Israel Becomes a Nation

The most miraculous event in the history of the world has happened in our own lifetime. Israel has again become a nation. Over five million Jews have migrated back to the Holy Land and have become a new nation.

This Is a Miracle

No nation has even been able to maintain its national identity, even three to five hundred years after they were removed from their homeland. Try to find the descendants of the Hittite nation, the Assyrian nation or even the Babylonian nation.

If it were not for the Bible, the Hittite nation would have never been remembered. People used to ridicule the Bible because it wrote about the Hittites. But in the 19th century, archaeologists finally confirmed that the Hittites did exist. But, all these people have completely disappeared.

The Regathering of Israel Was Promised By God

But Israelites did not disappear. Why did they survive when all the others ceased to exist? It was because this is what God promised. There are multiple promises in Scripture that God would eventually bring the children of Israel back into their own land.

One of these is found in Ezekiel 37:1-14. Go read it. It is the story of the Dry Bones. Ezekiel saw this large valley filled with nothing but dry bones. God told Ezekiel to prophecy (speak) to the bones. When he did they began to come together and form skeletons. The muscles and flesh began to cover the bones. Finally, breath came into them and they began to live.

Then in Ezekiel 37:21 God says: “I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel.” (NIV) This is exactly what has happened. Do you think that the world is going to move them out of their land again? Think again. God has spoken.

How Israel Became a Nation

It all started back in World War I. By 1916 the war was going badly for England. German machine guns and other advanced weapons that the Germans had were cutting down the English forces. England needed to find a rapid method of manufacturing TNT and a smokeless gunpowder.

A brilliant Jew, Chaim Weizmann, who lived in England provided the formula that enabled England to produce such materials. This changed the course of the war and provided the means for England (with America’s help) to eventually defeat Germany. In return, David Lloyd George, who represented the British government, told Dr. Weizmann to name his price for his help.

Weizmann did not ask for anything for himself, but rather asked that Palestine (which England controlled), be declared the international homeland for the Jewish people. Because of this, the Balfour Declaration was drawn up and signed on November 2, 1917.

It took a while after the signing of the treaty for the Jews to finally occupy Palestine. In 1917 there were less than 25,000 Jews living in the land. But gradually the population grew until in 1945 there were more than 500,000.

Prophecy Was Fulfilled

This is exactly what Ezekiel 37 says. The bones gradually came together, then put on muscle and skin and finally was given breath. The breath did not come until May 14, 1948 when the National Council and the General Zionist Council proclaimed from Tel Aviv the establishment of the sovereign nation of Israel.

Both the United States and Russia recognized the new nation and after much debate, was accepted as a member nation of the United Nations by a vote of 37 to 12.

The Prophecy For Us

The next thing to note is Luke 21:24 where Jesus said: “Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (NIV) Israel has become a nation but the Gentile Nations around it are still trying to destroy it. Jesus said in Luke 21:31 “When you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” (NIV)

Jesus was talking about Israel becoming a nation again. Then He said: “I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” (NIV). Is the Second Coming close? “This generation” refers to those who witnessed the resurrection of Israel into a nation again. We are that generation.

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