Zion is mentioned in the Bible over 250 times.
God promised Abraham that his posterity would have Canaan as “an everlasting possession” (Genesis 17:8), and Ezekiel prophesied a physical and spiritual resuscitation of Israel (Ezekiel chapter 37). Having Israel as a nation in its own land is important in light of end times prophecy because of Israel’s prominence in eschatology (Daniel 10:14; 11:41; Revelation 11:8).
Yes, I am writing this, because I am just sick and tired of the name of “Zion” thought of as evil. Zion is a holy Mountain, it actually means that ‘nobody can live there, unless they know God’- I believe this is truth. Modern-day Israel, which turned secular, and is now returning to it’s laws and Judaism, just might survive.
However, “Israel” the Church, which is known in Christian denominations, (some sects) renounce Israel as a land, and has a ‘spiritual’ meaning, only, this is falsehood.
Is not the word of God forever? Yes. Is the Torah forever? Yes. Did the New Testament somehow throw out the “Old Testament?” NO. If that were true, no nation would have LAW. I have added the following scriptures for Jews and Christians. I am not the authority, but it looks pretty insane when Christians, that are suppose to be law-abiding people, renounce Israel, since it is on the map, Christians are supposed to be law-abiders, not law breakers.
Answer: Psalm 87:2-3 says, “The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God.” Occurring over 150 times in the Bible, the word “Zion” essentially means “fortification.” In the Bible, Zion is both the city of David and the city of God. As the Bible progresses, the word “Zion” transitions from referring primarily to a physical city to having a more spiritual meaning.
The first mention of the word “Zion” in the Bible is 2 Samuel 5:7: “Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.” Zion, therefore, was originally the name of the ancient Jebusite fortress in the city of Jerusalem. Zion came to stand not only for the fortress but also for city in which the fortress stood. After David captured “the stronghold of Zion,” Zion was then called “the City of David” (1 Kings 8:1; 1 Chronicles 11:5; 2 Chronicles 5:2).
When Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem, Zion expanded in meaning to include the temple and the area surrounding it (Psalms 2:6, 48:2, 11-12, 132:13). Zion was eventually used as a name for the city of Jerusalem, the land of Judah, and the people of Israel as a whole (Isaiah 40:9; Jeremiah 31:12; Zechariah 9:13).
The most important use of the word “Zion” is in a theological sense. Zion is used figuratively of Israel as the people of God (Isaiah 60:14).
Christian people believe:
The spiritual meaning of Zion is continued in the New Testament, where it is given the Christian meaning of God’s spiritual kingdom, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 14:1). Peter refers to Christ as the Cornerstone of Zion: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6). So, this comes from the CHRISTIAN Bible.
In the book of Obadiah, it is plainly written how the A-rab is to take care of his little brother, Israel/the Jewish people, yet they don’t, and God will revist them with a mighty hand, as he has done in the days of old, even today, there is NO ‘peace’ in the A-rab world…Why? Because they constantly curse their little brother, Israel. (Jeremiah repeated what Obadiah wrote.) If this is true, then Jerusalem’s *destruction (Obadiah verse 11) is the same as in 2 Chronicles 21:16. There, the writer describes how the *Philistines and the *Arabs attacked *Judah. They entered it with their army. They carried off all the possessions in the king’s palace. They also took his sons and his wives. This happened in 843 *B.C.)
If there is an explicit biblical explanation for this animosity, it goes all the way back to Abraham. The Jews are descendants of Abraham’s son Isaac. The Arabs are descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael. With Ishmael being the son of a slave woman (Genesis 16:1-16) and Isaac being the promised son who would inherit the blessings of Abraham (Genesis 21:1-3), obviously there would be some animosity between the two sons. As a result of Ishmael’s mocking Isaac (Genesis 21:9), Sarah talked Abraham into sending Hagar and Ishmael away (Genesis 21:11-21). Likely, this caused even more contempt in Ishmael’s heart towards Isaac. An angel prophesied to Hagar that Ishmael would “live in hostility toward all his brothers” (Genesis 16:11-12).
The’ religion’ of Islam, to which a majority of Arabs are adherents, has made this hostility more profound. The Qur’an contains somewhat contradictory instructions for Muslims regarding Jews, like MURDERING us, AND CHRISTIANS. At one point it instructs Muslims to treat Jews as brothers and at another point commands Muslims to attack & murder Jews & Christians who refuse to convert to Islam.
Most Arabs protested vehemently against the nation of Israel ‘occupying that land’, when it is the A-rab that IS OCCUPYING that LAND (look at the map, and for Gods sake, HAVE MERCY). Arab nations united and attacked Israel in an attempt to drive them out of the land, but they were defeated. Ever since, there has been great hostility between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Israel exists on one tiny piece of land surrounded by much larger Arab nations such as Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Egypt. It is our viewpoint that, biblically speaking, Israel is now as a nation in its own land that God gave to the descendants of Jacob, grandson of Abraham. Psalm 122:6 declares, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure.” Israel is a state today, because of the UN, and the hand of God.
*****************Face it, anti-Israel, PSEUDO“Christians” Jesus was a Zionist. They called Jesus Rabbi, he read from the scriptures, he followed LAW. He was murdered in Israel by gentiles, and was set up to be slaughtered by Sanhedrin- Crucifixtion is not Hebrew, Jewish or anything that we believe, it was a ROMAN practice; Luke 18: 32- He will be handed over to the Gentiles. They will mock him, insult him, spit on him, flog him and kill him.