“We ... are here assembled. ... And by virtue of our natural and historic right, and on the strength of the resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations, hereby declare the establishment of the Jewish state ... to be known as the State of Israel.”
Two hours later and 6,000 miles away, President Harry S. Truman signed a document giving his approval to the creation of the new country and announced to the world that the United States had officially recognized the new nation of Israel.
That historic event fulfilled a biblical prediction made more than 2,500 years earlier, which reads: “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or, shall a nation be born at once?” (Isaiah 66:8). Secular Israel was born in one day.
Today little Israel, only a speck on the map — smaller than New Jersey — seems to be mentioned almost daily by the world media. A rabbi, Benjamin Elon, helps us to understand the Israeli phenomenon:
“I believe that if you do not know how to read the Bible, you cannot understand the newspaper. If you do not know the biblical story of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, you cannot possibly understand the miracle of the modern state of Israel.”
The world doesn’t know that Israel will some day be a much larger country; and will reach hundreds of miles north to south, and nearly five hundred miles east to west (see Ezekiel 48:1, 28; Genesis 15:18).
A few years ago The Associated Press stated that, in spite of the constant turmoil in the Holy Land, about 2,540 people from the U.S. and Canada move to Israel yearly.
Tali Berman was born in America, but on Tuesday, July 8, 2003, she carried her baby and belongings to Kennedy Airport in New York to make the journey to Israel.
“We’re Jewish, and it feels like home,” said Berman, 27, who was “making alijah” (making Israel her new home) with her husband, Joshua, and their 15-month-old daughter, Anava.
The Jewish people know that God promised the Holy Land to them, and millions have returned to their beloved Promised Land.
To quote Rabbi Elon again: “I walk the streets of the Promised Land where Abram walked. I drive through the roads and plains where Isaac tended his flocks. I hike to the hilltops from where Jacob peered expectantly in all directions ... . I see these things and remember clearly the biblical truth.”
Today Jerusalem is a bustling metropolis of 600,000 residents. David Dolan is a reporter and a long-time resident of Jerusalem.
He said: “When ... [you see] the seemingly God-forsaken, literal city of Jerusalem springing back to life; ... when it has one of the world’s largest foreign press corps; ... when it is bursting forth with new schools, parks, culture centers, roads, and religious institutions — all underneath the shadow of towering building cranes — then the Lord .... [is] preparing to appear in His glory!”
Here is how the Jews have blessed all of mankind:
n By letting us know the true God
n By giving us God’s laws
n By developing the Bible — all writers were Jews except Luke
n By giving us a Savior— a Jew
n By preparing us to help win the world.