What in the World is Going On?: 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore

What in the World is Going On?: 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore

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“A clear, compelling primer on God’s heart for Israel and the dramatic Bible prophecies that will unfold in these last days. What I loved most is that David Jeremiah unashamedly examines and explains the biggest global trends of our day through the Third Lens of Scripture. And his description of Jesus’ unconditional love and compassion for Jews


“A clear, compelling primer on God’s heart for Israel and the dramatic Bible prophecies that will unfold in these last days. What I loved most is that David Jeremiah unashamedly examines and explains the biggest global trends of our day through the Third Lens of Scripture. And his description of Jesus’ unconditional love and compassion for Jews and Muslims is alone worth the read!”
Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times best-selling author, The Last Jihad and Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your World

“This well researched and brilliantly written book is so fascinating you can hardly put it down. It has much to offer any reader interested in what is going on in our world and ties current events to important biblical prophecies. You will be convinced by reading this book that we are on the verge of the greatest event in human history. Everyone, both inside and outside the church, should read it!”
Tim LaHaye, Popular author, recognized prophecy scholar, and creator of the New York Times best-selling Left Behind® series.

The Bible has plenty to say about end times. But until now, there has been no other book that—in straightforward prose that’s easy to understand —gathers ten scriptural prophecies, lays out a chronological checklist, and offers a guideline for sorting it all out. In What in the World Is Going On? Dr. David Jeremiah answers the hard questions, including these: "How is prophecy playing out in modern Europe?" "Why does Israel matter?" "How are oil reserves and Islamic terrorism related?" "Does the United States play a role in prophecy?" "How should we live in the end times?"

Events unfolding in today’s world are certainly unsettling, but they need not be confusing or frightening. Now you can know the meaning behind what you see in the daily news—and understand what in the world is going on!

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What in the World Is Going On?

10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore
By David Jeremiah

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2008 David Jeremiah
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4185-6942-6

Chapter One

The Israel Connection

MAY 14, 1948, WAS A PIVOTAL DAY IN HUMAN HISTORY. ON THAT afternoon, a car carrying prominent Jewish leader David Ben-Gurion rushed down Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv and stopped in front of the Tel Aviv Art Museum. Four o'clock was only minutes away, and inside, more than four hundred people-Jewish religious and political leaders and press representatives from all over the world-were assembled in an auditorium, anxiously awaiting his arrival. Ben-Gurion quickly bounded up the steps. Precisely at four o'clock, local time, he stepped to the podium, called the meeting to order, and read these historic words:

This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State. Accordingly, we ... are here assembled ... and by virtue of our natural and historic right, and on the strength of the resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations, hereby declare the establishment of the Jewish State in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.

Six thousand miles away, President Truman sat in the Oval Office, reading a forty-word statement about to be released to the press. He penciled in a few added words, then signed his approval and noted the time. It was 6:10 p.m. One minute later, the White House press secretary read the release to the world. The United States had officially recognized the birth of the modern nation of Israel.

Isaiah's prophecy, written 740 years before the birth of Jesus, declared: "Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once?" (Isaiah 66:8). Secular Israel was born that day.

As I write this chapter, Israel is about to celebrate her sixtieth anniversary as a nation. What amazes many people is that in those six decades, this tiny nation with a population of slightly more than 7 million has become the geopolitical center of the world. Why is this so? Why is a fledgling country with a total land space smaller than New Jersey mentioned in the nightly news more than any other nation except the United States?

To answer these questions, we must understand what happened on that day in 1948, what is happening today in Israel, and how these events affect the entire world. For answers, we must turn not to the evening news or the front page of the newspaper, but to the Bible. As Rabbi Binyamin Elon, a member of the Israeli Knesset, wrote:

I believe that if you do not know how to read the Bible, you cannot understand the daily newspaper. If you do not know the biblical story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, you cannot possibly understand the miracle of the modern state of Israel.

The story of Israel begins at the very beginning of the Bible, in the book of Genesis. The very proportion of the coverage tells us something about the importance of Israel. Only two chapters are given to the whole story of creation. One chapter records the fall of man. Eight chapters cover the thousands of years from creation to the time of Abram. Then we find that fully thirty-eight chapters deal with the life stories of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob-the progenitors of the Jewish race. Apparently God finds Abraham and his descendants to be of enormous importance.

The Abrahamic Covenant

The Almighty God of heaven and earth made a binding covenant with Abraham, who was to be the father of the Jewish nation. The provisions of that covenant are recorded in Genesis 12:1-3:

Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

Notice that God's covenant with Abraham consists of four unconditional promises. First, God promised to bless Abraham. That promise has been lavishly kept; Abraham has been blessed in many ways. For thousands of years, the very name of Abraham has been revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike-a significant portion of the world's population. Abraham has also been blessed through the gifts God gave to his descendants, the Jews. Mark Twain once wrote:

Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of. He is as prominent on this planet as any other people. His commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also altogether out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in the world in all ages and he has done it with his hands tied behind him.

One astounding fact that dramatically illustrates Twain's point is the disproportionate number of Nobel Prizes awarded to Jews. From 1901 to 2007, a total of 777 Nobel Prizes have been given to individuals in recognition of significant contributions to mankind. Of that total, 176 have been awarded to Jews. Of the 6 billion inhabitants of the world, only slightly more than 13 million are Jewish-less than two-thirds of 1 percent of the total world population. That miniscule percentage of the population has won 22.6 percent of all the Nobel Prizes awarded to date.

Second, God promised to bring out of Abraham a great nation. Currently, nearly 5.4 million Jews live in Israel alone. Another 5 million live in the United States, and a significant Jewish population remains scattered throughout the world. Add to these present figures all the descendants of Abraham who have lived throughout history and you truly have a population as uncountable as the nighttime stars (see appendix A for a chart of Jewish population statistics).

Third, God promised to make Abraham a blessing to many. That promise has been spectacularly kept. Just think what the world would be missing had it not been for the Jews. Without the Jews, we would have no Bible. Without the Jews, there would have been no Jesus. Without the Jewish Jesus, there would be no Christianity. Without the Jews, there would be no Ten Commandments, the Law that has largely been the basis of jurisprudence and statutory proceedings among most of the civilized nations of the world.

Fourth, God promised to bless those who blessed Israel and curse those who cursed her. He has kept that promise faithfully. No nation has blessed Israel like the United States of America, and no nation has been as blessed as the United States. In one of my previous books, I elaborated on this fact:

I believe one of the reasons America has been blessed as a nation is that she has become a homeland for the Jewish people. Here the Jews can retain their religion. Here they have economic, social, and educational opportunities. Today the Christian church in America stands firmly between the Jew and the repetition of any further anti-Semitism.

Throughout history, the judgments of God have fallen heavily upon Israel's oppressors-Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Rome, and in more modern times, Spain, Germany, and Russia. Today, as forces less friendly to Israel gain influence in the United States, there are many who believe that America is dangerously close to being added to this hit list. Hal Lindsey wrote:

Although America continues to be Israel's principle protector, and continues to enjoy the concomitant blessings that come with it, America's good fortunes began to wane about the time the White House forced Israel into the Oslo Agreement. The "land for peace" formula called for Israel to give up some of the land of Promise in exchange for peace. In other words, it was a form of blackmail whose terms were drawn up in Washington and forced upon Israel for the express purpose of undoing what God had already done, including dividing Jerusalem and taking part of it from the Jews.

God has certainly kept his promise to Abraham. He has blessed him and the nation that has come from him; He has multiplied his seed as the sands of the earth and stars of the sky; He has made him a blessing to the whole world; those who have blessed him have been blessed, and those who have cursed him have been cursed.

Of all God's covenant promises to Abraham, I believe the most amazing is His promise concerning the land. God told Abraham to leave his country, his family, and his father's house and go "to a land that I will show you" (Genesis 12:1). God then led Abraham to the land that would belong to his descendants forever. You can feel the awe and sense the meaning this promise has to Jews in this passage from Rabbi Binyamin Elon's book, God's Covenant with Israel:

I travel to my home in Beth El from Jerusalem on the same route that Abraham and others traveled in Biblical times, from Shechem to Hebron and places in between. Today we pass many other beautiful flourishing Jewish communities along the way ... When I reach the Givat Assaf intersection, I am always inspired by the large sign posted there, sponsored by our local grocer: "Here, in Beth El, 3800 years ago, the Creator of the World promised the Land of Israel to the people of Israel. It is by virtue of this promise that we dwell today in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Shilo, and Hebron."

The Record of Israel's Land

To this very day, the issue of who controls the Promised Land is the most volatile in international politics. But we need not worry; the right to the Promised Land has already been determined by the only One who has the authority to determine it. The land is called holy because it belongs to God. The Bible tells us that the earth is the Lord's to do with as He wills (Psalm 24:1; Exodus 19:5). In His covenant with Abraham, God designated who would control this land: He gave it to Abraham and his descendants, the people of Israel.

We read of God's choice of the Jews in Deuteronomy 7:6, where He declared the people of Israel holy, chosen to be "a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth." When I first began studying prophecy, I remember reading an offbeat little rhyme about Israel by British journalist William Norman Ewer: "How odd of God to choose the Jews." And when you think about it, this poetic quip expresses a valid observation. Doesn't it seem a little odd that of all the people on earth, God selected these particular people to be His chosen nation? Why would God choose the Jews?

The Bible tells us that His choice of Israel had nothing to do with merit. It was not because she was more numerous than other people in the world; she was the least (Deuteronomy 7:7). It was not because Israel was more sensitive to God than other nations. Although God called her by name, Israel did not know Him (Isaiah 45:4). It was not because Israel was more righteous than other nations. When God later confirmed His promise of land to the Jews, He reminded them that they were a rebellious, stiff-necked people (Deuteronomy 9:6-7).

If God chose to bless the nation of Israel not because she was more populous or spiritually responsive or righteous than other nations, just why did He choose the Jews? The answer: because it was His sovereign purpose to do so. His sovereign purpose means He cares what happens to His people and their land. He is not merely a passive observer to all that is taking place in Israel. As He told the people through Moses, theirs was "a land for which the lord your God cares; the eyes of the lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year" (Deuteronomy 11:12).

God's Covenant and the Land of Israel

The people of Israel today are the beneficiaries of God's covenant with Abraham. And to those who are sensitive to the historical nature of the covenant, their possession of the land God promised to Abraham thousands of years ago has great meaning. The deep feeling Jews have for their land is powerfully expressed in this passage by Rabbi Binyamin Elon:

I walk the streets of the Promised Land where Abram walked. I drive through the roads and plains where Isaac tended his flocks. I hike to the hilltops from where Jacob peered expectantly in all directions ... I see these things and remember clearly the biblical truth. God gave the Promised Land, all of it, to our Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Another rabbi, Abraham Joshua Heschel, attributes the Jews' strong connection with their land to the power of God's covenant with Abraham to hold the Jewish people together throughout the ages with a common, bonding love for the land:

The love of this land was due to an imperative, not an instinct, not to a sentiment. There is a covenant, an engagement of the people to the land. We live by covenants. We could not betray our pledge or discard the promise. When Israel was driven into exile, the pledge became a prayer; the prayer a dream; the dream a passion, a duty, a dedication ... It is a commitment we must not betray ... To abandon the land would make a mockery of all our longings, prayers, and commitments. To abandon the land would be to repudiate the Bible.

An Exact Covenant

Some have suggested that the promise of land to Abraham's descendants is not to be taken literally. They say it is merely a symbol that indicates a general blessing, or perhaps the promise of heaven. But the Bible is too specific to let us get by with such ephemeral vagueness. It describes the land in definite terms and outlines it with clear geographical boundaries. Dr. John Walvoord stressed this point when he wrote:

The term land ... used in the Bible, means exactly what it says. It is not talking about heaven. It is talking about a piece of real estate in the Middle East. After all, if all God was promising Abraham was heaven, he could have stayed in Ur of the Chaldees. Why go on the long journey? Why be a pilgrim and a wanderer? No, God meant land.

The land promised to Abraham takes in much more area than what the present nation of Israel occupies. Genesis 15:18 tells us that it stretches all the way from the Mediterranean Sea on the west to the Euphrates River on the east. Ezekiel fixes the northern boundary of Palestine at Hamath, one hundred miles north of Damascus (Ezekiel 48:1), and the southern boundary at Kadesh, about one hundred miles south of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 48:28).

An Everlasting Covenant

And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you ... Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (Genesis 17:7-8)

In this remarkable prophecy God promised Abraham and his descendants the land of Canaan as their possession in perpetuity. When you look at a map and locate that tiny strip of land Israel now claims as hers, you can see that she does not now, nor has she ever fully occupied the land that was described to Abraham in God's covenant promise. If Israel were currently occupying all the land promised to her, she would control all the holdings of present day Israel, Lebanon, the West Bank of Jordan, and substantial portions of Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. Not until the Millennium will Israel occupy all the land the Lord gave her in His promise to Abraham.

The Relocation of the People of Israel

The Scattering of the Jews

Just as the people of Israel were about to enter the land of promise, Moses told them that a time was coming when their idolatry would cause them to be driven from the land: "And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the lord will drive you" (Deuteronomy 4:27). God reiterated this prophecy through Ezekiel and Hosea (Ezekiel 12:15; Hosea 9:17). Israel had no excuse. Her people had been warned again and again that God was a jealous God and would not tolerate His people worshipping false gods (Exodus 34:14).


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Meet the Author

David Jeremiah is the founder of Turning Point, an international ministry committed to providing Christians with sound Bible teaching through radio and television, the Internet, live events, and resource materials and books. He is the author of more than fifty books including Captured by Grace, Angels—Who They Are and How They Help, What in the World Is Going On?,and Agents of the Apocalypse. 

David serves as the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California, where he resides with his wife, Donna. They have four grown children and twelve grandchildren. 


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What In the World is Going on?: 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 90 reviews.
chiefrosy More than 1 year ago
This book hits the mark. As I read it I can recall things happening in the past and actuallly seeing the fulfillment of the prophecy. This book helps to point out those fulfilled prophecy's. The part concerning how mankind would be drawn to the anti-christ in the tribulation was never more evident than in seeing what happened in this years (2008) Presidential election. It was as if I was witnessing what it is going to be like when that man of evil comes on the scene and all of mankind are drawn to him. This book is truely revealing that we are in the countdown to the last days.
SweetCountry39 More than 1 year ago
I went to Dr. Jeremiah's rally for this book and him and I both agree, we could very well still be living when Jesus Christ returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
God has blessed Dr. Jeremiah with much wisdom and insight. What astonishes me is his ability to accurately see and relate Old Testament and New Testament Prophesies AND bring it all together in today's modern world and current situations.
Come Lord Jesus! Godspeed!
Love2Read5683 More than 1 year ago
I have to confess that I approached the book What In The World Is Going On? By Dr. David Jeremiah with a distinctly skeptical mind set. I was ready to discount it as so much supposed prophetic gibberish. Instead, I found that it was a well considered and thoroughly researched commentary on current events. Dr. Jeremiah begins with an overview of ancient Biblical prophecies, especially in the book of Daniel, with his visions of empires then existing and those yet to come. Dr. Jeremiah centers his arguments on Israel and what he sees as, a yet fully realized resurgence of the Roman empire. This he takes to be the European Union. In short, his conclusion is that the world is quickly coming to the end foreseen in the Old Testament, and Revelation. Some of the prophetic clues he maintains that we are, or soon will be witnessing are: Israel once again becoming a nation and beginning to possess the boundaries spoken of in the Old Testament. Oil being found in Israel and thus laying the groundwork for the battle of Armageddon. The aforementioned resurgence of the Roman empire. The rise of Islamic terrorism which focusses our attention on the Middle East and their hatred of Israel. Also the signs in the heavens of crazy weather patterns. I ended up largely agreeing with Dr. Jeremiah and praying that the Church would take the warnings to heart and be about the business of the Kingdom of God.
Birdlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
Admittedly, I have never been drawn to the study of "end of times" prophesies. However, I deeply enjoy Christian literature and I've heard many good things about Dr. David Jeremiah. Thus, I decided to give his book a shot. Being new to biblical prophecies and fairly unfamiliar with much of the Bible- I am a relatively new Christian- what I read took my breath away. Dr. Jeremiah seamlessly ties current events to biblical end times prophecies. I found this book compelling and his points incredibly convincing. While a few other reviews claim that Dr. Jeremiah did not provide enough evidence- biblical and otherwise- upon which to base his claims, I respectfully disagree. (Perhaps I am not well-versed enough to make an argument to the contrary, however.) In any event, what I found most outstanding about this book is that-regardless of the doom and gloom current events referenced- Dr. Jeremiah does a fantastic job of encouraging Christians (and perhaps even non-Christians). By "keeping the faith"- my words, not his- we will be spared from the undeniable horrors that shake the world.
cheerfulpatty More than 1 year ago
I have just read a wonderful book written by Dr. David Jeremiah, a Pastor in San Diego, California. The title is :What in the world is going on¿ 10 Prophetic clues you cannot afford to ignore. I found the book to be very informative with scripture and dealing with the modern days news of Israel. Starting with telling us about a pivotal day in our human life. May 14, 1948, the day that Israel became known as the State of Israel. While at the same time President Truman in his Oval Office was putting together an announcement to be made, declaring secular Israel was born that day.
Dr. David Jeremiah gives great details in every stage of this book, I felt like I was reading a History book yet , he wrote of things happening now. There were so many scriptures given I felt as if I were in a Bible Study. His love for our Savior Jesus Christ comes through.
So many are writing about Prophetic times getting people all excited about what will happen and not sharing what needs to take place first, Dr. David Jeremiah does. He tells it straight forward what to expect and where to look in the scriptures to back up his writings. It heightens my excitement to read his words and search scriptures side by side. Knowing that our Savior Jesus Christ will be returning soon for his bride and there is so many signs to see. We all need to take this serious and start praying more for those who do not believe. He is returning for His people.
nana4 More than 1 year ago
Dr. Jeremiah presents End-Times phophecy based on scripture.
In layman's terms. he presents the relevance of crude oil, Israel, America, the Rapture,the Anti-Christ,Islam, Evil, Armageddon and Christ's Return. Because of the scripture he cites, I find this to be one of the most clarifying books on end time events. A MOTIVATING BOOK! LOOK WHERE WE ARE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Very insightful. You will not want to put it down. A book you will definitely want to share and/or recommend to others.
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glauver More than 1 year ago
I don't question David Jeremiah's sincerity. I do wish he had acknowledged that there are other students of prophecy who put forth other scenarios of the end times. Some of his predicted events, such as the Rapture, are debated by many Christian theologians. For a deeper study of biblical prophecy, read various commentaries and mainstream writers. A read through the Bible itself is the best way to understand end time events.
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MJ723 More than 1 year ago
In his book, "What in the World is Going On?", Dr. David Jeremiah walks his readers through 10 Biblical prophecies and how they pertain to what's happening in our world in the 21st century. It's not meant to frighten or alarm, but seemingly written as a tool to empower Christians to be aware of what's happening. Jeremiah discusses such "hot topics" as terrorism, the world's oil supply, Israel, and the Antichrist, among others. This is not a light read, but definitely one worth reading.
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