If someone was to ask you how you know God exists what would you say? There are many things that could be said to answer such a profound and important question like that. However, the greatest way to know the answer to that question is to see God's hand fulfilling His prophetic promises to His people before the world. In other words, when God predicts that something will happen, sometimes thousands of years beforehand, and it finally comes to pass in precise detail before our eyes, we need to take notice. To that end, there are literally 100's of such Divine promises in the Bible that have been and/or are currently being fulfilled before our very eyes. An example of this principle can best be seen in the prophetic prediction and promise made by the Lord Jesus that He would rise again on the 3rd day after His crucifixion. In passages like Matthew 16:21 we hear,
From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
No other faith, religion or belief system has the same record of fulfilled promises and prophecies as does the God of the Bible. And while many others have made future predictions about a number of issues, only the Bible's predictions have been 100% accurate and can be tested against historical records. The Lord is very clear about this issue throughout the Bible and even the very existence of 16 Old Testament prophetic books from Isaiah-Malachi give witness to this astonishing ability of the Lord to decree an action and bring it to pass in His time and for His purpose. Consider this passage from Isaiah 46:10-11,
I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.' From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.
All of these sovereign prophetic purposes of the Lord were on full display this past week for the world to see. Starting last Thursday, March 21 President Trump announced that he supported the Golan Heights in Israel being declared a non-negotiable part of Israel's permanent territory. This bold move reversed over 50 years of conflict within the United States government regarding Israel's right to possess the Golan Heights at all, a piece of land that had been regained by Israel during the "Six Day War" in June of 1967. The "Six Day War" was a defensive war in which Israel stood up against the combined attacks of the armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Since that time the Golan Heights has remained a highly contested piece of land between Israel and Syria that stood as a major impediment regarding any supposed "peace plan" between Israel, Syria and the Arab/Islamic world.
And in a spectacular prophetic connection to President Trump's declaration that supported Israel's right to the Golan Heights was the fact that his decision took place on the ancient Biblical holiday of Purim or the 14th day of Adar (March 21). For Jews in modern Israel, and around the world, Purim celebrates Israel's victory over their ancient enemies in Persia that was spoken of in Esther 9:20-22,
Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.
President Trump's support of Israel's right to the Golan Heights on Purim is simply incredible because the modern-day nation of Iran is ancient Persia and has been supporting Syria's desire to take the land. Iran and Syria have been conspiring with others to use the Golan Heights as a strategic base from which to undermine and work toward the elimination of Israel and the Jews altogether, just like in the book of Esther. Hence, these prophetic patterns and plans of the Lord are being precisely fulfilled and unfolding right now after 1000's of years of historical drama between Israel and her enemies, ancient and modern.
All of this comes to an even more amazing storyline when you consider that on Monday, March 25, 2019 in the White House, the Prime Minister of Israel made a state visit to witness this Presidential decision being put in writing before the world. The photo in this article is an historic picture of President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu sharing the moment together before the nations of the world. The connection of all these events together into one seamless, amazing moment of world history is simply beyond words. At the signing ceremony, NPR (National Public Radio) recorded Prime Minister Netanyahu's reaction as follows,
"Israel has never had a better friend than you (President Trump)," Netanyahu said, enumerating several instances in which the administration has delivered on campaign promises favoring the Israeli leader, including U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran, restoration of sanctions on that country and the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital leading to the relocation of American embassy there. "This is truly an historic day," Netanyahu exclaimed, saying it has taken half a century "to translate our military victory into a diplomatic victory. "Your recognition is a two-fold act of historic justice. Israel won the Golan Heights in a just war of self-defense, and the Jewish people's roots in the Golan go back thousands of years."
So, in the last few days the world has watched, but perhaps missed the hand of Almighty God weaving together a tapestry of sovereign glory for all to see. The Lord is fulfilling His promises to Abraham from Genesis 15 that promised to give the Promised Land to Israel, protect Abraham and his descendants from their enemies and restore the Lord's eternal purposes for His people in the Lord Jesus Christ, Abraham's greater Son. It is hard to imagine a more dramatic and faith building week than what has just unfolded before us.
As we are watching all of this take place before our eyes, it comes at a time in America and the world when we continue to see increasing levels of political chaos in our own nation and around the world. America has never been more divided, and the lives of many people are discouraged about the future. And yet, God's prophetic plans and purposes for Israel and His people cannot be stopped, changed or modified. This wonderful fact is the foundation on which all faith and hope in the Lord can be based. Our Lord and God is faithful to us. Just as the Lord Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection paid for our sin and were planned before the world began, so too the unfolding future of our lives was carefully planned and controlled for our good. Truly all things are being worked for our good as the Bible teaches in Romans 8:28. This is the Gospel of our Lord and His salvation and a message that every Christian should shout out to everyone we can at this time. Our God still rules the world with truth and justice, and we have a message that will carry us through the most challenging times in which we live. What a mighty God we serve!