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The meaning of Zion is uncertain. There is a hymn related to Zion. The refrain part says,

We’re marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.

What is the role and importance of Zion in Christianity?

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If the war were over today, Zion is where the party would be. –  Joel Coehoorn Jul 18 '13 at 1:27
@JoelCoehoorn Ha Ha. The Matrix? –  Mawia Jul 18 '13 at 4:07
Of course . ;-) –  Joel Coehoorn Jul 18 '13 at 4:14

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As the Wikipedia article on Zion says, Zion is a synonym for Jerusalem.

Revelation 21 depicts the New Jerusalem, the dwelling-place of God with men:

21:2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; 3 and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them. ...” [RSV(CE)]

It is this Promised Land [a similar metaphor] to which Isaac Watts’ hymn refers:

The hill of Zion yields
A thousand sacred sweets
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Or walk the golden streets,
Or walk the golden streets.


Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry;
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
To fairer worlds on high,
To fairer worlds on high.


There’s a Wikipedia article on the New Jerusalem as well.

Based on the Book of Revelation, premillennialism holds that, following the end times and the second creation of heaven and earth (see The New Earth), the New Jerusalem will be the earthly location where all true believers will spend eternity with God. The New Jerusalem is not limited to eschatology, however. Many Christians view the New Jerusalem as a current reality, that the New Jerusalem is the consummation of the Body of Christ, the Church and that Christians already take part in membership of both the heavenly Jerusalem and the earthly Church in a kind of dual citizenship. In this way, the New Jerusalem represents to Christians the final and everlasting reconciliation of God and His chosen people, "the end of the Christian pilgrimage." As such, the New Jerusalem is a conception of Heaven.

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Zion is mentioned a several of times in the New Testament. It is spelled Sion in the KJV for some reason.

(Mat 21:5) Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

(Joh 12:15) Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.

(Rom 9:33) As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

(Rom 11:26) And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

(1Pe 2:6) Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Christ is the rock of offence in Zion according to Romans and 1st Peter and believed on in Zion during the Gospels. In this instance Zion is a reference to the nation of Israel.

(Heb 12:22) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

(Rev 14:1) And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.

(Gal 4:26) But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Its second use that I was able to find is: Zion the city of the Living God. The city of God is other wise called Jerusalem which is above. Jerusalem which is above is called the mother of us. You could interpret this all new born spirits come from new Jerusalem but its an isolated text and may just be figurative.

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First of all I don't think a word search on the Bible is really a useful answer to this question. Asking what the meaning/significance of something to Christianity is calls for a bit more than a list of verses where the word is used. Secondly from a raw hermeneutics perspective I think you've miss-identified the referent in several of these verses. This also doesn't touch on the several different ways that Zion references are understood in various Christian traditions. In the end I don't think this is necessarily useful to an outsider trying to figure out what Christians believe about "Zion". –  Caleb Jul 20 '13 at 18:47
@Caleb if this is bad behaviour please tell me specificly how to corret it otherwise please i'm asking for the second time today leave me alone –  caseyr547 Jul 20 '13 at 18:49
You might actually know how to answer this question and if not I'm pretty sure you are capable of researching one. What I'm saying is that you haven't done that. You've done much better on a couple other answers today, this one just isn't up to par. You've rehashed a word search but haven't but an expert answer to this question would include a lot more than that. It's not my job to fix your answers. I did note very specifically the issues I see with it. If you want to work from those to improve it, great. In any event you are posting to site that includes peer review as part of the model. –  Caleb Jul 20 '13 at 18:56
I'm afraid at least the first batch of verses on Zion and your conclusions drawn are not that clear-cut. They don't clearly represent the people, but a few of the verses indicate a place. –  Steve Jul 21 '13 at 18:43
@Steve i added the word nation but its clearly a reference to isreal –  caseyr547 Jul 21 '13 at 19:06

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