Historical fact: Israel existed as a nation; Israel was scattered; and Israel now exists again as a nation with a national homeland. The Bible foretold these events. The Bible prophecies also carry a "watermark" – an underlying seal that proves that God arranged these events. The Bible also tells us what is coming. And certain of those events are happening now, and may be completed soon.
The formation of the state of Israel in 1948 was significant. God had promised that He would restore Israel to their homeland.
There are verses in the Bible that foretold the event. The verses have numeric patterns that prove that God's fingerprints are all over what is happening.
The first verse of the Bible says "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth". Because this is a "first mention", the numeric patterns in the original text of this verse are a yardstick for all Scripture.
Genesis 1:1 in Hebrew is "Bereshit bara Elohim et ha'shamayim ve'et ha'aretz". Every letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a numeric value. Apply the numeric value of each letter of the alphabet and we come up with a value for each word.
Note: The value of these two words is 999. The value of these 3 words is also 999.
The value of these three words is 888. The value of these three words is 777.
777 ... 888 ... and 999 twice.
There is a mid-word. And three words to the left of the mid-word and three words to the right. There are seven words in the sentence. Note that each of these numbers ... 777, 888 and 999 ... is divisible by 37.
The total numeric value of all the words in Genesis 1:1 is 2,701, which can be expressed as 37 x 73. 3 7 7 3.
There are three letters in this word, and there are seven letters here and seven letters here, and three letters in this word.
This block of the middle words has eighteen letters. There is the mid-word, and then eight letters in these two words and eight letters in these two words.
Eighteen is a significant number in Jewish thought. It is the numeric value of the Hebrew word for "life" ... "chai".
There is an interesting feature of eighteen in Psalms. Psalm 118 verse 8 says "It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man." In Hebrew, "Tov lachasot be'Adonai mi b'toach ba'adam".
Note that there is a mid-word be'Adonai meaning "in the LORD" and eight letters in the words on the left and eight letters in the words on the right.
Also note, 18 (the numeric value of the Hebrew word for life) is inside 18 in the verse reference. Your life finding refuge in the LORD.
That's neat. It's hard to believe that this verse reference and the arrangement of the words, and the meaning of the verse, is a random thing.
Now let's talk about the people of Israel and the land of Israel.
There is a passage in Isaiah that is a specific promise of the establighment of the modern State of Israel.
Isaiah chapter 66 verses 7 8 and 9 say, (7) "Before she travailed, she brought forth; Before her pain came, she gave birth to a male. (8) “Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons. (9) “Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?” says the Lord. “Or shall I who gives delivery restrain?” says your God."
The Hebrew of this passage is on the screen. There are 37 words in the original Hebrew text. The mid-word is "im yi-valed" and there are eighteen words before the mid-word and eighteen words after the mid-word.
Now, let's apply the numeric value of each letter of the Hebrew alphabet and come up with a value for each word.
The value of these four words – the opening phrase of this passage in verse seven (be'terem tachil yalada be'terem") – has a total numeric value of 999. That's interesting. Do you remember that number from Genesis 1:1?
The opening words of verse eight are "mi shamah cazot" meaning "who has heard such a thing?" The numeric value of these words is 888. Do you remember that number from Genesis 1:1?
What about the opening words of verse nine? No, they don't add up to 777. However, the first word of each verse adds up to 777. "Be'terem" ... 251. "Mi shamah" ... 50 joined with 410 ... 460. And "Ha'ani" ... 66. Total 777.
Genesis 1:1 features words with the numeric values 777, 888 and 999 twice. Yes, 999 shows up a second time in this passage in Isaiah 66. This phrase: "Adonai im ani ha moled ve'atzarti". 26 plus 41 plus 61 plus 95 plus 776. Total 999 ... a second time.
The total value of all the words in this passage in Isaiah 66 is 6,768. 67 68. It is divisible by 18 and also divisible by 8.
Let's look at Genesis 1:1 in Hebrew again. There are six letters here and seven letters here. Six letters here and seven letters here. 6 ... 7
There are six letters here and eight letters here. There are six letters here and eight letters here. 68 ... 6 8
6768 as a total numeric value of the promise in Isaiah 66 that God would create the nation of Israel doesn't seem to be an accident.
Interestingly, history records that the start of the modern migration back to the land of Israel began in 1881 (in the Hebrew year 5641). Jews trickled back to what was then called Palestine, driven out of Eastern Europe by persecutions. From 1881 to 1948 was 67 years.
From 1948 to the current year is 68 years.
This is the Hebrew year 5776. 5776 can be expressed as 8 x 19 x 19 x 2.
There is a passage in Isaiah chapter 10 where God promised that one day the remnant of the people of Israel and of the house of Jacob would turn fully to the LORD, and a remnant would return. The Hebrew text of this verse has a total numeric value of 8,664 which breaks down to 8 x 19 x 19 x 3.
This year 5776 equals 8 x 19 x 19 x 2 and the numeric value of the passage in Isaiah 10, promising that the remnant will return is 8 x 19 x 19 x 3.
At this time, one out of every three Jews is back in the land of Israel. Two out of every three are still in countries like the United States, France, Britain, Canada and in many other developed nations where they live in relative peace and prosperity.
But God has said that He is going to bring all the Jews back to the land of Israel, and that He will not leave any behind.
"They will know that I am the LORD their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer." (Ezekiel 39:28)
"I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob. I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold." (Micah 2:12)
Why? Because it is in the land of Israel that God has promised salvation for the remnant of Israel. (see Hosea 1:10 and Ezekiel 20:40).
Is this the year (5776) when we see the beginning of the end of great exodus ... back to the land ... and the fulfillment of God's redemptive purposes for the Jewish people?
Psalm 102:16 ... "God will rebuild Zion and appear in His glory"
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