BIBLICAL QUOTATIONS RELATING TO SO-CALLED US ‘CHRISTIAN ZIONIST RIGHT’ From the Proclamation of the Fourth International Christian Congress
on Biblical Zionism Definition: Biblical Zionism is the firm belief that God chose the Jewish people and bequeathed to them as an everlasting possession the land of Canaan, so that they should give to the world His Word, men of faith, the Messiah and a living example of what it means to follow this one true God and experience His faithfulness and correction. It holds that the modern restoration of Israel is not a political anomaly, but evidence of God’s ongoing faithfulness to His people through His covenant made with the Patriarch Abraham. It goes on to challenge the Church to hold fast to our Great Hope – the coming of the Lord …and to realise that it is dependent upon the triumph of Biblical Zionism. Furthermore, Biblical Zionism recognises the debt that Christians owe the Jewish people, since we share in their spiritual blessings and it involves redressing this debt by demonstrating our concern for them through deeds of genuine love. Quotes: Psalm 122:6 (A Song of Ascent. Of David) ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! May they prosper who love you!’ St Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus teaches about the sheep and the goats. He speaks about the Son of Man coming in his glory, with the angels, and sitting on his glorious throne and judging. Judgment. The goats are those who do not feed the hungry, not give the thirsty to drink, did welcome strangers, clothe the naked, visit prisoners and heal the sick. (What’s this got to do with supporting Zionism? This passage is universalistic. Love must be extended to everybody. Those who fail to do so are promised a most severe condemnation.) Romans 15:27 St Paul says, referring to the Christian churches in Greece – Macedonia and Achaia – How pleased they were to make contribution for the poor among fellow Christians in Jerusalem: ‘they were pleased to do it and indeed they are in debt to them, for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessing, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. The Apostle though, to be exact, is here referring specifically to Jewish Christians, Jews who had accepted Jesus as the Messiah.
is the Christ. and now is. Also. to comfort and pray for them in their trials and adversities. God stands by His covenant even if Israel defaults. implies a contrast with ‘according to the Spirit’.)
. on the Samaritan’s mountain or in Jerusalem? Jesus first asserts the question is the wrong one – but he teaches that. Interesting Jesus before that tells the woman. the covenants. who stand within the mainstream of biblical revelation – they have God’s heritage and it is from them that salvation will emerge ie himself. the giving of the law. it is the Jews.The Biblical Zionism proclamation goes on ‘Christians must take courageous action to support the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel ‘in all its parts’ (Here these Christians show themselves more Zionists than the Zionists. St Paul says no. God who is over all be blessed. and of their race. p.’ Peake’s Commentary: the oracles are commands and laws of God. Romans 3: 1-2 St Paul asks: Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. Amen’ (The phrase ‘according to the flesh’. To begin with. when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and Truth’ That implies the territorial possession of the land of Jerusalem is irrelevant to God’s worship. the glory. 849 ‘Jesus’ word may be an allegorical comment on the imperfect religion of the Samaritans. we worship what we know. and to them belongs the sonship. The Lord speaks: ‘You worship what you do not know. nevertheless. the worship. Quotes: St John 4:22 Jesus speaking to the woman of Samaria. and was and is meant to bring about God’s redemptive plan for the whole world. for salvation is from the Jews. because some Israelis are willing to give up land for peace). according to the flesh. Romans 9:1-5 St Paul says ‘They are Israelites. the Messiah. from Peake’s commentary. is a Jew. that instead ‘the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father’…the hour is coming. based on their past adherence to false gods and present improper worship of the God of Israel… the woman is impressed by the Lord’s insight and raises the standing question between Jews and Samaritans – where should God be worshipped. who had said the Jews claimed that Jerusalem was the place where ‘men ought to worship’. the terms set out in the Covenant with Him. to them belong the patriarchs. the Jews are entrusted with the oracles of God. And the failure of Israel to keep the covenant does not release God from the obligation (oops!) to keep his promises. and the promises. and to proclaim to all men that their election is irrevocable. not the Samaritans.
encompassing a restoration to the Land followed by a restoration to the Lord. and bring you into your own land…I will cleanse you. Before that St Paul had said ‘as regards the gospel. so he may have mercy upon all. and I will take take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a new heart’ Peake’s: First of all. Remember the opening ‘ I was amongst the exiles by the river Chebar. A new heart I will give you. Regardless of political developments within the Jewish State (that means: it doesn’t matter whether Rabin or Sharon.. and they shall be my people and I will be their God. for your sake.Romans 11:29 ‘For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable’. and I will bring them back to this land. The land will be restored to Israel. and the people renewed for the sake of the Lord. the God of Israel. Moral: the contrast here very different from today’s Zionism. compressed argument: ‘Just as you (Gentiles) were once disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience. and a new spirit I will put within you. they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. and gather you from all the countries. we are to stand by her. I will them a heart to know that I am the Lord. they are enemies of God. (namely mass conversion of Jews to Christianity!) Quotes: Ezechiel: 36:24-28 ‘For I will take you from the nations. I will build them up. and not tear them down. But that is reference to Return from the Babylonian exile… NB Ezekiel was ministering among the exiles in Babylon. The ungodly people left in Jerusalem and whose ungodliness is portrayed by Ezekiel shall bring upon themselves a divine judgment. the Jews are to return to their own land. so they have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may receive mercy. make jealous by our zeal for Him and for His Word.’ The Declaration continues: The promised restoration of Israel is to be understood as a two-phased process. For God has consigned all men to disobedience. and not uproot them. for they shall return to me with their whole heart. I will plant them. and the best elements of the people who had been taken to Babylon. paradoxical. Labour or Likud are in power).
. who regarded themselves with self-satisfaction. and declare the word of God to her concerning her destiny.’ Peake’s comments that the distinction here is between those Jews who had been left behind in Jerusalem in the captivity of 597 BC. encourage her.’ Jeremiah 24:6-7 ‘I will set my eyes upon them for good. but as regards election. This is followed by an intense.
The Gentiles have profited by the Jews’ failure (perhaps meaning: the fact that only a minority of them accepted the Gospel). so as to make Israel jealous.
.’ Peake’s: Does this mean there is no hope for anyone but the Remnant? No. says Paul. and they will learn from the Gentile achievement.Quotes: Isaiah 62:1-12 Romans 11:11 St Paul writes: ‘So I ask. have they stumbled so as to fall? By no means! But through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles.