Meaning of Zion

Where does Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. get it’s name?


The company’s name, Zion, was chosen for its numerous biblical meanings. The earliest references to Zion in the Bible refer to the Citadel of Zion on the flank of the lower eastern hill of Jerusalem, in what became known as the City of David. Later the name became associated with the higher western hill of Jerusalem, overlooking the Temple Mount. David’s Tomb and the site of the Last Supper are both located on Mount Zion.

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In the poetic writings, Zion becomes the equivalent of Jerusalem, the religious capital and spiritual heart of the People of Israel. The name Zion also refers to the People of Israel themselves. After their exile from the Holy Land, Zion has meant to Jews their homeland, together with Jerusalem and the Temple, in all of Israel’s ancient glory. Among Christians, the name Zion is city of God, or the heavenly Jerusalem. (Rev. 21:1-3)


Because of the Christian vision that lies at the heart of Zion Oil, founder John Brown felt that Zion’s name was chosen by God to give to others (through charity and mitzvah), both in Israel and the world.


“And for the precious things [meged] of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.”
(Deut. 33:16)

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