Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Israel & the Jewish People: Miracles from the Beginning

May 14, 1948: After more than a decade of mass genocide, the Jewish people were given their own homeland in which to live and flourish. The United Nations recognized Israel as an independent state, and boatloads of Jewish survivors began their pilgrimage back to the land of their distant ancestors.

Who could have ever imagined it: a nation born over night? Interestingly, this is precisely what the Bible seems to say would happen. "Who has ever heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such things? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children." (Isaiah 66:8)

This was a miracle in and of itself. But this was only the beginning! On the very same day Israel was born, she was attacked! The armies of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq joined forces and attacked Israel, determined to drive the Jews into the sea. The odds were simply staggering!

From Your People Shall Be My People by D. Pinto:

"Israel fielded 18,000 men, 10,000 rifles, 3,600 sub-machine guns, a few old field guns, two tanks, and four planes, of which two were shot down the first day. Israel was not only hopelessly outnumbered, she did not even possess sufficient guns for each man to have one of his own! Against full-fledged air forces, Israel had next to no air power. And if they had not somehow stolen two tanks from the British, they would have been completely without armor. Nevertheless, by the time the UN managed to arrange a cease-fire between the warring parties, Israel was holding nearly three times the area of land that she had been allocated in the partition!"

This should have been a completely one-sided short battle culminating in the annihilation of the baby state of Israel. Instead, it ended up being a MAJOR victory for Israel. What could have caused this? Could it be that a God was behind this? Could it be that this was HIS plan and it was not going to be thwarted? This seems to be what the Bible says.

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