Israel has flourished from almost nothing to everything in what seems like just moments. Looking back at the way the tiny country looked just decades ago is shocking compared to how it looks now.
Mark Twain in 1867
When Mark Twain visited the Holy Land in 1867, he described the land. If you have ever seen Israel today, it is almost impossible to imagine what he saw. This was Twain’s recount: “…A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds…a silent mournful expanse…a desolation…we never saw a human being on the whole route…hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”
That seems almost too hard to believe. Israel even makes the desert look beautiful. God’s people are rebuilding the land, because that is what God wants. And so miracles are truly possible.
The Prophecies of Ezekiel 36
In Ezekiel 36 (8-11), God told Ezekiel what would happen to the Land of Israel. He said, “And you, the mountains of Israel, will produce your branches. And you will bear your fruit for My people Israel because they are about to come. For behold I am for you, and I shall turn to you, and you will be tilled and sown. And I shall multiply men upon you, the whole house of Israel in its entirety, and the cities will be settled, and the ruins will be built up. And I shall multiply upon you man and beast, and they will be fruitful and multiply, and I shall settle you as in your early days, and I shall make you better than your beginnings, and you will know that I am the Lord” (Chabad.org translation).
Just open your eyes, and you will see this coming true throughout the Land.
The very first prime minister David Ben-Gurion said it best: “In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.” There is really just no other way.