History of Israel
Israel is the single most important nation on this Earth. God established Israel as His instrument to bring salvation to the Jewish people, and then to the rest of the world. Israel was first established in approximately 2091 BC when God spoke to Abram and chose him to begin a new nation. God promised Abram He would make him a great nation with many descendants. Israel's name comes from Abram's grandson, Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel sometime in the early 1900's BC by God. Due to a famine in the land, Jacob and his people were brought to Egypt by his son, Joseph, who had become a powerful man there. After Joseph died, the new Pharaoh of Egypt began to oppress the Hebrews and made slaves of them. After about 400 years, God raised up Moses to free the Hebrews from Egypt. In approximately 1406 BC, the Hebrews settled in the land which was promised to Abraham by God. The Hebrews remained in the land and began the nation of Israel. Sometime between 600 BC and 500 BC, the Israelites were exiled for 70 years and then once again returned to the land. The Jewish people remained in their land until 70 AD. In 70 AD, the Roman army, led by Titus, destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple and the Jewish people were again scattered throughout the world. The land became desolate and uninhabited for the most part until other peoples began to migrate there. During the Islamic period, 634 AD to 1918, in the early years of Muslim control of Jerusalem, a small permanent Jewish population returned to the city after a 500 year absence. The end of the 19th century saw the beginning of Jewish immigration to the land. This was the first modern widespread wave of Jewish people migrating to Palestine. A second wave of migration took place between 1904 and 1914 which approximately 40,000 Jews immigrated. In 1922, under the British mandate, two states were established within the boundaries of the Mandate territory, Palestine and Transjordan. Then in November of 1947, the UN General Assembly voted 33 to 13 with 10 abstentions, in favor of a plan to partition the territory into separate Jewish and Arab states. Jewish leaders accepted the plan while Arab leaders rejected it. This began the cycle of violence which hundreds of Jews, Arabs, and British were killed. After a civil war in which Arab forces were defeated, on May 14, 1948, the Jewish Agency declared the independence of the state of Israel and Israel again became the homeland of the Jewish people.
This was a major event in bible prophecy and many scholars believe this began the countdown to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Israel is God's timeclock, if you will, and all future prophetic events revolve around her. This is why the Church should stand by and support the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. Salvation came to the Gentiles through Israel, who birthed the Messiah. When the Jewish people rejected Jesus as the Messiah, God turned to the Gentiles, the church, to accomplish His work on Earth, mainly proclaiming the good news of the gospel. One day soon the Church will be removed from the Earth in an event we call the rapture. God will then turn His attention back to Israel and restore her to Himself.
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. Both of these are good sites for Christians to stand with Israel and support the Jewish people.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Psalm 121:4 NIV