FAQ's about Operation Exodus
+ What is the mission of Operation Exodus?
Operation Exodus is a ministry of Ebenezer Emergency Fund International, a Christian organisation called by God to help Jewish people return to Israel, especially from the former Soviet Union, in fulfilment of Biblical prophecy. (Jeremiah 16:14-16, plus many others.)
+ What is "Aliyah"?
Aliyah is the Hebrew word for the process of making immigration to Israel. It's root meaning is "going up", esp. "going up" to the Temple. Also in Judaism -- the honour of being called up to the reading desk in the synagogue to read from the Torah.
+ What are "Olim"?
Someone who "makes aliyah" is called an oleh (m. singular) or olah (f. singular), the plural for both is olim.
+ What is Replacement Theology?
Replacement Theology essentially teaches that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan. Adherents of replacement theology believe the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people, and God does not have specific future plans for the nation of Israel. God has not forgotten Israel and will one day restore Israel to His intended role for the nation He has chosen (Romans Ch.11).
+ What is significant about the Jews returning to Israel?
God has made an everlasting Covenant with Abraham, giving him and his descendants the Land of Israel forever. God has also promised that Abraham's descendants via Isaac and Jacob will be returned to the Land (of Israel) from wherever He has sent them, to dwell there forever. (Leviticus 26:40-45). Also it is to Jerusalem in Israel that the Messiah will return to claim His Kingdom at the End of Days. (Acts 1:11).
+ Why do Christians get involved?
Because God has stated through His prophet Isaiah that the nations (i.e. non-Jews) will be very involved in helping the Jews return to the Land. (Isaiah 49:22-23).
+ What are Fishermen?
Derived from Jeremiah 16:16, which speaks of men/women going out into the nations where God has scattered His Jewish people, and who will bring them back to Israel. The hunters mentioned thereafter are believed to refer to persecutors. The term Fisherman is used by most Christian "Aliyah" organisations.