Part 5 of Proof that the Bible is the Inspired Word of God
Let’s look at some prophecies fulfilled closer to our lifetime. The author of this book, “The Signature of God” has studied Biblical prophecy for over 30 years and he believes Christ will return in our lifetime. (And this book was written 10 years ago already.) Now I know a lot of people, including the 1st century Christians believed that and it didn’t happen, but there is nothing left on God’s calendar that is predicted to happen before the Rapture, which hasn’t already happened.
The rebirth of Israel
Jesus foretold this in His prophecy of the “fig tree” budding in Matthew 24:32-35. No other ancient nation ever ceased to exist for a period of centuries and then returned to its place. Most nations evolved gradually over the centuries: like Egypt or France. Isaiah said Israel would happen in a day. (Isaiah 66:8)
And that day was May 15, 1948
Also, 3000 years ago God inspired King David to predict that the reborn nation of Israel would be immediately surrounded by enemies, including the Arab nations of Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria (Psalm 83:2-8)
2 See how your enemies are astir,
how your foes rear their heads.
3 With cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.
4 "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation,
that the name of Israel be remembered no more."
5 With one mind they plot together;
they form an alliance against you-
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
of Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Gebal, Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
8 Even Assyria has joined them
to lend strength to the descendants of Lot.
Those are the ancient names of the modern states of the Middle East joined with the Palestinians in their attempt to destroy the Jewish state in the last days.
The prophet Zephaniah predicted the restoration of the dead language of Hebrew as the living, spoken language of Israel. Hebrew had ceased to be the common language of the Jews before the life of Christ. Remember Paul’s list of things about himself that showed his impeccable Jewish background? One was he could speak Hebrew, it wasn’t common anymore. (Read Zephaniah 3:9) No other nation has ever lost its language and later recovered it.
Just in the 1900’s a Jewish scholar began working in Israel to revive the dead language of Hebrew. His name was Eliazar ben Yehuda. He used the original 7000 words and invented new words for things like airplane and fountain pen. He created modern Hebrew as the living language of 5 million Israelites. As the people began to move back to their Promised Land in 1948 from all over the world - from 70 different nations – after 2000 years in exile – the government and army began to unify them by teaching them the revived Hebrew language.
In addition to recovering their homeland, their lost language and people, the prophet Isaiah predicted Israel would become fertile again (Isaiah 27:6) The returning Jews have transformed the previously deserted and desolate land into the most agriculturally efficient land on earth according to the United nations. Israel now supplies over 90% of the citrus fruit consumed by hundreds of millions of Europeans.
The prophet Joel said the nation of Israel would experience tremendous increases of rain in the last days (Joel 2:23) Rainfall over there has risen over 10% every decade for the last century. The returning Jews planted over 200 million trees and transformed the Promised Land. (Isaiah 35:7)