Isaiah 11:11-12 NIV – “In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.”

 Although most of us know about the migration of Jews to Israel, we are not familiar with the  technical term for it.  It is called Aliya, which literally means, “the ascent”.  Since the Diaspora, Jews have been returning to Israel, sometimes in mass numbers and at other times in small trickles.  Check our this site from Israel’s Foreign Ministry which outlines the various Aliyas throughout history.  Perhaps the most famous would stand out as the returning of Jews from Europe after WWII.  In the first three years of its existence, Israel took in over 500,000 new immigrants. These included displaced persons (DPs) who had survived the Nazi Holocaust and were concentrated in camps in Europe…taken from, click.  Here is how Israel’s Foreign Ministry defines Aliya:

The ingathering of the exiles to their ancestral homeland is the raison d’etre of the State of Israel. Aliya (literally ascending) is the Hebrew word for immigration to the Land of Israel. The meaning of ascent in this context is spiritual as well as physical; all Jews are educated in the belief that this ascent is an essential part of Judaism. It is the ultimate form of identification with one’s people, the Jewish people, whose life and destiny are inextricably tied to the Land of Israel. Since the beginning of the waves of aliya in the late 19th century, many hundreds of thousands of immigrants have arrived in the Land. The background, traditions and expertise brought by each wave have been of immeasurable value in the development of Israel’s pluralistic, democratic society and modern economy.

Why is Aliya significant to Christians?  Well, the returning of Jews to their homeland of Israel is a a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.  The verse at the intro to this post is a clear foretelling of this return of Jews to the Promised Land!   Aliya is not so much a political statement as it is a literal fulfillment of God’s plan for his people Israel.   Aliya is also exciting for Christians, as it is a sign of the last times, the nearing of the time when Jesus will return for all his people, Jew and Gentile alike! 

I am fascinated by the migration of Jews to Israel, so much, that if I were Jewish, I would probably migrate!  To be a Christian Jew and live in the Promised Land!  How exciting!  So, I hope you have learned a little today!  Thanks for reading!

Ezekiel 20:34 – “I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered — with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.”

Isaiah 43:5-6,21 – “Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children 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…”

Psalm 107:2-3 NIV – “Let the redeemed of the LORD say this — those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.