What is a Zionist? In the secular world, Zionism is the belief that the Jews should have a Jewish state called Israel that inhabits the boundaries of the ancient land of Israel for the preservation of Jewish culture. This principle is in keeping with what the Lord prophesied through his prophets and apostles in the Bible, but there is a greater meaning to what Zionism really is in the spiritual sense that ties in with the physical place called Mount Zion that encompasses Jerusalem.
Ultimately, the Bible defines Zion (synonymous with Jerusalem) as the place from which the Lord reigns and the place where his people congregate to worship. Not only is it a physical place on earth, but it is a spiritual place in heaven and is a spiritual state of mind for believers in Jesus Christ. A true Zionist is one who follows Jesus Christ and who looks forward to his actual reign on earth from Mount Zion in the same way he reigns in the heavenly Mount Zion. They understand that although the Jerusalem that exists now is under spiritual bondage and is the enemy of Christ (Galatians 4:22-26), one day it will be made new under Christ’s spiritual and physical control. Secular Zionists will play an important role in the last days for the manifestation of the new Zion because all Israel will one day be saved.
The importance of Mount Zion and Jerusalem in God’s plans is why so many international parties want to lay claim to it in some way and refuse to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s true capital. Satan also realizes the importance of Jerusalem in God’s plans to be exalted throughout the earth, which is why he works through many of the interested parties to fight Israel’s claims to it. As Lucifer coveted God’s throne in heaven, he covets Mount Zion for his own vain glory. This is why he will prompt the Antichrist to establish the abomination of desolation in Jerusalem and when that fails, he will prompt all the militaries of the world to come against Jerusalem at Armageddon. Here are some glimpses from scripture for the importance of Zion to the Lord and to those of us who are his people, the new Zionists:
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. Psalm 2:1-6
For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. Psalm 132:13
At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. Jeremiah 3:17
And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Micah 4:2
And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. Zechariah 14:16
But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:22-24
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. Revelation 3:12