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  Christian Zionism, Left Behind and Rapture - Articles on the theology and politics
Christian Zionism is founded first of all upon a literal and futurist interpretation of the Bible which leads proponents to distinguish between references to Israel and the Church.
Palestinian Christians had suffered much at the hand of theologies and interpretations of scripture that provided a mantle of divine legitimisation to the ideology of Zionism and the political movement that worked for their displacement from their homeland, and built a Jewish state on the basis of their exile, and oppression.
However, Christian Zionism is exceedingly difficult to address because it exists in variegated forms, ranging from individuals or groups who generally support the right of contemporary Israelis to exist in their ancient homeland to extensively organized political activists with agendas of varying degrees of radicalism.
www.christianzionism.org /articlesN.asp   (3730 words)

  Christian Zionism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian Zionism is the belief among some Christians that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, is in accordance with Biblical prophecy, and is a necessary prerequisite for the return of Jesus to reign on Earth.
Christian Zionism, as a specifically theological belief, does not necessarily entail sympathy for the Jews as an ethnicity or for Judaism as a religion.
Modern Christian Zionism is a politically potent consequence of this religious interest in the modern state of Israel, as contemporary events are interpreted in light of their understanding of biblical prophecy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Christian_Zionism   (1488 words)

 Zionism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Zionism is a political movement and ideology that supports a homeland for the Jewish People in the Land of Israel, where the Jewish nation originated over 3200 years ago and where Jewish kingdoms and self-governing states existed at various times in history.
Defenders of Zionism disagree with the identification of Zionism with racism on a number of grounds; they state that the basis of the charge is too vague, as the views of Zionist groups differ widely from each other (see Types of Zionism).
Zionism was also supported by the political left at various times both before and after Israel's formation, in part due to sympathy for the Jews as an oppressed people and in part due to the strong socialist roots of Labor Zionism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Zionism   (7386 words)

 CHRISTIAN ZIONISM - Christian Action for Israel
Christian Attitudes Towards The State Of Israel: A Bird's-Eye View
Proclamation of the Fourth International Christian Congress on Biblical Zionism
This Proclamation was adopted unanimously at the Third International Christian Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, February 25th to 29th, 1996.
christianactionforisrael.org /czionism.html   (132 words)

 Armageddon Up Their Sleeves: When Liberal Dialogue Fails, Watch Out For the Christian Zionists - Palestine Solidarity ...
Political Zionism is a philosophy that states that the identity, destiny, and heritage of the Jewish people are synonymous with a defense of the state and ruling class of Israel.
Zionism is not the same thing as Judaism or Jewish ethnicity; it may claim to be, but this claim has been challenged by many Jews and non-Jews alike.
Zionism was born and thrived in an era of explicit European colonialism and racial thought when, as hard as it is to believe, it was even more appropriate to consider Arab peoples expendable in the march of progress and civilization.
www.psreview.org /content/view/45   (5245 words)

 Christian Zionism, Evangelicals and Israel, by Gary M. Burge, Ph.D.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Christian Zionism, Evangelicals and Israel, by Gary M. Burge, Ph.D. If there ever were doubts about the ongoing presence and influence of Christian Zionism in Israel, you only had to visit Jerusalem earlier this month to witness the Christian Embassy's one week Tabernacles Festival.
Among conservative Christians in Britain, this unity of political destiny and religious fulfillment was given its theological form in the hands of an Irish pastor J.N. Darby.
Christian Zionism weds religion with politics and interprets biblical faithfulness in terms of fidelity to Israel's future.
www.hcef.org /hcef/index.cfm/ID/159   (2931 words)

 Saltshakers messianic community: messianic and christian articles
The term "Christian Zionism" which has become prominent relatively recently is in one sense unfortunate in that Zionism in its normal non-religious sense, is essentially a humanistic/political movement which indeed, through its early pioneers and leaders, sometimes repudiated divine involvement in the restoration of the Jewish people and in the new-born State of Israel.
Recognises that Christians should pray for, and be involved in the upbuilding and wellbeing of the reborn nation, especially in view of the enemies around her who seek her destruction.
Christian belief in the restoration of the Jews to the land of Israel, and their restoration as a nation, is founded solidly on the scriptures and rooted in three centuries of Bible believing protestant Christianity.
www.saltshakers.com /midnight/chrzion1.htm   (3124 words)

 Christians and Zion: British stirrings
Christian Zionism is the direct product of this unusual and recent Western form of Protestant theology.
One of the most important figures in the development of Christian Zionism was the Anglican chaplain in Vienna during the 1880s, William Hechler, who became an acquaintance of Herzl.
However, it is clear that the latter were predisposed to Zionism and to enthusiastically supporting the proposals of Herzl and leading Zionist officials such as Chaim Weizmann due to their Christian Zionist backgrounds.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article4959.htm   (1048 words)

 Christian Zionism Israel
Christians who see the regathering of the Jewish people in their land, as well as the establishment of the sovereign nation of Israel in 1948, as the literal fulfillment of biblical prophecy are known as "Christian Zionists".
The underlying, doctrinal belief that seeks to belittle and discredit the objectives of Christian Zionism is the misguided assertion purporting that the objective of all Christian Zionists is to act as the "catalyst" to the literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
Christian support for restoration of the Jews began with the puritans in England and was transported by them to the Americas, well before the appearance of doctrines such as dispensationalism.
christiansstandingwithisrael.com   (3485 words)

 Christian Zionism
Christianity as taught by televangelists such as Billy Graham, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, is one of America's most widely held religions.
My premise in Prophecy and Politics is that Christian Zionism is a dangerous and growing segment of Christianity, which was popularized by the 19th-century American Cyrus Scofield when he wrote into a Bible his interpretation of events in history.
While it is tempting to argue that Christian Zionism is simply a (successful) attempt by Zionists to hijack American Protestantism for their own political purposes, this theory does not explain the complicity of so many other factors.
www.911-strike.com /christian-zionists.htm   (2711 words)

 Challenging Christian Zionism and Apocalyptic Rapture Teachings on Israel and Palestine
She finds that the view through the Christian Zionist lens is dangerously simple: President Bush’s War on Terror is a mythic battle between good and evil, and Syria and Iran represent the powers of darkness.
Christian and Jewish doctors are healers, says the letter, the doctors who did this "come from a very different tradition", suggesting, of course, that Islam itself is to blame.
Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is currently in Washington DC pushing its apocalyptic war agenda with the Bush Administration and Members of Congress.
www.christianzionism.org   (1532 words)

 Statement   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Christian Zionism is a modern theological and political movement that embraces the most extreme ideological positions of Zionism, thereby becoming detrimental to a just peace within
We further reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist leaders and organizations with extremist elements in the governments of Israel and the United States that are presently seeking to impose their unilateral preemptive strategies and militaristic rule over others, including Palestine and Iraq.
With renewed urgency we warn that the theology of Christian Zionism is leading to the moral justification of empire, colonization, apartheid, and oppression.
www.sabeel.org /documents/5thConfStatementfinal.htm   (667 words)

 Christian Zionism
Christians have had an important part in supporting the Jewish people's restoration to "Zion." Within the millenarian tradition the conviction that the Jews would return to Palestine became an important dogma.
The Blackstone Petition of 1891 was signed by 413 outstanding Christian and Jewish leaders and through the State Department was distributed to the principal nations of the world.
These critics argue that Christian Zionism totally ignores the rights of the Palestinian Arab people and that the Jews forfeited their title to the Promised Land through unfaithfulness long ago.
mb-soft.com /believe/text/czionism.htm   (653 words)

 Israeli Extremists and Christian Fundamentalists: The Alliance
It is the Christian support of Zionism that emboldens Zionists to believe they can dictate to relatively weak and dependent countries such as Austria, whom they may choose as their president.
It is the Christian support of Zionism that allows Manuel Noriega to remain the strongman in Panama, misusing his power, regardless of what harm he causes to the United States, his neighbors, and his people.
It is the Christian support of Zionism that enables the militant Israelis to take over Palestinian homes surrounding the Al-Aqsa mosque in pursuit of their well-documented plan to destroy Jerusalem's most holy Islamic site, sacred to a billion Muslims around the world—one-fifth of humanity.
www.washington-report.org /backissues/1288/8812031.htm   (1094 words)

 Christian Zionism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The term ‘Zionism’ was first coined in the late nineteenth century, and referred to the movement for the return of the Jewish people to an assured and secure homeland in Palestine.
The origins of ‘Christian Zionism’ lie within nineteenth-century British premillennial sectarianism, but by the early twentieth century it had become a predominantly American dispensational movement, and pervasive within all main evangelical denominations.
Christian Zionism raises vital theological and political challenges that must be addressed head-on by Christians in the West, particularly evangelicals.
www.ivpbooks.com /cb/listgen.asp?layout=singleitem.asp&Id=37417   (415 words)

 Christian scholars gather to study dangers of Zionism - news from ekklesia
Zionism embraces extreme ideological positions based on selected scriptural texts and which, according to conference presenters, form a worldview that is detrimental to a just peace in the Holy Land.
Central to Christian Zionism is a literal reading of the Book of Revelation, popularised by the Left Behind series of fictional apocalyptic thrillers written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins about events following the Second Coming of Christ and the "rapture" in which Christians are taken up to heaven.
A conference statement is to be distributed by all participants in their respective localities explaining objections to Christian Zionism and calling upon Christians to liberate themselves from ideologies of militarism and occupation and instead to pursue the healing of the world.
www.ekklesia.co.uk /content/news_syndication/article_040426zionism.shtml   (756 words)

 Christian Zionism
Such a non-Jew is preferable to a Christian, for the Christian claims he is the equal of Jews, and that is sacrilege for a Jew.
However, in Christian metaphysics the equivalent of Creation is Incarnation, fruit of sacral union of the Godhead and mortal woman, while pre-history described in the Old Testament is effectively excluded from consideration or is re-interpreted through the concept of Pre-figuration.
The OT could not be accepted or rejected in toto by the Early Christians, for the wonderful codex of the native Ancient Palestinian poetry, liturgy, metaphysics, religion and tradition, was heavily edited by the immigrant Soferim (the spiritual precursors of Pharisees).
www.marchforjustice.com /id356.htm   (5816 words)

 Socialist Viewpoint
Christian Zionism grew out of a particular theological system called “pre-millennial dispensationalism,”; which emerged during the early 19th century in England, when there was an outpouring of millennial doctrines.
Christian Zionists claim that Genesis 12:3 (“I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you”) should be interpreted literally and lead to political, economic, moral and spiritual support for the state of Israel and for the Jewish people in general.
Christian Zionism is a growing political and religious movement within the most conservative branches of Protestant fundamentalism, but it can also be found in the broader evangelical branches of Christianity, including the evangelical wings of the mainline Presbyterian, United Methodist, Lutheran and other Protestant churches.
www.socialistviewpoint.org /jan_04/jan_04_04.html   (5830 words)

 The Jewish Post - News - Christian Zionism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Therefore, the establishment of Israel, as a new state, is a fulfillment of a Christian belief or theology.
Of course, the anti-Zionist Christian impulse tends to deny this linkage between old Israel, Israel of the Bible and new Israel, and Prof.
Young is critical of those Christian leaders who do not support Zionism and Israel and from Jerusalem he keeps advocating to the whole world the message of Christian Zionism.
www.jewishpost.com /jp1003/jpn1003i.htm   (1122 words)

 Christian Zionism and Messianic Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Zionism is a political movement built on the belief that the Jewish people deserve by right to possess the land of Palestine as their own.
Christians should minister to them, and try to convert them, and show them all kindness as fellow human beings; but Christians should understand that during the Church Age, the Jews are not the people of God.
It is proper for Christians of various tribes and tongues to give expression to the faith in a variety of cultural forms.
www.mountainretreatorg.net /reading/article.cgi?ID=1   (3864 words)

 Christian-Zionism.org: Arab-Israeli Conflict - Christian Zionism - Bible - Israel - Zionism
Christian Zionism is a theological position that sees a future destiny for Israel in the land of her forefathers.
A Christian Zionist believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible and rejects replacement theology that definitely played a pivotal role in the persecution of Jews through the centuries, and under girded the Holocaust.
Today, thousands of Christians from all over the world are, more than ever ready to declare their love and support for the nation of Israel.
www.christian-zionism.org   (418 words)

 Christian Zionism: Christian support for the State of Israel
But some Christians have also supported Zionism: the concept of a Jewish homeland in the state of Israel to which all Jews can return.
Conservative Christian support for Israel is based largely on various prophecies about the Jewish people during the "end-times" which they believe are found throughout the Bible.
Some Christians interpret these phrases as implying that 144,000 Jews will convert to Christianity and then attempt to convert the remaining Jews in Israel.
www.religioustolerance.org /chr_isra.htm   (2057 words)

 Christian Zionism Challenged in Jerusalem - Sister Elaine Kelley
Christian Zionism is based on a theology called dispensationalism that emerged in England in the mid-1800s.
A conference statement was released, to be distributed by all participants in their respective localities, explaining objections to Christian Zionism and calling upon Christians to liberate themselves from ideologies of militarism and occupation and instead to pursue the healing of the world.
Sabeel is an effort of the Palestinian Christians to educate and work alongside Christians of the west.
www.presence.tv /cms/sabeel5thconf.shtml   (552 words)

 [Christian Zionism:] Israel's Best Weapon? - article by Daniel Pipes
But this bold Christian solidarity with Israel should not be surprising, as it manifests a Christian form of Zionism that is nearly two centuries old.
Christian support for the creation of a Jewish state originated in England, becoming a significant movement in the Victorian period.
The media has recently focused on Christian Zionism as though it were something new ("How Israel Became a Favorite Cause of the Conservative Christian Right" runs a typical title, this one a front-page article in The Wall Street Journal).
www.danielpipes.org /article/1148   (687 words)

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