Aliyah and the Church
by Adrianne Prosser, Outreach Development Director
â€śFor I know the plansÂ I have for you,â€ť declares theÂ Lord, â€śplans to prosperÂ you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. â€¦ I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,â€ť declares theÂ Lord, â€śand will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.â€ť Â
Jeremiah 29:11, 12, 14 NIV
The LORD warned the Israelites about the severe consequences of rebellion and disobedience against Him. He banished them from the Land, but His desire was always to gather and carry them back to ISRAEL â€“ to prosper and restore them unto Himself!Â
Operation Exodus USA has chosen to be active participants with God as He carries the exiles HOME to ISRAEL, fulfilling the covenant He made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Aliyah reverses Godâ€™s banishment of the Israelites from their Land. The LORD, through His faithfulness and love, has never stopped carrying His people HOME, restoring them to their God-given land and their God! Israel is strengthening and flourishing as the exiles return HOME to be deeply rooted in the Land, never to be uprooted again. (Amos 9:15)
As members of His Church (Gentiles), we are responding to Godâ€™s mandate (Isaiah 49:22) to support and bless Jewish people making Aliyah. What an incredible privilege and honor we have to serve the LORD at this crucial time in the Aliyah of His people! This holy work is at the forefront of Godâ€™s agenda. One central prayer in the hearts of Jewish people, both in exile and in the Land, is to pray for Godâ€™s redemption and the coming of the Messiah! AMEN!Â
The Church needs to embrace Godâ€™s Word regarding Israelâ€™s physical and spiritual restoration. This is of extreme importance to the LORD, and therefore should be of the utmost importance to His Church. Unfortunately, many Christians are completely ignorant of the tremendous debt we owe the Jewish people and our responsibility to support and bless them as they return home from their exile.Â
A great London preacher from the 1800s, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, made a remarkable statement one hundred years before the birth of the state of Israel:
â€śI think we do not attach enough importance to the restoration of the Jews, but certainly if there is anything promised in the Bible, it is this: the day shall yet come when the Jews, who were the first apostles to the Gentiles, the first witnesses to us who were afar off, shall be gathered in again. Until that time shall be, the fullness of the churchâ€™s glory can never come. Matchless benefits for the world are bound up with the restoration of Israel; their gathering shall be as life from the dead.â€ťÂ
Today, this marvelous revelation should be echoing in the hearts of Christians in every church! Sadly, we see the ideology of replacement theology still blinding most of todayâ€™s church â€“ it has dug its heels deep in the hearts and souls of many Christians. Our fervent prayer must be that the true Church of Jesus Christ recognizes the integral part the complete restoration of Israel plays on Godâ€™s eternal redemptive plan for all peoples! We are in this together! Our partnership with the LORD represents a cord of three strands that cannot be easily broken!Â
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT
God is fulfilling His promises to His first-born, ISRAEL! He is restoring His covenantal relationship in preparation for His soon coming! We join our prayers with our Jewish brothers and sisters, and we say, â€śCome Lord Jesus!â€ť May the grace of our LORD Jesus be with Godâ€™s holy people! Amen!
Thank you, dear friends, for your love and support! We cannot do this work without your commitment to fervently pray and bless the Aliyah of our Jewish brothers and sisters! We stand with you in prayer, trusting the LORD will carry us through the many difficulties and hardships some are facing! To our God be all the praise, glory, honor, and praise!