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THE  FIRST  GOVERNMENTS

God's government is very different from governments of this earth.  God's government is built on charity, harmony, righteousness.  Earthly governments are built on expediency, practicality, and necessity.  Earthly governments have all been based on the power to rule.  God's government is based on His right to rule.  Earthly governments are allowed to rule by God.  Earthly governments are replaced by Him at His will.  Earthly governments are required.  Something must serve to provide order, and occasional peace.  Earthly governments, like men, are sometimes swayed and influenced by Satan.    (1 Kings 14:7-10,14; Psalm 75:7; Romans 13:1-8; Daniel 4:30-37; 1 Peter 2:13-14)   

A brief history before the birth of Jesus Christ

Let us consider a brief history of the world until the birth of Jesus Christ.  First there was Adam, then there was Noah.  Noah had some sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.  All humans are their descendants. 

Ham had a descendant named Nimrod.  Nimrod saw a problem, and an opportunity.  The population had grown.  Conflicts for resources were springing up everywhere, causing much turmoil.  If someone could unite and control the people, that someone could also control the resources.  Nimrod began to convince and persuade people to unite under him.  He made laws, and required obedience to them.  Eventually, Nimrod had to intimidate and conquer peoples who did not yield to him. This has been the history of most governments since.   
(1 Chronicles 1:10; Genesis 10:8-10) 

The governments before the flood had been based on the extended family.  After the flood, the family was still central to local rule.  Until very recently, this was true.  But the upper levels of government, the uniting of men, became necessary after the flood.  The earth was a much different place.  So 'common rule for the common good,' the root of civil government, began almost as soon as Noah's sons started to gang up on each other. 

By Nimrod's time, great alliances were being formed among men.  For certain reasons, the people wanted to build a tower, a tower that reached "unto heaven."  God, for certain reasons, said, 'No You Don't.'  God confused and changed their languages and speech.  Suddenly, no one working on the project could understand what his fellow worker was saying, and couldn't be understood themselves.  That was the end of building on that particular tower.  Men went their ways and began to spread over the face of the earth.  God could not allow them to build the tower that was to reach to Heaven.  So He stopped their building and stopped their talking.    (Genesis 11:1-9) 

This scared Nimrod's wife, and everyone else in the ruling party.  Nimrod died.  The confusion, this 'babylon' created, caused great social upheaval. Nimrod's wife, in order to retain power, began a myth.  A myth is a fabrication of the human mind explaining a mystical event. 

Nimrod was reincarnated as the sun and became a sun-god.  His wife became miraculously pregnant, and her new son was the reincarnated Nimrod,   miraculous son of the sun Nimrod.  'Right?'  'No Way!'  Or at least that is the story I heard.  That is how she got her new son on the throne, and managed to stay in power. 

She made the people believe this story.  One of the first real theocracies was born.  A theocracy is a marriage of church and state.

Recorded history contains the records of the peoples and their beliefs, both before and after Christ.  History also contains keys to many Biblical prophecies.  A prophecy of God is history sure to come and pass.  A prophecy is a statement, that such and so will happen, which claims God as its source.  When a prophecy is fulfilled it becomes history. 

Such was the birth of Christ.  His birth was prophesied, and happened.  Questions and doubts may exist about the life, teachings, and mission of Jesus, called the Christ.  Little doubt should exist that some man named Jesus, who began the Christian movement, lived and died.                     
(Genesis 3:13-15;  Genesis 13:14-16; Galatians 3:16-29;  Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:20-25; Matthew 2:4-6;  Isaiah 9:5-7;)

Prophecy is subjected to much opinion and private definition.  The only measure of a prophet is the accuracy of his prophecies, and his faithfulness to God.  If the prophecy comes to pass, the prophet is either a prophet of God, or a very good guesser.  If God makes a prophecy known, it will come to pass.  If the prophecy does not come to pass, well guess who goofed?  It wasn't God.    It wasn't a prophecy from God.   (Deuteronomy 13:1-4; Jeremiah 28:9;  Isaiah 8:19-20) 

Daniel was a prophet of God.  The book of the Bible that bears his name contains many prophecies. The events he wrote about, before they happened, are prophecies. Daniel's prophecies are chronological, and follow a logical, step by step order.  Many of his prophecies are already fulfilled and have become history.  A few have not had a match with a historical fact.  Some of his prophecies are still being fulfilled. 

One such prophecy that needs further mention is the account of Nebuchadnezzar's dream.  Read about it in
Daniel, Chapter 2.  As the story goes, the King of the Babylonians, King Nebuchadnezzar, had a dream where he saw a great statue.  This statue's head was gold, chest silver, belly bronze, legs iron, and feet of mixed iron and clay.  The material in the feet did not bind together. The feet were unstable.

Then the King sees a huge boulder of a rock fall from heaven.  The rock smashes the statue's feet and grinds the whole statue into dust.  Then the rock grows into a mighty mountain and fills the whole earth.     (Daniel 2:28-35) 

Daniel interpreted the King's dream.  Babylon was the head of gold.  The prophecy begins with Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom and continues from there.  The kingdom that followed Babylon was the Medo-Persian Empire.  The Medes and Persians were represented by the chest of silver.  The belly of bronze symbolized the Greeks.  The Greeks, lead by Alexander the Great, conquered the Persians.  The government which followed the Greeks, as "ruler of the whole world," is often called the "Iron Monarchy."  That kingdom was Rome under the emperors.   
(Daniel 2:36-40) 

When Roman rule was destroyed by social collapse and the Barbarians, the feet were formed.  The feet of the statue represent the European countries the Barbarians became. Or more accurately, the feet of the statue represent the national systems of government which exist today.  These systems of government will remain until Jesus returns to claim the rights to govern Himself.  The Kingdom of God is the Rock which smashes the statue and fills the earth.  Jesus comes during the age represented by the statue's feet.  The Rock that falls is the second coming of Christ.     (Daniel 2:41-45)

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