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Israel remembers at 70

As Iran (Persia) this week has vociferously threatened to destroy the Israeli cities of Haifa and Tel Aviv, some 190,000 old Jewish survivors of the Nazi holocaust dwelling in those cities listened. Many with the tattooed numbers still on their arms from the Nazi death camps, and the horrors forever seared into their memories of that attempt to annihilate the Jewish people of Europe. Those who could still stand rose to the sound of the air raid sirens that wailed across this nation like a weeping woman for three minutes of remembering on Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom ha Shoah) this same week.

But has not the Prophet Daniel pre-visioned such a day in the scroll? He has foretold that the very Prince of Persia would be a driving force to confront the people of YHVH. In chapter 10 of Daniel is written of the heavenly Messenger Gabriel:

“Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the Prince of the kingdom of Persia resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the latter days (aharit hayamim), for the vision concerns a time yet to come…. However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince (10:21)…Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued” (12:1).

Today the power of Persia has risen to become the epicenter of the Islamic Revolution, which began in 1979, the very year I arrived in Israel. Since that time threats of Israel’s destruction have not ceased from the Islamic Republic of Iran, to this day. Iran is far from the borders of Israel, which offers no threat to its existence, and yet it appears willing to sacrifice itself for the sake of its irrational hated of Zion.

Also the Prophet Ezekiel foretold of a time that G-d would re-gather the daughter of Jerusalem to her former estate, and at the same time restore the daughters of Samaria and of Sodom to their former estates, and the latter two would hate the daughter of Jerusalem (chapter 16). And in chapter 36 foretold of this re-gathering of Israel to the land for G-d’s name’s sake, not for the people of Israel alone, and it would be done before the eyes of all the nations. It would be a gathering of the desolate dry bones of the Jewish people (chapter 37) who declare their hope is gone.  The Hope (Ha Tikva) is now the national anthem of the State of Israel. The prophecies are now today’s news and current events.

As we come to the significant 70 year of Israel’s amazing rebirth after 2000 years, rising from those very ashes of the Holocaust, may the Guardian of Israel remember, for His own name’s sake, the promises made to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and Moses, and in him who all the promises of G-d are yes and amen, the Messiah Yeshua. I am a descendent of those who perished in the Holocaust, three years older than this amazing and sudden phenomenon of the rebirth and restoration of Israel in 1948, a sign much spoken against and spread out before the eyes of all peoples to behold and to discern the times and the season.

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Elhanan ben-Avraham
Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.

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