Q. What effect do you think the Rapture will have on American Jews as far as their return to Israel is concerned? If I understand correctly this prophecy will not be completely fulfilled until after Ezek. 38. However, do you think the Rapture will also influence their decision somewhat? Also, do you think this will be another reason why America’s global influence will be lessened, along with the Rapture?
A. I think the greatest emigration of Jews to Israel will follow the Battle of Ezekiel 38 because that’s when they’ll realize their relationship with God has been re-established (Ezekiel 39:22). In my opinion, the primary effect of the rapture on the left behind world will be a mass conversion to Christianity. I think this will be the end times revival the Charismatic Church has been looking forward to, not realizing they won’t be here to see it.
Obviously a portion of the post-rapture converts will be Jews. Some of them will become the 144,000 servants the Lord will raise up from among the tribes of Israel (Rev. 7:2-8).
The disappearance of several million born-again Christians combined with the emigration of Jews to Israel will no doubt have a serious effect on America. At 5.2 million, America has a large Jewish population, only slightly smaller than Israel’s 5.7 million. Between them America and Israel are currently home to over 80% of the world’s Jewish people. But after the church is gone America will quickly become a much less comfortable place for its Jewish residents.