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Saturday, August 16 2014
2 Chronicles 18: The Two Kinds Of Patriotism
"Shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?"
"Nation" means place of birth i.e. nativity - not merely as of where, but moreover from whom. Families of people grew into "nations." The nation of Israel is the prime example; from the family of a man named Jacob came the Israelites (see The Origin Of Israel) - a nation that also was given its own country by the LORD (see The Boundary Law and Where Is Palestine?).
"King" means the head of a kin - the father of a family. In that way, Jacob was a "king" (see The First Census Of Israel).
"Patriotism" literally means father-ism - loyalty to the father, the king, the head of a kin.
Humans have a human father and a Spiritual Father. The Fifth Commandment is "20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12 KJV). But, as is made obvious by obeying God's Commandment itself, the Word of God our Father is to be honored and obeyed above all. Human physical fathers and nations are temporary, while the God The Father and the Kingdom of God are forever.
"12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?" (Hebrews 12:7-9 KJV)
Patriotism to God our Father must always be over mere worldly patriotism. The day is coming when all nations are going to learn to be patriotic to God (see The Zion Prophecy).
"2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
In the meantime, and even at that future time, that does not mean that national patriotism and Patriotism to God are not the same, when a nation has a righteous leader who governs according to the Word of God (e.g. Moses, Joshua, David), but when a national leader becomes Satanic, the patriotism to God must be maintained first and foremost. An example of that occurred in the time of King Jehoshaphat of Judah and King Ahab of Israel.
After the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) divided the united kingdom of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah), the two kingdoms were sometimes allied, while at other times at war. In the time of Jehoshaphat and Ahab, they were allied.
"18:1 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab.
Ahab and his wife Jezebel were corrupt and evil (see The End Of The Line For Ahab And Jezebel and The Dogs of Ahab and Jezebel), while Jehoshaphat was righteous. The patriotism of the people to them, and to the LORD, was very different because those to Ahab were only to Ahab, while those to Jehoshaphat were to Jehoshaphat because Jehoshaphat was patriotic to God. One of the results of the people's retarded "patriotism" to Ahab alone was that the people, even the supposed prophets, became spineless "yes men" to Ahab. They followed their "leader" even when he was leading them away from the LORD.
"18:3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead?
Jehoshaphat, on the other hand, demanded to hear from a true prophet of the LORD - just one would be enough. Ahab however resisted the demand because prophets who told the truth didn't tell the corrupt king what he wanted to hear ("I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me"). They were patriotic to God, and to King Jehoshaphat who was patriotic to God - but they were not patriotic to an evil man who was then occupying the throne of the nation.
"18:7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla.
The lies of Ahab's "patriotic" prophets were exposed when Ahab was mortally wounded in the battle in which they said that Ahab would be safe and victorious.
"18:28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramothgilead. 18:29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle.
This Day In History, August 16
30 BC: Marcus Atonius, more popularly known today as Mark Antony, died at age 52. He was a Roman military and political leader, an associate of Julius Caesar, and lover and ally of Cleopatra (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1513: English and German forces under Henry VIII defeated the French at Guinegate, in what was called the Battle of the Spurs.
1777: France declared bankruptcy.
1812: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), British General Isaac Brock, together with native allies, attacked and captured Detroit along with U.S. General William Hull and his army. Hull, with more than 2,000 men, had retired to Fort Detroit after a failed U.S. invasion of Upper Canada (today known as Ontario). Brock was knighted for the action, however news of the award did not reach Canada until after Brock's death at the Battle of Queenston Heights in October 1812.
1868: A magnitude 8.5 earthquake in the Peru-Chile Trench in the Pacific produced a tsunami that struck the coast of Peru and Chile, killing approximately 70,000 people.
1870: The Battle of Mars-la-Tour during the Franco-Prussian War ended with a Prussian victory.
1896: Gold was discovered in Rabbit Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River, near the present site of Dawson, Canada. It set off what is often described as the greatest gold rush in human history.
1906: A powerful earthquake struck Valparaíso, Chile, killing nearly 4,000 people.
1914: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Liege fell to the Germans after fierce Belgian resistance and heavy German casualties. On the same day, the Austrian-born Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion), who a year earlier had been rejected by the Austrian army on medical grounds, volunteered for service in a German regiment and was accepted.
1929: The 1929 "Palestine" (an English rendering of the Biblical Hebrew word "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) riots between Arabs and Jews erupted in the British Mandate (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate). Over 130 Jews and 115 Arabs were killed.
1930: The first British Empire Games were opened, in Hamilton, Ontario.
1945: At the end of the Second World War, Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, was captured by Soviet troops.
1949: After 45 years of burial in Vienna, the body of Theodor Herzl was taken to Israel, according to his request that the Jewish people move him there after the creation of the State of Israel. He was buried on a ridge facing Jerusalem, bearing the name Mount Herzl (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion and Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism; also Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism).
1960: Cyprus became an independent republic, with Archbishop Makarios as its first president.
1964: During the Vietnam civil war (the Vietnamese people were divided into North and South by French colonial forces in the 1950s), a U.S. backed coup overthrew South Vietnam President Duong Van Minh and replaced him with General Nguyen Khanh.
1972: Morocco's King Hassan II escaped unhurt when an airliner carrying him to Rabat was fired on by Moroccan Air Force pilots.
1989: A geomagnetic storm produced by a solar flare affected computers on earth e.g. it caused a shutdown of all trading on Toronto's stock exchange.
2010: China surpassed Japan as the World's second-largest economy.