Some might ask what Zion is all about, being the name of the website and mentioned in the Bible several times. There are different types or places we can call Zion, here are some short descriptions of them.
some might say that the whole of Africa is Zion, being the birthplace of mankind, the Origin land…besides that there was a time when most of Africa was called Ethiopia, Ethiopia stretched from the East to the West coast in a time when the Atlantic ocean was called the Ethiopian Sea, Ethiopia even had settlements in the Middle East. So Ethiopia was a lot bigger in the past and can therefore (even we only want to see Ethiopia as Zion) include other African countries as they used to be a part of Ethiopia in the past.
For many Rastafari Ethiopia is Zion also called New Jerusalem, this stems from the knowledge that the Ark of the Covenant and the Throne moved from Ysrayl to Ethiopia with King Menelik during King Solomon's reign, ensuring that the Kingdom of David be preserved, with Emperor Haile Selassie I as the rightful heir of this Kingdom, because wherever our King lives is where Zion is.
Zion is also the name for Jerusalem the city of David. In Revelation 21 New Jerusalem is mentioned. New Jerusalem is not the old Jerusalem, it could be the heavenly city of Zion. Another possibility could be that it is the city of Lalibela in Ethiopia established by King Lalibela to be New Jerusalem, it is now the 8th world wonder, eight being the sign of eternity. Also the only place on earth that is actually known as New Jerusalem and also deserves that title. not only because of its wondrous churches carved out of solid rock but also for its further description in the Bible, with the River of life flowing nearby, the Nile...and its righteous Singing inhabitants
"1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. 17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Zion is mentioned over 150 times in the Bible, it is used as another word for the city of David and eventually Yerusalem. In some cases Zion is also used instead of Kingdom of YAH or New Jerusalem. Also… the whole land of Ysrayl ánd its People (the Ysraylites) are called Zion.
Bible Verses :
For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place:
The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.
The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet; they shall call you the City of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 35:10 ESV / 123 helpful votes
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.
For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
And I have put my words in your mouth and covered you in the shadow of my hand, establishing the heavens and laying the foundations of the earth, and saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
Shake yourself from the dust and arise; be seated, O Jerusalem; loose the bonds from your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
2 Samuel 5:7
Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David.
As it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
Beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.
Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord.
For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.
Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments!
Then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes. And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.
Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds!
1 Kings 8:1
Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers' houses of the people of Israel, before King Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion.
And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
Cry out again, Thus says the Lord of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.’”
As mentioned above, what people like to call Heaven can also be called Zion, in the Bible it is called the Kingdom of YAH and is where we will go after our time on Earth is done. One of the main teachings in the Bible is to prepare for Judgment day, how we do this (in Righteousness or unrighteousness, in the sight of YAH…with forgiveness taken in to account) may determine if someone will enter this place called Zion.
Zion can also be found within ourselves, by being in a state of Bliss or Enlightenment. If our body, mind and soul is healthy, clean, well balanced and we are righteous and fullfiled, Happy, then this could be seen as Zion within One self.
Some say we have to find this Zion first before we can enter the Heavenly Zion.
However One sees Zion it is something to prepare for and we will assist in that process...Rastafari
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