ANGELS AND GOD'S THRONE OF GOVERNMENT
Christian Reconstruction and Edenic Restoration
With the publication of recent studies on eschatology (future things), the Christian Reconstruction agenda has been taken back to the Garden of Eden and forward to its eventual restoration. We can only assume at this point that the reader is somewhat familiar with the Garden-ward direction of Biblical Law, and with the optimistic "postmillennial" view of the future which it promises. When we understand that every Word of God functions as Law for us, from the opening chapters of Genesis to the closing chapters of Revelation, commanding us as a Word from our Sovereign, then we can see why the evolutionary State is the antithesis of Edenic Government. We must choose between the Garden of God and the "asphalt jungle" of Babylon.
Let us open our Bibles and look up some verses which compare Edenic Government with Babylonian statism. (You will not fully understand what follows without reading the Bible verses).
Man's Ideal -- his norm -- is set forth in the Genesis description of the Garden of Eden. There, in the Presence of God, man and his Family worked to extend the Garden over the face of the earth. There were no "institutions" except the Family; no State, no typological priesthood. Man's obedience was fruitful and blessed. Here we have a glimpse of Godly Government.
In Gen. 1:2b, we read of the Presence of God's Spirit over the Garden of Eden: "The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters." David Chilton, following Meredith Kline, the influential Old Testament scholar at Westminster Seminary, has noted the relationship between (1) God's Heavenly Throne (where the earth is His footstool) and (2) God's earthly throne-models (in the Garden, at the exodus, and in prophetic visions). The Heavenly throne is the Ultimate Source of cosmic government. Yet God often executes His creative and judgmental decrees through His Presence in "theophanic" manifestations of His Throne. These earthly replicas tell us a great deal about how God's government operates. Here is how Chilton describes these Heavenly Replicas:
|Thus, what the Garden was in miniature the whole earth is to become:
God's Garden-Temple. In Christ, Man is restored to his original
righteousness and Edenic Mandate. God's Government proceeds from this
Heavenly Throne. With His angels, He Governs His Temple, the created
cosmos. Yet God's vicegerent, Man, has not yet taken every area of the
globe captive to Christ. The earth has not been tilled and brought to its
full potential. Edenic conditions have not been obtained or restored
because of Man's failure to implement Biblical Law in his own life. But
God promises that obedience will reverse the
curse (e.g., Deuteronomy 28:1-14).
For those readers who are not familiar with Covenant Theology and with the implications of Theonomy (God's Law), let us take a minute to examine
How God Governs the governors
We know that the hearts of political leaders are in the hand of the LORD; He turns them wherever He wants (Proverbs 21:1). God is sovereign over the way His creatures think and act. Why does He turn them where He does? Is there any reason to His actions? While we can't plumb the depths of God's decree, He has given us much which helps us understand the progress of history. He tells us something about His plan in order to bring greater obedience in our lives (Deuteronomy 29:29).
In general we can say that God has political leaders do what He thinks is necessary in order to bring about the extension of Christ's Kingdom on earth (Ezra 7:27; John 19:11; Ezekiel 21:27). When considering any particular society we must consider the prevalence of obedience to God's Law in that land. When citizens are Godly and obedient to Biblical Law, their property is protected by God, their work is fruitful, and they are not tyrannized by a State. When a people take care of the poor, teach their children, and effect the mending of the torn fabric of life as commanded in God's Law, then as a result God blesses them and gives them "National Security" (political liberty, freedom from fear of attack, and social stability). The operation of Deuteronomy 28 and parallel passages is foundational in this respect. Take time now to read this passage with an eye for political implications.
All the benefits promised by politicians are in fact the benefits of the Providence of God's Grace in honoring His Covenant to bless obedience in His People. This is why Socialism is an economic failure. The more people use the State as an instrument of plunder and class war, the more God substitutes curse for blessing. Socialism is an economic failure because it is premised on immoral ideas, and God causes it to fail. Let us repeat this important truth: All the benefits promised by politicians are in fact the benefits of the Providence of God's Grace in honoring His Covenant to bless obedience in His People. It is the responsibility of individual Families to care for the poor, educate the young, employ the solitary, encourage the fearful, heal the infirm, befriend the imprisoned, and protect the weak. When these things are done in obedience to Biblical Law, social prosperity is assured by God through His Providence. It is the Covenantal operation of God's Law in society. His Law commands service and sacrificial restoration, not political domination and power (Mark 10:42-45). His Covenant Law promises peace and abundance to the faithful, and He achieves this through the operation of the Spirit-Cloud; Christ the King is with us in the Spirit-Comforter, and His Dominion is filling God's Temple (Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:9; John 16:7-11).
What the Old Testament political structures taught in picture, Christ achieves in reality. The desire for a State was contrary to Biblical Law (I Samuel 8), but God used the tyrannical kings of Israel to set the People's eyes on a future King (Psalm 72). The Psalmist's future King is now the present King (Luke 1:32-33; Acts 2:31-36). Through His Spirit He makes His People obedient to God's Law (Hebrews 8:10; Romans 8:4) assuring the Blessings of Providence. This is God's Government.
When combined with Providence (God's government through angelic hosts), the concept of "Christian self-government" suggests the prosperity and health of a society without a State. True Government is Spirit-empowered, with God's image-bearers obeying God's Covenant. God keeps His promises, and in response to this obedience, he orders society and makes it prosper. His angels make the crops grow in abundance. His angels defeat enemy States (II Kings 6:17; Deut. 28:7), bringing "national security." Peace, stability, and righteousness are not only the blessings of God in His providential honoring of His Covenant with His people, but they are the very requirements of that Law.
It is thus somewhat circular. God's Law commands us to work for covenant blessing, and our obedience brings more blessing through the operation of God's Providential government.
If, on the other hand, we spurn God's Law, either by adopting a neo-platonic disdain for social and economic blessing, or by pursuing social health through immoral/socialist means, the result will be war, crime, poverty and social fragmentation. If a husband is disobedient, God curses him by making his wife disobedient, or his neighbor disobedient, and the husband feels the effect as God's curse (Deut 28:30ff.).
It is again circular: If we suppress God's Law through evil deeds, God gives us up to our depravity; our evil works bring more evil works, and more cursing (Romans 1:24ff.).
The Source of Law and social order is the Throne of God. In the Old Testament, God's Throne was revealed in earthly manifestations: the Glory-Cloud hovered over creation, the Garden of Eden was a Temple-replica, the Tabernacle and the Cloud at the Exodus were also manifestations of God's Heavenly Throne. The angelic hosts executed God's decrees and covenant sanctions; angels, not some "natural law," is behind the blessings that accompany obedience. And in the New Testament, all the earth is becoming God's Garden Temple, and Edenic conditions are being restored.
It is not the State which prevents crime and ensures justice and social peace. It is the people who ensure blessing from the very Throne of God when they walk in His Ways. If they reject God's Law, God turns the forces of evil against them.
Government by the Spirit
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