As I sit here writing this, the US Presidential election has been called (by the news media) for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Although incumbent President Donald Trump has not yet conceded and the official results of the election have not been certified in many states, for the purposes of this blog I am going to follow the example of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and assume that Biden will indeed be inaugurated in January.
This is not what most of us were hoping for.
But there IS some reason (speaking of things in the natural to start with) for hope and optimism.
For starters, the “Blue Wave” which was supposed to sweep Biden into the White House with a large cohort of allies in Congress didn’t happen, denying him the mandate he was hoping for to push the Progressive agenda. In fact, it is almost unthinkable that Joe Biden will run for a second term in four years, when he will be 81 years old. It is therefore likely that he will be, to a certain degree, a lame duck President from his first day in office.
It is also true that the Republicans surprised everyone, including themselves, by gaining seats in the House of Representatives and appear to have retained a majority in the Senate. Add that to the large number of conservative judges that Trump managed to get appointed to the federal judiciary in the last four years and it can be seen that the Progressive Left will NOT have an unimpeded path to impose their agenda on everyone else.
Looking ahead, in two years, if the Lord tarries that long, there will be mid-term elections and the Party in the White House almost always loses ground in the Congress in those elections. In 2024, if the Lord tarries that long, there will be another Presidential election, and the White House will be up for grabs, with the Republicans having an excellent chance of re-taking it.
I know that’s an optimistic appraisal of the situation and I also know that many of my past blogs have included advice to my readers to see themselves more as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven and less as citizens of the USA. I stand by that advice, but I also recognize that there are many who need a word of encouragement right now and that’s what I’m trying to give here.
But I want to talk about something else for a moment.
In the midst of all that has happened in 2020, there is a development that I believe gives a strong hint to us about what God is doing in this season of history. According to the Jewish Agency, nearly 250,000 Jewish people from all over the world, including a large cohort from North America, are expected to make Aliyah (immigrate) to Israel by 2025. Frankly, I think that estimate is on the low end and the numbers could end up being much higher.
Some Evangelical leaders have begun to acknowledge that God has allowed Joe Biden to become the US President for a reason, and I think the reason it’s been allowed to happen is because his policies, and the reaction to them by his political opponents, and the reactions to those reactions, etc. are all going to DRAMATICALLY increase the intensity of several factors which are already pushing American Jews to consider immigrating to Israel.
So with all that in mind, here’s my suggestion.
Get involved, however you can, in helping the Believer communities and ministries that are active on the ground here in Israel and who are assisting these Jewish immigrants. The capacity of Israel to absorb large numbers of new immigrants has been allowed to atrophy since the last large Aliyah that occurred after the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. Since around 1997, most years have seen between 20-30,000 new immigrants come, with a few thousand more or less in some years. But for sure, Israel hasn’t had to absorb the kind of numbers that we’re expecting to come in a very long time. There are shortages of nearly everything needed to assist these new immigrants in their first few months and years in their new/old homeland, from living quarters in absorption centers to qualified Hebrew language teachers and everything in between.
There are several Israel Believer congregations and Christian ministries here which are set up to help with this looming challenge and which also have years of contacts with the Jewish Agency and other relevant organizations and government agencies. If you’re already involved with one of those ministries, pray about getting more involved. If you aren’t involved at all, pray about how to get started.
But God is definitely on the move in Israel and the Jewish Diaspora in this season of history, and wherever you’re reading this, you can and should be part of this move.
In the meantime, here’s a link to a blog I wrote a few years ago entitled “When Disaster Strikes, BELIEVE!” which seems highly relevant this week and which I hope blesses someone out there.