We propose a seemingly new and innovative idea: that through a form of nationhood founded on the ancient ways of YHWH we can have our freedom guaranteed supernaturally and we can enjoy blessings not found through any other agency of God’s provision for humanity.
Nationhood is a subject that deserves a new treatment and consideration for the 21st century. It is, in its most ancient and truest form, something that exists outside the limits of things like race or political borders. Nationhood is not the same thing as statehood and is more accurately described, from the perspective of ancient truth as found in Holy Writ, as something spiritual that can give deep organic cohesiveness to millions of individuals.
A strong clue about the ancient concept of nationhood, which predates the “modern-day” concept of a nation as a state and a state as a nation, comes from Acts 17: 24- 27, which reads:
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 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;
27 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:
Here we see the concept of nationhood as being rooted in the will of God who determines when and where they will exist SO THAT they, as in the whole nation not just individuals, might find the Lord IF they seek Him.
There are so much truth wrapped up in this one passage! It begins to show us a vibrant picture of nations as YHWH defines them that isn’t rooted in the staleness and top-down control of something like a modern political state where politics rules everything and everyone and where only a small oligarchy of corporate and government cronies rules politics.
The “modern” concept of nationhood tends toward a political vision that makes a corporate-government complex the highest authority and dictator of all life or one that ties nationhood to things like ancestry and race. These two concepts of either a statist nationhood or a racist nationhood are not consistent with the ancient concept of nationhood described in Holy Writ!
As it says in Psalms 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance”, so then nationhood isn’t established by race or by the marigsterial or martial power of a state. It should be established by “The Lord”, that is, by His determination of the time and space for its existence and so that they, that is the nation and its people, might find God of they seek Him.
We know this verse from Psalms points to Israel as the particular nation, but we also know how things from the Scriptures before the Gospel were a shadow of things to come. See this passage from Colossians 2:15-17
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
The general idea here is that the things made specific to Israel as a nation generally apply to any and all nations who choose to seek God, which we see from Acts is God’s plan for all nations. Indeed, this was promised to Abraham!
See Romans 4:16-18:
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
When we take this foundation and build upon it with logic and common sense to see what nationhood can be and how we can use nationhood, we find a whole new toolkit to advance freedom in our lives on a larger-scale than ever.
Nationhood as we see its ideal in Scripture is a form of identity that small to large groups of people can share voluntarily based on a set of truths and practices held in common which all come from a common desire to seek God and fulfill His goals and plans for that body of people.
We are not talking about races or political states here. Indeed, the idea that nations are defined purely by blood flies against the concept in Acts 17 that nations of people came all from one blood. We may see this variously as Adam, or Abraham, or Jesus, all of which would fit this concept of the one blood that gave root to them all. But we tend to see nations in the age when all nations, not just Israel, can make the Lord their God, as rooted spiritually in Abraham and then Christ, who is the one seed of Abraham.
See Galatians 3:14-16:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
The diversity of nations whose God is the Lord is envisioned even in the New Heavens and the New Earth.
See Revelation 21: 23-26
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
Nations, and by extension nationhood, have an eternal purpose. Looking backwards we find their roots in Adam, Abraham, and Christ. Looking forward we find their destiny, as an agency of God’s provision and blessings, in the New Heavens and the New Earth. This would seem to indicate that nations, and nationhood, are important to YHWH and both can and should play a role in human civilization and your life today.
We can say there are blessings and provisions for nations that can only come to those nations and their people. This is common sense. God ordains nations as an agency within His Creation here and even within the Ndw Creation forever, therefore it follows there are things He provides through them that He doesn’t provide through anything else.
Nationhood is an agency of God’s provision for people who connect and identify with a form of nationhood wherein the Lord is the God of that people. What is more, this goes beyond the universal nationhood of all Believers because it is clear God intends diverse DIFFERENT nations.
We begin with an understanding that God intends there to be diverse forms of nationhood among the Elect, that a universal form of nationhood isn’t the final state of being. We can add that if God ordains an institution, as He clearly does nationhood, then it follows that there are things that institution provides that will not be found anywhere else.
Nationhood not rooted in Jesus, such as nationhood rooted in the power of the state or racial nationhood, may not produce good results. When we address what nationhood can or should provide we know this is ideal and we are considering what nationhood can and should provide when it is firmly rooted in and is an extension of the Kingdom of God.
It would be a whole other essay to address nationhood and its relationship to the magisterial power, aka the state or the kingdoms as detailed in Scripture. Suffice it to say, nations are connected to lands and boundaries and have a connection to the magisterial power, but not necessarily directly. What is more important is to realize that nationhood is never synonymous with statehood and that the time and place for nations to exist is ordained by God and protected by God if that nation has made the Lord their God.
The very concept of a whole nation of people making the Lord their God reveals the fundamental nature of nationhood being spritual and being based mostly on free association. No person can make the Lord their God without freewill consent to do so. Faith must be strictly voluntary. A nation is given lands by God and even if it has some magisterial structure to protect its borders, the nation exists outside of that and can exist without it.
This is key information for the freedom seeker: outside of you making the Lord your God you cannot be part of a nation whose God is the Lord. But if you are part of such a nation of people, by your freewill association in some form of mutual benefit relationship (a more egalitarian and free form of covenant), then there are provisions and protections you will enjoy that cannot be experienced outside of that.
What needs to be clear is that nationhood is ordained and established by God, that nations are given a time and place to exist so that they might seek God and find Him, and, by extension, nations are part of God’s blueprint for human civilization and are a source of unique blessings, such as provision and protection, not found outside of their existence.
Nationhood is a tool provided for by God that the relgious and political establishment in our civilization has no concept of. They totally ignore this.
It’s not our concern whether those who rule these establishments ever get nationhood right. We don’t need their permission, permission to access the unique blessings of nationhood is given by God Himself! Our use of nationhood to tap into provisions and protections not found in any other agency of God’s blessings is something we can do unilaterally and comes with supernatural aid.
What does nationhood provide? We would assert that nationhood as ordained by God, in its theory and practice, provides freedom. True freedom is to be able to serve and worship our God, to witness to our faith, and to organize our lives and relationships in peace. People have liberty to not use or exercise this freedom, but we do not say that they are truly free outside of YHWH and His will or His standards of righteousness and justice.
Even in a land where a magistrate is established for the purpose of a particular nation of people, nobody in the land can be forced either to be a part of the nation or to exercise freedom as we define it. The reason is that one cannot have faith unless it is totally by freewill association with God and one cannot be part of a nation as God defines a nation if they lack such faith.
The nation, through a magistrate it directly controls or influences, has every right to protect its existence within its lands but not through forcing faith and, by extension, it national identity, on people in the land. It can demand only respect from aliens and strangers without disrespecting their God-given rights in the process.
As stated, however, nations exist outside of the magistrate or the state as we know it and even if they have no magisterial structure to support them, if the Lord is their God then they are under His care. They will not be conquered or destroyed even if they lack any martial means of protection because God is their protector and provider. Their freedom is guaranteed.
We can dig more deeply into what constitutes a nation, how you can join one or even form one, and how they can create their own structures. The key thing here is to grasp that nations are spiritual constructions ordained by God and that there are blessings given through them that cannot be obtained outside of being part of them. It is also important to understand that freedom is the primary benefit of being part of a nation of people whose God is the Lord.
Our chief innovation and proposal is that the intentional adoption of nationhood rooted in the Kingdom of God as a diversity manifestation and extension of the Kingdom is the true and chief path to freedom. What is more, it is a supernatural path that cannot be blocked by people or any power from this earth or from hell itself.
If and when a body of people begins to exercise the ancient and YHWH ordained form nationhood, first through a shared identity based on common ideals, principles, practices, and core mandates, then YHWH will be their provider and protector and nothing will be able to overcome them. They will experience freedom whatever else is happening around them because it comes from God!