Outline of the Major Tenets of Biblical Zionism
The Abrahamic Covenant is an "everlasting" covenant that contains:
- A bequest of the land of Canaan to the Jewish people,
- An announcement of Gods plan to redeem the world,
- A calling of the Jewish people to serve as the vehicle for the redemptive plan (Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 17:7-8).
The Jewish people are therefore God's "chosen people" with a special and unique role given only to them (Deuteronomy 7:6-8).
For this reason the Bible instructs us to:
- Bless them (Genesis 12:3),
- Pray for them (Psalm 122:6, Isaiah 62:6),
- Comfort and encourage them (Isaiah 40:1-2), as well as
- Assist them (Isaiah 60:10-12).
In keeping with God's redemptive plan, the people of Israel were required to live righteously on the land God gave them. Therefore, God will judge Israel on matters relating to justice, truth, mercy, righteousness and redemption; and this regulates how much of the land she will live on (Deuteronomy 26:16-19, 28:15, 28:36, 28:58-64, and 29:24-28).
While God would use surrounding nations to judge Israel, their intent was evil and their division of her land was with destruction in mind, therefore God would judge them severely (Zechariah 1:14-15; Jeremiah 25:9; Joel 3:1-3).
The Hebrew prophets predicted times of judgment for sin that would result in the loss of their land, but they also foretold of their return and restoration, in fulfillment of God's promises to their fathers - The Abrahamic Covenant (Deuteronomy 30:4-6; Jeremiah 31:1-6; Isaiah 60:10, Isaiah 60: 18-22; Zechariah 7:14, 8:1-2 and 8:7-8; Ezekiel 36:24-28).
The modern day return of the Jewish people to their homeland after 2,000 years of exile is in accordance with Isaiah 11, which predicted that they would be gathered back to their land a second time (Isaiah 11:11).
The Bible does not refer to a third exile. Instead, Israel's return to the land will be followed by spiritual restoration which ensures their right to remain on the land (Ezekiel 36:28, 37:25; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Amos 9:13-15).
The Bible describes a glorious future in which Israel's Messiah, our Lord Jesus, will rule over the earth in peace and righteousness (Jeremiah 33:14-17; Zechariah 8:13, 14:3-4; Daniel 12:1-3; Romans 11:15).
Throughout history there has been a consistent attempt by the powers of darkness to destroy the people of Israel and thereby frustrate God's glorious plan of world redemption (Psalm 83: 1-4; Zechariah 12:1-9).
The story of Israel is actually the story of God's love for the world, and his plan to redeem the world. While we recognize the special calling on the nation of Israel, we also recognize God's love for all people, including the Arab people, and we pray for them as well (Genesis 17:20, John 3:16).