The End Time Focus on Israel

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God gave the Jewish people a promise that one day they would be regathered back to the land of Israel, even though they were dispersed to the four corners of the earth. 

The Bible mentions two future gatherings of the Jewish people. The first one will be their gathering in unbelief before the Lord returns. The second gathering involves believing Jews who will be collected when Jesus comes back at the end of the Tribulation.

Restoration Promised:

“in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. “If your outcasts are at the ends of the earth, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back. “The Lord your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. “Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live. “The Lord your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. “And you shall again obey the Lord, and observe all His commandments which I command you today.” [Deuteronomy 30:1-8]

The Qur’an also prophesied the return of the Jews to the Holy Land and explained its implications. There are many prophecies and pronouncements of the Prophet pertaining to the destiny of Jerusalem.

After they boasted of killing Jesus [4:157] Allah permanently expelled them from the Holy Land. The Qur’an then revealed the destiny of Jerusalem and of the Jews as follows:

“And we divided them throughout the earth into nations. Of them some were righteous, and of them some were otherwise. And we tested them with good [times] and bad that perhaps they would return [to obedience].” [7:168]

The scattered Jewish diaspora which has lasted for some 2000 years was meant to function as a sign to the Jews of divine anger and punishment, and many Jews recognised it as such.

After expelling the Jews, Allah placed a ban prohibiting their return to that Land. (They could come back as tourists but they could not return in order to reclaim it):

“And there is prohibition upon [the people of] a city which We have destroyed that they will [ever] return..” [21:95]

That divine ban on prohibiting their return to reclaim it was to also convey to them that they were no longer the ‘chosen people’.

Even after Allah had expelled them, the Qur’an declared that it was still possible for them to earn forgiveness from Allah:

“[Then Allah said], “It is expected, [if you repent], that your Lord will have mercy upon you. But if you return [to sin], we will return [to punishment]. And we have made Hell, for the disbelievers, a prison-bed.” [17:8]

Allah gave them a period of time during which he was prepared to forgive them if they mended their ways, sought his forgiveness, and returned to the religion of Abraham. But there was only one door through which that forgiveness could be obtained. The Qur’an informed the Children of Israel of the path to forgiveness as follows:

“Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be the successful.” [7:157]

Thus in accepting, believing, and following the Last Prophet, forgivenesss could be earned.

There would be a number of signs by which it would be known that the time given in which to seek forgiveness had now expired. Among those signs would be the release of Dajjal (the Antichrist) and Gog and Magog into the world.

Prophet Muhammad lived in Madina amongst the Jews for 17 months, and by this time it had become quite clear that they rejected him and were conspiring to destroy Islam.

At that moment Allah sent down revelation decreeing that the Kaaba be restored as the Qiblah. This change of Qiblah from Jerusalem to Mecca indicated that the one and only ‘window of opportunity’ open for the Jews to earn divine forgiveness and mercy was now closed. The Last Age had now commenced and their inevitable punishment could no longer be averted. It was a thing decreed.

Although the Last Age has commenced and the door to divine mercy has been closed, the Jews still have to wait before their final punishment to occur. During much of the time before the countdown would begin, the Jews would actually find sanctuary amongst Muslims:

“They have been put under humiliation [by Allah ] wherever they are overtaken, except for a covenant from Allah and a rope from the Muslims. And they have drawn upon themselves anger from Allah and have been put under destitution. That is because they disbelieved in the verses of Allah and killed the prophets without right. That is because they disobeyed and [habitually] transgressed.” [Qur’an, 3:112]

The time for the final countdown to punishment would be preceded by signs from Allah. Among those Signs one of the most visible would be the recovery of the body of Pharaoh who had drowned while pursuing Moses (pbuh) and the Israelite people. Unfortunately for the Jews the body of that Pharaoh has already been recovered and it is now too late for them to repent, to accept the truth revealed by the God of Abraham in the Qur’an, and to believe in Muhammad (pbuh) as the final messenger of Allah. It is also too late to avert the greatest of all divine punishments:

“Do they [then] wait for anything except that the angels should come to them or your Lord should come or that there come some of the signs of your Lord? The Day that some of the signs of your Lord will come no soul will benefit from its faith as long as it had not believed before or had earned through its faith some good. Say, “Wait. Indeed, we [also] are waiting.” [Qur’an, 6 :158]

The Qur’an went on to declare that Allah would bring the Jews back to the Holy Land in the End Time. The Jews are deceived into believing that their success in returning to the Holy Land to reclaim it validates their claim to truth. 

This prophecy pertaining to the final return to the Holy Land has also been fulfilled through the establishment of the Impostor State of Israel:”And We said after Pharaoh to the Children of Israel, “Dwell in the land, and when there comes the promise of the Hereafter, We will bring you forth in [one] gathering.” [17:104]

We are now in a position to recognize the return of the Jews to Jerusalem as a Sign, revealed in the Qur’an, which confirms the release of Gog and Magog that control the world with a power which is indestructible. 

The Jewish return to Jerusalem, and the restoration of the State of Israel, was made possible through Gog and Magog and the False Messiah (Dajjal). The Qur’an warned the Jews that if they returned to their wicked ways Allah would return with his punishment. He first punished them with a Babylonian army. Then He punished them with a Roman army. The last punishment, when it takes place, would be with a Muslim army.

The Jews refused to believe in the Qur’an and Muhammad. They are incapable of recognising that reality:

“And [mention] when your Lord declared that He would surely [continue to] send upon them until the Day of Resurrection those who would afflict them with the worst torment. Indeed, your Lord is swift in penalty; but indeed, He is Forgiving and Merciful.” [Qur’an, 7:167]

The law of Allah is that punishment must be commensurate with or equivalent to the crime. And since the Jews committed the worst possible crime in attempting to crucify Jesus , changing the Torah, etc., they would pay for it with the worst possible punishment. That punishment would commence even before the Day of Judgment. 

Allah himself ensured that neither the Jews nor the non-believing in the world would be able to perceive the reality of their own condition:

“I will turn away from My signs those who are arrogant upon the earth without right; and if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it. And if they see the way of consciousness, they will not adopt it as a way; but if they see the way of error, they will adopt it as a way. That is because they have denied Our signs and they were heedless of them.” [Qur’an, 7:146]

Allah created the Antichrist for the purpose of accomplishing this mission.Dajjal is blind in his right eye, and that indicates his internal spiritual blindness. All those who are deceived by him would themselves become spiritually blind and hence would be incapable of seeing and recognising the signs of Allah in the Last Age. This would continue until the return of Jesus.

The Jews are now being misled by the Antichrist and Gog Magog.The Jews as well as non-believers would remain absolutely convinced up to the very last moment that they are on the path of success. And so the divinely ordained profile for the Truth (i.e., Islam) in the world in the Last Age is one in which increasingly indicates that Islam has failed. 

Among the Divine ‘Signs’ shown to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) during his miraculous visit to Jerusalem was revealed to him the destiny of Jerusalem.

The Qur’an has clearly established a destiny of Jerusalem that would witness Muslims resuming their rule over Jerusalem. A Muslim army will then defeat the Jews, and Muslim rule will be restored. Allah swt declared as much when he spoke in the Qur’an:

Allah has promised those who have believed [in Islam] among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth [Holy land] just as He granted it to those before them [the Jews] and that He will surely establish for them [therein] their religion [Islam] which He has preferred for them and that He will surely substitute [their state] for them, after their fear [in which they lived], security, [for] they worship Me [alone], not associating anything with Me. But whoever disbelieves after that – then those are the defiantly disobedient. [Qur’an, 24:55]

This promise of the Qur’an is also confirmed by the Prophet (pbuh) in the following Hadith: “Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (as) said: Black banners shall emerge from Khorasan (i.e. an area which is now included in Afghanistan, Pakistan and a little in Iran and Central Asia), and no force will be able to stop them until they are inserted in Aelia (Jerusalem).” (Sunan Tirmidhi) The Qur’an also provides the moral justification for that ‘armed struggle’. The God of Abraham Himself declared that He has authorized warfare for the purpose of responding to oppression which witnesses a people being driven out of their homes and out of the land in which they live for no just cause other than that they are Muslims:

“Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory. [They are] those who have been evicted from their homes without right – only because they say, “Our Lord is Allah.” And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.” [Qur’an, 22:39-40]

It’s the destiny of Jerusalem that a Muslim army will destroy the State of Israel and the Messiah will then rule over mankind from Jerusalem as a Just ruler. Jesus, the Messiah would ‘rule’ the world from the Islamic State that would be established in the Holy Land at that time and in place of the impostor State of Israel. 

References:

An Islamic view of Gog and Magog in the Modern Age,

Jerusalem in the Qur’an

Surah Al-Kahf and the Modern Age

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