Class Notes: 12/20/2020
Smyrna, the pivot for SPQR, and The Doctrine of Historical Trends part 5
James 1:19-20; You know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
John 3:19-20; "This is the condemnation, that the truth has come into the world, and people loved the lie rather than the truth, because their deeds were evil.
20 "because everyone who does evil hates the truth, and does not come to the truth for fear that their evil deeds will be exposed.
Jer 17:9 (NET) The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?
Eccles 8:8; No man has authority to control the wind, the weather or the climate, or authority over the day of death; there is no discharge in the midst of a battle, and evil people will not be rescued by their evil deeds... they sow the wind And they will reap the whirlwind. Hosea 8:7a;
Eccles 8:11; Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.
John Adams said that our Constitution was made only for a moral religious people it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. This means that if voters become democrat socialist tyranny will be necessary because the Constitution is totally inadequate to control socialists.
Every nation is only one generation away from tyranny. Deception is not an excuse because people who are deceived want to be deceived. This means good for or bad, the voters are responsible for freedom or tyranny.
In the states where freedom was rejected the people of those states had previously used their freedom to vote for incipient tyranny. This means the voters in the states where the politicians stacked the election for security are responsible because they got what they voted for and in this case at least so far so does the entire nation.
If God overrules their bad choices it won't be because the nation deserves it. The nation has sown to the wind and deserves the whirlwind and that may be what is coming.
The greatest mass murderer of the 20th century wasn't Hitler or Stalin. It was Mao Zedong.
According to the authoritative "Black Book of Communism," an estimated 65 million Chinese died as a result of Mao's repeated, merciless attempts to create a new "socialist" China. Anyone who got in his way was done away with by execution, imprisonment or forced famine. The CCP continues to use those same merciless tactics to keep China enslaved to this day.
We are in a study on Smyrna, the base of the pivot power for the first gentile client nation SPQR. This took us to a study of the doctrine of historical trends.
When we left off we had noted that no nation has ever permanently survived the prosperity of manifest destiny. In these times of the Gentiles, SPQR holds the record for client nation prosperity due to its prolonged pivot, resulting in almost 500 years of prosperity.
Orientation to authority is a matter of human volition. The function of all authority in life is dependent upon human volition. We are free to accept or reject legitimate authority at any time. God delegates all legitimate authority through the laws of divine establishment and through the principles of freedom. All illegitimate authority is based on the function of satan's cosmic system.
While God has delegated authority in the human race in the categories of nations, marriage, family, and free volition this authority is no good unless free volition accepts it. While the husband has legitimate authority over the wife, his authority is useless unless the wife from her own free will chooses to recognize and accept it. That requires some degree of love (integrity).
While parents have legitimate authority in the home, this authority is useless unless the children from their own free will recognize and accept it. Authority becomes useless and meaningless unless recognized and accepted. This is why we have revolution, crime and other functions of evil. This explains the rise of evil dictators.
This is why believers like Balaam recognized and accepted the authority of God until God gives them a command that was incompatible with their personal desires. At that point, Balaam rejected the directive will of God and chose to help Balak king of Moab by causing God to discipline Israel.
The permissive will of God permits the function of human volition under the principle of human freedom. Therefore, the permissive will of God functions when the believer rejects the directive will of God as in the case of Balaam.
God does not tamper with human volition. When the believer rejects the authority of God's Word and its divine mandates, he has, in essence, destroyed the authority of God in his life, so that he reverts to the cosmic system and the authority of Satan.
When involved in cosmic arrogance no nation ever learns from its or other nation's mistakes.
This refers to non-client nations where there is neither a pivot of mature believers nor freedom for perception of truth in the three categories: establishment, the Gospel, and Bible doctrine.
The non-client nation serves satan and its own selfish motivation and the non-client nation is the product of its own self- determination When a nation is involved in cosmic arrogance, its people are blind to the fact they are making exactly the same mistakes that destroyed every other great nations before them.
Hegel stated this principle that "We learn from history that we learn nothing from history."
This is another way of saying that arrogant people or nations are unteachable and they are blind to their own failures that results in their own self-destruction long before they are invaded and overrun.
Three things destroy a nation: Economic depression that can result from government destruction of and plundering of industry through legislation, or from the greed of labor or management. We' have all three in the USA.
Social degeneration occurs when individual bad decisions destroy the structure of society. The sacredness of freedom, property, and life are ignored or rejected. Integrity disappears from society and is replaced by every form of crime or immorality. We have this in the USA.
These things eventually result in military defeat. No nation can win a war when the manpower suffers from social degeneration and an industrial complex that has been eviscerated to the point where it cannot provide logistical support. If the stolen election is implemented this is coming very soon.
Without a pivot of mature believers no nation can survive on principle because principle requires truth to function. Survival takes evangelism, positive volition toward doctrine, the function of the protocol plan of God, and cognizance of the portfolio of invisible assets provided for each believer.
For principle to function in a foreign or domestic policy, there must be a pivot of mature believers in a client nation. Out of that come traditional values for unbelievers as well.
Principle is always based on truth and truth must be backed by truth. The principle of Bible doctrine. If truth is used in foreign policy, you must have a pivot of mature believers thinking truth to concur with that policy. For principle to be the surviving factor in any national entity, there must be client nation status.
The Roman Empire not only survived but had fantastic prosperity during the period of the Antonine Caesars immediately after the New Testament Canon was completed and circulated, from 96 - 192AD. This was due to the first great pivot of believers found in the Roman province of Asia with its headquarters in Smyrna and nearby Ephesus.
A nation without positive volition and a pivot is a nation on its way to destruction, or is a nation, which perpetuates itself through evil and is used as a divine instrument of judgment during the Church Age.
God reserves the function of principle and integrity and traditional values in a nation's foreign and domestic policy under the historical trend for client nations only. The only nation that can function under a foreign policy based on the function of principle and integrity is a client nation.
When a nation such as ours is not functioning on the basis of integrity and principle, the result is disaster.
Deut 32:8; "When the Most High God gave nations their inheritance, when He separated the children of Adam, He established the boundaries of peoples according to the number of citizens in Israel." Client nation Israel was the determining factor in nationalism for many centuries.
The same principle applies during the Church Age, Acts 17:26, "From one man God made every nation of the human race, to inhabit the surface of planet earth, and God has predetermined the time and place where each nation would exist."
Every nation must function on the basis of self-determination. No nation has the right to tell other nations how to run their business. But as a client nation we do have the right to send out missionaries and establish churches. We have no right to superimpose our false standards, acquired through cosmic living, on other nations.
The Church Age is the only dispensation in which historical trends are determined by the volition of the individual believer in Christ.
The Church Age is the dispensation of historical trends without prophecy. As goes your volition, so goes the Church Age.
Only during the Church Age are historical trends related exclusively to decisions made by believers in any given generation.
In all other dispensations historical trends are determined by prophecy. Prophecy determines the historical trends in every dispensation except for the Church Age. Historical trends during the Church Age are not determined by prophecy. This is the age of no prophecy again, no prophecy.
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