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I don't know where the Bible prophesies about the Middle East, and much less do I know if they're coming true in our day. I've heard people witnessing to others by saying "look at the Middle East", but I'm at a loss about it myself, even though I am a Christian too. Can anyone shed some light?

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Genesis 17:7,8 is fulfilled by the establishment of Israel as a sovereign nation in 1948. –  Rick Oct 10 '13 at 13:39
Eschatology is a very diverse area of study that is rife with very strong opinions. You'd have to start by narrowing it down to a particular branch or denomination. Actually a specific theory of eschatology would be ideal since eschatological views can vary widely even within denominations. –  crownjewel82 Oct 10 '13 at 16:56
Do you mean Israel? –  gideon marx Oct 10 '13 at 18:18

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When I have heard people say "look at the Middle East", it is generally in regards to the formation of the Israelite state in 1948. For close to 2000 years there had been no Israelite state or temple, and for around 2500 years there had been no independent Israelite state. The establishment is seen as the beginning of the end - a necessary step before a temple can be built (which is frequently referred to in Revelation.)

There are a great many prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the re-establishment of an Israelite state, for example Isaiah 66:8. Many of these prophecies could also be interpreted as referring to the Province of Judah that was established after the Exile, or to the creation of the Church, but those who are saying to "look at the Middle East" would most likely interpret them as referring to the current Israelite state.

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