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Is the modern state of Israel biblical prophecy?

The Bible prophesied the Jewish Diaspora. The nation of Israel would dwell for many years outside of their country and promised land. After this time had elapsed they would return to their ancient possession. The predictions were exact and complete, making the nation’s return a supernatural happening of our age. A modern miracle. They were dispersed for over 1 900 years. They are there again today.

On Palestine

“…[a] desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds — a silent mournful expanse….A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action….We never saw a human being on the whole route….There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of the worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Bible passages predict the return of Israel to the land of Palestine. Here are a few.

Ezekil 20:34e: “I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered — with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.”

Isaiah 11:11-12 (NIV): “In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.”

A pure language

With the return of the nation, the ancient Hebrew language has been revived and become the official language of the state. Prior to this happening, the Jews spoke an impure form of the language called Yiddish. The return to a pure common language was again predicted by the prophets.

Zephaniah 3:8-10: (KJV): “For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, [even] the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering”.

The curse on the land

Nor would that be all. Moses further stated that God would put a curse on their land, and as a result of that curse, the land would become filled with diseases and plagues (Deuteronomy 29:22), and the land itself would become “a burning waste, unsown and unproductive, and no grass [growing] in it…” (Deuteronomy 29:23).

The curse would be so terrible that when foreigners came to visit the land, they would cry out, “Why has the Lord done this to the land? Why this great outburst of anger?” (Deuteronomy 29:24). And the answer will be: “Because they forsook the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers…[and] they went and served other gods and worshiped them…Therefore, the anger of the Lord burned against that land, to bring upon it every curse which is written in this book; and the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger and in fury and in great wrath…” (Deuteronomy 29:25-28).

A strange miracle

In a book published in 2007, an American Orthodox Jewish Rabbi named Menachem Kohen, asserted that the greatest miracle performed by God during the past 1800 years was one that occurred daily in the land of Palestine — namely, little or no rain.  He refers to it as a “reoccurring miracle.” And he asserts that this miracle of drought was for the purpose of fulfilling prophecies in Deuteronomy 28 which read: “The Lord will make the rain of your land powder and dust…” (Deuteronomy 28:24). He also points to other prophecies: You shall bring out much seed to the field but you will gather in little, for the locust will consume it (Deuteronomy 28:38).

Additionally, Rabbi Kohen contends that this reoccurring miracle of God was for the purpose of protecting the Jewish homeland from occupation by foreign Gentiles. In other words, God purposefully made the land desolate so that it could be preserved for the Jews when He would regather them in the end times — at which time the land would be reclaimed.

From desolation to productivity

For centuries the land had been conquered, destroyed and rebuilt several times. None of the conquerors were able to make a go of the desolate land.

Regarding the Sea of Galilee area, in particular, Mark Twain wrote, “There is not a solitary village… There are two or three small clusters of Bedouin tents, but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride ten miles, hereabouts, and not see ten human beings.” Then, referring to Bible prophecy, he wrote, “To this region, the prophecies apply: ‘I will bring the land into desolation; and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it’” (Leviticus 26:32).

Here we see the Hand of God.  From 1948, when the state of Israel was declared by the United Nations, the amount of rain falling on the Holy land began to increase.

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