The controversy about the land of Israel begs a very definite question. Where are all the people going to fit when the Jews return along with the ten lost tribes? How many people could we be talking – additional tens of millions or are we possibly up around 100 million or more, all in a country the size of New Jersey? When we are told in scriptures that 1/3rd of the world population will survive the upcoming war and acts of Hashem, are we talking the righteous that will live in this small country? After all, now we are talking 1/3rd of 7.3 billion people or approximately 2.4 billion people living where?
22 For if you keep all these commandments which I command you to do them, to love the L-rd, your G-d, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave to Him,
23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will possess nations greater and stronger than you.These verses are obviously delineating a much larger area for the future Land of Israel. From verse 24 and this picture:
24 Every place upon which the soles of your feet will tread will be yours: from the desert and the Lebanon, from the river, the Euphrates River, and until the western sea, will be your boundary.
25 No man will stand up before you; the L-rd your G-d will cast the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land upon which you tread, as He spoke to you.
4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the rugged shall be made level, and the rough places a plain;If you look at much of Israel now, you will see a very hilly area that if it were stretched out as the verse says, the area would see quite an increase in size.
I have also been asked where are all the jobs that will be needed to give livelihood to the many, many new citizens of the land. There are two answers. If we go by the RAMBAM who said that things will be “business as usual,” meaning that even though the world will no longer be with evil, B”H, we might still have to produce all our basic needs, in other words, work for a living. Israel today is the most self-sufficient country in the world. We have an abundance that we actually export so much to the world. How is that possible? Hashem made Jews extremely intelligent. If we all of a sudden had a great increase in population, we would also have a great increase in production, manufacturing, which means many, many more jobs created to take care of the population. The new land also would produce as the desert did after the Jews returned. Simple.
But let us look at the more miraculous and more probable path of the future. When we were in the desert after the first Geula, we were in need of nothing. Hashem provided Manna from Heaven, portable wells to follow us, climate control, our clothes did not wear out or need cleaning for 40 years and what we ate and drink was completely absorbed, so we did not need porta-potties (I am trying to stay polite about the subject). All our needs were met miraculously. We are told in the future the miracles will be more numerous for the final Geula than our time in the desert. Will we have to work? Will we have to make our own livelihood or as it is brought down, Hashem will provide everything.
We are talking about a life on Earth that is beyond our comprehension. It is not the life of testing and tribulations that we now experience. It will be so wonderful, that if we could experience a few seconds of what is coming up, including Hashem not being allusive to us anymore, we would never sin again and completely be serving Hashem every second of the day. We would say: “I want that for me and my loved ones, sign me up.” Well, we are already signed up. We are in the outer chamber waiting to go into the lavish banquet hall (as it says in Pirkei Avos). All we need to do is completely turn to Hashem now for everything, do His commandments, live the Torah (The Absolute Truth), and we are good to go for eternity.