God's Purposes for Aliyah
Aliyah is the Hebrew word for the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. The word literally means to ”go up.” In temple times, the Israelites “went up” to Jerusalem, located high in the mountains of central Israel, then “ascended” to the Temple Mount to worship the Lord. The present-day Aliyah refers to the re-gathering of God’s ancient people from wherever He has scattered them throughout the world, with the understanding that their return is ultimately to meet the Lord. The Israelites were exiled from their land as a result of their disobedience, but many passages of the Hebrew Scriptures (known to Christians as the Old Testament) record God’s promise to bring His people back from the nations and to settle them in their own land. Ezekiel 36 shows us that aliyah is much more than a people returning to their ancient homeland.