Making Aliyah To Physical Jerusalem, Or to Spiritual Jerusalem
On a Christian forum someone said: "We had a major breakthrough, and
thank God, the Aliya [immigration to Israel] is set to resume this
summer, and we hope and pray to bring the first batch of 50 families,
or about 250-300 Bnei Menashe immigrants, to Israel by the end of
August,” said Michael Freund, chairman of Shavei Israel, which is
behind the initiative."
After the Cross, after the Day of Pentecost, and following the
transformation of physical Israel into Israel as a spiritual house (I
Peter 2: 5) making Aliya or Aliyah is something spiritual, not a
physical, and literal trip to Jerusalem. Paul in Galatians 4: 25
teaches that the Jerusalem which now is - that physical Jerusalem
over in the nation of Israel - is in bondage with her children.
Christians are therefore to make a spiritual Aliyah to that
"Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all"
(Galatians 4: 26). Jesus Christ is the door into that Jerusalem which
is above, is free, and is the mother of us all. So, we as Christians
make spiritual Aliyah to Christ.
Making a physical journey of Aliyah to the literal Jerusalem in the
Middle East is returning to the shadows which Hebrews 10: 1 and
Colossians 2: 16-17 talk about. For a Christian believer to make a physical Aliyah to the city of Jerusalem to fulfill a part of the Old Covenant ceremonial law is to mingle the two covenants, which is going against the New Testament (Hebrews 10: 9, "He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second") To continue to observe the parts of the ceremonial law of the Old Covenant, physical Israelites, or Jews, also continue to reject the substance that the shadows of the ceremonial law pointed to, and that substance is Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 10: 1 says "For the law having a shadow of good things to
come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those
sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers
Colossians 2: 16- 17 says "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or
in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the
17. Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."
By "but the body is of Christ" means that the substance which was
foretold by the shadows as part of the Old Covenant is Jesus Christ.