we get ever closer to the time of the Antichrist, it is vital to know
biblical and historical truth or you will be deceived. The
thirty-seventh chapter of Ezekiel has been used by Christian Zionists to
bolster their argument that the formation of the political State of
Israel in 1948 was a direct fulfillment of prophecy. The tragedy is that
this is a blatant lie and the worse possible violation of Scripture.
In order to address
the claims of Christian Zionism, it is first necessary to understand the
history of Zionism. Few modern Christians know the name Theodor Herzl.
He was a Hungarian Jew that became known as the father of political
Zionism and he had a vision for a Jewish state.
William Hechler was a
British Anglican minister who read Herzl’s book, Der Judenstaat
(The Jewish State) and embraced his vision. Hechler was able to plant
the teaching of Zionism in the churches of England and the United
States. The irony is that the old denominations rejected this doctrine,
but it was accepted by the Evangelical and Pentecostal denominations.
chapter of Ezekiel is the story of dry bones coming to life and how God
will open Israelite graves and bring them back to the Promised Land.
Herzl and the Christian Zionists falsely claim that the word “graves”
refers to the nations in which the Jews were scattered up to 1948 when
the political State of Israel came into being.
In this week’s
message, we are going to examine this chapter and the resurrection of
the dry bones in conjunction with the second coming of Christ. The dry
bones are people dating back to the time of Abraham who repented of
their sins and believed in the future Messiah. The souls of these people
ended up in Paradise when they died and all of them were taken to heaven
when Jesus ascended after His resurrection.
God also told Ezekiel
that King David is going to rule out of Jerusalem over the resurrected
people from the twelve tribes of Israel and that there will be no more
sin among the people living after the resurrection. This is certainly
not true of the Jews living in Israel today.
The political state
of Israel was founded by renegade Jews in 1948. Not one of them
professed faith in Christ. Many were atheists. All of them were willing
to lie, cheat, and murder to accomplish Herzl’s vision of a Jewish
state. The Christian Zionists are aligned with this dissident group. The
truth will set you free.
said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my
word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
(32) And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any
man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth
sin is the servant of sin.
(35) And the
servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
(36) If the
Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
(37) I know
that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word
hath no place in you.
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell