ZIONISM OR ZION’S KING?

Why are Christians supporting and promoting Zionism rather than proclaiming Zion’s King?

Because that’s what is being taught in church and by way of Christian media.

Christian Zionism is the bad fruit of Dispensational Theology.

Scripture does not leave anyone to wonder who Zion’s King would be, or what his reign would be like.

– Zion’s King would be just.

– He would set the captives free by blood covenant.

– He would be the King of Peace to all people, both to the Jews and to the Gentiles.

– His dominion would be to the ends of the earth, and not limited to an earthly piece of land!

Zechariah the prophet said:

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.” Zechariah 9:9-11

In the following verse we see the fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy.

“On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Zion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.” John 12:13-15

King David said God would raise up Christ to sit on his throne. This speaks of Christ’s resurrection. Christ, the King, now occupies the throne of David.

“Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.” Acts 2:29-31

Zion’s King is the King of the whole earth.

“Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:” Romans 3:29

GENTILES (ethnos) a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan):–Gentile, heathen, nation, people.

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Matthew 28:18

POWER (exousia): (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

The only “forever” Jerusalem is the Jerusalem which is above.

“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,” Hebrews 12:22

“For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Hebrews 13:14

What is written, is written.

“And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.” John 19:19-22

RELIGION vs. CHRISTIANITY

Christian Religion invalidates the word of God through man’s tradition.

True Christianity is based solely on the word of God.

Christian Religion promotes self-righteousness.

True Christianity promotes the righteousness of Christ.

Christian Religion is focused on good deeds.

True Christianity focuses on faith in Jesus Christ.

Christian Religion accepts all religions as equal.

True Christianity proclaims Jesus Christ as the only Saviour, and invites all people to come to Jesus.

Christian Religion kills it’s enemies.

True Christianity loves it’s enemies.

Christian Religion is often expressed in legal formalities.

True Christianity is exhibited by faith.

Christian Religion seeks to change things through politics.

True Christianity seeks to change man’s heart through preaching the Gospel.

Christian Religion often turns people away from Jesus.

True Christianity draws people to Jesus.

Christian Religion can be harsh and unmerciful.

True Christianity is expressed in love, hope, joy, peace, kindness, comfort and mercy.

Christian Religion follows man.

True Christianity follows Jesus!

A MOTHER’S DAY STORY

It was the end of 1997 and we had just sold our home. Our plan was to move around March of the following year, but unforseen circumstances made it necessary for us to move sooner than planned. Our new residence wouldn’t be ready for another three months so we needed a place to stay temporarily. My parents had a vacant apartment on the second floor of their two family home, so I asked my mother if we could stay there. She said no. Suffice to say that our relationship was not the best, never was, and that it wasn’t all her fault.

I prayed and asked the Lord to “give me my mother back.” I was asking the Lord to restore our relationship. I went on a fast and after three days I hesitantly called my mother again and asked her the same question. She not only said yes, but told me I could store my belongings in her attic. It was from that point on that our relationship slowly began to mend, by the grace, mercy, and Spirit of God.

A couple of years ago I attended a funeral service. The preacher told the people that whatever their relationship was with the deceased person, that’s what it would be forever. Whatever was said was said, and whatever was unsaid would forever remain unsaid. He poignantly went on to say “what is written, is written.” Truly memorable words. On March 12, 2007 my mother went to be with the Lord. The day before she died I stood by her bedside, hoping she could hear me, and said goodbye.  I told her that she was the best mother in the world and that one day we would see each other again.  I thought it might be the last time I would see her alive, and it was.  What is written is written, what was said was said, and by God’s grace I have no regrets.

DOVE SE PICCOLINO? – Where Are You Little One?

“Dove Se Piccolino” is a poem my mother learned in Italy when she was a little girl. She recited it in Italian. I cannot read or write in Italian so this is the best I could do to get it down on paper. (Corrections are welcome.) I also made an attempt at translating, only to give an idea of what it says. It’s an allegory, written in a question and answer format. It’s really lovely when recited in Italian. She shared this poem with me for the first time when she was in her late 80’s. To me, it speaks of glorious resurrection life, the “bare grain” of 1 Corinthians 15:37. Believers who die will one day rise again! This poem has special significance for me because my mother came to the Lord very late in her life.

DOVE SE PICCOLINO?

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Dove se piccolino?

(Where are you little one?)

Sotto terra mio bambino.

(Under the earth my child.)

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E laggiu che cosa fei?

(And over there what are you doing?)

Gonfio e fresco no lo sei.

(Swelling and coolness, I don’t know/experience.)

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Spon darei pi questa sera?

(Will you bloom tonight?)

Spon daro pi prima vera.

(I will bloom in the Spring.)

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Mi darei un fiorilino, come il pesco di giardino?

(Will you give me a little flower, like the peach tree in the garden?)

No, no fiore, ma un desoro, di dare una spiga d’oro.

(No, no flower, but I desire, to give you golden wheat.)

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Jesus said …

John 6:40 “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 11:25-26 “. . . I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

Scripture teaches the resurrection of the dead with strong words …

1 Corinthians 15:13 “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:”

1 Corinthians 15:16 “For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:”

Scripture also explains “how” the resurrection of the dead is possible …

1 Corinthians 15:36-37 “Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:”

Scripture gives us these words of comfort …

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”