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Published On : August 11, 1997

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An Overview of Early Judaism And An Expose On Worldy
Governments And Our Place In Them!




Since the beginning of time, a war has been waged between
the King of Heaven and the King of the Earth, between the
Seekers of Light and the Dwellers of Darkness, between the
Children of God and the Children of Satan. This rebellion
against Divine Rule and authority first manifested itself on
Earth some six thousand years ago when Satan tempted the
first human pair in the Garden of Eden. In spite of the
wonderful world God had created for them, Lucifer set about
to convince Adam and Eve that they could have more; that in
fact, that they could become as gods and rule over
themselves:

"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your
eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good
and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for
food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be
desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and
did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did
eat." (Genesis 3:5-6)

Shortly after their fall and ouster from the Garden of Eden,
Adam and Eve had two children. One was a righteous son named
Abel, a sheep herder who pleased the Lord. The other was
Cain, a man who thought his own hard labor in the fields was
enough to make him righteous. In the end, Cain rose up and
slew his younger brother in a jealous fit of rage:

"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare
Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she
again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep,
but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time
it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the
ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought
of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And
the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto
Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was
very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto
Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou
doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall
be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked
with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were
in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother,
and slew him." (Genesis 4:1-8)

What had started out as a seemingly innocent decision to eat
of the forbidden fruit in Eden, had now resulted in the
first murder of man by man, the murder of a man submitted to
God by a man influenced by Satan. From the events in Genesis
up to this very day, the schism has continued to grow
between those who submit to the theocratic rule of the one
true God in Heaven, and those who would govern themselves
influenced by Lucifer and his demonic horde.

As a result of the murder of righteous Abel, the bloodline
of Cain was cursed by God:

"And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened
her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;"
(Genesis 4:11)

Five generations later, we find Lamech, the descendant of
Cain, committing another murder, and from that point on,
things only continued to get worse:

"And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my
voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I
have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my
hurt." (Genesis 4:23)

In Genesis chapter six we read of another great rebellion
against God's authority when the sons of God, what some
believe were spiritual beings, made love to the beautiful
women of Earth, which resulted in evil giants being born.
For a more in-depth look at this incident, please refer to
my other articles such as 'Nephilim: The Giants Of Genesis'
and 'The Book Of Enoch: Truth Or Heresy?' In speaking of
the great evil which filled the Earth in those days, Genesis
6:5-6 tells us:

"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the
earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his
heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD
that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his
heart."

The Lord was so upset by the way His own creation had
rebelled against Him and had committed such horrendous acts
of violence, that He decided to put an abrupt end to it:

"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before
me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and,
behold, I will destroy them with the earth." (Genesis 6:13)

Imagine, the world was full of thousands, perhaps several
million people by this time, but the only man who found
grace in the eyes of the Lord was Noah, a descendant of the
righteous line of Seth, the third son born to Adam and Eve
after Abel's murder. Together with his three sons, Shem, Ham
and Japheth, Noah labored for quite some time building the
Ark while an unbelieving world looked on and scoffed at him
as some crazy old fool. But in the end, those who had
rejected God's rule over them, soon found themselves
treading water for dear life, while Noah and his wife, and
his three sons and their wives, along with all of the
animals, floated safely above the rising waters. For more
comments on this event, please see my articles 'Noah's Ark
And The Global Flood' and 'Noah's Flood: The Urantia Book
Exposed Again'.

After The Flood, the world began to be repopulated by Noah's
family, but it wasn't before long that Satan managed to stir
up rebellion again in the hearts of humanity. Despite God's
mercy in sparing Noah and his family, only a few generations
later in Genesis chapter eleven, we find some of the
descendants of the sons of Noah rejecting the Lord and
trying to set up their own earthly government. In Genesis
11:1-4 we read:

"And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that
they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt
there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make
brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for
stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to,
let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto
heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered
abroad upon the face of the whole earth."

'Let's make ourselves a name' they said. 'Let's be somebody!
We don't need the Lord ruling over us anymore! Let's build a
great city and tower that will reach up to Heaven! Maybe we
can defeat God! Let's start our own government here on
Earth!' Those may not have been their exact words, but that
was surely the intent of their hearts. This city and tower
they built would become known as the Tower of Babel, what
some say was actually the beginnings of what would
eventually become the powerful Babylonian Empire.

There is speculation that the rebellion at Babel was led by
Nimrod, the son of Cush, who was the son of Ham, the third
son of Noah who was cursed by his father and destined to
live a life of servitude to his two brothers. From the
Biblical record, we know that the descendants of Ham, which
included the Canaanites, settled in ancient Israel and also
migrated down into Africa. For this reason, some believe
that Ham may actually be the father of all the negroid races
of the Earth which were later taken into slavery thus
fulfilling ancient Bible prophecy.

As a result of the rebellion at Babel, the Lord confounded
the people with a diversity of tongues so that they could
not understand each other, thus preventing them from
accomplishing their goals. Prior to this incident, the
people of the world were concentrated in a small area of the
Earth, and they all spoke the same universal language.
According to one apocryphal source, this language may have
been Hebrew. One speculation is that it was also during the
days of Peleg, some one hundred or so years after the Flood,
that the Lord physically began to divide the Earth into its
present continents after He had already divided the people
into different tongues and nations following the incident at
Babel. It is indeed plausible that after the people had
begun to spread out across the face of the Earth, that the
Lord caused the Earth's crust to crack, thus creating rift
valleys which slowly divided the super-continent which
existed at that time. This would have ensured that the
people couldn't have a repeat performance such as what
happened at Babel...at least for a few thousand years. Once
again, it seems that we have the development of a universal
language (English), and certain individuals and societies
are bent on creating a New World Order with scientific
technology as their god. Please refer to my other papers for
more information on this.

Several hundred years later begins the story of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob, descendants of the righteous line of Seth.
According to Genesis chapter eleven, Abraham, his father
Terah and their family were natives of Ur, the land of the
Chaldees (Chaldeans). The Chaldeans were the rulers of
ancient Babylonia. What may surprise you to know is that
Abraham and his family, in spite of their heritage from the
line of righteous Noah, worshipped pagan gods. This is
clarified for us by the words of Joshua the son of Nun in
Joshua 24:2-3:

"And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD
God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the
flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and
the father of Nachor: and THEY SERVED OTHER GODS. And I took
your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and
led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied
his seed, and gave him Isaac."

The fact that Abraham's family were pagans from Babylon is
also confirmed in various of the apocryphal works. In
essence, the Lord told Abraham, (then called Abram), to
forsake his own country, to forsake his father's family and
his old religion, and if he would do so, God would mightily
bless him:

"Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy
country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house,
unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a
great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name
great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them
that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in
thee shall all families of the earth be blessed."
(Genesis 12:1-3)

After Terah had taken his family as far as Haran, Abraham
then obeyed the Lord and continued on from there, and God
blessed him mightily. Unlike the other peoples of the Earth
who involved themselves with setting up cities and localized
power bases, God had called out Abraham to be a nomadic
herdsman, who over the years, slowly travelled westward
towards the promised land of Canaan, later to be known as
Palestine and Israel. His only king and ruler was the Lord
Himself who watched from Heaven above...and occasionally
paid Abraham an earthly visit. (see Genesis 18) It was
because of the very fact that Abraham accepted the absolute
sovereignty of the Lord, as his one and only true King as
opposed to worldy governments and pagan religions, that God
blessed him so.

Eventually, Abraham, his wife, and Lot his nephew reached
Canaan. At that time, the Canaanites, the descendants of
Cush and Ham, dwelled in the land. In addition, there was a
great famine in progress; so Abraham took his family down
into Egypt. Being as Abraham's wife Sarai (Sarah) was so
beautiful, Abraham had to pass her off as his sister for his
own protection. This however created quite a problem, as
Pharaoh king of Egypt wanted to marry her. The Lord then
sent plagues to Pharaoh which resulted in Pharaoh
discovering the whole truth of the matter, and sending
Abraham, his wife and all of their servants out of Egypt.
So, Abraham re-entered the southern part of Canaan and
eventually made it back up to Bethel where he had previously
built an altar and sacrificed unto the Lord. (Gen 12-13) One
interesting point, which may be a bit shocking to some, is
that Sarah actually was Abraham's half-sister. According to
Genesis 20:12, Abraham and Sarah had the same father, but
different mothers:

"And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my
father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my
wife." (Genesis 20:12)

Thus, he spoke a half-truth as he and his wife had agreed to
do during the course of their travels to the land of Canaan
for their own protection, particularly Abraham's.

One result of the journey into Egypt is that Abraham became
quite wealthy and had lots of gold and silver, cattle, and
servants, both male and female. One of these was Hagar the
Egyptian handmaiden. After having lived ten years in Canaan,
and now in his mid-eighties, Abraham still did not have an
heir as Sarah was barren. It was then that Sarah devised the
plan that she would give Abraham her handmaiden, Hagar, to
be his wife. Abraham consented, and shortly thereafter,
Hagar conceived a son, later to be called Ishmael.
Unfortunately, this resulted in friction between Sarah and
Hagar, as Hagar despised Sarah her mistress. Sarah thus
dealt with Hagar causing her to flee into the wilderness.
While there, the angel of the Lord appeared to her and told
her to return and submit herself to Sarah. As a result of
her obedience, God blessed Hagar and her descendants,
beginning with her son, Ishmael, who became the father of
the twelve princes of the Arab nations. (Gen 16-17):

"Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son,
whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah's handmaid, bare unto
Abraham: And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by
their names, according to their generations: the firstborn
of Ishmael, Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, And
Mishma, and Dumah, and Massa, Hadar, and Tema, Jetur,
Naphish, and Kedemah: These are the sons of Ishmael, and
these are their names, by their towns, and by their castles;
twelve princes according to their nations. And these are the
years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and
seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was
gathered unto his people. And they dwelt from Havilah unto
Shur, that is before Egypt, as thou goest toward Assyria:
and he died in the presence of all his brethren."
(Genesis 25:12-18)

It wasn't until fourteen years later, shortly after the de-
struction of Sodom and Gomorrah, that the Lord finally
blessed Abraham and Sarah with a son in their old age.
Abraham was one hundred, and Sarah was ninety. When the Lord
announced to each of them that she was going to bear a son,
they each doubted; but in the end, the wisdom of God's plan
was revealed; and His covenant with Abraham was fulfilled
with the birth of Isaac. (Gen. 21) Sarah lived another
thirty-seven years after the birth of Isaac and died at the
age of one hundred and twenty-seven. As a result of Isaac's
birth, Ishmael, who was now a teenager, mocked Sarah, just
as his mother Hagar had done some fifteen years before. This
resulted in Abraham finally sending them both away. But even
then, God did not forsake Hagar and her child. He still
fulfilled His promises to them. (Gen. 21)

Of concern to Abraham was that his son Isaac would not marry
a pagan woman of Canaan, the land wherein he and his family
now dwelt. Having done so may have caused his son to fall
back into worshipping pagan gods. At the same time, he did
not want Isaac to return to the land of his nativity, i.e.,
Ur of the Chaldees, because the Lord had promised to give
him the land of Canaan and to multiply his seed there as the
stars of the heavens. And again, the temptation to desert
the one true God may have been too strong for his son to
resist. Thus, Abraham sent one of his servants to
Mesopotamia to the city of Nahor, which was named after
Abraham's brother, to find a wife for Isaac his son. It is
there that the Lord does a miracle and provides Rebekah, the
grandaughter of Nahor to be Isaac's wife. This can be found
in Genesis chapter. In essence, Isaac married his second
cousin. According to what we read in the twenty-fifth
chapter of Genesis, Rebekah and her brother Laban are both
referred to as Syrians, so this tells us that Syria was
considered to be a part of Mesopotamia in those days, and
actually, this whole area was under Babylonian jurisdiction:

"And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son:
Abraham begat Isaac: And Isaac was forty years old when he
took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of
Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian."
(Genesis 25:19-20)

After Sarah's death, Abraham took another wife named
Keturah, who bore him an additional six sons to give him
eight in all including Ishmael, but to Isaac went the
inheritance of the Lord. In addition, Abraham had various
concubines. In Genesis chapter twenty-five, we are also told
that Abraham died at the ripe old age of one hundred and
seventy-five:

"And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which
he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. Then
Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an
old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people."
(Genesis 25:7-8)

One of his final acts before his death was to send
away all of the sons of his concubines with gifts to the
east country. It is not stated exactly why he did this, but
it could be so that there was no rivalry with Isaac who was
his sole heir according to the Lord's promise.

One interesting point to note is that in spite of the
rivalry which may have existed between Isaac and Ishmael in
earlier years, they were both present for the burial of
their father. At that time, Ishmael would have been about
eighty-nine years of age, and Isaac would have been about
seventy-five years old; so perhaps with age,
they gained some maturity and respect for each other:

"And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of
Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the
Hittite, which is before Mamre;" (Genesis 25:9)

After twenty years of marriage, the Lord blessed Isaac and
his wife with the twins, Jacob and Esau. The Lord had
prophesied that two very distinct nations would arise from
Rebekah's womb, and that the descendants of Jacob would be
stronger than the descendants of Esau. From an early age,
Rebekah had favored Jacob, while Isaac favored his elder
son, Esau. Although Esau (later called Edom) was the elder
son, he sold his birthright to his younger conniving brother
for a bowl of lentiles and bread:

"And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was
barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his
wife conceived. And the children struggled together within
her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went
to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two
nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be
separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be
stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve
the younger. And when her days to be delivered were
fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the
first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they
called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out,
and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was
called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she
bare them. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter,
a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in
tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his
venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and
Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to
Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for
I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob
said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said,
Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this
birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day;
and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto
Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles;
and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way:
thus Esau despised his birthright." (Genesis 25:21-34)

But Jacob's conniving did not stop there. When his father
Isaac was old and ready to pass on the blessing, Jacob and
his mother schemed together to trick Isaac into thinking
that Jacob was actually the elder brother who rightfully
deserved the blessing. Being that Isaac's eyesight had
already failed him, it didn't take much to pull off this
scam. (Genesis 27:1-29)

What is interesting to note here is that, just as Peter
denied knowing Jesus three times, Jacob likewise lied to his
father three times to convince him that he was Esau and thus
secure the blessing of the Lord's inheritance for himself.
To show how serious men took their words in those days, even
after the treachery had been discovered by Isaac, and after
Esau had wept bitterly and pleaded with his father, Isaac
couldn't take back his blessing from Jacob. It had to stand,
and just as the Lord had prophesied at their birth years
before, Esau was forced to submit to the younger deceitful
brother. Because of this incident, Esau became very
embittered against his brother and planned to kill him.
Becoming aware of it, Isaac and Rebekah decided to send
Jacob to Laban, Rebekah's brother, who still lived in Haran,
the place where Terah had first taken Abraham, Sarah and
their nephew Lot after leaving Ur in the land of the
Chaldees. (Gen. 27:30-45) Another reason they did this was
because, just as Abraham did not want his son Isaac to marry
a pagan woman of Canaan, so too, Isaac was responsible for
ensuring the purity of their lineage.

As we read in Genesis 29:1-30, Jacob went to Haran where he
ended up working for his uncle Laban for fourteen years to
obtain the hand of his beautiful daughter Rachel. This had
occurred because after working the first seven years, Laban
gave Jacob his eldest daughter Leah first, as was the
custom, instead of Rachel, whom he had expected. So, he was
forced to work an additional seven years in order to marry
Rachel as well. Jacob was deeply in love with Rachel while
Leah felt rejected. But the Lord was good to her and she
bare Jacob four sons in a row while Rachel remained barren.
These were Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah, the first four
sons who would become the fathers of four of the tribes of
Israel:

"And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her
womb: but Rachel was barren. And Leah conceived, and bare a
son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely
the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my
husband will love me. And she conceived again, and bare a
son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated,
he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his
name Simeon. And she conceived again, and bare a son; and
said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me,
because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name
called Levi. And she conceived again, and bare a son: and
she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called
his name Judah; and left bearing." (Genesis 29:31-35)

By this time, Rachel had become quite jealous of her older
sister. Since she couldn't have any children herself, she
gave Jacob her handmaiden Bilhah who then bore Jacob two
more sons. These were Dan and Naphtali:

"And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel
envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or
else I die. And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel:
and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from
thee the fruit of the womb? And she said, Behold my maid
Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees,
that I may also have children by her. And she gave him
Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her. And
Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son. And Rachel said, God
hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given
me a son: therefore called she his name Dan. And Bilhah
Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.
And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with
my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name
Naphtali." (Genesis 30:1-8)

The animosity between the two sisters continued, and when
Leah had stopped bearing children, she also gave her husband
Jacob her handmaiden Zilpah who then gave Jacob two more
sons. These were named Gad and Asher, and brought the total
number of sons to eight:

"When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah
her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife. And Zilpah Leah's maid
bare Jacob a son. And Leah said, A troop cometh: and she
called his name Gad. And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a
second son. And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters
will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher."
(Genesis 30:9-13)

Following these events, Leah bare Jacob two more sons who
were named Issachar and Zebulun, and then a daughter named
Dinah:

"And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found
mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother
Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, Give me, I pray thee, of thy
son's mandrakes. And she said unto her, Is it a small matter
that thou hast taken my husband? and wouldest thou take away
my son's mandrakes also? And Rachel said, Therefore he shall
lie with thee to night for thy son's mandrakes. And Jacob
came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to
meet him, and said, Thou must come in unto me; for surely I
have hired thee with my son's mandrakes. And he lay with her
that night. And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived,
and bare Jacob the fifth son. And Leah said, God hath given
me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband:
and she called his name Issachar. And Leah conceived again,
and bare Jacob the sixth son. And Leah said, God hath endued
me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me,
because I have born him six sons: and she called his name
Zebulun. And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her
name Dinah." (Genesis 30:14-21)

But the Lord was also favorable to Rachel, and she finally
bore a son whom she named Joseph who was later sold into
slavery:

"And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and
opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and
said, God hath taken away my reproach: And she called his
name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another
son." (Genesis 30:22-24)

By this time, Jacob and his family had been living with his
uncle Laban for quite a few number of years, and he was
yearning to return to Canaan. Laban, however, had come to
realize that since Jacob had arrived, the Lord had blessed
him (Laban), greatly, so he asked Jacob to stay longer. He
asked Jacob how much he wanted to pay him to convince him to
stay with him. Jacob's reply was that he wanted nothing. As
can be seen, from the minute he had been born, Jacob was an
astute, clever and deceitful person. So once again, he made
a deal with Laban regarding their flocks of cattle and
goats. From reading the story in Genesis 30:25-43, it
appears that Jacob had somehow mastered some type of early
genetic engineering which employed the power of suggestion.
In conjunction with his astute manner, this resulted in his
flocks increasing much more than those of Laban, to the
point that it caused contention between them. Also what was
at issue is that Laban had not been paying Jacob fairly for
his labors. But the Lord was aware of his dealings, and in
the end, Jacob's wealth overshadowed that of his uncle.
After this incident, the Lord told Jacob to take his family
and return to Canaan, the land of his father, Isaac. Fearing
reprisal from his uncle Laban, Jacob rounded up his family,
their belongings and great many flocks and secretly fled
away. (Genesis 31:1-20)

At this time, it is worth mentioning an interesting point
concernig Jacob's feelings towards the God worshipped by his
father Isaac and by his grandfather Abraham. The reader
needs to remember that Abraham's family worshipped pagan
gods. They did not worship the God of Abraham and Isaac. As
stated previously, this may be one of the reasons why
Abraham was concerned about sending Isaac back to the land
of his nativity to find a wife; and also why he didn't allow
him to marry a Canaanite woman. Like his father Abraham,
Isaac had this same concern with his two sons Jacob and
Esau. Incidentally, Esau did displease his parents by
marrying a woman of the Hittites. Considering all of this,
and Jacob's whole nature of being somewhat of a
wheeler-dealer, it should come as no surprise that Jacob
actually had doubts about the God of his father and
grandfather. If we look closely in Genesis 28:20-21, we find
that even before he arrived at Laban's house many years
before, Jacob's belief in the God of gods was conditional:

"And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and
will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread
to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my
father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:"

In other words, he would accept the God of his father and
grandfather IF He proved Himself to Jacob. Now, twenty years
later, after the Lord had greatly blessed him giving him two
wives, many children, huge flocks and many servants, Jacob
was now willing to admit that it was indeed due to the God
of his father Isaac that he had been blessed, as well as
protected from Laban's evil intentions"

"And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that
it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath
been with me. And ye know that with all my power I have
served your father. And your father hath deceived me, and
changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt
me." (Genesis 31:5-7)

When the Lord told Jacob in a dream that it was time to
leave his uncle Laban's country, He also reminded him of the
vow he had made to Him twenty years before:

"I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar,
and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee
out from this land, and return unto the land of thy
kindred." (Genesis 31:13)

And with that, Jacob made haste, obeyed the Lord, and
departed from Laban's house in secret. However, what was not
known to him at the time, is that his wife Rachel had stolen
the images of the gods of her father Laban. Later, when
Laban finally caught up with them, he said to Jacob:

"And now, though thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou
sore longedst after thy father's house, yet wherefore hast
thou stolen my gods?" (Genesis 31:30)

Although Laban searched high and low in Jacob's property, he
wasn't able to find the idols because Rachel had hidden them
in a chest of sorts and sat upon it pretending she was
having her period:

"With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live:
before our brethren discern thou what is thine with me, and
take it to thee. For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen
them. And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's
tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found
them not. Then went he out of Leah's tent, and entered into
Rachel's tent. Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them
in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban
searched all the tent, but found them not. And she said to
her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise
up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he
searched, but found not the images." (Genesis 31:32-35)

This is again additional proof that it was no easy task for
Abraham's family and relatives to forsake their pagan gods.
I expound more fully on this in my article 'Revelation's
Babylon The Great Whore'.

Eventually, the two men come to an agreement not to step
over each other's bounds, and Jacob continues on his journey
back to his father Isaac in the land of Canaan. Sometime
thereafter, Jacob finally arrives at the land of his brother
Esau. It is just prior to their meeting that Jacob has the
all-night wrestling match with a mysterious celestial
visitor who refuses to identify himself. As a result of this
encounter, three things happen: First, he receives a special
blessing from the Lord; second, his name is changed from
Jacob to Israel; and third, he is crippled in his thigh. In
a later event in Genesis chapter thirty-five, after warning
his family to get rid of the false gods and idols they have
carried with them, (which they do), the Lord God again
appears to Jacob in Bethel where Jacob is building another
altar as before. The Lord again blesses him, tells him that
He will give him all the land of Canaan, and that many
nations and kings will arise from his descendants. He also
tells him a second time that his name will now be called
Israel:

"And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of
Padanaram, and blessed him. And God said unto him, Thy name
is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but
Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel. And
God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and
multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of
thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land
which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and
to thy seed after thee will I give the land. And God went up
from him in the place where he talked with him. And Jacob
set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even
a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon,
and he poured oil thereon. And Jacob called the name of the
place where God spake with him, Bethel." (Genesis 35:9-15)

It is after this last event that Rachel again becomes
pregnant and has another son whom Jacob names Benjamin,
making him the final son of the twelve sons/tribes of
Israel. Unfortunately, Rachel dies while giving birth to
this child. Jacob finally makes it back to Arbah (Hebron)
where his grandfather Abraham and father Isaac dwelt. Isaac
finally dies at the ripe old age of one hundred and eighty
and is buried by Jacob and his brother Esau (Edom):

"And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the
city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac
sojourned. And the days of Isaac were an hundred and
fourscore years. And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and
was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days:
and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him." (Genesis 35:27-29)

At this point we are going to move forward to the betrayal
of Joseph by his jealous brothers. As is well known, Joseph
had the gift of dreams, and in one of his dreams, the Lord
showed him the future in which his family would some day bow
down to him. This did not sit well with his brothers who
were already envious of him because their father
Jacob/Israel loved him the most because he was born in
Jacob's old age. To show his love for the lad, he had made
him the coat of many colors. Initially, some of his brothers
wanted to kill him. However, due to the oldest brother
Reuben saving his life, he was instead sold to some
Ishmaelite/Midianite merchants who were on their way to
Egypt. Joseph eventually ended up in the house of Potiphar,
one of Pharaoh's officers and captain of the guard. You can
read about this in Genesis chapter thirty-seven.

Through a series of events, including a false accusation,
Joseph found himself unjustly thrown into prison. But this
was all a part of God's plan, and he eventually rose up to
be the second most powerful man in all of Pharaoh's court.
This came about as a result of the Lord giving him the gift
to interpret Pharaoh's dreams, much like what also happened
to the prophet Daniel, centuries later. During Joseph's time
in Egypt, a severe famine caused Jacob to send his sons down
into Egypt to secure some grain lest they die. As a result
of this, Joseph and his family were finally reunited when
Jacob's whole family, which numbered seventy, moved down
into Egypt where life was good. Eventually, Jacob died at
the age of one hundred and forty-seven after having lived
seventeen years in Egypt. His last wish was that he would be
buried in the land of his fathers, in Canaan, in a cave in
the plain of Mamre which Abraham had bought. (Genesis 37 &
39-50)

After the burial of Jacob in Canaan, which included a great
ceremonial procession of Egyptians, Joseph, his brethren and
their families returned to Egypt to dwell in the fertile
land of Goshen. This is a really interesting point which
most folks are not even aware of. Had they remained in
Canaan, they would never have suffered the four hundred and
thirty years of Egyptian bondage. On the other hand, we
should not underestimate the wisdom and foreknowledge of
God. At that time, Canaan was overrun with the pagan
descendants of Ham who were much more numerous than the
families of the twelve sons of Israel. Had they remained
there at that time, they probably would have been wiped out.
For this reason, the Lord had them return to the fertile
lands of Egypt where they would grow and multiply into a
great nation totaling about one million souls. With time,
Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten, along with
all of his generation, and a new Pharaoh arose who knew not
Joseph. Because of this, the children of Israel soon found
themselves in bondage to the Egyptians. For four hundred and
thirty years the Hebrews served the Egyptians building many
of their pyramids under very harsh conditions. This is all
covered in the first chapter of the book of Exodus.

But God had not abandoned the descendants of Israel. Within
time, He sent them a deliverer, a man who, while being
Hebrew, was raised in the house of Pharaoh amidst the
royalty. This man of course was Moses. After spending forty
years in the courts of Pharaoh, Moses was forced to flee
Egypt after he slew a man and hid his body in the sand.
After another forty years of being broken and humbled by the
Lord, at the age of eighty, Moses was finally ready to
become the Prophet and Liberator that God wanted him to be.
By the time of the great liberation, the children of Israel
had grown from the original seventy, to over six hundred
thousand adult males alone!...Quite a handful for one man to
lead all by himself. Thus in Numbers chapter one, we find
the Lord appointing one man from each of the twelve tribes
to assist Moses in his administrative duties. In addition,
the Lord also chose the tribe of Levi to serve as the
priesthood for the children of Israel. For the next forty
years after their liberation, the children of Israel would
wander through the desert of Sinai until the Lord could
purge out the murmuring and complaining older generation.
The story of Moses and the children of Israel can be found
in the books of Exodus, Levitus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

After the death of Moses on the top of Mount Nebo/Pisgah, at
the age of one hundred and twenty, the Israelites were led
by Joshua, Moses' chosen successor, who victoriously led
them into the promised land. Joshua also was assisted by the
Levites and the tribal elders. Following the death of
Joshua's at one hundred and ten years of age, we read in
Joshua 24:31:

"And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all
the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, and which had
known all the works of the Lord, that He had done for them."

Following the death of Joshua, Israel was ruled for a period
by judges/prophets. Some of the better known ones would be
Deborah, Barak, Gideon, Samson and Samuel. In Judges chapter
eighteen we are told:

"In those days there was no king in Israel..."

While other nations did set up their kings to rule over
them, the Israelites continued to be led by their leaders
who served both as Prophets and Judges. In Judges chapter
nine there was a certain man named Abimelech who did succeed
in setting himself up as king, but this was not the Lord's
doing. To even do this, he had to kill seventy members of
his own family. Only his younger brother escaped by hiding
himself. But the Lord eventually caught up with Abimelech.
Three years later while besieging the city of Thebez, a
woman dropped a piece of millstone from a high tower and
cracked open his head. He had one of his men put a sword
through him to finish him off so the people wouldn't say he
had been killed by a woman.

Thus begins the sad story of what happens when God's
children try to set up an earthly ruler over themselves.
While children of the world may become involved in their
politics, this was not the original plan God had intended
for His children, in this case, the ancient Israelites. When
Samuel the Judge and Prophet had grown old, once again the
children of Israel desired to have a king over them. In I
Samuel 8:1-6 we read:

"And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his
sons judges over Israel. Now the name of his firstborn was
Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in
Beersheba. And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned
aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together,
and came to Samuel unto Ramah, And said unto him, Behold,
thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us
a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing
DISPLEASED Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge
us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD."

And now we come to the main reason why the Lord never
allowed the children of Israel to have a king over them, and
why even today, He does not like His children becoming
involved in politics and worldly affairs:

"And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of
the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not
rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not
reign over them. According to all the works which they have
done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even
unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served
other gods, so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken
unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them,
and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over
them." (1 Samuel 8:7-9)

In the following nine verses, Samuel describes the ruthless
King which the Lord is going to give them since they have
rejected Him as being their one and only true King. He
finishes his sober warning to them by telling them:

"And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which
ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in
that day." (1 Samuel 8:18)

Despite this, in their stubbornness and hard-heartedness,
they continue to insist on having an earthly king:

"Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of
Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king
may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.
And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he
rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD. And the LORD said to
Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And
Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his
city." (1 Samuel 8:18-22)

Thus, with Saul the son of Kish, begins the long sad story
of ancient Jewish politics...all because they rejected the
Lord as their one true King and wanted to be like other
earthly people. From the books of Samuel up to the end of
the Old Testament, we read of one king after another, the
majority of whom displeased the Lord and were eventually
rejected by Him. Sadly, even David and Solomon who were
blessed and loved by the Lord committed acts of murder and
adultery and did other things to upset the Lord. The one
thing that makes David stand out from among his peers, is
that he depended solely upon the Lord's mercy to save him in
his time of need, despite his own mistakes, sins and
shortcomings. Overall, the Old Testament is a continuous
story of periods of peace, followed by periods of war,
invasion, occupation and chastisement as the Israelites
under their kings and earthly politics rebelled over and
over again against the Lord. Prophet after Prophet was sent
to warn them to get right with the Lord, to accept Him as
their only true King and rightful Government. To some of the
Prophets they took heed, while others they just ignored,
persecuted, rejected and killed.

It must be pointed out that, while some of ancient Israel's
kings were 'good' leaders compared to some others, this was
still not God's highest and best will for His chosen people.
Many times in the Old Testament we are told that the Lord is
a jealous God. He wants to commune with us directly. He
wants to rule over us directly without the need for any kind
of intermediary earthly government. In setting up an earthly
government and king, the ancient Israelites were in effect
putting a god before the God of gods. Eventually, God became
so fed up with them that He just stopped talking to them,
and we find the Old Testament closing with a period of some
three to four hundred years of silence. As explained in
'Revelation's Babylon The Great Whore', it was during this
time that great emphasis was placed upon The Law, (Torah),
and oral tradition. The adulterous Israelites had become so
hard-hearted that they no longer wanted Prophets prophesying
against them, so the gift of prophecy was shunned by the
spiritual hierarchy of Israel. The Israelites had made their
choice; they only wanted The Law and an earthly king to rule
over them.

Thus, from Eden, to Babel, to Abimelech the man who would be
king, to rebellious Saul, to many of the other Old Testament
kings, we see Satan's attempt to convince man that he can
rule over himself without help from God; that he can in fact
be his own god and the chooser of his own destiny; that he
can make his own rules and govern himself through earthly
politics. But the point of the matter is, an imperfect
people cannot be ruled by an imperfect government; and all
earthly governments are imperfect. The only True, Righteous
and perfect Government, is one which has not yet arrived.

It will be noticed that thus far, this article has been
written from the perspective of God's ancient people, the
Hebrews/Jews/ Israelites, with limited mention of other
cultures or religions. The reason for this is quite simple:
In Old Testament terms, there is a clear distinction between
the children of God and the children of Satan, the
Israelites/Hebrews and the Gentile nations, the followers of
YHWH/Jehovah and the pagans/heathen who rejected the God of
Israel. After The Flood, the Earth was pure again. There
were only eight God-fearing people to begin re-populating
the Earth. God had abundantly shown His mercy and love to
these eight people; yet they had to make a conscious choice
to continue to obey and follow the Lord. Unfortunately, as
each successive generation was born, the people began to
rebel again and follow after other gods. Through the
hardness of their hearts, they forgot their godly heritage
and the Divine Mercy which had been shown to their
forefathers. In fact, as explained previously, the Tower of
Babel occurred only a few generations after The Flood. For
this reason, while the high level of slaughter of pagan
nations by the ancient Israelites may seem repulsive, it
must be remembered that those people became pagan by their
own rebellious choice, while the Israelites, beginning with
Abraham, likewise chose to believe in and follow the one
True God.

We will now leave the Old Testament behind and look at the
New Testament to see what it has to say about God's children
and earthly political involvement.

At the time Jesus was born, the Israelites once again found
themselves under foreign occupation; this time by the
powerful and iron-fisted Roman Empire. While there was
opposition to the masters of Rome and their puppet
tetrarchs, it was a time of relative peace; a perfect time
for the Saviour to be born. Prior to the announcement of His
public ministry, God had sent the Prophet John the Baptist
to prepare the way of the Lord. (John 1:6-36)

It has been suggested by some that John the Baptist was
politically active due to the fact that he exposed the
corruption in King Herod's court; in particular, that Herod
married his brother Philip's wife. John's ministry was one
of warning and repentance. God's whole purpose in choosing
him was to show the people of Israel their fallen dismal
spiritual condition. Several hundred years had passed since
the Lord had last sent them a Prophet. In Jerusalem, Temple
worship had been reduced to a meaningless religion full of
spiritless tradition. The Scribes and Pharisees, in spite of
the Roman occupation, were sitting pompously and comfortably
as the spiritual elders of Israel. They were not the least
bit interested in upsetting the status quo they had with the
Caesars in Rome. It was at this time that God sent them His
wild Prophet of doom, John the Baptist, to wake them up to
the fact that a great Light was about to enter the world,
and also a great sword which would divide the true sheep
from the goats. John was a fiery Prophet of God. He was not
a politician; neither did he have political ambitions. He
was not part of the Roman government; or even a part of the
Jewish spiritual hierarchy for that matter. He lived in the
wilderness area, was clothed with garments made of camel's
hair, and ate wild locusts and honey. The only Government
John was politically active for was the coming Kingdom of
God in the hearts of men. In the end, it was the Roman
puppet, the Jewish King Herod Antipas who had him beheaded.
(Matthew 14:1-12)

John had his eyes on the one true Government and its one
true King as prophesied by Isaiah:

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and
the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name
shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6)

Like the Bible Heroes of Hebrews chapter eleven, John looked
forward to a Heavenly Country whose Builder and Maker is
God:

"For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose
builder and maker is God." (Hebrews 11:10)

Now, some have suggested that Jesus Himself was very
politically involved. Consider this quote from one user:

"Another suggestion was Jesus was apolitical. FALSE. Jesus
stood nose-to-nose with the politicians of his day. Anyone
who can read can determine this to be true simply by reading
the accounts of the encounters with the Pharisees and the
Saducees (the Jewish political leaders of the time.) Today,
Christian's must take a very active role in the political
environment of this nation, or else we are in danger of
losing our rights on a grand scale. "Go to sleep, lose your
seat." Wake up!!!"

----- End Of Quote -----

In my view, the above quote reflects a lack in understanding
who and what the Pharisees and Saducees really were, as well as
what God's whole view is of earthly governments who ignore
His righteous rule. In the back of my KJV Bible, we find the
following definitions:

"Pharisees- Members of a Jewish sect devoted to carrying out
every rite and ceremony of the Law (Mosaic Law, not
political!) with great strictness. Jesus condemned the
Pharisees for neglecting the important things in religion.
Paul was a Pharisee as was Nicodemus. The Pharisees adapted
the old written Law to the new conditions of their day by
means of oral interpretations."

"Saducees- A priestly group claiming to be the legitimate
line from Zadok, the high priest under Solomon. They
accepted only the written law and rejected the oral
interpretations of it which the Pharisees had developed.
Jesus warned his followers against the teachings of the
Saducees."

----- End Of Excerpts -----

This is a very clear definition of both groups and is borne
out if you read the Gospels. These groups were strictly
spiritual leaders. Like the puppet Herod, they were kept
under control by the Roman governors who were in turn
controlled by the Caesars in Rome. When it came time to
crucify Jesus, it wasn't Caiaphas the high priest who
condemned Jesus to die, it was the ROMAN governor Pontius
Pilate who performed the evil deed under pressure from the
Jewish RELIGIOUS leaders. If you read the Gospels and the
Book of Acts, the Roman military presence is apparent
everywhere. Furthermore, crucifixion was a Roman means of
punishment. Thus, while the Scribes and Pharisees did in
fact condemn Jesus in their hearts; and while Herod was a
pawn of the Romans, they did not possess the political power
to actually judge, condemn or crucify Jesus. They were
viewed by the Romans as puppets who helped to keep the
people under control and nothing more.

If one conducts a thorough honest study of the New
Testament, there is absolutely no place in Jesus's or the
Disciples' teachings where we are told to become politically
or militarily active. Quite to the contrary. Jesus and the
Apostles said a lot to show otherwise. Consider these for
example:

"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but
because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out
of the world, therefore the world hateth you." (John 15:19)

"I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest
me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them
me; and they have kept thy word. I pray for them: I pray not
for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for
they are thine. And now I am no more in the world, but these
are in the world, and I come to thee. I have given them thy
word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of
the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that
thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou
shouldst keep them from the evil. They are not of the world,
even as I am not of the world. As thou hast sent me into the
world, even so have I sent them into the world." (portions
of John 17:6-18)

Notice that while we are not of the world, we are sent into
the world to preach the Gospel. It is also interesting to
note that Jesus did not pray for the world, He prayed only
for His disciples whom He had chosen out of the world.
Notice again what Jesus says in John 18:36:

"My kingdom is not of this world: if my Kingdom were of this
world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be
delivered to the Jews: but now is my Kingdom not from
hence."

On one occasion, in John 6:1-15, after Jesus had done the
miracle of the loaves and fishes, the people wanted to make
Him their king. They just couldn't get it in their heads
that God didn't want Jesus or anyone else to be an earthly
king over them. He wanted to rule them directly from Heaven.
John 6:14-15 tell us:

"Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus
did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come
into the world. When Jesus therefore perceived that they
would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he
departed again into a mountain himself alone."

Sadly, this mentality continues today in the land of the
Saviour's birth. Strife, war and earthly politics continues
to dominate the scene. Until they accept the Prince of
Peace, they shall have no peace. Until they stop depending
upon their military, economical and political arm of the
flesh; until they stop depending upon the government of the
United States of America, God will not let them have the
peace they desire. The Lord is simply waiting for them to
acknowledge Him as their only horn of salvation:

"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my
God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the
horn of my salvation, and my high tower." (Psalms 18:2)

"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will
remember the name of the LORD our God." (Psalms 20:7)

"For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save
me" (Psalms 44:6)

"O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not
mine enemies triumph over me." (Psalms 25:2)

The only way the Jews will ever safely dwell in the land of
Israel is when they accept the Lord Jesus and trust in Him
for their protection:

"Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the
land, and verily thou shalt be fed." (Psalms 37:3)

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that
fear him, and delivereth them." (Psalms 34:7)

"And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall
deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they
trust in him." (Psalms 37:40)

"I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my
God; in him will I trust." (Psalms 91:2)

"O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and
their shield." (Psalms 115:9)

"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in
man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put
confidence in princes." (Psalms 118:8-9)

It might even surprise you to know that Israel's trust in
her peace accord with Egypt is a farce; and someday soon the
Lord is going to blow on it. Jesus prophesied this very
thing when He said:

"Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I
say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when
ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the
Lord." (Luke 13:35)

In the Old Testament there are many deep prophecies
pertaining to the past, but also to the future. Some of
these have had partial fulfillments. Their final fulfillment
is yet to come. Consider some of these:

"Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on
horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in
horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not
unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!"
(Isaiah 31:1)

"Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on
Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and
pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in
him." (Isaiah 36:6)

All of the above verses pertain not only to Israel; they
apply to ALL peoples and nations who claim to believe in the
Lord Jesus Christ, especially the United States Of America.
If we are truly obeying the Lord with all of our hearts,
then we have absolutely nothing to fear. If we are obeying
God and within His Will, whether as individuals, as a
community, or as a nation, then the Lord will give us His
Divine Protection without the need for military forces, just
as He did in the days of ancient Israel before they went
astray by choosing an earthly king to rule over them.

As I said previously, Israel of old learned quick that if
they stepped out of line, God would punish them by allowing
their enemies to invade and persecute them and destroy them.
As long as they pleased the Lord, He gave them peace with
their enemies round about. This is Biblical fact:

"Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of
rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round
about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace
and quietness unto Israel in his days."
(1 Chronicles 22:9)

"When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his
enemies to be at peace with him." (Proverbs 16:7)

If Israel's ways were pleasing to the Lord, they would not
now be surrounded by their Arab enemies who, according to
prophecy, will someday soon invade Israel and take over
Jerusalem. Have no doubt; war is coming to Israel!...And it
will be the hand of God which allows it! This will be a
direct judgment of the Lord for Israel's rejection of Her
True Messiah and Saviour. God is going to punish his wicked
adulterous wife who has had two millennia to repent of her
whoredoms!

Folks can disagree with my view as much as they want, but
they cannot deny what the Lord's Word says, and that is what
I quote left and right. His Word is very clear on this issue
of politics and military forces. The reason that countries
the world over have armies today is because they do not have
faith in the One True God or in His Son Jesus Christ.
Neither do they have His unselfish Love burning in their
hearts. They cannot trust in God for His protection because
they know that they are not pleasing or obeying Him in the
least. Many of them don't even believe in Him! They follow
after false gods and false religions! This applies to rich
selfish America and the Westernized world as well. There are
those who believe that America today is the spiritual
Israel, the wilderness of the Endtime. If this is so, then
God is very displeased with America, because according to
the Prophet Jeremiah who prophesied the destruction of
Jerusalem, we are told:

"And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the
fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered,
ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that
handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed
against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked
after things that do not profit. Wherefore I will yet plead
with you, saith the LORD, and with your children's children
will I plead. For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see;
and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if
there be such a thing. Hath a nation changed their gods,
which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their
glory for that which doth not profit." (Jeremiah 2:7-11)

America today is just as defiled as Israel of old! Does the
same fate await her despite her vast political power and
long-stretching military might? Again, all of man's reasons
and excuses for having his armies and his military machines
and his political machines will not stand up to the scrutiny
of God's Word. God wants to be the Ruler of His people. He
doesn't want us to have earthly governments and rulers. That
is why when Jesus returns, He will wipe them all out and set
up His Own Government as is perfectly depicted in the second
chapter of the book of Daniel:

"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set
up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the
kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall
break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall
stand for ever." (Daniel 2:44)

This is not what the human rulers of this world who serve
the god of this world, want. They will not willingly give up
their seats of authority. They want to continue to bow down
to the prince of the power of the air! And if you don't know
who that is, just read my article, 'Satan: King Of Tyrus,
King Of Empires!'

Returning to the theme of Jesus' purported 'political'
involvement, Jesus did confront the Scribes and Pharisees on
occasion, but it was usually when they attacked Him FIRST by
purposely tried to trap Him in His words. For the most part,
His early activities in the Gospels centered around
preaching salvation, healing the people and teaching other
spiritual lessons, as well as preparing His closest
Disciples for their future ministries. It wasn't until His
last week of earthly life that Jesus became indignant with
the money changers at The Temple in Jerusalem. It was also
during that last week that He blasted the Scribes and the
Pharisees for their hypocrisy in Matthew chapter
twenty-three. In like manner, nowhere do we find Jesus or
His Disciples directly and purposely confronting the Romans
who were the true pagan military and political power of the
day other than on that one occasion in the garden.

Driven by his own understanding, Peter made the mistake of
chopping off the ear of the servant of the high priest. And
what did Jesus do and say regarding this incident? First He
healed the ear of the servant of the high priest, and then
He told Peter, "Put up again thy sword into his place: for
all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."
(Matthew 26:52) That was one of His final messages to Peter,
ordained to be the leader of the Early Church. The Lord
wanted to make sure that Peter understood that ours is a
spiritual warfare, and not a physical one as the Apostle
Paul so elegantly showed us in Ephesians chapter six. He
wanted to make sure that Peter passed on the right message
to those who would follow in his footsteps. For a fuller
explanation on this incident in the garden, please see my
articles 'Killing & the Phinehas Priesthood' as well as
'Killing, Murder And Military Duty' at The E.D.G.E. Online
website.

Other than this one recorded incident, the only times where
we see Jesus or His Disciples having direct dialog with the
Romans is when they are either healing them, or else giving
them the message of salvation...and in most cases, this was
after they had been arrested on false charges and
incarcerated. Consider the many afflictions and persecutions
of the early Disciples in the book of Acts. Paul being taken
to Rome and eventually being beheaded by orders of Emperor
Nero was a primary example of this. But before this
happened, Paul had a great opportunity to preach to the
household of Caesar, so they were without excuse. The Lord
gave them the chance to believe.

Besides Judas Iscariot who committed suicide following his
betrayal of the Lord, the other Apostles likewise suffered
at the hands of their Jewish and Roman persecutors. In Acts
chapter seven we witness the martyrdom of Stephen who was
stoned to death by a mob of demon-possessed Jews;

"Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their
ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of
the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their
clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they
stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus,
receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a
loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when
he had said this, he fell asleep." (Acts 7:57-60)

In Acts chapter twelve, James the brother of John is killed
with a sword by King Herod the Roman puppet:

"Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his
hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the
brother of John with the sword." (Acts 12:1-2)

In the case of Peter, he suffered persecution and
imprisonment a number of times. Jesus Himself prophesied
what manner of death he would die in the Gospel of John.
According to what I have read, Peter was crucified
upside-down because he felt unworthy to die in the same
manner as our Saviour:

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou
girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but
when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands,
and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou
wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he
should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith
unto him, Follow me." (John 21:18-19)

In the case of the Apostle John, he lived to a ripe old age
at which time he wrote the book of Revelation while exiled
on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. From what I have
read, they tried to boil him in a pot of hot oil, but the
Lord wasn't quite through with him yet. In fact, if we take
the Scriptures for exactly what they say, there is a mystery
surround the end of John's life:

"Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus
loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper,
and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter
seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do?
Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come,
what is that to thee? follow thou me. Then went this saying
abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not
die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If
I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?"
(John 21:20-23)

But returning to the crucifixion of our Lord, in the end,
the Jewish religious leaders made a bigger mistake than they
had made centuries before when they demanded of Samuel the
Prophet that he give them a king, (Saul), to rule over them.
This time they rejected their true King and Saviour. In
their own sinful pride, they sold out the Prince of Peace to
the Roman politicians, first when they traded Him for a
thief and a murderer (Barabbas), and second when they
pledged their allegiance to an earthly king, (Caesar), whom
they utterly despised. At Jesus's trial and execution, they
are recorded as having said:

"...His blood be on us, and on our children..."
(Matthew 27:25)

"...If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend:
whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar..."
(John 19:12)

"...Away with him, away with him, crucify him ...We have no
king but Caesar..." (John 19:15)

Ironically, only forty years later, Titus, the next Caesar
of Rome, would utterly destroy Jerusalem, casting down their
sacred Temple stone by stone, just as Jesus had prophesied
in Matthew 24:1-2:

"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his
disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the
temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these
things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here
one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
(Matthew 24:1-2)

God's only True Temple is the Temple of our hearts. His only
true Kingdom is a spiritual one of which He is sovereign
Lord and King. While the peoples of the Earth have for the
most part chosen to reject Him, someday they will all know
that He is truly the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. As is
clearly outlined in the book of Daniel and the book of
Revelation, someday, hopefully soon, Jesus will return to
reclaim what is rightfully His. When He does, He will
destroy all of man's earthly governments and armies which
are filled with corruption and deceit, and He will set up
His own Government policed by His own angelic agents, we the
Saints of the Most High, just as it was prophesied in Isaiah
so long ago.

Based on all of these atrocities committed by the Roman
political and military machine, how is it that some in the
armed services today can claim that being in the military is
a part of God's Will for one dedicated to preaching the
Gospel of Jesus Christ? How can they possibly point to the
Roman soldiers to justify their own position within the
military? These Roman military men were the very ones who
arrested and killed Jesus at the instigation of the Jewish
Elders! They mocked Him, they scourged Him, they stuck a
crown of sharp thorns into His flesh, they drove nails into
His hands and feet, they pierced His side with a lance. They
are the very same ones who slew Christians by the thousands
in their sports coliseums! They are the murderers who
crucified thousands of Christians on crosses along the Apian
Way outside of Rome! Yet, as unbelievable as it may seem, we
have Christians in the military today who justify what they
do by pointing to these bloody Romans! Actually, they point
to the life of one Roman in particular, a Roman centurion by
the name of Cornelius. His story can be found in Acts
chapter ten. If you would like my personal opinion on the
events which transpired in Cornelius' life, please read my
companion article, 'The Mystery Of Cornelius The Centurion.'

From the scriptures and stories I have shared thus far, it
should now be understood quite clearly that under normal
conditions, we are NOT to partake of the things of this
world nor become involved in their corrupt political or
military systems. Only in rare instances has God purposely
put some of His children in positions of authority within
the governments of their day for the sake of His people, but
these instances were the exceptions to the rule and NOT the
norm. We have already discussed the story of Moses who by a
decision made by his mother to save his life, ended up
growing up in the courts of Pharaoh. But when the time was
right, God had him flee for his life so that he could be
broken and re-molded into a humble yielded Shepherd who
would return to Egypt, NOT in his own might, but in the
Power and Spirit of the Lord. And then there is the dreamer
Joseph who was sold into Egyptian slavery where he likewise
learned his lessons in humility, so that God could later
mightily use him to save his family, and thus cause the seed
of Israel to multiply. We can also add the story of Esther,
who married the heathen king Ahasuerus of Persia and ended
up saving her people from the murderous hand of evil Haman
and his cohorts. And finally, there is Daniel, who acted as
a counselor and interpreter of dreams for the heathen kings
Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus and Darius which eventually resulted
in their people converting to faith in the One True God.

Yes, God has had His man or woman for the hour, but for the
most part, we are to remain outside of man's political and
military systems. In fact, we are at war against them.
Ephesians chapter six makes it clear that we are fighting a
spiritual warfare with spiritual weapons against spiritual
beings which control physical men and empires. I suggest you
read the whole chapter.

Consider also what the Apostle James tells us in his epistle:

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever
therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of
God." (James 4:4)

Regarding being yoked with the unbelieving world, the
Apostle Paul also informs us:

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will
receive you." (2 Corinthians 6:17)

As Christians, we are in the world, but we are NOT part of
it as previous verses have shown. How can we say we have
come out of the world when we are still embroiled in their
political and military affairs? How can we say we have come
out of the world when we are trying to make Satan's system
better by voting or by running for political office? When
you become so deeply embroiled in politics to the point that
you are seeking political office, I think it consumes all of
your time, time which could be better spent preaching the
Gospel. Yes, if you are an honest politician, you may be
helping people in a physical sense by passing good laws
which will help them in some way, but God is more concerned
about our spiritual state. After all, some day we will leave
this old model (body) behind and get a brand new one! As
Christians, we should be more concerned about the things of
the Spirit, and not our physical temporal existence here. We
are meant to be ambassadors of HIS government, not of the
worldly governments of man:

"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did
beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye
reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

How can we say we have come out of the world when we join
the military forces and fight in foreign lands? When you go
to another land to fight, you are not doing it for the
Kingdom and Glory of God. You are doing it to spread the
military, political, and economical power of your mother
country. When you go killing people blowing them up, or
zapping them with a laser, or poisoning them with biological
weapons, it has absolutely nothing to do with winning them
to the Kingdom of God. You are only one more puppet in the
hands of Satan, the King of Empires who is the author of
confusion, chaos, and destruction. In fact, the book of
Revelation refers to him as the Destroyer, Abaddon!:

"And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the
bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon,
but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."
(Revelation 9:11)

We are strangers and pilgrims on this Earth. We are just
passing through on our way to a much better Country, a
Nation of God's people as is made so clear in Hebrew chapter
eleven. We are to work for THAT Country and THAT Government,
not those of this world. We are to work for King Jesus only:

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,
and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things
declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they
had been mindful of that country from whence they came out,
they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now
they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:
wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he
hath prepared for them a city." (Hebrews 11:13-16)

In the thirteenth chapter of Romans, while Paul tells us
that the powers that be are of God, and that we should
submit to them. Nowhere does he say that we are to actually
JOIN them. After all, that would contradict what he said
above regarding coming out from among them:

"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there
is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of
God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the
ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to
themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good
works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the
power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of
the same:" (Romans 13:1-3)

Joing the military service or political party of some
country would also contradict what Jesus said in John
chapter fifteen about not being a part of the world. It is
those who have rejected God's direct rule over their lives
and who do not know how to follow His simple rules of love,
who need a worldly government over them to keep them under
control. But those of us who know the Lord, realize that we
have a Higher Authority to answer to; and so we do our best
to please Him, regardless of what man's laws might say or
not say.

According to many prophecies in the Bible, in spite of what
we do, the governments of man will continue to get worse
until the reign of the Antichrist, the Beast of Revelation.
God's word must be fulfilled. It is not our responsibility
or duty to try to prevent it. We can't anyway. Things must
get worse before they can get better. Man must be allowed to
fill his cup of iniquity. That is the only way he will ever
learn the lesson that God has been trying to teach him for
the past six thousand some years. Until man has just about
destroyed the Earth and its environment, and its inhabitants
through his own selfish poor decisions, he will never get
the point. In short, government by man is just bad news and
has been a dismal failure for six millennia now!

Self-government was just not a part of the original plan. In
fact, in Genesis and in other parts of the Old Testament,
there are quite a few indications that the Lord's presence
and intervention in human affairs was much more direct in
times past. He wasn't just governing from the heavenly
realm; He was here on Earth in one form or another. Imagine
Earth's history as being a full-length feature film in which
some famous star makes cameo appearances throughout the
movie. That is basically what the Lord did in the Old
Testament. It has only been in the past few thousand years
as man has drawn further and further away from the Lord,
that the miraculous events have ceased to occur. God isn't
the one Who has moved; we are. We have blocked Him out. By
our lack of faith and our stubborn willful ways, we have put
up a wall which separates us from the wonderful and the
miraculous. At the same time, we are creating a dreadful
vacuum of darkness which which will soon be filled by the
most dreadful Beast the world will ever know. Possibly
within a very few short years, the epitome of evil will be
manifested in the form of a ruthless world leader, a king of
a fierce countenance as described in the book of Daniel, a
man understanding dark sentences, a man who will sit in the
temple of God claiming, and in fact proving, that he is
'God':

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not
come, except there come a falling away first, and that man
of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and
exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when
I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know
what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For
the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now
letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then
shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume
with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the
brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after
the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying
wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in
them that perish; because they received not the love of the
truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God
shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a
lie:" (2 Thessalonians 2:3-11)

The peoples of the Earth will have their final king, who
with the aid of ten other earthly kings, will dominate the
world, destroying any nation that resists his tyrannical
rule. He will be the King of Tyrus, the King of Empires, in
the flesh! Satan himself!

And how should we Christians react to this coming One World
Government? Should we oppose it? Of course we should! Nobody
should go along with it! But exactly how should we oppose
it? By joining man's political bodies and military forces?
No! Our best testimony against this Beast and his coming
government will be our very lifestyles, and our willingness
to win souls in spite of the government's mandates which
will undoubtedly include the prohibition and suspension of
our right to share our beliefs with others. This is where we
will run afoul of the One World Order of the Antichrist.
They will try to extinguish our light, because this demonic
Beast will declare himself 'God' and the 'Saviour' of the
world, while we will be saying 'Accept Jesus! He is the true
Saviour and Redeemer!' Even now the forces of antichrist
are working against us. Christian evangelism is becoming
more taboo each day. Many shopping malls and other public
areas now prohibit the passing out of Gospel tracts to their
customers or employees. Many foreign countries are becoming
closed to the Gospel, particularly Muslim and Buddhist
nations.

Yes, the closer we get to the day of Christ's coming, the
darker and worse things will become for us Christians; but
that is the way it must be. Let us not forget that we have
the promises of a brighter and better future. But for now,
we are told:

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
suffer persecution." (2 Timothy 3:12)

On a final note, Jesus's final commandment to the Early
Disciples was to abide in Jerusalem for the gift of the Holy
Spirit so that they could be witnesses unto all nations. But
notice that it took eight whole chapters and persecution
before God finally forced them out into all the world. They
were getting quite large there, sometimes even winning
thousands of new converts at a time. Perhaps they were even
enjoying their popularity, and maybe even beginning to
comprise their message as I have pointed out in other
articles. Sadly, it was only a few short centuries later,
that the Early Church had comprised their beliefs and
convictions so much, and become so fat and lazy, that they
were assimilated by the Roman Empire, and it became known as
the Holy Roman Empire. Constantine, the emperor of Rome, the
'Pontifus Maximus, became the Pope of the Roman Catholic
Church! Unfortunately, according to the beliefs held by
some, it was at that point that politics and Christianity
became intertwined; married to each other, just like Babylon
the Great Whore riding the Beast of Revelation; and it has
been that way ever since. According to some views, Rome and
the Catholic Church will play a vital role in the revelation
of the Antichrist.

In conclusion, the worldly system is not our home. It
belongs to the Prince of the power of the air, to Satan
himself:

"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of
this world, according to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that now worketh in the children of
disobedience:" (Ephesians 2:2)

In the book of Job he is referred to as the sea serpent
Leviathan, the king over the children of pride:

"He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the
children of pride." (Job 41:34)

And do you know what the Bible says about pride?:

"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit
before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)

If you are a child of pride, a member of the system of men,
a member of Satan's Kingdom of Darkness, when it falls, you
will fall with it:

"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden
destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with
child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

That is exactly what will happen to those who depend on
their own human might and wisdom, their own arm of the
flesh, their own political and military machines. That is
what will soon happen to Israel; and that is what will soon
happen to you too if you belong to his Kingdom. As for me
and my house, we will trust in the Lord:

"Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the
word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor
by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
(Zechariah 4:6)

It is better and wiser to let the foolish children of the
world try to save, better or reform their governments if
they so desire; but they are building on a foundation of
sand which will soon be washed away in the Great Flood of
God's judgments on the world! Our duty is to the King of
Kings. His is the only Government to which we owe our
allegiance; and its Capital is the New Jerusalem, the
Heavenly City, not Washington D.C. or any other capital in
the world.

Jesus made it very clear in the Gospel of Matthew, yet folks
refuse to believe it. They try to twist its meaning in order
to justify their own selfish living which is sustained by
their corrupt politics and their war machines. They try to
say that this verse doesn't realy mean what it says:

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the
one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one,
and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
(Matthew 6:24)

We cannot serve both God's Government and man's corrupt
earthly governments and military machines. In the words of
the prophet Elijah:

"...How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be
God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him..."
(1 Kings 18:21)

So, let's all do what really counts. Let's help win souls to
the only True and Everlasting Kingdom of God! It may be
later than you think! You have now been given the full
counsel of God directly from His Word. What are you
personally going to do about it? Are you going to humbly and
meekly accept it admitting that you have been wrong? Or are
you going to reject it and rebel against it? Are you going
to harden your heart to The Truth? Just remember, we are
told:

"For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words
thou shalt be condemned." (Matthew 12:37)

God's Word is a two-edged sword. It metes out salvation to
some, and damnation to others. What will this article do for
you? The choice is up to you.

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