The concept of a sacred boundary is lacking depth of understanding today, and yet this can be so useful to you. A modern application of this ancient concept could change your life.
Truth is truth and it is revealed, for Christians, primarily from the Bible, although it is also seen in many other places. People can have many things wrong in their beliefs and yet also have some grasp of deeper truths. Thus it is with the ancient concepts of place, what the Romans called a “pomerium”, even though in many ways ancient pagan beliefs were fundamentally flawed.
The pomerium for the Romans was a sacred boundary around the city of Rome that rendered the whole a special precinct under the protection of the gods. It was said of Rome, that everything in this pomerium was Rome itself, everything outside was territory (ager) owned by Rome. You did not carry weapons or bury the dead within this pomerium.
We see this concept in ancient Israel, more broadly, and in the Biblical concept of how God ordains the “boundaries of habitation” for the nations. These boundaries are ordained by God, therefore we can extrapolate that a nation whose God is the Lord is blessed only within its God-ordained boundaries. If and when nations extend their rulership beyond those boundaries then to that extent they violate their pomerium, the sacred boundary, and are not under Divine protection outside that boundary.
This concept of pomerium is a sort of sacred geography. The whole earth is divided in God’s eyes a certain way, but mankind has not respected those boundaries and has therefore brought ruin and travail upon itself.
It is also true these boundaries change in God’s eyes, for nations have a set time to exist and are overthrown while new ones are created, all ordained by God. Only within those boundaries can a nation of people be blessed, outside those boundaries they cannot be blessed and the further outside their pomerium they go, the more travail they bring upon themselves.
Conceptually, pomerium is something that we can apply to our lives. As it says in Ecclesiastes, “there is a time and season for everything” and, by extension, a place. Times and seasons and place are the pomerium of our individual and collective lives as human beings: a fact modern man has lost sight of and that brings much suffering upon us all.
To find and know and stay within your individual and shared pomerium is to stay within the realm of God’s protection and provision. Going beyond this is the wilderness, where you do not have Divine favor. Too many people and whole nations dwell in the wilderness and are not witin their own pomerium.
To understand and use this ancient concept one should not take a mechanistic view, e.g. try to define it in a linear fashion or by a legal definition. Pomerium is and should be an inner felt certainty that is not easily defined in dictionary language. To be within your pomerium is not confinement or limitation, because this is a whole universe which you can never fully explore in your lifetime.
While pomerium is conceptually applicable to your own life and being within the Divine pomerium of God’s possibilities for your life, it is also a sacred geography that literally applies to the lands of this earth and how God divides them.
All nations of people, and their kingdoms, have a pomerium in God’s eyes. If they remain within their pomerium and if God is their Lord, then they will experience Divine provision and protection within their pomerium. To the extent these nations of people follow God’s righteous standards in their way of life, from the heart and not merely from laws, and to the extent they stay within their pomerium, they will experience Divine protection and favor.
Nations and kingdoms are often connected in Scripture and in history. But they are neither synonymous nor interdependent. Both are agencies of provision within human civilization as ordained by God, the nation being a spiritual sovereignty and kingdoms being a landed sovereignty. Nations define a shared way of life while kingdoms are a magisterial authority as defined in Romans 13.
The modern nation-state attempts to and claims to merge these two things, but fails. Most nations of people, over 9000 today, do not have a corresponding and exact form of statehood and of the nearly 200 “kingdoms” recognized as political states today, few consist only of one nation of people.
A kingdom and a nation can be closely affiliated, as with the Japanese nation and its kingdom. But an “empire” such as the United States of America contains many diverse nations within its jurisdiction. An empire as we use the term isn’t a form of government but a single unitary, often decentralized, political state consisting often of multiple kingdoms and nations of people within its realm.
The pomerium of nations and of kingdoms and empires, again these terms as we use them are not referring to forms of government, is not the same as or interdependent of the pomerium of nations of people. We know this as a fact of history.
Land is sacred. That is, the boundaries of habitation for nations and the boundaries of the magisterium of kingdoms and empires are ordained by God and not understanding this leads to much harm and conflict. All conflict in this earth, that is all war, is rooted in a lack of understanding of the pomerium and violations thereof.
If all nations and all kingdoms and empires each followed God’s righteous standards for that agency of God’s provision to human civilization and stayed within their pomerium, then we would have peace!
Think then of the realms of kingdoms and the homelands of nations. These are rarely synonymous, some nations have homelands distributed among multiple kingdoms, e.g. the Kurds. Many kingdoms or empires contain multiple nations and homelands within their borders.
Pomerium is not static, neither for kingdoms nor for nations. But at any given moment there is a perfect optimal which, if ever achieved, leads to global peace. One day, in fact, Jesus will physically reign in this earth and He will establish all these pomeriums in perfection: every nation and kingdom will respect and be blessed within its pomerium!
We cannot set ourselves up as judges over these matters! No human agency, such as the UN, no Nimrod 2.0, can delineate or determine these boundaries of habitation (nations) or landed sovereignty (kingdoms).
It is a frustrating, from the human perspective, reality that the understanding and appropriation of God’s truth cannot be grasped in purely mechanist or legalistic terms and that no human authority is a Solo Grandee over such matters. The “milk of the Word” truths of the Gospel and Christian universals of doctrine and basic morality can be so defined, but even here if one merely understands these things in a mechanistic and legalistic manner, one has too limited an understanding of these things.
Concepts such as pomerium, while we can extrapolate them from the Bible and history, are less amenable to such mechanistic definitions than the Christian universals.
This takes us to a specific application on two scores: the redefining of landed sovereignty beyond contiguous territory and the redefining of homelands in the same way. We may be witnesses to a new and more enlightened form of non-territorial statehood through the web and of the reassertion of nationhood as something intentionally adopted by each individual.
These new forms of statehood and nationhood will not necessarily replace the old forms, which are rooted in contiguous territories and blood ancestry. The emergence of non-territorial states and of intentional nations will not displace the old forms any time soon.
To add to the confusion, this does not mean pomerium no longer applies, it means it will apply differently. A non-territorial state may serve diverse nations of people and individuals around the world who may also be part of territorial states and ancestral nations. Likewise, an intentional nation of people may have its members distributed around the world who are also each connected to an ancestral nation and both a territorial and non-territorial state.
For you as an individual there are potentially five primary forms of pomerium: your own individual pomerium, the pomerium of your territorial state, the pomerium of a non-territorial state, the pomerium of your ancestral nation or nations, and the pomerium of an intentional nationhood.
While few people are conscious of any one of these pomeriums, we propose that those who are conscious of and who respect these pomeriums will find much less conflict and far more success and happiness in this life.
Might we we one day live in a world of non-territorial statehood and intentional nationhood? This is not really a question we ask as such. What we envision is that these new forms of kingdoms and nations will emerge and will lead to blessings and provisions being released which have not been released before.
The legal structures and framework for these new entities will also emerge. We generally tend to propose the form of a cryptonation platform as the basis of a non-territorial “empire of liberty” with a virtual-to-local approach coupled with hub communities and intentional networks as a new form of non-territorial statehood. We also generally see the convergence of legal structures such as NGO’s, fraternal benefit societies, and tribal/domestic nation statuses as a new form of intentional nationhood.
The ancestral nation and the territorial state are unlikely to go away any time soon, and we cannot be sure they ever should go away. But their ability to cope with and accommodate these newer forms of statehood and nationhood may be vital to their long-term success.
In the Upadaria project we see the potential for developing a new model and framework, a new bleuprint and architecture, which we define as the makings of a new Christian civilization. This civilization, as it emerges organically from the proclaimation of its ideals and vision, will potentially attract territorial and non-territorial states and both ancestral and intentional nations.
One of the key foundations of this emerging civilization is the intentional application and understanding of the pomerium from a Biblical and historical perspective, but applied to a modern and cyber-connected world in new ways.
This is not new or hidden knowledge. God’s truths are eternal but their application and expression are both diverse and evolving. On one hand, the world is growing more evil and manifesting its final state before judgment. On the other hand, a remnant of people within the Body of Christ who exist within this world right now is growing more in harmony with its ideal and perfect state before the final Return of Christ.
The manifestation, expression, and even understanding of nations and kingdoms has evolved over time. Even within Scripture we see this evolution, as with Israel and the Jewish people from the time of Abraham to the Diaspora after the New Testament.
Even when a pomerium is not just in one contiguous place but is distributed to wherever people within a non-territorial state or an intentional nationhood dwell and gather together here and there, the concept of pomerium remains connected to its eternal definition and application.
Your understanding of YOUR PLACEMENT within any pomerium, as we have described it, sets your own boundaries of habitation within which are endless possibilities and great favor but outside of which you will only find wilderness. We are of the conviction that for every person there is a pomerium which may include all or a few of these things: that of a territorial state of which they are citizens, that of a non-territorial state of which they are also citizens, that of any number of ancestral nations they identify with, and that of a particular intentional nationhood that identify with.
We do not propose that every Christian should be part of our particular manifestation of non-territorial statehood or distributed intentional nationhood. It may be that this is not God’s way for your life! We certainly don’t expect or want people to dishonor or disrespect their territorial statehood or their ancestors.
What we envision is the intentional nested identity of all these things in a way that reflects God’s righteous standards and as pursued by individuals without any form of coercion. This is not about imposing our terms, definitions, and standards but it is about broadcasting them to the world and giving individuals a chance to embrace and utilize them if they choose.
When we consider pomerium we see within this sacred boundary God’s unlimited possibilities and provisions. We see this as a border protected by Angels so that we need fear nothing that can harm our souls. (As to suffering and offenses, it is clear, in this life, we will all suffer such things, but our soul will be safe.)
So if then you own a piece of land and declare it, as God leads, within any pomerium, such as an intentional spiritual nationhood, this boundary is thereby protected by God Himself. This doesn’t mean you secede from the state or stop paying taxes! This is a spiritual boundary, not a political boundary.
As an important aside, the ACTUAL God-ordained pomerium for any kingdom or nation rarely perfectly aligns with a political border. It is good when political borders reflect the true pomerium for a landed sovereignty (kingdom), but we do not mean “political borders” when we speak of pomerium!
If you understand the “boundaries of habitation” for your life and whatever kingdom or nations of this earth God had connected you to, and you can if you seek the Lord, you will not be limited but, rather, liberated!