Throughout history, some of the greatest church leaders held a theological position that is known today as Christian Zionism. A good case can be made that the original Apostles were Christian Zionists who believed that God would restore national sovereignty to Israel (Acts 1:6). Over the centuries, however, the mostly gentile Church moved away from that position. The translation of the Bible into vernacular languages in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries renewed Christian appreciation for the Jewish roots of Christianity and the biblical promises to the Jewish people. Today, strong support for Israel among hundreds of millions of Bible-based - or Evangelical - Christians extends to all corners of the globe. As the fastest-growing segment of Christianity globally, this mighty movement will continue to offer strong support for Israel in the years to come.