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divine nature of the Bible can best be experienced through the transforming Truth it
contains, but it can also be attested to by God's supernatural signature: biblical prophecy.
9 Remember the former things, those of
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the
end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to
I say: My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.
is an important part of the Bible. It discloses God's plan in human
history and calls people to return to God. At times they concern the
fates of nations coming into contact with Israel, but the most
significant of all prophecies are the ones concerning the nation of
Israel, the Messiah,
and the End Times. Let's put
these in prospective: the
fact that, for just one book of around 1,600 pages, thinner than most
dictionaries, the Bible contains such
a high concentration of fulfilled prophecies. This by itself is an
the divine nature of the Bible.
about the Return of the nation of Israel:
generation has witnessed the fulfillment of one of the most important
prophecies in the
Bible: the rebirth of the state of Israel. The nation of Israel
was wiped off the face of the earth in 587 B.C. by Babylon. It was
the end of the Jewish
Kingdom. At that time, God's prophet Ezekiel
received the following
vision from God: a clear indication of the future rebirth of the
nation of Israel.
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of
the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2
He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the
floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3
He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"
I said, "O Sovereign LORD, you
He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?
I said, "O Sovereign LORD, you
Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones and say to them, 'Dry
bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is
what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I
will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with
skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will
know that I am the LORD.' "
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. 8
I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them,
but there was no breath in them.
Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man,
and say to it, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four
winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.' "
10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and
breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet¡Xa
Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the whole house
of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we
the next 2,500 years, the nation of
Israel ceased to exist until
its rebirth in
1948 which was preceded
by more than 60 years of Zionist effort. One person in
particular played a critical role: Chaim Weizmann
(1874-1952). He was a Jewish
chemistry genius. While at Manchester University in England, from 1904 to
1914, he discovered a method for
producing synthetic acetone and butyl alcohol (useful in
creating explosives), which critically aided the British victory in
World War I. Weizmann became a
Zionist spokesman in England and influenced the creation of the
Balfour Declaration in 1917, in which Britain expressed its
commitment to the creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine.
It is interesting to note that the prophecy's description matches
the historical process of the
Israel's rebirth: In 1917, under the noise
of TNT explosives, which
were first widely used in World War I, the nation of Israel gathered its flesh
from a Jewish population of 25,000 in Palestine in1917, gradually
increasing to 430,000 in 1937.
Despite the death of more than 6,000,000 Jews at the hands of Nazi
Germany during World War II, the
State of Israel declared its establishment on May
14, 1948 according
to a plan approved by the United Nations.
The rebirth of Israel is a vivid fulfillment
of the Bible prophecy and attests the divine nature of the Bible as
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