By Wendell Tenison
The Beginning of Nations:
Genesis 10:32 "These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood."Genesis 11:4-9 "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth......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......Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."
There is no mention of nations and tongues from the creation to the flood, which was a period of 1656 years. As noted in the Gen.11:4-9, God first divided the populace into nations and tongues.
Acts 17:26-27 "And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;.....That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:"
In view of verse 27, the apostle Paul declares the common thread of the multiple languages, wherein, God, made himself and heavenly things known to them whereas, all could verbally approach and speak of him and of the things pertaining to his divine nature. We must bear in mind that until the testament of Moses which came approximately 800 years after the different languages, there was no written law. Up and until that time, God imparted his instruction to the world by way of sealing it in their hearts and minds by way of dreams while they were in deep sleep.
Job 33:14-17 "For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not......In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;.....Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,.....That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man."
We would say it like this, if I told you once I told you a thousand times and it went in one ear and out the other. Therefore, it was necessary for God to seal his instruction in their sub-conscience mind.
Rise and Fall of Pharoah:
Romans 9:16-18 "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy......For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth......Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth."
Exodus 14:5-7 "And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?.....And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:.....And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them."
Psalms 106:11 "And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left."
Psalms 136:15 "But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever."
This is the first King that we know about where God elevated him to a very lofty position and then took him down. Is God unjust? Read Rom.9:16-18 again. Pharaoh and all of Egypt worshipped worthless idols and therefore, Godís wrath was upon all those who denied him as their God and the giver of all life.
God Gave Israel a King in His Anger and Took Him Away in His Wrath:
Hosea 13:11 "I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath."
Hosea 8:3-4 "Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. .....They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off."
Saul was the first king of Israel and God took his kingdom from him because of his rebellion and seeking advise from a fortune teller.
1 Chronicles 10:13-14 "So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it;.....And inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse."
By this time we are starting to get the message; rebel against God and he will do you in!
God's Defeat of King Ahab:
God's defeat of Ahab, king of Israel, husband of wicked Jezebel, is one of the most striking accounts in the chronicles of the kings of the Jews. As the story line goes, beginning with verse one of 1 Kings chapter twenty two, Israel had been without war between the Syrians for a period of three years. At which time Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, went down to visit Ahab.
The next order of business was that Ahab told his servants that Ramoth in Gilead was theirs which had been taken by the Syrians and he wanted it back. He said, that it was theirs for the taking and if they did not, it was their own fault. Now the king asked Jehoshaphat if he would go and fight against the Syrians for the city to which he said yes. Jehoshaphat asked Ahab to inquire of the Lord for instructions concerning as to whether or not this was a good idea. Ahab then called his 400 false prophets for an answer and they said go and take Ramoth. But Jehoshaphat didn't come in on a load of cotton being wary of the false prophets. He asked Ahab is there was not a prophet of the Lord besides theses. Ahab said yes and his name is Micaiah, but I hate him, because he never does prophesy good toward me, but evil.
Micaiah was summoned to speak to Ahab about the matter and was told by the messenger who brought him, to speak the same good as one of the other prophets that told Ahab that he should go. Micaiah said that he would speak as the Lord told him.
Ahab then asked Micaiah not to beat around the bush, but speak to him the truth. Micaiah then said, he saw all of Israel scattered as sheep without a shepherd upon the hills and without a master and they should all go home in peace. Ahab then said to Jehoshaphat, see, I told you that he would speak evil concerning me. Now Micaiah said to Ahab, hear the word of the Lord:
1 Kings 22:19-23 "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."
The reason the 400 prophets told Ahab to go to Ramoth is because the spirit from the Lord had come to them as a lying spirit and told them it was safe to go. As a result of the truth, Ahab sent Micaiah to prison with the bread of affliction and water. What else is new today? The truth of God will cause one to be hated. Man has never had the stomach to accuse God, but always condemns his spokes-men.
The story goes on that Ahab went up to battle and told Jehoshaphat that he would disguise himself, but Jehoshaphat would go in his royal array. When the enemy began to go after Jehoshaphat thinking he was Ahab, he told them that they were after the wrong king and therefore, they left off chasing him and went after Ahab. One of the enemy just drew his bow and let the arrow fly aimlessly and it struck Ahab between the harness and he died in his chariot.
If God be against us, who can be for us? On the other hand, If God be with us, who can be against us, Rom.8:31. Why was God against king Ahab? He was a wicked king who led the nation astray.
The Rise of Nebuchadnezzar:
Jeremiah 25:9 "Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations."
Jeremiah 27:6 "And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him."
Jeremiah 43:10 "And say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them."
In all three readings we see where God called Nebuchadrezzer his servant. The king was not Jewish, but a Gentile who worshipped idols. He became the servant of God only for the purpose of bringing down his own people for their disobedience. Not only did Nebuchadrezzer destroy Jerusalem, but carried off Judah into Babylon for a period of 70 years.
God Set Up the Basest of Men Over Kingdoms:
Daniel 2:20-22 "Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:.....And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:.....He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him."
Daniel 4:17 "This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men."
Not only does God set up kings, but removes them. He gives to whomever he wills and sometimes gives kingdoms to the basest of men. Why? To accomplish his purpose.
Ezekiel 7:23-24 "Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence......Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled."
The Fall of Nebuchadnezzar:
Daniel 4:13-17 "I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;.....He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:.....Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth:.....Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him: and let seven times pass over him......This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men."
Daniel 4:25-26 "That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will...... And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule."
Daniel 4:32 "And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."
Daniel 4:33-34 "The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws......And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:"
Daniel 5:21 "And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will."
God turned king Nebuchadnezzer out to pasture for a very good reason. Why? Until he knew that God ruled in the kingdom of men and the heavens do rule.
God Lifts Up and Takes Down Nations:
Jeremiah 18:5-11 "Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,.....O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel......At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;.....If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them......And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;..... If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them......Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good."
How long will kings, dictators, presidents, or whatever they are called, turn a deaf ear to the word of the God? In the next reading we shall see where God totally wiped out a nation of people, the Philistines.
Ezekiel 25:15-16 "Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;.....Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast."
Amos 1:8 "And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD."
Zephaniah 2:5 "Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant."
Jesus the Christ Given All Power, Rule and Authority:
Matthew 28:18-19 "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth......Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"
1 Corinthians 15:24 "Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power."
We would have to have help to misunderstand that Jesus the Christ now has all power and authority. Not only to the spiritual kingdom that he established and will return to the Father at his coming, but all kingdoms of the earth.
Very little is said in the new testament scriptures regarding how God works in the kingdom of men, but there is enough to get our attention.
After the Establishment of the Church:
All Ananias and Sapphira did was that they lied to God and the Holy Ghost; was that something worthy of death? Evidently so.
All the king did was fail to give God the glory; was that something worthy of death? Evidently so.
All the sorcerer/false prophet wanted to do was keep the deputy from hearing the truth; was that something worthy of being struck blind for a season? Evidently so.
All Jezebel did was teach and seduce the servants of the Lord to commit fornication and eat things offered to idols; was that something worthy of death if they did not repent? Evidently so.
Four Kingdoms in the Dream of Daniel:
Daniel 2:31-35 "Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. .....This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,.....His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay......Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces......Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth."
Daniel 2:36-43 "This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king......Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory......And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold......And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth......And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise......And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay......And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken......And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay."
First kingdom, the head of gold:
Nebuchadnezzer, king of Babylon
Second kingdom, chest and arms of silver:
Third kingdom, belly and thighs of brass:
Grecian Empire under Alexander the Great
Fourth kingdom, legs and feet of iron:
Roman Empire before, during and after the life of Christ
The kingdom which would brake in pieces all of these kingdoms:
Daniel 2:44-45 "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever......Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."
This is the kingdom of Christ which he set up after his death. Be it known here and now that this kingdom is a spiritual kingdom which cannot be destroyed. This kingdom is the same as the church of our dear Lord of which early Christians were members.
Matthew 16:18-19 "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.......And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
Luke 17:20-21 "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:.....Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
Acts 14:22 "Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."
Colossians 4:11 "And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellow-workers, unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me."
1 Thessalonians 2:12 "That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory."
Hebrews 12:28 "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:"
Colossians 1:13 "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:"
Revelation 1:9 "I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ."
One of the Several Missions of Those in the Kingdom of Christ.
Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: .....(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;).....Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
Does God and Christ rule in kingdom of men?
If not, why not?
Revelation 11:15 "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
Revelation 19:11-16 "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war......His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself......And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God......And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean......And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God......And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
1 Corinthians 1:25 "Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men."
1 Corinthians 2:11 "For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God."
If God wanted us to know how he rules in the kingdom of men, he would have told us. Otherwise, what we cannot prove from the scripture we must not teach. What we can teach are the great truths revealed unto us from the Holy Scriptures.
Be assured that God and Christ do rule in the kingdom of men.
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