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EIGHT BIBLICAL PROPHECIES ABOUT ISRAEL
THAT HAVE COME TRUE ALREADY
The Bible overflows with prophecies. Many of them revolve around the Messiah, how people will know when He comes and what He will do when He arrives on Earth. There are also a number of prophecies that state the signs that will indicate that the end of the world is near. But, the vast majority of Bible prophecies center on subject, Israel.
Israel and her people are the subject of most of the prophecies in the Bible. The Old Testament is dominated by stories of Israel trying and failing to keep God’s laws. When they failed, the Israelites are usually warned by a prophet of the doom that was coming to them. These prophecies either came true or inspired the Israelites to return to a righteous way of life. These prophecies have been the source of interest across the world for generations, because many of those prophecies have already been fulfilled. Below are eight Bible prophecies about Israel that have come true already.
The Jewish people will be scattered.
The Bible repeatedly states that, because they angered God, the Jewish people will be scattered across the Earth. They would be driven from their homeland and forced to live in foreign lands where they would be persecuted. This prophecy has clearly come true. The Jewish people were chased out of ancient Israel or carried away as captives. They lost their right to govern their homeland and instead had to make their homes in many foreign nations.
Many people think that the Jewish dispersion began with the victory of Babylon and resulted in captivity of the Jews. In reality, the Jews were not truly scattered until the destruction of the Second Temple in A.D. 70. at the hands of Rome. It was after that the Jews truly began to be scattered to the winds. For centuries, the Jewish people had no homeland. Instead, they made their lives in foreign lands, and there are Jewish societies in nearly every country on Earth.
The people of Israel will be preserved even in their dispersion and persecution.
Few people have always been commonly hated and openly persecuted as the Jews. The Romans considered them as backwards, confusing and an endless source of trouble. Europe hated them, and Jewish communities were leveled by both sides of the Crusades. Anti-Semitism was normal well into the 20th century when it came to a vicious and bloody head during the Holocaust. Even Hitler’s tragedy was not enough to get rid of the anti-Semitism entirely. Without a doubt, hatred toward the Jews is still alive and well in much of the world today, especially in the Middle East.
Even with being surrounded by enemies on all sides and often being badly outnumbered, the Jews managed to preserve their cultural and religious identity for nearly 2,000 years without a homeland. Most cultures would have died out as the people, if they were forced to live as the Jews have lived. But the Jewish identity has stayed strong.
The Jews will return together to the Promised Land.
The Bible repeatedly promises that although the Jews will be driven out of the Holy Land, they will one day return to the land God promised them. The prophet Isaiah states:
Isaiah 11:12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (KJV)
God will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth and allow them to return to their ancestral homeland. Today, there are Jews in every corner of the world, and increasing numbers of them have returned to live in Israel. In just 70 years, the Jewish population of Israel has grown from 500,000 to over 7 million. The descendants of Jacob are at last able to return to the land they were promised, and many of them have done exactly that. They make their way to Israel from almost every country on Earth as they fulfill Bible prophecy.
The Holy Land will be restored.
Ezekiel 32:15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD. (KJV)
Ezekiel 36:35And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. (KJV)
Bible prophecies in the Book of Ezekiel indicate that Israel would be in a sorry state when the Jews finally returned to their homeland. Cities would have been leveled and the land would be desolate. But, after the Jews returned, they would rebuild their cities and land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden. When the State of Israel was established, this was about what it was like. Two world wars had left most of human civilization damaged, and the actual Promised Land of Israel was truly desolate. Much of the land was either desert or covered in swamps filled with malaria carrying mosquitoes. But, according to the prophecies in Ezekiel, the once ruined land would become like the garden of Eden. And as far as farming, Israel has done exactly that. Israel has some of the most advanced agricultural technology in the world, and the Israelis have used that technology to become one of the few counties that exports more food than they import.
Jerusalem shall be reclaimed.
Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. (KJV)
Jerusalem remained in Gentile hands for over a thousand years after it was taken from the Jews for the last time. Jews remained living inside the Holy City’s borders, but it was under the control of other nations and people. For many years, it was ruled by Rome. Then, it was taken over by Muslims. After that, Jerusalem was held by Christian Crusaders. It went back and forth between Muslim and Crusader hands for quite some time. Later, it was held by Great Britain. Even after the State of Israel was established, Jerusalem was not actually back in Jewish hands. It was not until June 1967 that the city that was the center of the Jewish world, and was once again controlled by those that built it. When the Israelis took back East Jerusalem from Jordan and reunited the city, it was the first time the city of David had been held by the Jews in nearly 1,900 years.
The Arabs will conspire against Israel.
Matthew 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (KJV)
Everyone knows that the Arab nations of the Middle East hate Israel with an alarming passion that seems to have been living under a rock. In less than 10 years after Israel declared its independence, her Arab neighbors had already gone to war against it three times with guerrilla style raids and bombings in between each war. To this day, the many Arab states speak openly about their desire for the destruction of Israel. Terrorists regularly attack Israeli citizens and tourists alike, rockets are launched deliberately at civilian targets and Palestinian organizations refuse to compromise with Israel during attempts at forming peace. Just as the Bible prophesized, the Arab world wants nothing less than the utter destruction of the Jewish state. In fact, the establishment of Israel is often called the nakba, the catastrophe, by many Arabs, and Israel exists in a constant state of readiness for she does not know when their enemies will attack next.
Jerusalem shall be a stumbling stone for all people.
Isaiah 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. (KJV)
The Arab world hates Israel in general, but it seems like all nations have an opinion on how to handle Jerusalem. Many feel that the Holy City should be divided up as it was once before. Others feel that, as a sovereign state, Israel has the right to choose its own capital just like any other nation. Officially, Jerusalem is the country’s capital, but many nations are reluctant to recognize it as such for fear of angering the neighboring Arab states. Jerusalem and Israel have become divisive political questions and serious matters of concern for international policy. Given the number of Arab states, the United Nations often comes down against Israel in decisions, but America has long been an ally of the Jewish state in part because Israel is the only functioning and stable democracy in the Middle East. This leads to constant tension both internationally and inside numerous countries whenever questions about Israel arise.
And the least of Israel shall be a warrior like David.
Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. (KJV)
Israel is a tiny country surrounded by enemies who want it to be wiped off the map. As such, Israel has come to be known by the phrase though she is little, she is fierce. The Israeli military is widely considered to be one of the best in the world, and their Air Force is considered to be the very best. Their military technology is extremely advanced both in terms of defensive and offensive capabilities. Israel is known to have nuclear technology and is suspected of having hydrogen capabilities as well. The Iron Dome has successfully shot down scores of terrorist missiles and kept them from landing on their civilian targets. In every one of the Arab-Israeli conflicts, Israel was outnumbered badly. In the Six Day War, Israel stood alone against the coalition of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and the Lebanon that was supported by Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Sudan, Tunisia and the PLO. Israel suffered less than 1,000 casualties to the Arab coalition’s 20,000 and successfully captured the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, West Bank, Golan Heights and reclaimed Jerusalem in six days. During the Yom Kippur War, Israel was once again badly outnumbered by another Arab coalition. Despite this, the Israelis repelled the Arab forces. In accordance with the Bible, each Israeli soldier truly has become as strong as David.
Those prophecies that have already been fulfilled have fascinated the world. The fulfillment of some of the Bible prophecies concerning Israel leave those who are aware of the prophecies that remain uncompleted both eager and anxious so see the great events of the world unfold, just as they have been written.
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