Digging at the Dan region in northern Israel, archeologists discovered three fragments of a large stone inscribed with an Aramaic inscription, most probably issued by Hazael, king of Damascus. In it, the king declares his conquest of the region during his 9th century BC campaign, describing a victory over “the king of the House of David.” This royal inscription is the earliest discovered archeological reference to the house of David (outside of the Bible), as it accurately describes biblical accounts regarding the wars between Aram and Israel.
As they say, the Bible is coming to life in Israel. However, what does it mean to you or to me? Putting it in other words, “what in the world is God doing in Israel today, and what does it mean to me?”
This question is often asked by many curious folks all over the world, and anyone with a biblical worldview usually expects that the answer would include some great miracles and mass spiritual happenings. However, and in spite of rumors you might have heard, the fact is that the work of God in Israel (as it pertains to the awaking the Bible promises) is simpler, organic and humble.
Israel’s spiritual awakening today is at the stage of “a little leaven that leavens the entire batch of dough,” rather than seeing mass public meetings with broad media coverage for millions of viewers. Instead, every day, step by step, Faith communities in Israel continue to quietly grow and expand; a new generation of children is being raised up in the grace and truth of God; effective outreach takes place both in person and online; and the reputation of Yeshua (Jesus in Hebrew) is gradually being restored in the public arena.
No doubt, great miracles will come in due time to soften the hearts of many, but the fact is that Israel is still in the earlier phase of “Natural Miracles,” where God is restoring and building up the nation itself following millennia of desolation and loss. God’s work in Israel these days is primarily about restoring the natural framework of the nation; its institutions, economy, military, culture and a whole lot more that was lost during the long and dark centuries of exile.
Our main miracle these days is that the nation of Israel is raised from its historic grave and is planted back in its promised native soil. This task is supernatural and beyond any human capability to perform!
As Jeremiah prophesied long ago, “Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar… If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the LORD, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a NATION before Me forever.” (Emphasis mine, Jeremiah 31:35-36). God promised that as certain as the sun, moon stars and the order of creation exist and continue, likewise is His commitment to Israel’s existence as a nation. This is our miracle today!
The miracle of the promised national revival that our prophets predicted will surely come, yet we are not quite done yet with the first phase of the restoration of those “dry bones” who come together to form the reborn nation that Ezekiel foretold in chapter 37. The Apostle Paul understood this principle when he described it in 1-Corinthians 15:46 saying, “… the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.”
Soon the Spirit of God WILL be poured out upon our nation and the eyes of many WILL be opened up to see His marvelous light as it is written, “…All Israel will be saved.” However, for now, the work of God in Israel is primarily focused on the natural realms as the nation is rising from the dead with resurrection power.
Are we a perfect nation? Far from it. Our politics and national institutions are just as faulty and frail as others are all over the earth. The miracle at this point is not about perfection. It is about resurrection, and about God’s faithfulness.
As it is written, “It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Cush, from Elam and Shinar … and the islands of the sea. He will set up a BANNER for the nations … assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (Emphasis mine, Isaiah 11:11-12).
The word “Banner” in the Hebrew language is pronounced “NES,” which is also the word we use for “Miracle.” Today, God’s “banner,” His flag, is waving tall before the eyes of the entire world through Israel’s resurrection “miracle.”
Your upcoming trip to Israel will offer you plenty of opportunities to firm up your faith in the God who fulfills ALL HIS PROMISES, no matter how long it might take.
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