The Study of God's Dealings with Israel

Exploring God's Ancient Promises

"Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made." Isaiah 43:5-7

There has been, for decades, a growing movement of Jewish people from all over the world to return to their homeland, Israel. A special day is on the Israeli calendar each year to honor those Jewish people who return to or emigrate to Israel. This day is called "Aliyah Day." According to Minister of Immigration and Absorption Yoav Galant, “On Aliyah Day we honor the immigrants to Israel through the generations – the people who left everything and immigrated to Israel. The bravery, determination and unique contribution of each one is felt in all aspects of life in the country.” "Some 3.5 million Jews have made Aliyah since 1948, making up 42 percent of the total population. In 2019, over 70 years after the Holocaust, the world’s largest Jewish population lives in Israel. This figure represents 43 percent of world Jewry." "With increasing anti-Semitism worldwide, a group of mainstream rabbinical figures have joined forces to encourage the 'ingathering of exiles.'”

For those of us who take Biblical prophecy literally, this increasing trend of Jewish people to emigrate to Israel is no surprise. Isaiah 43:1-6 predicts a regathering of redeemed Israel. Isaiah 11:11-16 predicts that Yahweh will recover a remnant of His people from all over the earth. Sadly, the vast majority of Jewish people making Aliyah to Israel do not recognize Jesus of Bethlehem and Nazareth as their Messiah. They are returning to the land in unbelief.

But the time will come when Israelis will repent of their great evil in rejecting their Messiah (Isaiah 44:21-23; 59:20-21; Zechariah 12:10-13:1). They will embrace Him and God will restore them to the land in faithfulness and obedience. The glory of the LORD will shine upon Israel and attract all nations (Isa. 60:1-3). Believing Jewish people will be restored to Israel with great wealth and glory (Isa. 60:4-9). The earth's nations will serve Israel (Isa. 60:10-14). Jerusalem and Zion will be a pinnacle of righteousness and peace and wealth for eternity (Isa. 60:15-22). That will be a time of great blessing for the entire earth!

(Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.)

Posted November 11, 2019

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