History & the Hand of God
Over three centuries ago Blaise Pascal, the great French mathematician, writer, and Christian philosopher was asked by King Louis XIV of France to provide evidence for God. His answer?
“Why the Jews, Your Majesty, the Jews!”
Today, 300 years later, not only do the Jewish people still exist but they once again have a flourishing national presence in the land which YHWH promised to their fathers as recorded in the pages of the Bible.
To explain just how profoundly important these events are to our generation, authors Gary Frazier and Jim Fletcher take you on a Biblical adventure that explores one of the greatest Biblical miracles of our day. That is, The Miracle of Israel.
Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Isaiah 66:8
You see The Miracle of Israel is important, because it shows YHWH, the living God of the Bible, at work in human history. As Mr. Frazier succinctly puts it:
“The Creator God had a plan from the very beginning, and if we look for His hand in world history, both past and present, we can be certain of His hand in the future.”
If you ever had doubts about the hand of God in history then I’d encourage you to read, The Miracle of Israel: The Shocking, Untold Story of God’s Love For His People. This book will strengthen your faith in the Bible’s prophetic record, but just as importantly it will educate you as to the importance of YHWH’s people in His redemptive plan for mankind.
The Miracle of Israel is divided into 10 thrilling and easy to read chapters:
• Chapter 1 takes you back to eternal covenantal promise made to Abraham and his seed.
Chapters 2-4 takes you up to the time of Yeshua, that promised “seed” through which all nations of the earth are blessed.
• Chapters 5-7 takes you to the present and the significance of Israel to our generation.
• The final chapters of this book explain “God’s Endgame, The Millennial Kingdom and Glory”.
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There is one minor point that I would like to take respectful issue. To me, it in no way takes away from the wonderful message of the book but for accuracy’s sake I think it should be mentioned.
In Appendix VI the authors explain The Time of Israel’s Judgement as it relates to the “terminal generation”. In this appendix the authors make the following statement:
“The Jews used a lunar calendar of 30 days per month or 360 days per year.”
This statement is incorrect. The Biblical calendar which the Jewish people have kept since the Exodus is lunar/solar and based upon a 365.24 day year and a 29.53 day lunar cycle. At the Exodus YHWH fixed the lunar cycle relative to the solar year by beginning the Biblical calendar in the month of Abib. This de facto intercalation synchronized the two cycles so that Biblical months would not wander through the seasons like the lunar calendar of Islam today.
Here are two reasonable ways to prove that the Biblical calendar is lunar/solar.
• Yeshua fulfilled the Biblical feast days of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits according to a calendar which was based upon this Biblically mandated lunar/solar reckoning of time. All we have to do is wind back YHWH’ heavenly Rolex and it is evident that Yeshua came “in the fullness of time”. Time based upon a 365.24 day year and a 29.53 day lunar month.
• Ezekiel 1-4 provides evidence for a 13th or intercalated month. It is those very 430 days Ezekiel was commanded to lie on his side that provides another proof the 2nd temple era kept a calendar which was based upon a 365.24 day year and 29.53 day lunar month.
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In summary, my disagreements regarding the authors’ reckoning of Biblical time notwithstanding, I found The Miracle of Israel to be a wonderful testimony to YHWH’s hand in history. The book strengthened my faith and really did a wonderful job of showing just how important the Jewish people and the nation of Israel are in YHHW’s redemptive plan for mankind, in the past, present, and future.
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Author: Gary Frazier & Jim Fletcher
Book Title: The Miracle of Israel: The Shocking, Untold Story of God’s Love fore His People
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Book Reviewed by: William Struse