On November 2, 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur J. Balfour wrote a letter expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. International support for the idea grew after World War II and the Holocaust. On May 14, 1948, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state
in 2,000 years.
Although small, Israel is one of the most talked-about countries in the world. The country is held in special regard by both Jews and Christians due to God's promises to Israel and the many things the Bible has to say about this nation. As Pastor Adrian Rogers wrote, "I want help in understanding the present and the future, because there is Bible prophecy yet to be fulfilled. Keep your eyes on Zion, God's holy land. As the Jew goes, so goes the world. The Jews are God's yardstick, God's outline, God's blueprint, for what He’s up to in the rest of the world. The land of Israel, I believe, is the most important spot on earth. The most important city is not Washington or Moscow, but Jerusalem. The most important land, believe it or not, is not America but tiny Israel, about the size of New Jersey."
Here are 70 Bible verses about Israel as we commemorate 70 years of the country's existence in the modern era.
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