The Gathering of the Seed of Israel

Arno Froese

Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid” (Jeremiah 30:10).

The Gathering of the Seed of Israel
It was almost 140 years ago, when in 1888 approximately 35,000 Jews arrived at the Port of Jaffa. The majority of the immigrants came from Eastern Europe, and a small number from Yemen. The first Aliyah was defined as “the political, national, and spiritual resurrection of the Jewish people in Palestine.” 

During the first few years after the arrival of this first wave, almost half of them returned (left the country).

In the second Aliyah, some 40,000 Jews, mainly from Russia and Eastern European countries, came. Most of them were young people inspired by socialist ideas; thus, they established communal agricultural settlements called “kibbutzim,” after the Russian “kolkhoz.” In 1909, Kibbutz Degania was established.

During the third Aliyah, again some 40,000 Jews arrived, primarily from Russia. That was between 1919 and 1923. 

The fourth Aliyah, from 1924 to 1929, brought some 82,000 Jews, mainly Polish.

The fifth Aliyah, between 1929 and 1939, saw almost a quarter of a million Jews arrive in the Promised Land.

Aliyah Bet, from 1939 to 1948, was greatly hindered by the British issuance of the White Paper, which permitted only a very limited number of Jews—75,000—to migrate to their ancestral land.

At the proclamation of the State of Israel, the population stood at about 600,000. Today, Israel’s population is approaching 9 million.

Why did the Jews come to the land Eretz Israel, after almost two millennia? The answer is simple: fulfillment of Bible prophecy. 

When we read the very comforting words of God to the people of Israel, we notice that the last part is not yet fulfilled: “and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.”

Today, Israel has many reasons to be afraid. In the south, Hamas rules Gaza and has sworn not to rest until Israel is destroyed. In the north, particularly in the land of Lebanon, Hezbollah is the largest non-governmental military force anywhere to be found. Hezbollah’s ideology can be summarized as “Shi’ite radicalism.”

Wikipedia has this to say about Hezbollah:

In a 1999 interview, Nasrallah outlined the group’s three “minimal demand[s]: an [Israeli] withdrawal from South Lebanon and the Western Beqaa Valley, a withdrawal from the Golan, and the return of the Palestinian refugees.” An additional objective is the freeing of prisoners held in Israeli jails, some of whom have been imprisoned for eighteen years.

“Our goal is to liberate the 1948 borders of Palestine ... The Jews who survive this war of liberation can go back to Germany or wherever they came from.” He added, however, that the Jews who lived in Palestine before 1948 will be “allowed to live as a minority and they will be cared for by the Muslim majority.”

Again, nothing will change the fulfillment of the prophetic Word. The time will come when Jacob shall be at rest and quiet.

UN Resolutions
The UN has become famous, or better yet, infamous, for lopsided condemnation of Israel. UNwatch.org/2019 reports: 

In the current 74th session of the UN General Assembly (2019-2020), all EU member states voted for one resolution each to criticize (1) Iran, (2) Syria, (3) North Korea, (4) Myanmar, and (5) the U.S., for its embargo on Cuba, and two resolutions on Crimea. 

By contrast, EU states voted for 13 out of 18 resolutions singling out Israel. Yet these same EU states failed to introduce a single UNGA resolution on the human rights situation in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Cuba, Turkey, Pakistan, Vietnam, Algeria, or on 175 other countries.

Israel indeed is singled out, but it’s important to emphasize, by God Himself. Jeremiah in the same chapter writes about the Great Tribulation: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it” (verse 7). Note carefully the words, “he shall be saved out of it.” That is Israel’s hope; that is Israel’s future. Along with Israel, the Church of Jesus Christ cannot be conquered; it cannot be annihilated. The Church Jesus is building will be prayerfully completed in the not-too-distant future. That will be the time when we shall be raptured from planet earth to be with our Lord forever and ever.

Midnight Call - 01/2021

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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