"The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, 'This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.' Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate.
Despite its small size, Israel boasts many vibrant cities and towns. The large number of urban communities reflects both the strong national desire to settle the entire Land of Israel, and the need to house the high number of Jewish immigrants who have arrived here over the last 100 years.
This reality is, as with most everything in Israel, rooted in biblical prophecy.
On Independence Day, May 7, 2003, Israel's population stood at 6.7 million according to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics.
The Jewish population is approximately 5.4 million (counting for 38% of the world's Jews);
While Israel is universally known or thought of as the ancient land and people of the Bible, it is today a dynamic, living, breathing nation. As we take a closer look at Israel, with its modern, first-world accommodations and services, we should not forget that it remains God's specially chosen nation, and is every bit a part of the Bible as it was in the days of King David, Isaiah or Ezra.
Every event that takes place in Israel today reflects what was foretold in biblical prophecy. This prophetic fulfillment did not end with Israel's rebirth.