Israel Today: A casual glance at Israel’s Law of Return would suggest that yes, they can. After all, the law is meant to provide an easy path “home” for every Jewish person in the world.
But years ago, following controversy over the immigration to Israel of Jews who openly professed faith in Jesus as Messiah, the Law of Return was amended to require applicants to both be born of a Jewish mother, and not have become “members of another religion.”
Israel’s Supreme Court has since then ruled on a number of occasions that professing faith in Jesus makes one a Christian, and therefore a “member of another religion.” As such, these applicants are, in the eyes of Israeli law, ineligible for aliyah.
But is that fair?
After all, Jews who follow Buddhism, or an assortment of New Age religions, or who are avowed atheists (which is the most antithetical position to Judaism) are permitted to immigrate seemingly without scrutiny under the Law of Return’s amendment. more …
Opinion: To get a clear understanding of why Messianic Jews are treated in this way we need to study Romans 11:25-27:
“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”
The great Apostle Paul prophesied a time in which Israel’s corporate stumbling, called a mystery, comes to an end (in Scripture a mystery is a truth now revealed). God is taking from the Gentiles a people for Himself, a remnant chosen by grace. When the last Gentile is saved (fullness of the Gentiles/rapture), Israel’s blindness (of Jesus Messiah) is lifted.
“And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob”
In fulfillment of Jeremiah 30:7, after the time of trouble for Jacob (Israel’s tribulation Genesis 35:10), Israel recognizes Jesus as He turns His attention to saving the remnant of Jews who had fled to the mountains (Matthew 2:15-16) and survived the tribulation (Zechariah 13:8).
“For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” Zechariah 12:1-10
Our God is a covenant keeping God: “and all Israel is saved” (Romans 9:6).
(see Two Trains chapter 3 “The Rapture of the Church and Bema Seat Judgment: here)