—Ezekiel 11:17-20 (NASB)
In relatively recent times historically, the topic of prophecy has been seen as an event that comes true on a specific future date. In reality, biblical prophecy is a series of partial fulfillments culminating in an ultimate, final one. Each partial fulfillment along the way teaches something about the final one to come. When Israel returned from the Babylonian Captivity, there was a fulfillment of this promise. The people finally shook their addiction to foreign gods and idols and, going forward, consistently kept within the boundaries of Mosaic Judaism.
But their rejection of the Messiah resulted in yet another dispersion, and after the longest Diaspora in history they returned yet again from captivity. Many scholars and authors became quite excited at Israel being re-constituted as a nation in 1948 and particularly its acquisition of Jerusalem in 1967. But the real sign of the fulfillment of God’s Word is yet to come and will be evidenced by large-scale spiritual revival in Israel.
—Zechariah 12:10 (NASB)
It should be noted that secular American Jewish sources themselves document that since 1967, more Jews have come to accept Jesus as their Messiah than the total number of Jews so doing in the entire 1,800 previous years. If we only concentrate on what we perceive to be visible evidence of Christ’s impending return in the large things identified in Scripture, we might miss the fact that some of the most important ones are taking place at this very hour. †††