The Truman Legacy: The Rebirth of
“Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its buds become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know without being told that summer is near. Just so, when you see the events I’ve described beginning to happen, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.” (Matthew 24:32-35)
In His Olivet Discourse Jesus gave his disciples some signs whereby they could know when the time was at hand. He gave the sign of the fig tree, a symbol of the nation
. He said when the fig tree buds and puts forth leaves, you know summer time is nearing. Likewise when you see all these things begin to come to pass, know that it is near, even at the doors. Then Jesus stated, the generation which sees these things begin to come to pass will not pass away until all is fulfilled that He prophesied in that discourse. Israel became a nation again in 1948. It is now 2010, over 62 years since this beginning sign came to pass. Surely the return of Jesus must be very, very near. Israel
As a student in end time prophecy, I am blessed to be a witness of this generation that saw
being reborn and looking forward to seeing Jesus appearing before the tribulation hour. I was a five-year old kid living in Van Nuys, CA when President Truman announced the news of Israel ’s existence. Back then, I hardly remembered any news event other than playing with my neighborhood buddies. The significant of this important news hasn’t aroused my interest until I became a born-again Christian and studied the Bible and its prophetic events. I remembered having seen Harry Truman as a very serious and respectable president who does not shirked responsibility when TV was at its infancy. He always appears in a neat double-breasted suit and too clean cut. There was a sign on his desk that reads “The Buck Stops Here”, I think that Obama needs to find a copy of the sign for his desk and to start to take responsibility for his actions, the economy and his foreign relations. I love how Truman describes the reason for the sign. Israel
I believe one of the most important event in American history was Harry Truman’s recognition of Israel on May 14, 1948. This sets the prophetic clock toward the 2nd advent of Jesus Christ within a generation.
Truman was a Baptist and had strong moral convictions compared to some recent presidents. It was said he read the Bible through three times before age 14. He was honest, blunt and a no-nonsense type of guy who stood up for what he believes and took responsibilities for his failures, hence “The Buck Stops Here.” He was courageous in the face of tremendous opposition.
Then God decided it was time for Truman to act and he was thrusted into the pressure cooker immediately. He had been Vice President for only 82 days when a weakened President Roosevelt suddenly died. He had very little meaningful communication with Roosevelt about world affairs or domestic politics once he was sworn in as Vice President, and was completely unbriefed about major initiatives relating to the successful prosecution of the war — notably the top secret Manhattan Project, which was, at the time of FDR's passing, on the cusp of testing the world's first atomic bomb.
After he was sworned in as president and was briefed, he asked the reporters "Boys, if you ever pray, pray for me now. I don't know if you fellas ever had a load of hay fall on you, but when they told me what happened yesterday, I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me."
In a period of 6 eventful months, Truman ended the war with
and Germany , thus his decision to use the atomic bombs was necessary to save a million American lives and end the war quickly. He was God’s guiding light. Japan
When the Jewish remnants trickled to
after the Holocaust, the land was under a British Mandate based upon the Balfour Declaration of 1917 to provide a home for Jews. At that time, they were living in internment camps and were living with the Arabs. When the UN was at its infancy, Britian told the UN to deal with the Palestine issue. Palestine
“What I’m trying to do is to make the whole world safe for the Jews” Truman wrote as he tried to wrestle over the decision to recognize the Jewish state in
. Deeply affected by the Holocaust, Truman sympathized with the Jewish aspirations for a homeland. In late 1947, Truman lobbied for the UN resolution to divide into Jewish and Arab states. Britian announced it would hand authority over Palestine to the UN by Palestine May 14, 1948.
Truman’s decision to recognize Israel was hard fought. He was strongly opposed by the U.S. State Department, which favored a United Nations trusteeship over Palestine. The State Department took a pragmatic view, seeing the need for the free flow of oil from Muslim nations in the face of the very real possibility of war with Russia. They did not want to offend the Muslims for the sake of a “few Jews.”
Truman was opposed by many powerful figures in government, including George C. Marshall, a former Chief of Staff under FDR and then Secretary of State, who was called by the president “the greatest living American.” Marshall’s opposition was shared by almost every member of the brilliant and now-legendary group of men, later referred to as “the Wise Men,” who were then in the process of creating a postwar foreign policy that would endure for more than forty years. Marshall told the president bluntly, “If you recognize the state of Israel and if I were to vote in the election, I would vote against you.” Secretary of the Navy Forrestal warned that recognition of Israel would be in vain because the Arabs would “push the Jews into the sea.”
Truman withstood this pressure because of his biblical convictions. His Special Counsel, Clark Clifford said that Truman “was a student and believer in the Bible since his youth” and that “from his reading of the Old Testament, he felt the Jews derived a legitimate historical right to Palestine, and he sometimes cited such biblical lines as Deuteronomy 1:8: ‘Behold, I have given up the land before you; go in and take possession of the land which the Lord hath sworn unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob’”
Another factor in his decision is a letter his Pastor wrote to Truman his opinion on the Israel situation at the President’s request:
Hon. Harry S. Truman President United States Washington, D. C.
Dear Mr. President:
Mr. Matthew J. Connelly wired me New York October 1st and suggested that I write you certain matters of my trip to Palestine.
First, I want to thank you for your very kind personal letter of August 5th, which was of invaluable assistance in all my travels.
I have given extensive study to the Jewish Palestinian question. The issue is whether we will take the authority of the Bible of our mothers or the Koran with the sword and flame.
In that whole controversy the big issue is who owns the land, who has the title to that land? If that question is settled there is no other question.
The Lord God Almighty in Genesis the 17th chapter, specifically states that the title to Palestine is given not to Ishmael, the ancestor of the Arabs, but to Isaac and his seed for ever.
“And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.” (Gen. 17:19)
This covenant was confirmed to Isaac, Genesis 26:3:
“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
This covenant was also confirmed to Jacob, Genesis 28:13:
“And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
The covenant was likewise confirmed to Moses in Deuteronomy 30:3-5:
“That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.
David specifically states the title to that land is to the Jews and the descendants of Jacob: Psalm 105:9-12:
“Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance: When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
Thirteen hundred years ago the Arabs were usurpers, Mohammed with fire and sword, and they were robbers of property that belongs to the Jews.
A second and very important authority in addition to Scriptural authority, Great Britain was given mandate over Palestine for the purpose of Jewish immigration into that land and for making it a national home.
This mandate was confirmed by the United States Government and by the 57 Nations of the League of Nations.
The tragedy and the cause of all the present trouble is that Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister, put on a two-fold appeasement in 1939:
First, with Hitler, and that brought on World War II.
Second, with the Arabs, who were the allies of Hitler.
Chamberlain violated the international law giving that land as a national home for Jews in 1939, and said only 70,000 Jews would be permitted to go for the next five years, and after that none except by the consent of the Arabs. But the mandate made no such restrictions.
Therefore the present Jewish immigration into Palestine is not “illegal”; it’s legal.
Based on the mandate given to Great Britain over Palestine, and confirmed by the United States Government and confirmed by the League of Nations, the Jews invested six hundred and fifty million dollars in Palestine, built cities, public works, and the curse of God Almighty is on every hand that violates this most solemn agreement-the mandate three times over confirmed.
Now, Mr. President, it certainly is a matter that should cause us to stop and think that the Arab leaders from the Grand Mufti on down were allies of Hitler, and it ill becomes them to come now into court with their hands dripping with the blood of the Jews, six million of them murdered by Hitler.
I interviewed many Arab leaders, and without question I found that the whole crowd are for Stalin, just like they formerly were for Hitler.
While this country was fighting Hitler, thirty thousand young Jews from Palestine volunteered and went to the battle front and not a single Arab regiment.
If the Arabs and Jews in Palestine were left alone they would get along and settle their troubles.
Russia is doing everything at her command to foment the trouble.
The time has come, and long past, when the United States should keep its promise and take a firm stand for law and order in that land that has given the world its Bible and Saviour.
Yours very sincerely,
(Signed by J. Frank Norris)
So Truman’s mind was made up. By applying his “The Buck Stops Here” approach with tough responsible decisions, Truman instucted Clifford to send the message to the UN:
“This Government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine, and recognition has been requested by the provisional Government thereof.
The United States recognizes the provisional government as the de facto authority of the new State of Israel.”
(Signed by Harry S.Truman)
Then 11 minutes after David Ben-Gurion’s declaration of the new state, Truman’s message came through as the first nation to recognized Israel as a nation.
Truman felt great satisfaction in what he had been able to do for the Jewish people, and was deeply moved by their expressions of gratitude, then and for years to come. When the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Isaac Halevi Herzog, called at the White House, he told Truman, “God put you in your mother’s womb so you would be the instrument to bring the rebirth of Israel after two thousand years.” I thought he was overdoing things, remembered David Niles, “but when I looked over at the President, tears were running down his cheeks.”
After his presidency, longtime Jewish friend Eddie Jacobson introduced Truman to a group of professors by saying “This is the man who help create the state of
.” But Truman corrected him: “What do you mean ‘help create’? I am Cyrus. I am Cyrus.” Israel
This is that main reason why God’s providence placed him into the presidency when he did. Many who have sifted through the data are confident that had FDR remained President, he would not have made the same decision that was handed down by Truman. It appears that God put him in the White House for the purpose of providing an agent He used, as He did Cyrus 2500 years ago, to restore
to her land after the Babylonian captivity. Israel
So on the long forgotten shelf, alone…stood a clock. For nearly 2000 years, the clock lay silent. In years before, it ran, chimed, tick and tocked, but for many, many years it lay dormant….frozen in time the clock sat quietly until it happened…On May 14, 1948, God’s prophetic clock started ticking again…LOUDLY.