The continually developing degrees of partnership and cooperation between the governments and organizations of the United States and Israel has interesting parallels to certain Bible prophecies. For instance, as has been reported by various news agencies, the United States and Israel recently signed an agreement to work together in efforts to provide for the energy needs of sub-Saharan Africa. Speaking at the official signing ceremony Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Every time an African mother will turn on the light or turn on a heater for some water for her children part of Israel will be there.” The signing ceremony between the Prime Minister’s Office and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was held in Jerusalem and was attended by Israeli, African, and American diplomats and officials. U. S. President Trump’s hand-picked Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was in attendance and stated, “Recognizing that two-thirds of those living in sub-Saharan Africa lacked access to electricity ‘Power Africa’ was launched in 2013 to create 60 million new electricity connections and 30,000 megawatts of new power generation.”
Stronger Efforts When Combined
While both the U.S. and Israel have been independently working in Africa for several years, this new partnership; Power Africa, will enable Israeli companies to have better access to American government agencies that can assist them is gaining grants, building connections with financial establishments, and providing professional and legal counsel. Importantly, this effort will allow Israel and the U.S. to re-establish and strengthen important connections to many African nations, which had suffered over the past decades. Likewise, given that many radical Islamic terrorists operate in, and recruit from, Africa these efforts to help the people and governments of African nations may also help stabilize the region and limit the influence of radical Islam in the area. However, of greatest importance is the potential biblical connections that can be seen from such a partnership to bring electricity to a large portion of the world.
Relevant Bible Passages
The prophet Isaiah foretold of a time when Israel would be “as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6). While Isaiah was most likely not speaking prophetically of electricity, he was predicting a time when Israel would provide insight and knowledge of the Lord to all of the world. It is often noted that many are much more willing to consider the reality of God when they come into contact with God’s people who genuinely care for their needs. Such a display of the provision of electricity not only will provide literal “light” to many nations in Africa, but also has the real potential of opening many opportunities to share the good news of the gospel as more and more missionaries may be better equipped for their tasks. Interestingly, given our current societal trends in America, it was very encouraging that the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said publically of this U.S. – Israeli partnership “As the prophet Isaiah says, Israel is a light unto the nations.”
PRAY: Pray that these U.S. – Israeli efforts to bring electricity to Africa will be successful and will not only provide the physical “light” but will also create opportunities to shed the spiritual “light” needed in this region of the world.