Jesus, Zionism, and the Millennial Generation

Creativity, liberalism, cultural awareness, and selfies all describe my generation—Generation Y, or the Millennial Generation. But what probably characterizes us the most is our dislike of labels. We view them as confining and narrow; and they rapidly birth stereotypes—another of our pet peeves.

So, naturally, even as believers in Jesus, when we hear the terms Zionism or Zionist, we tend to steer clear. Many young adults equate Zionism with racism. But that association is completely inaccurate.

Zionists simply believe the Jewish people have a right to create and develop a Jewish state in their historic homeland of Israel. As Bible-believing Christians, we of all people should embrace the Zionist label.

Zionism’s Origin
Modern Zionism is often traced back to Theodor Herzl’s World Zionist Congress in 1897. But its origins actually go back much further—all the way to the book of Genesis.

In Genesis, God promised a Chaldean man named Abram a piece of real estate known then as “the land of Canaan” (Gen. 12:5). This promise is called the Abrahamic Covenant.

God said, “All the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever” (13:15). This promise was unconditional—no strings attached. Thus God the Father was the first Zionist, giving Canaan (Israel) to Abram and his descendants through Jacob as an eternal possession.

Jesus the Zionist
The most ardent Zionist of all is Israel’s Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. Scripture clearly reveals Jesus’ support of the nation of Israel and His Zionistic views.

Jesus Will Destroy Israel’s Enemies. Someday, when Israel calls to Him for deliverance, He will return to Earth and destroy Israel’s enemies: “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zech. 12:9; cf. Ps. 2:8; Rev. 19:15).

Jesus will say to the nations that persecuted Israel,

Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it [provide help] to one of the least of these [the Jewish people], you did not do it to Me (Mt. 25:41, 45).

Jesus Will Establish the Jewish Kingdom in Israel. Following Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). Christians who deny the literal, future millennial reign of Christ in Israel often criticize His disciples for asking such a question.

Notice Jesus’ answer: “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority” (v. 7).

He did not say, “Guys, you’re missing the point! The Kingdom is already reigning in your hearts!” Rather, Jesus affirmed their question’s legitimacy by saying that the time when He will restore the Kingdom to Israel was not for them to know.

In the last days, the Jewish people, persecuted on every side by the anti-Semitic nations of the world, will cry out to their Messiah, “Save now, I pray, O Lᴏʀᴅ;…Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lᴏʀᴅ!” (Ps. 118:25–26). Then the Messiah will return to Earth to rescue them and establish the promised, literal Kingdom of David (Mt. 23:39).

Jesus Will Reign as King of Israel. Jesus’ Zionism is most evident in the fact that He will rule over Israel as King. At His Second Coming, Jesus will assume His rightful seat on the throne of David (Isa. 9:7; Mt. 24:31). As King of Israel, He will rule not only the Jewish state, but also the entire world.

The prophet Isaiah wrote,

The government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lᴏʀᴅ of hosts will perform this (Isa. 9:6–7).

Jesus the Messiah is the ultimate Zionist, and His Father clearly established that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. Jesus will set up the long-awaited Messianic, Jewish Kingdom in Israel, where He will reign eternally and execute justice on the world, seated on the throne of David.

Wear the Label
Fellow Millennials, if ever there were a label followers of Jesus should wear proudly, it is the label “Zionist.” We don’t have to wear it as a sign of political affiliation or as a statement of agreement with all Israel does; but if we seek to imitate the Jewish Messiah, we must stand in solidarity with the very nation He stood with and died for.

The Lord Jesus Christ will one day rule the world from the throne of David in Israel, where He will judge the nations based on their treatment of the Jewish people. Now is the time to choose whether you will wear the Zionist label—proudly standing with the Lord’s Chosen People—or side with the world in its rejection of Israel.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Features

From the Editor Nov/Dec 2015

Christmastime is my favorite time of year. Perhaps it’s because I never celebrated Christmas when I was growing up. I was probably 10 before I even learned Jesus was Jewish.

Who Has a Hold on Hope?

Atheists chalked up another win in August when the Freedom From  Religion Foundation (FFRF) forced the Royster Middle School in Chanute, Kansas, to remove a print of Warner Sallman’s famous 1941 painting...

When the Time Was Right

The Hebrew Scriptures provide inklings of God’s special preparations for His Son. Abraham and his descendants were to live in a specifi c place, the “Promised Land” (Gen. 12:1).

Beyond the Manger

Even at this time of year, when we celebrate Jesus’ birth, most people don’t know who Jesus is. The Bible has much to say about the One who was born in a manger in Bethlehem.

Waiting for His Shout

It is not difficult to picture the scene Jesus’ disciples witnessed when the resurrected Lord ascended from the surface of the earth, rising higher and higher. Their squinting gaze no doubt focused...

With Justice for All

Imagine a world where all nations are at peace, and there is no war and no threat of deadly terrorism; all politicians and government officials are honest, trustworthy...

Subscription Options

1 Year Digital Subscription

  • *Free PDF Book Download - What on Earth is God Doing? by Renald Showers
  • *Free Full-Issue PDF Downloads

$9.99 every year

1 Year Digital with Archive Access

  • *Free PDF Book Download - What on Earth is God Doing? by Renald Showers
  • *Complete Access to Our Growing Archive—Eventually Back Through Our Inaugural Issue In 1942
  • *Free Full-Issue PDF Downloads of Current Issues and Select Archives

$19.99 every year

2 Year Digital Subscription

  • *Free PDF Book Download - What on Earth is God Doing? by Renald Showers
  • *Free Full-Issue PDF Downloads

$19.99 every 2 years

2 Year Digital with Archive Access

  • *Free PDF Book Download - What on Earth is God Doing? by Renald Showers
  • *Complete Access to Our Growing Archive—Eventually Back Through Our Inaugural Issue In 1942
  • *Free Full-Issue PDF Downloads of Current Issues and Select Archives

$39.99 every 2 years

3 Year Digital Subscription

  • *Free PDF Book Download - What on Earth is God Doing? by Renald Showers
  • *Free Full-Issue PDF Downloads

$29.99 every 3 years

3 Year Digital with Archive Access

  • *Free PDF Book Download - What on Earth is God Doing? by Renald Showers
  • *Complete Access to Our Growing Archive—Eventually Back Through Our Inaugural Issue In 1942
  • *Free Full-Issue PDF Downloads of Current Issues and Select Archives

$59.99 every 3 years

Free 1 Year Digital Subscription

Unlimited Articles

Free