This belief is common among the ultra-orthodox, who make up a very small minority of the Jewish people. But, if you just look, you can see that Israel is already here. So their point is already disproven by obvious reality.I just read an article by a Jew who made this claim, but I don't know anything about why this is the case. Does anyone else know about this? What biblical evidence is there to support this claim?
Ezekiel 45:22Ezekiel 37 tells us how Israel will be restored. God shows Ezekiel a valley full of dry bones and tells him that is the current condition of Israel and commands him to prophesy to the bones.
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them.
Ezekiel 37:7,8 ESV
That represents the state of Israel today. They are a nation that is strong militarily and economically but they are still dead spiritually because they have not yet acknowledged Jesus as their Messiah.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
Ezekiel 37:9,10 ESV
This will take place when Jesus returns, so in a sense those who believe the Messiah must return for Israel to be fully established are right. The present nation is merely the foundation for this to take place.
it's normal for people to think the creation is human centric and made for usPerhaps the prince will only govern Israel but Jesus will be ruler of the whole world.