The following scriptural references indicate that Israel’s wealth and prosperity will continue to grow until they are snatched from their grasp by the rapacious hordes of Gog:

Ezek 38:12-13: “To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”

The word “gotten” in the Hebrew is asah which means “to fashion, to make, to produce”. This suggests a manufacturing-based economy, particularly in agriculture and material goods. Furthermore, the accumulation of this wealth is described as “a great spoil” by her allies, indicating that the nation’s prosperity will continue right up to the time of Armageddon.

It is interesting, too, that one of the key targets of Gog’s assault relates to “the desolate places that are now inhabited”. The word is in the plural, indicating that Gog will focus her invasion, not just on Jerusalem but on many parts of the land that were once desolate.

Joel 3:5 accuses the enemy thus: “ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things”. The accumulation of the nation’s wealth is styled God’s silver and gold, pointing to God as the primary source of all their prosperity. Israel believes that their success has been through their own ingenuity and resourcefulness. Not so. God is behind it all and He lays claim to their wealth.

Dan 11:43: “But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt”. The Hebrew word translated “treasures” is only found in this one place and means “hidden stores, hidden treasure”. This suggests that it is a unique form of wealth, which is peculiar to the last days because it is hidden and unseen to the natural eye.

Amazing fulfilments

With these Scriptures in mind, we find that the predictions outlined by the prophets are being accurately fulfilled before our very eyes. Take for example Israel’s manufacturing sector. Here is a quote from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “Today Israeli industry concentrates mostly on manufacturing products with high added value, by developing products based on Israel’s own scientific creativity and technological innovation…with more than 25% of the industrial workforce employed in hi-tech manufacturing”.

And then there is the hidden wealth in Israel, which can be found under the ocean and in cyberspace—completely concealed from the natural eye. Israel’s natural gas and oil revenues totalled 1.09 billion new shekels (about 330 million US dollars) in 2020, according to an annual report issued recently by the country’s Ministry of Energy.

This is a record high figure and an increase of 29.4% compared to oil and natural gas revenues of 255 million dollars in 2019. The report includes royalty revenue from natural gas, oil and minerals, as well as fees, which all together amounted to about 335 million dollars in 2020.

Hand in hand with this undersea wealth is the prosperity generated via the invisible world of electronics. Take for example, Healthcare technology. Israel is home to roughly 1500 companies operating in the healthcare and life sciences sectors and there is little doubt that Israel is a global powerhouse when it comes to medical innovation. It is second only to the USA in the number of companies researching and developing medical technology, with more than 100 new companies on average being founded in this space every year.

The Israel Innovation Authority has recently released its 2021 report. They report that Israeli high-tech entered the 2020 pandemic year in a strong position: “It withstood the shockwaves of the crisis—and in many ways, flourished more than ever”. Furthermore, high-tech employees have made a significant contribution to rehabilitating an economy recovering from the economic, social, and health crises of 2020, generating new sources of income to reduce the budget deficit, the report notes.

The report also found that the total amount of capital raised by Israeli start-ups quadrupled within a decade to as much as $11.5 billion in 2020, while the number of investments exceeding $100 million has increased almost sevenfold in the last five years. In the first quarter of 2021 alone, there were 20 investments of over $100 million.

“The value of high-tech exports is growing steadily, reaching almost $50 billion in 2020—more than 40% of total exports,” the report states.

Agritech innovation

Israel is not a natural nor sensible place for agriculture. Two thirds of the land is semi-arid or arid and much of the soil is of poor quality. There is a shortage of natural water resources, a scarcity of precipitation and Israel is far from key export markets. Most early immigrants tasked with developing the land had no prior farming experience and on arrival faced a desertified, barren and swampy landscape. Despite such overwhelming challenges, in its short history, Israel has not only managed to create a remarkable agricultural transformation, securing national food security and establishing thriving export industries, but has also emerged as a global leader in agriculture and water management.

Among the 50 top Agritech companies in the world, 10 of them are Israeli. They are among the leaders in the fields of Smart Farming, Crop Protection, Machinery and Robotics, Irrigation and Water Management, Biotech advances and Aquaculture.

Israel records the highest productivity of cow milk in the world at 13,000 litres per cow compared to 10,000 litres in North America and 6000 litres in Europe. It produces 262 tonnes of citrus fruit per hectare, compared to 243 tonnes in North America and 211 tonnes in Europe.

Israel’s tomato yield is 300 tonnes per hectare, compared to an average of 50 tonnes per hectare worldwide. And it is a world leader in the production of fruit such as pomegranates, nectarines, plums, dates, strawberries and avocados. The country also leads in post-harvest handling: it records 0.5% of grain storage loss, compared to 20% worldwide.

Desolate places now inhabited

One of the unique features of Israel’s early transformation was the establishment of kibbutzim throughout the land. They were communal societies based on socialist principles and were in the forefront of taming and renovating the land. As the kibbutz movement marks its centenary, it seems little resemblance to the ideals which once motivated it remain. Only a quarter of kibbutzim still function as equalised cooperatives, while the rest have privatised and are leading the way in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Kibbutz Hatzerim (8kms west of Beersheba in the Negev) is the home of Netafim—a world-wide water management company. Kibbutz Sasa in northern Galilee (once swamp land) is the home of Plasan—a world-wide manufacturer of light weight tactical armour used to protect vehicles, aircraft and people. Tel-Aviv, once a place of sand-dunes, is the centre of booming high-tech industries revolving around defence, cyber-security, finance, health and medicine. Their combined revenue totals millions of dollars in exports.

And all these industries will become a target for Gog and his allies at Armageddon.

Vilified

Despite all these advances, though; despite the fact that many countries are lining up to do business in Israel; despite the incessant growth of new start-ups, we see increasing signs of virulent antisemitism breaking out across the world.

This quote from the Australia/Israel Review dated August, 2021, summarises the situation the nation faces:

“Like the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the globe for the past 18 months, antisemitism has been experiencing a resurgence in virtually every part of the world.

Organisations that monitor antisemitic incidents in many countries, including Australia, have found a steady and sometimes dramatic rise in assaults, harassment, intimidation and bullying over recent years—reaching a dramatic crescendo during and in the aftermath of the conflict launched by Gaza’s Hamas rulers against Israel in May, 2021.

In both the US and Britain over recent months, monitoring bodies have recorded the highest levels of antisemitic incidents ever experienced.

Social media is clearly a key part of this explosion of hate.

A European Commission study showed a seven-fold increase in antisemitic content on Twitter, Facebook and Telegram in French, and a more than 13-fold increase in antisemitic content in German between the beginning of 2020 and early 2021.

Antisemites have apparently found social media to be the perfect medium for anti-Jewish bullying, abuse and libel, and for organising and inciting hatred on a global scale.

State sponsorship by antisemitic regimes is an important element of this ugly trend.

A recent US study revealed that Iranian regime-linked Twitter accounts began spreading messages like ‘Hitler was right’ and ‘Kill all Jews’ at a rate of 175 times per minute during the recent Israel-Hamas conflict.

Moreover, in Malaysia, government-linked organisations with hundreds of thousands of members not only flooded the internet with virulently anti-Israel and antisemitic propaganda, but made concerted efforts to hack or shut down the accounts of Jews and other supporters of Israel.”

Proverbs 14:20 states that “the poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends”. Wealth and prosperity attract many friends. But not in Israel’s case. There are many businesspeople lining up to do business with Israel—but friends are very few and far between.

Tragically, this adversity will continue right up to the time of Armageddon because we read in Jeremiah 30:14 that, at that time, “All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.”

May the day soon come when the rest of the prophecy will be fulfilled, and God will restore health to her and heal her of all her wounds (Jer 30:17).