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Wednesday, February 8 2012
A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism
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).
"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.
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)
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)
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:
"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).
"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.
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?
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.