Posted by: SandreS | December 1, 2010

Zionism

You are not My people, and I will not be your God (Hosea 1:9).

Israel was once God’s “head” among the nations (Deuteronomy 28:13); but as she was warned, she is now the “tail” (28:44). Instead of imparting spiritual light to the nations, Israel is now blinded (Romans 11:25). God’s divorce from Israel was prophesied by the Prophet Isaiah (50:1); nationally they are “Lo-Ammi” not His people (Hosea 1:9). Israel fell and lost her divine favored-nation status, being temporarily cast away and scattered.

In God’s current dispensation of grace, “the middle wall of partition” between the Jew and the Gentile has been broken down (Ephesians 2:14). There is now, therefore, before God, “no difference between the Jew and the Greek” (Romans 10:12); as “God has concluded them all [all nations including Israel] in unbelief that He might have mercy upon all (Romans 11:32) and believing Jews and Gentiles are now being “reconciled … to God in one body by the cross” (Ephesians 2:16).

The national vanity of the Gentiles now extends even to the modern-day state of Israel. Zionism is the Jewish practice of nationalism, involving the restoration and support of the Jewish state. There is no spiritual difference between Zionism and the nationalism of any other nation, but sadly many Christians are ignorant of this truth. One does not have to look far to find Christians supporting Zionism. It is not uncommon to see the display of the Israeli flag as some “spiritual” act, or even its display side-by-side with the so-called “Christian flag.” Some Christians actively support Israel, even giving monetarily for the return of Jews to Palestine.

This article should not be construed as anti-Semitic (a prejudice against or hostility towards Jews). Neither the Jews, nor their national state, are intrinsically inferior to that of any other nation; but neither are they above any other nation – having any special national privilege before God as they had before – at this time. Instead, we seek to view them right where God currently has them: where there is “no difference.” For the time being their fall has made them simply one of the nations. Their national status has temporarily been reduced to that of the Gentiles.

Yet make no mistake about it, God is not done with Israel. When He has completed His current work with the church, the Body of Christ, He Himself will restore His “beloved” (Romans 11:28) to her preeminent position as the “head,” and “the nations shall come to [her] light, and kings to the brightness of [her] rising (Isaiah 60:3). What a glorious day that will be for God’s plan with the earth. To be ignorant of this important truth is to be “wise in your own conceits” (Romans 11:25).

However, in the meantime Israel has been reduced to the vanity of the Gentles – which two thousand years of history clearly demonstrates. Support of national Israel has no more or less spiritual value than the support of national Barbados. Leave it to Christians to try to undo what God in His purpose has done. An understanding of the revelation given to Paul would save Christians from such vain zeal.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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