It should be well known, from the prophetic portions of both testaments, that the age concludes over an international crisis concerning the Land, and Jerusalem in particular. Shepherds and leaders, and witnesses in general are going to need an answer for why this should be so.
As never before, the whole flow of history is moving exactly in the direction that the plain person’s plain reading of prophecy would have led them to expect. God Himself has made the issue of Israel, and the so-called, “Jewish question” a watershed of international division.
Just imagine trying to explain the irrevocable election of Israel, based on grace alone, to a generation that is being fast pre-conditioned, almost overnight, to despise the very suggestion of such an unthinkable notion. Talk about a calculated offense!
So yes, how we see the times we’re in does indeed come down to a question of one’s hermeneutics, but also to a question of the heart.
The pragmatic pastor will want to ask, how is this relevant to the gospel?…