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Wednesday, September 21 2011
The English word "nation" originated from a Latin word which meant to be born (the words nativity, native and natal originated from the same word). A "nation" actually means a people who are descended from a common ancestor. The most-recognized Biblical example of that is Israel, a nation named after Jacob, who the LORD renamed as Israel. As purposely created, "Israel" was the Kingdom of God i.e. "this nation is Thy people" (see also The First Christian Church).
"46:26 All the souls [see The First Souls] that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six; 46:27 And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten." (Genesis 46:26-27 KJV)
Although Israel is regarded as the first Biblical nation, the origin of the purpose and meaning of the term goes right back to the creation of the first humans (see also How Many Days Of Creation Were There?). Their "common ancestor" was God - the LORD God was their Father and their King. By the literal definition of "nation" (in both the original Hebrew and the English word that was used to translate it) the first Kingdom of God was composed of the native-born (i.e. "nation born") people of Eden.
"1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." (Genesis 1:26-27 KJV)
"They have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them ... they have forsaken Me and served other gods"
Although "nation" and "country" are often used interchangeably today, "country" literally has a very different meaning. It originated from a Latin word, contrata, which meant opposite (the English word contrary originated from the same word as country). As it was originally used, a "nation" (a people) used the word "country" to describe those who were foreign to them, opposite their geographic or cultural borders.
The English word "foreign" itself originated from a word that in effect meant "far reign" i.e. people who were governed by a distant leader. Who were the first "foreigners"? Adam and Eve - when they became contrary (i.e. became country) against the King of their Nation and were exiled from the Kingdom of God at Eden (see also Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent?). The first border guards were "Cherubims," armed with "a flaming sword which turned every way."
"3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:23-24 KJV)
From Eden, humans created all sorts of their own rebellious-against-each-other nations (i.e. family lines), each a country (i.e. opposite) to the others. Those nations, with the exception of the one nation from Noah's family ("But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD"), were destroyed by the Flood (see also The Floods Brought By Christ). Notice that their evil behavior against the LORD was caused by their "imagination" - the "image nations" of themselves that they created in defiance of God's Law.
"6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
After the Flood, humanity began again as a single nation, from the family of Noah, but from Noah's descendants soon came separate nations, each with their own bordered country. As detailed in all of Genesis chapter 10, those nations, and the countries that they have created (and often lost) for themselves over the centuries, have continued right to the present day.
"10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood." (Genesis 10:32 KJV)
Nations and countries up to that time still had a single language. That changed with the rebellious-against-God tower of Babel - the beginning also of using the Name of the LORD in whatever vain religious behavior that they arrogantly chose for themselves (notice their reference to a "name" for themselves was spoken in the very same sentence as "heaven" - where the LORD reigns; see also Is Your Religion Your Religion?). Their imaginations were creating self-worshiping "image nations" that were made in the idolatrous images of themselves, rather than the Image of God as humans were originally created. Humans began to regard themselves as a mere reflection of themselves, rather than of the LORD Who created them - hence the human-istic and evolution-istic farce that humans originated from forms of lesser humans, who were self-created from physical life forms that weren't human at all.
"11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." (Genesis 11:4 KJV)
As with the time of the Garden of Eden and the time of Noah, the Kingdom of God existed when Israel was first created. But once again, humans rejected the King and Creator of their nation so that they could create an "image nation" of themselves. They blatantly rebelled against Him, while continuing to claim to be His people.
"8:4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 8:5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
Fact Finder: Is the "image of the beast" a matter of people following their own political, economic and religious "image nations" - their own imaginations that foolishly ignore their actual Creator?
This Day In History, September 21
454: Flavius Aetius, Roman general and statesman, died. He was a successful commander against the Hunnish, Frankish, Burgundian and Gothic tribes of central Europe.
1451: Jews in the Netherlands were forced to wear an identifying badge.
1520: Suleiman "the Magnificent" became the Ottoman sultan (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1643: Abahai, Chinese military leader and emperor, died at age 51. He established the Ch'ing Dynasty which ruled China from 1644 to 1911.
1792: The First French Republic was proclaimed when the French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
1897: The New York Sun published its famous "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" (the present-day lie of "Santa Claus" was invented in New York; the myth of the "jolly old elf" was based upon a violent, fanatical Turkish bishop of the Church of Rome who lived centuries earlier; see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1915: The ancient stone monuments at Stonehenge were sold at auction to an Englishman, who later donated the site to the nation.
1931: Britain went off the gold standard i.e. currency was of monetary value based solely upon the government's word.
1938: A hurricane struck parts of New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives.
1949: The People's Republic of China was proclaimed by its Communist revolutionary leaders Mao Tse-Tung.
1949: Germany was officially split into 2 separate countries - West Germany (under western allies control) and East Germany (under the control of the Soviet Union). The division of Germany didn't last, as it never did before (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro! and listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1964: Malta became independent from the United Kingdom.
1972: As a response to his losing control of his U.S.-backed dictatorship, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos signed a proclamation to place the Philippines under martial law.
1978: Two Soviet cosmonauts set a space endurance record after 96 days in orbit.
1991: Armenia became independent from the Soviet Union.