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Biblical Prophecies

 The 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 long ago;
       I am God, and there is no other;
       I am God, and there is none like me.

    10 I make known the end from the beginning,
       from ancient times, what is still to come
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       I say: My purpose will stand,
       and I will do all that I please.
                      (Isaiah 46:9-11)

Prophecy 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 evidence of  the divine nature of the Bible.

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Prophecy about the Return of the nation of Israel:

 This 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.

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     1 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 alone know."

    3 He asked me, "Son of man, can these bones live?
      I said, "O Sovereign LORD, you alone know."

    4 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.' "

    7 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.

    9 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 vast army.

    11 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 are cut off.'                           (Ezekiel 37"1-11)

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For 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 God's Word.

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