The Government of God
Wherever you have humans, you will have a form of government. Like our Creator God, we have been fashioned after His likeness where we have a drive to create order out of chaos: “Now the earth was formless [no order] and empty [chaotic emptiness], darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen.1:2-3).
The first record of humanity wanting to establish a form of government in Scripture is the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. The ancient Mesopotamian civilization began in this region of the Fertile Crescent some 6,000 years ago. In fact, many scholars believe that the territory of Sumer was Shinar: “As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there” (Gen. 11:2). This region is modern day Iraq or old Babylon, but the land mass stretched from current day Egypt to Iran.
From Adam to Noah exists 10 generations and from Shem to Abraham exists another 10 generations (10=Divine Order). What many people don’t realize is that by the time Genesis 12 unfolds, Shem, Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Esau and Nimrod were all contemporaries alive at the same time for a particular, limited time period! (I know…crazy right?!) Noah lived for 950 years and Shem lived for 600 years. Nimrod was a favored son that Cush had in his old age who was from the bloodline of Ham (Noah’s middle son). [We will come back to Nimrod…]
When God created Adam on the sixth day, He gave him the DOMINION MANDATE to rule over or have dominion over the whole earth (Gen. 1:26). In other words, Adam was given the privilege to work [manage or administrate] the earth. This rulership or administration was passed down to the first son (Law of Primogeniture) from Adam and on to the next, first born son, and so forth…
What many people don’t understand is that after the flood, Noah gave this “dominion mandate” to Shem, but Ham tried to upsurp it by stealing Noah’s mantle. This is in reference to Ham “looking upon Noah’s nakedness” and stole his garment (Gen. 9:20-29). When Noah finds out what his son did, he pronounces a judgment over him by cursing Canaan, Ham’s son: “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers…May Canaan be the slave of Shem” (Gen. 9:25, 26).
The fulfillment of going into Canaanite territory for the Israelites was the direct result of Noah’s curse decreed 828 years prior to Joshua leading the Israelites into the “Promised Land.” The reason the land of the Canaanites was given to Israel was due to the dishonorable and rebellious action of Ham. (You talk about generational curses being real!) This is also another reason why it was promised to Abraham after he left the land of Ur because he was next in line for this administration.
The difficulty of this scenario is that Shem was the administrator in Jerusalem, but Nimrod rebelled and started his own rulership in Babylon. Nimrod had Noah’s stolen mantle that Cush gave him, and he leads Babylon into rebellion against God. Nimrod wants to resurrect what the Tower of Babel was to form his own empire. Remember, Nimrod is Ham’s grandson. Ham despised Shem because Noah gave Shem the “dominion mandate.”
After the Sumerians, the Akkadians began to take control over this Fertile Crescent and King Sargon starts the first empire around 2220 BC. During Abram’s time, the city of Ur becomes the center of a powerful Mesopotamian state. According to their religious practices, they had a protective deity in each city that was honored in its own temple. The Great Ziggurat of Ur testifies to the polytheistic system of the former Sumerian people which was passed down by the Akkadians, Amorites, Assyrians and Babylonians. Abram is called out of Ur to start the righteous ruling of the “dominion mandate” not in the land of Shinar but rather in the land of Shem, Jerusalem.
I wanted to give you a very brief backdrop of the struggle of humankind to establish a righteous government upon the earth. This primal picture will help us better understand why government and politics have failed us today due to the conflict of willful men setting itself against the original “dominion mandate” from God.
From the beginning, we have the “Tower of Babel” as a supreme example of a rebellious government that has mirrored what is presently going on around us in modern day “Mystery Babylon.” The spirit of the ziggurat/pyramid has never really gone away. In fact, look at the back of the American dollar. The pyramid structure is alive and well!
Why am I talking about this? Soon when Jesus returns, a literal governmental system will be established upon this earth. It will mirror the legislative authority of heaven upon us. It will affect every sector of society and transform the structures in which 7.5 billion people have been operating from. Once the trumpet has been blown on the Feast of Trumpets, the dead in Christ will rise.
By the way, they will not be going back to heaven, but will stay on this earth with glorified human bodies to co-rule with Jesus as He sets up His rule on the earth. Then those of us who are still living that He considers His Bride will be translated. They will receive glorified bodies too and will stay with Jesus on this earth to establish His laws upon the land. So far…no one is leaving planet earth. Think about that…
The past governmental systems of the world in feudalism, communism, and socialism will be torn down, and dictatorship and democracy too will be no more. No more will corruptible and lawless men abuse and control the people through flawed governmental systems. No longer will people in power manipulate the money supply for their benefit and rob the poor of justice and commonwealth. No longer will laws be written to suit the tastes of powerful oligarchies that violently try to control the world. No longer will countries go to war for territory gain and exploitation of the weak.
In contrast, when Jesus returns, He will have 1,000 years to establish the original “dominion mandate” upon the earth. Jesus will finally fulfill what Adam could not do and what other leaders would not do. Jesus will display and lay out God’s governmental system and legislative laws in the flesh. It will not be communist nor will it be socialist. It will not be a democracy either.
I know that for so many of us in America who believe in freedom and democracy, it will be very hard to imagine a governmental system of God that is not a republic based on democracy. Do not be fooled. The Kingdom of God will not be a democracy. Rather, to many people’s shock, it will be a functioning KINGDOM. A kingdom has a king, a constitution, a territory, laws and citizens. Think about that…
King Jesus is coming back, and He is returning for His Kingdom. For this, He has been born…
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.” Isaiah 9:6 – 7