A Nation of Miracles
A Half–Century of Miracles
The 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, re-gathered to their homeland and re-established as a
When Israel declared itself an independent state
on May 14, 1948, still 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!"
Five Examples of Miracles
A 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 fieldguns 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.
At Safed, near the Sea of Galilee a small unit of
Israeli defenders were holding off thousand Arabs. A sudden tropical
storm broke loose. The Israelis in desperation took their remaining
gasoline, poured it over 50 empty drums, set them afire and rolled
them down the hill. The flaming barrels flying down the slopes, the
rumble of hollow barrels striking rocks—together with the tropical
storm—created such an illusion that the bewildered Arabs imagining
some sort of secret weapon took to their heel and fled.
In December 1948, the Egyptians were harassing
Israeli settlements in the Negev while advanced columns were moving
north. 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. 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 later.
To liberate the airport at Lydda the tactics of
Gideon were employed. Seven thousand Arab troops were ready to
attack. Sixteen Israelis dressed as Arabs infiltrated into the city
of Lydda. Like Gideon’s band of 300 they made such a commotion
during the night that the Arabs, totally confused, fired upon each
other. Finally the majority fled back across the border.
The Syrian Army had regrouped east of the
Galilee. A Jewish column of 24 homemade 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. 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, therefore, the
Arabs fled Israel.
The victory of the 1948 War was a big miracle
composed of a series of little miracles. 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
The Bible Helped Build Israel
The miracles continued. Trees, fruits and
vegetables grow over what was once shifting sandy wastes or malaria
swamps. New industries fringe historic cities. Highways and
pipelines stretch across a 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
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
New agricultural settlements—from Dan to
Beersheba—have risen beside 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
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
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."
"The 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."
The 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 just as
predicted in Joel 2:23,24.
The Miracle of Immigration
Jews 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."
Even 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
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 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
nearly 6,000,000 in 1998. The miracle of absorption continues.
The Miracle of the ’67 War
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. They are certain the Messianic Age is near at
hand. As Biblical Zionists, they oppose any give-away of land in the
A Hi-Tech Leader
Ezekiel 38:12, 13 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… Ezekiel
also predicts the sanctification of God’s name when Israel’s
enemies would threaten His people (38:16-23).
50 Year Anniversary
Actually Israel’s miracles began in 1878 with
the regathering of the Jewish people to their Land. Ironically the
PLO also celebrated its own 50-year anniversary from 1948. The
Palestinians have several names for their anniversary. One is
"50 years of catastrophe!" Two people claim the one land
is theirs. Who is right? Who are the Palestinians?