ISRAEL - Christianity on the Increase

Arno Froese

According to the CBS, around 187,900 Christians live in Israel, composing 1.9% of the population. This represents 1.3% growth from the year before.

Three-quarters (75.3%) are Arab Christians who make up 6.9% of the total Arab population.

Among the top 50 countries in which Christians were persecuted in 2023 were Yemen, Libya, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, and other Middle Eastern and Muslim-majority countries. Israel was not on the list.

In 2022, the total fertility rate was an average of 1.68 children per Christian woman. The number of children per Arab Christian woman was slightly lower, at 1.62 children per woman.

According to the CBS, Christian students tend to be educated, with 84.1% of the sector’s 12th-grade students having become eligible for a matriculation certificate in 2022. More than half (55.1%) of the Arab Christians continued their studies toward a bachelor’s degree within eight years of graduating high school, compared to only about a third (34.6%) of the total number of high-school graduates in the Arab school system and less than half (48.1%) in the Hebrew education.

-www.jpost.com, 23 December 2023

Arno's Commentary

One of the most tell-tale signs is the young people. Our coworkers at Beth Shalom and Ebenezer Home have confirmed that at their local church in Haifa, it has become difficult to accommodate the ever-increasing number of youths.

Although some of the traditional church leaders have complained about a decrease in church membership in Israel, this article tells the opposite. We realize that indeed Christians are on the decline in the Western world, but not so in Africa and Asia.

The Jews are coming back to the Promised Land. The purpose? To meet their Messiah. One day, what the prophet Zechariah wrote almost 2,500 years ago will be fulfilled: “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:10).

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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