The nation of Israel is celebrating its 70th birthday on April 18th, 19th, and 20th in 2018. Even though it is called Israel’s birthday, it is actually celebrating the day of their rebirth as a nation.
Israel’s Birthday Celebration Time
Jews all over the world, including those in the land of Israel, are celebrating their 70th year of being back, as a nation, in the Promised Land of Israel. Jews recognize the rebirth day of Israel as Independence Day. The Hebrew name for Independence Day is: יום העצמאות Yom Ha’atzmaut.
Gentiles all around the world recognize May 14th, 1948 as the date that Israel became a nation, once again. The Gregorian calendar is used by Gentile nations, such as the United States, to determine the date of Israel’s rebirth. The Hebrew date lyar 5 corresponded with Gregorian calendar of May 14 in 1948. Because the number of days is different on the Hebrew calendar, the celebration of Independence Day for Israel comes in April on the Gregorian calendar in 2018. Of course, because many people follow the Gregorian calendar, they will celebrate Israel’s 70th year of independence on May 14th, 2018.
In order to avoid a conflict with Sabbath observance laws, Israel’s Independence Day is sometimes moved a few days back. The day before Independence Day, Yom Hazikaron is observed in Israel. In English, this day is known as Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day. In 2018, Israel’s Memorial Day falls on Hebrew calendar date lyar 3, corresponding to April 18 of the Gregorian calendar. Independence Day for Israel was moved to the date of lyar 4 this year to avoid conflict with the Sabbath that begins on Friday evening of the Gregorian calendar.
Prophecy of Israel’s Rebirth
Prophecy about the rebirth of Israel was written in the Bible around 2,700 years ago. Starting in 70 AD, the Jews of Israel were scattered all over the world. This dispersion of Israel began when Rome conquered Israel in 70 AD. They ceased being a Jewish nation in the Promised Land of Israel. After around 2,000 years, God allowed them to become a nation once again, as promised in prophecy. No other nation has ever achieved a miracle of becoming a nation again, like Israel did. In the news media, many reporters on May 14th 1948 said that Israel became a nation in a day. This is a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy about the birth of Israel.
Isaiah 66:8-10 “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. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:”
Independence Day Celebration of Israel
Every Gentile Christian should rejoice with Israel on their Independence Day celebration. Christian Gentiles owe a great debt to the Jews. According to the flesh, Jesus the Saviour of the world is Jewish. The gospel message written by Jews was brought to those who are now Gentile Christians. Rejoice! Rejoice for Israel!
Many happy events normally happen on Independence Day in Israel:
*** The President of Israel honors 120 Israel Defence Force soldiers for excellence.
*** There is an international Bible contest in Jerusalem.
*** A prize ceremony takes place in Jerusalem.
*** Israel Defense Forces opens some military bases to the public.
*** There will be an Israeli song festival.
Traditionally, Jewish families celebrate Independence Day with picnics and barbecues. Beautiful flags of Israel are displayed all over Israel. Television channels in Israel air official events live. Classic movies and skits pertaining to Israel are shown at this joyous time of celebration.
Because 2018 marks the 70th year of Israel’s rebirth as a nation, 70 hours of Independence Day celebration will take place this year. There will be parties and parades.
An annual ceremony at Mount Herzl on Wednesday, April 18th will unveil an official song to celebrate Israel’s 70th year. Just like the United States celebrates their Independence on July 4th, Israel’s sky will be filled with bursting, bright, beautiful fireworks.
On Thursday, April 19th, a decorative light parade will honor Israel’s innovations. Israel has given much to the world since it became a nation again in 1948. Among other things, the annual International Bible Quiz will take place on April 19th.
Friday, April 20th, Israel will erupt with parties throughout the land. This will be a reminder of what happened after David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence on May 14th, 1948. This will be followed by a public Sabbath service.
Happy Birthday Israel!
Israel was truly reborn on May 14th, 1948, seventy years ago. Our hope and prayer is that each and every Jewish person around the world will be born again. Jesus, the Messiah, came to be your Saviour. Repent of your sins and believe on Jesus as your Saviour today.
Remember, keeping the law of God cannot save anyone from the penalty of their sins in Hell! Jesus fulfilled all of the law for us. God the Father will accept us into His Heavenly Kingdom based only on the accomplished work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. Jesus is the only acceptable sacrificial Lamb for the sins of mankind, Isaiah 53.
Call on Jesus in prayer to save you before it is too late. If you put your trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, the Holy Spirit will cause you to be born again spiritually.
May God bless the Jewish people throughout the world! Israel was reborn as a nation on the day of May 14th, 1948. Happy Birthday Israel!
HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * Seventieth Birthday of Israel! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2018 hopeofisrael.net
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