusalem”. If every single nation was intended, what purpose would there be to add this qualifier? Why would Scripture narrow down the group of “all nations” if every nation was intended?

Some might wonder about what is said in verse 9 of chapter 14 regarding the aftermath of this war: “And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” The fact that Christ is king over all “the earth” seems to imply that the war in Zechariah 14 must result in Christ conquering the entirety of the planet, therefore involving all the nations of the world.

However, the word translated “earth” is Strong’s #H776 - 'erets, and it occurs 2502 times in Scripture. By far, the most frequent translation of this word is “land”, appearing this way 1509 times (which comes out to 60.3%). It is translated “earth” only 712 times. While this is still a significant number, it is still half the number of times it is translated “land.” It must also be noted that of the times it is translated “earth”, it sometimes refers not to the planet earth, but the earth upon which we stand, and therefore land (see Joshua 7:21 and Judges 3:25 for examples). How many times this occurs, we are uncertain, but the usage of the word compiled with the contextual evidence in the chapter leads us to believe that the “earth” in Zechariah 14:2 refers to “the land”, specifically that precious allotment promised to Abraham and his seed (Genesis 17:7-8)!

We believe that the subject passage (Zechariah 14:2) was fulfilled in 1948 with Israel’s war of independence. This was the only time that the Jews lost half of Jerusalem, for the Old City was lost to Transjordan while Israel maintained control over the newer sector. When one considers the immense number of enemies that Israel fought during this war, it is easy to see why the Lord would term them “all nations”. It was Israel versus The Arab League (Egypt, Transjordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen), some irregulars called the All-Palestine Protectorate and the Arab Liberation Army, and the volunteer forces of the Muslim Brotherhood, Pakistan, and Sudan. These Arab and Muslim entities encompass the entirety of land surrounding Israel and are thus aptly called “the heathen round about”. Many of these countries are the same ones we believe will come against Israel at a future date per Psalm 83.

The other passage relating to “all nations” is

Joel 3:2I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

We believe that the phrase “all nations” in this passage is to be understood in the same way as the previous one. Some of the “all nations” are actually named in the context for us. The passage mentions “Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine…” as those who scattered Israel and parted the Lord’s land (vs. 4). All of these entities are mentioned in Psalm 83, which is the war we believe will see the fulfillment of this prophecy.

The title “the valley of Jehoshaphat” also helps define this conflict, for though there is presently a geographical location called by this name, there was not at the time of the prophecy. If one is to search the Scriptures for a better understanding of this “valley”, they will quickly find that the only other relevant passage is 2 Chronicles 20.

In this chapter, the nations of Edom, Ammon, and Moab all united to come against Jerusalem, only to be miraculously and Divinely destroyed by the Lord Himself in a valley. Where this exactly took place is uncertain, and so the name “the valley of Jehoshaphat” is understood to be a symbolic name, mentioned to direct the reader back to the events of 2 Chronicles 20. Why? Our understanding is that the same events that occurred in that chapter are to be repeated in similar fashion in the days to come, finding their fulfillment in the war that is explained in great detail in Psalm 83 and Zechariah 12 and 14. Along with Tyre, Zidon, and Palestine, the nations of Edom, Ammon, and Moab are also listed among the nations of Psalm 83.

Note that verse 12 of Joel 3 specifies which nations are to be judged at this point: “Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.” This is precisely what we find in Zechariah 14! This “judging” of Joel 3 does not appear to be a world-wide conflict, but a more local one concerned with the present inhibitors of the land of promise.

What is incredibly interesting, though not relevant to our topic at this time, are the countless correlations between 2 Chronicles 20 and Zechariah 12 and 14! For a rewarding and enlightening study, we highly recommend this exercise!

We have perhaps diverted from our focus, but the point is to demonstrate that “all nations” does not always mean every single nation, but often the entirety of a group of nations.

SO, what does all of this have to do with the UN resolution? It means that the nations are taking their prophesied positions, being poised to refuse Christ’s Gospel proclamation once he claims his Kingly throne in Jerusalem (Revelation 14:6). They will not all rebel at once, but in stages as Christ’s kingdom matures and expands its borders. In short, this UN resolution is one of many things that helps us understand why the Scriptures show Christ and the saints having to conquer the planet as opposed to using diplomacy or peace treaties. This latter thought is a popular idea of modern Christendom, believing that Christ will come peacefully and the world will accept him. The Scriptures, however, foretell of wars that will result in the acquisition of land. It is not diplomacy.

What will happen next now that the UN resolution has passed? Most likely, nothing. It is one thing for the resolution to pass, but it is another to enforce it. The UN has a history of passing anti-Israel resolutions like this, and many saw little to no real enforcement. This resolution is likely to fall into this category. Yes, the UN will most likely pressure Israel to comply, but it’s highly unlikely that they are willing to go to the extent that would actually result in Israel’s compliance. Nevertheless, the results of the vote illustrate that we are certainly in the end times.

These are the times that many before us have longed to see. These are the times that the last-century ecclesias are foretold to live in. They are undoubtedly difficult times as far as the carnal things go, for the world is not fond of the Lord’s servants. However, these things should be viewed as tokens of our Lord’s coming. They should act to confirm the things we read in the Holy Writ and help us to “quench all of the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16). The time appears short, Brethren! Let us use the remainder we have been afforded to display the lively, devoted faith and works that our Master so rightly deserves! Nothing else will do, for it is through him alone that we have life and hope (Colossians 3:4)!

Note: Our title picture for TGP Prophecy Letter reflects our purpose with it. It depicts a watchman on top of the city walls blowing the shofar to warn and announce to the people the great signs of the Lord. The wall bears the Hebrew inscription "Prophecy Letter."