In recent article on the “signs of the time,” Prophecy News Watch lists the following development in Israel as a fulfillment of the “rumors of war” that Jesus prophesied about in Matt. 24:

On July 1, the Israeli government will formally consider annexation of large parts of the West Bank. If it does, Jordan has said it will end its 27 year-old peace treaty with the Jewish State. The Palestinian Authority has said it will end its relationship with Israel, and Hamas has warned any such annexation will ignite a new Intifada.

If Israel moves forward with plans to annex all or part of the West Bank, it will almost certainly face widespread condemnation in the international community and violent resistance from its longtime enemies. Only time will tell what July brings, but rumors of war are widespread. Jesus said rumors of war will be another sign of His coming (Matthew 24:6).

Israel receiving threats from her neighbors is nothing new; that has been going on since its rebirth in 1948. But this update from Prophecy News Watch brings to mind a specific warning Jesus gave about Judea in the time of the end:

“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Matt. 24:15-16

For years, when reading this passage, I just assumed Jesus was using Judea as another name for Israel. But Judea is a specific region inside of Israel. To be exact, it is the West Bank! Now read both the news update and the warning of Jesus again. Do you see what I mean? Go back and read the full warning. Jesus said if you are on the housetop, don’t even go back inside and get your coat. If you are out in the fields, don’t even come back to your house. And Jesus said it would be especially bad for pregnant women during this time of all out attack. Jesus warns that when you see the “abomination of desolation” spoken of the prophet Daniel, then flee from Judea!

I was so impressed recently when I heard Irvin Baxter warning about this coming “massacre” as he called it several months ago now. It was Baxter that gave me the much needed Israeli geography lesson. Talking about faith with corresponding actions, Baxter and his team has already begin to blast the area with mail outs warning the of the coming danger.

What’s so significant about the “abomination of desolation” and Judea? Why would Jesus link the two? The desecration of the temple in the last days won’t be an idol of Zeus as it was in the days of Antiochus, but rather the man of perdition himself will set himself up in the temple as God (2 Tim 2:4). Preceding this all out blasphemous event, the Antichrist will come on the scene as a smooth-talking politician, to put it mildly. Most likely, he will have brokered the deal of all deals, coveted by nearly every politician for the last 40 years, the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. This two-state solution may be in addition to or part of the larger seven year peace contract that the Antichrist signs with Israel that kicks off the Tribulation period. Either way, at this time of the “abomination of desolation,” the Antichrist’s deception will be lifted and the inhabitants of Judea are told to flee for their lives!

With the Covid-19 pandemic, unemployment at near depression levels, and social in justice and unrest in the streets, Americans right now aren’t really focused on Israel or anything else outside of our borders for that matter. But to be sure, these events will surely come to pass in Israel whether we are paying attention or not. Not in any way to minimize the events on our own back doorsteps, but I feel strongly that the devil is trying to distract America in a big way. We must be ready for Jesus’ return because he is coming back for those who are looking for him (Heb. 9:28). Jesus told us what to look for and also warned us: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).”