Truth That Matters

"What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" - Jesus Christ

Prophecy # 1: I will make of you a great nation

Israel is indeed a great nation. Jews have distinguished themselves in so many fields that Wikipedia has made (very long) Lists of influential Jews. Some of Israel's achievements are as follows:

At least 176 Jews and persons of half-Jewish ancestry have been awarded the Nobel Prize, accounting for 23% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2007, and constituting 37% of all US recipients during the same period. (Jews currently make up approximately 0.25% of the world's population and 2% of the US population.) In the scientific research fields of Chemistry, Economics, Medicine, and Physics, the corresponding world and US percentages are 27% and 40%, respectively. 

  • Chemistry (29 prize winners, 19% of world total, 28% of US total)
  • Economics (25 prize winners, 41% of world total, 55% of US total)
  • Literature (13 prize winners, 13% of world total, 27% of US total)
  • Peace (9 prize winners, 9% of world total, 10% of US total)
  • Physics (47 prize winners, 26% of world total, 38% of US total) 
  • Physiology or Medicine (53 prize winners, 28% of world total, 41% of US total)

[Look up the source.] Also see: Names of Jewish Nobel Prize winners. Here's more: 

  • Israel produces more scientific papers per capita (109/10000) than any other nation in the world 
  • Israel has the world's second highest output of books per person
  • Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to population in the world. Twenty-four per cent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees, ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland; 12 per cent hold advanced degrees.
  • Israeli universities such as Hebrew University, Israel Institute of Technology and the Weizmann Institute are centers of excellence unparalleled in the Middle East.
  • Israel is one of the first countries worldwide to have 100 percent digitization of its telephone network, which enables the provision of a range of state-of-the art services for subscribers. In addition, Israel has one of the world's highest cellular phone penetration rates.
  • Israel has the highest number of solar power water heaters per capita
  • Israel is the nation allocating the highest percentage of GDP to research and development.
  • Checkpoint, an Israeli company pioneered the development of internet and network securing technologies such as the Firewall
  • The first PC antivirus was developed in Israel in 1979
  • Israel has the largest number of biotech startups in the world per capita
  • Israel has the third largest number of companies traded on Wall Street after the US and Canada
  • Israel has the largest concentration of hi tech industries relative to population
  • The world's first cell phone was developed at Motorola's Research center at Haifa by Israeli researchers
  • Israel is one of 8 countries capable of launching space ships
  • The Intel Centrino speed processor was developed in Israel
  • American giants such as GM, Ford, Boeing and Lockheed Martin manage their manufacturing with software developed by Israeli company Technomatix
  • BabySense is an Israeli product preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Every 10 seconds, someone buys a disconkey (pen drive) designed by M-Systems, Israel
  • The Israeli companies Amdocs, Comverse and Nice Systems pioneered Voicemail, SMS and other services.
  • Israeli company NICE Systems provides software/hardware for call centers
  • Israel has the highest PC usage percentage per capita
  • Windows XP was developed by Microsoft-Israel
  • Israel is 2nd place in patent applications to Europe
  • Isreali pharmaceutical giant TEVA is the world's largest maker of antibiotics, accounting for 1 in 15 prescriptions in the US
  • More than 85% of solid waste is treated in an environmentally sound manner in Israel
  • The ICQ Technology used for AOL Instant messenger was developed by four Israelis
  • The Ex libris library software used by libraries all over the world was developed by Israelis
  • Israel has more museums per capita than any country
  • The Kinect system allows users to play computer games without having to hold a controller. The characters are controlled by body movements. Kinect was developed by Microsoft and Israeli company PrimeSense, and Microsoft thinks it will be a key thing in the future of computing.

The following was compiled by Prof. D. Koller, the Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

  • Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.
  • According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry's most impenetrable flight security. U. S. officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats. Forbes called Israel the "go-get-it place for anti-terrorism expertise"
  • Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined. Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. This is despite the facts that (1) Israel has no petrodollars and (2) Thanks to its "peaceful Islamic" neighbors, Israel spends more per capita on protecting itself than any other country in the world
  • The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.
  • In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the U. S. (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech fields).
  • With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world -- apart from the Silicon Valley, U. S.
  • Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the U. S. 
  • Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship -- and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world.
  • Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as "conflict free".
  • Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, made more remarkable because this was achieved in an area considered mainly desert.
  • Israel's Givun Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. It is used to view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.
  • Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.
  • 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% of its work force employed in technical professions.
  • A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct -- all without damaging surrounding skin or tissue.
  • 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.

The following was compiled by the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC) in Eugene, Oregon:

  • The scientific technology employed by NASA to beam video images from its Mars land-rover back to Earth was developed by two Israelis.
  • An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U.S. hospitals, 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes
  • Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart disease. The new device is synchronized with a camera that helps doctors diagnose a heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.
  • Israelis have developed very advanced hydrology technology that allows crops to grow in the most arid conditions. Israel has shared this technology with other peoples, including the Hopi Indians.
  • The X-Hawk rotorless helicopter, the first helicopter to have the capability to move in tight spaces, is now in development in Israel.
  • The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries.  The average tree is about 18 -20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year.  Israeli trees are now yielding about 400 pounds a year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder.

Wikipedia's page on Israeli music says that many of the world's top classical musicians are Israelis or Israeli expatriates. The works of Israeli classical composers have been performed by leading orchestras worldwide. The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra has a world-famous reputation, and such famous musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchus Zukerman, and Chava Alberstein are Israeli.

Professor Haim Breitbart, a molecular biologist, has developed a way to irradiate sperm to boost fertility.

Professor Abraham Nudelman, a chemist, has developed a drug-delivery system whereby a cancer-fighting substance can be delivered to the site of disease before the drug breaks down.

Also see: 12 impossible ideas that Israelis turned into reality

The Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem has world-renowned schools of medicine, nursing and pharmacology as well as two modern hospitals and is one of the foremost medical research centers in the world. Israel offers some of the best health care in the world. Its infant death-rate is very low and life-expectancy is 79 years for women and 76 years for men. Health care for all, from infancy to old age, is guaranteed by the government.

Israel has the fourth largest air force in the world, after the United States, Russia, and China.

Conclusion: When God says He's going to do something, He does it!!

Humanitarian activity by Israelis

The mainstream media projects Israel as a cruel nation that terrorizes its helpless "peaceful" Muslim neighbors. Nothing could be further from the truth [when you read about Israeli high-handedness in dealing with "Palestinians", remember that the Palestinian charter still calls for the annihilation of Israel. When you read that Israeli Defense Forces killed civilians or children, do not forget that human shielding is a standard policy of Islamic terrorists]:

  • Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East
  • Darfur refugee children are being integrated in Israel's education system. Thanks to media bias, you may not have even heard about Darfur. If a single Muslim gets killed by Israeli security forces, the media (controlled by Arab oil money) makes a hue and cry about it. But the media has maintained a shameful silence about the massacre, mutilation and enslavement of more than one million Christians and animists by Muslim warlords in Darfur, Sudan.
  • Israeli volunteers have made risky trips Somalia to care for Muslim refugees there.
  • When other countries suffer tsunamis and earthquakes, Israeli aid is among the first to arrive [but the media never reports it]
  • Israeli doctors have conducted eye camps for poor people in African countries like Kenya.
  • Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East and has a multi-party political system.
  • The State of Israel has the only independent court system in the entire Middle East. Its Supreme Court is one of the most highly respected in the world.
  • Israel allows freedom of religious worship without threats from the government.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East to grant women equal rights, and a woman – Golda Meir – twice served as Prime Minister [want a comparison? Women are treated like domestic animals in Saudi Arabia].
  • Israel allows freedom of the press and open access by the world press.
  • Israel allows open debate of issues and dissenting public opinions.
  • Iraqi children who suffered casualties because of the American-led war there were treated at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Prophecy # 2: I will bless you and make your name great

This prophecy had a fulfillment in Abraham’s life as well as one beyond his life. At the end of his life, the Bible records:

Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and Jehovah had blessed Abraham in all things.” – Genesis 24:1

Today, all Jews honor Abraham as their ancestor. Apart from Isaac, Abraham had another son called Ishmael, who is the ancestor of many of the Arabs. Thus, even the Arabs honor Abraham as their father. Who is the ancestor of all Russians or all Indians? No one knows (and no one cares). There is no one else living in Abraham’s time (around 2000 BC) who has become as famous in the world today as Abraham.

Christians (that is, those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God) honor Abraham as a hero of faith. Amidst seemingly insurmountable circumstances, Abraham believed God, and thus is a model to emulate for Christians who want to take God at His word.

Prophecy # 3: I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.

If you look at history, you notice that there is some correlation between the welfare of various nations and how they have treated Israel. Here are some examples:

[The following has been compiled from articles at Church and Israel forum  and Christian action for IsraelAnother excellent article on Jewish history and the Jewish people is at Judaism Online.]

Those who blessed Israel and were blessed:

It is the United States that has, since its inception, most blessed the Jews and that does so almost alone today – in its support of the Jewish state against those who wish to exterminate it. The United States began its history by emphasizing the Hebrew heritage of Christianity and by favoring the Jewish people. The Hebrew language was taught and greatly emphasized in the early colleges, and many children as well as early American cities were given Hebrew names. The Pilgrims looked with favor on the restoration of Zion since it was spoken of by the ancient prophets of Israel. The new nation also opened its gates to a great influx of Jewish people from Europe. While the Jews had experienced hundreds of years of almost continuous persecution on the continent [Europe], this was not to be the case in the US. As a result, America has been blessed with Jewish genius in almost every area of life.

For instance, Americans were able to lead the world in nuclear technology because of Jewish physicists like Edward Teller and Robert Oppenheimer. Jewish-American physicians like Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin gave the world the vaccine for polio. The world's ears have been soothed with the music of American greats like George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. From Hollywood, the list of American Jews is virtually endless, including names like Jack Benny and Barbara Streisand. In all areas of American life, the Jewish people have been a continual but almost unnoticed blessing. By almost any reckoning, America has been, and remains, the most blessed of countries.

This trend is however, slowly changing. America is now bullying and arm-twisting Israel into compromising its security and giving her land to Islamic terrorists. America even funds Islamic terrorism (the Fatah faction among the palestinians) against Israel [while claiming to fight a war against terror]. And - you probably guessed right - America is on the decline today.

Recent examples from America that show what God thinks about America's change of heart towards Israel

Among the other countries who have been noticeably blessed by their attitude toward Israel is the tiny nation of Holland. When the Jews were expelled from their homelands of Spain and Portugal in the fifteenth century, many thousands were welcomed in Holland. It seems from that point on, this little nation was unusually blessed. Holland became a great colonizing influence in the new world, far out of proportion to its size. Later, the most active period of the Dutch Empire (1600-1700) just happened to coincide with the most active period of Jewish commercial enterprise in that country.

THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED CURSING:

While the examples of nations who have been blessed by favoring Israel are not numerous, there is a long list of nations who have been cursed by cursing the people of God. This list began with the  Amalekites in ancient times. We learn from the scripture that the Amalekites may have been the very first nation to persecute Israel just as the latter was emerging form Egypt. As a result, the God of the universe chose to destroy the whole nation of Amalek and to blot out their memory from under heaven (Deuteronomy 25:19). A few Amalekites were spared by Saul and as a result we probably have some around today, still spewing out their hatred for Israel with every breath.

Edom was another ancient kingdom who came under an eternal curse for their hatred of Israel. Edom was the nation founded by Esau, and initially blessed by God. This nation was located in the southern area of present day Jordan. The Edomites had such hatred for Israel that they attacked Israel on several occasions and finally assisted in the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC. Because of this act, they came under the eternal curse of God (Jeremiah 49:13). The nation of Edom has long since disappeared from the earth, never to rise again.

We can think of many other great kingdoms who made the mistake of cursing and attacking Israel. All of the four great world empires seen by the prophet Daniel made that mistake. All four, Babylonia, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome have either vanished entirely from the earth or else have virtually ceased to have influence in today's world.

But let us come to recent centuries. In 1492, Spain and Portugal were two of the mightiest sea powers of that day. Their mariners were sailing unexplored waters the world over. It is a relatively unknown fact that many of their expert cartographers were Jewish. A number of historians believe that Christopher Columbus himself was of Jewish origin. It is a fact that five of his crew, as well as his interpreter were Jewish. In this era of exploration, discovery, and colonization, Spain amassed tremendous wealth and a vast colonial empire. Spanish and Portuguese colonies soon spanned the globe.

However, in 1492, the Catholic rulers of Spain expelled all the Jews who had lived and thrived there for hundreds of years. A few years later in 1496, the Jews were also expelled from Portugal. In a relatively short period of time, the vast influence of these two nations climaxed and went into a rapid and permanent decline. In 1588, the mighty Spanish Armada was destroyed by the British, and the latter took over control of the seas. After this, Spain became a second-rate power and never again played a major role in European politics. It is quite interesting that at almost the exact time of this great sea victory, there was beginning to arise a strong and favorable Zionist sentiment in Britain.

There are many other modern nations who have opposed Israel and have reaped bitter cursing. Consider Germany, Russia, and Poland for instance. These nations have been ruthless in their antisemitism. Today their nations are seemingly cursed. Their people stand in long lines for the basic necessities of life, and their political systems seem bankrupt. Despite the recent unification East and West Germany, the Berlin wall stood for 45 years as a testimony of judgment upon these lands for the atrocities of Nazism, particularly the Holocaust. Germany lost over seven million people, was divided for a generation, and while it now thrives materially, culturally Germany has become irrelevant. Ask anyone, even an intellectual, to name one living German.

The list of modern hateful and anti-Semitic nations certainly includes many Middle Eastern countries today. Consider the horrors in Lebanon for instance. This once beautiful nation attacked Israel in 1948. Later she opened her doors to the PLO when they were expelled from Jordan. Lebanon opened her doors so that fire could devour her beautiful cedars (Zechariah. 11:1). Today she and her people sit in mourning, as Islamic forces have imposed their 7th century Arabian culture on Lebanon.

And it is the Arab world that curses the Jews. It rivals Nazi Germany for the ubiquity and intensity of its Jew-hatred. Look at its state. According to Arab scholars appointed by the United Nations to report on the state of Arab society, that part of the world lags behind the rest of humanity, including in most instances sub-Saharan Africa, in virtually every social, moral and intellectual indicator. And there is no question but that its half-century long preoccupation with destroying Israel has only increased the Arab world's woes.

Consider also the example of the so-called Palestinians, who have despised Israel with an intensity unrivaled in modern times. They have therefore seemingly inherited an endless curse. Hardly have they noticed that their Druze brethren have received great blessing by living at peace and in cooperation with Israel. Druze soldiers serve in the Israeli army, and their beautiful and peaceful cities dot the northern landscapes of Israel.     

But perhaps the most obvious example of inheriting a curse in modern times is Great Britain. Up until the early twentieth century there was tremendous support for Zionism in that land and it was expressed at the highest levels of government. God honored Britain by allowing her to be the guardian of the newborn child Israel. Britain was in an excellent position to do this since she had greatly assisted in the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, and was left to carve up Palestine virtually as she wished. Interestingly, World War I had been turned to England's favor with the discovery of a synthetic acetone for making explosives. That discovery was made by Chaim Weizmann, a Jew who ultimately became the first president of Israel. At the end of that war Britain was one of the mightiest powers on earth with colonies stretching the world over. The image shows a ship filled with Jewish holocaust escapees being denied entry into Israel by the British. 

In spite of her noble beginnings, Britain failed miserably. Although she was charged by the League of Nations in 1920 to establish a state for newly emerging Israel, one of her first acts was to take 75% of the territory allotted to Israel and establish the Palestinian Emirate of Transjordan (today's Jordan). Britain then proceeded to hinder all Jewish settlement in the land of Israel, while at the same time encouraging Arab settlement there from all the surrounding nations. This was precisely at the time when Jews were needing to flee from the coming Holocaust.

The British then almost single-handedly, and for their own selfish political purposes, began to create the myth of Palestinian nationalism. It is a long and complicated story filled with many intrigues. Finally, in 1948, the British were forced to turn the now sticky problem of the Jewish homeland back over to the United Nations. Britain was then forced to withdraw her once proud forces from Palestine in shame.

During this same period while Great Britain was abusing the sacred trust given her by God, she found herself fighting for her very life against Germany. Her capital city was bombed nightly by the Germans. Although Britain survived, she soon afterward lost her many colonies. The empire on which the sun never set was reduced to a fraction of its former glory. Great Britain learned like other nations before her the high price of seeking to curse those whom God has blessed.

Conclusion: God means business. What about you, dear reader?

Prophecy # 4: You shall be a blessing; through you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed

The following are some ways in which Abraham has been a blessing to all nations of the world:

God chose Abraham, and through him, the nation of Israel. They were to be His special people, a model of how God wanted people to live. The other purpose that God had for Israel was that through them, God would give the world two absolutely important things:

  1. Abraham's descendants, the Jews, wrote the Bible. Even if you don't have a high opinion of the Bible, you cannot deny that it is the most cherished book in the world, and that it has been the single greatest influence for good in the world. The Jews also deserve credit for preserving the Bible, especially the Old Testament.
  2. The Messiah – Jesus was born to a Jewish mother, a descendant of Abraham. Millions have been transformed for the better as a result of their deciding to follow Jesus.
  3. Most of the Israeli achievements mentioned above as fulfillment of Prophecy # 1 have greatly benefited the world.