For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land.
Indeed, the Lord God of Israel is gathering His people from around the world back into their land, just as Ezekiel prophesied. In 2015 alone, Israel welcomed almost 8,000 French Jews (after receiving over 7,300 in 2014) and almost 7,000 Ukrainian Jews (also a 10+% increase over 2014). Jews from around the world are returning to their homeland, and 2016 is predicted to be another significant year.
Antisemitism is providing motivation for many Jews, and Ezekiel’s prophecy is happening before our very eyes.
Ezekiel 36:16-21 provides some basic reasoning why the need to immigrate back to Israel is necessary. Prior to being dispersed all over the earth following the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, Ezekiel explains that Israel had defiled the land with idols, thus God’s wrath was poured out upon them. They were scattered, but verse 21 says that God had concern for His holy name.
Thus, for the sake of His name, God promised to act in vindication of His name. Ezekiel 36:22-24 contains the Lord’s promise to gather His people from all lands, back to the land of Israel. That is happening!
So, what is next on God’s prophetic calendar?
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: 25-28
God’s Word tells us what we should look for next:
- The continual cleansing of Israel,
- A new heart and a new spirit (spiritual life!),
- The Lord will put His Spirit within them (spiritual life!),
- He will cause them to walk in His statutes and observe His statutes (evidence of spiritual life!),
- They will live in the land He granted them,
- They will be His people and He will be their God (reward of spiritual life!)
God is about to bring life…His life…to His chosen people! Could 2016 be the year that Jews recognize their Messiah in greater numbers than ever before? A quiet awakening is happening in Israel among Jews and even Jewish leaders. I have come to appreciate One for Israel and their sister site, I Met Messiah; and agree with their motto: “The best way to bless Israel is with Yeshua (Jesus)!”
That work is ongoing. Will you commit to pray for a tremendous move of God’s Spirit to become alive in the hearts and minds of our Jewish brothers and sisters? Let’s make 2016 a year of committed prayer for the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecies!
PS: Need specific prayer points? Read Ezekiel 36-37 and pray accordingly!