Then Hashem your God will restore your fortunes and take you back in love. He will bring you together again from all the peoples where Hashem your God has scattered you. Deuteronomy 30:3 (The Israel BibleTM)
Israel 365: Approximately 300 Ethiopian Jews from the Falash Mura community arrived on Thursday as the ninth and last stage of Operation Tzur Yisrael (Rock of Israel) that has brought a total of 2,000 home to Israel since December. The homecoming was subdued as the planned welcome ceremony was called off.
The new olim (immigrants; literally ‘ascenders’) were greeted at Ben Gurion Airport by Immigration Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata, the first Ethiopian-born woman to hold a Knesset seat, and Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog.
“This is a journey that is well underway, but far from complete,” Tamano-Shata said in a Jewish Agency statement. “Let’s use this moving moment to remember that we have a duty to put an end to this painful saga.” Read More
Opinion: We have been following the Ethiopian aliyah since 2012. What fascinates us is how this continuing story demonstrates God’s love for His chosen people and how He will protect them.
There are two groups waiting to make aliyah:
- Falash Mura is the name given to those of the Beta Israel community in Ethiopia who converted to Christianity (many by force) during the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Ethiopian Jewish immigrants from the Beta Israel community are recognized as fully Jewish
There are approximately 14,000 waiting to immigrate.
“From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia
The daughter of My dispersed ones,
Shall bring My offering.”
This prophecy is being fulfilled right before our eyes, but when I mention it at Christian small groups I typically get a blank look. Imagine trying to tell it to non-Christians.
The Ethiopian aliyah began in the 1970’s but has been in full swing for 8 years. Ethiopia is specifically named in Ezekiel 38:1-6 in the KJV and NKJV as one of the attackers in the Gog Magog war.
The ESV and NIV include Ethiopia as part of the Cush nations (Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia). Cush was a grandson of Noah who settled in the area and I believe is a more accurate description of what Ezekiel had in mind.
Either way, Ethiopia is part of the Gog Magog invasion and will face judgment. Ethiopia’s Jews are going home so that God can protect them.
“I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 39:6