A Nation of Miracles…
recent threats by the President of Iran to wipe Israel off the
world map have caused much alarm throughout the world. Reactions
from world leaders are still pouring in. It is certain that
the stage is being set for future conflict in the middle east
at every level. Is it likely that Iran or any other nation will
succeed in ever wiping Israel off the map of the world? Not
only is it not likely, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE. The God of the universe
has promised: “I will bring back my exiled people Israel;
they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will
plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens
and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land,
never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,
says the LORD your God.” Amos 9:14, 15
new born state of Israel was 50 years old in 1998. What
a 50 years! To start with—the rebirth of the state of
Israel in 1948 was a miracle of history (Ezek. 37:1-11; Luke
21:29, 30). Never before has a nation been destroyed, its people
dispersed to the ends of the earth, and then, nearly two thousand
years later, regathered to their homeland and re- established
as a nation.
Israel declared itself an independent state on May 14, 1948,
another miracle occurred. The armies of seven Arab nations marched
on the newborn State, boasting that they would push the Jews
into the sea. Outnumbered 100 to 1, Israel not only repelled
the invaders but acquired more of Palestine than was granted
in the UN partition plan. Yigael Yadin, Israel’s commander
of operations in that war, had a terse explanation of Israel’s
victory. "It was a miracle!"
Examples of Miracles
Syrian column of 200 armored vehicles, including 45 tanks attacked
Degania, the oldest kibbutz in Israel. What a psychological
blow this defeat would be! Without artillery, Jewish forces
were helpless to block the Syrian advance. Until then the only
heavy weapons available in all Israel were four howitzers of
the type used by the French army in the Franco- Prussian War
of 1870. Two of these ancient fieldpieces were promptly dismantled
and rushed to Degania. The local commander, Lieutenant Colonel
Moshe Dayan, had them reassembled at the very moment the first
Syrian tanks rumbled through the kibbutz perimeter, and they
scored a hit on the advance tank. Had the Syrians known that
these two obsolete weapons represented half the arsenal of field-guns
in all Israel, they would have pressed the attack. Instead,
the armored vehicles swung around in their tracks and clattered
back up the mountain road.
December 1948, the Egyptians were harassing Israeli settlements
in the Negev. Yadin used the Bible for strategy. It mentioned
an ancient road forgotten for centuries, which ran almost directly
to Mushrafa, the Egyptians’ central garrison. Heavy boulders
were pushed aside with bulldozers and soldiers in armored vehicles,
jeeps and supply trucks sped under cover of darkness along the
ancient road and surprised the Egyptians. Taking this garrison
destroyed the Egyptian defense system and ended the war 14 days
Syrian Army had regrouped east of the Galilee. A Jewish column
of 24 homeland armored trucks and cars, on the way to relieve
a besieged Kibbutz, took the wrong road and crossed the border
into Lebanon. Before they discovered their mistake, they ran
head on into a column of supplies for the Syrian Army in Galilee
— dozens of trucks of ammunition, a string of light artillery
and 20 new armored cars. The Israelis fired point blank at the
first truck — a tanker loaded with gasoline. It exploded
and set on fire the following truckload of hand grenades. Rapid
repeating explosions were heard for miles around. Terrified,
the Syrians abandoned their cargo and the Israelis scarcely
had enough men to drive the captured supply train back into
Galilee. Finally they reached the beleaguered Kibbutz, only
to learn that the Arab besiegers heard rumors that the Jewish
army had invaded Lebanon and fled Israel.
Bible Helped Build Israel
Ben Gurion, Israel’s dynamic first Prime Minister, was
an ardent student of the Bible as an accurate history of Israel
and its land. He dispatched engineers, horticulturists, botanists,
etc., with the Bible in one hand and research tools in the other.
Bible clues, copper and iron mines were established. One mining
engineer, Abraham Dor, observed that at the richest veins of
copper — "we come upon the slag and furnaces of ancient
Israel. We often get the feeling that someone has just left."
Deuteronomy 8:7-9 was often framed on the walls of mining offices:
"For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land; a
land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills thou mayest
land transformed to the fertility of ancient Israel is a miracle
predicted in Scripture (Amos 9:14-15; Ezek. 36:34-35). It was
long assumed that most of Palestine was wasteland, irreclaimable
for agriculture. But archaeologists discovered the presence
of more than 70 ancient settlement sites in one 65-mile stretch
of the Jordan Valley alone, each with its own well for water.
Lot, then, was not exaggerating when he "lifted up his
eyes, and he saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered
everywhere, . . . even as the garden of the Lord" (Gen.
13:10). New agricultural settlements, from Dan to Beersheba,
have risen beside ancient sites re-identified by Biblical archaeologists.
Concrete pumping stations were set over ancient springs or wells.
A well from Abraham’s day now supplies water for residents
on the outskirts of Beersheba. One of the basic necessities
in that arid country is reforestation. Ever since Jews began
returning, they have been planting forests, naming them in honor
of such leaders and friends of Israel as Chaim Weizmann, Lord
Balfour, George V and scores of others. The Bible has helped
them decide what kind of trees to plant and where to plant them.
Debating whether a certain barren hillside would be a suitable
location for Israel’s immense "Forest of Martyrs,"
Israelis found the answer in Joshua, which proved that a forest
had existed there. "Knowing that trees grow more easily
where trees have flourished before," explained Professor
Zohary of Hebrew University, "we rely on the Good Book."
first tree Abraham put in the soil of Beersheba was a tamarisk,"
said Israel’s outstanding authority on reforestation,
Dr. Joseph Weitz. "Following his lead, we put out two million
in the same area. Abraham was right. The tamarisk is one of
the few trees we have found that thrives in the south where
yearly rainfall is less than six inches."
writer personally knew the Boyko Family who pioneered in developing
Biblical principles of agriculture that helped the Aravah and
the Negev blossom as a rose. The Bible made Israel the agricultural
giant it is today exporting its products worldwide. It took
another miracle to make this possible. In Bible times there
were two copious rainy seasons in Palestine — the "early
and the latter rain." But for the past many centuries the
"early rain" has been minimal while the "latter
rain" and dew have disappeared completely. Since 1878,
the "latter rain" is falling again. The precipitation
of both has spiraled over the decades (Joel 2:23, 24).
Miracle of Immigration
from the four points of the compass heard the call to come home
(Isa. 43:5, 6). Israel’s Declaration of Independence stated
that Israel "will be open to the immigration of Jews from
all countries of their dispersion."
as war still raged and the little State faced possible destruction
or bankruptcy, the newcomers poured in. During the first three
years of statehood, the average reached 18,000 a month and in
some months the figure exceeded 30,000. Between May 15, 1948,
and June 30, 1953, the Jewish population of the country doubled.
By the end of 1956, Israel’s population had nearly tripled,
reaching 1,667,000. Imagine the economic shock of absorption!
kept pouring into Israel over the decades. In 1984-1985 and
again in 1991 harrowing airlifts brought Ethiopian Jews from
utter despair to a Land of hope. Finally the long-expected prophetic
fulfillment of Jews from Russia began in 1991. By 1998 over
800,000 have returned from the former Soviet Republics (CIS)
and they are still coming. Over a million are expected. Israel’s
population increased from 650,000 in 1948 to over 6,000,000
Jews in 1998. The miracle of absorption continues.
Miracle of the ‘67 War
Arabs boasted that they would destroy Israel. However, in six
days Israel overran the combined forces of Syria, Jordan, Egypt
and took the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, the West Bank (Samaria
and Judea), and the Sinai—one of the greatest military
feats in history. To many Orthodox Jews worldwide, especially
in the United States, it was a wake-up call from God. Thousands
poured into Israel and settled in Samaria and Judea to stake
Israel’s eternal claim to the so-called West Bank—the
heartland of Israel. They are certain the Messianic Age is near
at hand. As Biblical Zionists, they oppose any give-away of
land in the peace process.
38 predicts that Israel will become an economic envy of the
nations. The immigration of Russian Jews is literally paying
off. This year has witnessed an explosion in both hi-tech developments
and the number of contracts Israeli hi-tech companies have signed
with manufacturers worldwide. Prime Minister Netanyahu said,
"The failure of Soviet communism to capitalize on the outstanding
R & D skills of the Russian Jews was a stroke of good fortune
for Israel. We now have the highest per capita of scientists
in the world. This has put Israel on the cutting edge of technology."
The New York Stock Exchange lists more hi-tech companies from
Israel than any other nation.
six-year study by over 250 scientists and experts predicts that
by the year 2020 the population of Israel will exceed 8,100,000,
making Israel by far the most densely populated developed country
in the world. Israel will be more than 2.5 times more densely
populated than Japan and the Netherlands, and there will be
a serious shortage of land for residential construction.
Scriptures (Isaiah 11 & Zechariah 10) indicate another large
immigration of Jews from the CIS and a massive exodus from the
U. S. even before 2020. But there will be no land shortage.
A final Arab-Israeli war will precede this massive immigration.
Israel’s borders will be expanded to include all of the
Golan Heights, much or all of the sparsely inhabited nation
of Jordan and Southern Lebanon (Isa. 11:14; Zeph. 2:8-9; Micah
7:11,14; Obad. 18-20). All of this territory was promised Israel
in the Balfour Declaration back in 1917. God will finally give
to Israel even more than the nations promised.
God of Israel is a God of miracles—and He has only begun
His miracles in achieving Israel’s ultimate destiny...