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Compendium of prophetic events

PhropheticThe following is a compendium of the most outstanding prophetic events that have occurred during the twentieth century and the onset of the twenty-first century. All of these events revolve around three key passages of Scripture:

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people. All that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:3).

“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12:12).


“For when they shall say, ‘Peace and safety,’ then sudden destruction shall come upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3).

1897: Responding to growing anti-Semitism in Europe in the late 19th century, a number of influential European Jews founded a movement called Zionism whose goal was to re-create a Jewish homeland in Palestine. During the years before World War I, Zionists established dozens of colonies in Palestine amidst a population that was largely Arab and Muslim.

1903-1917: The Bolshevik Revolution, which resulted in Communist Russia.

1914-1917: First World War initiated by Germany.

Britain gained control of Palestine after World War I and endorsed Foreign Secretary Arthur J. Balfour's idea of a "national home" for the Jews.

1933: The rise of Nazism in Europe reinvigorated Zionism, and the British raised Jewish immigration quotas for Palestine from about 5,000 in 1932 to about 62,000 in three years. Fearing the Jews would seize control, Arabs launched a series of strikes and boycotts. A British commission concluded that Palestine should be partitioned into Jewish, Arab and British states, something the Zionists accepted reluctantly. But the Arabs, enraged that they might be removed forcibly from the proposed Jewish State, rejected the idea.

For 12 years between 1933 and 1945, in what would later be referred to as the Holocaust, Germany's Adolf Hitler persecuted Jews and other minorities. The Nazis systematically killed an estimated 6 million Jews.


1939-1945: Second World War initiated by Germany.

1945: Atomic bombs are dropped on Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bringing an end to WWII and the onset of “The Atomic Age.” Additionally, this marks the beginning of “The Cold War,” the rivalry between the USSR and its satellites and the democratic countries of the Western world, under the leadership of the US.

1947: Jewish refugees from the Holocaust flooded into Palestine during World War II, their plight stirring support for a Jewish state. The Arabs formed the Arab League as a counterweight to Zionism, and in 1947 the United Nations voted to divide Palestine into Arab and Jewish states, the latter occupying 55 percent of the land west of the Jordan River. Jerusalem was designated as an international enclave.

May 14,1948: The establishment of the Modern State of Israel. The following day, Israel is attacked by five Arab nations (Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq) beginning its War of Independence. Over the next 15 months, the Israelis expanded their holdings to northern Galilee and southern Negev.

From this year forward the fulfillment of prophecies accelerates.

“Knowledge shall be increased…” (Daniel 12:4).

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6-8).

The population explosion (in the year 2002 the world’s population reached 6 billion), worldwide famine, increased violence, regional terrorism, sexual immorality, drug addiction, diseases and epidemics, and natural disasters (i.e. earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, global warming).

1960: The largest earthquake ever is measured in Chile. At 9.5, it reaches the maximum value on the Richter scale. More than 2,000 are killed, 3,000 injured and 2 million made homeless.

1970: A cyclone hits Bangladesh, killing 500,000 people. This is the worst natural disaster of the 20th Century.

1973: 1,200 people die during the Indian Monsoon.

1974: 144 tornadoes touch down in 13 American states over two days. It is the largest outbreak in US history, leaving 330 dead and 5,000 injured.

1976: The most devastating earthquake of modern times hits northeast China. Measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale, 240,000 people die and a further 164,000 were severely injured.

1977: 20,000 people are killed by a cyclone in southern India.

Israel fights and defeats its Arab enemies in four wars:

The War in Sinai of 1956: Raids and reprisals between the Arabs and Israel, and Egypt's seizure of the Suez Canal, led to Israel's invasion of the Sinai Peninsula. While French and British troops took control of the canal, the Israelis took Gaza and Sharm el Sheikh at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula that controls access to the Gulf of Aqaba and the Indian Ocean. Israel withdrew in 1957 after the United Nations guaranteed its access to the gulf.

The Six-Day War of 1967: In May 1967, Egypt closed the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping and began mobilizing its forces to attack Israel. Syria and Jordan also mobilizedagainst Israel. In response, Israel launched a strike. Starting June 5, the Israeli air force destroyed Egypt's planes on the ground. Enabled by air superiority throughout the region, Israeli tank columns and infantry captured the Sinai Peninsula in three days. Elsewhere, the Israelis overran the Golan Heights, the West Bank of the Jordan River, including the Old City of Jerusalem (which Israel later annexed), and Gaza. The war was over by June 10, ended by a U.N.-arranged cease-fire.

The Yom Kippur War of 1973: Egypt and Syria launched a joint attack on Israel on October 6, the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur. Iraq also joined the attack, and other Arab states contributed support. Caught off-guard, Israel took several days to mobilize, suffering heavy casualties, but it forced the opposition back. The Israeli army even pushed Egyptian forces back across the Suez Canal and occupied the canal's western bank. It also took large chunks of Syrian territory before the Arab forces agreed to another cease-fire arranged by the United Nations. In a series of 1974 agreements, Israel withdrew its forces back across the canal into Sinai and came to cease-fire terms with Syria. But the war established Israel as the dominant power in the region.

The War in Lebanon 1982: Just a few weeks after withdrawing from the Sinai, Israeli jets in early June bombed PLO strongholds in Beirut and southern Lebanon in retaliatory raids. Shortly thereafter the Israeli army invaded Lebanon and surrounded Beirut, halting negotiations with the PLO. After 10 weeks of intense shelling, the PLO agreed to leave Beirut under the protection of a multinational force and to relocate to other Arab countries. The episode precipitated an intense leadership struggle among PLO factions. Israel had withdrawn from most of Lebanon by 1985, but it continued to hold a buffer strip along its border that it seized in 1978. Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in May 2000.

1979: Egypt signs a peace treaty with Israel.

1981: Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian president is assassinated by Muslim fundamentalists.

1987: The Palestinian Arab uprising known as the “intifada” begins. Anti-Semitism increases around the world.

1988: The State of Israel celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

1989: The end of the Cold War and the disintegration of the Soviet Empire (USSR).

In this same year the Berlin Wall is torn down bringing about the reunification of East and West Germany. The unification of Europe begins.

The Exodus of the Jewish people from “the land of the North,” the former Soviet Union (Jeremiah 16:14-15).

Germany and Japan (the two nations defeated during WWII) revive to become industrial and economic superpowers.

The world economy becomes highly dependent and influenced by Middle East oil and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). 

The majority of Third World countries become heavily indebted with the economic superpowers: United States, Japan, and Germany.

The military superpowers rationalize that by using Israel as a “barter tool” they can achieve worldwide peace.

The disarmament talks for nuclear and biological weapons continue. However, even impoverished countries such as India, Pakistan, and North Korea continue developing weapons of mass destruction.

Economic and political strife continues in Africa, Asia, and in the Americas.

1990: Iraq invades Kuwait resulting in the Persian Gulf War. During this conflict, Iraq launches missiles against Israel, but under great pressure from the USA the Jewish State refrains from retaliation.

Since 1991, there has been a large amassing of military personnel and armament in the Persian Gulf region, the area around the River Euphrates (Revelation 16:12).

The Arab and Muslim nations as well as the European Union, Russia, China, India, the United Nations, and the United States are all in agreement that Israel should surrender territories it gained through military conflicts to the Palestinian Arabs in exchange for “peace.”

The entire world, including the Vatican, agrees that Israel should surrender the Holy City of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Arabs in order to “obtain peace.”


1992: The International Peace Conference is held in Madrid, Spain. A proposal is presented to establish a Palestinian State within Israel’s borders.

1993: Secret negotiations near Oslo, Norway, between Israel and the PLO resulted in a treaty that included mutual recognition, limited self-rule for Palestinians in Jericho and Gaza, and provisions for a permanent treaty that would resolve the status of Gaza and the West Bank. Signed in Washington, the agreement was sealed by a handshake between Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

1995: An Israeli law student assassinates Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

1996: Binyamin Netanyahu is elected Prime Minister of Israel.

1998: The State of Israel celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

1998: U.S. President Bill Clinton, Netanyahu and Arafat signed a land-for-peace deal October 23 at Wye Mills, Maryland. It called for a crackdown on terrorists, redeployment of Israeli troops, transfer of 14.2 percent of the West Bank land to Palestinian control, safe passage corridors for Palestinians between Gaza and the West Bank, the release of 750 Palestinians from Israeli prisons and a Palestinian airport in Gaza.

1999: Ehud Barak is elected Prime Minister of Israel.

2000: US President Clinton moderated a summit between Barak and Arafat at Camp David in July as the September 13 deadline for a final peace accord approached. The talks ended after 15 days with no agreement. Arafat rejected Barak's offer for control of most, but not all, the territory Israel gained in the 1967 Six-Day War.

2001: Ariel Sharon is elected Prime Minister of Israel.

September 11, 2001: Arab fundamentalists hijack four passenger planes and crash them into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. resulting in approximately 3,000 deaths.

Worldwide terrorism, headed by Muslim extremists, becomes the primary concern of the world and is at the forefront of US international policy. The binding force behind these terrorist organizations is their hatred toward Israel and the US policy to support the Jewish State.  

March 2003: US and British forces invade Iraq and overthrow the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein.

May 2003: US President George W. Bush introduces his “Road Map” to peace in the Middle East. International pressure is increased upon Israel to accept the “Road Map,” which guarantee a Palestinian State within Israel’s borders by the year 2005. Additionally, the status concerning the Palestinian refugees and the City of Jerusalem are to be finalized.    

Everything is rapidly revolving around the key scriptures mentioned at the beginning of this article. The wrath of the devil has increased like never before. Jerusalem, the City of God, is being coveted like never before. The time is drawing closer and closer to when we will hear the final proclamation: “PEACE AND SAFETY!”  When this occurs, it will initiate the fulfillment of the final prophetic events, which will precede the glorious Second Coming of the Lord.

How are most Christians reacting to these worldwide convulsions? Most of them are “asleep upon beds of ivory… but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph [Israel]” (Amos 6:4).

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, ‘Peace and safety;’ then sudden destruction will come upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that are drunk are drunk in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-8).