In respect to Israel’s increasing wealth which is one of the benchmarks to be reached before Jesus returns, I read an interesting article by Martin Fletcher, a former NBC News Middle East correspondent and Tel Aviv Bureau chief. He wrote, “Israel is, after years of delay, finally pushing ahead with an ambitious strategy to tap offshore oil reserves that could transform its economy and, it hopes, its place in a historically hostile region. If all goes according to plan, Israel will not only become largely energy-independent, it will also supply neighbors that will have new reason to be friends.”1 Needless to say, such an oil and gas boom would not only make Israel wealthier, but an even greater target and temptation for other countries to invade and takeover it over. Russia could be one of those countries in the years to come, at least that is what prophesy predicts in the Bible. (Ezekiel 38-39)
But aside from this recent oil & gas discovery and its potential, Israel is still an ever increasing and prosperous nation. Its economy for instance, has been ranked as number three in the world as the most innovative. With only 8.5 million people, Israel generates over 500 startup businesses a year. Europe with 700 million people generates only about 600-700 businesses. Israel has the most non-US Nasdaq-listed companies in the world more than China, India, Korea, Japan, Canada or the entire European continent. Israel is home to 17 billionaires and 88,000 millionaires. Out of the 500 richest people in the world nine are Jews.2
The point to all of this is that there are many signs that should come about in this last generation before Christ returns; Israel becoming a wealthy nation is one of them.
Ezekiel 36:8-11 8 ‘But you, O mountains of Israel, you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon come.9 ‘For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you will be cultivated and sown. 10 ‘I will multiply men on you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities will be inhabited and the waste places will be rebuilt. 11 ‘I will multiply on you man and beast; and they will increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited as you were formerly and will treat you better than at the first. Thus you will know that I am the Lord.
1. News about Aboard The Atwood Advantage, Martin Fletcher, Bing com/news, January 14, 2017.
2. Is This the End, Dr. David Jeremiah, page 224.