The tourism industry in Israel had a record year in 2008 according to the ministry of tourism which said that 2.8 million tourists had arrived in Israel, a 35% increase in tourism over 2007. The minister of tourism said that 2008 will be Israel's all time record year for tourism and generated over 5 billion dollars to the Israeli economy and produced an additional 4000 jobs for Israelis.
Jewish and Christian pilgrims from all over the world have traveled to Israel during 2008, many of them to see the actual sites spoken of in the Bible and also to celebrate the 60th birthday year of the Jewish state.
Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News
A record breaking year for tourism in Israel is a tangible evidence that Bible prophecy has been and will be fulfilled.
When it's all said and done, 2008 will be the very best year in the history of modern-day Israel for tourism. 2008 marks a 35% increase in tourism over 2007 and indicates that Jewish and Christian pilgrims are very interested in their connection to the Biblical history that is on display in the land of Israel. A tour to Israel today is to visit Israel past, touch Israel today, and visualize Israel future.
The fact that I am talking about a record breaking year for Israeli tourism is evidence that Bible prophecy is being fulfilled.
2008 marks the 60th birthday of the Jewish state of Israel which is unique to Bible prophecy. In fact, it is a fulfillment of the prophetic words of the ancient Jewish prophet of Ezekiel. The prophet wrote that the Jewish people would be regathered from around the world in the last days (Ezekiel 37:7). The bones coming together in this passage is actually a fulfillment of prophecy as Jews around the world regather to the land of their forefathers.
When Ezekiel spoke of flesh covering these bones, (verse 8) that was speaking of a nation being restored. Ezekiel 34 reveals, 18 times, that the Lord said this would happen and it has.
A record breaking year for tourism during Israel's 60th birthday is indeed tangible evidence that Bible prophecy is and will be fulfilled.