2. The establishment of the State of Israel

2. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL

The most important prophetic event of the last 1,000 years was the establishment of the State of Israel in the year 1948. At that moment the American scholar William W. Orr named it “the greatest piece of prophetic news”1212 of the modern times, and this idea remained unchanged ever since. It was further confirmed through the conquest of Jerusalem in June 1967, which, according to John Walvoord, was “one of the most remarkable fulfillments of biblical prophecy since the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.”1213

The Old Testament often speaks about the banishment of the Israelite people and its regathering in the Promised Land. But the Israelites (the Jews) have been enslaved and liberated several times until the present day. So, it is unclear if the prophecies refer to random future events or to the beginning of the Messianic Age. In the Book of Genesis God promised Abraham that his descendants would have their own country between Egypt and Euphrates (Genesis 15:18). The same promise was made to Jacob, whose descendants would have Israel as their country, they would be spread across the entire world, they would influence the world and they would be regathered in the Promised Land (Genesis 28:10-15). Around 1400 BC Moses warned the Israelites that they would have to leave the country, they would be scattered and they would be killed (Deuteronomy 4:25-30; 28:36-37, 49-52, 64; 29:23). Then, around 750-686 BC the prophet Micah prophesied that the Jews would be hit by calamities (Micah 3:12). Between 520 and 518 BC Zechariah said that God would bring back the Jews from east and west to their country of origin, and that they would live again in Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:7-8). And last but not least, Isaiah wrote between 701 and 681 BC that the Jews would return to their country from all directions (Isaiah 43:5-6).

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6.3.2. Rebuilding the Holy Temple and the sacred geometry

6.3.2. Rebuilding the Holy Temple and the sacred geometry

The possibility of finding the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel and their repatriation to the Holy Land generated discussions about the next eschatological step: the rebuilding of the Third Temple and the resuming of the ancient Jewish rituals. The Antichrist has to become the leader of the Jews and to impose the Mosaic beliefs over the people he would conquer. But the ancient rituals cannot be resumed without the Temple. So, through the reconstruction of the Temple a false and deceiving practice of worship is reinstalled.

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6.3.1. The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

6.3. HEBRAISM

6.3.1. The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

Since the early days of Christianity until the Enlightenment, all Christians, regardless of confession, blamed the Jews for being the allies of the devil. The Jews had been a sort of universal scapegoat: whenever there were times of panic or “divine” plagues, they were automatically accused and killed. And yet, the traditional Christian eschatological scenario requires a return of the Jews to the Holy Land so that the Antichrist can manifest himself among them: “And the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint themselves one head, and shall go up from the land; for great shall be the day of Jezreel” (Hosea 1:11). But the materialization of this grandiose project raised special problems of logistics, sociology, demography and geography. Of the 12 tribes of Israel, as they are described in Genesis 35:21-26, apparently ten were scattered and lost in the mists of history beginning with 720 BC, during the Assyrian domination. The biblical books of Chronicles and Kings offer the most details on this subject. Furthermore, there is a historical gap: it cannot be said for certain how many and which tribes were scattered. Only the century-old tradition, aided by religious beliefs, supported the presence of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin at the moment of the Savior’s birth (hence the name of “Judaism” for the religion of the Jews). This means that the other ten tribes of Israel, considered lost and scattered across the world, are those of Reuben, Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Levi, Dan, Naphtali, Gad and Asher. And the Antichrist cannot reveal himself until there is a repatriation of the Jews to the Holy Land, especially of the tribe of Dan.

The prospect of repatriating the Jews gained momentum in the 16th century. The geographical discoveries questioned the old conceptions about the Universe and generated new theories regarding the shape, the dimension and the appearance of Earth. The problem was that God’s omnipresence demanded everything to have a purpose. After Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492, Christians had to find the theological purpose of this new land. In this way America became an attractive spatial and temporal framework, free to be filled with anyone’s needs and ideas. Columbus himself believed that the new land was part of Asia and it was sheltering

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