Sheepdog 109: The Nations (ethnos) of biblical geopolitics
Nation generally refers to the ethnos (people), and state generally refers to the regime. A nation-state is the combination of both into a viable country. Ethnoreligious conflict is a common source of civil wars and civil massacres. At its strongest, a regional power can expand (population and land-resources) and became a great power, and may become an empire and even a superpower. Presently, I estimate that there are about 3 superpowers and they are America, China and Russia.
Vietnam remains a strong regional power, and they sometimes clash with China. They had a recent small flash skirmish, this year. America started a war to conquer Ukraine, which is a direct and grave threat to the Russians.
The goal of statecraft is regime survival. This post could be called biblical geopolitics, and it draws from my education (BA) magna cum laude in Government and International Relations (similar to political science, although substantively more legitimate).
There is a good story and quote of Danny Haiphong and it mirrors much of how I came to feel about my degree, although only close to the end or afterwards. He notes that “I majored in social work. I chose to major in social work because there was little else offered that I could relate to personally and politically. Most courses and majors prepared students ideologically and professionally to manage the affairs of US imperialism. By the time I had to declare a major, I was more interested in plotting and planning how to destroy this system rather then learning how to manage its affairs. It did not take very long in the social work program for me to realize social work’s historical and political function within the US imperialist system.”
I was graduating near the time that Wall Street crashed the economy (again) in 2008. It was brazen and clear to me that bailouts are not how republican democracy was meant to work. I even realized that this was a matter of anti-constitutional lawlessness. Then I realized, oh, it’s been like that for awhile, and almost nobody cares.
At that time (2010), I was a libertarian and agnostic-depressive. Over four years I became more libertarian and more conservative. At the start of 2014 I became an agnostic-optimist of generic spirituality (namely, an epiphany of random self-love) for the first time in my life. The lifetime dysthmic-type depression seemed to evaporate just like that, and by the end of that year (about 11 months later) I received the Holy Ghost of God.
Why do the nations fight? Why not! There is much at stake, and the outcomes are generational.
Brian Orend wrote with Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy “For now, we note how central the issue of statehood is to the essence of warfare. Indeed, it seems that all warfare is precisely, and ultimately, about governance. War is a violent way for determining who gets to say what goes on in a given territory, for example, regarding: who gets power, who gets wealth and resources, whose ideals prevail, who is a member and who is not, which laws get made, what gets taught in schools, where the border rests, how much tax is levied, and so on. War is the ultimate means for deciding these issues if a peaceful process or resolution can’t be agreed upon.”
The nations are like the cast and crew, the dramatis personae of major international events. I will only be able to cover so much ground within this space, so my focus is on Israel, UK, and US. What follows is one the foremost pledges and key promises. The prophecy was given to Abraham by God. The prophecy here will be a major plot point and storyline through the whole Bible, Genesis through Revelation. That is prophetic fulfillment.
15 And the angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
This prophecy explains why Israel and the Israeli people are so tough. First they were enslaved by Egyptians. Then they escaped via miraculous events, and built up to a brief golden age (King David and King Solomon) that may credibly be called the United Kingdom of Israel. Then the kingdom divided into civil war and some racial divergence (Israel and Judaea) and the two nations even fought wars against each other at times (Book of Kings period). Israel was conquered and deported by Assyrian Empire. Judaea was shortly thereafter conquered and deported by Babylonian Empire. They haven’t had a united kingdom since Solomon, and they won’t get one until their Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ, returns at the Glorious Appearing.
Israel did have a nation-state revival (restoration) in 1947-1948, and that was unprecedented for about ~1900 years prior. This event and the re-conquest of Jerusalem in 1967 are two key prophecies that show us closer to the final doomsdays. The stars and sands (billions) prophecy describes a covenant that is both biophysical and spiritual. Dr. Bob Thiel notes that “Note: The birthright, while conferring physical blessings, does NOT mean that only those who are of physical Israel can be saved. I, myself, am not a physical Israelite” and cites Revelation 7:9-10 that salvation is equal opportunity to people of nations, ethnos, tribes, and races.
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
The evidence suggests that the Israeli people are more populous globally than most people realize, including British Israelis and Anglo-American Israelis. It’s important to realize that all Jews are Israelis, but not all Israelis are Jews (Israel-Judaea divided kingdom). This relationship and the prophecies describing the Israeli people and Jewish people are of key interest for watchmen. Most of the arguments against the evidence for global Israelis are primarily anti-theistc and anti-christian in their agenda and writings, occurring during the same era of secular onslaught that was evolutionary thought and industry. Evolutionism is more of a philosophy, not a real science.
Got Questions posits “British Israelism (and other forms of Israelism) should be rejected because it does not have a solid basis biblically or historically.” I’m not so sure, and the biblical evidence for how this all fits together within the flow of Scripture and history is compelling. Its important to reason that this theory is demonized greatly by elitist cultures. It was propagandized, I think, by British and royalist elites who worship radical deism, which is related to a higher power elite religion that is mainly Luciferian theism. One reason why it would be scandalous is that it is offensive to Zionist Judaism, who are mighty among the power elite.
There are certain minimal facts that are biblical, and I may build a case of those later. Dr. Thiel adds “The Bible shows that there were prophecies given in the Book of Genesis and elsewhere related to all the tribes of Israel. These prophecies were NOT fulfilled prior to Jesus’ first coming, thus since “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35), they must have had a fulfillment in the last days or in days soon to come. Those who teach otherwise are clearly ignoring the Bible and the reality of recorded history. Understanding the identity of these peoples helps people to better understand the Bible as well as other prophecies still to be fulfilled.”
If you want to read more, Dr. Thiel continues this thread at cogwriter.com
Jesus reminds us that there will be world wars, regional wars, civil wars, and civil massacres.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
The UK/US war and peace paradigm is a very intriguing thread that I will have to work up later. I prefer to end on a more joyous note. I love the next two lines of the verses from Rev 7 that show the great multitude in Heaven. Christians are reminded that this world is not our home.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
Research and Resources:
William Lane Craig http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-revolution-in-anglo-american-philosophy
Music Video: Guy Penrod ~ When Love Was Slain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8Qbw8k9cxE
J.H. Allen: Judah’s Sceptre and Joseph’s Birthright: An Analysis of the Prophecies of Scripture in Regard to the Royal Family of Judah and the Many Nations of Israel 
Alexander Hislop ~ The Two Babylons 
F. Tupper Saussy ~ Rulers of Evil: Useful Knowledge about Governing Bodies  (shorthand as the Rulership of Evil)