IS BEING A ZIONIST KOSHER?
Let’s Not Plotz
© 2009 David Ben Yakov
Okay, so I made a play of words, but I must explain that play on words before people take out of context what I have written. The Yiddish word “plotz” has several meanings, one of which means “aggravation.” It is equivalent to someone saying that they were so aggravated that they had a cow, or a conniption fit or something of the like. Plotz sounds like “plots” of which we all know the meaning; like a conspiracy or something akin to that. So, in essence, the title reads, “Is being a Zionist Kosher? Let us not have a cow or subscribe to conspiracy theories (plots).”
For those who might not know what “Kosher” means here is a little primer. Kosher means “clean and acceptable.” In the Bible it is the world that is used when Yahweh describes the condition of the animals that He would accept for the atoning sacrifice for sin. In essence, it means without spot or wrinkle. Yeshua was Kosher during His time on Earth; meaning that He was sinless and perfect. So what we mean by our title is, is being a Zionist something that Yahweh would find acceptable and in His Will.
Having been in ministry for quite a few years I have seen my fair share of urban legends, falsehoods and rumors run through the mill. With the breakdown of our society and the Judeo/Christian ethic that held it together for so many years, comes a very complicated and dangerous blame game. We’ve seen a complete flip flop in thinking; moving from sane thought to insane thought that our forefathers would have never believed possible. Races blame each other for the ills of society and political faction do the same. When our society wasn’t so warped we saw that the problem with our society’s ills was that each person was a fallen person and that sin was the culprit; working in our hearts and manifesting in our ill behaviors. In a sort of way, sin united us and our realization that we needed a pardon from that sin united us even more.
Today however, people deny sin and the penalty thereof even though that penalty manifest itself like a gazillion candlepower neon sign that nearly blinds us. The vast majority of society trudges on, blaming factions of society for the ills of society when in fact every person is somewhat just as guilty as the next and on and on. While most peoples have been the subject of scorn and/or persecution, none has seen more tsuris (Yiddish for sorrow) than the Jewish people. From the time that Jacob (later called Israel) formed his family of twelve sons there has always seemed to be a person, a people or a nation that has persecuted the Jewish people.
About a year ago Yahweh led Jim Wilhelmsen and my wife and I to start a ministry titled “Remnant Call.” The purpose of this ministry is to bring believers in Yeshua together in a chat room forum where we can fellowship and learn. Neither of us have funds available which would enable us to have a private forum, so we had to opt for an open forum. This means that anyone with a PalTalk account can come into our room. We have been quite tolerant, allowing anyone to stay as long as they abide by our rules and don’t cause trouble. We get a variety of people and some of them lack social skills and sooner or later we end up banning them from the room.
The two groups that cause us the most grief are the Judaizers and those who blame the Jews for everything evil in the world. The purpose of this article isn’t to address the gripes of the Judaizers. That will someday be covered in another article. The purpose of this article is to address those who group all Jews into a group that is called “Zionists.” We have been around to realize that when people hate other people there tends to be some sort of perversion of facts that either leads to the hate, or adds fuel to a smoldering hatred that exists in that person already. A brief look at the history of mankind shows what hate really does. Yeshua used a metaphor where he likened sin to a little bit of yeast taking over a whole loaf of dough. Since hatred is a sin, this metaphor works well to explain how it takes over a person. If anyone lets a little hatred into their heart, and they don’t deal with it drastically, it will grow out of control; much like a spark from a lawn mower can start a devastating forest fire.
The word “Zionist” seems to play into a lot of discussions these days. As I mentioned we see it come up a lot in our chat room; but it is found many times in various places on the internet as well as on radio talk shows and in everyday conversation amongst friends and enemies. Sadly, it can even be heard in a negative manner in some churches; especially in churches where “replacement theology,” is accepted as valid doctrine. Replacement theology says, in a nutshell, that Yahweh has written off Israel forever and that the Church replaces Israel as heirs of all of the promises that Yahweh made to the physical descendants of Jacob. Nothing can be farther from the truth and we have addressed that issue in several articles on this website, The Delusion Resistance.
Since we’ve noted that hatred is always based on a perversion of a truth; and if hatred of Jewish people is based on Zionism; then we need to look at the true meaning of what Zionism is. A good and factual definition of Zionism is found on the Wikipedia Encyclopedia found on the internet. The definition and history of Zionism is:
Zionism (Hebrew: ציונות, Tsiyonut) is the international political movement that originally supported the reestablishment of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine. The area was the Jewish Biblical homeland, called the Land of Israel (Hebrew: Eretz Yisra’el). Since the creation of Israel, the Zionist movement continues primarily as support for the modern state of Israel. Zionism is based on the foundation of historical ties and religious traditions linking the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, where the concept of Jewish nationhood first evolved somewhere between 1200 BCE and the late Second Temple era (i.e. up to 70 CE). Two millennia after the Jewish diaspora, the modern Zionist movement, beginning in the late 19th century, was mainly founded by secular Jews, largely as a response by European Jewry to antisemitism across Europe, especially in Russia. The re-creation of a Jewish national homeland was also strongly advocated by American scholars, such as Louis Brandeis, as a solution to this “Jewish problem” and a way to “revive the Jewish spirit.”
It is a type of the broader phenomenon of modern nationalism. Initially one of several Jewish political movements offering alternative responses to assimilation and the position of Jews in Europe, Zionism grew rapidly and after the Holocaust became the dominant power among Jewish political movements.
The political movement was formally established by the Austro-Hungarian journalist Theodor Herzl in the late 19th century following the publication of his book Der Judenstaat. The movement seeks to encourage Jewish migration to the “Land of Israel” and was eventually successful in establishing Israel in 1948, as the homeland for the Jewish people. Its proponents regard its aim as self-determination for the Jewish people. The proportion of world Jewry living in Israel has steadily grown since the movement came into existence. Today roughly 40% of the world’s Jews live in Israel. A similar number live in the United States. [Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zionism]
So as we can see from the definition and history above, Zionism came in two parts; both related to each other. At first it was the mechanism by which Jews (and some Christians), before the Holocaust, sought to find a homeland in Israel for the Jewish people. After the Holocaust, and the birth of the Nation of Israel, it was the mechanism that supported Israel and tried to convince Jews to move out of the Gentile nations, and into our own nation. This is the true meaning of Zionism. If you are a Christian and you believe in Israel as a home for Jewish people, then you are a Zionist; plain and simple. There are people of every race, creed and color who agree with the tenants of this movement, and they too are Zionists.
We talked earlier that people with hate in their hearts tend to pervert the truth. We saw this during the rise and the power of the Third Reich in Europe. Hitler, Germany and many in Europe bought into the lie that Aryans were the master race and that all other races were tainted with simian (apelike) genetics. This dehumanized just about anyone who wasn’t considered Aryan by the Nazis. When one group of people considers another group of people to be less than human it makes it much easier to justify the maltreatment or extermination of that group of people. To them, gassing and incinerating people that they considered undesirable is no different than catching dogs and cats on the street and euthanizing them. That philosophy has existed in Europe for many centuries; that continent being a mass graveyard that proves this point to be correct.
We read the true meaning of Zionism; but what is the perversion that has driven so many into hatred for Jewish people. For centuries people were superstitious and they believed a lot of lies about Jewish people. One lie was that Jews would kidnap Gentile children and perform ritual sacrifice on them. If a plague or sickness would come to a village or region many times rumors would circulate that the Jews had poisoned the local drinking wells. Many such things came upon the Jewish people for most of our time of exile in the nations of the Gentiles. With the arrival of science and common sense thinking the superstitious beliefs about Jews stopped, although they still arise from time to time in backward areas. Around the turn of the 20th Century there arose a rumor that powerful Jews had banded together to take over the world and to enslave all non-Jews. The rumor circulated via a book that came to be known as “The Protocols of The Elders of Zion.” Here is a definition and history of this tool of deception and hate:
The Protocols of the (Learned) Elders of Zion (in Russian: “Протоколы Сионских мудрецов” or “Сионские Протоколы”) is one of many titles given to a text purporting to describe a plan to achieve global domination by the Jewish people. Following its first public publication in 1903 in the Russian Empire, numerous independent investigations have repeatedly proved the writing to be a hoax; notably, a series of articles printed in The Times in 1921 revealed that much of the material was directly plagiarized from earlier works of political satire unrelated to Jews. Nevertheless, some people continue to view it as factual, especially in parts of the world where anti-Semitism, anti-Judaism, or anti-Zionism are widespread. It is frequently quoted and reprinted by anti-Semites, and is sometimes used as evidence of Jewish conspiracy, especially in the Middle East.
The Protocols are widely considered the beginning of contemporary conspiracy theory literature, and take the form of an instruction manual to a new member of the “Elders,” describing how they will run the world through control of the media and finance, replacing the traditional social order with one based on mass manipulation. The work was popularized by those opposed to the Russian revolutionary movement, and was disseminated further after the Russian Revolution of 1905, but achieved worldwide popularity after the 1917 Bolshevik October Revolution, when the idea that Bolshevism was a Jewish conspiracy for world domination sparked far-ranging interest in the Protocols. It was widely circulated in the West in the 1920s and 1930s, and while continued usage of the Protocols as a propaganda tool substantially diminished with the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, it still has currency in the arsenal of contemporary anti-Semitism. [Wikipedia Encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Protocols_of_the_Elders_of_Zion]
By the definition written above we can see that some political satyre written about others was perverted and change to look like it talked about the evils of Jewish people. We’ve seen this in our own day. Here in the United States we constantly hear about how history is being rewritten. For instance, the Founding Fathers of our nation; once revered as patriots and men with strong moral and ethical attributes (which they really possessed) are now seen as evil white people that owned slaves (and allegedly mistreated them), that were not really Christians, but were deists and/or members of the Masonic Order; and were conspirators that embarked on forming a Luciferic empire to take over the world. Interestingly enough, two of the planks of the Communist plan to change a society is to change the history and debase the memory of the founders of the nation. Interesting too is that the “Protocols” document came from Russia, was revered in Nazi Germany and is preached in the Middle East (required reading in some Muslim schools in Middle East), these are the three areas of the world where there has been vehement hatred and persecution of Jewish people. Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ) said something that applies aptly to this work of hatred and deceit:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Matthew 7:15-20
Some might argue that the scripture above is talking about prophets that bring false reports and that “Protocols” is not a prophetic work. We strongly disagree with that assertion. A prophet is a messenger; therefore a false prophet is a messenger that brings corrupt messages. In order for a message to be corrupt it has to be a corruption of a genuine message. That brings us to the two definitions that we have above. The true meaning of a Zionist is a person who supports Israel and supports the immigration of Jews to Israel. The false message is that Jewish bankers and all Jews are involved in a worldwide conspiracy to bring about Jewish domination of the world. This in effect is a breaking of the Ninth Commandment which says:
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Exodus 20:16
Yahweh feels so strong about things like the “Protocols,” and people who perpetuate its lies, that He had Solomon pen His distaste for falsehood; so much so that He calls these things an abomination, as we see in the next scripture:
A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth; He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers; Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord. Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy. These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. Proverbs 6:12-19
All of the words underlined above are either attributes of the preachers of “Protocols,” and/or are descriptions of their actions and intent when it comes to their preaching or teaching of that demonic gospel. Sadly, most of those preachers and teachers can’t see the error of their ways, or they refuse to listen to their conscience, which becomes hardened after years of neglect. Even more sad is the payment that they will receive from Yahweh in regard to their hatred and malevolence. They’ll receive sudden calamity and will be broken without remedy. In other words, they will be so debase that they cannot or will not be able to come to repentance and upon their death they will go directly to torments, awaiting the second death; eternal separation from Yahweh and His Love.
I do not state that there aren’t rich Jews that are involved in high level banking that are involved in a conspiracy to take over the financial world and they just might be bent on dominating the financial markets. But there are people who aren’t Jewish who are bent on the same goal. The thing to realize here is that they have very little if any affiliation with the Nation of Israel or the vast majority of Jewish people worldwide. If there are a few Germans, Italians, Japanese and Chinese who are also trying to corner the financial markets and take them over, does that mean that all peoples of those lands are corrupt like them; certainly not and I think all would agree with that. The same rules should be applied to the Jewish people, don’t you think?
The same sort of accusations have been made for the past two millennia in regard to the crucifixion of Yeshua Ha Mashiach. One of the favorite mantras of the accusers of Jewish people is to claim that Jews are “Christ Killers.” If anyone had done any serious Bible study on the matter they will always come to the realization that first, Yeshua said that He was laying down his life:
“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” John 10:17-18
Yet another fact that people who call Jews “Christ Killers” fail to see is that most of the harm done to Yeshua was done by the Romans. They scourged him with the flagrum, beat him, tore the hair from his face, nailed him to the cross and drove the spear into his side. Finally, if they wanted to press the issue still farther, and insist that the Jewish people are Christ Killers, then they should thank the Jewish people because it is the death of Yeshua that provides the sacrifice of blood that takes away the sins of everyone who accepts the sacrifice of Yeshua as their atonement. Without the death and resurrection of Yeshua there would be no way for mankind to be reconciled to Yahweh and no hope of resurrection of the believer at the end of days. The Jewish involvement in the crucifixion brought forgiveness to the descendants of Jacob and the Roman involvement brought forgiveness to the gentile world. Yahweh, in His fairness to all of mankind made sure that all of those who are descendants of Adam will have the chance for redemption, if they choose the redeemer.
Just like today’s scenario, where the act of a handful of Jewish bankers is assigned to the whole of Jewry, so did the acts of a few Jewish religious leaders back in the time of Yeshua put a stigma on all Jews. It was the Jewish leaders who handed Yeshua over to the Romans. If one would research the Jewish bankers of today, they will find that although they might be of Hebraic ancestry, they have little of nothing to do with ninety nine percent of Jews. All of them are secular and most of them have a rabid distaste of their Jewish brethren. They deny Yahweh, His laws and precepts and if they were living during the time of Moses, they would have been in the company of those who died during the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, when the land opened up and swallowed the opponents of Moshe and Yahweh during the rebellion at the foot of Mount Sinai.
This blame game; where the majority are blamed for the sins of the few, is not a new thing. For centuries the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church committed or condoned atrocities that brings much shame on the name of Yeshua in the eyes of the world. For the past two thousand years unbelievers and/or pagans in sheep’s clothing have been the authors and perpetrators of Inquisitions, pogroms, purgings and exiles on the Jewish people. The sad thing about all of that is that these things are often labeled as “Christian” acts. Imagine if you will that I decide that it is cool to be like the Armenian people. I start to dress like an Armenian, furnish my home with traditional Armenian furniture and even learn how to speak Armenian. People start to think that I am Armenian because of all of my actions, but in reality I am not. So one day I decide that I want to rob two or three banks in my town and one of my neighbors is in one of the banks and recognizes me. They spread the word around the neighborhood of what I have done. He or she says that the Armenian guy robbed the bank. Now because Armenians aren’t too well known in our part of the country and even though I’m not Armenian, the first inclination of most of my neighbors is to think that most Armenians are thieves and upstarts.
The story that I just told, although fictional is pretty typical of the way that people think. If you watch the History Channel or Discovery Channel and you see a documentary of church history it will have a lot of material of the misdeeds of the Roman Catholic Church, but they will always say that it is a history of the “Christian Church.” The R.C. Church, although it wears the clothes of “Christianity,” really had very little in common with Biblical Christianity. It has about as much similarity with the First Century Church as a pepperoni pizza has with a Polish Cookbook. We don’t assert that true believers in Yeshua were not guilty in some of these atrocities, and we feel sorry about the ignorant acts committed by Christians apart from the RC Church; but the fact is that the majority of persecutions of Jews and other peoples in the name of Yeshua were not committed by true believers in Yeshua, but by wolves in sheep’s clothing. We must remember also that the true believers in Yeshua were also persecuted by the RC Church; upwards of seventy million lost their lives to that juggernaut and all things considered, Christians have suffered much worse at the hands of Roman Catholicism than any other group.
Part of my ancestry is Italian; my surname bears out that fact. I spent the first fifteen years of my life in New Jersey, and most of that was in Northern New Jersey; close to New York City. Most of those reading this article know that New Jersey has a bad reputation for being the Mafia capital of the United States. This knowledge causes people to cast dispersion on us. For instance, when I was a young child my parents would rent a bungalow down by the shore in New Jersey. Almost any family that could afford such a thing rented a bungalow for a week or so down near the shore. At one point my parents were told that there was a nice bungalow available for rent. Friends of the family told us about this small home just a block away from the ocean. The was a glitch however; the owner of the home didn’t rent to Italians because of negative preconceptions that he had of all Italians based on what he had either heard, or experienced himself by way of someone of Italian heritage he had met before. The only way we were able to rent the bungalow was to have my maternal grandmother sign the rental papers; she had a German surname from a previous marriage.
In the year 1974 my dad moved he and I out to California; to a smaller town at the edge of the Sacramento Valley. I attended high school in that town and I was constantly besieged by people who wanted to know if my family had Mafia connections. After people got to know me they dismissed such notions. The notion that all Italians from New Jersey have Mob connections has dogged me all of these years. One boss even went so far as to ask me if I could hire someone to break an employee’s legs because she was giving him a lot of grief and since she was a minority woman it would be nearly impossible to dismiss her from her position at the company. I never knew if he as joking around or was serious, but I gave him my well known disclaimer, telling him that if I had mob connections I would be making more money than he was paying me. The sad thing, and what almost all humans are guilty of, is that they judge the a group by what a minority of a group does. The framers of the United States Constitution put into effect that when it comes to law, all people are innocent until proven guilty. Ever wonder why they did that? Well, it is because it is human nature to judge a person before they know the facts about the case. People tend to harbor a “shoot first and ask questions later,” attitude. It is really unfortunate that people never learn the correct way until they are the ones looking at the smoking end of a gun.
Believing that all Jews are set on world domination is akin to thinking that all Irish people are drunken louts, and that all Scottish people are cheap, or that all Germans are stubborn or that all the French are arrogant. It is no different than thinking that all Chinese are Maoists, or that all Russians are Bolsheviks or that all Americans are liberals. It is no different than the multitude of stupid little labels that people place on other people to make themselves feel more important than the others, or make themselves seem more human than every other nationality, race or creed.
No one can ever say that each nation, each people and each religion hasn’t suffered to some degree for who they are and what they believe. The history of Ireland and Great Britain is rife with Catholics and Christians spilling each other’s blood. The same can be said for the rest of Europe. Some people might feel that I rail on the Catholics too much but one must understand that I rail against the organization, not the congregants (lay people) of the RC Church, who for the most part are wonderful people unless they act unrighteously under the edicts of the laity of the church. My wife was born into a religious Catholic family in Mexico. Most of her family is still strong in the Catholic faith, but they are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met. Some Catholics in Mexico aren’t that nice however, and at the urging of the RC Church in Mexico they commit atrocities.
One recent event tells this story. We got an e-mail from a brother in the Mexican State of Oaxaca (pronounced wa-hah-ka). In the letter our Christian brother told us of an account where the Catholic hierarchy of his town gave charge to the church members that they should persecute the Christians that we would call Protestants. Here’s how it works. Every town has a main church and that church has a saint that they revere. Times are set aside to have a fiesta in honor of that saint and the celebratory way is enhanced with alcohol. The maker of the alcohol is very powerful in the town and makes a lot of money from the purchase of strong drink. When a person becomes reborn via the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) their tendency is to stop drinking because they see it for the sin that it is. Of course Christians (Christiano’s) are inclined to preach to the unsaved relatives and friends which leads to salvation for those people and they stop drinking too. This puts a dent in the pocketbook of the powerful liquor baron who donates quite heavily to the local RC Church that starts to feel the money pinch too. So then a message or series of messages is preached in the RC Church where the congregants are told that the converts to Christianity are hurting the Church upon which time the RC Church faithful, who follow the priests almost to the point of idolatry go out and harass the Christians, demanding that they renounce their faith in Yeshua and in many instances they kill the Christiano’s when they refuse to recant their faith. The local police do nothing because they prosper from the liquor baron’s money and they’re deeply Catholic too so they obey the wishes of the RC Church in the town. Yes, folks, this is happening on the other side of our southern border, but we rarely if ever hear about it. The brother that wrote the e-mail managed to flee the village during the carnage so that he could get word out to the Christian Church worldwide. We haven’t heard anything since the original letter.
It also cannot be denied that other nations have had periods of horrible history. Whether it be the hundreds of millions that the Maoists killed in China or the tens of millions that Stalin killed in the Soviet Union; or the Killing Fields of Cambodia’s Pol-Pot Regime we cannot even imagine what the total count will be when all things are finished on the last day. It cannot be denied however that the Jewish people have been the most dogged and the most harassed and the most murdered people in the history of mankind. The Jewish people have always been a small remnant of mankind. Even in our current day, there are only around thirteen million Jewish people living on Planet Earth. That is less than 0.002 percent of the whole population of the world. In 1939 there were 18 million Jews worldwide. After the holocaust there was only 11 million. That means that 1/3 of the entire Jewish population was murdered. To put that into our modern perspective, if the same percentage of people in the United States were exterminated (33.3 percent) then we would lose about 110 million people. In the same scenario, China would lose 429 million people, India would lose 379.5 million people and on a smaller scale that might be more familiar to many reading this; the New York metropolitan area would lose almost 6.3 million people.
However, when you look at the Jewish people it cannot be denied that they have been singled out many times in history to be the scapegoat of the ills of nations, kingdoms and in current times, the entire world. While they have been, as we saw above, called Christ killers one could rightly look at the flipside of the coin to see that there are more insidious forces perpetuating these events. When we were kids in school, or amongst a group of adults and we did something wrong there was always an adult that asked, “okay, who did that?” As a child, born under original sin it was always the norm to think of ways to get our of trouble. The natural thing was to point at another kid or to pull an adult aside and blame him or her, even if it was us that committed the infraction. So how does this play into our whole point? It is simple. Think of the worse entity you can possibly think of, and with most of us Lucifer (Satan) comes into our thoughts immediately. He is the most evil because he has proven that time and time again throughout history. But, what if he wants to avoid the blame and he needs another people to take the blame; blame it on the Jews of course. We know that Yahweh knows Satan’s method of operation and that he is evil, so who is Satan trying to convince? Well, he wants to convince mankind that one group of mankind is trouble and that they are the source of all evil in the world. The trouble with this is that mankind falls for it each and every time. They’ll persecute the Jewish people, then they have a short period of mourning and a generation or so later the same stupid thing happens again.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. Ecclesiastes 1:9-11
Now we’ve seen where anti-Jewish thought comes from, both it’s original author and its human perpetrators, let’s look to see if being a TRUE Zionist is kosher and biblical. If people believe as we do, that the Bible is the Word of Elohim, then the words and the ideals within its pages are the express will of El Shaddai.
And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned and by which they have transgressed against Me. Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it.’ Jeremiah 33:7-9
“But do not fear, O My servant Jacob, And do not be dismayed, O Israel! For behold, I will save you from afar, And your offspring from the land of their captivity; Jacob shall return, have rest and be at ease; No one shall make him afraid. Do not fear, O Jacob My servant,” says the LORD, “ For I am with you; For I will make a complete end of all the nations To which I have driven you, But I will not make a complete end of you. I will rightly correct you, For I will not leave you wholly unpunished.” Jeremiah 46:27-28
Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.”’ Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”’ Ezekiel 11:16-17
In the three scriptures above we see that Yahweh made specific plans to bring all of Israel back to the land that He promised to give to Abraham, Yitzak and Ya’akov. These are his plans and not the plans of mere men. The scriptures above are just three of many, many scriptures citing the fact that Yahweh did indeed make plans way ahead of time to return the sons of Ya’akov back to their land. So in essence, this makes Yahweh the original Zionist and the founder of Zionism. For those who slam Zionism and ascribe it to being a conspiracy of rich Jewish bankers this becomes quite a problem because they in effect place Yahweh into that same cabal.
Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:28-31
In Jeremiah, chapter 23 we find scripture that is similar to the ones above, but we also have mention of a specific person who will save Israel and Judah, and will call them back to the Eretz Israel. We know that this person is Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ) and we know that from the following passages, that now only will he come back to bring justice to the world, but he will come to bring back ALL of Israel and Judah to their ancestral homeland, that was promised to Abraham, Yitzak and Ya’acov.
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land. Jeremiah 23:5-8
As we mentioned earlier, Yahweh was the first Zionist, and not only that, He is the most zealous Zionist that has ever existed. He made many promises to save all of Israel and to deliver them from their adversaries. It would therefore be only natural for Jews, and all descendants of Yitzak and Ya’acov to be the same way, simply because it is their inheritance. It is also natural that all believers in Yeshua who love Him would be the same way; partly because we have been grafted into the Jewish tree and partly because we want to mimic Yahweh because we love Him and because wanting His will is an act of righteousness.
So to answer the question we asked in our title, “Is it Kosher to be a Zionist,” is a resounding “YES.” There is only one kind of Zionist; that being a person who desires that the physical descendants of Ya’acov possess the land that they have been promised by Yahweh for millennia. We can sum it up with one phrase that nails shut the coffin of the adversaries of Yahweh; “If Yahweh said it, I believe it, that settles it.” If you are such a person, then you are automatically blessed by Yahweh Yeshua. If, after reading what has been presented in this article you still persist in your pride and arrogance, and you still believe that the Jews are all conspirators, then perhaps you’re born to perdition. Jesus told his disciples that if someone was not for Him, they were against Him. Since His express will is for all of Israel to be in their God Given Land, then we belong there. If you think otherwise, then you have to agree that you are working for Yeshua’s adversary, namely Satan. Might we suggest that you ask Yahweh to take the blinders off of your eyes so that you can see the truth and so that you can repent of your rebellion. The ball is in your court now and your eternal state depends on what you do with this information. We pray that you make the right choice.
“Up, up! Flee from the land of the north,” says the LORD; “for I have spread you abroad like the four winds of heaven,” says the LORD. “Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.” For thus says the LORD of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye. For surely I will shake My hand against them, and they shall become spoil for their servants. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me. “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion! For behold, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” says the LORD. “Many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and they shall become My people. And I will dwell in your midst. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And the LORD will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for He is aroused from His holy habitation!” Zechariah 2:6-13