Is this the end of the world? What the holy books say about the conflict in Palestine
Devastating waves of violence and military retaliation in Jerusalem return punctually, day after day, to draw the world’s attention to the ever-hot Middle East. Increasingly tragic news about the war on international terrorism leads many to ask whether the world will ever cease to be tormented. Many wonder what all these conflicts can mean for the future of humanity. The events in Gaza, in particular, have rekindled attention to some prophecies present in the Holy books of Christians and Muslims.
For the Christians, a few days before his crucifixion, Jesus Christ led his disciples to the Mount of Olives east of Jerusalem, to let them observe the city from above. He had just foreseen the destruction of the temple that rose majestically before them across the Kidron Valley. Still shaken by the Master’s words, the disciples asked him: “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign of Your coming and the end of the world?” (Matthew 24: 3). By “end of the world” the disciples of Jesus referred to the end of the “present age”, still dominated by the Devil, “the deceiver of the world” (Revelation 12: 9).
Jesus then answered them by uttering the famous prophecy of the Mount of Olives. In it, he described a series of events that would take place from that century on up to the “last days” of human governments; still, future time, which will see his personal and glorious return to earth. Among the “signs” foretold by Jesus there is a very specific one, which helps to discern the approach of the prophesied “time of the end”; and it is this: “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know then that its desolation is near” (Luke 21:20).
The prophet Zechariah also foretold this same future event (Zechariah 14: 2-5). When Jerusalem is invaded by foreign armies, according to the prophecy, those of Judea, the inhabitants of the present State of Israel, will have to flee to the mountains. Those days will be filled with violence because, from that time on, Bible prophecies about the end of the world will be quickly fulfilled. It will be a time of unimaginable tribulation for Jerusalem, as it will be occupied by foreign armies. Images that seem normal to us today, but that cause concern if we think they were written over 2000 years ago
. Even in the holy book of Muslims, the Koran, there is no shortage of references to the Apocalypse, which now according to the scriptures seems to be the near end of the world. Islamic eschatology is a branch of the Islamic faith related to the end of history, and it is called by Muslims the Day of Resurrection, the Day of Judgment, and the Day of Judgment , where the end of life, followed by resurrection and reckoning with God Almighty. The time of the resurrection is not specified, but according to the prophecies, there are the minor signs of the hour and the major signs of the hour that foretell the imminent occurrence. Several verses of the Holy Quran mention some details of the Day of Judgment in a very similar way proposed by the Christian scriptures.