50) One Nation Under God

Part of the problem with understanding the Bible, I’m sorry to say, is that the church experience typically isolates Old Testament “Bible stories” in Sunday School – Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Noah and the Ark, The Tower of Babel, Abraham Offers Isaac, and so on. If we take everything recorded in the Bible as a coherent historical record we will understand so much more of God’s entire message to us.

The account of the Flood in Genesis 9 wraps up with a database of Noah’s key descendants in Genesis 10. When the narrative resumes “stories”, the spotlight is on tyrant Nimrod, the grandson of Ham.

It is a given that under any tyrant’s rule there are refugees fleeing war, genocide, slavery, and displacement from prized territories.

We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

An unprecedented  68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also an estimated 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement…nearly 1 person is forcibly displaced every two seconds as a result of conflict or persecution…

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(Christian Armenians on a death march during the Islamic Ottoman genocide.)

Those who don’t understand the absolute necessity of belonging to a nation haven’t grasped the dire consequences of not belonging to a state.

The pogroms by medieval European states were possible because the Jews were not citizens of, therefore not under the protection of, the state. The Holocaust of 6 million Jews occurred because they were stateless, unprotected by Germany’s laws, and unable to obtain access to another country’s protection through immigration.

Hannah Arendt is considered one of the most important modern thinkers. She spent her entire life critically discussing statelessness as a core concern of human rights and international politics…Her book The Origins of Totalitarianism is a fundamental reference…

Arendt wrote about the refugee crisis during World War II in a brief essay entitled, “We Refugees.” …In 1993…the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben reflected on Arendt’s essay within the context of his time…Arendt’s argument that statelessness is a consequence of the modern nation-state forms the backbone of much of Agamben’s powerful critique of sovereignty. The political and legal structure of the nation-state based on the rights of…citizen excludes those who are not citizens. The exclusion of the stateless, as we witness today, results in the administration of the excluded by national agencies, smugglers, strangers, charities, international organizations and, most tellingly, the police. Agamben is, of course, right. “We Refugees” needs to be read in the context of Arendt’s…The Origins of Totalitarianism.

Now that we have realigned our Sunday School coloring book images with the reality of human nature, let’s examine the line of Melchizedek Shem as the mass of humanity scattered into nations at the Tower of Babel.

“And God…said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion…”  (Genesis 1:26-28)

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the LordThou…didst set him over the works of thy hands:” (Letter to the Hebrews 2:3-7)

Part of the great salvation we should not neglect is the protection and resources available though membership in a nation whose prime directive is to “...provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity….

So while Nimrod is obviously a highly significant individual, we shouldn’t let him distract us from the presentation of the main character. That would be God’s Anointed Son, Seed of the Woman in the order of Melchizedek, Father / Leader of those who remain loyal to Creator God. 

Look closer at Genesis 10 with this concept in mind. After listing all of Ham’s fierce descendants grouped into nations according to their gods, without pausing for a breath we read “Unto Shem also…” nimrod-soup

The literary account is subtle, even offhand, as if God expresses through a grammatical shrug that he is not impressed with the terrifying army assembled against his small group of faithful followers.

“These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations. Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber…were children born.” (Genesis 10:6-21)

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This literary clue is repeated in Genesis 11, where once again we see the narrative contrasts the rebel nations under Hamite Nimrod with the faithful order of Melchizedek without missing a beat.

“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one…and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do…Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because…from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. These are the generations of Shem..:” (Genesis 11:6-10)

We know that not all of Shem’s offspring followed “the LORD God of Shem” (Genesis 9:26). They broke into nations such as Akkad and Assyria headed by their patron gods and goddesses.

Therefore Shem’s national identity is expressly identified as “the father of the children of Eber.” In other words, the Eber clan, AKA the Hebrews, was the one nation ruled by YHVH, Creator Singularity and his human vicar Melchizedek Shem

The timeline provided by the genealogical record from Shem to Abram informs us that everyone listed in Genesis 11-12 program was alive and active at the same time, and the backdrop to Eber’s role in history falls into place.  

Eber was born about 200 years after the flood. He was the last of the long-lived ancestors, living 464 yrs until 1817 BC. He outlived his great grandfather Shem, and died during Abraham’s lifetime.

AM BC Birth / Event

Death

0 -4004 Death imposed, calendar begins
930 -3074 Adam aged 930 yrs
1000
1056 -2948 1st generation: Noah born, lives 950 yrs
1100
1200
1300
1400
1500
1558 -2446 2nd generation: Shem born, lives 610 yrs
Approximate same for Ham & Japheth
1600
1656 -2348 The Flood 
1658 -2346 3rd gen: Arphaxad born, lives 438 yrs
Approximate same for brother Assur
Approximate same for 1st cousin Cush son of Ham, lives ~ 430 yrs
1693 -2311 4th gen: Shelah born, lives 433 yrs
1700
1723 -2281 5th gen Eber born, lives 464 yrs
1734 -2270 Historic Sargon begins rule per short chronology, but exact dates unknown
1757 -2247 Peleg born, lives 239 yrs
1787 -2217 Reu born, lives 239 yrs
1789 -2215 Sargon overthrown after 55 yr reign
1800
1819 -2185 Serug born lives 230 yrs
1849 -2155 Nahor born lives 148 years
1878 -2126 Terah born lives 205 years
4th gen Nimrod born, lifespan ~400 yrs
1900 -2086 Nimrod reigns at ~40 yrs old, Tower of Babel begins shortly after
1948 -2056 Abram born, lives 175 yrs
1978 -2020 Tower of Babylon construction stops about now as workforce breaks up
1996 -2008 By now division of physical earth by aftershocks expedited separation of nations Peleg
1997 -2007 Nahor
2000
2006 -1998 Shem moves from cave to Mount Zion? Noah
2018 -1986 Abram age 70 leaves Ur fleeing Nimrod
2026 -1978 Reu
2048 -1956 Sodom & Gomorrah – Nimrod still alive new name of Amraphel to glorify him
2048 -1956 Isaac born, lives 180 years Serug
2087 -1921 Terah
2096 -1908 Arphaxad, approx for Assur & Cush
2100
2108 -1896 Jacob & Esau born, Jacob lives 147 years
2123 -1881 Abraham
2126 -1876 Shelah
2148 -1856 Esau kills Nimrod per Jewish legend Approximate for Nimrod
2158 -1846 Shem, approx. for Ham
2187 -1817 Eber
2199 -1805 Joseph born, lives 110 years
2200
2216 -1788 Joseph to Egypt
2228 -1776 Isaac
2235 -1769 Amram son of  Kohoth son of Levi born
2238 -1766 Jacob & Family to Egypt
2255 -1749 Jacob
2309 -1695 Moses son of Amram born
2300
2319 -1685 Joseph, end of Genesis
2389 -1615 The Exodus under Moses aged 80

Remember that in ancient times “a child became a son or daughter not primarily by the fact of physical generation but rather through acknowledgement or election by the father...The perfect son then is the incarnation and extension of his father’s will and character, and he points to his father, not to himself.”

Eber was the first scion / offshoot who could be acknowledged by Shem as being in his likeness and capable of carrying out his righteous legacy.

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Eber is the head of the only nation left standing against 69 demonically empowered dogs of war.

rydernichollssemitic.pngEber is identified ethnically and linguistically as the founder and patriarch of the Hebrew nation. Cultural historians confirm the biblical account that the Hebrew nation was the only godly nation to come out of Babylon.

“The most distinct and long-lasting elements of ancient Hebrew civilization lay not in its architectural, artistic or diplomatic contributions but in the focus of the people as a monotheistic God who was radically different from the gods worshipped by most ancient peoples.” Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant

“Little is known about the oldest eras of ancient Hebrew civilization because the culture was nomadic.”

And that would be because they were running for their lives.

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” (Revelation 12:13-15)

While that quote may be attributed to a specific historic event, there is no question that patterns of behaviors occur throughout the Bible.

Eber’s nation is the one nation the LORD God reserved to harbor his Chosen One / Christ when he turned all the rest over to the gods they chose to serve. This nation is the classic “reserved remnant” God always keeps in a hostile and wicked world. As much as the following passage applies in history to the nation of Israel in 2000 AD and 50 AD and 850 BC it applies to the handful of faithful believers in 2000 BC.

I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid...Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God…saying…I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also [as in the past] there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” (Romans 11:1-5)

How does God reserve to himself? The same way as during Elias’ / Elijah’s era – supernatural protection against all odds of believers who trust in him in the face of death.

We deduce therefore that the Hebrew nation is the nation ruled by The Order of Melchizedek. This deduction is confirmed by historians.

Hebrew (and Jewish) contribution was not of a material nature. There was no unique technology, tool, architecture, art, pottery technique or even alphabet unique to Hebrews. The contribution was…ideological.

For starters, Hebrews…developed monotheism. [I would say preserved.] 

But Monotheism is not just a quantitative issue (believing in one God as opposed to many). Hebrew monotheism separated humans from nature – by believing that God created humans in His image and made it ontologically different from other animals. That allows for a completely different relation of humans to their environment – it gives a theological justification for humans to lord over nature. [This author obviously doesn’t give credence to the biblical record, as biblical intention of dominion is expressly not lording over.]

The “ethical monotheism” of the ancient Hebrews also established the equality of all men – in that they are all created in God’s image. When the American Declaration of Independence talks about “all men are created equal” it’s referring to that Hebrew concept. No wonder that Martin Luther King used biblical references all the time.

By creating the notion of a transcendental God, it also creates the idea of a supreme and transcendant moral reference: meaning, Good and Bad become absolute terms, and not what society or the king says it is, but what God says it is. That develops a moral conscience and a moral aspiration.

The ancient Hebrews also had – and gave to us – a different idea of time. For the pagan world, time was eternal or cyclical, for Hebrews is sequential. That opens a new different way of thinking about the future.

In sum, much of the way in which we think today derives from the ancient Hebrews, much of the religious landscape of the world as well and much of the ideas of liberal democracy are rooted in the Hebrews as well (Hebrew theology and Greek methodology).

Since Eber lived as long as his father, it is unlikely that Eber was martyred under Nimrod. Instead, the logical explanation is that he was out of reach of the record-keepers.

Names are meaningful. Names define attributes. Eber’s name means “regions beyond”. Pretty persuasive argument that, like Paul, Eber was a missionary, constantly traveling to spread the Gospel to the migrating heathen nations.

“For the [Old Testament] scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed…the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him….

  • For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 
  • How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
  • and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
  • and how shall they hear without a preacher?…as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” (Romans 10:11-18)

Long before there was a nation of Israel the Hebrews are defined as the people of the LORD God.

When Joseph was in Egypt, before Jacob / Israel’s sons coalesced into a unit, but rather were falling apart (Gen 34, 37, 38, 49), the Egyptians were interacting with Hebrews who were not part of Israel’s family.  This is demonstrated by the description of long-established religious practices distinguishing the Egyptians from the Hebrews before the Egyptians knew they were interacting with Joseph’s family.

“his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused and said…how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?…she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us…” (Genesis 39:11-14)

“And they set on for him by himself, and for them by themselves, and for the Egyptians, which did eat wth him, by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination unto the Egyptians.” (Genesis 43:32)

And Joseph said unto him…make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews:” (Genesis 40:12-15)

In context here while Joseph is including his family as Hebrews, he is not defining his family as the only Hebrews. The family of Israel became a subset of the nation of the Hebrews, just like the twelve tribes were subsets of the nation of Israel.

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Jews from Judah who belong to larger group of
Israelites from Israel/Jacob who belong to larger group of
Hebrews from Ever

Paul’s self-identification on all three levels confirms that there is a religious significance which  is important enough for Paul to brag about. 

“of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews.” (Philippians 3:5-6)

After Shem, God chose Abraham to inherit the role of Melchizedek at his capitol on earth – Jerusalem.

And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee…Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made theeand kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” (Genesis 17:3-7)

The clear reading of this passage is that many nations will follow in the footsteps of Father Abraham – in the unmistakeable meaning of Priest(King) Father of Abraham’s God. And so says Paul.

“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of AbrahamGod…preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham…” (Galatians 3:6-9)

Yes, I know that Paul goes on to narrow the “seed” to Isaac on down to Jesus Christ, but that is just one point he is making. It does not cancel out the main point Paul is making in his day that all nations – not just the Jews – are included under Abraham’s Priesthood leading the way to salvation. Before the flood there weren’t a multiplicity of nations, it was late in Shem’s stint as Melchizedek that the single mass of humanity was shattered into multiple nations, and it was left to Eber and Abraham to lead them back into one nation under God.

For such a key figure in the grand scheme of things, Eber is barely mentioned in the Bible, while his ancestor Shem then his descendant Abraham are documented as the Priest-King of the children-followers of Eber’s God. Why is Eber’s life story omitted from the Bible?

Since Eber lived as long as his father, it is unlikely that Eber was martyred under Nimrod. Instead, the logical explanation is that he was out of reach of the record-keepers.

Eber’s name means “regions beyond”. Pretty persuasive argument that, like Paul, Eber was a missionary, constantly traveling to spread the Gospel to the migrating heathen nations.

“For the [Old Testament] scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed…the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him….

  • How shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
  • and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
  • and how shall they hear without a preacher?…as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Have they not heard? Yes, verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” (Romans 10:11-18)

Meso- and South American mythology is just one of hundreds of ancient world-wide cultural legends which supports this hypothesis. This is most easily recognized when the elements that are obviously limited to that nation’s environmental and cultural understanding are redacted, along with the blurring of the identity of the true God with the Usurper over time.

In the beginning, all was darkness and nothing existed. Viracocha the Creator came forth from the watersof Lake Titicaca[the sea of space] and created the land and the sky [on Evening 1] before returning to the lake [darkness was upon the face of the deep during adversarial actions on Night 1). He also created a race of people – in some versions of the story they were giants / powerful immortals [aka angels]. [Some of ]These people and their leaders displeased Viracocha, so he came out of the lake again and flooded the world to destroy them. He also turned some of the men into stones. Then Viracocha created the Sun, Moon and stars on Day five.

Then Viracocha made men to populate the different areas and regions of the world…The Inca referred to the first men / angels as Vari Viracocharuna / Variation of Viracocha [same likeness, split off from the Singularity]. Viracocha then created another group of men, also called viracochas / [Same name as his – not just “like God” but exactly sons of God because made in his exact identity and delegated his exact uniquely identifying characteristic of dominion over the earth.]

Viracocha…sent one to the east to the region called Andesuyo and the other to the west to Condesuyo. Their mission, like the other viracochas, was as prophets and seers to awaken the people and tell them their histories past, purest and futurehe went to the province of Cacha and awoke opened the eyes of the Canas people… They attacked him and he made it rain fire upon a nearby mountain. The Canas threw themselves at his feet and he forgave them.

Viracocha continued to Urcos, where he sat on the high mountainThen Viracocha founded the city of Cuzco…Once that was done, he walked to the sea, awakening people as he went. When he reached the ocean, the other viracochas were waiting for him.Together they walked off across the ocean after giving his people one last word of advice: beware of false men who would come and claim that they were the returned [viracochas , sons of God].

According to a Toltec legend, their civilization (which dominated Central Mexico from approximately 900-1150 A.D.) was founded by a great hero, Ce Acatl Topiltzín Quetzalcoatl. According to Toltec and Maya accounts, Ce Acatl Topiltzín Quetzalcoatl lived in Tula for a while before a dispute with the warrior class over human sacrifice led to his departure. He headed east, eventually settling in Chichen Itza. The God Quetzalcoatl definitely has a link of some sort to this hero. It may be that the historical Ce Acatl Topiltzín Quetzalcoatl was deified into Quetzalcoatl the god…

In their mythology, the world was periodically destroyed and rebuilt by the gods. Each age of the world was given a new sun / Light, and the world was on its Fifth Sun / Light, having been destroyed four times previously. [This is consistent with this writer’s interpretation of Genesis 1 as discussed in the post Days of Thunder.]

In another legend, still told in Mexico, Quetzalcoatl was feeling ill. His brother Tezcatlipoca, who wanted to be rid of Quetzalcoatl, came up with a clever plan. Drunkenness was forbidden, so Tezcatlipoca disguised himself as a medicine man and offered Quetzalcoatl alcohol disguised as a medicinal potion. Quetzalcoatl drank it, became intoxicated and committed incest. [This is consistent with Noah’s intoxication experience with taboo sexual exposure.]

Historians have explored possible pre-columbian contact between the Old and New Worlds...

The translation of Quetzalcoatl means…feathered serpent. [Consistent with the biblical seraphim, described elsewhere in this blog.] This point is interesting in that he very rarely appears in this form…

Another manifestation of Quetzalcoatl is that of the wind / spirit...The wind is a powerful force..

Another of Quetzalcoatl’s associate forms is the Morning star…In this form he battles the stars that overwhelm the sun at night and as the last star visible before the sun rises he has defeated the stars that seek to destroy the sun (Brundage 110). Ce Actal is also in competition with the sun who eventually overwhelms and destroys him to resume his place in the daytime sky. This is one of the most difficult concepts to grasp in relation to Quetzalcoatl and I have only brought it up here to illustrate the complex nature of the god and his relations to Aztec mythology. [This is easily understood as the Seed of the Serpent’s determination to assume the identity of the Seed of the Woman.]

…however the most famous…expression is that of the high priest Topiltzin. This form is the only one in which he is truly human and it is from this form that he is said to have transformed into all the other manifestations that were previously discussed.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

Job’s address as the land of” Uz” (Job 1:1), one of Shem’s grandsons, his herding lifestyle in what soon became a heavily urbanized area, his experience with the pre-urbanized raiding Chaldeans, and his long lifespan estimated at about 200 years dates him as living during the formative stages of post-flood civilization. He was not an Israelite. He undoubtedly crossed paths with Shem and Eber, possibly with Abraham who lived 175 years during this same time frame.

Job proves to us that the way of salvation in ancient times under “their” Melchizedek was exactly the same as that known to us under the terms of “our” Melchizedek – repentance and profession of faith in the promised Redeemer.

IMG_3677“Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! [As a sure testimony in the day of judgment.] That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! [As was Cyrus the Great’s last words.] For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God [resurrection]: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me…Then Job answered the LORD and saidI have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent...” (Job 19:23-27)

King’s dominion

  • which was given by God to the first Adam through a verbal covenant
  • was not made a reality until
  • the last Adam sealed the deal by taking dominion.

“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.” (Revelation 1:5-6)

Jesus Christ’s Melchizedekian lineage is documented in Matthew 1, beginning with Abraham, the first  “Hebrew” High Priest/King following the pre-flood, so pre-nationalistic, Shem.

Isaac was appointed over Ishmael to be the next Melchizedek.

“And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said…And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him…and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac.” (Genesis 17:18-21)

Jacob was appointed over Esau.

“And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he…said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am. And he said…Therefore…Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.” Genesis 27:24-33)

Joseph was appointed over his ten older brothers.

“And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren…we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us?” (Genesis 37:5-11)

Yes, and more than just the children of Israel. Over all the earth.

“God…hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt…(Genesis 45:8)

Wait a minute! Matthew lists Judah as the next. True. Joseph and others were interim Melchizedeks while Judah and his heirs were disqualified for ten generations.

“A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord.”

As detailed in a previous post, in ancient times a bastard was not one born to parents who weren’t married. A bastard was born of incest. In an account as fraught with drama and tension and surprise twists as the best novels, Tamar claims her right to have children by playing the whore and tricking her father-in-law, Judah into having sex with her. Judah does the right thing by her,

And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more.” (Genesis 38:26)

And here is where Judah’s actions prove that repentance is key to acceptance by God, NOT adherence to a list of dos and don’t. Over our lifetimes we are guaranteed to fail, to engage in sins of omission and commission. We have a lifetime to experience the harm we cause to ourselves and others, be sorry for it, and enter into a relationship with Almighty God who empowers us to convert not just our behavior but our attitude, motives, desires, and actions by identifying with him.

Paul’s claim to be an Hebrew, and a consummate one at that, confirms that there is a religious significance to this identification, which precedes and is separate from the Israelite national identification, and is important enough for Paul to brag about. 

“of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews.” (Philippians 3:5-6)

concentriccircles.jpgJews from Judah who belong to larger group of
Israelites from Israel/Jacob who belong to larger group of
Hebrews from Ever

Christ’s Hebrew United Nations is the rival to Antichrist’s United Nations

The fundamental similarity is easily recognized by their charters, which is “To maintain international peace and security…solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all.”

The fundamental difference is easily recognized by the means by which they go about to achieve peace.

  • Antichrists’ United Nations [dys]functions by politically shifting alliances of a constantly changing membership with competing agendas and  arbitrarily assigned identifications making biased rulings / laws. 
    • “Since the end of WWII, the U.S. has been the central player in the international system, leading in the creation of new international organizations like the United NationsNATO, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.Those days are gone.
    • The power shifts are increasingly visible.
      • Iran is and will remain an increasingly assertive and influential power in the region..
      • The Russians are in the Middle East region for good, building on their long-standing relationship with the family of Syria’s dictator.
      • Turkey, a rising regional power, acts increasingly independent of the preferences of the U.S., its NATO ally, playing its own hand in the regional power game.
      • The U.S. helped unleash these trends with the strategically fatal invasion of Iraq in 2003 – fatal, because it permanently removed a regional leader who balanced the power of Iran…
      • China now plays almost as powerful a role in the global economy as the U.S…China is spreading its political and economic influence into Africa and Latin America. The U.S. cannot slow Chinese economic growth nor contain its power. China is changing the rules, whether the U.S. likes it or not.
      • Japan moves toward a renewed nationalism and has removed restrictions on its defense spending and the deployment of its military in the face of growing Chinese power…
      • The prospect of a unified Korea would bring into being another major regional power center in the Northern Pacific.
      • Russia is rebuilding its militarythreatening its near neighbors and actively engaging in the Middle East. Russia is consciously and actively rebalancing the power of the United States, with some success.
      • While the U.S. continues to have the world’s only global military capability, able to deploy anywhere, it is no longer evident that this capability effectively sustains U.S. leadership. Clear military victories are few..
    • The UN increased from 51 primarily developed countries in 1945 to 195, most of them under- or un-developed, in 2011, including Palestine and the Vatican as member states although neither are countries. These have vastly different perspectives and competing goals.
    • In 2018, the U.N. General Assembly passed 21 resolutions condemning Israel, and a mere six for the rest of the world, according to U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based NGO that monitors the international body. Israel, a democracy, was condemned seven times more than the brutal North Korean dictatorship, which still runs gulags and was the subject of a mere 3 resolutions. Indeed, just on Nov. 15, 2018 the General Assembly adopted nine resolutions against Israel – all while ignoring human rights situations in China, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Turkey and Pakistan, for example…the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) documented in a Nov. 9, 2018 Jerusalem Post Op-Ed, the U.N. has created an “institutional infrastructure” for the sole purpose of attacking the Jewish state.Most infamously, on Nov. 10, 1975 the U.N. General Assembly passed Resolution 3379, which equated Zionism – the belief in Jewish self-determination – with racism…[while creating] the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), which works feverishly to delegitimize Israel…The U.N. has even created two different agencies for dealing with refugees…the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), is exclusively for Palestinians. All other refugee populations in the world fall under the jurisdiction of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which, despite dealing with six times as many refugees as UNRWA, has only a quarter of the staff.UNRWA…has a separate definition of “refugee” just for Palestinians (which includes people who are generations removed from the conflict and people who are citizens of other nations)…the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has sought to strip Jewish holy sites in Israel of their Jewish identity by declaring them “occupied” and denying their history…In 1967, Egypt’s then-ruler, Gamal Abdel Nassar, requested that the U.N. remove a peacekeeping force on the Israel-Egypt armistice line. Nasser was obviously planning to attack the Jewish state. Yet the U.N. complied, helping to precipitate the war that followed.

Christ’s many nations are truly united in one nation / family under God

  • For the law…can never…make the comers thereunto perfect.
  • Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith…I come to do thy will, O God.
  • For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
  • I...put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds…And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
  • let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:” (Hebrews 1)

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