Are we seeing Revival In The Final Exodus?
Before we can answer that question we must identify some terms and get an understanding of what ‘Final Exodus.’ The Exodus I am referring to here is obviously not the Israelites exodus from the land of Egypt of Babylon for that matter. That has already taken place. Yet, in Jeremiah and Isaiah among other passages we see references to the Jewish people coming back into the land of Israel, the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
When Jeremiah was written the Southern kingdom had not yet been conquered by the Babylonians. Several prophets lived and prophesied during this time, including Ezekiel and Daniel. WE know the Jewish people consisting of the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi (in part) were restored to the land after 70 years of captivity. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah detail for us this return and the rebuilding of Jerusalem the wall around it and the Temple. Not everyone returned at that time.
Also, we cannot forget that over 100 years before the fall of Jerusalem the Northern 10 tribes were carried by the Assyrians and assimilated and became what we call the 10 lost tribes of Israel. The Jews had to be back in the land for prophesy to be fulfilled of the birth of and death and resurrection of the Messiah (Christ). Jesus came and was indeed born a Jew of the house of David and died and was resurrected and sits at the right hand of the Father as a Jew.
In 70 A.D. the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jews were once again scattered. But this time what is referred to as the ‘age of the gentiles, which really began under the first diaspora or scattering, took on a different meaning. For the first time Gentiles became worshipers of the one true God by faith in Jesus Christ. They bacme grafted in as Ephesians 2 tells us. So for over 2,000 years there has been no temple and for nearly that long there were no Jews in the land.
In 1881 Jews began to leave ‘the land of the North’ and return to the land of their forefathers. In 1948 the modern state of Israel was birthed and since that time millions have returned home. Most of these came back after centurie of persecution, often by the church, and without saving knowledge that Yeshua(Jesus) is the Messiah. Many in the church today still argue that God replaced Israel with the Church and all of the promises of God to Israel are null and void. They forget the promises in Isaiah 49 that like a mother cannot forget her nursing infants that God cannot forget Israel. Or as in Jeremiah where God says unless the fixed order of the moon stars and planets in their orbits stops He cannot forget His promises o Israel.
So what are we seeing now? There are 64 scripture references to “Aliyah” and the Jewish people returning home. Aliyah simply means ‘to go up’, as in to go up or ascend Jerusalem, literally Mt. Zion. All male Jews were required to ‘go up’ three times a year at the celebration of the feasts. So the term has taken on a broader meaning, because God the Father wants His children back in the land of promise. Since many of the writings of the prophets were fulfilled at the return from Babylon many believe that was the final exodus. Prophecy often has multiple fulfillments. And if that were true what do we do with the state of Israel, the only Jewish state in the world. My argument is not to convince one so much that scripture is being fulfilled by Jewish people returning to the land, but since we see that to go further and say the people are finding Messiah and Revival is happening both in Israel and in the lands where they are returning from.
There are many groups working to help the Jewish people take Aliyah. Most of them cannot evangelize as it would jeopardize their work with the Israeli government. Many question whether they are really helping. We each must stay within the call of God that has been given us. Also, there are many ways to ‘evangelize’. We are not to criticize those who are doing this noble work. I recently had an opportunity to go to the land of the north and work as one of these fishermen. Jeremiah 16:16 talks about God sending fishers to gather His people. Isaiah 49:22 speaks of Gentiles bringing sons and daughters in their arms and carry them on their shoulders back into the land.
So we are seeing prophecy being fulfilled. The second part of Jeremiah 16:16 talks about hunters sent to hunt for them. We have already seen this with the Spanish Inquisition, and the Holocaust of World War II to name a few. In each of those events there were ‘righteous gentiles who helped many Jewish people. Oskar Schindler is one of those. But, if it happened multiple times and we are seeing mass waves of Jewish people taking Aliyah then we should expect more hunters, which means more anti-semitism. Will the church be silent like in days past? Where was the church in World War II when 1,5 million were killed in Ukraine alone?
I have good news. There are many more believing in Yeshua as Messiah in the land. Joel 2 talks about pouring out the Holy Spirit on ‘all’ flesh. It is not just for a few charismatics or pentecostals in North America. In fact it was originally fulfilled with Jewish believers in the early church. There is a rise in Messianic congregations in Israel and I mean congregations with Apostolic and Prophetic alignment and authority. But even better news is that many are finding Yeshua before they ever take Aliyah. Remember we all have a part to play. It is difficult to reach one Jewish person for Yeshua. Paul tells us in Romans that there is a veil over their eyes so it is hard for them to believe. We must pray for that veil to be removed.
What I found in Ukraine is several families said we believe Yeshua is the Messiah! That makes it all worth it to go halfway around the world and hear those word that not only are God’s children coming home that they are finding the Messiah before them. One final thought is why is it important for their to be Jewish people in the land of Israel. First it is the land of promise that God promised to the seed of Abraham through Abraham. When a soldier is inducted into the IDF they are given a Bible or Torah and a gun. The Bible tells them whose land it is and the gun how to defend it. But that is not all. One of the last things Jesus told the religious leaders before He was crucified is found in Matthew 23:39. He told them that they will not see Him again until they say, “ Baruch haba b’shem adonai, or blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” You see they will recognize and call Him Lord before He returns. Exciting!
The time is drawing nearer for his return. Are you doing all you can to be ready? Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, yes, but pray for the Jewish people to return and that their paperwork will be in order and they can go before the hunters come again. And finally pray for them to continue to find Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit to be poured out on them, out of the land and in the land.