Prophecy in Israel Today
An important goal of Israel365 News is relating the latest stories of news from Israel to the words of our prophets. This is one of the most significant ways that we differ from other Israel news outlets.
When signs of life began appearing in the Dead Sea, as prophesied in Ezekiel 47, Israel365 News reported on it in its prophetic context.
Then said he unto me: ‘These waters issue forth toward the eastern region and shall go down into the Arabah; and when they shall enter into the sea into the sea of the putrid waters the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass that every living creature wherewith it swarmeth whithersoever the rivers shall come shall live; and there shall be a very great multitude of fish; for these waters are come thither that all things be healed and may live whithersoever the river cometh. Ezekiel 47:8-9
When foxes appeared on the Temple Mount, as written in Lamentations 5:18, Israel365 News reported on it in its prophetic context.
When Christian volunteers come to Samaria to fulfill prophecy by harvesting grapes in the Shomron (Samaria), Israel365 News reported on it in its prophetic context.
Strangers shall stand and pasture your flocks, Aliens shall be your plowmen and vine-trimmers; Isaiah 61:5
Whatever news stories we report on at Israel365 News, we are always looking to help our readers understand how it might be the full or partial fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.
Prophecy in the Bible
The Hebrew Bible is divided into three sections. The first section contains the Five Books of Moses, which traditional Jews believe contain the literal words of God. This is called Chumash in Hebrew, which comes from the Hebrew word for five.
The second section is called Nevi’im in Hebrew, which means prophets. The Bible includes the writings of those prophets whose words have eternal significance to the Jewish people. Many other prophets existed during the time when prophecy was common in Israel, but only some of those prophecies would be relevant for the future. Those are the ones the Bible preserves.
In Jewish tradition, there are 48 male prophets and 7 women prophets whose words are still relevant to us. The last Jewish prophet was Malachi.
The third section is called Ketuvim, which means writings, the most famous of which is the Books of Psalms. The prophetic Book of Daniel is part of Ketuvim.
Positive Prophecies Must Be Fulfilled
One of the most important principles of Biblical prophecy in Jewish thought is that, assuming they were not spoken by a false prophet, positive prophecies, intended for blessing, must come true, but negative prophecies can be changed.
This is the case because, in Jewish thought, God wants sinners to repent. A prophecy that predicts doom should be considered a threat (i.e. this and this will happen if you continue to stray from God’s commands). If the people repent and come closer to God, His will has been fulfilled and the harsh prophecy can be revoked.
The most famous example of this principle is found in the book of Jonah. The prophet announces that the evil city of Nineveh will be overthrown.
A few verses later, the punishment was cancelled.
Hashem saw what they did, how they were turning back from their evil ways. And Hashem renounced the punishment He had planned to bring upon them, and did not carry it out. Jonah 3:10