“Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” – Isaiah 60:3
From the western viewpoint, Isaiah 60 is often referred to as “the church” and that the world will come to the light that we have within us. While that may be partially true, this is a classic replacement theology view. Isaiah 60 was written to Israel. If we read the rest of chapter 60, it tells how the nations will minister to Israel and help her return to her land. It is happening today.
The end of chapter 60 says this: “The smallest one will become a clan, and the least one a mighty nation. I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time.” (Isa 60:22) This tiny, persecuted people have become a mighty nation, and it seems the Lord has “hastened” it in our day. As verse 2 says, a deep darkness is coming upon the earth, yet the Lord’s glory is beginning to appear upon Israel — even if they do not yet recognize it. The people of Israel are standing out among the nations.
In Israel’s first 60 years it has accomplished what some nations have not achieved in centuries. Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world’s population, can make claim to the following:
PEOPLE AND LEADERS
· Twenty-four percent of Israel’s workforce hold university degrees — ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland — and 12 percent hold advanced degrees.
· Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25 percent of its workforce employed in technical professions, Israel places first in this category as well.
· When Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the world’s second elected female leader in modern times.
· Prof. Robert Aumann is the fourth Israeli in the last four years to win a Nobel Prize.
· When the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed in 1998, Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day – and saved three victims from the rubble.
· In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews at risk in Ethiopia to safety in Israel.
· An Israeli company — Patus Ltd. — has donated thousands of its OdorScreen olfactory gel product to counter the crippling odors faced by on-scene Tsunami disaster workers.
· Between 150 to 200 multinational clinical trials are regularly taking place in Israel.
· Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly Process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as “conflict free.”
· An Israeli company is providing the technology behind an American all-electric bus for urban use.
· An Israeli company has developed a nano-lubricant that one day could mean the end of changing your car oil.
· An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California’s Mojave desert.
Excerpt from “The Christian’s Biblical Guide to Understanding Israel.” Available at www.ezraadventures.com