Man’s Nations will be divided into two groups: those who are under God’s Kingdom – and shall endure forever – and those who are under Satan’s Kingdom – which shall burn forever.
There is no neutral ground.
Gary North’s Positive Feedback and Kingdom Victory is a great introduction to God’s plans for the nations.
I just want to point out one little bit here:
This points to God’s covenantal dealing with mankind as members of nations. The division of tongues (languages) at the Tower of Babel is a permanent phenomenon in history. Mankind remains divided into recognizable cultural groups even after the resurrection. Most of us accept this implicitly. We expect to meet relatives beyond the grave. We expect them to resemble whoever they had been on earth. When families are reunited, the children of white caucasians will not be orientals, and the children of blacks will not be eskimos.
This means that some elements of our historical experience are permanent, just as God’s rewards to us for our earthly performance are permanent (I Corinthians 3:11-14). It means that some aspects of nationhood persist beyond the grave–not geographical boundaries, but common cultural experiences and presumably also common memories.
So, for all eternity, there will be blacks and whites, Englishmen and Frenchmen, the Byzantine Empire and the Assyrian Empire. To the extent that there are believers in a given nation, to that exact extent will that nation endure for all eternity.
We know there is only one kingdom of God, and it has many enemies in history:
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death (l Corinthians 15:24-26).
The final overcoming of all rival authorities by Jesus Christ comes at the last judgment, when He triumphs over His enemies and delivers His kingdom to God the Father. Christ’s kingdom at last absorbs all other kingdoms. But the word “absorbs” is metaphorical, related to some organic process. The expansion process of Christ’s triumphant kingdom in history is neither mechanical nor organic. It is covenantal.
All the surviving nations will covenantally submit to Christ, who will deliver all nations to God the Father.
The humanist socialists have adopted a slogan, “The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.” This is a lie. The Bible teaches that in the long run, the covenantally faithful get richer, and the covenantally rebellious get poorer.
Amen, and amen!
This is denied by the humanists, who want no visible manifestations of God’s covenant in history, and it is also denied by Christian pietists and retreatists, who also want no public, national manifestations of God’s covenant in history. God’s covenant system of blessings and cursings is designed to produce long-term victory for Christ’s people in history. This steady increase in Christians’ personal responsibility to extend God’s dominion on earth is opposed by both humanists and Christian pietists. The humanists do not want Christians to inherit authority in history, for they want to retain monopoly power over history. Christian pietists also do not want Christians to inherit authority in history, for with authority necessarily comes responsibility.
People flee from God’s judgement – but His judgement cannot be evaded.
Better to recognize it, and accept God’s yoke and even God’s lash, than to play the fool and think you can escape it.
Men are responsible before God, and this means that we are responsible in terms of permanent standards. This means Gods law. The more authority Christians inherit from God, the harder they must strive to see God’s revealed laws in the legal codes of each nation. A Christian society’s legal order should reflect the requirements of revealed Biblical law. So should the international legal order that is established progressively by Christian nations. The implicit covenantal division between sheep and goats–national entities -must be made increasingly visible over time, “on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 5:10b).
The Law of God shall govern all the living, and crush all the rebels, the spiritually dead.