Whose Jerusalem ?
Zionism, properly understood, is a Biblical concept revealing the heart and plan of God. It includes His sovereign wisdom in remaking Abraham, for His own purposes, into the first Israelite; and through his descendants Isaac and Jacob creating national Israel for a special mission in the midst of fallen humanity.
Paul speaks of these "chosen people," and their call to be a blessing "to all the nations of the earth" as the "mystery of Israel" (Genesis 12:3 and Romans 11:25). In addition to creating a people for Himself, God chose for them a land, the Promised Land, which He calls "My land" (Joel 3:2).
Further, God chose for them a special city, Jerusalem, which first appears in the Bible as "Salem" (meaning "Peace") where Abraham paid tithes to the greater and mysterious Melchizedek, the "king of righteousness, the king of peace"; clearly indicating that the only way to peace is through righteousness (Genesis 14:18).
Daniel specifically prays in Babylon for God to forgive Israel in the midst of chastisement, "for thine own sake 0 my God; for thy city and thy people are called by thy name" (Daniel 9:19).
Two hills within the city become most important, Mount Moriah and Mount Zion. Mount Moriah is the site where God tested Abraham's loyalty, providing a substitute for the impending sacrifice of Isaac; the site where Solomon built his Temple, including the Holy of Holies where God manifested His presence. Mount Zion became the seat of government for Israel under King David.
Moriah later became the site of the rebuilt second Temple, which still stood in Jesus' day, in which the Levitical Priesthood ministered to the individual sinner, as well as to the nation, "not without blood" (Leviticus 17:11).
All these matters were ordained of God. The stage was now ready for the drama of human redemption: a special people; a special land; a special city.
To Pharaoh God said, "let my people go that they may serve me." To Abraham God said, "into a land that I will show you." To Moses God said, "in a place (Jerusalem) that the Lord your God shall choose" (Exodus 8:1; Genesis 12:1, Deuteronomy 12:5, 11).
The earth is ready. "Through you shall all the families (nations) of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 12:3).Next Chapter