Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a Christmastime message to believers around the globe that prophesies from Scripture are coming true today as he shared his gratitude to Christians for their loyalty to Israel in the End Times.
"We're united in a shared destiny,” Netanyahu expressed to Christians in a pre-recorded video message, according to CBN News. “I want to thank you for all your support."
Approaching the Last Days …
Netanyahu impressed the fact that prophesies declared in the Bible are unfolding at a record rate in the Holy Land.
“The Israeli leader went on to point out that believers are living in a time when biblical prophecies are unfolding at lightning speed,” CBN News noted from the PM’s address to Christians.
After being dispersed throughout the world for two millennia, Jews are continuing to return to Israel – a process that began in 1948 when the State of Israel was reestablished – while archeological discoveries, the rebuilding of the Temple Mount and other indications show that the End Times, as prophesied in the Bible, are already upon us.
"We live in historic times,” Netanyahu impressed in the video. “The ancient prophecies are being realized. The people of Israel have ingathered their exiles, come back to the Promised Land, built Zion, reunited our eternal capital, Jerusalem."
He could not help but express his gratitude to President Donald Trump fom moving the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the nation’s official capital in Jerusalem.
"And in fact, the American Embassy was just recently moved there in a historic move by President Trump," Netanyahu added. "This is all important. What we're witnessing is the dream of centuries, the dreams of millennium being realized. And we're doing it with your tremendous support."
The importance of the shared religious heritage of Christians and Jews in Israel was then stressed.
"Only in Israel has Christianity blossomed in the Middle East," Netanyahu pointed out. "We understand our heritage, we understand our common heritage and we understand our commitment to a common future. We're united in a shared destiny."
He made it a point that having Christians on Israel’s side during this historically significant time is priceless.
"I know what tremendous friends you are, and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the Holy Land," Netanyahu expressed.
The Israeli PM also took to social media to reinforce his critical alliance with Christians on a global scale.
“Merry Christmas to all our Christian friends in Israel and around the world!” Netanyahu tweeted on Christmas Eve.
Other sign the Last Days are upon us?
Orthodox Jews, including Rabbi Levi Sudri, shared their own evidence of what they believe are more signs of the End Times, as Sudri pointed out a number of parallels between Nethanyahu and Jonathan – the son of King Saul of the Old Testament.
“Sudri suggested that Netanyahu is serving the function of Moshiach ben Yosef (Messiah from the house of Joseph) the first half of the two stage Messianic process,” Breaking News Israel (BIN) reported in May. “Moshiach ben Yosef is a practical, mundane process that includes the ingathering of the exiles and building up of the Land of Israel. The second stage, Moshiach Ben David – Messiah from the house of David – is a miraculous process which includes the reestablishment of the Davidic Dynasty and the completion of the Third Temple.”
The claim of Netanyahu’s significance in the End Times was extrapolated further – but by using unbiblical concepts such as “reincarnation.”
“Rabbi Sudri explained that as the reincarnation of Jonathan and the manifestation of Moshiach ben Yosef, Netanyahu is paving the way for the more transcendent Moshiach ben David who will immediately follow,” BIN’s Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz noted in a November report.
The rabbi impressed his reasoning behind the connection he made between Netanyahu and Jonathan – King David’s best friend in the Bible.
“It is very clear that we see in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he is fulfilling his destiny as Moshiach ben Yosef, that is to say, the reincarnation of Jonathan,” Sudri told BIN in May. “The name ‘Netanyahu’ (נתניהו) is composed of the same letters as the name, ‘Jonathan (יהונתן).’”
Sudri is not the only rabbi in Israel who has made this connection, but another rabbi’s intuition comes from his unbiblical interpretation derived from artifacts – not directly from Scripture. Christians rightly question this practice not rooted in the Bible, but the Israeli daily mentioned the rabbi to show that Netanyahu is believed to be part of the fulfillment of Scripture by religious leaders of faiths other than Christianity.
“This sentiment was repeated by Rabbi Moshe Ben Tov – known for his ability to perceive the past and present of people by gazing at the mezuzah on their door,” Berkowitz noted. “After attaching a mezuzah in the prime minister’s office, Rabbi Ben Tov made a remarkable statement to the prime minister.”
Tov’s questionable practice led him to believe that the prime minister’s position in Israel will be secure through the Last Days.
“It is very important that your love of Israel continue until the Moshiach comes because you are going stay in office and are going to meet him,” Tov told Netanyahu, according to BIN. “You are the one who will give him the keys to this office.”
Israel an integral part of past and present in Scripture
When Netanyahu thanked America for moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem back in May, he made Israel’s role in biblical past and present known.
“So, for me, this spot brings back personal memories, but for our people, it evokes profound collective memories of the greatest moments we have known on this City on a Hill,” Netanyahu declared at the embassy’s opening in Israel’s capital city last spring, according to a transcript of his speech published by the Times of Israel (TOI).
He went on to list off crucial historical events from the Bible that took place in Israel’s Holy City.
“In Jerusalem, Abraham passed the greatest test of faith and the right to be the father of our nation,” Netanyahu continued. “In Jerusalem, King David established our capital 3,000 years ago. In Jerusalem, King Solomon built our Temple, which stood for many centuries. In Jerusalem, Jewish exiles from Babylon rebuilt the Temple, which stood for many more centuries. In Jerusalem, the Maccabees rededicated that Temple and restored Jewish sovereignty in this land.”
The Israeli leader then impressed Israel’s significance today in the fulfillment of Scripture.
“And it was here in Jerusalem some 2,000 years later that the soldiers of Israel spoke three immortal words, ‘Har ha’bayit be’yadeinu,’ – ‘The Temple Mount is in our hands’ – words that lifted the spirit of the entire nation,” Netanyahu pointed out.
An Old Testament prophet’s words were then repeated by the PM.
“The prophet, Zechariah, declared over 2,500 years ago, ‘So said the Lord, ‘I will return to Zion and I will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth,’” Netanyahu continued in his speech. “May the opening of this embassy in this city spread the truth far and wide, and may the truth advance a lasting peace between Israel and all our neighbors.”
He ended by blessing America and giving thanks to God for His continued protection of Israel today and through eternity.
“God bless the United States of America, and God bless Jerusalem – the eternal, undivided capital of Israel,” Netanyahu concluded his speech. “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.”