What do you think of the modern state of Israel? Hardly a day passes without seeing this small country, about the size of New Jersey, in the newspaper or on television news. Why? Because Israel is God’s elect nation and He is preparing her and the world for “a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall” (Matt. 24:21). The emphasis is upon preparing, because we are still in the church age and not yet in the seven-year tribulation.
Ice, Thomas D., "Israel" (2009). Article Archives. 125.