ISRAEL’s 70th Anniversary
1948 — 2018
After being driven from their ancient homeland by the Romans in 70 A.D., which is known as the Diaspora, the Jews—God’s Chosen People and the Apple of His Eye—remained homeless for nearly two thousand years. During their exile, although they suffered persecution, they always maintained their identity—both culturally and religiously. Doing so is something no other nation has ever been able to achieve. There are no more ancient Romans, Greeks, Incas, or Mayas—but the Jewish nation remains.
The sons of Abraham have maintained their heritage, despite the malicious intent of those who have been fully intent on destroying them, including the “Final Solution” of the Nazis during World War II. This is where six million Jews were exterminated in the gas chambers at concentration camps like Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Bergen-Belsen.
Based on the Balfour Declaration in 1917, during World War I, where the British government stated that it would look favorably on a Jewish state in the Levant, this letter became a rallying cry for the dispossessed Jews after World War II. With no place to go, they returned to their ancient homeland by the thousands. Their goal was to simply find a safe place to live, but God had a much greater purpose for them than this.
As the fulfillment to biblical prophecy, the Jews were always destined to return to the land of Milk and Honey. After an exile of nearly two millennia, Israel, with a population of just 1.1 million people, declared their independence to the world on May 14, 1948. Although this prophetic fulfillment was championed in Heaven, on earth it certainly was not.
The following day, Israel was attacked by three nations that were larger and better prepared than they were. There could have been no way for Israel to have won its war of independence in 1948, other than through God’s intervention; but God was faithful to them, just as He is to us, and Israel survived. God’s fidelity was also evident during the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War.
Each time, although their existence was threatened, Israel experienced God’s miraculous power. During each conflict, Israel was overwhelmingly victorious, crushing the armies of its enemies. Nevertheless, opposition to Israel is a constant challenge in world politics, but in the prophetic realm, which is the only important reality, Israel’s security is assured, as we all await the Second Coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
In the interim, on May 14th, we will celebrate Israel’s 70th Anniversary. From barren wasteland, they have carved out a mighty nation. Now, with a population of more than 11 million, Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and it is also the strongest ally of the United States in the region.
News From the Heartland
• The U.S. Embassy, currently located in Tel Aviv, will be transferred to Jerusalem by May—just in time for Israel’s 70th anniversary of independence.
• Nearly two dozen nations have joined the USA in expelling Russian diplomats over the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London. Led by the Trump administration, this is a major setback for Putin.
• After massive student rallies, the challenge to the 2nd Amendment continues. This assault on the Bill of Rights threatens to undermine our basic American traditions.
• The good news about the massive $1.3 trillion Omnibus Spending Bill is that our military unpreparedness will come to an end. After years of sequestration, massive cuts in defense have left us far more vulnerable than most Americans realize. This is about to end, and we are grateful.
• The sanctions against North Korea have been so successful that Kim Jong Un has asked for a meeting with President Trump. Let us pray that these talks result in North Korea dismantling its nuclear program, so that war can be averted.
• Iran has publicly stated that they want to wipe Israel off the face of the map, and this shi’ite nation fully intends to do so. Iran is using terrorism to do so, and they may be secretly building nuclear weapons. We must pray that God intervenes to stop them.
Our Gracious God and Heavenly Father,
In adversity, You have restored Your Chosen People to the land they have rightfully owned for thousands of years. Retaking the land they were promised, from the time of Moses, was not an easy task, nor was it easy to posses in antiquity. Israel had to fight in days of old, just as the Israelis have had to fight constant opposition from the sons of Ishmael ever since.
Now, as we celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary of independence, we do so joyfully, but also with a watchful eye on those who want to drive the sons and daughters of Abraham into the Mediterranean Sea. Because the malice toward Israel is so great, and because the United Nations sides with the forces of Evil continually, we come before You today on behalf of Israel, asking that You continue to protect this tiny nation. Bless them with peace and abundance, Father, and allow us, your faithful children, to be a powerful witness to them and help them to recognize Christ as the true Messiah. They will embrace Him as their Lord and Savior, because that is exactly who He is. As the End Times approach, and ancient prophecies continue
To be fulfilled, we thank You for always keeping your Word to us. Your promises are as true today, as they have been in ages past, And will be forevermore.