On May 14th, 1948, Israel became a nation again and fulfilled one of the most amazing prophecies in the Holy Bible!
Isaiah 66:8, “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.”
After approximately 1,900 years, the nation of Israel was “born again,” fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy. How did this incredible event occur?
On November 5, 1914, during World War I, the British Empire declared war on the Ottoman Empire (Muslim), who controlled Jerusalem and occupied the Promised Land (Israel). On November 2, 1917, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour sent a letter to Walter Rothschild, who was one of the leaders of the British Jewish community. Rothschild submitted the declaration to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. This declaration letter became known as the Balfour Declaration. In 1917, a Jubilee Year (Leviticus 25), the Balfour Declaration would become the first official step to fulfilling the 1948 prophecy! In the letters and the map below, we can see the declaration of the British Empire’s efforts to restore the children of Israel to the Promised Land.
In 1917, at the pinnacle of World War I, General Allenby of the British Empire captured a region of the Promised Land from the Ottoman Empire, ending 400 years of Muslim control. As the war ended and the Ottoman Empire declined in power, the League of Nations divided the Promised Land between Israel and the Arabs. Nevertheless, once the declaration was executed, the children of Israel were allocated approximately 20 % of the land promised to them by God in the Abrahamic Covenant.
Genesis 15:18-21, “On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates—the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”
The southwestern boundary, “the river of Egypt to the great river,” is the “brook of Egypt” (Exodus 23:31 and Ezekiel
47:19). The northwestern boundary is the “Great Sea,” which is the Mediterranean Sea (Numbers 34:6, Ezekiel 47:20). The northern boundary is from the Mediterranean Sea towards Lebanon, through the east of Syria to the Euphrates river. (Genesis 15:18, Deuteronomy 11:24, Joshua 1:4, Ezekiel 47:17). The eastern boundary extends from the Euphrates River in the northern part, southwest through Syria, and extends on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee. Also included is southern Syria and the Golan Heights.
As we can see, the children of Israel was only allocated a small section of the land God promised to Abraham and his descendants (Abraham Covenant). The remainder of the Promised Land was given to the Arabs. Please note, the children of Israel will not inherit all of the Promised Land until Messiah’s Second Coming and Millennial Reign.
Hebrews 11:8-9, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.”
Hebrews 11:13-15, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.”
Although the Promised Land was not totally restored to the children of Israel in 1948, during Messiah’s Millennial Reign (1,000 years), He will allocate the Promised Land to the twelve tribes of Israel as promised by the Almighty!
Matthew 5:17-18, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”
Ezekiel 47:13-14,21, “Thus says the Lord God: “These are the borders by which you shall divide the land as an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph shall have two portions. You shall inherit it equally with one another; for I raised My hand in an oath to give it to your fathers, and this land shall fall to you as your inheritance. Thus you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves.”
The twelve tribes of Israel will receive their promised inheritance at the beginning of the Millennial Reign (Zechariah 2:10-13). In Ezekiel 48:1-7, seven of the twelve tribes will be north of Messiah’s inheritance (Ezekiel 45:1), the Holy District; Judah, Reuben, Ephraim, Manasseh, Naphtali, Asher, and Dan. Ephraim and Manasseh were Joseph’s sons, accounting for the double inheritance (Ezekiel 47:13). Judah, the tribe of Messiah (Revelation 5:5), is the closest tribe in proximity to Him (Holy District) on the northern side of the temple.
In Ezekiel 48:23-29, the remaining five tribes will be south of the Holy District (Messiah). The closest tribe in proximity to the Holy District will be Benjamin, who is Joseph’s “pure younger brother” from Rachel, who only gave birth to the two of them. Then, continuing southward in order of their geographical locations are Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun, and Gad. In Ezekiel 48:30-34, the dimensions of the city are given, and Ezekiel tells us there will be three gates on each side (12 gates). Each gate will be named after one of the twelve tribes of Israel, based on the birthmother of the tribe. The closest tribes to the Holy District were birthed by or through Rachel. The “outer” tribes were birthed by maidservants. The tribes inhabiting the holy portion and north were born by Leah, Jacob’s first wife. Ezekiel also tells us the name of the city.
Ezekiel 48:35, “The name of the city from that day shall be, “THE LORD IS THERE.”
Is there also a mathematical prophecy that foretold Israel’s restoration in 1948?
God gave Moses, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel restoration prophecies, including numbers, that foretold the exact year that Israel would become a nation again. Ezekiel prophesied to the children of Israel in Babylon concerning the restoration of the nation of Israel, and the eventual salvation of a remnant of Israel in the end times.
Ezekiel 4:4-6, This will be a sign to the house of Israel, “Lie on your left side, and lay the sins of the house of Israel upon it. According to the number of the days that you lie on it, you shall bear Israel’s sin. For I have laid on you the years of their sin, according to the number of the days, 390 days; so you shall bear the sin of the house of Israel. And when you have completed them, lie on your right side; then you shall bear the sin of the house of Judah 40 days. I have laid on you a day for each year.”
After King Solomon’s death, the twelve tribes of Israel were divided into the northern kingdom (10) and the southern kingdom (2) (1 Kings 12 & 13). First, God told Ezekiel that the punishment for the northern kingdom of Israel would endure for 390 years (days). Then, He told Ezekiel that the punishment for the southern kingdom of Judah would last for 40 years (days).
390 years-Judgment against the northern kingdom (Israel-10 Tribes)
+ 40 years-Judgment against the southern kingdom (Judah-2 Tribes)
430 years- Total judgment against the nation of Israel. The days are converted to years just as God told Ezekiel (Ezekiel 4:5)
The Babylonian Empire conquered the Assyrian Empire in 612 BC, becoming the world’s dominant empire. King Jehoiakim of Israel began his reign of Judah in 609 BC.
Daniel 1:1-3,6, “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it, taking captives and articles of the house of God back to Babylon.”
In 606 BC, the southern kingdom of Judah began its 70 year captivity in Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar), including the prophet Daniel (Jeremiah 25:11). Daniel 1:1-3 confirms the beginning of the Babylonian captivity in 606 BC. From Ezekiel’s prophecy, the total years of judgment for both kingdoms is 430 years.
430 years- Total years of judgment (Ezekiel 4:4-6)
– 70 years- Babylon Captivity (Jeremiah 25:11)
360 years- Remaining years of judgment for Israel
After the 70 years of Babylonian captivity, the Medo-Persia Empire conquered the Babylonian Empire (Daniel 5). Soon after, King Cyrus of Persia signed a decree and made a declaration for the children of Israel to return to Jerusalem (Ezra 1:1-11. 2 Chronicles 36:22-23), fulfilling Jeremiah’s prophecy (Jeremiah 29:10-14).
As the children of Israel returned from the Babylonian exile into the Promised Land, they disregarded the laws and commandments of God. The Torah (instructions from God) were laws and commandments for the children of Israel to obey, or they would be punished and scattered among the nations (Assyrian, Babylonian, and Roman exiles). Moses also warned the children of Israel of the consequences for not obeying the Torah. In the following Scriptures, we discover the remaining years of the mathematical prophecy of judgment and restoration of Israel prophesied by Ezekiel.
Leviticus 26:18, “And after this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.” (Leviticus 26:21, Leviticus 26:27-28, Leviticus 26:33)
The Torah clearly states that after the children of Israel complete their punishment for their original disobedience, and again fail to follow the Torah, they would be punished “7 times more.”
After the 70 years of Babylonian captivity, 360 years of judgment remained from Ezekiel’s prophecy. When we add the “7 times” judgment for Israel’s defiance and sin (Leviticus 26), we come to this conclusion.
360 years-Remaining years of judgment
x 7 -The Lord’s additional judgment, because the children of Israel continued to disobey His laws and
commandments after the 70 years of Babylonian captivity.
2,520 years of remaining judgment
God’s calendar, the Hebrew calendar, is 360 days (lunar & solar). To match our solar calendar of 365 days (Julian/Gregorian), we will take the 360 days and add a “leap month” on the required years. Also, the Holy Bible uses 360 day years for the prophecies and expects us to add the appropriate “leap months” on schedule. So, let us convert this prophecy into days.
2,520 years- Israel’s remaining judgment x 360 days- Hebrew Calendar
907,200 days – Days left of Israel’s judgment from Ezekiel’s prophecy. (Ezekiel 4:4-6)
To convert the 907,200 days into our 365.25 solar Julian/Gregorian calendar years (.25 add for leap years), it would be;
2,483.78 years left of Israel’s judgment from Ezekiel’s prophecy
The answer to the Lord’s mathematical prophecy:
606 B.C.- Babylonian Captivity begins (Daniel 1:1-3) (2 Kings 24 & 25)
– 70 years- Years in Babylon captivity (Jeremiah 25:8-11)
536 B.C- End of the 70 year Babylonian Captivity (Daniel 2 & 5; 2 Chronicles 36:15-23, Ezra 1:1-4)
2483 years – Remaining years of judgment from Ezekiel’s prophecy
+ 1 year- Add 1 year because there is not a “O” B.C., nor is there a “O” A.D. It skips from 1 B.C to 1 A.D.
1948 AD-End of judgment. Israel became a nation again on May 14,1948!
In conclusion, the 1917 Balfour Declaration was the first official step for Israel to be “born again” in 1948. Although the 1917 Balfour Declaration was the proclamation to the restoration of Israel in 1948, the children of Israel did not control their holy capital city of Jerusalem (Zion) until the next Jubilee year of 1967.
How is a nation “born again” in one day (Isaiah 66:8)? Throughout history, a nation has never been born in one day and more importantly, “born again” after it had been invaded, conquered, and exiled (Roman Empire AD70). Only by God Almighty’s right Hand and divine intervention did His heritage and His land Israel fulfill Isaiah’s prophetic words and mathematical prophecy. America, Britain, and the United Nations can take credit for acting on Israel’s behalf, but it was God Almighty’s influence among men (Daniel 2:20-22) that enabled Israel to become a nation again in 1948! Happy 68th birthday! In the name higher than every other name, Jesus the Messiah (Be Shem Yeshua Hamashiach), the King of Israel! Amen, Amen, and Amen!