Editor’s note: Joseph Farah is leading a tour of Israel through Nov. 13. While he is away, WND is republishing some of his relevant columns from the past.
JERUSALEM – I believe one of the best evidences that God is real – and who He says He is in the Bible – is the mere existence of the modern state of Israel.
As the Bible says, we can look at Creation itself for proof: “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. …” (Romans 1:20-22).
We can see hundreds of specific prophecies beginning in Genesis and continuing through Revelation – many already fulfilled and some still being fulfilled before our eyes.
But, it seems to me, the very best intellectual and tangible proof of the existence and sovereignty and almighty power of Yehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is the reality of the rebirth of Israel just as it was predicted millennia ago – and facing the exact “controversies” and adversities that were foretold.
It’s undeniable – except for those who choose to refuse to examine the overwhelming evidence.
For generations, the God of Israel was known through the self-descriptive name “The Lord that led the children of Israel out of Egypt.” It was indeed a historical miracle that millions of Hebrew were led out of Egypt, across the Red Sea into Arabia where they wandered for 40 years before entering the Promised Land.
However, this was nothing compared to what God Himself suggested, through the prophet Jeremiah, was coming in the future (Jeremiah 16:14-15).
“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.”
In other words, the miracle we are still witnessing today, as Jews from all over the world flock to their reborn homeland more than 1,800 years after its destruction, is a bigger miracle than the one seen by the children of Israel who saw the Red Sea parted – allowing them to cross over while destroying the Egyptian army pursuing them.
And indeed it is.
We all tend to think that if we had witnessed the parting of the Red Sea and the plagues of Egypt, we would believe.
Yet, it is the non-believer today who is without excuse, for we have witnessed an even greater miracle. No other nation in the history of the world has been revived after nearly 1,900 years – and surely not one prophesied to do that.
No other dead language has been revived after all those who spoke it, read it and wrote it were assimilated into other nations and cultures for 19 centuries.
It was predicted, too, by Isaiah the prophet (Isaiah 11:11-12): “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
It was also predicted by Ezekiel the prophet (Ezekiel 37) in the famous “dry bones” prophecy.
And, most remarkable of all, perhaps, is Isaiah’s prophecy that this nation would be reborn in one day (Isaiah 66:8).
What kind of a grand conspiracy could account for such accuracy over thousands of years?
Who could mastermind such a plot?
And God did.
Now you know why they are His chosen people – and the purpose for which they were chosen.