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More Than a Zionist

written by Asher Intrater
May 30, 2013

Was Yeshua a Zionist? No, He was not a Zionist; He was more than a Zionist. Here are three dimensions of being “more” than Zionist:

  1. Kingdom or State

When Yeshua was raised from the dead, He taught for 40 days on the coming of the “kingdom of God” – Acts 1:3. His disciples understood this to mean, “restoring the kingdom to Israel” – Acts 1:6. And while changing the disciples’ understanding of the timeframe, Yeshua affirmed that indeed, ultimately, He would restore the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:7).

The vision of Herzl and Ben Gurion was to have a Jewish State. We agree. However Yeshua is proposing a kingdom. A kingdom is more than a state, just as the position of a king is greater than the position of a prime minister. Yeshua is returning to be King of kings, not just a head of state.

2. Shekinah Glory

What “kingdom” did Yeshua and His disciples refer to as “restoring?” – the only one that could be “re”- stored: the kingdom of David and Solomon. In that kingdom, the cloud of glory filled the Temple (II Chronicles 5) and the fire fell on the altar (II Chronicles 7). However, in the kingdom of Yeshua, the presence of the Holy Spirit and the glory fire dwells inside the disciples themselves, not in the Temple (Acts 2:1-4).

Which is greater? Glory dwelling in the Temple or Glory dwelling in the People? – Obviously the latter. The word Shekinah means “dwelling inside.”

3. All Nations

When Yeshua’s disciples asked Him to restore the kingdom, He sent them out to be witnesses of Him and His kingdom from “Jerusalem, all Judea and Samaria, and even unto the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). In effect He expanded the borders of Israel, not just to include both sides of the Jordan (very “politically incorrect” these days), but all the way to California and Japan – to the ends of the earth. In so doing He fulfilled the prophecies of Isaiah for Israel to be a “light of the nations” (Isaiah 42:6; 49:6).

Yeshua’s kingdom is for all peoples (Isaiah 9:6; 56:7). This is not just a Zionist state; nor even an Israelite kingdom. It is a worldwide commonwealth, or empire, under the rule of Yeshua the Messiah (great-great-great grandson of David and Solomon).

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.


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