We have mostly established that a nation is neither limited to a political state or a race. It is true nations tend to gravitate toward an effort at controlling territory, because they are defined in part by boundaries of habitation. They also tend over time to mostly be people of common ancestry, even if their founders or first few generations were from many different ancestral backgrounds.
But political statehood and racial commonality are not the purist definition of a nation whose God is the Lord. It is foremost a body of people all of whom, by voluntary free association, consent, agree, and covenant to follow God in their particular manner, as per their shared convictions and values and the like. Nations are spiritual constructions that bear fruit through social, cultural, economic and civic cooperation and mutual support and assurance.
The idea a nation of people whose God is the Lord would be defined by politics or race is pretty outlandish considering the moral and ethical foundations laid on Holy Writ. A nation of people whose God is the Lord will be, eventually, a fractal and extension of the whole Kingdom of God. This seems a logical starting point for defining nations whose God is the Lord.
It should be clear, we are not talking about nations of people who are not foremost centered on the person and works of Yeshua, the framework of the Kingdom of God, the will of YHWH, and the leading of the Spirit. Without being doctrinal, let us say, Abrahamic nations are of the spiritual lineage of Yeshua back to Abraham, but all other nations are the true Goyum, the nations in a non-spiritual and non-enlightened sense.
Goyum nations, and yes we know goyum means nations in a generic sense, have a different construction because they are outside the spiritual border, or pomerium, of the Kingdom of God. Abrahamic or Kingdom Nations have a spiritual construction, even if or when they also develop other structures in the social, cultural, economic, civic, and martial arenas.
The structure, whatever they are, are not the spiritual nation. They are “relates”, they come from the pure center of spiritual nationhood, they are touched and controlled or led by the spiritual nation, but whereas they can hardly exist without the nation, the nation can survive without them.
We don’t have much direct Scripture to define the essence of nationhood. We can see examples, like Israel before, during, and after their kingdoms in the promised land, and from these we extrapolate a logical picture of that which is essential to constitute or reconstitute a nation.
We can extrapolate logically that while all Kingdom Nations would have the same essential faith and the same God, and should therefore be compatible, there must be some other form of differentiation beyond the basic Faith in YHWH through Yeshua.
Why do we say this? The answer is simple: if there were no differences beyond the core faith then there would only be one single nation. This has never been approved of by YHWH, whether from the days of the Tower of Babel or until Revelation in the New Heavens and the New Earth.
We know from Romans 14 that differences of conviction about what are essentially social, cultural, and dietary matters are both common among Believers and to be respected. We know from Acts where “Hebrews and Greeks” ate at separate tables that social and dietary convictions differed between different national groups who were still united in the Body.
These differences form, among other things, the framework of separate Kingdom Nations, united in the faith but diverse in many other matters left to individual convictions. And let us remember, lest we forget, these differences are initially based on individual convictions, this showing further how much being part of any national people is a freewill choice by individuals.
Individuals of like convictions tend to cluster more intimate than those with different convictions, even if they have the same faith. And this is designed to be this way, we propose, because God ordained diverse nations, because the right to your own convictions is preserved in Scripture, and because this diversity of nationhood never goes away.
Basically, the fact people tend, by personality or choice or whatever, to have different convictions and tastes is quite literally a positive necessity and part of the DNA of the Kingdom. God’s purpose is served through this diversity.
Nations differ also in other ways, such as boundaries of their habitation, time-frame for existence, and even Divine mandates. The latter we see in how prophets often speak to different nations about different things and how the tribes of Israel were all prophesied different destinies and purposes.
God intends diverse nations and He has different plans for them in terms of their time of existence, the boundaries of their habitation, and their mandates or destiny which one might prophetically discern.
We can also extrapolate what we know about individuals must generally apply to whole nations of people: individuals have different convictions and different destinies and they also have different lots in life. Nations of people are just like this, with individuals whose individual aspects in terms of convictions, destinies, and lots in life, among other things, tending toward clustering together in some form of kinship association.
We would go further and say that if we know this is generally true, in terms of the constituting of nations, then we can just as easily embrace a nation that exists as we can imagine and establish a new one, if indeed the Lord has revealed this to people and drawn them together to do this.
The idea a nation can be willed into existence from nothing isn’t new in human history. But in a civilization such as the West which is in spiritual and creative decline, it is hard for most people to conceive of being intentional to such a degree about a totally new thing. The idea we can will a new nation into existence through a prescribed blueprint is not “out of bounds” in the eyes of YHWH, but it is difficult for people indoctrinated in the latter-day mythos of a dying civilization to see this as within bounds, let alone as possible.
We propose that a new nation is constituted when someone or a few people, and then a few more people, cast their vision and YHWH, through the Spirit, draws the first adapters in a Gideon-like fashion to the new banner.
This has happened in the past, as recently as America.
Today, Ukrainians are attempting to reconstitute their nationhood, albeit not as a Kingdom Nation for sure, from decades of being subordinated to the Russian nation. The Swedes can show a time when the Swedish identity was mostly an idea that today is a fact of life.
We are not describing something new, but we are proposing a way, given the power of the internet and world travel, to be explicitly deliberate and intentional about the process in a way our ancestors could ever have been.
What constitutes a nation can be laid out in some way throughout a written covenant or sets of standards and norms, or unwritten but shared customs and mores. We prefer a written form for explicitly intentional nationhood so that all whose hearts rejoice at such standards and mandates rejoice and are drawn to them by freewill choice of association.
When is a nation birthed or constituted?
This is important because we have already laid out how the nation is a unique agency of God’s provision and blessings. As a marriage cannot exist without two partners, how many partners or peers does a nation need before it is not just an idea but a spiritually sovereign entity or body of people before the Lord?
While we know nations are given a homeland or boundaries of their habitation, we also know that Israel was a nation before it was in the land and after it left the land. Having lands may be a promise for nations, but this can be a future promise that happens after the nation is formed.
When did Israel become a nation and not just a prophetic vision for a nation?
It is in the desert, in the Book of Exodus, where YHWH establishes His covenant with Israel as a nation. Now, to be clear, every nation may have its own unique covenant but we do not mean their covenant is equal in stature to the one God made with Israel, namely the Law of Moses.
We are looking to define principles and general laws, not establish doctrine and certainly not to equate our concept of how nations are constituted with the Law of Moses.
But the general principle is, the nation was established before it got its land through the consent of all involved to follow both the covenant and the shared destiny, as laid out by YHWH, for their nation. This law established their social, economic, cultural, and civic norms, what defined them as a people.
Notice it wasn’t race or land. It was everyone present who assented to and took an oath to follow the covenant.
A nation in the Kingdom is constituted when it has a body of people who corporately embrace and assent to its unique covenant or charter, or protocols, which define its shared convictions and its perceived mandates and purposes from YHWH. As an example, the Mayflower Compact can be seen as the first charter or covenant of the American nation, when it was a nation of people whose God is the Lord (which is does not live up to today).
The number of people and families is not necessarily at issue here. Israel was perhaps a million people, but the Pilgrims were a little over 50, for instance.
When a body of people, one or more families, has a mandate from God to constitute a nation and a charter or protocols or something like this which they pledge to use and seek to fulfill, then they constitute a spiritual nation. Even if they have no homeland and are from many different races or ancestries, they now constitute a nation in the eyes of YHWH.