The ideology of Christian Zionism goes beyond the gospel of Jesus Christ to cater to unbelieving Jews. It literally gives the Jew who refuses the gospel of Jesus Christ another alternative. One Christian friend said to me “God will use the Law to reveal himself to them once again, otherwise, they will never hear…”
Yet, the Bible says otherwise. Notice the words of Paul In Romans 10:
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the Law, that the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
Notice that Paul, in context of his heart’s desire and prayer to God, regarding Israel’s salvation, declares that Christ is the end of the Law. He says concerning unbelieving Israelites, who are seeking their own righteousness through the law, “they have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God.”
Remember the context here is Paul’s heart’s desire and prayer for Israel’s salvation.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; …
In verses 6-8 Paul quotes from Deuteronomy and applies those scriptures to Jesus. The context of the Deuteronomy is Israel being gathered back to their inheritance after being in captivity. Interestingly, Paul does not apply it to the land of Israel, but to Christ instead.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Notice that Paul says, “there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek.” He says this with regards to non believers. If God has an alternative for the Jew apart from the gospel revealed in the New Testament, there certainly would be difference between the Jew and the Greek. The Jew would then have a special privilege for salvation apart from the gospel. Yet Paul holds them accountable to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and gives them no other alternative.
13 For whosoever (Jew or Greek) shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
Paul again quotes from the Old Testament, this time from Isaiah in reference to the gospel. He says, “they have not all obeyed the gospel.” This is a specific reference to the Jews who have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God in Christ.
Though a remnant of Jews have believed the gospel, Israel as a whole has not, and God holds the rest of Israel to the same standard by which He as saved the remnant of believing Jews as well as the Gentiles. If they do not believe the gospel, they, like the rest of the world who rejects Christ, will perish.
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
Paul tells us that the gospel is “their sound” and “their words.” Moses testified of the gospel in their Law, and their prophets testified of the gospel as well. Throughout the Old Testament, the Spirit of the Lord was giving witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ through those whom he sent to them.
God gave to Israel Moses, the prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus, the apostles, and the salvation of the Gentiles.
19 But I say, did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
21 But to Israel He saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
The gospel is their testimony, their witness, their message, and if they reject the Gospel there is no other alternative.
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What is Christian Zionism?
Christian zionism is the belief that the rebirth of the State of Israel in the past century is part of end time prophecy, and the Jews living in Israel (even those without Christ) retain a covenant status with God. Christian zionism’s allegiance is to the State of Israel, not to the Jewish people throughout the world. In scripture it was the Jewish people (regardless if the were in Israel or not) who were in covenant with God.
It has always seemed to me that mount Zion is a spiritual state. So that it doesn’t matter where I live physically, as a believer in Christ I have come to mount Zion.
I brought this up to a sister who holds to the belief that those followers of the Lamb standing on mount Zion in Rev 14 are remnant Jews who have come to faith after believing Christians have been raptured away to safety.
This makes utterly no sense to me. Does this mean that if I want to “follow the Lamb wherever he goes” I have to denounce my faith and convert to Judaism until after those Christians get raptured and in this way I can be counted in that number?