The Coming Jubilee

We are approaching the season of  Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashana) and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippor). As I was recently looking at my Jewish calendar Luach at this coming week, the Lord told me that this Rosh Hashana would inaugurate a Jubilee. The Lord took me through a study of a jubilee. This post is a result of that study.

What the Jubilee is?
The Jubilee is a sacred year that is a part of the Jewish sabbatical year system. Jews group years of their history into seven year cycles according to the commands of the Mosaic Covenant. The Israelites were to sow crops the first six years. The seventh year they were to leave the land fallow in a sabbatical year. The Israelites were to count seven sevens – 49 years.

And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.

(Leviticus 25:8 KJV)

After the 49 years is the fiftieth year – The Jubilee. This year was set apart as a year of liberty. The Jubilee would officially commence through the blowing of the shofar trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month of the jubilee year. This always falls on Yom Kippor or the Day of Atonement. This year it will fall on October 9, 2019. When the shofar blows, two things will happen. Each person who is enslaved will be restored to his family, and each person who is enslaved will be returned to his ancestral inheritance. To understand this second concept, one must understand the peculiar nature of land ownership in ancient Israel. In America and most of the West, land ownership is by fee simple. This means that when someone sells their house or land, they permanently cease to retain their property rights and possession ( unless they buy  it back at whatever market price obtains). In ancient Israel no  one ever loses permanent possession of their ancestral inheritance. Selling land is tantamount to leasing it for a maximum of fifty years.  Whenever a property was purchased, it would start a lease that would expire at the next Jubilee. The passage in Leviticus 25 requires that property values be prorated according to the years that such a lease would last.

And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession. And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour’s hand, ye shall not oppress one another:

According to the number of years after the jubile thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee: According to the multitude of years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of years thou shalt diminish the price of it: for according to the number of the years of the fruits doth he sell unto thee.

(Leviticus 25:10-16 KJV)

During the Jubilee year, on the days when sin were to be taken away, people would also be delivered from bondage. They were to be restored to their family and their inheritance. these rules were originally applied to the body politic of ancient Israel to insure that no one becomes permanently alienated from the land or their families due to economic hardship. These rules are also types and shadows that are fulfilled in Christ ( Col 2:16-17). “Let no one therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s.” Three of the Seven feasts were literally fulfilled in Christ through His life on earth and in  the Church. He died on Passover, rose from the dead on firstfruits, and sent his Holy Spirit on Pentecost/Shavuot. Just as these were literally fulfilled, the Fall Feasts will have similar fulfillment in  the Final Great Awakening and Return of the Lord Jesus. Christ is our Jubilee, freeing us from bondage to sin and restoring us to right relationship in the family of God and our inheritance in Christ.

 

What is our inheritance in Christ? The full answer is beyond the scope of this blog post, but it is the whole earth. God gave humanity dominion over the whole earth, which Satan usurped when he manipulated Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden fruit in  the Garden of Eden. Adam, as title holder to the earth in arrangement in which God still retained eminent domain, entered into quantum entanglement with the only thing on earth that was given to Satan’s dominion. The entire earth was given to man – everything. The placement of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil in the midst of the garden and as something outside of the dominion of Adam identifies  it  as something that was alien to the earth. The word ‘Knowledge’ comes from a Hebrew word ‘da‛ath.’ This word means more than just apprehension of information. It refers to knowledge that can include familiarity, connection , or entanglement. The root word for ‘da‛ath’ is ‘yaw-dah,’ which is used to describe Adam’s act of sexual intercourse with Eve. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil involved quantum entanglement with the property of Satan. Adam and Eve yoked the entire human race to Satan.

The eating of the forbidden resulted in Satan acquiring the ability making a property-rights claim to the earth with two caveats: Humanity did not cease to have title as Satan’s ruse was more like a company engaging in a hostile takeover of another company. The acquired company still retains it’s rights and identity. It simply becomes a subsidiary of the company that bought them. The parent company must act through the processes in place at the child company to control the child company. Satan cannot sovereignty control humanity, but must resort to manipulation and deception to control people. Humans can still exercise dominion, but are hindered because Satan is allowed to both roam the earth and approach God’s royal court to exercise property rights concerning the ways of man upon the earth.

The ability of Satan to now approach God’s Throne regarding property rights concerning the human race raises the second and more important caveat to his property rights claims: God and God alone has supreme sovereignty over the earth. Both Satan’s and Man’s activities on the earth are subject to God’s rules and God’s judgments. God could have simply taken the earth back at any time if He wished. Or He could have simply left man to Satan’s devices. Either course would have left man enslaved eternally.

 God, in meting out judgment against the human race at the fall of humanity in the garden, proclaimed that Satan would be crushed by “the seed of the woman.” This was a reference to the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. God put this provision into His judgment to provide a way for the redemption of humanity. Satan was not going to get the human race lock, stock, and barrel.  God put enmity between humanity and Satan. God began to exercise His rights as the Lord of the Earth and made plans to send His Anointed Heir to be Lord of the earth – One who could redeem human from Satan’s grip. God began to make covenants that would restore human dominion. He entered into covenant with Abraham, Moses, and David. There’s much more to this than can be discussed here, but let’s just say that all of these find fulfillment in Jesus Christ as the Jewish Messiah. He is the Seed of Abraham, Son of King David, and the Prophet Like unto Moses. All of these constructs would be fulfilled in One who would not be entangled with any property of  Satan.

Christ did away with Satan’s dominion on the Cross.
Christ came to this earth as the seed of the Woman. He was not conceived through natural union of man with the woman. He was conceived supernatually. His maternal DNA was from the egg of Mary. His paternal DNA was created ex nihilo by Divine command and supernaturally joined to the DNA in Mary’s egg by the Holy Spirit. As such, Jesus Christ was not the seed of Adam created through natural human process and was therefore not in quantum entanglement with the property of Satan. Christ was not born the property of Satan.  The human description of Jesus Christ was that of the seed of Mary – the seed of the woman. His paternal heritage was from the Heavenly Father. He belonged to God, not Satan. Being directly created by God, the physical body of Christ was the property of God. The spirit in Christ is the eternally and self-existent God.

Just as there was one thing in the garden of Eden that was not given to man, there was one thing on the earth not given to Satan during the earthly life of Christ. The body of Christ was forbidden for Satan to touch. Satan has spent thousands of years murdering, robbing, and raping humanity and the earth. He was always able to appeal to his property rights to do things fundamentally  contrary to God’s purposes – until He murdered Jesus Christ. Let us look more closely at the judgment meted out at the fall.

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

(Gen 3:14-19)

God’s judgment at he Fall included sentences against the man, the woman, and the serpent. Satan used the identity of the serpent to acquire his property rights, and received his judgment in  that very identity. His judgment is  will bruise the heel of the Seed of the woman, and that Seed will crush his head. This is the very first prophetic proclamation of the Cross. Christ’s heel was bruised at the Cross, and it is the Cross which crushed Satan’s head. The imagery is of the serpent being crushed as he bites the heel of the Seed of the woman. Because all of Satan legal claims were under the identity of the serpent, his actions necessarily fit the description as acts of the serpent. The act of killing the body of Christ is therefore after the manner of serpents, which is to bite and poison their victims. The serpents legal case was based on the fact that the moment Adam bit into the forbidden fruit he entered into quantum entanglement with the property of Satan. By this same standard when Satan killed Jesus Christ, he bit His heel and entered into quantum entanglement with the property of Jesus Christ. Just as Adam’s property rights were acquired by Satan by biting into the forbidden fruit, Satan’s property rights were acquired by Jesus Christ when he bit into Christ’s heel. Christ now has double title to the earth. He is Lord of the earth by virtue of being the Son of God. He also had the Adamic title of the earth back by virtue of being the Last Adam (1 Cor 15:45).

There are two phases to this liberty: The redemption to the Family of God and Redemption of the Earth:
Redemption to the Family of God and access to those relationships occurs immediately when one accepts Christ: He ( or she) is baptized into Christ justified by Faith, experiences regeneration of the spirit man, and receives the Holy Spirit as an earnest deposit of what is to come. From these the Christian can grow in the faith and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Baptism of Holy Fire, and continues the journey of progressive sanctification. Thee is also an essential unity of all believers in Christ that exists regardless of the visible divisions that seem to exist. All these can be be experienced in the Church now.

The mission of the Church is largely (though not totally) agnostic to  the earth. The Church is composed of believers of every nation, tongue, tribe, and language. Her identity is not found in any earthly political entity, and her rule is not defined by title to any earthly piece of real estate or national territorial integrity. furthermore, te physical bodies of Christians are still subject to the penalty of death, even though they are spiritually delivered. She has three connections to the earth: stewardship of private property rights on the earth, formal possession of a royal title as kings along with Christ, and the promise that they will one day reign upon the earth.

While the mission of the church is agnostic to  the earth, the mission of Israel is definitely not. Central to the Covenants of Israel is the possession of a particular piece of real estate with territorial integrity in the Middle East. Because of unbelief, Israel is doing it all wrong, but that does not negate God’s program. Jesus Christ, as both the Seed of Abraham and Son of David, sought to administrate both   Israel and the Church as an integrated entity united in Him (Eph2:12-22).

The covenants that involve Israel come attached with promise of possession of the land. God promised Abraham everything from the Nile to the Euphrates. David took Israel ancient territory to its greatest extent, which was about 50% of the mandate promised to Abraham. Subsequent prophecies extend the mandate to include all of the earth. Psalm 2 is about the Messiah. The Hebrew word translated “Anointed” is ‘Mashiyach,’ which is also translated Messiah. God set His Messiah on Mt Zion on Jerusalem and has promised to give Christ every kingdom on earth.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

(Psalm 2:1-12)

Isaiah 60 speaks of the coming glory of Israel and uses language that suggest the other nations will be brought in triumphal entry to pay tribute. This is another passage that instructs us that Israel will inherit the nations.

And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

(Isa 60:10-14)

Another place in Isaiah identifies this as the eternally existing government of the Son of David. This refers to Jesus Christ as the Son of David, noting His distinct ontology as God and Man. He is born as man , but is also  “the Mighty God” and has an never-ending reign.

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. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

(Isaiah 9:6-7)

 

The Jubilee plays an essential role in God purposes in redeeming the land. While the redemption of people into the Family of God is immediate, the redemption of the earth is still ongoing. The application if the Jubilee to the Messiah, who has been given the earth, is now global by reason of those promises. There must be a jubilee before the return of Christ to inaugurate the process of the redemption of the earth.While we have been given legal ownership by being joint heirs with Christ, the transfer of physical ownership is ongoing.

The Jubilee as Yobale and Aphesis.
The English words ‘jubile’ and ‘jubilee’ are cognates of  the Hebrew Yo-bale. Yo-bale is also translated to mean trumpet. It is the blowing of the Jubilee Trump on the Day of atonement (Yom Kippor) of the Jubilee year that triggered liberty for people to Return to their families to to possession of their ancestral heritage. The Jubilee connects the blowing of the trumpet to liberty so thoroughly that this word was translated in the Greek copies of the Old Testament to ‘aphesis.’ Aphesis is a word for  liberty in Greek. In the New Testament it is used primarily to refer to remission of sins. The sentence against humanity for both particular sins and the rebellion of the fall was cancelled at the Cross Jesus took away all indictments that were against us (Col 2:14-15).

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

(Col 2:14-15)

If all of the indictments against us were taken away, so then is the legal basis Satan used to accuse us before the Father. Satan has no standing to appear before the Divine Council to petition God to do anything. We are at liberty and the legal co-heir  with Christ to the earth. Christ is the Jubilee.

Because occupation of the earth is shared by other  believers and unbelievers, God must administer world history to lead coherently to a place where the events of the end times unfold and result in  the transition of physical ownership of the earth to the saints.  Paul writes of  this waiting for  the redemption of the earth. He writes that the creation “groans and travails,” using language reminiscent of a woman going unto labor to give birth.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

(Rom 8:18-22)

There is a process of birthing the redemption of the earth. The saints already have personal liberty in Christ. As Paul testifies in Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” We are free but have not yet been restored to having full possession of the physical universe. The Holy Spirit has been given to help us in our current position of weakness until the seasons are right to transfer physical ownership of the earth. It is the sounding of the Jubilee Trumpet that triggers this transfer.

Just as the first three Feasts were types of New Testament fulfillment that wee timed to the day, so Christ’s fulfillment of the Jubilee will include an event that will be timed to the day. Satan has already lost legal control of the earth. The day is fast coming when God, seated on the Throne and having convened His Divine Council, will revoke Satan’s right and ability to approach the Throne to accuse us. This will be a consequence of God declaring that the saints along with Christ have physical possession of the earth. with this ruling Satan’s claims are physically vacated, he loses his place as accuser of the brethren, and is subsequently banned from approaching God’s Throne. This will happen on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippor) of a Jubilee year.

Determining the Jubilee.
How is the Jubilee determined? It was determined by counting years based on possession of the land. An individual heir to the Promised Land cannot be restored to his ancestral home is his nation does not occupy the land and have legal authority to recognize land titles. The Jubilee system has no relevance during any diaspora period when Israelites are compelled to live outside of the Promised Land. Because the Sabbatical clock is counted with reference to current possession, Sabbatical time of one period of possession does not roll over to another period of possession. This has  parallels to contract law in the West. If a house suffers foreclosure or an automobile suffers repossession and these come to auction, the disenfranchised owner does not get to credit previous payments towards the price of redemption. he ability to roll over previous money and time credit only exist when the stakeholder has physical possession. If he gets possess in again under terms that require periodic payments, those payments are under a new contract:nothing rolls over from the previous contract. Thus, it is not necessary to accurately time Jubilees during any of Israel’s ancient occupations of the land. We only need to look at the current occupation of the Promised Land to determine the timing of these Jubilees.

One consideration in the timing of the Jubilee was whether the fiftieth  year was an intercalary year that separated sabbatical cycles or whether the year of Jubilee was also the first year of the next Sabbatical cycle. Most scholars believe that these were 49-year cycles, with the 50th year inaugurating a new cycle. A 49-year cycle is the only interpretations that allows for uniform  length of property leases. An Israelite who sold his ancestral home the day the Sabbatical system was set will have gave up possession for a full 49-years. On the fiftieth year, the blowing of the Jubilee Trumpet would result in the property reverting back to him or his descendants.  If the Jubilee Year was intercalary, future generations could potentially get the full 49 years plus the previous Jubilee Year for a 50-year term, which would be an inconsistent application of the principle laid out in the Mosaic Covenant and make the Jubilee not truly cyclical in terms of the original cycle.

If the Jubilee is based on 49-year cycles and resets every time the Israelite attain a new possession of the land, then calculating Jubilees amounts to determining when modern Israel was able to recognize land titles, and counting from that moment.  Keep in mind that full sovereignty is not required for purposes of this dating as it is based on possession of the land. The modern concept of sovereignty would have been unknown at the time of Moses. The Jubilee was based on physical possession and not on any legal fictions. The only governmental mechanisms that were necessary was the existence of an indigenous means to recognize property rights. Israel acquired this long before the May 14, 1948 Declaration of Independence that set up the modern Jewish State. The Mandate of Palestine, which was ratified on July 24, 1922, provided this framework. If 1922 is year One (ancient Jewish counting did not have a zero year, so you add 49 years to year one to calculate the jubilee), then 1922 (one)  plus 49 years = 1971 as a jubilee year. The year 1971 (also being year one of the next cycle)  49 years = 2020 Jubilee.

There is another way to reach this calculation. Daniel 8 is a prophecy that directly pertains to  the permanent banishment of Satan from Heaven. Satan lost his home very early in the history of the universe due to his rebellion against God (Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28). however, he was still able to pass through to visit the throne room of God whenever He would convene the Divine Council. We see several examples in the Old Testament where Satan or one of his minions were able to do this.

In 1 Kings 22 we see what is perhaps the clearest account of God convening the Divine Council. The issue of how to get Ahab to fall has been brought up, and the Lord has opened the bar for anyoine of “the host of heaven” to speak. This is simply a reference to the angelic hosts who inhabit Heaven. One comes forward to offer himself as a lying spirit. By definition this would be demonic spirit as none of the holy angels would make such an offer. The Lord grants leave for this demon to have his way. While It may seem odd that God would give audience to a demon, but keep in mind that Satan’s trick he pulled on Adam and Eve in the  garden purchased legal standing to approach God’s Throne for him and his minions.

And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
(1Ki 22:19-23)

In Job we see another instance of the Divine Council meeting. This time the demonic party crasher is identified as Satan himself. God picks a fight with Satan by bragging on Job. Satan complains that Job is only faithful because of the benefits of God and God’s hedge of protections that prevents Satan from attacking him. god responds by ordering a measured take down of that shield, specifying exactly how far Satan is allowed to go.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
(Job 1:6-12)

It is in light of understanding that Satan had access to approach the Throne of God to press forward legal rights long after losing his home in Heaven that we can understand the prophecy in Daniel 8:8-14. Many mistakenly think this is referring to Antiochus Epiphanes, who was a notorious blasphemer who desecrated the Second Temple during the days of the Maccabean Revolt. The actual period of desolation of the Temple was less than three years, so it simply does not fit the timeline here. We also see evidence of this little horn doing things that no merely human ruler could do. No human ruler can take down the hosts of heaven and no historical record of any similar narrative being fulfilled over a 2300 day period.  This is a narrative of a supernatural ruler who takes down a portion of the angelic hosts and  created in disturbance in  the Heavenly Sanctuary, only to lose his place at the end of the 2300 days.

Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered. Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot? And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
(Dan 8:8-14)

By comparing Daniel 8:8-14 with other Scripture we can get a better idea of what the words of this text mean. We see that the “little horn”  pulled down “some of the host.” This is a reference to angels as angels are sometimes referred to as the hosts of Heaven. Angels are also referred to as “stars.”  We see such reference in Job 38:7 as well as stars being included in the reference to angels in this passage in Daniel 8.  Revelation 1:20 explicitly identifies stars as an allegorical referent to angels. With this understanding we can identify parallel language in Revelation 12 to the description of the little horn pulling down some of  the Heavenly host. Rev 12:1-6 is a cross reference to Danial 8:8-14 and gives us additional information about the casting down of the stars of the Heavens. In Daniel 8 the little horn is a fifth power that comes into being after four notable nations emerge from Alexander the Great’s empire in the aftermath of his death. These nations fell to notable generals of Alexander Macedon was ruled by Cassander, Asia Minor went to Lysimachus, Egypt went to the Ptolemies, and the satrapies of the former Persian Empire went to the Seleucids. From the point of view of Daniel, a fifth kingdom emerged out of the four  to do the things described -which included things no earthly ruler could do. Fro  the point of view of Revelation, however,  a supernatural dragon did these things.

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
(Rev 12:1-6)

 

This dragon ends up being identified as Satan. Satan  pulled down a third of the angels in Heaven in his rebellion against God. He does the same things in Revelation 12:4,7-9 that the little horn does in Daniel 8:8-14

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
(Rev 12:7-9)

How do we reconcile the description of the little horn as an earthly kingdom who can pull down angels from the Heavens and the description in Revelation that identifies this as the work of Satan. The reconciliation can be found once we understand that the history of the earth is actually two parallel histories that are intertwined.  We can see in in Daniel 10 where Daniel prays and the archangel Gabriel seek to immediately send an answer from the Throne of God. He was detained “by the kings of Persia” until Michael the archangel helped him. No human  ruler could do this. These “kings” were demonic princes whose domain paralleled human geopolitical entities.  In this passage Michael was identified as Israel’s prince. The histories of nations are intertwined parallel histories of human events and the machinations of the warfare between spiritual forces of good and evil in the spiritual world.The little horn was a human kingdom whose actions were in concert with the work of Satan himself on earth.

The fifth horn was Philaeterus. He was a lieutenant to Lysimachus. He murdered Luysimachus and nominally pledged allegiance to Seleucus, but in actuality was starting his own kingdom. The kingdom of Pergamon lasted from 282 bc to 33 bc when Attalus 4 bequeathed it to Rome. As a spiritual power, however, it lasted much longer. If there is any doubt about whether Pergamon is the little horn, the matter was settled by the Lord Jesus Christ when he spoke to John concerning Pergamos. He referred to it as “Satan’s seat.” This, along wit the cross reference of Daniel 8:8-14 with Rev 12, conclusively identifies it as little horn.

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
(Revelation 2:12-13 KJV)

The founding of Pergamon in 282 BC sets up a reference pint for calculating the “2300 days.” If you calculate the reign of this little horn as a mask for Satan and calculate time using the year-day interpretation of days and factor in  the fact that there is no zero year in the Julian calendar, you get the following:   -282 + 2300 = 2018. The year 2018 + 1 ( to account for no zero year) = 2019. A full 2300 years from 282 bc brings us through the year 2019. Year 2020 would be year 2301 in this accounting. This also places the permanent banishment of Satan in  the year 2020 – the year of jubilee.

What we need to do in light of the impending Jubilee.
Now is the time to boldly approach the Throne of God and press the rights we have been given in Christ. Christ has purchased on the Cross our redemption. This redemption concludes redemption of our spirit, redemption of our bodies, and redemption of our rights to the earth. Christ owns the earth not only as the Son of God (Lord of the Earth) but also as the Son of Man – specifically the Last Adam.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
(Rev 12:10-12)

Our testimony is that the blood of Jesus  both cleanses of all sin and restores our dominion of the earth. Our testimony is that the blood of Jesus took away all charges against us so Satan has no basis to accuse us. Our testimony is that Satan has no standing to approach God’s Throne because Christ now owns the earth and that He made us co-heirs with Him. Our testimony is that God has promised to revoke Satan’s standing, permanently bar him ever approaching the Divine Council again, and do so in the appointed times and seasons (Yom Kippor 2020). Our prayer to the Father is to permanently banish Satan from the Heavenly places and cast him down to the earth. Let us seek the Father and continue to pray until Satan is cast out.

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The Church and the pursuit of Justice

In the last post I quoted Luke 4:18-21 which gives us the definition of the gospel that was prophesied in Isaiah 61. In the last post I covered on how the gospel was to be advanced using private property rights. I noted that there was only one provision that instructed the police power.

The command to “set at liberty them that are bruised” directly addresses slavery, tyranny, and oppression.  Addressing these issues involves addressing the police power.

Psalm 89:14 instructs us that “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.” Justice is the very foundation of God’s kingdom. All of God’s ways are necessarily right and true.

Scripture commands authorities to do justice. The purpose of government is the general welfare and  deterrence of  evil. We are commanded to subject ourselves to government out of the law of love. The obligation to love is the only thing we owe anybody. The government does not own us and deserves allegiance only as that allegiance fulfills the law of love in seeking justice for our neighbors

1 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. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 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: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. 5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Romans 13:1-8

This is echoed in Psalm 82 with a specific emphasis on the state doing justice. It should be noted here that ‘Elohiym’ comes from Hebrew root meaning mighty one(compare Strong H433 and H410). God is using wordplay to condemn both statoltry (worship of the state) and  the failure of the state to do justice and execute judgment for those who are oppressed. Verse 6 is a reference to Exodus 22:28 where ‘elohiym’ is used to refer to local magistrates rather as a genetic term for God.

1 A Psalm of Asaph. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. 2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. 5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. 6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

Psalm 82

In Genesis 18:19, we are instructed that teaching and advocating Justice is an essential part of God Covenantal program. Here, God says of Abraham, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”  This goes way beyond Moses. The Abrahamic Covenant is also the basis of the New Covenant (Romans 4). The commands to seek Justice are for today.

Many of the passages on justice in Scripture imply the end of the rule of sinful corrupt humanity. In Psalm 10 we read that God will “judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.” In Psalm 82: 8 we read “Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.” Scripture anticipates the ultimate failure of human justice. Isaiah 59:15-16 tells us  “Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment. And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. ” In the next installment  I will give instruction on how spiritual warfare will bring justice to the earth.

Addendum: Verses  addressing Justice, injustice, and oppression

Here are some passages that address Justice, injustice, and oppression and God’;s concern for getting justice for those who are oppressed

Read moreThe Church and the pursuit of Justice

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The Power of the Church: The compassionate use of private property rights

The church is called to use her property rights to assist those who are in need in a sustainable way. In the parable of the Talents, different individuals were assigned resources at  a level they could sustainably develop that would both provide for their own needs, advance God’s kingdom and care for others.

In the Parable of the Talents, God – specifically Christ – as the Master of the Household of God gave private property to His servants. They received according to their ability and were to go into the marketplace. It should be apparent that the Master had police power as He was able to cast the unprofitable servant “into outer darkness.” He could have sent His servants to the marketplace with swords to conquer His enemies. He does not do so. He dis not send them to Ceasar to play the harlot to gain special favors from the household of Ceasar. He send them into the marketplace to manage what He delivered to them using  the delegated private property rights to engage in commerce to increase the wealth they had been given.

How this private property is to be used
One insight as to how we are to use our private property rights is found in the fact that the Lord’s parable echoes Deuteronomy 8:18 “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. ”   The purpose of the dispensation of the power to get wealth is to provide the means to administer the covenant. Deuteronomy was written in the context of the Mosaic Covenant. The Lord Jesus, in the parable of the Talents, sought its application in  the New Testament Church. Wealth was given so that the gospel might go forth.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

(Luke 4:18-21)

This passage is the very definition of what the gospel is. The Lord has anointed His servants to propagate the gospel to do seven specific activities, six of which Jesus  cites in His synagogue reading. (More on the seventh in the next installment.)

He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. This is the good news of the cross and the resurrection of Christ. We are all poor in this context, needing a Saviour!!!

He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted. The gospel provides for emotional healing.

He hath sent me to preach deliverance to the captives. The gospel provides for liberty from all addictions due to sin through application of the word of God with power.

He hath sent me to recover the  sight to the blind. The gospel provides for physical healing through both supernatural prayer of faith and by mean of Christ followers using their private property rights to pursue medical treatment.

He hath sent me to set at liberty them that are bruised. We are to advocate for the rights of the oppressed. This is the only provision of the gospel that compels us to directly address the police power of the communities where we live. We are called to advocate for the rights of all who are oppressed. The church of late  has miserably failed in this area, which is sad given that it is the church of Jesus Christ that brought to the world liberty and benevolence ministry. Prior to the gospel, the world was a very harsh place.  This is also the only provision of the gospel that provides for redistribution of wealth through either private means or the police power.

He hath sent me to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. This is simply proclaiming that the grace of God has appeared to all humanity. Grace is available to “whosoever,” and we are saved by grace through faith. This grace has freely available to all men and is manifested through various means. It is also libertarian (unlike modern socialism) as it is not forced on anyone who does not wish to receive it. This grace touches the whole of human experience, spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical (Luke 2:52). As such the people of God are called to minister to the whole human experience, including social and physical; needs. Matthew 25:31-46 gives a summary teaching of the “social gospel.” We know it is a summation of the entirety of the social aspect of the gospel because it is being used here to determine the eternal destiny of individuals. This should not be interpreted as salvation by works or salvation by philanthropy. The Bible repeatedly says salvation is by grace alone (compare Eph 2:8-9 and the book of Galatians). We should see this as a “by their fruits you shall know them” moment. Those who brought their own oil  and have a personal relationship with Christ through faith and have received the anointing of the Holy Spirit will act differently than those who walk by the flesh.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

(Mat 25:31-46)

Notice that this judgment begins by a gathering of the nations. however, this is not a judgment of the collective entity of nations. The reason we know this is that these “shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Nations do not have eternal souls; they are only the matrix of the individual souls that have identified with them. If a nations loses each and every one of its citizens to death or repatriation, its soul ceases to exist.

The judgment is inaugurated by separating the nations into only two groups: this would be sheep and goats that are both composed of individuals who do have eternal souls. This means, that at the moment the books are opened to begin the process, that the individuals being judged were no longer identified with their nationalities within the context of this judgment.  When the Lord convenes judgment  based on how well or poorly people fulfilled their social responsibility,  He judges them as individuals and not as states. In this judgment,  leaders such as Donald Trump will not be judged as the President of the United States or other leadership position but as individuals.  World leaders,  will of course,  answer to God for their actions as leaders (Psalm 2.)  The judgment for these was intentionally hidden in the context of Matthew 25:31-46 because the Biblical mandate for social justice applies to how people use their property rights to minister their wealth and time to the vulnerable; this set of mandates was not intended to apply to the police powers of the world.

 

It is in the context of the compassionate use of private property rights that are to care for the aliens and foreigners in our midst.  Leviticus 19:33-34   was not meant to prevent the use of police power of  communities from protecting their borders from potential threats. It was meant to address how individuals used their property rights to minister to the foreigners in their communities. While this passage does not constrain the United States government,  its moral principles do instruct how the Church should behave

And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

(Lev 19:33-34)

We have discussed the compassionate use of private property rights that as a weapon of the Church. It is in the Church that the Lord does the subversive thing of turning private property rights into police power when it is done under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. There is, however, a place where we pursue the use of police power in pursuing justice,  which is the topic of the next installment.

 

 

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The Power of the Church: Private Property Rights

The Church uses spiritual power and private property rights to advance the Kingdom. The 25th chapter of Matthew lays out the two fold application of the police power of the church. Verses 1-13 are the parable of the Ten Virgins. Ten virgins prepare to meet the bridegroom at night with lamps. Five of them are wise enough to take extra oil with them. The five foolish ones do not. The oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit and specifically the anointing.  The Lamps symbolize the preaching of the Word of God under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The extra oil symbolizes the individual person’s relationship to God. Only those who have cultivated their own personal relationship with God and having received their own anointing from God will be ready to meet Christ at His Coming. Verse 14-30 contains the second parable, called the Parable of the Talents, described a master distributing his private property to His servants. The servants then exercise the delegated private property rights in the marketplace. The Master is Christ, but neither his delegation nor His servants exercise of it  involves the use of His divine police power but of private property rights. Verse 31-46 contain the third and last section which describes the scene at the Final Judgment where people are separated between the sheep and goats and judged on whether they use their private property rights to help the vulnerable.

Using private property rights to advance God’s Kingdom
The church is called to use her property rights to assist those who are in need in a sustainable way. In the parable of the Talents, different individuals were assigned resources at  a level they could sustainably develop that would both provide for their own needs, advance God’s kingdom, and care for others.

In the Parable of the Talents, God – specifically Christ – as the Master of the Household of God gave private property to His servants. They received according to their ability and were to go into the marketplace. It should be apparent that the Master has police power as He was able to cast the unprofitable servant “into outer darkness.” He had both power and authority to  send His servants to the marketplace with swords to conquer His enemies. He does not do so. He also did not send them to Ceasar to play the harlot to gain special favors from the household of Ceasar. He send them into the marketplace to manage what He delivered to them using  the delegated private property rights to engage in commerce to increase the wealth they had been given.

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
(Mat 25:14-30)

The first two servants were skilled servants. They could actually run  businesses and successfully used those skills as merchants in the marketplace to double the wealth they had been given. The third guy was not skilled. He was also lazy. While he did not have the skills to succeed in the marketplace as a business person, he could have deposited the money in  the bank and allowed the bankers to grow his investment.

The third servant was also wicked in  that he was only concerned about his own hide and not the welfare of the Master who had entrusted him with these resources. Contrast his words “I was afraid.” with the words of the first two servants “Lord, thou deliveredst unto me… talents: behold, I have gained beside them… talents more. ” Their focus on the Lord. The two faithful servants were like the five wise virgins. They had cultivated a personal relationship with their Master and were willing to take risk to advance their Masters interests in the marketplace.  The third servant was like the foolish virgins who did not cultivate their own relationship with the Master and sat on his masters wealth.

 

Notice that there is no scenario where the Master returned to find his servants having faithfully  tried but failed. This would seem odd as we see such in  the world quite frequently. It is common for people to try their best and be faithful but fail due to a number  of factors beyond their control. This passage assumes success. The Lord Jesus had previously given the parable of the Ten Virgins. The righteous are those who have cultivated a personal relationship to the Holy Spirit and received anointing from God.  With this comes wisdom and power to do what the Lord wants. In Revelation 5:6 Christ  is revealed as “Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” The Seven Spirits of God that Christ has is a reference to the Holy Spirit. The connection to the Seven Eyes is a reference to 2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect [Completely Devoted] toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. ” Those who have cultivated a relationship with the Holy Spirit will have complete devotion  to the Lord. For such God will look out for you for your good. The eyes of the Lord also carries a deeper meaning. In the Standard Interpretation of quantum mechanics, physical reality exists as information defined by a wave function which collapses into material reality when an observer conducts a measurement on the wave function. The eyes of the Lord conduct such measurements to manifest the hidden realities ordained by His Word into the physical realm.

In the words of Don Moen

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

How this private property is to be used
One insight as to how we are to use our private property rights is found in the fact that the Lord’s parable echoes Deuteronomy 8:18 “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. ”   The purpose of the dispensation of the power to get wealth is to provide the means to administer the covenant. Deuteronomy was written in the context of the Mosaic Covenant. The Lord Jesus, in the parable of the Talents, sought its application in  the New Testament Church. Wealth was given so that the gospel might go forth.

 

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The coming borderless nation

In my  last post I addressed what Christ says about the nations. I wrote that nations were established as a deterrent to the excesses of a global government to prevent any such government from becoming a global police state. In that post I mentioned that nations are defined by language, familial relations (ethnicity), and geography.

The Bible, however, addresses the existence of a nation that is unlike any other nation that has ever existed. This nation is a nation that already exists according to the Scripture. The Bible addresses the Church of Jesus Christ as a nation. In the fact, the very Greek word for church drips with political implication. The word Ekklesia (ἐκκλησία) means assembly and was used to denote any kind of assembly. It was used in the contemporary Greek speaking culture to refer to legally constituted assemblies. In Acts 19 (verses 32, 39, 41) this word is used precisely this way. If Koine Greek were the official  of the United States of America, we would refer to a session of Congress, state legislature, or city council as an ekklesia.  The church is a called out political assembly.

On several occasion the Greek word translated nation is used in reference to the church. In Matthew 21:33-45, we are instructed by parable that the Church was going to assume the execution of the Kingdom promises given to Israel and specifically render judgment against the religious leaders who rejected Christ. The loss of Israel’s birthright to the Kingdom of God would be temporary as she would be reunited with the church someday and assume the birthright once again as a composite entity with the church (Ephesians 2:11-22).

Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

(Matthew 21:33-45)

This parable speaks of the shift in the activity of the Kingdom of God from Israel to the Church. The Church is this nation. In 1 Peter where we read of the building of the church made of living stones that is built on Christ as the corner stone, the church is described as a holy nation.

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 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. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

(1Pe 2:5-9)

Not only is the church described as a holy nation, but we are described as kings.

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

(Rev 1:5-6)

The Church, as a nation, is unique among the nations. She is borderless and ethnically agnostic, being composed of people of all nations, languages, and tribes. Whereas other nations were birthed naturally through the power of the flesh, she was birthed supernaturally through the power of the Spirit. Because she is birthed supernaturally, her police power is  rather supernatural than natural. The church does not prevail by using the hands of the flesh to exercise coercion to set her up her version of  world government. This sets her apart from the many “isms” that seek to take over the world:  Secular Humanism, Communism, Islamism, Fascism, Homofascism are just a few examples of movements that seek to strengthen the hand of the state and use its carnal power and physical force  to compel obedience to the requirements of their big story.

 

The Church uses spiritual power, private property rights, and fulfillment of Israelite Covenants to advance the Kingdom. The 25th chapter of Matthew lays out this three fold application of the police power of the church. Verses 1-13 are the parable of the Ten Virgins. Ten virgins prepare to meet the bridegroom at night with lamps. Five of them are wise enough to take extra oil with them. The five foolish ones do not. The oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit and the Lamps the preaching of the Word of God. The extra oil symbolizes the individual persons relationship to God. Only those who have cultivated their own personal relationship with God will be ready to meet Christ at His Coming. Verse 14-30 contains the second parable, called the Parable of the Talents, described a master distributing his private property to His servants. The servants then exercise the delegated private property rights in the marketplace. The Master is Christ, but neither his delegation nor His servants exercise of it  involves the use of His divine police power but of private property rights. Verse 31-46 contains the third and last section which describes the scene at the Final Judgment  where people are separated between the sheep and goats and judged on whether they use their private property rights to help the vulnerable. At this time all Israel is saved and baptized in Christ, the merger between the Church and Israel is complete, and Christ has already ruled the earth for 1000 years from His throne in Jerusalem, Israel.

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What Christ says about the nations, immigration, and open borders

We have a crisis of the nations of spectacular proportions. Debates rage over immigration, refugees, and even the very right of that thing called a nation to exist. Neither side of the binary poop parade called politics has any answers. Let us go to the word of God for the answer, because He is the only One who has the answers.

Before there were nations.
Nations did not always exist. Man once existed in  the state of nature. Adam and Eve did not have to answer to government. They only answered to God in the garden, and they broke the only rule He gave them. The result of this rebellion was that paradise was lost. Government did not immediately come into existence. People did “whatever was right in their own eyes (i.e Judges 17:6).” When it was time for judgment, God brought the Great Flood as judgment (Genesis 6-9).

At the end of the Flood Noah landed on Ararat in what is now Turkey. As the human race grew a desire for a one world government and a one world religion emerged. They moved from Turkey to Shinar (Babylon) and set up Etemenanki, a Ziggurat or house of worship that is better known as “The Tower of Babel.” This was birthed in  a desire to make man into god on earth in the form of a one world religion and a one world government. They wanted to “build us a city…make us a name (Gen 11:4).” This is in fact the spirit of Babylon. A more detailed account of the history of this evil system can be found in my book Mystery Babylon Rising.

Needless to say, this displeased the Lord. This is what He had to say concerning the matter.

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

(Gen 11:5-8)

The Lord understood the dangers of a one world government and one world religion unhinged from the restraints that His Law would provide. Such a system would ignore any concept of inalienable rights given by a creator. In such a system rights would be seen as nothing more than constructs of government. What happens if a one world governmental system  with a monopoly on religious, military, social, economic, and police power goes rogue. There would be absolutely nothing the people could do about it. The existence if numerous threats to freedom globally should give us pause about whether we want  a one world government. Most nations of the West have gutted freedom of speech through speech codes that crush all dissent from the party line. The West has a burgeoning police state problem. Do we trust a world order where many of the leading politicians are c0nnected to a billionaire pedophile and have spent time on the Lolita Express.

Two reasons why nations exist
God created nations as a deterrent to the incorrect-able excesses of a global police state. Ambitions for world domination or other harmful behaviors by one nation can be countered by other nations. God created nations as system of  checks and balances. Genesis 10 documents the creation of the ancient nations.  Three times we see the phrase “every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.” According to verse 32, this is referring to the process by which God divided the nations after Flood at the Tower of Babel. This describes an organic process of nation  building. God divided the languages along genetic and family lines. Nations formed around  a common culture, a common language among a common group of people with closer family and genetic ties. This path to nations building would produce a sense of people identifying with their nation as an extended family and a sense that the purpose of the existence of the nation is to promote the common wealth of its people. This fact sets up the second purpose of the existence of a nation: promoting the general welfare of its people.

Today there is a mistaken notion that nations must tend to the general welfare of all people globally. It has been vogue to  twist Scripture toward this end. People have cited Leviticus 19:33-34 as a proof text to argue that the Bible requires opens borders.

And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

(Lev 19:33-34)

There are several problems with this interpretation. One is that the modern concept of open borders and fluid definitions of  nationality simply did not exist at the time of the authorship of this passage. Nationality was thoroughly tethered to ethnicity. An example of how his was so thoroughly ingrained can be found in the Greek word translated “nation” in the New Testament. It is ‘ethnos’ which is also the root word for  the modern English word ‘ethnic.’ The idea of open and ethnically agnostic nations is simply not in view here. The point being made was that nations must give foreigners who dwell within the nation the same human rights as native born citizens. There is another thing to keep in mind here that is rooted in an observation gleaned from studying the Mosaic Law: some laws have instructions to the community for enforcement and others do not. The obvious implication of these distinctions is that not all of the laws in the Mosaic Law were intended to invoke the police power of the community.  Leviticus 19:33-34 does not instruct the community to enforce it. As such it is analogous to a Congressional or legislative resolution which gives an official definition of morality but is not actually enforceable. It was only intended to as moral instruction  to Israelites on how to treat their neighbors who are aliens. It did not invoke or inform the use of the police power of Israel.

Leviticus 19:33-34 does not address the question of who is allowed to come within  the borders. There are numerous other passages that do. We know from the book of Joshua in its entirety that the Canaanites were not allowed to live within the land and that the first act of the Israelites when they entered the land was to wipe out the Canaanites. There was no open border policy for Canaanites. Israel’s reputation for being ruthless closed to Canaanites was so reknowned  that Gibeonites resorted to deception to trick the Israelites to enter into a covenant of peace with them (Joshua 9).

The obligations of  nations.
Nations are obligated first and foremost to their own citizens. Romans 13:4 tells us that governing authorities  are God’s servants “for your good.”  Government exists for the general welfare of the governed, thus nations exist for the benefit of the people they govern, which are the people that make up its body politic. Nations do not have obligation to individuals who are outside of its body politic and outside its borders.

Due to the organic nature of nations being built around a common familial relation and divided along lines of language and culture, nations should be good neighbors to other nations, seeing them as brothers and cousins and the family of humanity that descended from Noah. Nations should only act in the vital interests of their people and refrain from acts of aggression against nations and individuals who do not pose a threat to those vital interests and limit just wars to advance only those vital interests. Because nations are grounded in familial human relations, the common humanity of all should be respected in every act that nations do. While aliens living within a nation do not share in the same civil rights as citizens, they do have the same human rights as citizens.

Current immigration crisis manufactured by the Mystery Babylon New World Order
The current immigration crisis is a scheme of the New World Order to destroy national civilizations and replace them with a one world civilization, a one world government, and a one world religion. A two-prong attack is being used  here. First, the major powers bomb the tar out of as many nations as possible. Second, the same globalist elites who sponsored the bombing campaign tell the citizens of the countries that they are obligated to abolish their borders and let as many refugees as they can cram in, and if they object it is because they are Nazis. Nazism itself was sponsored by leading industrialists in the West for the purpose of poisoning the well against nationalism so that the New World Order could be brought in.  In this fight it is the New World order globalists who are showing themselves to be as ruthless as Hitler and Stalin and not those who want to keep the sovereignty of their nations intact.

The result of promoting this out of control immigration is that the national civilizations of the countries hosting these refugees will collapse due to the sheer numbers of people and the clash of cultures that will inevitably happen. It also collapses the countries that the refugees come from due to “brain drain” of the best talent. The endgame is to create a crisis so severe that nation civilizations collapse and the only answer left is to bring in a one world government, one world civilization, and a one world religion.

The Lord’s Plan for future open borders, and why we should oppose the current one.
The Bible actually speak about open borders, albiet a much different message than that of the Babylonian New World Order. Zephaniah 3:8-9 speaks of the return to a “pure language.”

Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.

(Zephaniah 3:8-9)

When does God gather the nations for such judgment? This is referring to Armageddon and the return of Christ. It is after this He will  return a pure language. Christ Himself will reverse the curse laid at the Tower of Babel. He will restore a common language to the earth.  Isaiah 19 also speak of this

In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shaketh over it. And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it. In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction. In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it. And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them. In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

(Isa 19:16-25)

The first fifteen verses speak of the judgment of Egypt, one so severe that her entire civilization collapses due to fear ( vs 1-3.) In verse 16 it speak of Judah being a terror to Egypt. When has Judah ever been such a terro0r to Egypt that her whole civilization collapses? This has not happened yet. This will happen when Christ assumes His Throne in Jerusalem upon His return.

The text refers to Egypt having the same language as Canaan. The text speaks of open borders in the form of a highway from Egypt to Assyria. Assyria is often a short hand for Babylon and was the living head of Mystery Babylon during Isaiah’s lifetime. This is therefore a reference to the entire world with open borders after the destruction of Mystery Babylon and the dragonous beast system.

 

The current move to open borders is a conspiracy of the “kings of the earth” to conspire against the Lord and His Anointed, Jesus Christ( Psalm 2), to establish an evil system and a coming world ruler who will claim to be god on earth (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4) and demand worship (Rev 13).  Jesus Christ will destroy this evil system at His Coming.

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A new way to counter the social network censorship cartel

The past several years there has been growing concern over the dominant social networks using their market power to censor information. By censorship I mean that these networks have been imposing a bias in how they determine whether a given content violates their terms of service. An example of such bias would be a Conservative Evangelical Page having a post that asserts that homosexual activity is a sin removed for violation of a given terms of service for hate speech while allowing an LGBTQ page keep posts that call Christians Nazis who deserve death.

As early as 2012 people were starting to notice a particular pattern of bias in  the social network cartel’s performance in enforcing their terms of service. There began to emerge a pattern of Leftist political and cultural bias in how site admins and moderators parsed the terms of service. There have been multiple instances of ex employees alleging such bias, including this instance, and this one. The resulting uproar resulted in  Congressional hearings. There is a pattern of repeated censorship of high profile Conservative and Libertarian platforms. Dr Michael Brown of AskDrBrown program has  written extensively concerning this very thing.

Starting in 2017 there has been a push in  certain Conservative  and Evangelical circles to start their own social networks. ChristianNetGuide was birthed in the same impulse. Niche groups need their own network that can better serve the interest of their communities than a large conglomerate network like Facebook or Twitter. While some of these have had moderate success, the social network cartel still has a lock on the general population. In fact according to data published by Statcounter , just seven networks control 99.5% of social network market share.  What this means if you want to access the digital public square and have access to the general population, you must be able to use at least one of these networks.

A new model for social media.
The historic answer that is often given as that these networks are private companies, and as such, can do what they want. This response is found wanting once one realizes that these people have a virtual lock on the digital public square. Are we simply to surrender the public square to a few corporate fatcats  to let them run it as they wish? If so then freedom of speech online is  all but dead. This view, however, is not without challenge. There has been an upswing in talk concerning the legal status of social media. The current legal landscape presents a binary option of “publisher” and “public utility platform.” The public utility option is also sometimes called “common carrier.” Currently social media occupies a netherworld between these two options birthed in early twentieth-century jurisprudence.

 

What is a public utility?
A public utility maintains an infrastructure for a public service. The status of public does not mean that they are publically owned. Most public utilities are actually private owned. They are public in that they are a common carrier of one or more services available to the public. Telephone service, for example, are public utilities. Public utilities typically ( though not always) enjoy monopoly status in their markets. Public utilities, due to such market power, have restrictions placed on them that normally do not apply to private companies. The telephone company, for example, cannot terminate a customer’s phone service because they find offense in the political or religious views shared on the service. With very few exceptions, they are not allowed to monitor phone calls to filter for content.

There are two things that mark a utility. The first one is universal availability. Public utilities do not cater to niche markets but serve all comers in the marketplace. The second is pass through. Passthrough simply means that the end product of the transaction is not something that the utility must maintain on  its own property. Water and electricity end up on a customers property for the customer to use as he wished. Phone calls simply pass through to the end point; the telephone company does not typically store conversations on a server.

What is a publisher?
A publisher disseminate content produced by itself and other parties. As owners of the mean of producing the published material it possesses full freedom of speech and editorial discretion. There are three essential properties to being a publisher. The first is that publishers typically have the ability to exercise prior restraint to prevent publication of material it does not wish to publish. Publishers also retain control of content after publication. I cannot simply take my favorite book, print off copies, and sell them. The publisher still has rights to that content. I would also add that publishers can serve any of a number of markets as they are not obligated to serve all comers

Is Social Media a utility or a publisher?
Social Media has elements of both. Like a utility they typically do not exercise prior restraint. Like a publisher they have control over content after it is published on their networks. Like a publisher, social networks are not obligated to serve all comers.  It is this ambiguity that the social network cartel exploited to gain dominance over the digital public square. They marketed themselves to the public as a public service platform  that anyone could use, but once they got market power over the digital public square they began to act as publishers. It is apparent that the current regime where the big networks always get the benefit of the doubt is lethal to liberty.

It is also apparent that the current dichotomy between utility platform and publisher is not adequate to describe the nature of social networking. A social network may be either one or have some mix. A social network may serve only an exclusive community ( not a platform) but otherwise act like a platform, A social network may  fail to exercise prior restraint ( not a publisher), but do some gate-keeping to ensure that the terms of service are followed.

It is apparent that a new way is need to  legally categorize this. If we are not careful, introducing government regulation will create greater problem. If you classify all social networks as publishers, you would knock smaller networks out of the market. This is because they would now be required to exerciser prior restraint to avoid being legally liable for the posts of its users. Only the big boys have the resources to do this in an automated way. Smaller networks would either have to use the tools of the big boys (which opens a back door for them) or resort to manual prior restraint which would grind most activity to a halt. If you classify social networks as a traditional utility platform,  then you eliminate all niche  networks and gatekeeping.

The paradigm that needs to emerge is one that is compatible with liberty principles. In a free society the right to freely contract is essential. The other side is that parties in a contract are required to  do what they commit to do and subject to legal consequences for failure to do what one promises to do. Without this legal accountability to insure that parties in a transaction do what they commit to do, a free society ceases to exist in any meaningful way. The following is a guide on how to parse the legal status of a social network.

Social networks typically have more resemblance to platforms rather than publishers. The legal underpinnings of platforms need to be updated to accommodate the requirements of 21st century technology and communication.  Any legal paradigm that governs social networks must also make provision for the minority networks that are actually a closer fit to a publisher to be set up as a publisher.

A social network should be considered a platform by default, unless they have explicitly identified otherwise and have a historic development  consistent with their definition.

Unlike a conventional utility platform, a social network platform can have terms of service and a scope of service. Terms of service represents the rules under its users are subject. The scope of service represents which groups of users  the networks serves. A social network may serve everybody or they  may serve a defined subgroup.

Any terms of service that a social network platform enforces must be generally applicable and consistently enforced across the scope of their operations, with each individual person getting the same treatment under the rules. Any biases in their enforcement must be explicitly stated. For example, ChristianNetGuide serves the Christian community and enforces terms of service compatible with general Christian orthodoxy (not to be confused with Eastern Orthodoxy). Non-Christians and those who identify as Christian but deny this orthodoxy have no reasonable expectation that their perspectives will carry any weight or that they will even be allowed on the network. Social network platforms that fail to do this are subject to legal remedies.

If a social network uses any variation of the principles of  intersectionality to give differing groups within their networksdifferent rights,   they must disclose that they are using intersectionality with a user-friendly explanation of what intersectionality is. They must also disclose  how and what weight is given to what groups.

Legal recognition of pre-existing social networks should take into account their historical development. Networks that marketed themselves as platforms to grow their user bases cannot, upon gaining market power, switch to being publishers. Networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube marketed themselves as platforms that serve everybody, and would be reckoned as such under law. These  networks would be required to treat each iindividual the same under their terms of service, and be subject to legal action by injured users for failure to do so. If an existed social network wishes to switch to a different classification, it must  reboot under a different domain name and require it’s current members to register with the new site as new users.

Social networks that have explicitly identified as publishers, have the historic development of publishers, and meet the legal criteria of publishers, shall have the same rights and responsibilities of publishers. Digital publishing platforms of established publishing houses shall be considered publishers.

Enforcement of rules based on this paradigm should be done under breach of contract law, with social network relationships being considered legal contracts under the law.  I would caution against setting any government bureaucracy to regulate this using any executive power. To limit both the risk of government censorship and the risk of regulatory capture of the bureaucracy by the social network cartel, any and all regulation of social networks should be done through judicial, mediative, and arbitrative means in accordance with law.

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