Title: Operation Exodus – Prophecy being fulfilled.
Publishers:Sovereign World, England
Reviewer: Edozie Udeze
IN the beginning, God made it clear that the Jews were his chosen race. He never minced words when he made the promise to Abraham and later reiterated it when he changed the name of Jacob to Israel. In Operation Exodus written by Gustav Scheller these promises are manifested through the efforts of Ebenezer Emergency Fund, a Christian outfit based in Edinburgh, the United Kingdom. Led by its founders, Gustav Scheller and his wife, Elsa, some Christians in 1991 set in motion the necessary mechanisms to bring back the Jews in exile from different parts of the world, more so, the defunct Soviet Union, referred to as the north in Old Testament times.
The book Operation Exodus situates various biblical quotations on what God said that would happen in these days to return His people to the promised land. When God told Gustav that he should spearhead this mission to return His people of Israel to the Middle East, he didn’t seem to understand God’s voice and direction. But in His ways God kept him on his toes that Gustav began to get the call clearer. Gustav remembered that in Jeremiah 3:18, God said …”they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers …”
But how did the Jews get to the Soviet Union (Russia)? How come they were more in numbers in the countries to the north as it is written in the Bible? The book traces the origin of the second and third exiles of the Jews to the time of Pilate. “History tells us that just before Pilate turned Jesus over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified, the chief priests and elders had goaded the crowd to such a frenzy that they cursed themselves – His blood be on us and on our children, Matthew 27:25. Therefore in AD 70 the Roman Emperor Titus came and sacked Jerusalem, scattering the Jewish people across the earth. God dispossessed His people of their land. Remarkably they maintained their identity for almost 2,000 years, experiencing all the curses of Deuteronomy 28, until God chose to give them back their land and bring back His chosen people. The State of Israel was reborn in 1948 which in itself is a miracle. It has survived war after war, and the process of immigration still continues to this day”.
In Jeremiah 16:14 – 16, Gustav discovered pointedly that that call by God that His chosen people have to go home. “Therefore, behold, the days are coming” says the Lord, “that it shall no more be said, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt, ‘but The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them’. For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.”
This discovery amazed Gustav and his team for God usually makes His words abundantly clear. But what amazed the Ebenezer missionaries most was that God said in Isaiah 49:22 that it is the same Gentiles who scattered His chosen people that would still gather and bring them back to their home land. “This is what the sovereign Lord says”, Isaiah proclaimed to his people. “See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples. They will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders”.
So from all the corners of the Soviet Union before its disintegration, the mission began its Operation Exodus. Within months, many Jews in different locations in the north had begun to nurse the hope to go home. Within ten years millions had been ferried and airlifted home, some old, some sick, others young and vibrant that by the end of the Gulf war more Jews in Russia had gone home to Israel. God’s promises to His people can never be in vain. It is everlasting; it is for eternity. The book reminds the people of the world the role Christians ought to play to fulfill God’s vision and promises to His people. The Jews remain Gods apple and special people; no amount of doubts by the Gentiles or other developments in world history that can obliterate it. God’s covenant is sacrosanct; it is for years and seasons to come. The Operation Exodus rummages deep into the scriptures to capture these stages of promises and what they mean to the Jews and to the world.
This is why in Isaiah 41:9, God said, “I have chosen you and have not cast you away” And when eventually the Jews rejoiced in Psalm 126:1 – 2 they said, “when the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamt. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy”. And so for all time to come there will continue to be rejoicing in the camp of the Jews as God uses the Gentiles to resettle His people.
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