“…I will save my people from lands east and west; I will bring them back, and they will live in Yerushalayim. They will be my people; and I will be their God,…” Zechariah 8:7-8 CJB
We are currently witnessing the greatest in-gathering of Jewish people to the Land of Israel since the time of the Exodus under Moses. This historic phenomenon is recent—occurring primarily in the past 25 years.
Why isn’t this headline news? Perhaps it is because of ignorance or denial, but possibly spiritual blindness. Every “earth is flat” mindset traps people in a distorted view of reality.
I could easily be among those oblivious to this massive global re-gathering. As I was growing up in the 1940s and ’50s, anti-Semitic jabs and slurs were common. I unwittingly adopted some myself. My bias was reinforced as a student at MIT, where Jewish classmates would incessantly lobby professors for higher grades—somehow feeling they were being mistreated. It was annoying, and I allowed my annoyance to fester.
Then, in the late ’50s, I was invited to a campus lecture. I don’t remember a word of the speech, but I will never forget the images—unvarnished footage of the extermination of Jewish people in German concentration camps. General Dwight Eisenhower had insisted that this human tragedy be captured on film, fearing the world would one day deny and forget this monstrous evil.
My attitude toward Jewish people was permanently altered. Of course they deserved a homeland – not just any land, but the land promised them for millennia! How could I imagine that, in my lifetime, we would witness millions pouring into Israel in this modern-day exodus?
Those of you who read this vital newsletter don’t need convincing. You are already making a huge difference. You’ve had your own kind of “revelation” that Aliyah is fully on the heart and in the purposes of God. And you are acting on this revelation in ways that are appropriate for your circumstances and capacity. For my wife Wendy and me, this has meant prayer, influence and decades of financial support.
Many close observers are convinced that the recent outpouring is but prologue—that we are on the cusp of a still greater Aliyah.
This is a call, underscoring a unique opportunity to engage this miracle in whichever way the Lord directs. Think long-term, considering how strategic the next decade will be. Think sacrificially, deeming yours an investment with eternal consequences. We have a calling before us worthy of the journey.
John Beckett – Chairman, The Beckett Companies
“My heart’s desire is to make you into a great nation, to bless you, to make your name great so that you may be a blessing. My desire is to bless those who bless you, but whoever curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Gen. 12:2-3 TLV
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What the Bible teaches about the Jewish people and their return to the Promised Land.