60 Years of Miracles
What a 60 years! To start with—the
rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948 was a miracle of history
(Ezek.37:1-14; 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
reestablished as a nation.
With the approval of the UN, Israel
declared itself a nation on May 14, 1948. Another miracle occurred.
The armies of seven Arab nations marched on the newborn State.
Outnumbered 100 to 1, Israel not only repelled the invaders, but
also acquired more of their ancient Land. Yigael Yadin, Israel’s
commander of operations in that war, had a terse explanation of
Israel’s victory. “It was a miracle!” Why?
Over 2500 years ago the prophet
Isaiah made a remarkable prophecy concerning Israel regathered back
in her Land. “They that war against thee shall be as nothing and as
a thing of nought…for I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:12,13).
The Bible Helped Build Israel
The miracles continued. Trees,
fruits and vegetables grow over what was once sandy wastes or
malaria swamps. New industries fringe historic cities. Highways and
pipelines stretch across an energetic nation that had slept for
David 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. Miracles happened!
Following 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 dig copper.”
Reclaiming the Wasteland
Barren 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, over 3,000 years ago, 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)
Olive grove in Galilee
New agricultural settlements—from
Dan to Beersheba—have risen on ancient sites reidentified 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 was reforestation. Since 1900 Jews have planted over a
billion trees. They used the Bible to 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 revealed
that a forest had existed there. “Knowing that trees grow more
easily where trees have flourished before,” explained Professor
Zohary of the Hebrew University, “we rely on the Good Book.”
“The first tree Abraham planted in
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.”
The writer personally knew the Boyko
Family who pioneered in following biblical principles of agriculture
that enabled the Aravah and the Negev to 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 Israel—the
“early and the latter rain.” But for the past 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 just
as predicted in Joel 2:23, 24.
The Miracle of Immigration
Jews from the four points of the
compass heard the call—come home to Israel (Isa. 43:5,6). While the
1948 war was raging the newcomers poured in. During the first three
years of statehood, the average immigration 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!
Jews 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 2000 over a million Jews returned from the former
Soviet Republics (CIS) and they are still coming. Israel’s
population increased from 650,000 in 1948 to over 7,000,000 in 2008.
The miracle of absorption continues.
The Miracle of the ’67 War
Women Cadets, Old City Jerusalem
The 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.
An ill wind of anti-Semitism is
again blowing across Europe. But with a new twist—the hatred of the
Jewish State. Why? The Arabs learned the world loves an underdog.
How? Guilt ridden after the Holocaust, the world powers finally, but
reluctantly, fulfilled their promise of a Jewish State after
reneging since the San Remo Conference of 1920. Why the delay? Arab
oil was discovered and became the driving force behind Western
economies. In order to appease the oil-rich Arabs, the UN reduced
the new Israeli State to less than 20% of the size originally
Back Then the Arabs Were the Big
The mechanized armies of seven Arab
nations immediately charged the fledgling State’s ragtag army.
Composed of many untrained Holocaust survivors, oil or no oil, the
world cheered the heroic underdog Israeli army on to victory. Two
more legendary victories followed in 1967 and 1973 as Israel
acquired and maintained rule over the West Bank and Gaza.
Outnumbered, Israel survived in the midst of the sea of 22 Islamic
This was too much! A new strategy of
portraying the Arabs within the borders of Israel as the underdog
needed to be crafted. Forget that most of them were from surrounding
Arab States. Before Arafat, the Arabs in the Holy Land identified
themselves as part of the one all-embracing Arab Nation within the
22 Arab States. After all they were all Arabs and had the same
Arafat propagandized the Arabs in
Israel into a dispossessed political Palestinian entity. (Time,
Jan. 3, 1994.) It worked. Tens of millions of Arab oil propaganda
dollars later, Israel is no longer the underdog but the big
bully. World opinion is now clamoring for the legitimate rights
to statehood for the Palestinian underdog in the entire so-called
West Bank and Gaza. Israel is now vilified as an oppressive colonial
power. Palestinian terrorists are called “freedom fighters,” not
Damascus Gate, Jerusalem
What are the facts?
It is incredible that in a 21st
century advanced civilization such a diabolical regime as the PLO
can be hailed as legitimate freedom fighters. Freedom fighters do
not single out civilians, including mothers and children, for
terrorism. Unfortunately, Palestinian civilians and children are
sometimes killed in IDF operations against terrorism. But the IDF
does not purposely target civilians. Compared to the few
myopic photographic distortions publicized by the PLO, there are
hours of video footage that completely delegitimatize Palestinian
freedom fighters. (See Palestinian Media Watch, www.pmw.org.il)
In footage of the late Arafat
haranguing the Palestinian masses in Hitler-like oratory, the
Palestinians responded in shouts of “Jihad! Jihad! Jihad!” On
Palestinian TV children’s hour programs, Palestinian girls and boys
under the age of ten are brainwashed to hysterically sing that they
want to be suicide bombers when they grow up. In summer recreational
children’s camps financed by the European Union, Palestinian
children 15 and under are programmed to hate Jews and trained to be
Listen to the videotaped words of a
young 21-year-old mother of two on her way to a suicide bombing in
Gaza (Jan. 1, 2004): “I always wanted to be the first woman who
sacrifices her life for Allah. My joy will be complete when my body
parts fly in all directions.” Why was she so mentally sick? Not
because she had been humiliated and oppressed as a Palestinian, but
because she had been a manipulated pawn. The Palestinian leadership
that manipulates the blossoming flowers of youth to be suicide
bombers and twists the minds of young mothers to abandon their
little children to glorify Allah in holy Jihad—such a leadership is
mentally sick and morally bankrupt. One shudders to think of an
independent Palestinian State under their inevitable tyrannical
Yet, most of the nations, because
they are dependent on Arab oil survival, side with the Arabs against
the Jewish State. Bristling with anti-Semitism they are determined
to pressure Israel to cede a Palestinian State. The United States
for dubious reasons of its own is leading the charge of demanding a
Palestinian State—albeit a terrorist state. The Lord might permit
this to happen to teach Israel a lesson. If they really trusted the
Lord who miraculously gave them the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, He
would enable them to keep these lands.
Israel at 60 is a nation of
miracles, but will the miracles continue?
We saw the miracle of the “early and
latter rains” but now because Israel is compromising land,
precipitation has decreased to the point Israel is facing a drastic
water shortage. Instead of training its army for the inevitable war
in Lebanon, Israel devoted months to brainwashing—actually searing
the consciences of soldiers while training them in psychological
warfare to evict the Gaza settlers and destroy their homes.
Consequently, Israel lost the war in Lebanon. Because of the lack of
faith Israel might suffer a temporary set back, but…
At least one miracle will continue.
Israel at 60 is fast becoming the Silicon Valley of the world.
Ezekiel 38:12, 13 predicts that Israel will become the economic envy
of the nations. Israel with its “out of the envelop” research teams
is pushing back the frontiers of electronics, physics, chemistry,
pharmaceuticals, etc. And the world is benefiting in many ways.
Israel is especially using its technology to assist the
Israel’s economy grew more than 5%
in 2007—faster than the U.S., Europe, UK and Japan. While the
Bank of Israel expects the country’s fortunes to dip next year,
along with the world economy, growth is still expected to excel.
During 2008 the Bank of Israel predicts a 3.2% growth and predicts a
3.4% growth rate in 2009. The United States is expected to grow by
less than 1%, the EU by 1.2%, Japan by 1%, and the UK by 1.6%.
In a final war with the Arabs,
Israel will regain all land given up to the Arabs and additionally
conquer the East Bank of Jordan and southern Lebanon (Isaiah 11:14;
Zephaniah 2:4-10; Joshua 13:5). Then Israel will enjoy such peace
and prosperity that it will invite the greed of the invading forces
of Gog. The Lord will defeat this army of multiple nations (Ezekiel
38). The Millennial reign of Christ and his church will be
manifested by the Law going forth from Zion and the Word of the Lord
from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3).