Life expectancy

Arno Froese

And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days” (1 Kings 3:14).

God revealed Himself in Solomon’s dream. The next verse starts, “And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream.” Yet, it wasn’t a dream we normally have, but verse 5 clearly states, “In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night.”

It is of interest that the most glorious king with unsurpassed wisdom did not follow the instructions God had given him. Based on Wikipedia, Solomon died at the age of 58-59, not even 60 years old. His father David did not reach an advanced age either; he died when only 70. 

This is the first expiration date, even for modern man today. It is confirmed in the prayer of Moses: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10). That is 70-80 years.

Today, according to WorldoMeters.info, global life expectancy stands at 73.2 years.

Do we have evidence that those who keep themselves to the Word of God live longer? The answer is no. The countries with the longest life expectancy are of different religions:

1. Hong Kong 85.3 years    57% non-religious, only 4.5% Protestant
2. Japan           85.0 years    69.2% Shinto, 66.8% Buddhist, 1.5% Christian
3. Macau         84.7 years    62% traditional Chinese religions, 2.2% Protestant
4. Switzerland 84.3 years    41.8% Catholic, 33% Protestant
5. Singapore    84.1 years    40% Buddhist, 7.1% Catholic, 3.9% Protestant

An article published in the Jerusalem Post, in collaboration with the Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital, was headlined: “Israel’s life expectancy is higher than average, international data shows.” The report comes from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), headquartered in Paris, France, with an Australian Secretary-General, Mathias Cormann. Below are excerpts from the article:

For the past two years we’ve complained about our healthcare system, fearing that it would collapse under the demands of the pandemic, so the following figures may surprise you. 

According to [a] report, the average life expectancy of an Israeli man has increased in recent years and is almost three years longer than the average among men in OECD countries (81 in Israel compared to an average of 78.3). 

The report shows a few more important things about the Israeli lifestyle. For example, the rate of alcohol consumption here is significantly lower than the average of the organization’s countries, standing at 3.1 liters per year, just over a third of the 8.8-liter average among the other countries of the organization, making it one of the lowest in the OECD.

Another measure in which Israel excels is the suicide rate. This alarming number did increase in 2019, standing at 6 per 100,000 people. However, this rate is only about half of the OECD average, which stands at 11.6.

The rate of doctors active per thousand people is about 9% lower than the average in OECD countries and stands at about 3.3 doctors per thousand people. The rate of nurses per thousand people is one of the lowest in the OECD with five nurses per thousand.

The rate of beds for general hospitalization in Israel is also relatively low compared to other countries that are members of the organization (fourth from the bottom of the list), standing at about 2.2 beds per thousand people, compared to an average of 3.5 in the OECD. 

“OECD data faithfully reflect the state of the health system in Israel, which shows excellent results, but with relatively low resources,” said Health Ministry Director-General Prof. Nachman Ash. 

-www.jpost.com, 3 February 2022

This is most unusual, considering that Israel is surrounded by hostile countries—expecting war to break out at any moment. The major threat comes from Hezbollah in the north, and in the south, Hamas. Yet, the report card by the prestigious OECD shows Israel to be well off: secure, enjoying peace and prosperity, and quite amazingly, reaching the average of 83.5 years, according to WorldoMeters.info (US 79.10).

But, that’s not the end; we read the following in Isaiah 65:19-20: “And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.” That is Israel’s real future, yet to come.

Midnight Call - 04/2022

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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