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ISRAEL:  THE MIRACLE COUNTRY TURNS 60

By: Tom Flannery

When Israel celebrated her 60th anniversary recently, it was nothing short of a testament to the faithfulness of God and the trustworthiness of His Word.

You see, all of Israel's history — her future history — was recorded in precise detail in Scripture thousands of years before it ever happened. 

God foretold through the prophets that the Jewish people would be uprooted from their homeland in the future, as they were in 70 A.D. when Rome ransacked the nation and took the people into captivity.  Yet God also promised that He would never totally abandon or utterly destroy the Jews (Psalm 89:30-35) but would instead revive them as a people by bringing them back to their homeland in the end times (Ezekiel 37, Matthew 24:32). 
 
Thus, the Bible asks if a nation can be established "in a day" or "at once" (Isaiah 66:8).  That rhetorical question was answered with a resounding "Yes!" on May 14, 1948, when Israel was miraculously reborn and this endtime prophecy was fulfilled over 2,000 years after it was recorded. 

History has demonstrated that any people displaced from their homeland for more than five generations will be absorbed by the cultures into which they’ve migrated and lose their national identity.  The Jews were out of the land for some two thousand years and, being persecuted wherever they went (often by those who claimed to be Christians yet violated the teachings of Jesus by their heinous actions), they had every reason to forsake their identity.  But they didn’t.  God preserved them as a people just as He promised all along (Jeremiah 30:11).

God also promised that when He brought them back into their land, He would never allow them to be uprooted from it again (Amos 9:15).  Since that historic day in 1948, He has upheld this promise by supernaturally preserving the people and nation through a litany of wars, intifadas and terrorist attacks launched by their Arab enemies.
 
God's Word revealed that Israel would be surrounded in the last days by enemies who would seek to destroy her but who would instead ultimately be destroyed by God (Zechariah 12:1-3).  True to His Word as always, God has consistently blessed His chosen people with victory through all these assaults over the past six decades, even when Israel was facing seemingly insurmountable odds militarily (starting on May 15, 1948, when the nascent state was attacked by five Arab nations).  He has also fulfilled all other promises He made to the Jews about what He would do once He brought them back into their historic homeland.

The first of these promises concerned the land itself.  In the 1800s, Mark Twain — a devout atheist — traveled to the Holy Land and mocked the idea that it would ever be of use to anyone ever again.  He wrote in his book "The Innocents Abroad" how it was a desolate, unlivable land where you couldn’t even find cactus growing.

So much for the Bible, he seemed to be saying.  

Yet God had promised thousands of years earlier that He would make the desert land bloom once the Jews returned (Isaiah 35:1-2), and that is precisely what He’s done these past decades — so much so that Israel is now a leading exporter of fruit to the world.  As God foretold:  "Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit" (Isaiah 27:6). 

Other key prophecies involved the restoration of the once-dead Hebrew language (Zephaniah 3:9) and the return of Jews to Israel from around the world (Jeremiah 31:8-12, Ezekiel 36:24), both of which have been miraculously fulfilled.
 
And just as God has fulfilled His promise to physically restore Israel as a nation, He has also promised to spiritually restore the nation at the time of Christ's Second Coming.  God showed the prophet Zechariah this scene thousands of years in advance and revealed what will take place on that day:  "And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced.  Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn" (Zechariah 12:10). 

He is the God whom Scripture tells us never slumbers nor sleeps in defense of Israel, as these past 60 years and all the years of human history before that have continually borne out.

"Real Answers™" furnished courtesy of The Amy Foundation Internet Syndicate. To contact the author or The Amy Foundation, write or E-mail to: P. O. Box 16091, Lansing, MI 48901-6091; amyfoundtn@aol.com

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