A new survey found that the vast majority of evangelical Christians believe that violence across the Middle East "is a sign that the end times are nearer," according to a new survey from the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.
The study, titled, "American Attitudes Toward the Middle East and Israel," found that 79 percent of evangelicals embraced this notion, with 43 percent of non-evangelical Christians agreeing.
When it came to more specific details about the end times, 5 percent of Christians said that they believe the end times and the return of Christ would happen in their lifetime; 72 percent said that they were not sure if it would unfold soon or in a thousand years.
Those same proportions among evangelicals were 12 percent and 81 percent, respectively.
￼Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings
The majority of Christians (55 percent) and evangelicals (75 percent) believe that things must happen concerning Israel before Jesus' return — sentiment that is derived from Old and New Testament analysis. Probing deeper, the Center for Middle East Policy found that one of the key events would be the ability of Israel to include all of the land that was once promised to the Israelites in the Old Testament.
Overall, 51 percent of non-evangelical Christians and 63 percent of evangelicals said that they believe this is essential before the rapture or second coming could unfold, according to the survey results.
Also concerning Israel, 73 percent of evangelicals posited that the world would turn against Israel as the end times approaches; 49 percent of non-evangelical Christians agreed. That in mind, it isn't surprising that evangelicals expressed views that were more favorable toward Israel.
Overall, 45 percent of Americans sampled said that they believe that the modern-day Jewish people are God's "chosen people," though 49 percent disagreed; 55 percent of Republicans answered affirmatively, with just 33 percent of Democrats saying the same.
The survey included 875 adults and 863 additional evangelical Christians, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4-3 percentage points.
Read the survey in its entirety here, and listen to end-times author Jeff Kinley discuss his views on the rapture, Revelation and Jesus' second coming during a recent episode of The Church Boys below:
As TheBlaze previously reported, many Bible experts believe that the 1948 creation of the modern state of Israel was a fulfillment of prophecy — and it is the continued return of Jews to the land nearly 70 years later that many point to in advancing this eschatological view.
CBN News reporter Charlene Aaron recently wrote that the return of Jewish people “is literally watching Bible prophecy unfold,” as she explained that the Old Testament books of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel speak about a return to the holy land. Read more about that here.
(H/T: Christian Post)
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