The world is weary of lying leaders. The shame of man is globally abundant. The rampant dissolution of our species is forever obvious.
Is there yet cause for hope? The Collective Conscious is astir.¹
BadEagle.com has always advocated the position that nationhood is ordained of God, and that, as such, it is to be respected, cherished, and preserved. This includes the national rudiments of race, language, borders, and even culture, to a healthful extent.
The four horses of the Apocalypse, Revelation 6:1-8
Sometimes, however, the complexity of a challenge can only be grasped in metaphoric expression, nearly poetic. In our genetically ‘prismed’ condition, humanity itself offers no political solution to the incomprehensible vicissitudes of nature, circumstance, and the worst liability of all–human nature. Indeed, the focal points of global politics spell out folly so loudly that we can scarcely speak of it. Our collective moral failure is ineffable. The curse of death is ever regnant.
The ancient Hebrew prophets did see a final consummation of human error. They did see an utter cataclysmic end,² and a total recreation of man, of earth, and of everything pertaining to this world.³ Yet, in that new place, there are remnants of humanity which survived, by God’s grace. They are called “the nations of the saved.” In the most poetic, romantic language ever penned, Revelation 1:1-5, and 21:23-16 portrays the scene:
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be there God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
And, to be sure, the same vision includes very special assurance in the matter of nationhood and the anxieties, perplexities, and outrage we all experience in such a condition (Revelation 21:24-26):
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it [the glory of God]: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
And one last but glorious observation (Revelation 22:2):
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bear twelve manner of fruits, and yeilded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Solemn beauty in these words. Profound hope.
But when? How? And who are among the nations of the saved?
These things are for each nation and each individual in each nation to pursue. For now, in the midst of cultural upheaval and tumult, we must somehow maintain the honor of nationhood, at least in the ideal. If our healing isn’t until the earth made new, we can still know that something here and now is part of what’s there. The Torah and the Prophets are full of explicative assurance that, here and now, the Almighty is sovereign, and that there is no nation so renegade that it escapes the hand of eternal Providence.
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Isaiah 64:4.
In the words of a 19th century American visionary, we read:
In the annals of human history the growth of nations, the rise and fall of empires, appear as dependent on the will and prowess of man. The shaping of events seems, to a great degree, to be determined by his power, ambition, or caprice. But in the word of God the curtain is drawn aside, and we behold, behind, above, and through the play and counterplay of human interests and power and passions, the agencies of the all-merciful One, silently, patiently working out the counsels of his own will.
Ellen G. White, Education (1903), p.103.
There is hope, indeed, but it is not found in the abandonment of nationhood. It is not found in any New World Order, or any global union. This is fatal error for any person or nation involved. It’s not in the books, so to speak. It is not in the Book. The final human attempt at globalism is prophesied,ª but only to end in utter destruction and oblivion.º
¹ An international organization, the ITCCS, seeks the arrest of Pope Benedict XVI. This is perhaps the most dramatic indication of the universal, piquant mistrust ubiquitous in our world today. Indeed, there are even Catholic authorities who say the Vatican must be exorcised, literally and figuratively.
¹ Isaiah 66:22-24; II Peter 3:9-13.
³ Revelation 21:1-5
ª Revelation 13:15-18
º Revelation 20:7-9, though this verse pertains to the very last attempt at globalism, subsequent to Revelation 13:15-18.