“Zionism is a movement (originally) for the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel. It was established as a political organization in 1897 under Theodor Herzl, and was later led by Chaim Weizmann” (from this link Zionism).
Probably triggered by the Dreyfus affair,Theodor Herzl responded emotionally to an overwhelming sense of Anti Semitism which stirred in him the sense of an urgent and pressing need to found a Jewish homeland to serve as a refuge for Jewish people who have endured persecution in their diaspora among the nations.
Herzl himself stated that the Dreyfus case turned him into a Zionist and that he was particularly affected by chants of “Death to the Jews!” from the crowds. This had been the widely held belief for some time. However, some modern scholars now believe that due to little mention of the Dreyfus affair in Herzl’s earlier accounts and a seemingly contrary reference he made in them to shouts of “Death to the traitor!” that he may have exaggerated the influence it had on him in order to create further support for his goals.[ Extract from Wikipedia at this link here].
If you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you: You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.
Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods—gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. In the morning you will say, “If only it were evening!” and in the evening, “If only it were morning!”—because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see (Deuteronomy 28:15-16; 64-67).
The essential requirement to obeying God as required by the Law of Moses, was to believe in the Messiah and to give heed to the Word of God spoken through him (see Deuteronomy 18:17-19). God’s purpose for Israel, (and the Jewish people), was for them to be a light to the nations testifying to God and his eternal purpose which was progressively made known through the Hebrew Prophets. God’s purpose culminated in the coming of Jesus the Messiah, the King of kings, of whose dominion there will be no end. There is absolutely no further unique purpose for Israel and the Jews.
Whatever distinction once separated Jew from Gentile has been done away with through the coming of Jesus the Messiah. Israel’s once unique and exclusive election by God has completely ended, not on account of God rejecting Israel per se, but on account of God including, with the faithful remnant of Israel in the Messiah, people from all nations through their faith in Jesus.
God’s purpose was to create in Jesus the Messiah one new humanity out of the two [Jew and Gentile], thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross. Through faith in Jesus, Gentiles have been included with Jews, (who believe in Jesus), in the redeemed, new covenant, Israel of God. Jews who rebel against Jesus the King are completely cut off while they persist in their unbelief in accord with Deuteronomy 18:17-19).
“For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people’” (Acts 3:22-23).
Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands) — remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit (Ephesians 2:11-22).
Gentiles who believe in Jesus Christ have become fellow citizens with God’s faithful holy people. However, instead of returning to the Land in the Middle East in this present world, they are assured that they will become heirs of the new earth along with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob through the resurrection.
It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not (Romans 4:13-17).
You [whether formerly Jew or Gentile, who believe in Jesus the Messiah] have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken —that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:22-29).
He has founded his city on the holy mountain. The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the other dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, city of God: “I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me— Philistia too, and Tyre , along with Cush— and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’” Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.” The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you” (Psalm 87:1-7).
Jesus the Messiah, the Anointed King from the line of David, says, “These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you” (Revelation 3:7-9).
The present Jewish state, calling itself “Israel”, although it is not the redeemed and faithful Israel of God, is, according to the Word of God, an illegitimate, rebellious, nation although it has become a defacto nation. It may be a fait accompli of political Zionism, but it does not have God’s approval nor blessing! Professing Christians who support Zionism and the State of Israel are actually naively supporting a rebellion political movement opposed to Jesus the Messiah – and yet millions of professing Christians throughout the world have made solidarity with Israel one of the most fundamental doctrines of their completely misplaced faith.
Zionism, in rebellion to Jesus Christ, is treason and theft and therefore, void of God’s approval and blessing.
As Jesus taught: “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet (Matthew 21:33-46).
If the chief priests and the Pharisees knew that Jesus was talking about them, what makes any Zionist imagine that Jesus’ parable does not still apply to anyone who thinks they have any right of inheritance or ownership of the Land, while they reject the Son of God, the only true heir?
Now, if religion and God’s promises could be removed altogether from the question regarding the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish nation, then it could be argued simply from a political point of view that they should be left to thrive as an independent nation like any other nation in the world. However, the very basis of Zionism and of the notion of there being a “Jewish people” — and the very basis of naive, misplaced Christian support of Zionism, would not exist had there not once been a Biblical reason prior to the coming of Jesus Christ and the making of the completely new covenant.
The continuity of God’s purpose for Israel and the nations, since the coming of Jesus the Messiah, is certainly not to create an exclusively Jewish nation, but rather a completely new humanity with absolutely no racial or national distinction. Some may argue that this article is biased against Israel, Judaism and the Jews, while having nothing to say against Iranians, Greeks, Arabs, Germans etc. If any other nation dared to call itself “Israel” and claim to have a Biblical right to take possession of land while knowing that it creates hostility, then this article would also be directed against them. But Israel is unique as far as claiming, illegitimately, to have the right to establish itself as a “jewish State”.
The name “Israel” is indeed unique – and the calling of God for all nations to the obedience to God through faith in Jesus the Messiah is the reason for exposing that which masquerades as if it is concerned with God’s purpose while continuing in rebellion against the King.