Class Notes: 7/17/2016
Isa 14:13-14;The doctrine of revolution part 3
We have launched from our study of the public lie into the study of the doctrine of revolution that has led us to a short study on the doctrine of conspiracy.
Last time we noted that dissatisfied people exist in every organization and when they believe the public lie they become malcontents that when left unchecked by rational thinking from God's Word of truth they take the public lie into conspiracy, insurrection and revolution.
We also noted that Satan, the first malcontent, invented the first lie that became the first public lie in the angelic realm that led to the first conspiracy and the first revolution. Isa 14:13-14;
When we stopped last time we were looking at the doctrine of conspiracy and noting the conspiracy that became the basis of Absalom's revolution against David, 2Sam 15:12-13;
We noted the three categories of conspiracy: The plot, the intrigue and the machination. Absalom was drawn into the intrigue and was the front for the plot. Absalom was David's favorite son. The revolt of his beloved son was one of the most difficult tragedies that David faced as part of God's discipline of him for murdering Uriah.
Absalom was not in on the plotting, but having a complaint against his father for his failure to discipline Amnon for raping his sister Tamar, Absalom was drawn in by the intrigue to be the front for the plot. In the process Absalom himself was a dupe because it was Saul's relatives who were involved with the machination.
Never forget that God is omniscient so no one ever gets away with anything even though from our limited perspective it appears that they do. Rom 12:19;
Always remember that on the earth in the devil's world God focuses his discipline on believers so unbelievers may get somewhat of a pass until they get to the lake of fire. Heb 12:5-11;
We previously noted that the dupes generally get killed, so it was for Abslolom who ended up dead causing great grief for David. 2Sam 18:14-15; 2Sam 18:32-33;
Multiple conspiracies resulted in political instability in the southern kingdom of Judah. Conspiracy has been the basis of many assassinations including the assassination of King Joash, 2Kings 12:19-21; and the assassination of his son, Amaziah, 2Kings 14:17-19; 2Chr 25:27;
The conspiracies eventually stopped, but the political division and unrest that caused the conspiracies remained.
Conspiracy also destroyed the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Hoshea was the last king of the Northern Kingdom. He came to the throne on the basis of a conspiracy, in 732 B.C., 2Kings 15:30;
He was removed from the throne because of a conspiracy that he started against Assyria, 2Kings 17:4;. Because of this the Northern Kingdom of Israel was completely destroyed and he was the last king.
A kingdom that is founded by conspiracy, is weak so it can be destroyed by a greater conspiracy, as in 2Kings 17:5-6; when Sargon of Assyria destroyed the Northern Kingdom in 721 B.C.
Under the principle of God's discipline stated in Hosea 8:7; those who live by and advance conspiracy will themselves die by conspiracy.
The Southern Kingdom of Judea was also destroyed as a result of a conspiracy. In 586 B.C. Zedekiah conspired against Chaldea, 2Chr 36:13; Jer 11:9;
The result was that Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, marched his army over and destroyed them.
Jeremiah was the object of conspiracy from the entire nation of Judah, Jer 11:9; his friends, Jer 11:19-23; and his family, Jer 12:6;
After Nebuchadnezzzar set Gedaliah up as king in Judah he became the victim of a conspiracy, Jer 40:13-16; Jer 41:1-3;
When Paul disobeyed God and went to Jerusalem he became the victim of a religious conspiracy that resulted in his seeking protective custody from the Romans, Acts 23:12-13;
The plot came from the Sanhedrin, the intrigue was from the forty young men, and the machination from the legalistic pastors of Jerusalem who told Paul to go to the synagogue and take a vow. Vows are legalism they are not a part of Church Age doctrine.
Ezek 22:25-31; teaches that all religious conspiracies involve all types of people and all three categories of conspiracy.
Those God sent to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem after the 70 years of captivity in Babylon were opposed by a conspiracy. Neh 4:7-14;
This brings us back to our study of the doctrine of revolution.
Revolution always involves the antagonism of evil in opposition to the laws of divine establishment. The antagonism of evil toward the laws of divine establishment is the concept behind all revolution,
Prov 17:11; "A rebellious person seeks only evil." Therefore revolution is related to evil.
Psa 64:4-10; "Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear the law. They cling to an evil purpose. They conspire to lay snares secretly. They rationalize, `Who can see us?'"
Since God is the author of the laws of divine establishment, revolution is generally anti-God, as was the case of the French revolution and the Russian revolution.
Jer 5:23; "But this people have a calloused and revolutionary heart. They have turned aside from doctrine and departed from establishment."
Pre-revolutionary activity is the key to understanding revolution. Pre-revolution activity indicates dissention and unrest in a client nation to God that often terminates in disaster to the nation under God's administration of the fourth and fifth cycles of discipline. Jer 5:1-Jer 6:1; NET
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