I thought we would examine what the Bible says about the rebirth of Israel, which was amazingly prophesied by Amos during four years between 750 to 745 B.C.. "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 9:15)
Amos, some 2,600 years ago, tells of the rebirth of Israel on May 14, 1948. Here is some of the history that led to the fulfillment of the Amos prophecy.
In 1922, the League of Nations entrusted Great Britain to oversee the establishment of a Jewish nation in the Land having formally recognized “the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine.” The British government, however, under pressure from the Arabs, turned back on its commitment to the Jews and began to actively implement anti-Zionist measures.
Great Britian issued the White Papers of 1930 and 1939, which restricted immigration to Palestine and the purchase of land there by Jews. Keep in mind the Nazi Holocaust was raging in Europe. Ben Gurion resisted the White Paper policies by encouraging increased Jewish settlement activity in the Land, and urged his people:
“We need to act as though we were the State in the Land of Israel, and we need to act as such until we will be, so that we will be the State in the Land of Israel.... We are standing before a major and tragic fight with the English government, but on this front we will not yield nor flinch even a bit.” (Knesset)
God's promise to the Jewish people was told by the prophet Jeremiah, “I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before.” (Jeremiah 33:7)
In 1947, after the Second World War had ground to a halt it had become public knowledge that millions of Jews had been slaughtered for no reason other than that they were Jewish, the United Nations adopted a resolution that Palestine would be partitioned into one land for the Jews, and one for the Arabs.
Though the piece of land being offered was tiny, the Jews jumped at the chance to have their own state with Ben Gurion leading. Ben Gurion foresaw the challenges and problems that lay ahead. Writing in his diary about the UN decision, he wrote:
"People were dancing in the streets, and a large crowd gathered in the courtyard of the Jewish Agency building. To tell you the truth, the joy was not a part of me—not because I didn't appreciate the decision of the UN. Rather, I knew what was to come—war with all of the Arab armies."
Nevertheless, as the British announced that the end of their Mandate in Palestine on May 15, 1948, leaders of the Zionist movement and Hebrew community made plans to proclaim their own nation. Ben Gurion had the idea to name the new state "Israel," and made the Declaration of Independence during a ceremony at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on May 14, 1948.
Reflecting the history and struggle of the Jewish people, Ben Gurion announced the birth of the Jewish state with these stirring words: In Eretz Israel [the Land of Israel] arose the Jewish people, in which was formed its spiritual, religious and national image, in which it lived official sovereign life, in which it created national and universal cultural treasures and bequeathed to the world entire the eternal Book of Books…
The Holocaust which befell the Tribe of Israel in recent times, in which were led to slaughter millions of Jews in Europe, proved anew succinctly the necessity of a solution to the problem of the Jewish people lacking homeland and independence through the renewal of the Jewish state in the Land of Israel, which will open wide the gates of the homeland to every Jew and will grant the Jewish people the stature of a nation of equal standing within the family of nations…
We hereby declare the establishment of the Jewish State in the Land of Israel, she is the State of Israel….
Jesus spoke clearly of the regathering of the Jewish people to Israel, “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it's near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place." Matthew 24:32-34
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