One of the reasons that gave rise to Islamist
terrorists waging a religious ‘holy war’ against the West and free democracies is the turning of the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict, from one that is political in nature to a religious one by the Christian Zionists.
Christian Zionism is an extremist Christian
movement which supports the claims of those who believe that the State of Israel should take control of all of the land currently
disputed between Palestinians and Israelis. It views the creation and expansion of the modern state of Israel
as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy toward the second coming of Jesus.
Biblical data is evidently clear that God’s
promises to the Jews concerning the physical land was fulfilled to the letter.
And the LORD gave unto Israel
all the land which he swore to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And the LORD gave them rest
round about, according to all that he swore unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them;
the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. There failed not aught of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto
the house of Israel; all came to pass.
The perpetual ownership of the physical
land was dependent on the Jews’ faithfulness to the Lord.(Deut 28:63-64; Jos 23:13,15; 1King9:7; 2King17:23; Jer 12:10-12). However, the Jews were not faithful
and lost it.
The ‘land’ has a far greater
significance with the coming of Jesus Christ. It is to be understood eschatologically
as a symbol of heavenly rest which we aspire to (Heb 4:9). Abraham understood
‘land’ to mean an heavenly home (Heb 11: 10,16).
An elder from a church which promotes Christian
Zionism in Singapore (Changi area) had
to resign because he did not believe that the Jews must be saved through Christ, he reckoned that the Jews can be saved through
In the following article, Dr. Robert Reymond
ably argues from the Bible to come to five propositions regarding the “holy land” and what the Messianic kingdom of Jesus entails.