Zionism & Anti-Zionism

It is time to turn the conflict between Zionism and Anti-Zionism completely on its head

from a Christian Perspective!

 

It is time to reclaim the term, “Zionism” and to correctly define “Biblical Zionism” which is approved by God and which is in line with His purpose in Jesus the Messiah according to the New Covenant. 

True Zionism must be contrasted against the rebellion of both “Jewish Zionism” and so-called, “Christian Zionism” – (the latter, ironically, is neither Christian nor in line with the truth of the gospel of the kingdom of God). 

The Zionist goals and ideology approved by God, which certainly are not for a Jewish state,  are not attained by political power, false propaganda, military power, democracy or popular opinion, nor by appealing to “the Holocaust” and not through any declaration of the rebellious nations of the world – but only through the obedience to God which comes through faith in the King of Zion, Jesus the Messiah.

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).

It is time to replace the illegitimate, rebellious “Zionism”, (which glorifies the flesh and exalts Jewish identity above that of the new, non-racial humanity being founded by Jesus), with the genuine and true Zionism which glorifies and honours the King of Zion in spirit and in truth!

It is time to replace the illegitimate, rebellious “Zionism”, which engenders racism, hostility and nationalism, with the genuine Zionism which extends the kingdom of God beyond Judea, Samaria, beyond race, ethnicity, language and culture – and beyond any earthly borders so as to reach the ends of the whole world.

It is time for the true Zionists, who are called to the obedience to God which comes through faith in Jesus the King of Zion, to firmly stand against the false Zionists in the spirit of truth and love. 

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him (John 12:14-16).

The King of kings, the King of Zion, did not come first with the great pomp and ceremony expected by the world, riding upon a white stallion, dressed in his royal robes, with a host of his ambassadors and servants blowing trumpets and calling upon the people to bow down in honour and respect. On the contrary, he came in love, – meek, gentle and forgiving with a mission to unite all of humanity who will believe in him and to reconcile them all to God in everlasting peace.

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth (Zechariah 9:9-10). 

Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:-17).

The King of Zion says these encouraging words to his faithful assembly:

“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 3:9).

Rejoice, Daughter Zion, Daughter Jerusalem, Jesus has atoned for your sins and taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy by the overwhelming power of his love and mercy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you, do not fear. The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves! 

How does the Lord, the Mighty Warrior, save? He does not save you by vindicating you in spite of your sins. He does not vindicate you by immediately striking your enemies dead. On the contrary, he exposes your human weakness, he shows you the extent of your own sin so that in love and mercy, you and even your perceived enemies, may be reconciled one to another and to God for the glory of Zion. He no longer sets Jew apart from Gentile in the flesh because all of humanity in the realm of the flesh have fallen way short of the glory of the King of Zion who is seated at the Right Hand of God on his glorious throne in heaven.

The word of the Lord Almighty came to me. This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.” This is what the Lord says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain (Zechariah 8:1-3).

How, will the King of Zion establish Jerusalem as the glorious, eternal and Faithful City? Will it be in this present earthly realm as some Zionists may suppose and hope in vain? What do the Scriptures say?

Abraham, the man of genuine faith, met the King of ‘Salem, the King of Righteousness – when he, the King of Righteousness appeared to Abraham as the spiritual man from the heavenly realm – an eternal spiritual man who had no natural father or mother and in whose image the first man, Adam was made from the dust of the earth. Abraham met the King of Zion even before the King of Zion came to Jerusalem under the veil and appearance of a man in the flesh, lowly and riding upon a donkey as the son of man.

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 [in the true, sincere and faithful spirit of Zionism] was looking forward to the City with foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Hebrews 11:8-10).

After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything (Genesis 14:17-20).

This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. 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 7:1-4).

(Adam, in his humanity, is also referred to as the son of God. In his being born into humanity, the man from heaven, also became both the Son of God and the Son of man.)

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him (Psalm 2:7-12).

Jesus said, “I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven —the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him” (John 3:12-15).

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man [bearing the likeness of the first man when he was made flesh] is of heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man (1 Corinthians 15:44-49).

The Jews answered Jesus, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”

“I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonour me. I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”

At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”

 

Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”

“You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”

“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds (John 8:48-59).

Jesus said to the Jews that before Abraham even existed, that He was always the eternal One from heaven who existed from before creation – and for this, the Jews wanted to stone Jesus for apparent blasphemy, because, by saying, “Before Abraham, I am”, thus claiming to exist before Abraham and equating himself with YHWH.

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers —the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob —has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation (Exodus 3:13-15).

Melchizedek, the spiritual man from heaven, who had no mother or father and who appeared to Abraham as the priest of the Most Holy God, needed to also come to his people in the form and likeness of a man like us, in order to qualify as the high priest who represents God to man as the King of Zion, but also, representing man to God as our High Priest.

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil — and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Hebrews 2:14-18).

Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. And no one takes this honour on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was. In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 5:1-6).

 

There is much protest from the false “Zionists”, both Jewish-Zionists and so-called, “Christian Zionists”, calling upon us, who oppose them, to renounce the notion of so-called, “replacement theology” – which suggests that the church is the true, redeemed Israel of God, (not by replacing the Jews per se), but by including believing Gentiles who have been born again of the Spirit, into one body with the Israel of God comprised of the Jews and Gentiles who believe in Jesus. But all Christians cannot deny that Jesus is the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek which has indeed replaced the former priesthood of the descendants of Aaron.

If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life (Hebrews 7:11-16).

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 you come to him [Jesus the Messiah], the living Stone —rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” And, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God  – (you who are are gathered in the name of Jesus the King of Zion); once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (1 Peter 2:4-10). 

Now, the Way of true and faithful Zionists, is not to go up to the earthly city of Jerusalem, (which, figuratively speaking, would be like going back to bondage in Egypt), nor is the goal of Zionism  to settle within contested earthly borders, but to be scattered among the nations as the light of the world, for we are a faithful assembly who are being gathered to Zion, the heavenly city through faithfully responding to the call of Jesus the Messiah.

But 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.

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).

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has acknowledged that Israel would not exist as a nation had it not been for the support of “Christian Zionists” whose vision even preceded that of Jewish Zionism. However, by reclaiming the true Zionism, we will eventually become a united voice of millions and millions of Christians throughout the world who rebuke “Christian Zionists” for having so misplaced their allegiance and support, giving it to those who rebel against Jesus instead of to the Israel of God and the King of Zion. “Christian Zionists” cannot claim that their allegiance is with the heavenly city and Jesus the Messiah, when they accuse their brothers of holding to so-called “replacement theology”, when it is they, the “Christian Zionists” who have replaced the faithful assembly of Israel with that of Jews who reject Jesus the King.

The divide between the heavenly Jerusalem and the earthly Jerusalem, (which is now figuratively compared to Egypt and Sodom), is a huge chasm where the natural man in the flesh will not be able to cross over. A true Hebrew is one who has crossed over from death to life through faith in the victorious King of Zion. God only has one holy nation who are called out of darkness into his glorious light.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars —they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death” (Revelation 21:1-8).

Hebrews 11:8-10 says that Abraham and all of the faithful, did not receive the promises or enter the heavenly city before they died, they only saw the things promised from afar. However, those who are not being gathered to Zion, the heavenly city, but who try to take the earthly land by their own power, will, if they do not repent and put their faith in the King of Zion, only see the glorious City of Zion from afar – and they will not be able to enter.

Of the generation whom Moses led out of Egypt, only Caleb and Joshua entered the Promised Land – and this, prophetically, prefigured the present situation whereby only the faithful assembly in Jesus the King of Zion, will enter the glorious heavenly City whose architect and builder is God.

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honour than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honour than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”

Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief (Hebrews 3:7-19).

Who are they who heard and rebelled? They are professing Christians, who seemingly reponded to the gospel and who were being called to the heavenly city, but who were distracted and fell from their faithfulness as they firstly, denied that they were indeed the redeemed Israel of God – and secondly, who gave their support and allegiance to the rebellious people whom they claimed were the Israel of God as they tried to take possession of the earthly city – which, has already been said, is compared to Egypt and slavery. The following passage is to be understood figuratively:

Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city —which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on (Revelation 11:7-12).

Who are the true Zionists,  the sons and daughters of Zion? They are the children born of the promise by the power of the Holy Spirit and they remain faithful to the King of Zion – they do not betray him to those who reject him and who claim to be Israel as they take possession of the Promised Land by military power. To return to the earthly city under the misleading banner of Zionism, is actually to return to a wretched life of pride in the flesh and bondage to sin.

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 (who are one body, one assembly, one family, one holy nation in Christ), 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.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 4:21 – 5:1).

We must stand firm against the false Zionists – and may the true sons and daughters of Zion speak with one united voice and declare the praises of the King of Zion through whom our God reigns!

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