SPIRIT OF REVELATION – ALIYAH IN THE NEW TESTAMENT By: Cathy Hargett
Many of God’s children have been stirred over the years to receive the revelation of the restoration of Israel. I praise and thank Him for letting me be in that number. Israel is the key to crossing over from “cultural Christianity” into the realm of consciously realizing prophetic fulfillment of the end-times Scriptures. Every believer who responds to the call of the Lord to come to Yeshua haMashiach is blessed with eternal salvation, but there is more for us to experience in Him while we are still on planet earth.
You can walk in the shallows, or you can walk in the deeps. I believe it is the “key of David”, which is the revelatory factor of showing us the things to come and allowing us to be part of it. The Lord holds the key of David, and He wants us to use it to open the door of understanding (Rev. 3:7-9).
Recently our Kehila drash (study of Scripture) was on the subject of “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation” from the passage in Eph. 1:17. As I have continued to seek His face about this, I feel compelled to share more about the prayer of Paul when he said he prayed that the believers would have the Spirit of revelation. I believe we are destined to live in the “Spirit of revelation” and not just have those special and rare moments of “aha”, when we suddenly see a truth that has been there all the time.
Here’s a nugget that I believe is part of the “Spirit of revelation” that I want to share with you – a revelation that I’ve seen before but now seems even stronger and clearer. It’s from the Gospel of Mark: “And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.” Mark 13:27.
Now, most of us have been taught about this verse in the context of the rapture of the church or of the gathering of the saints at the end of the age, but I am seeing a “this is happening right now” fulfillment of this Word. It’s the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. He is bringing them from the four winds, from all over the world! Most of today’s teaching on Aliyah comes from the Old Testament, but here is one in the New Testament that could not be clearer.
The prophecies are so clear, and it is happening. It is happening right now. And many are missing it. Aliyah is confirmed with so many passages in the Old Testament that we really need to “receive” it in a deeper way. This phenomenon of the return of the Jews to the Land and to their God is a prophetic picture of the End of the Age. The Jewish people are returning from the North, South, East and West. Yet many in “cultural Christianity” and the “traditional church” have no awareness at all of the significance of the existence of the State of Israel and what God is doing right now, today, in the midst of us.
Dear ones in “traditional churches” who love Him and are not aware of the miracle of Aliyah will still go to heaven, but He wants us to walk in the Spirit of revelation now so we may glorify Him. He wants us to worship Him in awe and to marvel at His works in the earth today. For so many, we are missing opportunities to give Him glory. Many moan about how they want to see miracles and say things like “God doesn’t operate the same way today as he did in ancient times with signs and miracles.” Or, “I wish we were walking in signs, wonders and miracles.”
But I have to say, “we are walking in signs, wonders, and miracles”! What could be a greater miracle than a whole nation being resurrected from the dead? There are Jewish people all over the world who are supernaturally, miraculously, turning their eyes to the Land of Israel and going home. There they will meet their Messiah. I want to be part of this. I want to give Him glory for this. I am called to be part of this.
And so are you if you belong to Yeshua! (Isa. 49:22) Aliyah – the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel – is the most significant miracle that signals the end of the age and the return of the Messiah! And it is happening right now! If the verse in the gospel of Mark does not convince you that this is about Israel and the Jewish people, take a look at a few of the Scriptures it fulfills from the Old Testament and see how it resonates totally with the passage in Mark: Dt. 30:3-5 – “..gather you again from all the nations.. ”Isa. 43:6 – “..bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth…”
Jer. 32:37 – “I will surely gather them..”
Ezekiel 34:13 – “..gather them from the countries..”
Ezekiel 36:24 – “..I will gather you…”
Ezekiel 37:12-14 – “..I will settle you in your own Land..”
There are so many additional “Aliyah Scriptures” that it is impossible to discount the power of the fulfillment of this truth. And it is absolutely true that the fullness of these passages has many layers, but let’s not miss this one! The return of the Jewish people to Israel is a sign to us of the imminent coming of the Messiah – the second appearing of our Messiah! And the fulfillment of Aliyah is the promise of the eternal Kingdom. Israel represents this Kingdom that we will inherit – the beautiful Land, the Glory of God, the royal diadem.
The Lord is giving us a living picture right now, right before our eyes, of our destiny and the Glory of eternity with Him! Bless you, as you marvel at the revelation of the restoration of Israel, the return of the Jewish people to the Land, and our mighty God who performs every Word He promised. Praise Him for Yeshua and His soon return to rule and reign in Yerushalayim! Praying for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation as we study His Word and seek His face.
Praying that the Ruach will ignite us with a fiery passion for Him in these days. Praying that we will not be silent about Him and His mighty works. Lord, help us pray for each other like the Apostle Paul prayed – “Lord, would you give us who follow you, the Spirit of wisdom and revelation”?
Cathy HargettHighway to Zion Ministries, Inc.
(Top photo by Steve Martin, in Jerusalem Israel, April 4, 2022)