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The Christian Zionist movement: Conservative Christians who support Zionism are sometimes called "Christian Zionist fundamentalists." 1 However, the term is not particularly accurate because there are many conservative Evangelical Christians who support Zionism, but who are not fundamentalists. Some members of mainline Christian denominations and even of liberal faith groups support the Zionist cause. According to author Grace Halsell, Christian Zionists believe that "Every act taken by Israel is orchestrated by God, and should be condoned, supported, and even praised by the rest of us."
Some major developments in what we will call the Christian Zionist movement were: bullet 1891: Rev. William E. Blackstone "presented a petition to US President Benjamin Harrison calling for reinstatement of the Jews to Israel; among the signatories were Cardinal Gibbons, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan and more than 400 other leading Americans." The petition did not cause the American government to take any action. 4 bullet 1909: C.I. Schofield, a conservative Protestant, edited the King James Version of the Bible. He added extensive footnotes which, among other things, emphasized the present and future role of Israel in world history. Grace Halsell writes: "Scofield said that Christ cannot return to earth until certain events occur: The Jews must return to Palestine, gain control of Jerusalem and rebuild a temple, and then we all must engage in the final, great battle called Armageddon. Estimates vary, but most students of Armageddon theology agree that as a result of these relatively recent interpretations of Biblical scripture, 10 to 40 million Americans believe Palestine is God's chosen land for the Jews." 5 The Schofield Bible is the most popular reference Bible in the U.S. bullet 1917: The government of Britain under David Lloyd George issued the Balfour Declaration which gave the support of his government for the "...establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." bullet 1948: The state of Israel came into existence on MAY-14. Many fundamentalist and other Evangelical leaders concluded that this was an imminent sign of the "last days" and of Jesus' second coming. bullet 1967: During the Six Day War, Jerusalem came under Jewish control on 2967-JUN-07. It had previously been held by Jordan. bullet 1978: "...a Likud plan to encourage fundamentalist churches to give their support to Israel" was published. The Likud is a conservative party in Israel; as of 2002-JUL, they are the leading party in a coalition government. The guide was written by Yona Malachy, and was titled "American Fundamentalism and Israel: The Relation of Fundamentalist Churches to Zionism and the State of Israel." It was published by the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 6 bullet 1980: The International Christian Embassy (ICEJ) was founded in Jerusalem on 1980-SEP-20. It has strongly promoted the Christian Zionist movement both in Israel and in Washington. 6 bullet 1985: At a "National Prayer Breakfast for Israel," on FEB-6, Benjamin Netanyahu discussed how "A sense of history, poetry and morality imbued the Christian Zionists who, more than a century ago, began to write, plan and organize for Israel's restoration." 1 bullet 1985: The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem hosted the first International Christian Zionist Congress, in Basel, Switzerland. bullet 19??: The National Unity Coalition for Israel (NUCI) was founded. It is a lobby group "with contacts in Congress and neo-conservative think-tanks in Washington." It has grown to be a coalition of over 200 Jewish and Christian organizations. 7 bullet 1988: The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem hosted its second International Christian Zionist Congress, in Jerusalem. bullet 1996: The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem sponsored the Third International Christian Zionist Congress, convened in Jerusalem from 1996-FEB-25 to 29. Delegates unanimously adopted a proclamation was which proclaimed that: bullet Jesus is the Messiah and will return to Jerusalem. bullet God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people. This includes Gaza, the Golan Heights, Judea, and Samaria. bullet Jerusalem is to remain undivided. The Palestinian people are to be denied a state to live in. bullet God will eventually reveal to Jews the "true nature of the faith of Abraham. They will abandon Islam and convert to Christianity. 8 bullet 2002-MAY: The Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, organized a prayer breakfast for Christian Zionists. "Present were Alonzo Short, a member of the board of 'Promise Keepers'... Michael Little who is president of the 'Christian Broadcasting Network'... Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson." bullet 2002-JUL: A contingent of 371 Jewish Americans emigrated on JUL-9 to Israel. Many had been bankrolled by grants from U.S. Evangelical Christians. They "regard the return of Jews to the Holy Land as part of an apocalyptic prophecy foretold in the Bible." Bishop Huey Harris, of the First Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Elkton, MD, raised $2,500 to help them relocate. He said: "What I'm seeing is the Scriptures being fulfilled right before our very eyes....What's next? I'm looking for the church to be raptured, Jesus returning for the church...and the Jews would receive him as their Messiah..."
Introduction Ariel is a Jewish settlement in the West Bank of Palestine, and Faith Bible Chapel is one of hundreds of Christian Zionist Churches funding settlements like Ariel. From The Christian Science Monitor, April 25, 1998: Five years ago, Ariel was a town in the doldrums. Laying the groundwork for making peace with the Palestinians, then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had frozen building plans and cut off preferential funding to Jewish settlements like this one, on land Israel occupied in 1967. Depression set in here as the settlers came to be seen as peace's spoilers and began to fear for their settlement's future. Then came faith. Faith Bible Chapel, that is, an Aurora, Colo., evangelical church whose members made it their mission to "adopt" Ariel. Would Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip be able to survive without massive support from Christian Zionists in the United States? This is the question this web page is exploring.
Christian Zionism By David Krusch Christian Zionism can be defined as Christian support for the Zionist cause — the return of the Jewish people to its biblical homeland in Israel. It is a belief among some Christians that the return of Jews to Israel is in line with a biblical prophecy, and is necessary for Jesus to return to Earth as its king. These Christians are partly motivated by the writings of the Bible and the words of the prophets. However, they are also driven to support Israel because they wish to “repay the debt of gratitude to the Jewish people for providing Christ and the other fundamentals of their faith,” and to support a political ally, according to David Brog, author Standing With Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State. Christian Zionists interpret both the Torah and the New Testament as prophetic texts that describe future events of how the world will one day end with the return of Jesus from Heaven to rule on Earth. Israel and its people are central to their vision. They interpret passages from the books of Ezekiel, Daniel, and Isaiah as foreshadowing the coming Christian era. The New Testament Book of Revelation is read by many Christians as a prophetic text of how the world will be in the End Times.