Is God A Zionist?

Zionsim is a nationalist and political movement of Jews and Jewish culture that supports the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel, and opposes the assimilation of Jews into other societies, and advocates the return of Jews to Israel as a means for Jews to be a majority nation in their own state.

For far too long the position of "Zionism" has become the default Evangelical position in America. This position has been based upon the teaching that "Israel" is racial and geographical. The "Jew" is seen as the special and chosen "people" of God and that they have a unique and special place in the eyes of God and in His plans of modern day society.

The most significant event for Zionists regarding Scripture was the establishment of Israel as a nation in 1948. To many Christians, this marked the beginning of the prophecy of Jesus that takes place in the Olivet Discourse which occurs in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. But was this what Jesus was meaning?

Let me point out that Jesus was consistently warning of imminent judgment upon the city.

"Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it." - Matthew 21:43

"But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city." - Matthew 22:7

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate;" Matthew 23:37-39

But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” - Matthew 24:22

"But turning to them Jesus said, 'Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.'" - Luke 23:28

There is little dispute that Jesus, in the Olivet Discourse, was referring to the destruction of Jerusalem which occurred in A.D. 70. Jesus makes it quite clear that "this generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled." This generation meant THOSE people that were living and to whom He was addressing. A generation is 40 years, not over 2,000. Jesus was not referring to the year 1948 nor was He meaning that a generation was an entire lifespan of 70 years, as some have suggested.

This destruction that takes place in A.D. 70 not only included the temple and "one stone not left upon another" but also included the genealogical records. It is interesting to note that Paul even mentions that it is foolish to argue with one that would reference genealogy before this destruction took place.

But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. - Titus 3:9

As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God's work--which is by faith. - 1 Timothy 1:3-4

There are other places that Zionists point to regarding this "special race" of the Jews such as Romans 11. I would like to point out that Paul in his point references ELECTION in respect to the Jews and NOT that the Jews, as a whole, were elect.

"I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? 'Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.' But what is God’s reply to him? 'I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.' So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace." - Romans 11:1-5

The point Paul was making here was that God has a "remnant" in respect to the Jews and that God has not cast off the Jews completely but had reserved His elect from among them just like He reserved 7,000 that had not bowed the knee to Baal. That is quite different than suggesting that the people, racially, ARE elect. Paul did not even remotely suggest that here.

The N.T. commentary on the O.T. prophecies, such as Amos 9:11 do not take this "literal" interpretation like many do today. One clear example is how James, in Acts 15 regarding the "rebuilding of the tent of David, interprets Amos 9:11.

"After they finished speaking, James replied, 'Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written, "'After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.'"

Please note yet another reference to "remnant" here.

Another place in Scripture that is commonly used is in Revelation chapter 7 regarding the 144,000.

And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel. - Revelation 7:4

What is so interesting to note here is that this vision uses two different descriptors. One is that it says John "heard" the number and in verse 9 it says John "saw" a multitude from EVERY nation.

"After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands." - Revelation 7:9

Revelation 7 is therefore not teaching Jewish tribes or natural origin but is rather teaching the elect of God from every nation, tribe, and language. I would like to point out that these nations are intact and not destroyed from amalgamation, interracial marriages, or through some one world government that wishes to destroyed these national boundaries, cultures, or ethnic groups.

Finally, what of this "land" in Israel? Does it only belong to Jews and no one else? Were the O.T. prophecies regarding this land/dirt intended to be interpreted literally? I would suggest that the N.T. commentary of some of these O.T. prophecies says NO. Where is this Mt. Zion and where is this city of Jerusalem today that so many Christians believe is a literal city in modern day Israel? I believe Hebrews 12:22 tells us.

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect. - Hebrews 12:22

All of the O.T. references to exile, captivity, and restoration where shadows of the work of Christ which bring us ALL out of exile and brings us to the city of God in redemption through the finished work of Jesus Christ. This land of fruit and honey is no less the redemptive work of Jesus that has brought us out of the "land" of exile and brought us to the "land" of promise through reconciliation and salvation. God has saved His people and this is the inheritance of all the elect of God from every nation. Therefore, what is this "land" in Israel but a parcel of earth which the Lord has made? Is not the earth and everything in it the Lords (Psalms 24:1)?

So, let me now ask, who are the people of God? What is the "nation" of God that Peter says we have all become members of (1 Peter 2:9)? Who would now build up the wall of partition that God has forever removed (Ephesians 2:14)? Who now wishes to have God a respecter of persons when the Scriptures declare that He is not (Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11)? Are we not all built up together in Christ? When Paul says that a Jew is not one outwardly but is rather one inwardly through the circumcision of the heart, was he not referring to the promise God gave unto Abraham (Romans 2:28-29)?

"I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies," - Genesis 22:17

Was Paul right when he says that "not all of Israel is OF Israel?"

"But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but 'Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.' This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring." - Romans 9:6-7

How much clearer could Paul have been? The children of the promise are counted as offspring! Who are the children of promise except those that God says will be from every nation, tribe, and language?

So, in conclusion, is God a Zionist? No. Does God have a particular "race" He respects over and above all others and wishes for them to inhabit a literal parcel of land? No. Who is Abraham's seed except those that belong to Christ (Galatians 3:29)?

Why is it that some would suppose that only ONE race gets to define its borders and no one else? What of Acts 17:26? Did not Paul make a case for national borders that correspond to ethnic groups? What of the ethnic group of Arabs in the Middle-East?

The Christian Identity movement, British Israelites, and the Black Israelites are NO BETTER than the Pharisees themselves or any modern day Zionists that prided themselves in respect to their race and claimed Abraham was their Father. Please note that the strongest words ever in Jesus' ministry to that claim was shocking.

You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies. - John 8:41-44

God's design is for all us to live in peace, maintain our ethnic borders, and not to argue or dispute things such as "genealogies" that wish to divide us over land and dirt. The people of God are from all over the earth and all of the earth is the Lords. If anything, this "land-grab" that occurred in 1948 was done illegally and has the been the basis of both world wars. It is time that Christians stop acting like God is so interested in a particular race and a parcel of land and get busy with the Gospel which has come to save ALL the elect from all nations!

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." - Romans 1:16

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