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Wednesday, February 8 2012

A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism

The complete series of studies for A History Of Jerusalem:
1. In The Beginning
5. The Glory Of Solomon
9. Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids
13. The Herodian Dynasty
17. Constantine and Muhammad
2. Melchizedek's Salem
6. The Temple Of The LORD
10. Abomination Of Desolation
14. The Coming Of The Messiah
18. The British Mandate
3. Jebus Of Canaan
7. The Capital Of Judah
11. The Hasmonean Kingdom
15. Titus And The Zealots
19. Zionism
4. The City Of David
8. Ezra And Nehemiah
12. Pompey And The Caesars
16. Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba
20. War And Peace

What Does The Holy Bible Actually Say About "Zion"?

The English word "Zion" is a translated rendering of the Hebrew word, pronounced tsee-yone, which originally simply meant an elevated place, or height, with an applied meaning to be bright. Elevated places are naturally more exposed to sunlight and therefore are seen "shining" from lower elevations, but the meaning is also used in its ultimate purpose in such verses as "50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined" (Psalm 50:2 KJV).

In Jerusalem, "Zion" was the name given to one of the highest hills in Jerusalem. Mount Zion is slightly higher than Mount Moriah (the "Temple Mount"), while the nearby Mount of Olives is slightly higher still (see the map below). It was, literally, a natural place for a ruler to be sited - just was, and is, the four-winds "threshing floor" that became the Temple Mount (see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff).

The first specific mention of "Zion" in the Holy Scriptures was when King David took the city of Jerusalem, as directed by the LORD (see A History Of Jerusalem: Jebus Of Canaan and A History Of Jerusalem: The City Of David).

Ancient Jerusalem

"5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel.

5:4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5:5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months [see The Civil War Kings]: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

5:8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward." (2 Samuel 5:3-9 KJV)

While it served as his place of rule during his lifetime, King David always realized that "Zion" was ultimately about the Messiah, Who would come through David's own line of Judah. The human Messiah had to be born of some family; as it happens, it was Judah (the royal line became Judah after Israel's first king, Saul of the tribe of Benjamin, proved himself unfit - it was prophesied to be Judah long before that, in Genesis, obviously looking beyond Saul; see The Civil War Kings) - they are the "chosen people" because of the Messiah, not because they themselves are any different, better or worse, than any other people. As we will read, the Messiah is the Savior of all people, and salvation is open to all people, who repent and obey the LORD (a prime example is Abraham, who wasn't a Jew; see Abraham The Christian and Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates).

"2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." (Psalm 2:6-7 KJV)

"9:11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings" (Psalm 9:11 KJV)

"48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." (Psalm 48:2 KJV)

As we have covered in this series, Jerusalem was assigned, by the LORD, to be in the tribal territory of Judah (the tribe of Judah; see Are Levites 'Jews'?), and later served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Judah (the tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi; see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah).

"14:7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad." (Psalm 14:7 KJV)

"48:11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments." (Psalm 48:11 KJV)

"50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined. 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. 50:4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people. 50:5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself." (Psalm 50:2-6 KJV)

The famous "swords into plowshares" verse of the Holy Bible is about when the Messiah fulfills the above-quoted verses (and many more) as He rules from Zion (see The Coming World Dictator and When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin).

"4:1 But in the last days [see The Last Days Before The Everlasting Days] it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways [see The Way To Salvation: Step 1], and we will walk in his paths [see The Path To Glory]: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)

The Zionist Movement and The Declaration Of The State Of Israel

Many of the people of Judah ("Jew" is merely an abbreviation of the tribal name Judah; see also Who Were The First Jews?) fully understand the Scriptures that plainly say that Jerusalem is rightfully their property, but many don't yet recognize why, or at least Who the Messiah was, is, and what He is going to do when He returns. From that came their "Zionism" or "Zionist" movement of the present day. They are entirely correct in their belief that they have every legal right, and obligation, in the eyes of the LORD, to return to Jerusalem and Judea, but for the most part, they don't identify Who the "Rock of Israel" (as actually stated in the Israel Declaration of Independence, as we will get to; see also The Rock Of The Church) has always been to them. Amazingly, that Biblical reality is stated with the verses about "Zion" itself:

The Holy Scriptures

"11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer [i.e. the KJV uses "Sion" for "Zion" in the New Testament], and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes." (Romans 11:25-28 KJV)

According to the Word of God, the people of Judah are the potential beloved brothers and sisters (when they are awakened, just like for example, the apostle Paul, the Pharisee Saul; see Straight Street) of all who will repent and obey the LORD in their due time, just as are the people of all other religions of this world, including the millions of merely Christian-professing people (they claim to be Christian while ignoring or contradicting Christ's actual teachings) who don't yet recognize the Messiah either (see Antichristians, Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?) and the Muslim world that violently lays claim to Jerusalem for their man-made religion (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). In the meantime, consider what the Word of God says about the people of Judah who don't yet see:

"3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God ["oracles" is the King James word used to refer to the spoken, or oral, Word of God that was written i.e. the Hebrew Scriptures - the only "Bible" that the "New Testament" church ever had or needed; see The By-The-Book Messiah]." (Romans 3:1-2 KJV)

On May 14 1948, prior to the expiration (and completion) of the British Mandate that would almost certainly have restored the far-greater Biblical borders for all of the tribes of Israel (see the map of the "British Mandate" in the study A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate), the impatient people of Judah declared their independence. The text, as read by David Ben-Gurion, who became the first Prime Minister (a political term used in monarchies - but their King is yet to come) is shown below (translated from the Hebrew). Note Mr. Ben-Gurion's profound statements that it was a country created by and for the people of Judah, to be known as Israel (it was actually only the Kingdom/people of Judah that was being restored, but it was to be known by the name that it had prior to the division of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" i.e. see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah) and that they were "placing our trust in the Rock of Israel" (again, see The Rock Of The Church and The First Christian Church).

Israel Declaration of Independence

"ERETZ-ISRAEL [(Hebrew) - the Land of Israel, Palestine] was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books.

After being forcibly exiled from their land, the people kept faith with it throughout their Dispersion and never ceased to pray and hope for their return to it and for the restoration in it of their political freedom.

Impelled by this historic and traditional attachment, Jews strove in every successive generation to re-establish themselves in their ancient homeland. In recent decades they returned in their masses. Pioneers, ma'pilim [(Hebrew) - immigrants coming to Eretz-Israel in defiance of restrictive legislation] and defenders, they made deserts bloom, revived the Hebrew language, built villages and towns, and created a thriving community controlling its own economy and culture, loving peace but knowing how to defend itself, bringing the blessings of progress to all the country's inhabitants, and aspiring towards independent nationhood.

In the year 5657 (1897), at the summons of the spiritual father of the Jewish State, Theodore Herzl, the First Zionist Congress convened and proclaimed the right of the Jewish people to national rebirth in its own country.

This right was recognized in the Balfour Declaration of the 2nd November, 1917, and re-affirmed in the Mandate of the League of Nations which, in particular, gave international sanction to the historic connection between the Jewish people and Eretz-Israel and to the right of the Jewish people to rebuild its National Home.

The catastrophe which recently befell the Jewish people - the massacre of millions of Jews in Europe - was another clear demonstration of the urgency of solving the problem of its homelessness by re-establishing in Eretz-Israel the Jewish State, which would open the gates of the homeland wide to every Jew and confer upon the Jewish people the status of a fully privileged member of the comity of nations.

Survivors of the Nazi holocaust in Europe, as well as Jews from other parts of the world, continued to migrate to Eretz-Israel, undaunted by difficulties, restrictions and dangers, and never ceased to assert their right to a life of dignity, freedom and honest toil in their national homeland.

In the Second World War, the Jewish community of this country contributed its full share to the struggle of the freedom- and peace-loving nations against the forces of Nazi wickedness and, by the blood of its soldiers and its war effort, gained the right to be reckoned among the peoples who founded the United Nations.

On the 29th November, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Israel; the General Assembly required the inhabitants of Eretz-Israel to take such steps as were necessary on their part for the implementation of that resolution. This recognition by the United Nations of the right of the Jewish people to establish their State is irrevocable.

This right is the natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate, like all other nations, in their own sovereign State.


WE DECLARE that, with effect from the moment of the termination of the Mandate being tonight, the eve of Sabbath, the 6th Iyar, 5708 (15th May, 1948), until the establishment of the elected, regular authorities of the State in accordance with the Constitution which shall be adopted by the Elected Constituent Assembly not later than the 1st October 1948, the People's Council shall act as a Provisional Council of State, and its executive organ, the People's Administration, shall be the Provisional Government of the Jewish State, to be called "Israel".

THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

THE STATE OF ISRAEL is prepared to cooperate with the agencies and representatives of the United Nations in implementing the resolution of the General Assembly of the 29th November, 1947, and will take steps to bring about the economic union of the whole of Eretz-Israel.

WE APPEAL to the United Nations to assist the Jewish people in the building-up of its State and to receive the State of Israel into the comity of nations.

WE APPEAL - in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months - to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.

WE EXTEND our hand to all neighbouring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighbourliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.

WE APPEAL to the Jewish people throughout the Diaspora to rally round the Jews of Eretz-Israel in the tasks of immigration and upbuilding and to stand by them in the great struggle for the realization of the age-old dream - the redemption of Israel.


[signed by]

Declaration Of The State of Israel David Ben-Gurion

Daniel Auster
Mordekhai Bentov
Yitzchak Ben Zvi
Eliyahu Berligne
Fritz Bernstein
Rabbi Wolf Gold
Meir Grabovsky
Yitzchak Gruenbaum
Dr. Abraham Granovsky
Eliyahu Dobkin
Meir Wilner-Kovner
Zerach Wahrhaftig
Herzl Vardi
Rachel Cohen
Rabbi Kalman Kahana Saadia Kobashi
Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Levin
Meir David Loewenstein
Zvi Luria
Golda Myerson
Nachum Nir
Zvi Segal
Rabbi Yehuda Leib Hacohen Fishman
David Zvi Pinkas
Aharon Zisling
Moshe Kolodny
Eliezer Kaplan
Abraham Katznelson
Felix Rosenblueth
David Remez
Berl Repetur
Mordekhai Shattner
Ben Zion Sternberg
Bekhor Shitreet
Moshe Shapira
Moshe Shertok

Fact Finder: Is the "abomination of desolation" that is prophesied to occur in the days just prior to the return of the Messiah going to happen to a Temple or "Holy Place" that will have been constructed by the people of Judah, in Jerusalem, by that time?
See The Prophet Daniel's View Of Hanukkah and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today

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This Day In History, February 8

421: Constantius III became co-Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

1204: Byzantine Emperor Alexius IV Angelus was strangled by his successor, Alexius V.

1238: The Mongols burned the Russian city of Vladimir.

1250: "Crusaders" fought Ayyubid forces at the Battle of Al Mansurah (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1587: After 19 years in prison, Mary Queen of Scots, 45, was beheaded in Fotheringhay Castle for her part in an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and return England to Roman Catholicism (it nevertheless remained, as all "Protestants" do, under the spell of nearly all of the anti-Biblical doctrines of the Church of Rome; see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?).

1725: Peter the Great of Russia died. He was succeeded by Catherine I.

1807: Napoleon's forces under Pierre Agureau attacked the Russians at Eylau.

1856: Agostino Bassi, Italian pioneer bacteriologist, died. He preceded Louis Pasteur by 10 years in discovering that many diseases are caused by micro-organisms.

1863: Prussia (a territory in Germany) allied with Russia to suppress a revolution in Poland.

1879: Sir Sandford Fleming first proposed the use of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute.

1904: The Russo-Japanese War began when the Japanese launched a surprise attack on the Russian fleet at Port Arthur in northeast China.

1924: The gas chamber was used for the first time as a form of execution in the U.S. when a man convicted of murder was put to death in Nevada.

1952: Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom after her father, King George VI, died.

1960: Queen Elizabeth II issued an Order-in-Council stating that she and her family would henceforth be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will have the name "Mountbatten-Windsor."

1969: A meteorite weighing over 1 ton struck the earth in Chihuahua, Mexico.

1993: The newly separated Czech and Slovak republics began using separate currencies for the first time.

2010: A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan created at more than three dozen avalanches.


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