Jewish Lives Matter: The Coming Millennial Kingdom; Part 2
Part 2: In the Beginning, Caste
In part one we looked at the beginning of the mediation caste system. This system is driven by sin. This is a word that we should take careful study of. Exploring the use of the serpent by Satan to do his bidding will not be an objective of this series, but it should be noted that at some point sin was found in Satan (Ezek 28:11ff., Isaiah 14:12ff.). Sin is presented in the Bible as an independent entity and not necessarily the personification of Satan. Sin is a characteristic of Satan, but not wholly defined by him. They are separate entities. Certainly it is likely that Satan made the creation of sin possible, and perhaps he is even the creator of it, but sin is also a separate entity that he has no control over.
The Bible defines sin as an entity driven by a desire to control.
Genesis 4:7 – If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.
Regardless of the deception in the garden, God is still talking to mankind face to face; individually if you will. This is the second presentation of the gospel by God himself to mankind. What is presented here is no different than any other gospel fundamental presented in the rest of the Bible: indwelling sin’s desire to control the individual must be ruled over by the same individual. Note that sin crouches in wait for something that enables it to control the individual: not doing well; an act of sin. This leads to condemnation which is sin’s case for controlling or enslaving the individual. Sin seeks to possess and dominate the individual with its own desires resulting in enslavement with the endgame being death. God’s presentation to Cain is a construct that never changes throughout Scripture.
James 1:13 – Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
After the deception, sin indwelled mankind and caste was born. This is because sin’s paramount desire to control others is now manifested in mankind. From the top of humanity down, people seek to control each other through a massive number of different means and techniques. After the deception, this dynamic was found in the parents of humanity:
Genesis 3:16 – To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
Unlike God’s command to Cain to rule over sin which desired to enslave Cain, this is a statement of fact: because of sin, the woman will desire to control her husband, but he will instead rule over her. This is because women are in general physically inferior to men and perhaps less aggressive as a practical matter.
What God is stating here is an unfortunate reality caused by the introduction of sin into humanity that goes along with the other bad news in the same verse, not His intended design for man’s relationship to the woman. Sin finds cause for divisiveness and the demeaning of others as inferior in every aspect of reality. Various and sundry relationships between men and women, including marriage, are no exception.
This is the caste dynamic found in the first two human beings and driven by sin. Because of sin, humankind only desires freedom for the self while desiring to enslave others for one’s own benefit. Again, this sin dynamic touches every metaphysical nook and cranny of humanity. God told Cain, “you must“… “rule over” sinful desire. He told Eve that Adam “shall” rule over her desire to control him. This was more bad news to go along with pain in childbearing, not God’s model for a good marriage. An extreme manifestation of this realty as an example may be found in the movie, The War of the Roses.
As God dealt with mankind face to face in the beginning, even after the garden deception and sin’s subsequent invasion into humanity, he continued to tell man to be fruitful and fill the earth (Gen 9:1). He never told man in the beginning to subdue each other, to have dominion over each other, or to rule over others. It could be argued that God’s imperative against murder is also an imperative against the enslavement of men by other men and the taking away of their freedom. Ruling over others, especially on an international level, will almost always require the taking of life or at least a threat thereof. This is invariably the end result when indoctrination doesn’t persuade one to be subservient. Genesis 9:1-7 is but one example of a mandate by God to subdue the earth coupled with a warning to not take the life of other men; the earth is to be conquered—not mankind.
Hence, in direct opposition to God, mankind refused to populate and subdue the earth and instead invested in conquest of other men. This is more than likely what is going at the Tower of Babel in the eleventh chapter of Genesis. This is because sin seeks to control, enslave, and conquer by any means. Toward the end of human history as we presently know it, and as foretold by the book of Revelation, we find an interesting notation:
Revelation 6:2 – And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. 3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
With the exception of the United States of America, the vast majority of human governments from the beginning of time have been and continue to be predicated on conquest. Sin is at the core of this reality. Found in man, it seeks to control the individual because of its desire to do so and forms the outward behavior of people to do the same. It will seek any excuse to conquer others whether social standing, ethnicity, education, or visual appeal. It manipulates, lies, steals, and if necessary murders in order to gain control of others.
Primarily, human governments have always made their case for ruling over others by claiming they are ordained by God, gods, or some cosmic force to do so. From the beginning, pagan-state governments seek to conquer by divine mandate. They are mandated by God, supposedly, to be a force for the collective good in the world…by conquest if necessary. The caste religion that justifies conquest has always been the same basic model: a determinist god ordains the knowers to guide the masses who are unable to know, and government is ordained by the same god to enforce their state-owned truth. It is absolutely true that Hinduism is the oldest religion known, and this model is well reflected in it accordingly. Until the American Revolution completely upset the apple cart of human history, religious caste was the only game that was played and manifested in pagan-state governments. Later, church-states were added to the murderous fray.
And there is a glaring problem with this model that has manifested itself throughout history: God has never come to earth and ceremonially coroneted any particular government to conquer the earth on His behalf and for His glory. Though church-states have made the case through numerous church counsels overseen by puritan “Divines,” Jesus Christ was never in attendance. Humorous if not so pathetic, Protestant evangelicals have always been fond of placing an empty chair at such meetings to represent the presence of Christ who is apparently sitting there just because they say He is, and allowing others to speak for Him.
The case has always been made and continues to be made in God’s absence. And, the substitute is deception and the sword. For some strange reason, God supposedly wants to use man to conquer others and set up His own kingdom on earth for the collective good. In other words, God has thrown His hat into the ring of political intrigue that has always dominated human history and continues to do so. This indeed is a strange and juvenile concept. When God decides to finally establish His kingdom on earth, Bible prophecy is clear in regard to the means used: He takes care of the matter Himself. In the book of Daniel, a stone made without hands smashes an idol that represents the kingdoms of the world. The message thereof would seem evident.
This series of posts are about God’s true kingdom, a kingdom presently in heaven, not on earth, and the relationship of the Jewish people to that kingdom. We have a long way to go in developing the big picture. That picture exposes the value of a treasured people and why their lives matter so much.
In the next part, we will further explore the anthropology of sin and the characteristics of the earthly kingdoms spawned by it. And as we journey forward, we will examine what God is presently seeking on earth if not a conquering kingdom by proxy.