"Then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I
gave to your fathers forever and ever." —Jeremiah 7:7
have on more than one occasion heard Bible teacher Chuck Missler
say that there is only one piece of real estate on planet earth
where God has specifically said that it belongs to a specific
people and that is Israel. Yet, that specified land is
the most contested on the entire planet. This is true because
God has spoken specifically on the matter. The fact that God's
clear Word is contested by so many means that Satan is behind
such a consensus.
dispersion of the Jewish people in a.d. 70, their preservation
as an ethnically distinct people during the nineteen hundred
years of their scattering, and their regathering to form the
modern state of Israel is a miracle brought about by
the hand of God. The arrival of the modern state of Israel on the world scene in 1948
was a big boon to the premillennial understanding of the Bible.
This vindicates—in history—our biblical belief that God has a
future plan for the land of Israel and the Jewish people. In spite of
these developments, there are a group of evangelicals who think
that the current state of
has nothing to do with God's biblical promises. How could anyone
who claims to believe the Bible hold to such error? The current
state of Israel is prophetically important
because the Jewish people have been regathered in order to
fulfill events during the coming seven-year tribulation period,
following the rapture.
Gary North has boasted that he has a book already in his
computer for when "Israel
gets pushed into the sea, or converted to Christ." Lutheran
Don Matzat has said, "The present-day nation of
is no more involved in God's plans for the future than is France, England,
Germany, the United States,
etc. The teaching of the New Testament is very clear—Jesus
fulfilled everything pertaining to
and formed the New Israel."
Perpetual critic Gary DeMar adds:
Where is this "super sign" found in the Bible? Not in the New
Testament. There is not a single verse in the entire New
Testament that says anything about
becoming a nation again. Nothing prophetic in the New Testament
depends on Israel
becoming a nation again. If
becoming a nation again is such "a significant sign," then why
doesn't the New Testament specifically mention it?
of the most interesting books in my personal library is entitled
God and the Jew,
but (by) William Thomas Rouse. It is
a whole book about why Israel
would never become a nation again. It has chapters like: "God
and the Rejection of the Jewish Nation," "Paul's Teaching
Concerning God's Rejection of the Jews," and my favorite, "There
Will Never Be a National Restoration of the Jews." "When was
this book written," you may ask? The copyright is 1946.
Apparently Mr. Rouse died some time in 1946 since the title page
refers to him as, "Late Professor of Bible . . ." He did not
live to see his book disproved by the events of history in 1948.
Similarly, many objections to Zionism will be disproved by
future historical events.
do not have to wait on history to know what the Bible teaches
concerning theses issues. Since
is one of the major subjects of the Bible, we can know what
Scripture teaches about her future.
IS a Work of God
First of all,
is not going to get pushed into the sea, God has other plans for
her. I wish the critics would show me where such a scenario is
found in the Bible. Those who say that modern
has no more prophetic significance than France completely ignore a very
is mentioned thousands of times throughout Scripture. France is never mentioned.
Bible insists many times that
is not finished in history. Paul said in Romans 11:1: "I say
then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be!"
Paul continues in Romans 11 by saying: "From the standpoint of
the gospel they [Israel] are enemies for your sake, but from the
standpoint of God's choice they [Israel] are beloved for the sake of
the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are
irrevocable" (verses 28–29). The New Testament teaches that God
cannot, therefore, will not revoke His promises from the Old
Testament to Israel.
Gary DeMar cannot find a New Testament promise of Israel's future restoration. Yet I
have just cited a strong New Testament assertion—"May it never
be!"—that God has not rejected Israel. Since we believe that all
sixty-six books of the Bible are equally inspired and
infallible, then Old Testament statements of
Israel's national restoration
will do just fine. What DeMar and any opponent of Zionism must
come up with is any single passage that teaches that God is
forever finished with His chosen people. In fact, Romans 11:1
says just the opposite.
Zionists often point to the many times that the biblical text
speaks of God's guarantee of the
land of Israel to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and
their descendants as an everlasting promise. For example in
Genesis 13:14–15 the Lord said to Abram: "Now lift up your eyes
and look from the place where you are, northward and southward
and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I
will give it to you and to your descendants forever." (Italics
added.) Later in Genesis, when the Lord sealed His covenant
promise to Abram by requiring circumcision, he said: "And I will
establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants
after you throughout their generations for an everlasting
covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.
And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the
land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan,
for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God" (Gen.
17:7–8). Similar everlasting promises are repeated many times
throughout the Old Testament (Gen. 13:14–15; 17:7–8; 48:4; Ex.
32:13; Josh. 1:4, 9; 2:1; 2 Sam. 7:13, 16, 24–26, 29; 1 Kings
2:45; 8:15; 9:3, 5; 10:9; 2 Kings 21:7; 1 Chron. 16:17; 17:12,
14, 22–24; 27; 22:10; 23:25; 28:24; Isa. 34:17; 55:3, 13; 59:21;
60:21; 61:8; Jer. 17:25; 25:5; 32:40; 50:5; Ezek. 16:60; 37:25,
26, 28; 43:7, 9; Joel 3:20; used dozens of times in the Psalms).
can anyone who claims to be a Bible-believing individual not
agree with the clear meaning of God's everlasting promises to
His people Israel? The same Hebrew word
translated everlasting is used many times to describe God
Himself. Anti-Zionist Gary DeMar writes mockingly about the
Zionist belief that God's promise to Abraham is an everlasting
one. DeMar never tells his readers what he believes
everlasting means, instead, he lashes out at others by beating
up a straw man of his own construction.
Some of the critics of Zionism argue that the word everlasting
is used of many things in the Old Testament that have not and
will not last forever. Examples that they give include: many of
the specific temple ritual that the Levitical priests were to
engage in were to be carried out forever, yet they have not been
able to do them since the temple was destroyed in a.d. 70;
ancient land boundaries were to remain in place forever; that
the Aaronic priesthood would last forever, yet it has been done
away with according to Hebrews and replaced by Christ's
Melchizedekian priesthood; the Mosaic covenant is said to be
everlasting, but it has been replaced by the New covenant, etc.
Therefore, in the same way that everlasting is used of the
things mentioned above and did not really mean everlasting, so
also, the references to an everlasting land promise to Abraham,
Isaac, Jacob and their descendants does not mean forever. So
what does everlasting really mean in its original Hebrew?
Hebrew ('olam) is the word often translated by the English word
everlasting and occurs 439 times in the Hebrew Old Testament 
and "20 times in the Aramaic parts of the Old Testament." It
is "probably derived from 'alam, 'to hide,' thus pointing to
what is hidden in the distant future or in the distant past."
Most scholars agree that "the basic meaning . . . is farthest
time, distant time." The precise nuance of the word "is a
relative concept in the context of the given temporal horizon
for 'olam in reference both to the future and especially to the
Personal letter from Gary North to Peter Lalonde, April 30, 1987 on file.
Don Matzat, "The Great Premillennial HOAX," Issues, Etc. Journal
(Internet edition, www.issuesetc.com/resource/journals/v1.htm).
Gary DeMar, End Times Fiction: A Biblical
Consideration of The Left Behind Theology (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001),
William Thomas Rouse, God and the Jew (Dallas: Helms Printing
Gary DeMar, "The
Abrahamic Covenant: Fulfilled or Postponed?" (Parts 1 and 2),
located on the AmericanVision.org website. See at
In addition to those like Gary DeMar, some who have made similar
arguments are the following: Roderick Campbell, Israel and The
New Covenant (Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Company, 1954), pp. 199–205; George L. Murray, Millennial
Studies: A Search for Truth (Swengel PA: Bible Truth Depot,
1951), pp. 26–30; William W. Baker, Theft Of A Nation (Las
Vegas: Defender's Publications, 1982), pp. 89–92.
From a search conducted by the computer program Accordance,
G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren, and Heinz-Josef Fabry,
Editors, Theological Dictionary of The Old Testament, Vol. X
(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999), p. 531.
 R. Laird Harris, Gleason L. Archer, Jr., Bruce K. Waltke,
Editors, 2 Vols., Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
(Chicago: Moody Press, 1980), vol. II; p. 672.
 Willem A. VanGemeren, Editor, New International
Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis, 5 Vols.,
(Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1997), vol. 3; p. 346.
 Ernst Jenni and Claus Westermann, Theological Lexicon
of the Old Testament, 3 Vols., (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson
Publications, 1997), vol. 2; p. 854.