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If I Had No Other Reason To Believe

If you want to see a miracle, consider the following. If I were not a believer, this alone would be enough to persuade me. The following verse in Isaiah 43 shows whom the Lord is speaking to: But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel... Isaiah 43:1 The Lord is speaking to Israel. Here is one of the greatest prophecies about the regathering of the Jewish people from every place on earth to which they had been scattered: "Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not keep them back,’ bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth..." Isaiah 43:5-6 In the year 70 AD, Titus of Rome destroyed Jerusalem and the Jews were scattered to the ends of the earth, to every continent and to every country, and there they remained for more than 2,000 years. The first miracle was their preservation during two millenia of dwelling in every country on earth. Never before has a conquered people remained intact. Conquered people usually are absorbed into the conquering country, and after several generations they show no affinity to their original country. I am descended from the French people, all four of my grandparents were French. But after a few hundred years away from my forefathers leaving France, I know virtually nothing about France, I don't speak French, and I have no desire to move to France. My family has been assimilated into America. I am American through and through. It wasn't a few hundred years for the Jewish people. It was two THOUSAND years having been scattered to every nation on earth. Several hundred years before Israel was dispersed to all the world, the Old Testament prophet Isaiah foretold that "in the last days" God would bring them back to the land he gave to them in an everlasting covenant with Abraham, his son Isaac, and his son Jacob and his descendants - the Jews. We are in the generation which has witnessed the great and awesome fulfillment of that prophecy - a prophecy that was also uttered by many of the other prophets in the Scriptures. In 1948 the nation of Israel was re-established in its original place, speaking its original language which had long been forgotten except in religious rituals. The Hebrew language is now the national language of the people of Israel. But ...Israel is surrounded by scores of Arab nations bent on destroying her. What they don't know is that Israel CANNOT be destroyed. "I will BRING BACK the captives of my people Israel. They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, AND NEVER AGAIN SHALL THEY BE PULLED UP from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God." Amos 9:14-15 Since 1948 God has preserved the nation through several wars which they had no chance of winning, truly a David and Goliath picture if ever there was one. God did the impossible. There was absolutely no human way it could have happened. Israel's victories in those wars were nothing less than God's fulfillment of Bible prophecy. These fulfilled prophecies can only be supernatural. A century ago, teachers studying "the last days" said that the prophecies of Israel's return to the very land they left 2,000 years before - must be symbolic because the idea that they would be physically returned to ancient Israel, in the midst of long-standing Arab countries - was impossible. And surely, it WAS impossible. But … "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Luke 18:27 Truly the Lord has done the impossible, and if my faith were low, this true story would be enough to renew me. The Lord has given several more prophecies about Israel's future and you can be sure that every word he has spoken about it and every prophecy he has given about it will most certainly come to pass and there is no devil in hell that can stop it. In the fulfillment of those prophecies God will show himself the great and only God, the God of Israel, and the God of the redeemed. His holy Name will be praised forever. MORE: Israel's Covenant The Messiah And His Land:


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