Israel’s future is guaranteed

Arno Froese

Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children” (Isaiah 66:8).

Over 2,600 years ago, the prophet Isaiah wrote these words. The Old and New Testament red-letter edition of the Bible verifies these to be the direct words of God. An interesting fact is that the establishment of the State of Israel was birthed from Zionist philosophy, of which Theodor Herzl—the founder of the first Zionist Congress in Switzerland—was a self-proclaimed atheist. Also, of the 37 signers of the Declaration of Independence, virtually all were born, raised, and educated in countries dominated by Soviet communism.

Religion was a fiercely debated topic. Wikipedia documents:

A major issue was over the inclusion of God in the last section of the document, with the draft using the phrase “and placing our trust in the Almighty.” The two rabbis, Shapira and Yehuda Leib Maimon, argued for its inclusion, saying that it could not be omitted, with Shapira supporting the wording “God of Israel” or “the Almighty and Redeemer of Israel.” It was strongly opposed by Zisling, a member of the secularist Mapam. In the end the phrase “Rock of Israel” was used, which could be interpreted as either referring to God or the land of Eretz Israel, Ben-Gurion saying, “Each of us, in his own way, believes in the ‘Rock of Israel’ as he conceives it.”

Excerpt from the Declaration:

The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books.

In the year 5657 (1897), at the summons of the spiritual father of the Jewish State, Theodore Herzl, the First Zionist Congress convened and proclaimed the right of the Jewish people to national rebirth in its own country. 

The catastrophe which recently befell the Jewish people—the massacre of millions of Jews in Europe—was another clear demonstration of the urgency of solving the problem of its homelessness by re-establishing in Eretz-Israel the Jewish State, which would open the gates of the homeland wide to every Jew and confer upon the Jewish people the status of a fully privileged member of the community of nations. 

On the 29th November, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly required the inhabitants of Eretz-Israel to take such steps as were necessary on their part for the implementation of that resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable. 

Accordingly we, members of the People’s Council, representatives of the Jewish Community of Eretz-Israel and of the Zionist Movement, are here assembled on the day of the termination of the British Mandate over Eretz-Israel and, by virtue of our natural and historic right and on the strength of the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly, hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel. 

We appeal to the United Nations to assist the Jewish people in the building-up of its State and to receive the State of Israel into the community of nations. 

We extend our hand to all neighboring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighborliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East. 

We appeal to the Jewish people throughout the Diaspora to rally round the Jews of Eretz-Israel in the tasks of immigration and upbuilding, and to stand by them in the great struggle for the realization of the age-old dream—the redemption of Israel. 

Placing our trust in the Almighty, we affix our signatures to this proclamation at this session of the provisional Council of State, on the soil of the Homeland, in the city of Tel-Aviv, on this Sabbath eve, the 5th day of Iyar, 5708 (14th May, 1948). 

Only three days later, the Soviet Union was the first nation to fully recognize Israel on 17 May 1948, followed by Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Ireland, and South Africa. The United States extended official recognition of Israel on 31 January 1949.

Another point of interest is that Britain and the US had placed an arms embargo on the entire Middle East. Thus, the Jews were left standing with a meager weapons arsenal. Hence, the Soviet Union to the rescue!

Czechoslovakia also trained 81 pilots and 69 ground crew specialists, some of them later forming the first fighter unit of the Israeli Air Force, and on Czechoslovakian soil a group of Jewish volunteers the size of approximately a brigade (about 1,300 men and women) were also trained, from August 20 until November 4, 1948. The Czechoslovak Armed Force’s codename of the training (mainly) was «DI» (an abbreviation from “Důvěrné Israel,” literally meaning “Classified, Israel”). A Moto-Mechanized Brigade Group of Jewish volunteers trained in Czechoslovakia didn’t take part in the 1948 war.

Israel today—mostly a secular nation—has changed dramatically. During the early days, they depended on the communist agricultural industry—kibbutzim. Today, Israel has become one of the giants of high-tech. By all measurable statistics, Israel will probably become the leading nation in several fields.

But there is more, much more. Hosea 14:4 proclaims: “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.” The prophet Joel heralds: “The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more” (Joel 3:16-17).

Israel’s future is guaranteed, and so is the future of the Church. All who have placed their trust in the already accomplished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross will be taken home to their permanent address: the presence of the Lord. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18).

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Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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