Is God a Socialist or a Fascist?

We read about elections for presidents, prime ministers and high dignitaries.  Recently Zimbabwe had their elections and earlier it was Mexico.  Whatever the outcome, some people are always dissatisfied.  The reason is that every person has his or her opinion.  Governments differ, they might be communist, fascist, socialist democratic, et cetera.  God’s government is completely different.  

#  What is God’s government like?  

God’s Kingdom will last eternally, so His type of government should be important to take note of.  Eternity is very long and God’s reign will be peaceful and loving.  How does He do it?  His planning is brilliant.  Look at some aspects: 

#  God’s citizens choose their government on this side of the grave.  

  • There is now, and will be in eternity, only one King, one Bridegroom and one Councillor in God’s Kingdom.  That will never change.  People who don’t want to submit to them, may choose the alternative now, in this life.  
  • God in His brilliance gave man the freedom to choose and be sifted now, not when His government is in operation.  In God’s Kingdom there will be no change of Government.  God will be the King eternally.  
  • There will be no opportunity to vote for president, prime minister, or whatever type of ruler.  The voting pole closes for a human being when he or she dies
  • In the coming ages, everything is ‘fixed’ eternally, ’The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city [New Jerusalem], and His servants [we, followers of Christ] will serve Him.’ 1 

#  All the citizens of God’s future Kingdom will love the Ruler.  

  • Once again, people who don’t want to live under the Lord’s reign, are completely free to choose not to be part of God’s nation.  There is no force to love and obey the Lord.  
  • The free will test will cause that all, not 85% or 99.9%, but 100% of the citizens of the future Kingdom of peace will love their Ruler.  That is the one requirement that will never change.  Why?  If people love their leaders they are happy with them and follow them.   
  • God summarises love for your ruler, ‘This is love for God: to obey His commands.  And His commands are not burdensome.’ 2  Love and obedience will logically lead to a peaceful and harmonious nation.   
  • In addition God gives us time in this life to learn to love and forgive others.  ‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.’ 3  Obviously no one who loves another will murder or harm him.

# Jesus is the One who enabled us to love the Lord. 

To love, obey and serve God, is only possible because our Bridegroom gave His life to change our hearts.  ‘He [God] saved us through the washing of rebirth [Jesus Christ] and the renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.’ 4

Conclusion

The Lord God Almighty, the Ruler of heaven, will rule with love, because, ‘He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just.  A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.’ 5  What a King!  No wonder His followers love Him, and will serve Him eternally.

References

  1. Revelation 22:3  
  2. 1 John 5:3  
  3. 1 John 4:7-8  
  4. Titus 3:5b-7
  5. Deuteronomy 32:4

Why the Kingdom of God is impossible with the devil.

In previous blogs we discussed some aspects of the vexing evil issue, ‘Why did God allow evil?’  ‘What about evil, part 1?’  ‘What about evil, part 2?’  ‘The talking serpent never stopped talking.’   We touched on the appearance of the evil one, ‘the great dragon… that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan who leads the whole world astray.’ 1  In this blog we want to discuss or repeat something very important: the devil has an essential role to play in God’s Kingdom.  To say it clearly, without the devil, God cannot successfully complete His Kingdom Project.

Did God plan the rebellion of the devil? 

  • The Bible tells us that the devil is a rebellious angel, who is in opposition to God.  Did God cause the devil to rebel?  God never interferes with free will.  All angels have free will.  God could not force the devil to rebel, since he could then complain that God set him up and that his sentence of eternal hell is not fair.
  • God will never violate either the angels’ or people’s free will.  That would throw the whole judicial process into a turmoil.  Then most people could complain that God was unfair, since He influenced some to love Him and left others alone.  God is absolutely fair and just.  So He will never override free will.  Therefore God did not plan the rebellion of the devil.
  • However, if God is good and omnipotent, why did He allow the devil to bring evil to this world?  Life would have been so much easier without the devil.  Doesn’t God want us to have a good life?  The answer is: the Kingdom is impossible without the devil, the evil one and his destructive influence on the world.

The devil and the Kingdom of God

  • Why did God allow the devil to usurp Adam’s authority and fill the world with evil?  He could have stopped the devil, limited his power, or just plain annihilated him.
  • The issue has to with God’s plan for man, namely a Kingdom of Love and Peace.  Therefore the devil’s work in God’s Kingdom is absolutely necessary.  God uses his ‘assistance’ to successfully complete the establishment of the eternal Kingdom of Love and Peace.
  • How does the devil do that?  He rebelled against God, he doesn’t like Him and slanders God all the time.  So in what way can he be of assistance to God?

An enemy is essential.

  • Leaders of worthwhile countries have enemies.  That is a fact of life.  There is always someone around who wants to usurp the current leader’s position.
  • With God it is no different.  He is the King of a wonderful country, and He has an enemy.  A future Kingdom of Peace on earth is impossible without God’s enemy who attempts to thwart His plans.  To understand it better let’s compare it with the role of an opposing political party in a country:
  • Country A has a leader, LA.  He has an enemy, Z.  Z goes around and tells everybody that LA is incompetent.  They should replace him with Z.  In this proses Z divides the people.  He exposes those who will oppose LA.
  • Let’s apply this principle to God’s Kingdom.  He is the King.  His Kingdom is eternal and is one of Peace and Love (to be part of His Kingdom is obviously worth trillions).  But…  God has an enemy.   This enemy irrevocably lost his place in God’s Kingdom.
  • Because this enemy was disgraced, he is full of revenge, hate and spite.  He thought he assassinated God’s Son on the Cross, but it was a huge defeat for him when Jesus rose from the dead.  So his next line of attack is to try and prevent people to become citizens of God’s Kingdom.
  • While he will never be king of the eternal Kingdom, he is ruler of this temporary world.  That means he has ways to slander God and propagate how ‘detestable’ He is.
  • In our world, what does the enemy do?  He divides the country’s citizens into two groups, those who accept the current leader and those who don’t.  It is the same with God.  Look at history as revealed in the Bible to see how the devil divides and exposes God’s enemies.

Division caused by Satan 

  • After the Fall, Adam and Eve had two sons.  Abel was a righteous man. 2  Cain refused to listen to God’s warning. 3  That division among humanity continues to this day:
  • Some people are willing to obey God.  They accept the influence of God’s Spirit and choose to ‘eat from the tree of good.’
  • Some people refuse to give heed to God’s warnings or advice.  They accept the influence of the devil’s spirits and choose to ‘eat from the tree of evil.’
  • This selection process went on right through history and continues today.  It is what identifies God’s people as well as His enemies.
  • Look at the final episode in the plan of God.  Revelation 17:14 says, ‘…The Lamb will overcome them [the kings who gave their authority to the beast] because He is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.’
  • Also in Revelation we read about people with the exact opposite disposition, ‘…and they cursed the name of God who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him.’ 4
  • So the last book of the Bible identifies two groups of people, those who follow Jesus and those who don’t.
  • Revelation 20:12 &15 describe their respective final destinies, ‘…The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books….  If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.’

Conclusion

The devil serves God because he identifies and exposes the rebels.  Then everyone at the Judgement Throne can see that they are unfit for God’s eternal Kingdom, because they will disrupt the Peace and Love.  The division will make it possible that, ‘…the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them, and be their God.’ 5

References

  1. Revelation 12:9
  2. Matthew 23:35
  3. 1 John 3:12
  4. Revelation 16:9
  5. Revelation 21:3

The war against God proves He is real

God’s Kingdom is real. His enemy is real. We see the war against God and His people around us today. That should encourage and strengthen us as we continue to seek the Kingdom of God.

Wars are often fought over precious minerals.  An example is the Second Boer War (1899-1902). One of the main reasons for the war between the Transvaal (in South Africa) and Great Britain was the discovery of gold.  Other wars might be fought over freedom, a leader, or a better country.

#  The Kingdom

The war against God is about a future country, the Kingdom of God.  What exactly does ‘kingdom’ mean?  To understand it, let’s take a ‘normal’ country as an example.  It has a leader, a president or king, queen, or prime minister.  He or she governs over a nation in a specific territory, called by various names like England, America, et cetera.  A kingdom is therefore a group of people (a nation) with its leader, living in a country.

#  God is the King.

God reveals in the Bible that He will create or establish exactly such a country, but it will be different from all countries in the world.

  • The area.  It will be the new heaven and earth.
  • The King.  God is the undisputed King.  He will not be a democratic leader, voted for by the people.  We, while alive, ‘vote’ either for or against God.  If we vote against Him, we declare our intention not to become part of God’s Kingdom, but to remain in the kingdom of darknes ruled by the devil.
  • The citizens.  Those who accepted God as their Leader and their Lord.

#  God’s enemy

  • Most leaders and countries have enemies.  God also has an enemy.  God’s enemy was a high ranking angel in God’s administration who rebelled.  He chose to go his own way because of pride and ambition.
  • The devil’s defection tells us why there is a war against God and His plan for man, ‘And there was war in heaven.  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But he [the dragon] was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.  The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.  He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.’ 1
  • The next verse explains it all, ‘But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!  He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short.’ 2  It is not without reason that the Bible declares, ‘woe to the earth….’   The war is over man’s allegiance to God, to rob them of eternal life with Him.
  • The devil especially hates the followers of Christ, ‘Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.’ 3

Conclusion

God’s Kingdom is real.  His enemy is real.  We see the war against God and His people around us today.  That should encourage and strengthen us as we continue to seek the Kingdom of God. 4

References

  1. Revelation 12:7-9
  2. Revelation 12:12c
  3. Revelation 12:17
  4. Matthew 6:33