Zionism (Hebrew: צִיּוֹנוּת Tsiyyonut [t͡sijo̞ˈnut] after Zion) is the nationalist[fn 1] movement of the Jewish people that espouses the re-establishment of and support for a Jewish state in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel (roughly corresponding to Canaan, the Holy Land, or the region of Palestine). Modern Zionism emerged in the late 19th century in Central and Eastern Europe as a national revival movement [source Zionism – Wikipedia].
In June 2019, I posted a blog entitled, Zionism and The New Humanity – Part One, which implied that there would be a follow-up blog, part two, (this is it).
Zionism is more of a political issue than one concerning the fulfilment of Bible prophecy, but it is often justified on the basis of it being a reasonable solution to create a safe-haven for the Jewish people in response to antisemitism throughout the world as well upon the claim that it is supposedly the fulfilment of prophecy of the gathering of the Jews from their diaspora.
This rationale for Zionism also, therefore, implies that Anti-Zionism is a wicked response which resists God’s purpose and which is motivated by Anti-Semitism – i.e. motivated by an irrational hatred of the Jewish people and to derpive them of their heritage and land. (Please also see my blog, A Perplexing Message for Zionists & Palestinians). However, in this article, I will show that Zionism is actually opposed to God’s purpose of creating one new humanity and that God, in that case is himself, an Anti-Zionist.
Political Zionists and so-called “Christian Zionists ” broadly agree that that the land of Canaan was promised to Abraham and his descendants through the “son of the promise”, i.e. typified by Isaac. However, what is so overlooked is that Abraham knew about the exile of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden and even when living in the Promised Land, Abraham was expecting to receive the promised inheritance in the eternal, heavenly realm where Melchizidek lived. Melchizedek was a heavenly man who had no human mother or father and no beginning of days like other human beings born to human parents. He was a spiritual man in heaven who later took upon himself the form and likeness of a human being, a son of man, and the son of God, in the person of Jesus the Messiah. Jesus is the heir of the promises.
First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! (Hebrews 7:2-4).
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Hebrews 11:8-10).
The LORD said through the prophet Amos, “I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them” (Amos 9:15).
We cannot claim that we are children of Abraham if we do not share the same faith as Abraham. Abraham did not try to build a settlement in the promised land, on the contrary, he lived in the promised land still as a sojourner in makeshift tents – for he was looking forward to the city with [eternal] foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
If Israel try to attain righteousness in the flesh, by observing the Old Covenant Law, they will once again be dashed to pieces on account of their stiff-necked unbelieving hearts which are inclined towards sin – and they will perhaps finally be exiled from the promised land in which there is the heavenly city built by God. The fulfilment of the prophecy given through Amos, (quoted above), will be in the heavenly realm, through faith in Jesus and through the circumcision of the heart by the Holy Spirit.
“‘This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go ahead, add your burnt offerings [holocaust] to your other sacrifices and eat the meat yourselves! For when I brought your ancestors out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you. But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. From the time your ancestors left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I sent you my servants the prophets. But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their ancestors.’
“When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer. Therefore say to them, ‘This is the nation that has not obeyed the Lord its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips (Jeremiah 7:21-28).
There is only one way to faithfully obey God and that is through faith in Jesus the Messiah who circumcises our hearts by the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Israel, in the flesh and according to the Old Covenant Law, cannot obey God nor attain righteousness and will therefore not enter the promised land with Abraham, Issac and Jacob while they reject Jesus the Messiah. Jesus is the great stumbling stone for many Jews who will find that many Gentiles will have received their inheritance in their place lest they repent.
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame” (Romans 9:30-33).
As we noted in the prophecy of Jeremiah, (quoted above), the Lord spoke to the stiffnecked and unfaithful people of Israel. Though they had been entrusted with the Law, the Law could not change the sinful inclination of their hearts. Therefore, the Law itself, instead of making them righteous, judged and condemned them. Human effort to keep the Law would always result in their being exiled from the Promised Land on account of missing the mark.
However the Lord did say in that same Law that He would circumcise their hearts and eventually gather them to the land in faithfulness so that they would never be exiled nor scattered again.
The gathering to Zion in faithfulness is happening now through the call of Jesus the Messiah and King, but it begins in the earthly dimension to find its fulfilment only in the parallel spiritual dimension of heaven, which is presently unseen by those who are confined only to the realm of mortal flesh.
As Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3).
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
Israel, according to the flesh, may still try to attain righteousness by the very same Law which condemns sinful flesh, but the outcome of such human effort does not – and cannot – ever meet God’s glory.
As we noted from Abraham who lived in tents even in the promised land, it is not – and has never been – a case of being physically in the Promised Land in the flesh, which is the vain ideology of Zionism. But neither should we be concerned that presently we may be scattered among the nations. We are scattered among the nations as ambassadors of the King of kings while we still live in the tent of this mortal body of flesh, but our eternal inheritance with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is kept safe for us in heaven. We are heirs with Abraham of the whole earth.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived in makeshift tents even in the Promised Land.
Israel’s unfaithfulness in failing to recognise Jesus the Messiah has resulted in them being shut out from the heavenly parallel dimension which they may only enter when they acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. If they should die in their unbelief, they will also die in their sins and will have forfeited the opportunity of entering the true City of Zion of which Jerusalem, the earthly city, was only a shadow of the eternal city whose builder is God.
Jesus says, concerning the heavenly city of Jerusalem, “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star” (Revelation 22:12-16).
No one who is only in the realm of the flesh and still uncircumcised in their hearts will enter Zion. We, who are called to the obedience that comes from faith in Jesus the Messiah, will enter Zion, the heavenly city, never to be uprooted again.
Many people from among all the nations, who were once foreigners to Israel, have been joined to God’s holy, redeemed nation Israel through their faith in Jesus the Messiah. They are more numerous than what could possibly ever be accommodated in the original borders of the Land of Canaan. Their hope is for the heavenly country together with Abraham in the resurrection. They have been born again from above and spiritually they already enter the heavenly Zion by faith. They have become citizens of heaven and are called to the obedience to Jesus the Messiah that comes through faith. They have been circumcised in their hearts and there is neither Jew nor Gentile nor any other dividing nationality that once existed in the realm of this world and of the flesh into which we were first born.
In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead (Colossians 2:11-12).
You 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 (Hebrews 12:22-24).
However, just as there were many natural descendants of Israel who remained in spiritual darkness because they failed to recognise Jesus the Messiah and were looking for the kingdom of God to come in an obvious way that could be seen in the realm of the flesh, so too, will many professing Christians fail to enter the heavenly city because they still live as mere, uncircumcised humans and as slaves to sin in the realm of the flesh.
Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst” (Luke 17:20-21).
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory (Romans 8:13-17).
Just as the Jews who rejected Jesus were expecting yet a future literal one-thousand year reign of the Messiah from the earthly city, simply because they failed to understand that the earthly shadow had fully served its purpose, so too, are there many professing Gentile Christians who evidently have not come to Zion and to the King in faithfulness, as they expect his reign to only commence some time in the future. We enter Zion now when we come to the obedience of faith and when we obey our King who is already seated upon his heavenly throne at the Right Hand of God.
Premillennialism, which expects a future and literal one-thousand year reign of Jesus, is a false future hope which may leave many professing, carnal-minded Christians on the outside of the kingdom of heaven now. In fact their own confession, i.e. that they are still sinners in the realm of the flesh, is their own testimony that they are not being led by the Spirit and nor have they yet entered the kingdom of God. In other words, they still fall short of the glory of Zion and of the exalted King and many of them actually support the Jewish initiative of Zionism believing that in so doing, they are being faithful to God.
Some people call themselves “pan-millennialists”, neither pre-, post- nor non-literal millennialists, because they are waiting to see how things may pan out when Jesus eventually comes in his glory. However, if people confess that they are “sitting on the fence” and uncertain as to when Jesus will reign, it means that they have not entered the kingdom of God by faith – because Jesus reigns now by putting his Spirit in us to move us to obey him. The kingdom of God is presently in our midst as we obey the King, it will not “pan out” or become a reality only some time yet in the future.
The apostle Paul taught that Jesus would not appear in his heavenly glory until the rebellion occurs and the great apostasy happens, which is a falling away from the true faith. Genuine faith is manifested through obedience to Jesus the King now.
That rebellion described by the apostle Paul is happening through Dispensational Premillennialism as many professing Christians support Zionism which is to return in a state of rebellion against Jesus to the fallen, desolate earthly city which is now cut off from Zion, (i.e. cut off from the heavenly City of which the earthly was once only a shadow).
While the earthly city of Jerusalem stood with the earthly Temple, it actually and ironically signified that the way into the heavenly City had not yet been opened nor revealed. But the way into the heavenly realm has now been opened by Jesus through the tearing of the curtain, which was his earthly body if flesh. He is the spiritual man from heaven and his earthly body became the tabernacle (temple) for his earthly sojourn.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:19-23).
Those who reject Jesus and the New Covenant are hostile towards God and the Messiah and are under the curse of the Old Covenant Law.
Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.
These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written: “Be glad, barren woman, you who never bore a child; shout for joy and cry aloud, you who were never in labour; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.” Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman (Galatians 4:21-31).
I will boldly state, according to what I have gone to lengths to teach in the articles posted on this blog site, that according to the definition of Zionism, i.e. to create a Jewish state, the God of Israel is himself, anti-Zionism. Furthermore, Zionism is a political goal which is in rebellion against God and the Messiah.
Premillennialism has a future expectation of the coming of the kingdom of God, even though they will acknowledge that Jesus is seated upon the highest throne in heaven. They look to the earthly city of Jerusalem, rather than towards the city whose architect and builder is God.
Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body (Philippians 3:17-21).