Israel’s GDP is up 12-fold since 1948


Israel Hayom: “Israel is an international model for innovation,” says the president of the Israel Manufacturers Association of Israel, Shraga Brosh. According to new figures, in 1936, prior to independence, the number of industrial companies in Israel stood at 1,500 and employed some 28,000 people.

In 1948, there were 2,500 industrial companies. In 1952, 98,000 people were working in industry, and by 1965 that number had jumped to 223,000. In 2017, there were about 13,500 industrial companies in Israel, which employed 378,641 workers.

In 1948, Israeli industrial exports totaled $18 million. In 1980, that number had risen to $5 billion, and in 2000 industrial exports surpassed $30 billion. In 2018, they totaled more than $60 billion. more …

Opinion: Boom and Bust, obedience and disobedience – a lesson for the nations.

God applied the pattern of creation to a week of seven years. He told the children of Israel to plant and to harvest their land for six years and then let the land rest the seventh year. He called the seventh year a Sabbath. It is also called a sabbatical. The week of seven years is called a sabbatical cycle.

586 BC: Like us all, the Israelites disobeyed, planted on the 7th year, and were taken into captivity to give the land 70 years of rest. God provided the prophet Jeremiah 29:10-11 to encourage His people:

“For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Israel returned to the land and prospered until the destruction of the 2nd temple. In 66 AD the Jews of Judea rebelled against their Roman masters. In response, the Emperor Nero dispatched an army under the general Vespasian to restore order, and in 70 AD the temple was destroyed as prophesied (Matthew 24:1-2) by Jesus 40 years earlier.

The Jews were dispersed to the 4 corners of the world, beginning almost 2000 years of diaspora (scattering among the nations). In May 1948, Israel once again returned (Ezekiel 37:12-14) to the land, and in 71 years the tiny nation has grown to be the 8th most powerful country in the world.

But there will be no peace, however, and will culminate in the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). “Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.”

  • Jacob (Israel) will have a time of great persecution (Matthew 24:30)
  • It will be unparalleled (none like it) that will end when Christ appears
  • He will trample Israel’s enemy Edom (Obadiah 1:18; Isaiah 63:1-3)
  • His robe is stained red (Isaiah 63:1-3; Revelation 19:11-16)
  • All Israel is saved (Zechariah 12:10; Romans 11:26)
And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:


See ‘Two Trains’ chapter 5 for more on the return of Jesus Christ here