Throughout history we have seen how a nation oppressed by an autocratic government, whether foreign or its own, must eventually revolt or submit to humiliating slavery. We saw it in the American Revolution in 1776, and certainly in Israel’s Exodus from Egypt under Moses.It is in this context I believe we should view today’s Trump / Brexit / Christian Zionism (CZ) movements.
As I see it, all three are powerful reactions to the same left-wing elitist bureaucracy that’s been trying to impose its multi-cultural, no-borders, one-world vision on the nations. This utopian vision is essentially the one immortalized by John Lennon in his iconic song, “Imagine.” So intoxicating was the vision that the elite imagined it could accommodate the ruthless reality of fundamentalist Islam, expecting it to quietly take its seat at the table. When Jihadists began murdering and raping everyone in sight they tried to ignore it, telling everyone, including themselves, that Islam was a religion of peace.
They got away with it for awhile, especially in Israel where they were able to justify the Muslim Palestinian mayhem as a legitimate grievance against Jewish colonialism. Only those Evangelicals who knew the truth rose up to stand with Israel and denounced the world’s hypocrisy, giving birth to today’s Christian Zionist movement. Yet in spite of their outcry, world leaders continued to ignore Israel’s plight. Even 9/11 failed to throw enough cold water on them.
It wasn’t until it began happening in the cities of Europe, and again in America, that the West started to wake up and realize Islam would never willing submit to anyone else’s vision. It had its own vision of bringing the world into submission to Allah under Sharia Law! The elitist dream had become a nightmare. The result was a right-wing blowback in the form of Donald Trump, and the Brexit vote in England.
Yet, there’s a fundamental difference between Trump/Brexit and CZ, God’s counter movement to what He is doing among the nations. (Yes, Virginia, nothing happens in this world apart from God’s will.) While Trump/Brexit is clear evidence the people no longer subscribe to John Lennon’s utopia and want out, CZ is not a political movement. But simply support for Israel against the nightmare.
Historically, CZ had its beginnings in groups like the French Huguenots and Puritans who saw the Biblical prophecies of a restored Jewish homeland when there was no natural hope it could happen. And they loudly proclaimed it in spite of strong opposition from the established church, which still embraced Replacement Theology. When God was true to His word and brought Israel into being in 1948, CZ then became a stalwart ally of the Jewish nation.
But I believe the role of CZ is changing once again. In the process of standing with Israel, many awakened to the Hebraic roots of our faith and we saw that we too were included in the promises to Israel through Messiah Yeshua. “For as many as are the promises of God, in Messiah they are yes” (2 Cor. 1:20).
What’s more, this awakening brought with it another eye-opening realization - that for centuries we Christians also have been dominated by an oppressive elitist autocracy that we need to be free of. Namely, the Hellenized institutional religious system that imprisoned us when the Church merged with pagan Rome under Constantine. We learned that’s when our Hebraic roots were stripped from us. Not only did we lose the biblical context of Yeshua’s Jewish identity, but also all understanding that we could share in the kingdom promises to Israel. In their place we were presented with a Christian Christ, fed religious placebos and led away captive into centuries of ecclesiastical tyranny.
We soon lost all sense of our true identity. We are not, and never were, “Christians.” A religion is not a peoplehood. We have always been the grafted-in seed of Abraham. “For if you belong to Messiah, you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:29).
So where are all these movements headed? Who knows where Trump will take America if he wins, which I expect. Or if the rest of Europe will follow Britain and exit the EU in time to roll back the Muslim invasion. Also a possibility.
But there are two things we can be certain of. First, only the Zionist movement will result in the people coming into true freedom. Not only Jews and Israel, but all the followers of Yeshua who see and understand they are included in God’s restoration of Israel and get on board in time.
And two, no matter how the Western nations reconfigure themselves to restore law and order, perhaps in a new Pax Romana, they will eventually coalesce around one world leader who will try and destroy Israel and the knowledge of Yahweh, who alone is God.
The earth is now being shaken. Can the heavens be far behind?
Brian Hennessy is author of Valley of the Steeples