Monarchy Encroaching?

When I first published “They wanted a King!…or, The Evils of Monarchy” https://godhistoryandyou.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/they-wanted-a-king-or-the-evils-of-monarchy/ in July, 2009, I had no idea, really, of the…magnitude…of that topic. I could not relate at all as to why Benjamin Franklin was so concerned about the colonists possibly reverting to monarchical rule (W. Cleon Skousen, The 5000 Year Leap, p.18,19.) My thinking at that time was, after all they suffered? such spilling of blood & loss of treasure? how could anyone EVER consider monarchy again!! To me, such an action was unimaginable. And beyond foolish.

Greater awareness of what goes on in the world, and exposure to types of information once completely foreign to me, has broadened my perceptions.

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Deception ever seeks to lure the innocent & unsuspecting. Some who should by now be partaking of strong meat are still desiring only milk! We need to become those who partake of meat. There are realities beyond foundations of repentance & faith, doctrines beyond resurrection & eternal judgment, and we are exhorted to move past them to perfection. (Hebrews 5:12-14, 6:1-2) When we find ourselves in places demanding that we learn to discern between good & evil, we become those partaking of meat. We may not then be so easily deceived.

I say these things because I think, based on my own experience, that this ‘leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection’ (Heb.6:1) encompasses the kinds of knowledge & understanding that are needful in, say, avoiding a return to monarchy. The desire for an earthly monarch (king) can be, at root, a spiritual error. In a world torn by hatreds, divisions & conflicts, pummeled daily with lies & fear, people want an answer. What they DON’T want is more chaos & discord in governing bodies.

They wanted a King !....or, The Evils of Monarchy

Samuel imparts the LORD’S warning

 

Israel of the prophet Samuel’s time, similarly wanting security in their own world, where fraud & corruption abounded in their ‘government’/judges (1 Samuel 8:3), wanted an answer also. Against the Lord’s extremely clear, warning counsel, they demanded…yep…a king. A monarch!

 

Although on the face of it, the demands of those people seems more like simple bull-headedness, it is not. First came a forsaking of their God. Then a serving of other gods. Webs entangle, darkness clouds vision & judgment. We may hear but not listen.

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What the people did not seem to care about was that their God wanted to be their King. Israel instead wanted to be like the other nations (Multiculturalism? Globalism?), having a king of flesh & blood. Somehow they had been deceived into believing that an earthly king would be preferable, more effective than Yahweh.

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There was a moment in my life when the Lord told me that I was not to look to people or organizations, insurance or company benefits, government or improving economies for my help. Though He may send help through persons or agencies, He was the Source. He wanted me to trust Him alone. . “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” (Psalm 146:3)

…so for the peoples of our world today to reach a place of need, or desperation, where they believe any man or any agenda can bring solutions to their crises – apart from God working in & through them – would seem to be a big mistake. Yet more & more, we hear talk of global organizations/leaders/agendas that would seem to point to this very thing.

Something very big is going on. Hiding in plain sight, it gains mass & momentum.

Conceivably, at the ‘right’ time, it will manifest & the world will fall for it. It is manifesting now, and many do not see. (Perhaps they should not see, perhaps it is not necessary & would be of no benefit to anyone.) The complete manifestation would be so timed as to coincide with a readiness of the world’s peoples to welcome its arrival & its programs. IN THE MEANTIME the way is being paved by large & compelling issues: borders/immigration & climate change (whether real or a hoax). In order for a globalist agenda to be accepted, there needs to be conditions that affect all peoples & nations around the globe. Well, environmental conditions affect the entire world. And if the world was one big, borderless mass, well, there you have it, ready-made for a one world leader. No separate countries with separate cultures & governments, let’s just all blend together & be one big happy ‘family’ without individual citizen’s rights, so we can easily be taken over.

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“The Old World Order was characterized by {individual, separate} monarchies, countries with independent standing armies, metals and fiat currency. The New World Order will be characterized by One-World government {single ‘monarch’?}, open borders, a world army, world court, and a world cashless credit-based currency managed via microchips.” http://www.atlanteanconspiracy.com/2008/06/new-world-order-part-1.html {parenthesis mine}

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IF WE ARE NOT looking for a ‘monarch’ to provide solutions & security – if we are seeking our help from the LORD instead, and through HIS ‘agenda’, purposes & people – such events as just described wouldn’t happen. Humanity’s focus would be elsewhere, not fixating on an earthly ‘king’ & his World Court, nor so willing to buy into the narratives that accompany this.

Returning to Monarchy?

 

benIt was a great concern of Benjamin Franklin’s that, eventually, America would return to monarchical rule. When I first learned of that fact, I was confused. I could not understand why Franklin entertained such a fear, in light of the monumental struggle against a monarchy, only recently survived by the thirteen American colonies in the Revolutionary War. The pieces of such an ominous puzzle eluded me.

Today, I understand. I see how it could conceivably happen.

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Life can be dangerous, and freedom brings with it responsibilities & obligations, perhaps burdens. Even so, who would desire imprisonment instead? Would any one of us choose slavery in its place? A Power timeless and eternal has undertaken to “…bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” (Isaiah 42:7) A Servant has been sent forth, and a proclamation of liberty has been made. (Isaiah 61:1) While you were held captive, that which was precious to you fell into a state of desolation, and seemed wasted…but a Promise has been sent, to raise up and repair (Isaiah 61:4), even the very years that seemed lost. (Joel 2:25)

Provisions have been made, and are at work today, to set men free, and to keep them free.

I believe that that the United States of America was raised up so that such Provisions could be displayed to humankind, and learned, and lived.

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Monarchy was NOT in the heart of the Lord for His creation. You need to get that fact straight, right from the start. The Lord was looking for willing relationship, for fellowship, with man. Genesis shows us communication between the Creator and the first man & woman (Genesis 3:8-13) Granted, that particular conversation was not a casual social exchange – but it would seem as though perhaps it was part of an accepted, expected routine. Adam and Eve recognized the Lord’s voice; they’d heard it before.

In a previous conversation, the LORD had instructed the man Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This command was given to Adam because, if he ate of this fruit, he would surely die. He would die. Got that? No shades of gray here. A certain kind of knowledge kills. This is as true today as it was then. God was not trying to rain on Adam’s parade: He was trying to preserve the paradise of their existence from corruption.

Sadly, or so it seems today, such was not to be the case.

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Even if you are not a Bible believing follower of Christ, you probably know this account of what is termed ‘the fall of man’. She ate the forbidden fruit, he ate the forbidden fruit, the LORD confronted them, the LORD cast them out.

At first reading, these actions of what we probably perceive as a displeased God may seem heartless & cruel. But one needs to discern the motive behind them. Because the mans27-th (2) now had the knowledge of good and evil, he, and therefore his progeny & the world they would fashion were in dire trouble. Trouble such as would take millenia to come to pass. Adam could not have imagined it…but the LORD could. Already knowing the atrocities and horrors that mankind would eventually perpetrate upon the earth because of this first error in human judgement, He had to act. He would not allow this catastrophe to run rampant into infinity. A redemptive Plan was begun.

“…and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat , and live forever…the Lord GOD sent him forth from the garden of Eden…” (Genesis 3:22, 23)

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In this account of the Creation, we learn that the crafty serpent lured God’s first couple into partaking of deadly knowledge by introducing doubt – a doubting of the nature of God’s intentions towards man. By skillfully inserting one question, “Yea, hath God said…?”, this diabolical being set in motion a process which still goes on today. and which, when engaged in, brings with it destruction on every scale. He questioned God’s statement, then flat out denied it. Lastly, he lied about God’s intentions with a devious implication. The implication was that their Creator did not want this first couple to know what He knew – not because it might harm them but because He wanted all the attention, all the power. He didn’t want to share. Without actually coming right out & saying so, the serpent painted a picture of God as being petty, jealous & selfish.

In a very short conversation, this beast of the field dismantled Paradise.

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I have always believed that motive is paramount. Often, more so than what you say to me, I want to know your motive. More so than what you do, I want to know why you are doing it. It is way too easy to get caught up in the spider’s web! Where people are concerned, look before you leap…we are needy, selfish, prone to change on the turn of a dime…God, however, is not and does not. It behooves us to learn of Him, so that we may stop doubting. Faith builds up on itself, and results can endure.

Without, however, that enduring trust in God & His motives, man will seek out other ways & means to make their way back to Paradise. We may not realize that is what we’re doing. The problem here is that any other Way will at some point fail you. It will disappoint, it will run out when you need it most. Worst case scenario, it will enslave and kill.

On man’s journeys back to Paradise, he mistakenly sought out monarchy as a means to get there.

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Going back to Biblical times, prior to and during the years of the prophet Samuel, we learn that judges & prophets ruled over the affairs of the people of Israel. They had no earthly king. That was the Plan.

Ushering Samuel in as one who judged over Israel were brutal onslaughts against Israel by the mighty Philistines. The children of Israel pleaded with Samuel to intercede for them to the LORD, for deliverance from this powerful enemy. Long story short, “…Samuel cried unto the LORD for Israel; and the LORD heard him…and they {the Philistines} were smitten before Israel…so the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more unto the coast of Israel…all the days of Samuel.” (1 Samuel 7:9,10,13) From that point on, Samuel was the man.  He judged Israel until his death.

It appears to me to be a case of ‘we, the people’ seeking out a leader, who was NOT a king. Rather, this leader acknowledged, worshipped & served Another, the King of all the earth. And it sounds like it worked out very well.

What changed?

As he grew old, Samuel appointed his two sons as judges, also. They, as it turned out, craved money. They “took bribes, and perverted jundgment.” (1 Samuel 8:3) (Does this sound at all familiar?) Distressed by this shift in leadership style, the elders of the tribe decided a regular king (more government?  Big government?) would be the answer. Despite Samuel’s resistance and the LORD’s detailed warnings, they persisted, and got their way.

According to these Scriptures in 1 Samuel, by desiring an earthly king, Israel was rejecting the kingship of the LORD. In doing so, though they thought that such a course of action would bring peace & prosperity, the Israelites were in fact setting themselves up for servitude (v.17). They were inviting many an evil king to sit on their throne, as Bible history shows us.

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At root, then, it appears that a love of money was the catalyst toward monarchy. Seems absurdly simple, doesn’t it? Well…“the love of money is the root of all evil…” (1 Timothy 6:10). And, if this was true in ancient Israel, it is just as likely to have been true in the days of America’s Founding. I take you back to my opening statement regarding Benjamin Franklin’s serious concerns about the new young nation returning to monarchy. Impressively, Franklin cites this very same cause. He “…foresaw the possibility of profit in public office becoming the means by which an American monarchy could arise.” He could envision “…an executive with monarchical powers.” (Skousen, Cleon W. The 5000 Year Leap: A MiracleThat Changed the World)  Franklin believed, as did George Washington & Alexander Hamilton, that men tend to progress towards either anarchy or tyranny/kingly government, and that a king – a single leader in charge – is thought by the people to somehow ensure equality. If the people think a king can ensure their safety & well-being, and choose him over the true King’s provisions of these things – and you have avaricious men seeking such offices because they offer ‘honor’ (power) and high salaries (power) – talk about hand-in-glove!

Or talk about history repeating itself.

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How ‘full circle’ it becomes!  A destructive love of money lays the path & fosters the conditions towards monarchy, which office is fulfilled & perpetuated by such a one in whom that same passion dwells. Franklin, while knowing that his belief was unrealistic, nevertheless advocated that public office not be an office of profit. That way, the right men with the right motives would be the ones occupying governing positions.

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Optimistically, however, Franklin concluded that his opinion of his country and her citizens was such that there would always be “…a sufficient number of wise and good men…to execute well and faithfully…” such offices. (Smyth, Albert H., ed., Writings of Benjamin Franklin) Thank God for faithful men & women, and for those (though perhaps few) who yet remain with the heart of a patriot.  Faith only as small as a mustard seed can move mountains.

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Concepts Captured in Words: America’s Founding Documents

Though I am far from wealthy, right now only moderately healthy, and definitely not by this world’s standards successful!, I have come to realize that, in the words of Brigitte Gabriel, (They Must be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It, A Note of Thanks) the dream is my address.

I live in America.

Though I have before realized that I don’t even come close to appreciating what we have in this great, great country, it is just recently that it’s dawned on me – the huge & marvelous vision that is today the United States of America, was once a dream. And I’m living in it. Concepts captured in words, once intangible & unseen except in minds & hearts, were ultimately, violently and triumphantly made manifest and visible. Generations have partaken, and now it is my turn. I’ve realized what a gift I’ve been given. I did not have to fight for it, nor struggle to get here from somewhere else. I did not have to take a citizenship class. From the womb, I was an American, in America. I did not deserve it, I do not deserve it now, and I will never deserve it.

His grace has been bestowed upon me, lavishly, freely.

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…so, tracing events back to the days of our Founding Fathers, as always we meet with those history-changing words written on paper. (Well, parchment, I guess…!) Other than the Scriptures, in my view, not much else supercedes or even parallels, the import and the authority of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. I have believed this for a few years now, but since I’ve begun watching online lectures about these two documents, realms not yet grasped are opening up to me. With delight, I’m beginning to see those above-mentioned invisible concepts captured in words.

Jesus tells us that His words are spirit and life. (John 6:63) From this, if you believe His words, we could deduce that life originates in His spirit. Spirit is invisible to the human eye, but exists nonetheless…so I’m thinking that those invisible concepts couched in the phrasing of our First Documents are concepts of spirit and life springing from the One who is the Tree of Life. Their source guarantees their authority. Which is why they have worked for over two hundred years, and will continue to work if we abide by them.

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…so as I’m learning more & more about the content of our Founding Documents, I’ve begun to see the safeguards to life & liberty, not only placed within those documents, but even implemented in the very processes which produced them.

For example:

During this current Republican Presidential nomination campaign, we’ve seen a lot of bad press about Mitt Romney’s ‘flip-flopping’ on various issues. (That tendency was probably pointed out as regards other/former candidates as well – but Mitt seems to have had the upper hand on this one!) I had thought, Okay, but in some cases, over time, with new information and more careful thought, it might be wisdom to revise one’s position. Sure, we don’t want a capricious or a spineless leader, but intractable is not good, either. In fact, someone who is willing to eat humble pie, for the sake of truth and the good of the people, well – my hat’s off to that person! (I never looked into the specifics of the Romney flip-flop allegations; maybe they were merely opportunistic back-pedaling…I don’t know…but maybe, not always.)

Interestingly enough, in his remarks at Philadelphia during the Constitutional Convention,  Benjamin Franklin himself admitted to his experience of many such reversals of judgments & opinions, being compelled “by better information or fuller consideration” to do so.  Even, sometimes, on important issues, about which he had previously been sure he was right.  (Diane Ravitch & Abigail Thernstrom, Editors, The Democracy Reader)

So, in order to accommodate just such ‘reversed earlier positions’ & ‘avoid public embarrassment’, during the Convention, most Constitutional debates were held in secret as a “Committee of the Whole”, not a formal sitting of the Convention itself. This method guaranteed a more ‘speaking freely’ atmosphere, after which, officially as delegates to the Convention, these men then formally approved their conclusions. Covering all the bases from all the angles, well & thoroughly, was an utmost priority to our Founders. Decisions were not to be rushed, shortchanged, or forced. (In fact, over 60 ballots were taken before the issue of the Presidential election process was resolved.) (W. Cleon Skousen, The 5000 Year Leap)

In his closing remarks, once the Constitution was completed and before it was unanimously approved, Benjamin Franklin exhorted his fellow delegates to, as he would, let any remaining doubts they had die within the walls of their meeting room.  After four months of strenuous debate, Franklin believed that the Constitution they had crafted was possibly the best that men could form.  Because expressions of lingering dissent might “prevent its being generally received” by the people and cause loss of  “great advantages” to the people, to posterity and among the nations of that day, he counseled unanimity in agreement. He counseled turning “future thoughts and endeavours to the means of having it well administered.”   (Diane Ravitch & Abigail Thernstrom, Editors, The Democracy Reader) 

“…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before…”  (Philippians 3:13)

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Brilliant minds and passionate hearts met within the walls of that historic convention hall in Philadelphia in 1787.  Their commitment was absolute. But more than that, their love for the nation they were creating was unstoppable.

Please join me as I continue learning about these men and the ‘miracle that changed the world.’