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Fig Tree

The Fig Tree Represents the Nation of Israel [Jer. 24 and Matt. 21:19, 23:38]

Fig Tree Israel will Come Alive

Matt. 24:32-35 "...the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh...it is near, even at the doors."

Lk. 21:29-31 "...Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see...that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise...when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."

The fig tree represents the nation of Israel coming back to life in 1948 after 2,000 years of death. Like a harbinger of summer, it precedes the kingdom of blessings. "...and all the trees" indicates many other nations will become independent at the same time.

Population of Jews in Israel 

In 1878 – Israel’s “double” of disfavor ended. Regathering of Jewish exiles began with Petach Tikvah [which has a founding sculpture in the town square with the date “1878” inscribed]. David BenGurion said Israel’s nationhood in reality began in 1878 at Petah Tikvah.

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1922
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1948
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1997 
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     24,000
     90,000
     84,000
   174,000
   450,000
   657,000
1,203,000
1,810,000
2,069,000
3,715,000
4,510,000
4,620,000
4,700,000
6,900,000

 

In 2005 Israel had 6.9 million residents. 8.5 times more than in 1948. An amazing increase over 189 times that of 1880!

76% are Jews and 20% are Arabs. 26,000 new immigrants arrived in the past year and 149,000 babies were born.

The 2.7 million people who have immigrated to Israel in its last 50 years is a cause for celebration. The rate of aliyah (immigration) to Israel over the past nine years has averaged approximately 100,000 a year. By the year 2020, the population of Israel is expected to exceed 8,100,000, making Israel by far the most densely populated developed country in the world. Israel will be over 2.5 times more densely populated than Japan and the Netherlands.

In 1990 a total of 185,227 Jews left the Soviet Union for Israel. The first direct flight between the Soviet Union and Israel took place January 1, 1990. In 1991, an additional 147,839 Soviet Jews arrived, making a total in two years of more than 5% of the Israeli population.

Israel is the 100th smallest country with less than 1/1000th of the world's population.

                                      The Land                                                   

Not only was the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948 after 2,000 years of dispersion a miracle, not only was the regathering of the Jews "from the north [Russia], and from all the lands" [Jer. 16:15] a miracle, but the literal land of Israel began to blossom from a wilderness to a paradise. Long awaited scriptural prophecies began their fulfillment.

  • Since the establishment of the state in 1948, agricultural output has increased over 12 times. In the first years following independence, agriculture barely provided food for its 700 000 inhabitants, while today it supplies the food needs of 5.5 million citizens and exports 30% of its produce to world markets. Then, one farmer provided food for barely 17 people - today he produces for over 100.

  • Based on know-how developed in Israel, it is possible to irrigate and cultivate the desert and harsh soils. About 40% of the farming land is desert and sand dunes and 12% is rocky soil from which the stones were removed and prepared for cultivation

  • During the last decade, productivity has grown by about 6% - 10% annually, while the percentage of those engaged in agriculture out of the total work force dropped from 25% in the early years to only 3% today.

  • Israel attained unique achievements in the utilization of its water resources. One unit of agricultural produce requires today only about 40% of the amount of water needed in the past to produce the same unit.

  • Israel is working on establishing model farms for advanced agricultural technologies in China, India, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Uzbekistan as well as a supporting system for developing family farms in many other countries.

  • Israel conducts unique workshops on agricultural subjects with the participation of senior professionals from 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Oceania and South and Central America.

  • Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.

  • In response to serious water shortages, Israeli engineers and agriculturalists developed a revolutionary drip irrigation system to minimize the amount of water used to grow crops. 

  • 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. 

  • A team of Israeli and US researchers has designed a watermelon-picking robot endowed with artificial vision to do the job of harvesting. 

  • An Israeli company has developed sensors that pick up signs of stress in plants.

  • An Israeli company - Evogene - is developing cotton plants that are resistant to adverse salinity conditions and drought.

Flowers: 

"The wilderness and the solitary place will be glad for them, and the desert will blossom as a rose" (Isa. 35:1).

  • 5-19-2005 Israel is the leading exporter of flowers to Europe.

  • This year, 1.5 billion flowers were shipped to Europe, some 30% of the entire stock of flower imports to the continent. Most of these flowers are grown in Israel's southern Negev Desert.

  • Over 50 million Israeli flowers were sent to Europe for sale on Valentine's Day.

Animals:

  • Israel has the largest raptor migration in the world, with hundreds of thousands of African birds of prey crossing as they fan out into Asia.

  • Some 500 million birds representing 300 species migrate across Israel's skies twice a year in the autumn and spring along the Great Valley Rift.

  • A successful pilot project devised by world-renowned Israeli ornithologist Yossi Leshem could solve the rat problem in Tel Aviv by moving families of barn owls - the rodents' natural predators - into the city. The solution is also being touted for large American cities. - 05/15/05

Who brought the Jews back to the land of Israel?

God, with his whole heart and soul, planted them in the land.

Jer. 32:37, 41 "Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them...I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely...I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul."

How did the Jews get the land? They bought it! At exorbitant prices from absentee Moslem landowners.

Jer. 32:43,44 "And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say, It is desolate without man or beast...Men shall buy fields for money...for I will cause their captivity to return..."

How did the wilderness become a paradise? The Lord brought rain to a dry and barren desert.

Joel 2:21-24 "Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things...For the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then...and rejoice...for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain...And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil."

Will this land ever be given to another? Never again. Never again.

Amos 9:14,15 "...I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and...plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; and they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God."

Israel’s Jubilee

May 14, 1998 marked Israel’s Jubilee – 50 years of miracles! From birth in 1948 to the present, Israel’s enemies have desired her destruction. Whether outnumbered 100 to 1 in wars with her neighbors, or infiltrated by hostile terrorists within as in the communities of Gaza, Samaria and Judea, the arm of the Lord has been fighting miraculously for Israel as in the days of old.

Isa. 41:12,13 "...they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee."

Isa. 52:9,10 "Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God."

Israel’s Economical

  • Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the US.

  • 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. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.

Israel’s Educational

  • Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

  • 24%  of Israel's workforce holds university degrees - ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland - and 12% hold advanced degrees.

  • Israel has the world's second highest per capita of new books.

  • Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.

Israel’s Industrial

  • 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 US (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).

Israel’s Medical

  • An Israeli company unveiled a blood test that diagnoses heart attacks via the telephone.

  • Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.

  • 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.

  • Over 65,000 patients worldwide have swallowed the first ingestible video camera, the M2A capsule, the incredible 'camera in a capsule' developed by Israel's Given Imaging. Used to the 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 congestive heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors

  • The Israeli-developed Ex-Press shunt is providing relief for glaucoma sufferers.

  • An Israeli research team has found that the combination of electrical stimulation
    and chemotherapy makes cancerous metastases disappear

  • 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 surroundings skin or tissue.

  • Israeli researchers are playing an important role in identifying a defective gene that causes a rare and usually fatal disease in Arab infants.

  • An Israeli company has been given a U.S. grant to develop an anti-smallpox first aid treatment kit.

  • Israeli microbiologists have developed the first passive vaccine against the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

  • Israeli researchers are using video games to investigate future treatments for memory disorders such as Alzheimer's disease

  • Israeli medical researchers have shown that lycopene - the red pigment found in tomatoes - lowers blood pressure

  • Israeli stem-cell technology is being used in the U.S. to regenerate heart tissue.

  • An Israeli company has developed a device that could enable millions of American diabetics to painlessly inject themselves with insulin.

  • An Israeli medical delegation from the 'Save a Child's Heart' project recently spent two weeks in China performing open heart surgery on children.

  • Scientists in Israel have used strands of DNA to create tiny transistors that can literally build themselves.

  • An Israeli company has developed a new device for monitoring coronary disease that will be integrated into future generation of cell phones.

  • Israeli researchers have developed a 'bone glue' that respectively stimulate speedy bone and cartilage repair, and enable faster and improved healing of injuries. It will reduce the need for bone transplants and heal bone defects caused by cancer

  • Israeli researchers are successfully using magnets to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Israeli scientists have created a DNA nano-computer that not only detects cancer, but also releases drugs to treat the disease.

  • An Israeli company has developed the world's first jellyfish repellent

  • A newly developed Israeli cooking oil is capable of breaking up blood fats such as cholesterol

  • Israeli scientists have alleviated Parkinson's-like symptoms in rats.

  • Israeli scientists are developing a nose drop that will provide a five-year flu vaccine.

  • Israeli scientists have discovered how to turn mismatched cells into cancer fighters.

  • An Israeli-developed device can painlessly administer medications through microscopic pores in the skin.

  • Israeli researchers have shown that a daily dosage of Vitamin E is effective in helping to regain hearing loss.

  • Israeli researchers have created a 'biological pacemaker' which corrects faulty heart rhythms when injected into the failing hearts of pigs.

  • Two Israelis have won the 2004 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their groundbreaking work in cancer research

  • An Israeli-developed elderberry extract is one of America's best-selling flu prevention medicines.

  • An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of MS

  • Israeli scientists have discovered the cause of chronic bad breath and a painless solution

  • Israeli research has found that citrus oils may hold the key for asthma treatment

  • An Israeli study has shown that anger may trigger strokes

  • The Israeli desert has become a fertile ground for innovative aquaculture industries that are benefiting health-conscious consumers. Red alga is grown for its disease-fighting compounds, increasingly used as dietary supplements, and in cosmetics to protect against UV radiation

  • Israeli research provides insight into formation of lasting memory - 05/04/05

  • Isolation system protects against biological contaminants - 05/01/05

  • Israeli research awarded for prostate cancer research - 04/10/05

  • Israeli innovation replaces joints the digital way - 04/03/05

  • Israeli therapy uses adult stem cells to treat Parkinson’s Disease - 03/27/05

  • Israeli researcher identifies three genes that lead to longevity - 03/15/05

  • Israeli researchers generate cancer-killing molecules - 02/13/05

  • Israeli dental robot makes implants less painful, less expensive - 04/17/05

  • Israeli software leads the way in speech recognition technology - 04/03/05

  • Israel’s seeing-eye endotrachael tube - 03/06/05

Israel’s Social

  • In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews at risk in Ethiopia to safety in Israel. 

  • Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship - and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world. 

  • Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity.

  • Israel has helped farmers in Niger develop a horticultural production system called the African Market Garden (AMG).

  • Israel sends medical teams and supplies to the Far East to aid victims of earthquakes.

  • 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.

Israel’s High Tech

  • Israeli research shows that we can find out more about what is buried beneath the earth's surface by launching a satellite into the sky.

  • Israel has designed the first flight system to protect passenger and freighter aircraft against missile attack.

  • Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people - as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

  • On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech start-ups.

  • With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley). 

  • Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita. 

  • 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. Israel places first in this category as well.

  • The cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel. 

  • Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel. 

  • The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel. 

  • Voice mail technology was developed in Israel. 

  • Technology for AOL Instant Messenger was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis. 

  • The first PC anti-virus software was developed in Israel in 1979.

  • An Israel company called Lenslet has developed a revolutionary electro-optic processor which operates one thousand times faster than any known Digital Signal Processor.

  • An Israeli company is providing the technology behind an American all-electric bus for urban use.

  • An Israeli-developed alogrithm enabled NASA to transmit images from Mars.

  • Research by three scientists from the Haifa Technion made the transmission of video pictures Video transmissions from Mars by the NASA explorer "Spirit" have been made possible thanks to a unique algorithm developed by Technion graduates. 

  • Israeli researchers have developed an engineless, nano-RPV (remote piloted vehicle).

  •  Israel engineers are behind the development of the largest communications router in the world, launched by Cisco.

  • Israeli technology is behind the successful testing of in-flight cell phone use. 

  • Israeli bio-molecular computer can operate a billion programs - 03/22/05

 

Click below for more information on:

  "The Israeli-Arab Peace Process and Bible Prophecy."
  "The Time to Favor Zion Is Come."
   "Israel -- A Nation of Miracles."
  "The Restoration of Israel."

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