No people have ever been as plagued, pursued, pressured, and persecuted throughout history than the Jewish people. Many attempts at annihilation have been made, dating all the way back to Pharaoh in Egypt, but none have succeeded. That is because God has made an eternal promise which can never be broken. The Jewish people will always exist. The nation of Israel is the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. No scheme of man or human decree can undo what God has promised.
The Jewish people were conquered and scattered again and again—by the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Greeks, and the Romans who took Israel captive. Following the destruction of the Temple and one final revolt, the Romans dispersed the Jewish people throughout their empire and forbade them from living in the land of their ancestors. For hundreds of years, the Jewish people roamed the earth with no place to call home. They were discriminated against, persecuted, and faced the Inquisition and the pogroms. But all those paled compared to the horror of the Holocaust.
During World War II, Germany’s leader, Adolf Hitler, declared the Jews were not the Chosen People, that the Aryan race was. He determined to resolve what he called the “Jewish problem” and disseminated the belief that the Jewish people were responsible for anarchy, dishonesty, and the ruin of civilization, government, and finance. According to those so-called “learned men,” the purpose of the Jew was to completely weaken Germany and dilute the superior Aryan race. The mustachioed little man mesmerized his listeners with a gravelly, impassioned voice…never mind that his speeches contained little of actual value. In July of 1921, he was first introduced as the der Führer (The Leader) of the Nazi party.
History reveals that Adolf Hitler and his “Final Solution” was responsible for the deaths of six million Jewish men, women, and children while the world turned a blind eye to his determination to destroy. This “hide your head in the sand” attitude allowed Hitler, the Nazi Party, and its minions to fabricate a massive falsehood against the Jewish people.
When the war ended, the tragedy they had suffered made it clear to the world that the Jewish people needed a homeland, a place where they could live and defend themselves. And so the process of establishing a new state of Israel began.
The rebirth of Israel was far more than just an unprecedented political event. It was also a long-prophesied spiritual event. More than 2,000 years before Israel was reborn, God came and spoke to the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel found himself standing before a valley filled with dry bones…human bones… As the prophet gazed upon the scene, God asked him if these bones could live…to which Ezekiel wisely replied, “O Lord God, YOU know!” What happened then must have been quite a sight to behold.
God told Ezekiel to speak to the bones and command them to live. The prophet wrote: “So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them…Then He said to me, ‘…These are the people of Israel…My people. I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel’” (Ezekiel 37:7-12).
God told Ezekiel this vision was the future of the House of Israel. Just as these dry, dead bones had been restored to life, so Israel would be restored. God would bring the children of Israel from among the nations in which they had been scattered. He would gather them from the four corners of the earth and restore them to their own land. He did exactly as He promised. Though century after century passed, and the cause seemed hopeless, the dream refused to die, both in the hearts of Jewish people and in Bible-believers who understood the prophetic Scriptures.
And when the time was right in May of 1948, the nation of Israel was “born in a day,” just as God’s Word had foretold.