UPDATED: (Central Israel) — Today marks 69 years since the dramatic rebirth of the modern State of Israel in May of 1948. Israelis are joyfully celebrating independence, security and growing prosperity, but not everyone is happy. Sadly, there are many people in this region and around the world who despise Israel and seek her isolation, demise, and even annihilation.
Rather than address these (very important) geopolitical issues today, however, I’d like to address a question that many people ask me when I travel and speak around the world: Are there really ancient prophecies in the Bible that promised the rebirth of Israel in the last days, despite all the wars and rumors of wars and controversy this would ignite?
Yes, there are — I’ll walk you through a number of the Biblical passages in a moment.
But first some context: according to studies by Pew Research, only 40 percent of American Jews believe that God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people in the first place. That means that six in ten American Jews don’t believe this, or are not sure. More Israeli Jews believe that God gave the land of Israel to them, but the number is still only 61 percent. That means that four in ten Israelis don’t believe God gave them the land they are currently living on, or are not sure…. read more