After 1800 Years of Exile!
The Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. causing the remnant of Israel to scatter throughout the known world of that day. By 73 A.D. the Jewish communities left for greener pastures rather than remain in their despoiled Promise Land. During much of the years that followed, no significant or legitimate/official Israeli presence existed in the region. Even as late as 1900 A.D. the Jewish population throughout all of Palestine only topped 50,000 which equates to one thousand eight hundred seventy three years without an official Israeli claim to the lands promised to the Israelites by God.
Between 1900 and 1947 however, something changed. The Israeli presence began to grow significantly. Something had changed in the heart and determination of God’s Chosen. In 1922 the population had grown to over 650,000. By 1939 the Jewish presence topped One Million. Then, miraculously and against all odds Israel became a Sovereign State on May 15th 1948.
For decades, every attempt and petition to establish an official Jewish presence in Palestine failed. On February 10th 1917, Zionist leaders petition for an official Jewish settlement anywhere within the borders of Palestine only to meet strong opposition and an adamant refusal. Though Jewish families lived through-out Palestine they were not allowed to legitimize their presence as a people.
By 1946 the Israeli communities started to achieve some minor footholds in the region; however, this was soon met with quotas on immigration and violence from surrounding Arab/Palestinian communities.
In May of 1948 when Israel became a legitimate Sovereign State, they were immediately plunged into war on all sides. Syria and Lebanon attacked from the north, Transjordan and Iraq closed in from the east and Egypt attacked from the south.
Miraculously this fledgling nation of Israel – which God called into existence once again – prevailed against overwhelming and fantastic odds. Only by the hand of God could Israel have obtained such results!
The Holocaust of WWII generated empathy with many peoples, nations and countries thereby promoting a sympathetic heart for the Israeli plight. Due to international commiseration for the Jews, many believed the Israelis deserved to finally have a place to call their own.
Possibly more relevant for the day was the fact no country wanted or could afford millions of refugees landing on their doorsteps demanding food, clothing and a roof over each head. Globally, the word had gone out: Israel wanted to establish their own Sovereign State and were willing to petition Jewish families and resources from the four corners of the earth to fortify their attempts. Those nations temporarily tenderhearted towards an Israeli state decided to lend their support, votes and assets to make Israel’s dream a reality.
Through these votes and by the Hand of God, Israel finally achieved what had been a hotbed of contention for so many over the past two-thousand years. Let us review some of situations which provided contention for the lands of Palestine, still called Israel by many during these past 1800 years.
As early as 133 A.D. a Jewish force lead by a commander named Simon Bar Kokhba (Koch’ba) attempted and failed to retake Judea. Unfortunately for the Jews, a cadre of Roman military put down this revolt in 135 A.D… Soon after the failed revolt, Hadrianus Caesar changed the name of Judea to Palestina, and then attempted to ban any and all Jews from ever setting foot in Jerusalem again. Though Hadrianus ultimately failed to achieve this goal the Romans continued to rule the land of Palestina until 614 A.D…
So who named the region Palestina later Palestine?
614 AD: The Persians
The Persians conquered Palestine in 614 A.D., and controlled the region for approximately 14 years. Emperor Heraclius seized control from the Persians only to lose Palestine to the Arab leader Caliph Omar 10 years later, 638 A.D… Caliph Omar was from Saudi Arabia.
Back and forth the land of Palestine traded hands.
It may be important to NOTE: The conflicts continued between Crusaders, Arabs, Egyptians and Ottomans until the British Empire gained control of Palestine in the early nineteen-hundreds. Contrary to the attitudes of previous conquerors, Britain did not want to keep Palestine. Rather, Britain wanted to return control and title of the ancient biblical lands to the Jews.
So who had title to the lands of Palestine/Israel?
The British & American Coalition
Britain, the United States and several other nations formed a weak coalition whose focus was to restore the Israelites to The Promise Land. The strategies behind the coalition’s actions were for Israel to first gain possession of The Promise Land followed by the Israelites reconstituting their national identity as the Sovereign Nation of Israel. Unfortunately, at that time there was not enough support for the coalition’s goals resulting in the application’s defeat.
So who still maintained official control of Palestine/Israel?
The Balfour Declaration
In 1917 Britain’s Arthur James Balfour drafted a declaration to Lord Rothschild supporting Jewish repatriation of Palestine. The declaration specifically recommended Britain support Israel’s efforts in becoming a Sovereign Nation. This document titled the Balfour Declaration failed to achieve its initial goals, but succeeded at encouraging the Israeli people to remain steadfast.
Following the failure of The Balfour Declaration, the Jewish political system endorsed a new concept of political Zionism which supported a more active style of political maneuvering. Zionism became a popular form of Jewish political activism. During this era of heightened Zionistic activity Great Britain continued its support for Jewish sovereignty up to and beyond 1948.
Once again, where is the official Palestinian State when Britain controls Israel?
There appears to be little to no official claim to the Lands of Israel by the Palestinians.
Finally, May 15th, 1948, Israel became a legally recognized Sovereign Jewish State. As the British forces were pulling out of Palestine, the nations of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were declaring war on Israel. Big mistake!
When God stands for you who can stand against you?
The Arab coalition failed miserably. Bear in mind, 2600 years earlier God set prophecies in motion which had predetermined the outcome. No matter how hard humanity tries, they cannot overcome the will of God. The stage was then set and The Latter Days began once Israel reemerged as a Sovereign State!
Israel had been more than a thousand years outside of Jewish control and yet the world still saw the Promised Lands as Israel’s home; if this were not so, the United Nations would not have seen current-day Israel as the Jewish Promised Land; a land God intended to be Israel’s at this time and prophesied it to be so throughout God’s Word. So be it!
Here are a couple of prophecies to confirm this previous statement. Prophecies written as far back as 1450 B.C. by Moses!
“Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God drives you, 2 and you return to the LORD your God and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 that the LORD your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the LORD your God has scattered you. (Deuteronomy 30:1-3 NKJV)
“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that it shall no more be said, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.
“Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the LORD, “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. (Jeremiah 16:14-16 NKJV)
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.” (Jeremiah 23:7-8 NKJV)
For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim. Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days. (Hosea 3:4-5)
So… Who actually controls the Lands of Israel?
Why – God of course!