Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Christian Republic Pt3

In my previous note I talked about how the US could become a Christian republic.  Now I'm going to talk about what I believe will actually happen.

I have said a number of times already, the condition in the US is pretty dire.  Worse than anything else, there is an overall immorality in the US.  And if divine judgement were to come to America, God would be just in doing so.  Will judgement come to America?  I believe so.  God rebukes and disciplines those He loves, because correction is better than blessing.  America has already been blessed with great abundance and power, but that blessing will be the world's curse if America continues down the path of evil.  I believe, in the context of a number of other things, something major will happen in the US within the next three years.  A nuclear attack against the US, targeting major cities like DC, NYC and LA.  Now let me describe that context, so that it may make some sense.

I have written already about the connection between the white horseman and the USA; you can read it here:  In short, the US is the white horse and rider of Revelation 6:1-2.  The question is, has the US conquered what it will conquer and is now on the decline, or has it only just begun?  There's more prophecy to know and understand to fit this all together.  Just like a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces of prophecy must be put together in a way that makes sense.  They all relate to the same timeline.

The blessing of the church in Philadelphia
Jesus tells John to write to seven churches in Asia Minor.  In truth, to the angels of each church.  This is in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.  The key to understanding these letters is understanding what the churches represent.  They are, literally speaking, seven cities and churches in Asia Minor in the first and second centuries.  But these churches prefigure churches throughout the church age.  Each one is prominent in succession.  Ephesus in the first century.  Smyrna in the second and third centuries.  Pergamum in the fourth to seventh centuries.  Thyatira as the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox churches throughout the middle ages until today.  Sardis as the Protestant churches from the Protestant Reformation until today.  Philadelphia as a church that is just now emerging in the world.  And Laodicea has yet to come.  In His letter to the angel of Philadelphia there is a promise of blessing.  He says that the synagogue of Satan, which there represents Islam, will come and worship at their feet, and acknowledge that He has loved them.  This can be interpreted as a physical blessing, since they acknowledge it; it must be something seen by those who oppose Christians.  Today Muslims persecute Christians throughout the world more than any other religion or entity.  But God will turn this around sometime soon.  How?  There's another prophecy to answer that.

The war of Gog
 In the 38th and 39th chapters of Ezekiel he describes an incredible war in which God pours out His wrath on the enemies of Israel.  Gog, which must represent something else since Gog is the name of an early patriarch, brings out its entire military force to invade the land of Israel, along with a number of other nations with it.  And when they have surrounded Israel with a military force immensely large, God pours out His wrath on them in spectacular fashion.  Why does He do this?  His purpose is stated in the last verse of 38: "So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations.  Then they will know that I am the LORD."  God will demonstrate His existence, and the fact that He is the God of Israel - the God of the Bible - by pouring out His wrath in a supernatural way.  You can see what it is by reading the whole passage.  Even fire comes down from heaven, and this is not to be interpreted as a nuclear attack or anything man-made. Whatever the fire is, it is something supernatural, so as to prove that it is God who defends Israel.  So He reveals Himself to the nations, and He greatly humbles the Muslim nations, both by proving their error, and by defeating many Muslim nations in one stroke.  Gog is actually the nation of Turkey; it was there in Asia Minor that Gog settled.  Meshech and Tubal also settled in the land that is now Turkey, so its clear that Gog signifies Turkey, and its no coincidence that Turkey has begun to be more hostile towards Israel.  As for the other nations that attack Israel along with Gog, they are simply the Muslim nations surrounding Israel: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Iraq.  This is precisely how God will humble the Muslim nations, and make them acknowledge that God has loved the Christians.  In other words, the tables will be turned completely, and the Christians who are now persecuted in Muslim nations will be handed the authority of all these nations.  They will go from prisons to palaces.  So the question is, when will this happen?  To answer that we must go to another prophecy.
The seventy sevens prophecy
 In the 9th chapter of Daniel there's a prophecy called the seventy weeks, or seventy sevens, prophecy.  It predicts, some say the first coming of Jesus, others say the second coming of Jesus.  I believe it most specifically predicts the second coming of Jesus for two reasons.  One, because there was never an edict to exactly rebuild and restore Jerusalem before Jesus' first coming.  There were edicts like it, like one to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, and another to rebuild the temple, but there was never an edict to rebuild Jerusalem itself.  And the timing is not exact to the year either, no matter which edict you base it on.  The other reason is that the antichrist is clearly referred to in the prophecy, in verses 26 and 27.  The interesting thing about these seventy weeks, which most people agree represent Sabbath Years (seven year periods), is how they are divided up.  Daniel divides them up into 7 sevens, 62 sevens, and one final seven, which is the period of the tribulation.  Its a wonder why he has to divide it up into 7 sevens and 62 sevens.  He hints at the reason for the final seven in verse 27, that is, its the tribulation period that is spoken of in Revelation.  But he gives absolutely no reason, or even a hint, for the division of 7 sevens and 62 sevens.  I have a theory for what it is.

Let me start with the edict itself.  In the spring of 1969, only two years after the Six Days War in which Israel captured Jerusalem for the first time in modern history, the Israeli Knesset passed a resolution that formed the Jewish Quarter Development Company.  Its mission was to rebuild and restore the Jewish Quarter of the old city of Jerusalem.  Here is its website:  I believe this was the exact edict that Daniel prophesies.  And the reason for the division of 7 sevens and 62 sevens?  It must signify something important.  If we start with the edict of 1969, and we add 49 years to that (7 sevens), it brings us to the year 2018.  It also happens to be the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel as a sovereign nation.  An interesting coincidence.  And why not, if this signifies something major, the war of Gog?  The events of Ezekiel chapters 36 through the end of the book are in chronological order.  Chapters 36 and 37 foretell of the return of the Jews to the land of Israel (that has happened, and continues to happen, in the exact way that Ezekiel describes).  Chapters 38 and 39 foretell the war of Gog.  And the rest of the book describes a temple that has never been built (the third temple).  Its interesting, because if its in chronological order, which it certainly seems to be, then the next thing to happen is the war of Gog.  And since the return of Jews to the land of Israel, and the prosperity of the land of Israel, has, for the most part, been fulfilled, it would seem that the war of Gog is just around the corner.  Indeed it is.  If God gave Israel 70 years of exile, why would He not choose 70 years from the founding of Israel to the great turning point - the war of Gog?  You see, all of these things come together to strongly suggest that 2018 is the precise year in which Turkey (Gog) will lead middle-eastern nations on a massive invasion of Israel (we all know they hate Israel).  And when this happens, all of the people on the earth will see the most extraordinary thing in all their life.  God will reveal Himself to the nations.  God will pour out His wrath on the enemies of Israel in a way unimaginable.  Woe to the enemies of Israel; as the scripture says, do not touch the apple of His eye.  Let us consider now what the world will be like following this massive turning point in world history.

A new world order
There will literally be a new world order.  Its no surprise, Israel will be at the head of this order.  God will reveal Himself to Israel as well, and they will - those who haven't yet - come to know that Jesus is Messiah and their King.  By this Jews and Christians will join together and have exactly the same faith/religion.  So God will be above Israel and dictate what Israel does by His Holy Spirit.  Israel will rule over all the nations of the world, but not directly.  You see, Israel will have authority over the United States, and the United States will conquer all of the world and have authority over the nations.  Even now Israel has considerable influence over the United States.  Look on the dollar bill, on the obverse of the Great Seal, and above the eagles head you will find the Star of David; it is a symbol of what I'm talking about (read Isaiah 55:5).  The United States is the conquering horseman of Revelation 6:2, and it will go out and conquer.  But itself will be conquered by Israel, and has much already been conquered by Israel.  Not by violence, but by Providence.  So Israel will rule over the nations through the United States, and God will rule over Israel, and the rule of Israel will bring peace to the world, and a general benevolence.  Notice how the next horseman in the series, the red horseman, takes peace from the earth?  This implies that there was peace on the earth to begin with.  When that happens, there will be much warfare.  But until then, while this new world order is intact, the world will enjoy peace.  Notice also that "NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM" (New World Order) is written on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States (the first seal of Revelation).

And what will Israel and the United States do when they have power over all the earth?  I will tell you.  They will hand over authority to the Christians.  No pretending not to play favorites.  No pretending not to be biased.  Those who suffered persecution in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and North Korea, they will be brought out of the prisons and put into the palaces (maybe not literally a palace, but anyway).  The Christians will be handed authority in every nation.  There will be a temple built in Jerusalem, and Jerusalem will be the capital of all Christendom.  Israel will be at the head of all Christians on earth, and Jesus will rule over Israel.  America will be the strong-arm of Israel, and America will enforce the rule of Christians in every nation.  So the prophecy in Revelation 3:9 will come true.  Indeed, those who have opposed Christianity will acknowledge that He has loved us.  But to Christians, beware of wealth, because it corrupts people.  Beware of success in this world, because it can water down a person's faith.  Notice how the following church, the church in Laodicea, is lukewarm, and they say they don't need God because they are rich.  Ultimately this is what the blessing God bestows on Philadelphia will lead to, but may we postpone it as long as possible.  May we enjoy peace and prosperity, and not let it distract us from devotion to God.  May we serve God only, and not give in to the deceitfulness of wealth.

Now let me return to where I started.  As you can see, there is a ton of blessing that is about to come.  But did I start this note speaking of blessing?  I started it by speaking of judgement that will come on America.  Horrible judgement.  The kind that will make 9/11 look like a paper cut.  9/11 killed thousands, but I fear the next attack on America will kill millions.  The War of Gog will happen in 2018, and that is when everything will change.  But until then, there is a period of tribulation we must endure.  There is a period of increasing wickedness that we are experiencing now.  There is a time of judgement that will come on America.  In some sense, the night is darkest right before the dawn.  Things will get better, but be ready for some very hard times ahead. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Christian Republic Pt2

In my last note I talked generally about what a Christian republic is.  Now I want to be more specific, and talk about how the United States could be a Christian republic.  As it is today, the US is very far from being a Christian republic.  But at its roots, the US is not too far from it.  At certain times in its history, the US has come close to being a Christian republic.  Before the 60s the Bible was read and taught in public schools.  Prayer was allowed in schools, and abortion was outlawed.  Of course our history is not perfect, and there were other evils at that time, like racism.  Nonetheless, the past few decades have seen a major decline in moral values.  Now let me talk about how the US could be transformed into a true Christian republic.

The morality of the people is a big deal.  A republic must stand upon the public.  A corrupted public will certainly mean a corrupted republic.  With that said, the American People must return to God if America is to have any hope of being a nation that is truly one under God, or pleasing to God, as a Christian republic would be.  Abortion must be outlawed.  Its pointless to go any further in this note without saying that.  So long as abortion is allowed in this nation, the stain of evil is upon it.  Its pointless to speak of America being a Christian anything, without first saying this.  So the first practical step in moving towards a Christian republic, the US must add an amendment to its Constitution declaring unborn babies to be persons, and making all state laws against murder applicable to unborn babies.

During the sixties and seventies the US took one step forward and two steps back.  The one stop forward was the civil rights movement.  The two steps back was the Supreme Court's decision to ban prayer and Bible reading in public schools.  This was a massive misinterpretation of the First Amendment, and it actually goes directly against the First Amendment's freedom of religion, but I'll talk about that somewhere else.  The fact of the matter is, there would be no civil rights movement if not for God's word.  It was pastors and preachers who led the movement, like Martin Luther King Jr.  It was the principle that all men are made in God's image upon which the movement was based.  If all men are created in the image of God, what right does anyone have to discriminate against another because of skin color?  That was the central argument; it came directly from the Bible.  For the most part, Americans are not racists today.  But what has happened by removing God's word from the schools, is that many other forms of immorality have pervaded and corrupted the nation.  If America is to be a Christian republic, prayer and Bibles must be in every single school.  It was that way throughout most of our history; it absolutely must be that way for America to be a Christian anything.

Think of this: pornography is protected by the First Amendment, but religion in schools is not protected, even though freedom of religion is actually stated in the First Amendment.  As I stated before, the courts have greatly misinterpreted the Constitution.  This is partly because the Constitution does not speak of God and the Bible in clear terms.  That is a great weakness and flaw, as I will explain here.  Americans fool themselves into thinking they have freedom.  The freedom to abort, for example.  The freedom to view porn.  The freedom to have gay sex and call it a marriage.  It seems that freedom in America today is defined by the number of evil things that are allowed.  And yet so many Americans are worried about their government, drones, internet spying, a police state, etc.  Evidently freedom is both very alive and very imperiled.  But I will show that freedom is truly dead in America, because our definition of freedom is greatly distorted.  Freedom to do evil is no freedom at all.  If American women are allowed to murder their own babies in the womb, what does that say to government officials, or corporate leaders - anyone in power?  It devalues life.  It devalues the human.  It says, "we as a nation do not care what we do to each other."  If mothers care nothing about their own babies, why would we expect politicians, who do not have even half the decency of mothers, to care about their citizens?  If we heap abuse on eachother and call that freedom, what kind of abuse can we expect from those in power?  Plenty of it.  That is precisely why freedom is so lacking in America, even while people deceive themselves into thinking they are free.  So what can we do to actually preserve freedom?  It must be based on morality, and morality can only come from God.  There must be specific language in the Constitution that speaks of God and the Bible.  And it must be required of every citizen to at least acknowledge God's existence.  That may seem extreme, and it would be extreme if not for a certain event.  Today that would be extreme.  But if God revealed Himself in some way, proving to all people beyond any doubt that He is here all around, then it would be very reasonable for a nation to require its citizens to acknowledge God.  In fact, anyone that would deny God's existence when it so obvious, could reasonably be put in a stray jacket.  It would be the same as a person proclaiming himself to be a chicken.  The only difference is, and the only reason some people will claim there is no God in spite of overwhelming evidence, is that sin nature compels people to deny God, while sin nature has no desire to proclaim itself a chicken.  I'll explain a little further in my next note.  Let it suffice for now, there must be additions to the Constitution, which clearly and unmistakably make God and the Bible the central basis for the entire nation.  That would be a major step in becoming a Christian republic.

There's one other thing I will mention.  A republic can turn into an oligarchy if a few become super wealthy.  Enough wealth translates into power in most forms of government.  And that is what has happened here in the US.  We have an oligarchy as much as we have a republic.  There are a relative few who own the media and the lobbyists, and they have such an incredible influence on the politicians in DC.  They then pass laws that benefit them at the expense of average Americans.  And everything gets mixed into a mountain of regulation, paper and legal wording, that the average American doesn't know where to begin unraveling it.  God gave Israel certain laws to prevent this kind of thing.  Its not that every Israeli had to be exactly equal to every other Israeli, but that the wealth of Israel would not become concentrated in the hands of a few.  Each family was given an inheritance, and their inheritance passed down from one generation to the next.  Every 49 years - the Year of Jubilee - the ownership of that inheritance reverted back to the family, regardless of anything.  They could "sell" the land, but only for the amount of years until the next Jubilee, so in effect they could only rent out the land.  This prevented Israel's land from being gathered up into the hands of a few.  Furthermore, when Israel neglected to follow these laws, the prophet Isaiah warned them, "Woe to those who join house to house, who add field to field."  Hoarding up possessions, especially the productive land which average Israelis depended on for livelihood, was something that God condemned.  And when we look at our nation today, we can see how it would benefit average Americans, and the nation as a whole, if we followed something similar to the laws given to Israel.  In other words, if there was some way to maintain a relative equality of ownership of America's productive property - factories, land, real-estate, etc.  I believe there's a really simple way to do that, and still have a large degree of economic freedom.  Establish a $5 million wealth cap.  If a person has a net worth exceeding $5 million, simply tax every dollars worth above the 5 million mark at a 100% rate.  The super wealthy would find some way of reducing their net worth, likely giving to charities and relatives.  And the resulting reduction in price for every kind of investment would give average Americans a wonderful opportunity to invest.  Over time it would benefit all Americans in a number of ways.  I may write somewhere else exactly what those benefits would be.  But for here, let me just say that this would be a way of establishing some relative equality of wealth and income.  Equality is a fundamental principle of a Christian republic.

In my next note I plan to speak of what I believe actually will happen.  What I believe the future holds, especially for the United States.

Friday, May 3, 2013

A Christian Republic

First let me address the question of whether a Christian republic makes sense at all.  Then I will get into the details of what a Christian republic would look like, and whether the United States could be a Christian republic. 

Jesus taught humility.  He turned the world upside-down.  He taught that the least are the greatest, and the greatest are the least.  In His sermon on the mount, He taught not to resist an evil person, not to judge, not to do anything for a show, but to simply be righteous before God.  He told His disciples to forgive, and to repay good for evil.  That if someone steals your cloak, give him your tunic also.  This was revolutionary, to say the least.  And it is the greatest teaching of all.  In light of this teaching, and other things written in the New Testament, its reasonable for a Christian to wonder whether Christians should be involved in government at all.  There is some level of force and coercion in government, no matter how innocent a particular system may be.  Is it humble to assume power?  Can a Christian live the sermon on the mount and be in a position of authority?  There is this difference between being someone of worldly influence and being one of Christ's sojourners on earth.  The former is bold and ambitious; they take power and act with strength.  The latter is meek and humble; they shy away from authority and just try to be good to people.  If there's going to actually be a Christian republic, it will require some combination of the two.  Is that possible?

First, it should be recognized that there will always be some form of government.  The idea of anarchy is absurd.  I have respect for Tolstoy - he is my favorite Christian anarchist - but he only makes sense in his own context.  Monarchies were at war with other monarchies in Europe, and Christians were killing other Christians in war.  The only reason for the killing was the monarchs themselves.  This caused Tolstoy to have a certain hatred for government in general, because he could see that governments were the only reason Christians were going to war against other Christians.  And of course it is a heinous and preposterous thing for a Christian to war against another Christian.  The crusaders could be praised compared to the monarchs of Europe's eighteenth century, because they went to war against Muslims, whereas the monarchs of the eighteenth century caused Christians to go to war against other Christians.  In that context, its very understandable that Tolstoy was an anarchist.  But that's not how the world is today, or much throughout history, and anarchy is simply not a reasonable position.  If anarchy were reasonable, there would actually be a society of happy anarchists in the world somewhere; but there's not.  So we must acknowledge that there will be some kind of government.  And its obvious that this government will have some impact on our lives, and the lives of others around us.  How do we as Christians balance being in the world, but not of it, and being the light of the world?  To be not of the world means to be different than the default evil of the world.  Ever since the first sin, evil has been the default of the world.  Unless God brings righteousness into the world, the world will be evil.  So unless God intervenes, the world will be evil.  To be the light of the world means to be the righteousness of God; in other words, the intervention that comes from God.  As this relates to politics, the default of politics will always be evil.  But politics does not have to be evil, if there is some intervention of righteousness.  The principalities of this world are generally evil, but if God intervenes in a certain principality, it will not be evil.  So it is not necessarily true, and Christians should not think so, that every government is evil and will always be evil.  To think that means that you assume that God will never intervene in the world.  Or that Christians will never shine the light of Christ in the world.

Christians should influence the world, I believe that is clear from reading the Bible.  That's what the Great Commission is designed to do.  But how should Christians influence the world, and what role should Christians play in the world?  Is it bottom up, or top down?  For the most part, it is bottom up.  Christians take the meek position of preacher, not the bold position of ruler.  We simply preach the kingdom of God, and humbly live it.  So that the main way we influence the world is through making disciples of all nations.  It doesn't come through new laws or new legislators.  It comes through preaching and teaching and setting the example.

A ground up influence is what Jesus taught.  But to what end?  Is it just making disciples?  If so, how many disciples will be made until some of them have to be in positions of worldly power?  In other words, is it not a ground up method of taking over the world?  Or at least it could be.  If God purposed that only a few would be true Christians for the entirety of the world's existence, then I suppose Christians would never take over the world.  But that doesn't seem to be the case now, since most of the people in the most powerful nations on earth profess some form of Christianity.  And prophecy tells us that the Church of Christ will take over the world.  The yeast (kingdom of God) works it way through the whole dough (world).  The gospel is preached in every corner of the earth.  The rock (church) grows into a mountain (kingdom of God) that fills the whole earth.  There's a number of places in the Bible where you can find this said or indicated.  If indeed Christianity will take over the world, then at some point the governments will reflect Christian ideology. 

The United States is probably the closest thing to a Christian republic the world has ever seen.  And yet its still very far from it.  A Christian republic does bring freedom to its citizens, because freedom is a Christian principle.  And the United States has brought much freedom to its citizens (except for its period of slavery, and various other things).  But a Christian republic is more than just freedom.  A republic represents the will of the public, so for any Christian republic to work, a majority of the public will at least have to profess Christianity.  The morals of Christianity would have to be engrained in the public.  At the center of that morality is a deep respect for the image of God, and a love for humanity.  We treasure freedom, but not so much that we allow murder to go unpunished, because we treasure life even more.  A secular revolution may fight for freedom and end with the guillotine, like the French Revolution.  No one wants that.  So the idea of freedom does have to be balanced.  We can tolerate a number of things, but if we tolerate some things, it can become intolerance.  For instance, if a nation tolerates violent extremists bent on toppling the order and oppressing the public, that's not really tolerance at all.  Its foolishness.  So to preserve freedom, there would have to be some level of intolerance.  There's many other details to get into, regarding the exact nature of a Christian republic.  The point here is that there are a number of principles and morals involved; freedom is one of them, but it is not the most important.

There's a difference between legislating morality and moral legislation.  It has everything to do with what comes first.  Morality should come first.  If anyone thinks that morality can be legislated, he's fooling himself.  Morality is something in a person, and it cannot come from legislation.  But moral legislation can come from moral people.  In other words, it does work when morality comes first.  It does work when the legislators are moral, and they seek to make moral and just laws.  If they seek to make a moral and just society with laws, they will fail.  But they can succeed in governing with morality and justice, if they themselves are moral.  What do I mean?  If the society is immoral, it really doesn't matter what the laws are, the society is lost.  So in this whole discussion about what a Christian republic is, the first key is that the public is generally Christian, and genuinely Christian.  If half of the public is genuinely Christian and truly lives by the Bible, the other half can be restrained by the law.  But if more than half of the public does not live by the Bible, the law will have no effect.  That's besides the fact that the legislators will be elected by the public, and an immoral public will elect immoral legislators, who in turn make immoral laws.  The best that can happen is for half the public to be truly moral, and the other immoral half to be restrained by fear of law.  The law will not make them moral, since evil resides in the heart even when its not acted upon, but the law can restrain their wicked hearts, so that the wickedness is only in the heart.

Equality is another Christian principle.  Not that everyone should be on exactly the same level, either in honors or riches, but that the disparity between lowest and highest is not so great.  In other words, everyone should be reasonably fed and clothed, while no one spends ridiculous sums on cars and palace estates.  Each person should look out for his neighbor.  This mostly happens with individuals, communities, churches, etc.  Its not the duty of the government, even a Christian government, to feed and clothe every one of its citizens.  But it can make laws and provisions to foster that sort of thing.  It can set a wealth cap to prevent hoarding.  It can make laws to bring justice to the oppressed.  And a number of other details.

The United States is far from being a Christian republic.  Its barely a Christian nation currently.  Too much worship is given to freedom and not enough respect given to life.  Too much emphasis is put on wealth.  If things were to continue as they are today, the US would become utterly corrupt and ultimately ruined.  If the nation were to return to the good things present in its roots, that would be an improvement.  It would not be a Christian republic, but as I said previously, its probably the closest to a Christian republic the world has ever seen.  In my next note I hope to lay out some things that would transform the US from a secular republic into a Christian republic.


About Me

Unimpressive in person. But always praying that these letters I write will be weighty and forceful. I serve the Almighty as a servant of Christ. I strive to conquer hearts and minds with the word of God. I am nothing, but the Holy Spirit living inside me is omnipotent. By Him I can run and not grow weary, or walk and not be faint. All glory and honor be to God and to Jesus the Christ.