Jewish Voice: It seemed like a dream: The establishment of a Jewish homeland as guaranteed by the Balfour Declaration seemed closer, offering solace and hope. These were very tragic times.
At the beginning of World War One, there were about ninety-five thousand Jews in the Palestine. But those numbers soon diminished following the outbreak of war, due to the forced expulsion of Jews mostly with Russian citizenship, by the Turks as well as the flight of Jews fleeing Turkish wartime oppression. Starvation and disease also tragically took a significant toll of the population as well. By November 1917, there were less than 45,000 Jews in the land. The future of the Zionist enterprise was threatened.
Times were also very bleak for world Jewry. more …
Opinion: The Psalmist wrote “Behold, He that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
On November 2, 1917 God’s plan to fulfill His prophetic word for all the world to see was about to unfold.
- Amos 9:14-15
- Isaiah 11:11-12
- Isaiah 66:7-8
- Ezekiel 34:13
- Ezekiel 37:10-14
- Ezekiel 37:21-22
- Jeremiah 16:14-15
100 years later, the same enemy of God’s chosen is still fighting against a squandered birthright (Gen. 25:29-34) of Esau. The same hatred, the same threat to kill Jacob (Gen. 27:41) are evident for anyone with a Biblical lens to see.
The miracle of Israel’s rebirth began with a letter written 100 years ago today: