The rebirth of the nation of Israel is unique among all the nations in history. Starting around 600 BC, the nation was totally destroyed, not once but twice. Amazingly, after each destruction, it came back into existence. Not only was the nation destroyed twice, but each time nearly all of the people were taken captive into foreign countries. Yet they returned to the land. All this points to the uniqueness of Israel. This nation is not like the others because it is based on an everlasting covenant with God!
In 586 BCE, the great Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, totally destroyed the nation, government, Jerusalem and the temple. This destruction resulted in nearly all the Jews being taken captive to Babylon. When a people were taken captive as the Jews were, they usually were lost in history. The Jews are different. They remained in Babylon for 70 years and then returned to rebuild Jerusalem and their temple.
The Romans, some 650 years later in 70 CE, again destroyed the nation, Jerusalem and the temple. The Jews once again were defeated totally and were dispersed into all the world. The devastation was awesome. Israel should have ended as a nation and probably as a people in 586 BCE, but it survived. Israel, definitely should have ended as a nation in 70 CE, but as the ancient Bible prophets wrote, the nation literally was reborn. This occurred in 1948…. read more