End Time Lessons from Israel's Iron Lady by Cody Archer
After reading, “My Life,” the autobiography of Golda Meir, my appreciation for the founding fathers and mothers of the modern state of Israel has greatly increased. They faced incredible challenges and yet helped “birth a nation in a day” (Isaiah 66:8). I believe Golda’s story particularly has prophetic significance for the final years before Yeshua returns.
Golda was born in 1898 in the harsh environment of the Russian Empire. In 1906 her family immigrated to America in search of freedom and prosperity. There Golda was strongly influenced by her older sister’s Zionist friends and gained a deep desire to one day move to Palestine. The dream of joining other Jewish pioneers in Palestine came true in 1921 when Golda and her husband, Morris, left the comforts of America behind. Crossing the ocean by boat, and arriving in Tel Aviv by train over a month later was an absolute nightmare (pg. 52-55).
Shortly after their arrival, the young couple joined a Kibbutz in the Jezreel valley and worked the land day and night in unbearable conditions. Her husband’s health deteriorated so quickly that after three years they were forced to leave. They moved to Jerusalem and soon had two young children. During this time, Golda’s political connections expanded, and she struggled to maintain a balance between caring for her family and serving her country. Yet her gift of leadership and zeal for the settlement of Jews in Palestine led her to accept roles which included many hours of work and travel outside of Israel.
By 1934 Golda was part of the core leadership team of the pre-state government. The challenges they continually faced were overwhelming. Hitler was murdering Jews in Europe. The British government was forcefully opposing immigration of European Jews fleeing to Palestine for safety. Arab aggression against Jews was increasing across Palestine with th