Christian Zionism

This year, Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) begins at nightfall on Sunday, September 23rd and runs until nightfall on Monday, October 1st. One of the three pilgrim festivals – along with Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Pentecost) – the feast of Tabernacles is an especially auspicious time to be in Israel in general and Jerusalem in particular. In 2016, the Tourism Ministry estimated that there were approximately 47,000 Christian tourists in Israel over Sukkot.

On Monday night, approximately one thousand people gathered at the foot of the Temple Mount for the World Creation Concert. However, what took place was not merely wonderful music accompanied by a spectacular light show: the event actually encapsulated several prophetic incidents taking place at once. In the not-so-distant future, the event may be identified as the moment a new, Biblically correct United Nations was established, potentially leading to a new era of global cooperation.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz, director of Israel365 and the publisher of The Israel Bible and Breaking Israel News believes that the rejection of replacement theology by contemporary Christians is a “prerequisite for all of the other stages of geula (redemption).” He told Breaking Israel News, “As a Jewish rabbi, I’m not comfortable telling non-Jews what they should believe and do. However, I do feel strongly that the time for the rejection of replacement theology is now, to bring about the continued stages of redemption.”

For the first time, the Israeli Education Ministry is providing funding to sponsor participants at the National Leadership Program (NLP), established and run by Evangelical Christians. A contract for 1 million shekels ($270,000) will allow 3-4,000 Israeli high school students to participate in the  NLP’s outdoor experiential Bible-based programs.The funding has been earmarked for Ethiopian students.

I was recently privileged to participate in a WSET (Wine, Spirit, & Education Trust) Level 2 course here in Israel. Ten years ago, I knew nothing about wine, and since coming to Israel for the first time, I have slowly begun building my knowledge about grapes, wine and vineyards.

It is well-known that Jews are restricted from praying on the Temple Mount but a recent encounter illustrated how Christians who revere the site are treated in the same roughshod manner by the Waqf (Islamic Religious Authority). This battle for religious equality will determine whether the Temple Mount will take to its Biblical and prophesied role as a “House of Prayer for all Nations.”