At the end of 2014, the Times of Israel reported that the Jews who had made aliyah reached a 10-year high, with French Jews topping the list of those returning. At the end of 2015, that number has increased another 10 percent making new immigration of 2015 at a 12-year high and the highest amount of French ever to make aliyah due to recent terrorism. But what is aliyah?
The term the Israeli government uses to describe Jewish immigration to Israel from the nations is referred to as making aliyah. In Hebrew, “aliyah” means “to go up,” and actually refers to an upper room of a house — sound familiar? Ironically, the first time this idea is used in Scripture is in Exodus when it describes Moses going up to meet with God.
“The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.” – Exodus 19:20
Moses went up to meet with God on Sinai where he received the Ten Commandments. The intention of aliyah is not just to go somewhere but to go up and meet with God. The Lord is bringing the Jewish people back to the land He promised to Abraham, not only to keep His promise, but to dwell among them as their God. His plan was always to live among His people, and He is bringing that plan to pass.
Why should it matter to Christians if Jews are returning to Israel? For those of us who love the Lord and His Word, we are watching ancient biblical prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes. The most repeated promise in the Old Testament is that God will return His people to the land.
“For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. “You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God….” – Ezekiel 36:24-28
Sometimes people will say “I could support Israel if they were living morally or if they all were Christians.” While these are noble aspirations, it is opposite of what the Scriptures foretell. Ezekiel says that God will gather them from the nations and THEN He will sprinkle clean water on them for cleansing. The fact that God is bringing His people back to the land who are primarily secular, forgetting their history and ignoring their God, is exactly how the prophet said it would happen. But that’s not the end. He is gathering them for a cleansing. As Yeshua said, “it is not the healthy that need a doctor but the sick” (Matthew 9:12). In this case, it is not the clean that need a cleansing but the dirty. A national cleansing is coming and it begins by the people returning to the land.
As news reports show a greater number of Jews making aliyah, it means the closer we are to seeing Israel receive a new heart, new spirit and the revealing of the Jewish Messiah to Israel. It starts with aliyah. He is bringing the Jewish People back from the ends of the earth to be ready to live with Him in Jerusalem. From the very beginning, the Lord has always desired to dwell among men. He is working all of human history to this end — to be God to His beloved creation. With every new immigrant, the time gets closer.