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November 29, 1947 is a monumental day in the history of Israel AND in Bible prophecy. On this date, the League of Nations passed Resolution 181, often called “the Partition Plan” that voted in favor of creating a Jewish and Arab state in what was then British Mandate of Palestine. The Jews said yes, the Arabs said no. For the first time in 2000 years, an ancient people were about to be reunited and establish a state with their ancestral and ancient homeland. This fact alone is unique in the scope of human history. It just so happens that this restoration of the Jewish people to their land is the most repeated promise in the Bible.

On the exact same day, even on the same hour, November 29, 1947, something else amazing was happening. In Hebrew university in Jerusalem, a Jewish archaeologist, Eleazar Sukenik was confirming the authenticity of the Dead Sea scrolls. This dramatic parallel of events was not lost on Sukenik or his son, Yigael Yadin who later wrote:

I cannot avoid the feeling that there is something symbolic in the discovery of the scrolls and their acquisition at the moment of the creation of the State of Israel. It is as if these manuscripts had been waiting in caves for two thousand years, ever since the destruction of Israel's independence, until the people of Israel had returned to their home and regained their freedom.”

It is no coincidence that on the same day that the nations were voting on the possibility of a Jewish homeland on their ancestral property, that a Jewish archaeologist at Hebrew University in Jerusalem was confirming that Jews had written the Dead Sea Scrolls thousands of years before, found on this same land. The connection of the Jewish people and the land was undeniable and the nations agreed, thus fulfilling over 140 biblical promises like Ezekiel 36:24: "For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land.” God was keeping His promises to His people.

70 years ago today, we remember the vote of the nations that led to the establishment of the nation of Israel for the first time in over 2000 years. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the nation of Israel on May 14, 1948, we present to you, “Israel Rising: Ancient Prophecy/Modern Lens”, available March 2018. Israel Rising is more than just a photo book but chronicles a unique prophecy about how God will cause the land of Israel to come alive when the Jewish people return. You will read historical eyewitness accounts of what the land looked like and experienced from almost every century in the last 2000 years from Christians, Jews and Muslims that span multiple empires. View almost 100 black and white photos from all over the land taken between 1880s-1940s that verify the writings of one of the land most famous travelers, Mark Twain then compare them to recreated photos from the exact same angle. After 2000 years of desolation, you can see for yourself the dramatic changes through our side by side photo comparisons, as it unfolds exactly as the Bible foretold. But the real question is WHY is this happening....

Subscribe to pre-order your copy of "Israel Rising: Ancient Prophecy / Modern Lens" to see the documentation of prophecy being fulfilled.


Doug Hershey is an author, conference speaker and founder of Ezra Adventures, an Israel focused travel and education company. From years of hands-on experience, cultivating unique relationships in Israel and a love for history, Doug provides a rare perspective on the connection between the Jewish Scriptures and present day Israel. When he is not in Israel, he is speaking in churches and synagogues about the prophesied restoration of Israel. For more info go to

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