“Who are these that fly along like clouds,
like doves to their nests?” — Isaiah 60:8
Aliyah is Hebrew for “ascent” or “to go up.” In biblical times, it was used to describe the pilgrimage all Jews made three times a year to Jerusalem for holy festivals. Today, it refers to immigration to Israel. These devotions explore aliyah and the fulfillment today of biblical prophecy that God would bring back His children to their ancient homeland, Israel. Discover how you can participate in fulfilling biblical prophecy through The Fellowship’s On Wings of Eagles ministry.
Nearly 3,000 years ago, the prophet Isaiah prophesied in Israel and wrote the book that bears his name. At that time, Isaiah wrote: “Who are these that fly along like clouds, like doves to their nests?” Nearly 800 years ago, the Jewish commentator Rabbi David Kimhi explained that this verse refers to the Jewish people who had been exiled from the land of Israel, but who would return to their homeland in the future. They would come swiftly like clouds in the sky and fly like birds returning to their nest.
Three thousand years ago, Isaiah essentially prophesied the invention of flight!
I often wonder how people understood these verses for thousands of years. I wonder how Jews interpreted Rabbi Kimhi’s comments for centuries. Today, we can understand clearly – we can see with our very eyes – how Jews around the world are literally flying home to Israel. And continue to do so from the four corners of the world.
What’s even more amazing is how the invention of flight parallels modern-day Zionism. As a friend of mine once put it, the Wright brothers came at the right time. In the year 1896, Theodore Herzl, regarded as the father of modern Zionism, published his book Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State), in which he called for Jews to leave Europe and return to their ancestral homeland.
In that very same year, there was a breakthrough in the world of aviation. Smithsonian Institution Secretary Samuel Langley successfully flew an unmanned steam-powered fixed-wing model aircraft. His success caught the attention of two brothers from Ohio, Orville and Wilbur, who subsequently requested any aviation-related information from the Smithsonian. Just as Herzl’s book paved the way for the miraculous re-birth of Israel, the information that the Wright brothers received led to the world-changing invention of flight.
We live in a very well-ordered world. God has been and continues to pave the way toward the final redemption. While Jews and Christians may differ on what that final era will look like, we can all agree that better times are on the way. We must appreciate the miraculous times that we live in and the opportunities available to us.
Join us at The Fellowship as we participate in the fulfillment of biblical prophecies daily, helping Jews from around the world return to Israel through our On Wings of Eagles ministry. We are fortunate to be alive at this point in history, and we have a responsibility to do our part in creating a better future.