Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon?  -     By: Stephen Sizer, David Peterson
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Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon?

InterVarsity Press / 2005 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 298
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0830853685
ISBN-13: 9780830853687

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The term "Zionism" was first coined in the late nineteenth century, and referred to the movement for the return of the Jewish people to an assured and secure homeland in Palestine. Ironically, this vision was largely nurtured and shaped by Christians long before it received widespread Jewish support. The origins of "Christian Zionism" lie within nineteenth-century British premillennial sectarianism, but by the early twentieth century it had become a predominantly American dispensational movement, and pervasive within all main evangelical denominations. The contemporary Christian Zionism movement emerged after the "Six Day War" in Israel in 1967, and it has had a significant influence on attitudes towards the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. Evangelicals are increasingly polarized over whether Christian Zionism is biblical and orthodox or unbiblical and cultic. In this book Stephen Sizer provides a thorough examination of the historical development, variant forms, theological emphases and political implications of Christian Zionism. His excellent and informative survey is interwoven with critical assessment that repudiates both nationalistic Zionism and anti-Semitism.

Author Bio

Stephen Sizer is the vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water, Surrey (England), and chairman of the International Bible Society. David Peterson was senior research fellow and lecturer in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, where he still teaches part time. He served as principal of Oak Hill College, London, from 1996 to 2007. His books include Engaging with God, Possessed by God (both IVP) and Hebrews and Perfection (Cambridge University Press).

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"This is an excellent resource on one of the most important issues of our day. Everything from the introduction to the glossary is most helpful for anyone who wishes to understand the important spiritual and political implications of this powerful but largely unnoticed sect. In particular, Sizer's theology section is a startling eye-opener for Christians who put the Gospels at the heart of their faith."
"In the past quarter-century, evangelical fundamentalist Christian Zionism has developed into a major theological movement and has made a significant political impact in the United States. Its effect upon the Arab-Israeli conflict continues to increase yearly. Unfortunately, many Christians and non-Christians possess little knowledge of this phenomenon. Stephen Sizer's book is without doubt the best and most comprehensive analysis to date about Christian Zionism; it deserves to be read seriously."
"Sizer's book is essential reading for any Western evangelical trying to understand the religious dimensions of American support for Israel. He shows with exacting clarity how evangelical eschatology has now embedded itself in a modern political ideology. One quick read of this book will change anyone's perspective on the Middle East permanently."
"Sizer's masterly overview of Christian Zionism opens our eyes to a theology that manipulates, oppresses and shows no dignity or justice to Jew or Palestinian. It is time for a theology that values all equally instead of one that sees God as biased."
"Sizer's work on Christian Zionism is the most important and comprehensive on the subject to date, and should be read by all students of the Middle East and by Christians concerned about a just resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Christian Zionism raises vital theological and political challenges that must be addressed head-on by Christians in the West, particularly evangelicals. The impact of this terribly misguided movement is increasingly putting Christians in the Middle East at risk, and it seems a far cry from the witness and message of Jesus Christ."
"A masterly and highly readable analysis of the history, the world-view and the political implications of Christian Zionism. Sizer has thrown down the gauntlet in a way that demands a response from those who support the state of Israel for theological reasons."
"No Christian leader or layperson who is interested in biblical, theological or political matters related to the Middle East or to Israel's part in its future can afford not to read this volume."
"Stephen Sizer's work on Christian Zionism is the most important and comprehensive on the subject to date, and should be read by all students of the Middle East and by Christians concerned about a just resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Christian Zionism raises vital theological and political challenges that must be addressed head-on by Christians in the West, particularly evangelicals."
" Christian Zionism slices through some of the terribly muddy thinking regarding modern-day Israel and the last times which seems to characterize the majority of American evangelicalism. The author is to be congratulated on the clarity of presentation as well as the courage it takes to present it!"
"When the lines are not clearly drawn and premillennialism is confused with Christian Zionism, the book Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon? is essential reading. Stephen Sizer goes into the historical roots, the theological arguments and the political implications of Christian Zionism."
"Fantastic! I'm grateful for this book's advocacy of the church as the Bride, instead of Israel the bride and the bhurch the concubine."
"If any book deserves the accolade of being the definitive critique of Christian Zionism, it is this. Popular, lucid and readable, this is a dispassionate and scholarly yet critical evaluation of the phenomenon."
"I am glad to commend Stephen Sizer's groundbreaking critique of Christian Zionism. His comprehensive overview of its roots, its theological basis and its political consequences is very timely. I myself believe that Zionism, both political and Christian, is incompatible with biblical faith. Stephen's book has helped to reinforce this conviction."
"I commend Stephen Sizer's important and prophetic book in calling evangelical Christians, in particular, to break the spiral of violence and hatred. Instead we must obey the teachings of the Prince of Peace who has called us to a ministry of reconciliation rather than listen to the false prophets of Armageddon whose apocalyptic message is in danger of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent expos on Christian Zionism
    September 21, 2015
    J. Luis Dizon
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    Stephen Sizer is perhaps one of the best theologians alive today when it comes to exposing and criticizing Dispensationalism and Christian Zionism, and his book, Christian Zionism: Road Map to Armageddon, is one of the best books on that topic.

    Part one, The Historical Roots of Christian Zionism since 1800, covers the history of the Dispensational system, showing its questionable origins in 19th century preachers such as Irving and Darby, and how the system became popular in Britain and the United States during the 20th century, influencing politicians and affecting modern history up the present day.

    The theology of Dispensational Zionism is laid bare in part two, The Theological Emphases of Christian Zionism, where Dispensationalisms distinct emphases are examined and critiqued. Here it is shown how it differs from historic Christian doctrine and makes a mess of the unity and clarity of Scriptural principles.

    Finally, in part three of the book, The Political Implications of Christian Zionism, the present day ramifications of Dispensational Zionism are shown. Sizer shows how detrimental this theological view is to respect for human rights, particularly those of indigenous Christians living in the Holy Land (as well as their Muslim neighbours).

    Sizer concludes by arguing that only a robust Covenantal view of the Bible can do justice to redemptive history and avoid the chaos, confusion and suffering that has been caused by adherence of many people to a Dispensational view of ecclesiology and eschatology. This is great for showing how the debate over Covenantal versus Dispensational theology isnt just a dry academic debate, but has real world implications that affect many lives, often in a negative manner.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    November 22, 2007
    Robin Reeve
    Stephen Sizer's book is very interesting, in its description of the evolution of the different branches of Christian Zionist movements.He expresses himself from a "covenantal" (i.e. amillenarist or postmillenarist) point of view.Though his negative views need to be heard about some extreme dispensationalist positions, he seems to neglect the balanced opinions of many premillenialists most of the time.He doesn't develop his own positions a lot, either.His political positions express themselves with harsh words against Israel. He speaks of "apartheid", for an example, to describe the way the State of Israel treats the Palestinians (he doesn't go as far as calling Jews "Nazis", however). He has no positive words for the Jewish State - which means he has taken sides and that he is not working for a real peaceful dialog between both parties.One has the impression that, either one believes that God has a special plan for Israel and one then is a despicable "Zionist", or one has to abandon that idea totally, and rejoin the convenantalists.So, as a moderate premillianalist, I appreciated some of his criticisms against extreme positions, but I would have liked to see more self-criticism about his own doctrinal choices - as I believe that the eschatological questions are too complicated and delicate to have one "side" being totally right and the other one totally wrong.One can believe in the special destiny of Israel, while criticizing some of the decisions of the State of Israel and being touched by the difficulties that one's Christian Palestinian brethren in Christ are suffering, for an example.As a whole, this book is a useful read, but lacks some important developments. It remains polemical, without seriously opening a door for a useful dialog between balanced Christians of differing opinions.
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