Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Doctrine of the client nation. Part 3.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Point 2: The most important client nation is Israel and the key to all client nations is found in the history of Israel as a priest nation.
1. God directs and controls historical activity on the basis of client nations.
A client nation is responsible to do five things.
a. It must evangelize its own population at home.
b. It must communicate Bible doctrine to the believers in the nation.
c. It is responsible for the custodianship of Bible doctrine.
d. It provides a haven for the Jews.
e. It is responsible to send out missionaries to evangelize other nations.
2. There were five Jewish client nations in the Old Testament.
a. The theocratic kingdom, B.C. 1441-1020, from the Exodus until the prophet Samuel. The theocratic kingdom ended when the Jews said, “We want to be like other nations.”
b. The United Kingdom from Saul to Rehoboam, B.C. 1020-926.
c. The Northern Kingdom from Jeroboam to Hoshea, B.C. 926-721. In 721 B.C. the fifth cycle of discipline was administered by the Assyrians under Sargon II.
Hoshea, the last king, looked to Egypt for help from the Assyrians but it never came.
Principle: don’t go to the world for help.
The siege by Sargon II took three years, which gave time for Israel to repent, but they did not and were destroyed.
Negative volition towards God’s word and plan are always the reason for the loss of client nation status.
d. The Southern Kingdom from Rehoboam to Zedekiah, B.C. 926-586. The fifth cycle of discipline was administered by the Chaldeans under Nebuchadnezzar.
The Southern Kingdom and Jerusalem were completely destroyed by the Chaldeans under Nebuchadnezzar and all except the most poor were taken into captivity to Babylon.
The Southern Kingdom spent 70 years in captivity and the Northern Kingdom was under Chaldean rule and there was no client nation in operation.
After the 70 years a remnant were allowed to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the city; Ezra, Nehemiah.
e. Then Judah became a client nation again from B.C. 516 until 70 A.D.
In 458 B.C., after the fifth Jewish client nation was operational, we have the return of Ezra. The entire Old Testament canon was discovered and Ezra led a great revival back to Bible doctrine.
In 445 B.C., Nehemiah returned with a group of people to rebuild the walls and to organize the military to defend this client nation.
Point 3: Negative Volition to Bible doctrine destroys a client nation.
Apostasy in a client nation is always a cancer. If it grows long enough, that client nation dies under the fifth cycle of discipline.
In demanding security from government an insecure generation becomes an entitlement generation.
Insecure politicians offer some form of socialism that is always divorced from establishment principles found in the infallible Word of God.
Absolute power in the hands of insecure and incompetent rulers, whose power lust feeds on an insecure generation demanding something for nothing, results in a nation selling its heritage of freedom for a mess a pottage.
When one generation fails to teach norms and standards, virtues and values, and authority orientation to its children, they become dysfunctional adults and their children continue the process of national decline.
If you seek security in any other than God then you are a weak dysfunctional adult.
Good decisions of national leadership result in greater options for greater decisions. Bad decisions destroy freedom options and enslave the nation.
Mankind always has been and always will be the product of their own volition, not their environment. When we blame environment we are operating in the arrogance skills.
Due to man’s sin nature and his total depravity plus the function of satan’s cosmic system, freedom will be greatly attacked. People in the client nation will periodically have to make great sacrifices for freedom.
Political solutions are useless without spiritual solutions. What makes political solutions great is the invisible heroship of a pivot of mature believers.
Spiritual solutions never include violence or coercion, but a change in the soul through Bible doctrine.