About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Fall Of All Nations
live in an age that most Christians call the "age of grace".
This age began at the cross and ends with the return of Jesus to
earth. One significant
aspect to the age of grace is "personal salvation".
Through repentance and trust in Jesus, individual people can
receive God's grace and blessing of salvation.
This is why Evangelicals have traditionally stressed the
importance of "personal salvation" to the individual as the
way God relates to mankind.
also relates to humanity on a national level.
In Genesis 25:23 God told Rebekah that she had "two
nations" in her womb. God
saw Jacob and Esau as two nations, not just as two individuals.
In Genesis 35:11 God told Jacob that "a nation and a
community of nations" would come from him.
Again, we see God viewing humanity in terms of nations.
human existence evolved, nations and empires were formed.
In the Old Testament we see the Babylonian Empire that was
God still judge nations, or does he overlook national sins in this age
of grace? God overlooks
nothing. His judgment isn't
visible to the human eye, but it sure is to the spiritual eye.
In 70 AD God judged
Genesis 12:1 to 3 we see the first mention of God's historic covenant
spoken to Abraham. Part of
this covenant stated that nations who blessed Abraham, that's Israel, would be blessed, and nations who cursed
would be cursed. There's no
Biblical evidence that suggests God has withdrawn this covenant promise.
So for this reason, even though God used
has, is, and will, relate to humanity both on a national level and an
individual level. Revelation
21:24 states that kings and nations will bring their splendor into the
new Jerusalem. Even in the
next life, on the new earth, there will be nations that God relates to.
reason why God judges nations today is based on their treatment of Israel. I know that sounds weird
in our secular times, but that's what the Bible says, and it's clear to
me that what the Bible says about these things is presently taking
is an ever-present concern to
God, and she should be to Christians.
Of course, in the present political climate, Israel
is a big concern, or should I say, a big burden to many nations.
I like how Zechariah 12:2 puts it.
It reads, "God will make Jerusalem
a cup that sends all surrounding peoples reeling." (NIV)
The KJV reads, "I will make
attempt to divide Jerusalem
is now under way. The
Christians say we shouldn't support Israel
because she is not serving God. Throughout
the Old Testament God dealt unfavorably towards nations who dealt
light of these matters we should align ourselves with the Kingdom
day, when your nation and my nation completely turns its back on both
Israel and Christians, we may have to proclaim as Peter and John did,
"judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey
you rather than God." (Acts 4:20)
We might as well decide to obey God now rather than later.