Modern Israel: a Triumphant Past, Uncertain Present, and Glorious Future

by Ted Kyle

Such a small country. Yet Israel—aided, as I believe, by God—has triumphed repeatedly over a "Goliath" coalition of Arab armies since its rebirth as a nation in 1948.

Victory in the Six-Day War of 1967 followed, and then came what we may term modern Israel's "high-water mark," in 1971 when Israeli forces, countering a sneak attack by Syria and Egypt, drove across the Suez Canal, capturing an entire Egyptian army in the process. With possession of the Golan Heights in the north and the Sinai to the south, Israel had established buffer zones to distance those foes.

But hoping to buy peace and security for its people, Israel has since given away much of its territory, for empty promises. Quoting FLAME*: "In what was obviously a major act of folly, and once again in its incessant quest for peace, Israel agreed to recognize the PLO, invited it back into Palestine from its exile in Tunis, and signed the Oslo Accord But instead of accepting the outstretched hand of peace, the Palestinians launched their intifadas, which have cost thousands of lives"—and which ironically have impoverished the common people and left their economy in shambles.

Currently the world awaits the result of Israel's latest efforts to buy peace, by evacuating the Gaza Strip and planning to leave much of the West Bank. Will the heartache of thousands of displaced settlers bring peace at last? Or has the Israeli government merely made it easier for Palestinian hard-liners to lob rockets into civilian neighborhoods? Time will tell. In the short range, our prayers are much needed.

But if we look down the prophetic corridor, we see very evil, very sad days ahead for Israel—the days of "Jacob's trouble" (see Jer. 30:7; Zech. 14:1-2).

But finally, like a brilliant sunrise following a black night of tempest, comes God's promise that the remnant of Israel will turn to the Lord Jesus Christ with one heart and one mind: "And they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son. In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of Davidfor sin and for uncleanness" (Zech. 12:10;13:1).

Then will the Millennium be ushered in: "And the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And the Lord shall be king over all the earth." (Zech. 14:5b, 9).

So it is written in the Book. So it shall be done. Praise God for being in charge of history—past, present, and future!

*FLAME stands for Facts and Logic About the Middle East; P.O. Box 590359, San Francisco, CA 94159; Gerardo Joffe, president. <![if !supportEmptyParas]> <![endif]>

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