“Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” – Jesus, speaking in Luke 21:24
Jesus spoke these words in AD 32. In AD 70, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Jews were scattered away from the land. Although there always was a Jewish presence in the land, the absence of most Jews enabled encroachers to live in Jewish land. In the 1967, general Moshe captured the Temple Mount from the Arabs, and then handed it back to them.
Resolution 181 of the United Nations enacted on November 29, 1947 designated Jerusalem as an international territory never to be under the sovereignty of the Jews. Even today, Arabs occupy part of Jerusalem. Other parts of the land promised by God to Israel are also in non-Jewish hands. The image shows the Dome of the Rock at the Temple Mount, Jerusalem. The hearts of orthodox Jews must ache as they see a symbol of 7th century Arabian moon-worship at the location of their beloved temple. The area is controlled by a Muslim board called the Waqf. Politically correct Israeli police officers are absolutely unsympathetic to Jews who want to come to the temple mount and pray. The "times of the Gentiles" are on just as Jesus said!!
The 1917 Balfour Declaration, the 1919 Paris Peace Conference and the 1922 Declaration of Principles of the League of Nations recognized that the ancient land of Israel (which the Romans had renamed 'Palestine') belonged to the Jewish people. It was set apart for them, and Great Britain was given the mandate to see that "Palestine" once again became the homeland of the Jews. Instead, to curry Arab favor because of their oil, Britain divided it, giving more than 70% to Emir Abdullah Hussein, thus creating the kingdom of Jordan.
UN Resolution 181 is called the “Partition of the land”. It divided Israel, giving 87% to the Arabs (for oil) and 13% to the Jews, although the League of Nations’ 1922 Declaration of Principles had said that all of “Palestine” belonged to the Jews. As this is being written, the US, the EU, the UN and Arab nations are involved in a "Road Map", which is a plan to divide God's land. Needless to say, they'll pay heavily for their attempts to divide God's land.
"There are few countries that have played so central a role in world history as the land of Israel" – David Ben Gurion (Prime Minister of Israel), 1965
Historically, the nations around Israel have always fought each other. Today, for the first time in history, there's one thing that unites all of them together - a common hatred for Israel that has its basis in Islam! Not only is the Islamic world united in a seething hatred for Israel, but antisemitism is rising worldwide. Consider the following:-
The irrationality of the Muslims, the phony Christians and the white supremacists, coupled with the way the world follows these stupid ideas is unbelievable at first sight - until you notice that God has foretold it 2500 years in advance!
Again, this is yet future, but we get a feeling of things to come when we look at the wars that Israel has fought so far. In the Yom Kippur War of October 1973, when Syria and Egypt attacked Israel, their initial success so electrified the Arab world that nine other Arab states hurriedly joined in. The Soviet Union blocked any UN attempt at cease fire and helped the Arabs. America refused to help Israel, saying it would trigger an oil crisis. When the war ended, Israeli tanks were on the outskirts of Damascus and Cairo. (Not to mention the wars in 1948 and 1967!). The Israelis destroyed Egypt's Air Force in half an hour in 1967! The image shows some of the wreckage.
Even in more recent times, Israeli military prowess highly disproportionate to its size is very well known.
When India experiences an Islamic terror attack, our prime minister goes crying to the US and UN (who don't care) and mouths empty, veiled threats against Pakistan (which is usually responsible for sending the terrorists). On the other hand, in 2006, Israel bombed Lebanon to bits for allowing the Hezbollah to flourish and capture an Israeli soldier.
Remember that when Zechariah wrote these words (~500 BC), the Jews were a feeble bunch of people begging the Persian emperors for permission to rebuild their cities.
The only explanation for the fulfillment of these prophecies is that Jehovah, the God of Israel who knows and controls history was behind them.