I am fascinated by the ancient prophets and their faithfulness to record God’s Word, despite overwhelming “lack of evidence” at the time! For example, think of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and other prophets who foretold the return of the Jewish people to their homeland. Little did they know their countrymen would be scattered around the world and the Hebrew language all but extinct before God would fulfill those prophecies 2,500 years later! Yet their faith in the One revealing these things was solid, and they were faithful to record what was revealed to them.
One of those prophets was Habakkuk. Crying out to the Lord on behalf of Judah, Habakkuk said, “How long, Oh Lord, will I call for help, and You will not hear? I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ Yet you do not save.” (Habakkuk 1:2) Clearly, the prophet was in angst for his people.
Yet, God responded, “Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days – You would not believe if you were told.” (Habakkuk 1:5)
God is always “up to something” when it comes to His chosen land and His chosen people! The prophets saw desolation and distress. Yet God saw miracles He would enact on their behalf. Yes, He allowed the Babylonian captivity, and even the scattering of Jews following the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Those were events the prophets foretold, and were results of disobedience. It was a faithful Father disciplining His children. But observe and be astonished, for God promised to bring His children home…and that is happening in our lifetime!
Take a nice, slow read through Habakkuk 3:17-18:
Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The vision imparted to Habakkuk was total desolation of the Judean countryside, and that is exactly what history tells us occurred. Yet, in Israel today, we see:
- Fig trees in blossom – In Scripture, fig trees are symbolic of the nation of Israel.
- Fruit on the vines – In ancient times, Israel was the wine capital of the Roman-ruled world, and is today regaining that reputation.
- Olive trees producing – In Scripture, the olive tree is the spiritual symbol of Israel. Though the Romans tried to destroy all olive trees, they could not! Nothing destroys the spiritual connection to God!
- Fields producing in what was once barren desert.
- Flocks and cattle flourishing – Israeli cattle produce more milk than any other cows in the world!
Habakkuk may not have seen the fulfillment of the prophecies He recorded, yet He exulted in the Lord and rejoiced in the God of salvation! (Habakkuk 3:18) He was filled with faith that God would fulfill His Word, even when there was no obvious evidence in his day!
To visit Israel and see all the Lord has done will solidify in your own heart and mind just how faithful our Mighty God is! Come EXPERIENCE ISRAEL with us when we visit the land November 13-24!