Following the Holocaust, in which six million European Jews died, Jewish demands for a homeland increased. As the Jews were arriving from Europe with the expectation of a Jewish nation those expectations were finally realized when the British announced that after two World Wars they were leaving Palestine which was under their rule. The Jews were promised by British Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, in 1947, the land. The Palestinian Arabs had their own expectation of a homeland. As both the Jews and the Arabs wanted the same land, as the British were leaving they handed the problem of Palestine over to the United Nations, the post World War II successor to the League of Nations. Six months later, with UN approval, the Jewish nation-state of Israel came into being on May 14, 1948. It was truly a miracle since a generation earlier few would have thought it even remotely possible. A country that had not existed for almost 2,000 years had been reborn. Even its own ancient language, Hebrew, had been revived and now remains the national language of Israel.
The regathering, rebirth and restoration of Israel had been prophesied thousands of years earlier in the Bible as God’s Covenant Promise to Israel in bringing the Jews back to their homeland (Genesis 28:13,15 — Isaiah 27:12,13 — Isaiah 43:5,6 — Ezekiel 20:34 — Amos 9:14,15 –Zechariah 8:7,8) and many more prophecies that have made Israel the greatest prophetic miracle of our age.
While under British rule in 1917, as the British Foreign Secretary had promised they Jews their own homeland, the Arabs were promised their’s and received 82% of the land while the were given 12% of the land. The Palestinian Arabs were angered by the decision and to this day do not recognize the nation-state of Israel. Jerusalem therefore remains a major source of contention between Israelis and Palestinians.
Fought over many times throughout history, just as Bible prophecies foretold of its rebirth. With over 25% of the Bible devoted to prophecy, all Bible prophecy revolves around the nation of Israel. In those prophecies it also foretells us that one last major battle is going to take place in and around the city (Ezekiel 38,39).
Today, as we see the rebirth and restoration of Israel as a nation The re-establishment of that country has led to a cycle of unending violence. Jerusalem and the State of Israel is the UN’s number one problem today. So great and perplexing is the problem of Israel in the face of its hostile neighbors, and the world, that the United Nations Security Council has devoted nearly one-third of its deliberations to Israel, which has only 1/1000 of the earth’s surface area.
The nation of Israel is geographically at the center of the universe. And, as the Bible has foretold that Israel would be a major concern of all nations of the world. ” Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:2,3).
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