When the Jews started returning to their homeland in the 1890s, they did not find a land “flowing with milk and honey” as recorded in the bible. The Jezreel valley was a swamp and uninhabitable for centuries. The swamp was a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which spread the disease of malaria. They began draining the swamp by planting eucalyptus trees imported from Australia around the perimeter and dug canals to assist in draining the water to the Mediterranean Sea.
At the same time, the pioneers began replanting the forests of Israel. Every tree in the country had been cut down for firewood and military use by every conquering nation. The Jewish National Fund (JNF) was organized to help reclaim the land. As of today, they have planted over 250 million trees and built 180 dams and reservoirs as well as establishing more than 1,000 parks throughout Israel.
Today the Jezreel Valley is greenest area in the country with crops such as wheat, cotton, sunflowers, beans, and a multiplicity of fruit trees. Fishponds and grazing areas for cattle and sheep are also found throughout the valley fulfilling the prophecy of Ezekiel:
“The desolate land will be cultivated instead of being a desolation in the sight of everyone who passes by. They will say, ‘This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden; and the waste, desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.’” (Ezekiel 36:34-35)
God’s word will NEVER return empty but will ALWAYS accomplish its purpose. Today, you can stand with confidence on the WORD of GOD as every prophecy and promise will be FULFILLED!!!