Israel’s Establishment in 1948 Fulfills Bible Prophecy
Perhaps the most amazing prophecy concerning Israel has to do with its restoration1948 to the Land in . Though Scripture foretold the dispersion, persecution, and preservation of the Jews, it also promised a return to the Land. The passages below are just a couple of the many that foretell the restoration of the Children of Israel to their homeland from the many nations where they had been scattered.
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that it shall no more be said, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ “but, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. Jeremiah 16: 14-15
“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 who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar, from Hamath and the islands of the sea.
He will set up a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” Isaiah 11:11-12
Keep in mind that Jeremiah was writing in circa 600 BC, while Isaiah was writing circa 720 BC. Nearly 3,000 years later the events would be set in motion to fulfill this prophecy.
In 1917 during England’s desperate struggle with Germany during WWI, the British Government issued the Balfour Declaration whereby the United Kingdom called for the establishment of anational homeland for Jewish People in Palestine – this was done to rally world Jewry to the side of the Allies. This was named after Lord Balfour, a Bible-believing Christian, who was England’s Foreign Secretary at the time.
In 1922 after England defeated Turkey and sacked all of the territory of the old Ottoman Empire, they issued the British Mandate which recognized the rights of the Jews to establish a state.
1932 through 1945 – The Holocaust convinced most of the rest of world Jewry of the need to return to the Holy Land and to set up their own State.
In 1947 – United States led the way in the United nations by voting for the establishment of the State of Israel
On May 14, 1948 the Nation of Israel was born. This was instantly greeted with an attack on Israel by five of its Arab neighbors. This wouldn’t matter however, for Bible prophecy was about to be fulfilled in an overwhelming way.
“From May 15, 1948 through the close of 1951, 684,201 immigrants had found their way back to Israel. At the peak of the initial wave of immigration, a thousand people a day were streaming through the reception centers. Twenty-five thousand came from the internment camps on Cyprus. Hard on their heels were another 70,000 survivors of the holocaust from Germany, Italy, and Austria. In the first year of independence, a total of 42 countries contributed Jews to the new-old land” In some instances entire communities transferred places of residence. A few countries found the Jewish population almost entirely gone from their midst. Worthy examples of this relocation process are:
- Iraq – 121,512 of 130,000 resident Jews
- Bulgaria – 37,000 of 45,000 population
- Libya – 30,500 of 35,000 Jewish residents
- Poland – 103,723 (two-thirds of all Jews remaining there after the Holocaust)
- Rumania – 118,940 (one-third of all Jews remaining there after the Holocaust)
- Yemen – 47,000 (virtually the entire population)
Thus far there have been four major waves of immigration:
- May 1948 through 1951 – 754,800 entered the country, doubling the population
- 1955 through 1957 – Large numbers of Jews from Morocco, Tunisia, Poland andRomania provided the core of new arrivals.
- 1961 through 1964 – 215,056 came from Eastern Europe and North Africa.
- After the Six-Day War (1967) – 262,000 arrived, principally from North and South America, Western Europe, and the Soviet Union.
- Between May of 1948 and May of 1973 the population rose from 650,000 to 3,240,400.
Elwood McQuaid, “It Is No Dream” (pg. 105ff)
Note: Since 1990, over 1 million Jews have immigrated to Israel from Russia. (Roughly 1 in 5 Israelis have come from Russia.)