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God and the Nation – Ven. Ifechukwu U. Ibeme

GOD AND THE NATIONS
Psa 22:28
(28) For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.

Dan 4:17b
(17) …. that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will, and sets up over it the lowliest of men.

Prophets know that God raises kings and dynasties, regimes and authorities to positions of power (with their government apparati of judiciary, executive, legislature, security and military) over cities, nations, empires and civilizations, as means of MERCY or JUDGMENT on the peoples who live in them and as accountable STEWARDSHIP for those raised to authority.. But Politicians and the people ignorantly see positions of power as favour and benefit but not as accountable stewardship. Even the Gentile Church has robust theology of unmerited Salvation but lacks a robust theology of accountable Stewardship.

Politicians and the world seek authority and power in order to lord-it-over the people, instead of being servants and examples to them (Mat 20:25-26; Mark 9:42-43; Luk 22:25-26; 1Pet 5:3). But true Prophets and the true Church perceive the politicians in power as being raised by God in order to bring God’s kindness and deliverance, or bring God’s judgment and punishment upon the people.

From the prophetic records of the Kings of Israel documented in the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, it is obvious that what matters for a people and their political princes is whether they are either being JUDGED FOR DECADENCE and evil before God (2Chron 36:3, 12) or being JUSTIFIED FOR DEDICATION and goodliness before God (2Kin 16:2).

God judges all nations for injustice (Jona 1:2; 3:1-10) and also judges all His covenant people for unfaithfulness to His covenants (Judg 3:5-10). Therefore, prayers and prophecies about cities, nations, empires and civilizations by the spiritually minded should not be diverted by political thinking about human victory or defeat, but by spiritual thinking about Divine reprobation or approbation, damnation or deliverance for their personal penchant and popular policies.

In the prophetic and spiritual realms, WHAT things that will happen is not as important as WHY things will happen – whatever will happens, happens for a reason – not merely because of WHAT people want to gain or lose, but mainly WHY God is pleased or displeased to curse or bless, punish or pardon, damn or deliver.

One immutable truth which is often missed or misunderstood is that God is the ultimate Sovereign, and so all powers and authorities belong to Him and are reserved for Him (1Chron 29:11; Psa 99:1; Dan 4:3, 17, 25, 32-35; Rev 4:11; 5:13; 7:12; 11:15; 19:1b).

It is also fact that cities and nations and empires and civilizations of peoples dedicate themselves to idol-gods, or spirit-princes upon which basis God deals with them either kindly of harshly.

Even though heathen Peoples or Gentiles regard their cities, nations, empires and civilizations as belonging to idol-gods and spirit-princes which they worship at national altars or war against during international battles (2Chron 32:13-17), yet they paradoxically regard positions of power as personal opportunity to dominate and oppress others (Mat 20:25-26; Mark 9:42-43; Luk 22:25-26).

*There are SEVEN TRUTHS to know about God’s dealings with the nations*

1. God rules and vetoes in all affairs of all peoples (Dan 4:17, 25, 32); and all princes or kings or dignitaries in State authority are His agents of social restraint and retribution (Rom 13:1-7; 1Tim 2:1-3; 1Pet 2:13-17). Unlike the ministers of the Sanctuary and the Church, they are not necessarily equipped as agents of spiritual regeneration and revival.

2. God uses vibrant PREACHERS to get people out of sin, veritable TEACHERS to get people out of error, but uses valiant DELIVERERS to get people out of slavery.

3. To His prophets, God reveals His sure plan (what), and purpose (why), according to His secret counsel (Job 15:8; Jer 23:18); but prognostication and divination see to fabricate and and speculate soothing guesses without godly goals (Jer 14:14; 23:16-22), while the people imagine and scheme their vain plans and purposes (Psa 2) regardless of God’s.

4. God appointed the nations and populations with boundaries and leaders for social contract of justice and equity, peace and harmony (Act 17:26). He additionally appoints His people by divine covenant for pious faithfulness and godliness (Exo 19:5-6; 1Pet 2:9). Contravening the social contract of justice or violating the divine covenant of piety, would attract divine righteous judgment which abates when amends are made.

5. God uses nations as His instruments. Some instruments are disposable or dischargeable but others are re-usable: some for destruction, others for restoration. God used Israel as Apple of the Eye (Deut 32:10; Zec 2:8) but punished it for unfaithfulness (Ezek 23:22-26; 46-47) and ignorance (Hos 4:6). God used Assyria as Rod of Anger (Isa 10:5) but punished it for arrogance (Isa 10:12-13). God also used Babylon as Battle Axe (Jer 51:20) but punished it for wickedness (Jer 51:24).

6. God justifies nations to give them (or because of) good leaders, but judges nations to give them (or because of) bad leaders.

7. God brings deliverance when the people REPENT toward Him, but brings destruction when the people REBEL against Him.

@Ifechukwu U. Ibeme

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