The Second Ingathering…

The remnant of His people

“Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people…And will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth” (Isaiah 11:1).

 North America is one of the corners of the earth where Jewish people have enjoyed peaceful and prosperous lives after the destruction of most of the European Jewish communities in the years of WW2. One may wonder about the timeline of that day that the Lord will again recover the second time His people and bring them back to their ancestral land. Are we now close to that day?

For the past decades, Jews have arrived in large numbers from Russia and the former Soviet Republics, India, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba and also from many western European countries. Only small numbers have made their aliyah from the US and Canada.

Sadly, we now see the situation changing due to increasing anti-Semitic incidents in the US. This wave of incidents began with bomb threats to Jewish schools and Jewish community centers, followed by vandalism in Jewish cemeteries. No bombs have been found but Jewish families are unsure about their future in the US. Isaac Herzog, the opposition leader in Israel, has called the government to establish an emergency program to prepare for a possible wave of Jewish immigrants from the US.

Let us unite in prayer for God’s timing for the return of the North American Jews: “Deliver me speedily, be Thou my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me” (Ps 31:2).

New immigrants and visitors at the Western Wall

Close to two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus was condemned by the Jewish high priest for blasphemy and was crucified. Jesus was sold by his kinsmen to Romans much the same way as Joseph was sold by his own brothers to slavery in Egypt. The emerging Christian faith and world have ever since labeled the Jews as Christ-killers. Only a few have realized the real reason for Jesus’s death and resurrection: the gentiles own sins (as well as the Jews’) and an eternal life offered through the resurrected Son of God.

 

May we pray that the Second Ingathering for faith will include Jews and Gentiles who will worship in unison, embracing common roots in One God. In Matthew 23:39,

we read: For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.’”

Planting trees in Israel

Certificate for a tree planted in Israel

Please visit www.cfijerusalem.org and in the Home Page look for a banner   To Plant a Tree in Israel . In the Special Instructions or Order Comments box, before you checkout, please specify a donation in honor of a loved one, in memory of a loved one, or in honor of Jerusalem 50 (the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem). You will receive your own certificate from Israel. Thank you for helping Israel’s reforestation after the wildfires.