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Is Modern-Day Israel a Fulfillment of Bible Prophecy?

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By Virgil - Posted on 14 April 2010

Jim Fletcher says yes, and Gary DeMar says no! So much of modern-day prophetic thinking hinges on the question. Israel becoming a nation again in 1948 has been a mainstay of Bible prophecy writers. Dispensational Premillennialists use the reestablishment of Israel as support for their claim that we are living in the “last days” and make up the “terminal generation.” In the final analysis, the question can only be answered by an appeal to the Bible. This debate will take place on June 19 in Powder Springs, GA.

The Debaters

Jim Fletcher is director of Prophecy Matters. The longtime editor for Master Books, the world’s largest publisher of creationism books, Jim now travels and speaks on the subject of apologetics. Incorporating his impressions gleaned from numerous trips to Israel, and with a keen eye on the culture, his talks are up-to-date and relevant. He and his family attend Calvary Chapel of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Jim writes for a variety of publications, including the Jerusalem Post, WorldNetDaily, and OneNewsNow. He blogs weekly at the “Israel Watch” section of RaptureReady ( He is the author of It’s the End of the World [and I Feel Fine].

Gary DeMar is president of American Vision and the author of 27 books on a variety of topics including America’s Christian Heritage, apologetics, government, and Bible prophecy which include Last Days Madness, Is Jesus Coming Soon?, The Early Church and the End of the World (with Frank Gumerlock), Left Behind: Separating Fact from Fiction, and Why the End of the World is Not in Your Future. Gary has written dozens of articles on the subject of Bible prophecy and has produced the video series Basic Training for Understanding Bible Prophecy. He has participated in numerous debates on the topic with Dr. Robert Thomas of the Master’s Seminary, Dr. Paige Patterson, Dr. Ed Hindson, and more than a dozen with Dave Hunt and Thomas Ice.

Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Garyhave appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo ( Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune. Gary writes a twice-weekly column for

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