Christian Zionism

Christian Zionism: Road Map to Armageddon?

by Stephen Sizer

Reviewed by David Sheridan

The recent raining of thousands of Ketushya rockets on northern Israel along with Israeli air and ground attacks on Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon, highlight once again the need for a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Stephen Sizer’s timely book shows how key elements of the theological position known as Christian Zionism actually hinder the peace process.

Sizer, an English pastor, carefully analyzes the historical development of Christian Zionism, from its roots in the literalist hermeneutic and futurist eschatology of such notable premillennialists as J.N. Darby and William Scofield, author of the Scofield Reference Bible, to its modern proponents, including Hal Lindsey, author of Late, Great Planet Earth (1970), Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series and movements such as Jews for Jesus.

The political implications of Christian Zionism are profound. Adherents believe that there is no prospect for lasting peace between Jews and Arabs, nor that there should be. In their view, to advocate that Israel coexist with Palestinians is nothing less than working directly against God’s end-time design for the region.

bookElements of Christian Zionism actually hinder the peace process.

This readable 280-page book is well researched, with a helpful glossary and extensive bibliography. John Stott commends the book as "a ground-breaking critique of Christian Zionism."

Copyright 2006

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