New Testament Confirmation of Tenets of Christian Zionism

Jesus affirmed that everything the prophets foretold will be fulfilled.

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Matthew 5:17-18). Jesus affirms that everything written in the law and the prophets will be fulfilled, not just convenient portions of it.

Jesus predicted the restoration of the Jewish people to the land.

Jesus Himself spoke of the scattering and re-gathering of the Jewish people (Luke 21:23-24) and placed the second re-gathering in an eschatological setting (Luke 21:28).

Jesus affirmed the Disciples' hope of future restoration.

Right before Jesus' ascension into Heaven, the disciples asked Jesus if he was going to restore the kingdom to Israel to which he replied "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power" (Acts 1:6-7). His answer was clear that God would restore again the kingdom to Israel; but the timing was not for them to be concerned about.

The New Testament confirms the Abrahamic Covenant, which included the land promise.

Every mention of the covenant or 'promises made to the fathers,' meaning the Patriarchs, includes the land. It is not implied or inferred, it is intrinsic, since the land is subsumed or embedded into the terms of the covenant due to its central role in furthering the redemptive plan of God (Luke 1:71-74; Acts 3:25, 13:32; Romans 15:8).

Jesus and John the Baptist came in order to fulfill the promises that God made in the Covenant with Abraham (Luke 1:54-55 and 1:72-75). Paul makes this same conclusion when he says in Romans 15:8 that, Jesus came to make good the promises that God made to the founding fathers (patriarchs) of Israel. Jesus will come again in the future, because of the Abrahamic Covenant; for only then is the redemptive plan concluded.

Galatians 3:29 states, "if you are Christ's then you are Abraham's children according to the promise (covenant)." Paul therefore says in Galatians 3:8 that the Abrahamic Covenant was the first preaching of the gospel in that it foretold of God�s redemptive plan and the central role Jesus would play.

The Abrahamic Covenant is an example of God�s faithfulness.

In Hebrews 6:13-20, Paul urges New Testament believers to take "strong encouragement" that God will keep His promises to us by observing His faithfulness to the Abrahamic Covenant. His "immutable" name and character are at stake. Thus, if the Almighty is not able to bring the Jews to their promised destiny (their land) in the fullness of time, then we cannot trust Him to honor the conditions and terms of the New Covenant.

The calling on the Jewish people is irrevocable.

In Romans 11:1, Paul exclaims "God has not cast away His people;" and in verses 25-29, adds that " far as the election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God�s gifts, and his call are irrevocable."

New Testament reflects the Jewish hope of a future restoration in the land of Israel.

This was a widely held concept drawn from numerous promises in the Hebrew Scriptures. This Jewish hope for liberation from Roman rule and "restoration" of the Davidic Kingdom was alluded to in Acts 1:6-7 when the disciples asked Jesus about the timing of the restoration of the kingdom to Israel.

Restoration will take place after God turns with grace to the Gentiles.

Acts 15:14-16: "Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written: After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down, and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up."

In Romans 11:25-26, Paul is quite clear that this future time of ingathering and recovery for Israel will be after the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

Restoration will take place before the Messiah returns.

In Acts 3:21, Peter declared that the "times of restoration of all things" spoken of "by the mouth of His holy prophets" will indeed come before Messiah returns.