“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.’ ” Ezekiel 36:35.
God promised Israel that with the re-establishment of the nation, the desert land would bloom again. No longer would the desert be without vegetation, but would become a fertile place. “Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water; In the habitation of jackals, where each lay, There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.” Isaiah 35:6-7.
Water is a precious commodity in Israel, much of which is desert. However, according to the book “The Basics of Bible Prophecy” by Darryl Nunnelley and David Reagan, we are seeing this prophesy of a blooming desert beginning to be fulfilled today. Israel is once again becoming a land of milk and honey. Over 200 million trees were planted during the 20th Century. Rainfall during the century increased by 450 percent. The former malaria infested swamps have been converted into cultivated land. Water from the Sea of Galilee has been channeled to the deserts, causing them to bloom. This prophecy may only be fulfilled in full during the Millennium when these changes will culminate in the creation of the “Highway of Holiness” that will lead the redeemed to the throne of Messiah in Jerusalem (Isaiah 35:8-10). However, we can see the fulfillment beginning today.
It is exciting to see God’s promises being fulfilled to Israel. God’s promises are certain sure and we can see evidence of that in Israel today.