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The Afflictions of the Scattered

Aliyah is strong

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22 Mar 2019 (All day)
The Afflictions of the Scattered

“Worldwide, the situation for Jews is unstable now, but Aliyah is strong,” writes ICEJ’s Aliyah Director, Howard Flower, commenting on the sharp rise in Aliyah last year. This boost illustrates a unique pattern in the different countries from which Jews are immigrating: Jewish communities face numerous challenges, whether financial crisis, refugee living situation, threat of war, Antisemitic acts and hate speech, or other threatening circumstances.

Living in Instability
A significant region for Aliyah activity is the former Soviet Union, including Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. In Russia, the fall of the Ruble triggered a major financial crisis, forcing a large majority of people below the poverty line. Others live in consumer risk zones, which often suffer food shortages and lack of other essentials, exposing residents to health risks and malnutrition.

Aliyah Grows Rapidly
Spurred by heavy oppression, Jews are seeking refuge in their homeland of Israel. The hand of God is demonstrated in the process of Aliyah. His people are taking refuge in Israel, as they adapt to the culture, learn the language, receive training, get a job, and build a new life here. God is rescuing His people not just from exile, but also from the harsh living conditions in their current countries. 

God is preserving His people and Christians help make this financially possible. With the support of Christians worldwide, the ICEJ assists more than ten percent of all Jews making Aliyah to Israel each year. In 2018, we helped 2,539, and are on track to assist over 3,500 this year. 

Barry Denison, VP of Operations, oversees ICEJ’s Aliyah assistance. Digging through the Scriptures recently, he uncovered more truths about Aliyah from the prophet Isaiah which he shared at ICEJ’s Envision Pastors and Leaders Conference this year. 

“O Zion, bearer of good news, lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news…” (Isaiah 40:9 NASB) In many translations, this passage is translated as a command to bring good news to Zion. However, the original Hebrew indicates Zion itself is the bearer of good news. Therefore, as it relates to Aliyah, Zion bears good news to those Jews living in desolate circumstances as they return to the homeland the Lord intended for them. 

Denison continued with Isaiah 52:9-10 which reads, “Break forth, shout joyfully together, you waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.” (NASB) Aliyah is a comfort to the Jewish people, especially now, as they suffer under persecution, poverty, and many other life-threatening circumstances. Aliyah is strong because God is laying bare His strength and drawing His people home. 

As believers, God establishes a responsibility for us regarding Aliyah. Again in Isaiah, the Lord declares, “‘The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come to see My glory… and they will declare My glory among the nations. Then they [the nations] shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the Lord, on horse, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,’ says the Lord.” (Isaiah 66:18-20 NASB) As we – the Church – help the Jewish people return to their homeland of Israel, God honors it as a grain offering, holy and pleasing before the Lord.
Thus, let us continue to lift up our offering before the Lord, giving glory to Him as Jerusalem continues to be a bearer of good news to her scattered ones. 

The door is open and our opportunity is now. Become a Partner in Aliyah today, and shape Israel’s tomorrow: www.icej.org/aliyah

 

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