The RE-BIRTH of the NATION STATE OF ISRAEL :
For two thousand years , since 70 AD , the Jews ( Israel ) have been spread into the many nations of the world . Just like Jesus Christ prophesied (2000 years ago ) they would be http://esv.scripturetext.com/luke/21.htm
LUKE 21:24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
For two thousand years the Jews have lived in fear of their lives and have been persecuted and murdered wherever they have settled . Just as was prophesied and written about by Moses approximately 1500 years before this happened .
DEUTERONOMY 28:64-66 http://
64“And the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. 65And among these nations you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but the Lord will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and a languishing soul. 66Your life shall hang in doubt before you. Night and day you shall be in dread and have no assurance of your life."
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LEVITICUS 26:33 http://esv.scripturetext.com/leviticus/26-33.htm
And I will scatter you among the nations, and I will unsheathe the sword after you, and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.
Although the Jewish people would be , as told , dispersed into all the nations of the world we are also told that they would be re-gathered back to Jerusalem and become a nation once again . Some 2500 years ago Ezekiel and Jeremiah the prophets , along with others , wrote concerning this re-gathering of the nation of Israel back to the land it once occupied .
EZEKIEL 37:21 then say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land.
JEREMIAH 29:14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile."
In 1948 , under the Balfour declaration http://en.wikipedia.org/
The significance of the re-gathering of the Jews into the nation state of Israel in 1948 , after two thousand years of wanderings within the nations of the world , is that we are told when this happens , at some time soon after their being brought back to their land Jesus Christ will return a second time . The event of Jesus Christ returning a second time will be a time of great upheavel , trouble and calamity . Zechariah wrote of this future event some 2500 years ago ..........................
Behold , a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4On that day his ( Jesus Christ ) feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
Clearly , Israel needs to be in place before the nations of the world can be gathered against it , and as shown , this happened in 1948 after 2000 years of dispersion .
It must also be noted that never before have the nations of the world been gathered together against Israel , again Clearly a future event .
In our time we see Israel increasingly under siege by her Arab neighbours and the middle east region is constantly in the news .
During the past 8 years there have been 12,000 Kassam rockets fired into Southern Israel by her Arab ( Hamas ) neighbours . Civilians are being targeted .
Are we witnessing biblical prophecy written down and given some 2500 years ago , being fulfilled in our time ?