Understanding Christian Zionism
Israel's Place in the Purposes of God
Dr Paul R. Wilkinson
We are pleased to announce that The Berean Call ministry (Oregon, USA), which was founded by the late Dave Hunt, has republished Paul Wilkinson's book, For Zion's Sake: Christian Zionism and the Role of John Nelson Darby (Paternoster, 2007). It is available under the new title Understanding Christian Zionism: Israel's Place in the Purposes of God, and is edited by Andrew D. Robinson. The text remains the same; only the cover and layout have changed. This new edition comes at a time when belief in the any-moment, pretribulation Rapture of the Church is under sustained attack, and the reputation of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), the principal founder of the Plymouth Brethren and a man to whom we owe an enormous debt for recovering the truth of the Rapture, has been scurrilously maligned by members of the pro-Israel Church. We recommend this new edition to all who have not read the original.
From the back cover: Christian Zionism has been described by Hamas as "the greatest danger to world truth, justice, and peace" and by the church as "a powerful force" that "fuels the Arab-Israeli conflict" and "encourages the destruction of millions of people" with its "Armageddon theology." It has also been denounced as "pernicious," "biblically untenable," "anathema to the Christian Faith," and "one of the most dangerous and heretical movements in the world." How sustainable are these charges, and is there a case to answer?
By locating Christian Zionism firmly within the evangelical tradition, Paul Wilkinson takes issue with those who have portrayed it as a "totally unbiblical menace" and as the "road map to Armageddon." Charting in detail its origins and historical development, he argues that Christian Zionism lays the biblical foundation for Israel's restoration and the return of Christ.
No one has contributed more to this cause than its leading architect and patron, John Nelson Darby, an "uncompromising champion for Christ's glory and God's truth." This ground-breaking book challenges decades of misrepresentation and scholarship, exploding the myth that John Nelson Darby stole the doctrine of the pre-tribulation Rapture from his contemporaries. By revealing the man and his message, Paul Wilkinson vindicates Darby and spotlights the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ as the centrepiece of his theology.