On May 14, 2018, Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary since its “rebirth” following the Second World War. Now conspiracy theorists analysing biblical texts believe this event will spark the beginning of the end of the world, which will apparently mark the return of Jesus Christ.
The claim has been made by Christian site End Times Truth, which says the re-creation of Israel in 1948 marked “the most momentous prophetic fulfilment in recent history.”
The website claims that 70 years is significant for Israel, as in 70 AD the Second Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed.
The website points to a specific bible passage, Matt. 24:32-35, which reads: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
“So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
According to the website, the “fig tree” is a metaphor for Israel, and it is a sign the end is near.
End Times Truth said: “Are we now at another major turning point in prophetic history?
Aside from the claim, the website offers very little evidence as to what or when the end will come, with two years having passed since the anniversary, although the website does claim coronavirus is a sign of the end.
It reads: “The current coronavirus pandemic is the latest of many such birth pangs that the world has endured since the Lord predicted these events.
“A long list of known wars, pestilences, famines, and earthquakes that have occurred throughout history can be found at these links.
“Some of them have resulted in many millions of deaths either suddenly or over a short span of years. None of them, however, signalled the immediate Return of Christ.
“Jesus is definitely coming back soon, as evidenced by all the other prophecies discussed throughout this website. It is not that His Coming won’t be associated with wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes—it will be.”
However, fear not, as any scientist would tell you the apocalypse is not around the corner, and end of the world predictions have been happening for centuries – none of which have happened.
Time & Date said: “The end of the world is near—again! For centuries, doomsdayers have prophesied the apocalypse.
“But there’s a tiny catch: None of the end-of-world predictions ever come true.”