The Return of Israel by the Numbers

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March 20th, 2016
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To deny that the Bible is being fulfilled in our day is to deny the last 50 years of modern history. The most repeated promise in the Scriptures is that God will return Israel to the land of her inheritance. It is easy to discuss and argue the validity of popular theologies, but it’s difficult to dispute hard numerical data and facts that are coming from present day Israel. Due to a few events in our lifetime, we can say what is sometimes said in business — “the numbers don’t lie.” Let’s look at two things Jeremiah wrote at a time when Israel was being taken captive. It is the promises of regathering.

In those days the house of Judah will walk with the house of Israel, and they will come together from the land of the north to the land that I gave your fathers as an inheritance. Jeremiah 3:18

Let’s look at a map of the Middle East and Asia. From Israel, the nation farthest north is Russia. If we follow the latitude lines going north of Jerusalem into Russia, we find that slightly to the right of that line is Moscow, the capital of the former Soviet Union and still farther north, slightly to the right is St Petersburg. Calev Myers of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice states that after the fall of the USSR, it was reported that between 1989 -1995, 1.2 million Jews immigrated to Israel. Many of these immigrants came from two of the largest Jewish communities in Russia — Moscow and St Petersburg.

With these numbers, the population of Israel increased by 20 percent. To put that in perspective, according to the the United States Census Bureau, the world annual rate of population growth during that time was between 1-2 percent. Israel grew 20 percent in six years time frame, simply by counting those who emigrated from “the land of the north” to the land of their fathers.

Therefore behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.’ For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers. Jeremiah 16:14-17

In essence, Jeremiah is saying there will come a day when the exodus from four corners of the earth will be considered greater than the exodus of Egypt. According to population charts, this happened in the 1960s when the Jewish Israeli population crossed the two million mark, and this is the estimated number of Israelites that left Egypt. 2014 marked the first year in over 2000 years that the nation with the largest Jewish population was Israel, with the borders of the land promised to them. Ask yourself, which is greater — that after 460 years, God would bring two million people back to His land out of one nation, or that after 2000 years, God would bring six million people from every nation to His land? We are experiencing the time of the greater exodus.

Friends, these are biblical prophecies being fulfilled in our lifetime, or our parent’s lifetime. Never before has any event occurred that could compete with these Scriptures. We are living in the days that the prophets’ spoke of. The numbers don’t lie.

Doug Hershey
Doug Hershey shares from a perspective of historian and storyteller. His accounts of Israel, the Middle East and the awakening of Bible prophecy are as intriguing as they are rare. In his bestselling photo book, ISRAEL RISING, Doug tracks 2000 years of Israel’s history with over 100 then/now photo comparisons, all through the lens of biblical prophecy. Doug is the founder of Ezra Adventures, a boutique travel and education company, specializing in exclusive customized small group travel throughout Israel and the Middle East. For more info, go to or keep up with Doug Hershey, Author on FB, IG and Youtube.
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