Zionism by the Mind of Esau--Part 1
Jun 18, 2008
The only way to understand modern Zionism is by studying the Scriptures and by knowing some history. Jewish Zionism, as seen in its 19th century manifestation, is a gross violation of biblical law. Many Jews know this, and for this reason, there are millions of non-Zionist Jews. They demonstrate against Zionism in great force, but their efforts go unnoticed in the national news.
Since most Christians do not study the law of God, they have blinded themselves to the fact that God does not support modern Zionism. Many Christians even believe that Jews are saved by following the law, while non-Jews are saved by forsaking the law. The absurdity of this doctrine only serves to make Christians ignorant of the lawlessness of Zionism, and so they end up supporting sin and justifying terrorism.
Leviticus 26 is the law regarding the consequences of sin. God claimed the right to dispossess Israel from the land of Canaan, if they persisted in violating His law. Once dispossessed, God said that He would not allow them to return until they confessed their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers. More than that, they had to recognize that they had been acting with "hostility" (NASB) against Yahweh, the lawgiver. They had to recognize that this was why Yahweh, in turn, had acted with "hostility" against them by dispossessing them from the land.
Lev. 26:40-42 says that only after they confess that Yahweh was righteous in His judgments, only when they recognized their iniquity, would God then remember His covenant. The biblical history of Israel and Judah, with all the captivities in the book of Judges, culminating with the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities, were all rooted in this particular law.
Exodus 15:2 and Isaiah 12:2 tell us that Yahweh became our Yeshua ("salvation"). In other words, Yeshua (Jesus) was the Author of the Law given to Moses. He was known as Yahweh in His pre-incarnate state. Israel's hostility against Yahweh, then, was actually hostility against Jesus Christ all through biblical history. When this hostility manifested against Jesus in their New Testament rejection of Him, the result was another round of destruction and captivity from 70-73 A.D.
This in itself proves that the law was not set aside, as so much theology claims. After all, if God sets aside His law, then there would have been no basis for divine judgment upon Jerusalem in 70 A.D. But history shows plainly that divine judgment did come, and it was based upon Leviticus 26.
The reason for that judgment is seen 40 years earlier, when Judea as a whole showed "hostility" to Jesus Christ. His ministry extended from the death of John the Baptist at Passover of 30 A.D. to His crucifixion at Passover of 33 A.D. Forty years later, the Romans began the siege of Jerusalem at Passover of 70, and the war ended with the taking of Masada at Passover of 73 A.D. The Idumean (Edomite) converts to Judaism were some of the most rabid zealots fighting the Romans, as Josephus tells us.
A second revolt from 132-135 A.D., known as the Bar-Cochba revolt, only caused a second disaster. Rabbi Akiva had pronounced Bar-Cochba the promised Messiah, and the people were thus led to destruction. They were willing to follow a false messiah, while rejecting the true Messiah. After this disaster, the rabbis taught the people that they ought to submit to captivity and not return until the true Messiah comes. This became the standard teaching of Judaism until the rise of modern Zionism.
For 1800 years the descendants of those people continued to show hostility to Jesus Christ, and so their dispersion continued unabated. Finally, however, toward the end of the 1800's, some of them got tired of the waiting game. They believed that God was being unjust with them, and it made them very bitter. With the rise of Jewish money power in the 1800's, particularly the power and influence of the Rothschilds, some saw no reason to wait for a messiah who would never come. They began to formulate plans to return to Palestine without the messiah in direct violation of both the divine law and the teachings of Judaism.
I do not believe that Zionism would have been successful, if it had been based purely upon the "claim" of Judah (or even Israel) to the land of Palestine. If the Zionists had been acting in the name of Judah or Israel, the law in Lev. 26:40-42 would have stopped them in their tracks. They would have experienced another disaster similar to those of 70 and 135 A.D. But they did have a trump card, and this is the reason God allowed them to succeed.
That trump card was God's promise to Esau-Edom. God still owed Esau more time to prove his unworthiness to receive the birthright. Jacob had cut that time short when he deceived his blind father into passing the blessing to him in Genesis 27. Isaac recognized this, and so he blessed Esau, saying in verse 40, "when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his (Jacob's) yoke from off thy neck."
Thereafter, Esau hated Jacob and plotted to get back that which he had lost. The problem was that he also refused to repent and be obedient to God. In other words, he wanted the blessings of God on his own terms and wanted the dominion mandate to rule the world without having to rule in love and righteousness. He refused to recognize that the dominion mandate came with the responsibility to rule impartially. Certainly, he did not believe Jesus' teaching that to be great in the kingdom meant being the greatest servant. No, Esau wanted to be the master and make everyone else his slave.
In Malachi 1:1-4 we find Esau-Edom coveting the land of Canaan and plotting to "return." God says in verse 4, "they shall build, but I will throw down." In other words, the day would come when Esau would indeed be allowed to return for a season and to build their nation. But in the end God would tear it all down, and then they would be known as "the people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever."
The Edomite element within Judaism has thus manifested in the modern world under the banner of Zionism. They could not return under the banner of Judah, but God did allow them to return as Edomites because of the promise to Esau. In 1948 the heirs of Jacob gave back the birthright and dominion to the heirs of Esau. We call it the "State of Israel," not because it is actually the biblical people of Israel, but because the name Israel was the birthright name. When the birthright was returned to Esau, then Esau obtained the right to use that name.
In Malachi 1:3 God says, "I hated Esau." This sounds terrible, but in fact it was a statement of divine mercy, for it placed Esau under the protection of the law of the hated son in Deut. 21:15-21. The law forbids a man to give his birthright to a younger son. If he loved that younger son and hated the older one, he was not allowed to bypass the hated son, except, of course, if he had lawful cause to do so. For this reason, this law is followed by the law of the rebellious son in verses 18-23.
For example, Reuben was the oldest son of Jacob, but he was replaced for defiling his father's bed (1 Chron. 5:1). There was lawful cause for him to lose the birthright, which was then given to Joseph.
Jacob's deceit caused Esau to lose the birthright before he had fully proven himself to be unworthy of it. So God owed him more time to prove himself. Thus, God allowed the Edomites within Jewry to succeed in their Zionism. They achieved their goal through terrorism and have been manifesting the carnal mind of Esau since the beginning. They are willing to obtain the land by murder and theft. Their oppression of the Palestinians is what we would expect from Esau.
This is the first part of a series titled "Zionism by the Mind of Esau." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones