Category: Dr. Gavin Finley

Commonwealth Theology: The Remedy for a Worn-Out and Broken Constantinian Church-State System.

Commonwealth Theology: The Remedy for a Worn-Out and Broken Constantinian Church-State System.

Commonwealth Theology: A Remedy for the Worn-Out and Broken Constantinian Church-State System.

2,900-years ago a massive family feud erupted in the nation of Israel. The Breach of Jeroboam saw ten of the tribes rebel. They seceded from the sovereignty they had in the Throne of David in the Jewish House of Judah. In the absence of that sovereign connection to Israel through the royal house of Judah there has been jealousy and untold grief on both sides ever since.

Is there a solution to this dilemma? Yes there is. Throughout the Old Testament prophecies and in the New Covenant manifest in Christ Jesus there is a wonderful promise of the reunion and restoration of all God’s covenant people. This can only happen under Messiah and that by His personal indwelling Presence in the lives of His covenant people..  And as we see laid out in Ephesians 2:11-13 the blood of Messiah is the key to the Commonwealth of Israel even as He is the doorway of the sheepfold, the one and only means of salvation for the entire Congregation of Israel. The blood of Christ in the New Covenant is the portal through which the lost House of Israel, the ten tribes and their companions in Messiah regain not only their salvation, but also the sovereign covering they lost 2900 years ago back at the Breach of Jeroboam.

If only the people Western Christendom, the wayward House of Israel in the West, knew that. Unfortunately do not. It seems they are in partial blindness to this pathway to restoration even as their Jewish brethren from the Houseof Judah  are partially blind to the first coming of Messiah as the Suffereing Servant, Israel’s promised Sacrifice Lamb.

So as holy history moves on toward the end-time drama Christians in  Western Christendom are becoming increasingly nervous. They becoming fearful of losing their national sovereignty and their freedom in any of a number of ways. They worry about the principalities and powers of this world unleashing a pagan, Islamic, Edomite, or New World Order Illuminist takeover. In this state of anxiety it is not surprising to see them becoming more politically focused and drawing closer to the princes of the West. Christians are tipping their hat more and more to the political princes that they hope might offer them some political and temporal protection. And so it is that we now find ourselves increasingly drawn into a state of subjection to these principalities and powers, the angelic rulers of the second heaven and their hierarchical human underlings here below.

Hosea prophesied about this. And when we look around us we see that Christians in the West are concerned about unfolding events. They see a “deep state” that is not friendly or in keeping with the former culture of church and state.  As such, Christian believers are becoming politically fearful, politically needy, and politically vulnerable. The Western nations are as Gomer with her succession of lovers, each one worse than the former one. They are unaware of their former sovereignty in Israel through the scepter of Judah. Nor are they aware of the promise of that sovereignty being restored under Jesus/Yeshua, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  Like the Shulamite in the Song of Solomon they are out there in the political marketplaces of this world seeking a political protector, a “defender of the faith”.  So not surprisingly, they are highly vulnerable to the carnal politico-religious offerings and the manipulations thereof.

And so as we see, Dominion theology and the Kingdom Now mindset is gaining ground among Christians instead of the “mind of Christ”. We see these religious spirits at work inside the Church in association with a certain politicizing and militarizing of the Christian minds. All this is changing the way we think and the way we express our Christian faith and the way we act with respect to our patriotic loyalty.

The enmeshing of politics with religion always was complicated.  While we thank God for the godly heritage we cherish in our nations, we also recognize the dark side rising up as well. That is the way it is. As we read the pages of Bible Prophecy, we know that the “church and state” collusion that began under Constantine 1,700 years ago at the Council of Nicaea was flawed from the beginning. So we know that it will not last forever.

As the future 70th Week of Daniel brings in the final 7 years of this age, Biblical Christians and Messianic believers from all around the world will be without a political protector. They will be as the Woman of Revelation 12.

The saints will eventually enter into a time of trial and travail. The woman of Revelation 12 will enter into her prescribed and prophesied time of confinement. But as we see, eventually she breaks forth into the Light and the glory of the Father.

Even in a time of thick darkness, her Light will come. Her Light will come in the manner of a super-nova when even in a time of thick darkness and heaviness a new star breaks forth in an explosion of light. This is the manner in which the Woman of wonder delivers the man-child. All this will be happening with the return of Messiah in the Resurrection-Rapture at the climax of the age.

So we must expect that the saints will be put to the test, even as they fall back to the last redoubt.  There, at the last, the born-again Biblical Christians will make their final stand. At that point the contest of the age will collapse into a spiritual battle, even an information war. As Daniel was told in Chapter 12, the military war will be lost, even as Jacob lost the wrestling match with the Angel.  Notwithstanding, the information war will be won. The testimony of Jesus is the very essence and spirit of prophecy.  All this will happen in the end-time drama, in the final witness, as the saints go up to witness before kings and rulers on behalf of their Messiah.  Therefore, at the end, the ultimate war, the spiritual war, will be won.  All this will all play out precisely as Zechariah was told in Zechariah chapter 4. The victory will come,

“Not by might, (military), nor by power, (politics),
But by My Spirit saith the LORD-Yehovah-Almighty Everlasting God.”

This final action will all happen under the spiritual covering and anointing of Joseph and Benjamin; the sons of the beloved Rachel. That is a huge unfolding story.

Right now, Dominion theology is changing the way we “do church.” In the absence of the true dual anointing of King and Priest under Messiah, which is in the Order of Melchizedek, we see a certain churchy striving for “Kingdom Now.” Christians seek a viable “Defender of the Faith,” even as the Lady of Shalott left her castle and sought her champion, Air Lancelot. (See this article at Endtime Pilgrim.)

There is a real worry here among Christians as a whole. It is now becoming increasingly apparent that even in Western Christendom the world system is dead-set against Judeo-Christian people. They want those pesky people out of the way as they seek to forge their Utopian New World Order.

Fear is the key to the bad even as faith is the key to the good.  With the fear comes a certain anger.  Even so, as we see, Kingdom Now and Dominion Theology is becoming pugnacious and is morphing into a more militant ecumenism role. More and more we see established Christianity behaving as the bullying harlot and expanding in that populist role. Dominion Theology, pandering to the fears and riding upon the swelling anger of the flesh, is pushing aside sound Biblical teaching. As we see, it is no longer making it a priority to nurture the true and genuine Spirit-filled life.

After the Nineteenth Century’s wars, certain princes rose up, like Bismarck, Mazzinni, and Garibaldi who sought to consolidate the various European principalities, duchies, and fiefdoms into the nations of Europe. At that time the Norwegian painter, Peter Nicolas Arbo became aware of this. There is the spirit of that carnal striving that is powering this ongoing drive for dominion among European people. There is an ancient legend in the West, a collective vision of hordes of riders thundering across the sky. Arbo captured this wild impulse for Dominion in his painting, “The Wild Hunt,” cir 1870s. (See this article.)

Also, Johnny Cash’s take on the theme.

Prophetic Reconciliation of The 2 Sticks & Two Houses – Gavin Finley

Prophetic Reconciliation of The 2 Sticks & Two Houses – Gavin Finley

 

The Prophetic Reconciliation of The Two Sticks, Judah and Joseph, the two Houses of Israel “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’ (Ezek 37:16) “Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand. (Ezek 37:17) “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’– (Ezek 37:18) “say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” ’ (Ezek 37:19) “And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes. (Ezek 37:20) “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; (Ezek 37:21) “and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. (Ezek 37:22) “They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. (Ezek 37:23) “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. (Ezek 37:24) “Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. (Ezek 37:25) “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. (Ezek 37:26) “My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (Ezek 37:27) “The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” ’ ” (Ezek 37:28)

The Commonwealth of Israel – A Geometric Approach from Eph. 2 & Gen. 49

The Commonwealth of Israel – A Geometric Approach from Eph. 2 & Gen. 49

By Dr. Gavin Finley, MD

(A somewhat geometric progression of axioms and theorems on the Commonwealth of Israel from Ephesians 2 and Genesis 49.
See:  #1 at Endtime Pilgrim) – Part 1 is below – Part 2 see #2 at Endtime Pilgrim)

Foundational Scripture:

Ephesians 2:11-12

Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands—remember that you were at that time separate from Christ. You were excluded, aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in this world.

Biblical Axiom #1 –

Ephesians 2:11-12  There are two groups. There are strangers, OUTSIDE the covenants of promise, aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel, without hope and without God in this world. And there are those INSIDE the covenants of promise inside the Commonwealth of Israel, inside the national sovereignty, the Kingdom of Israel.

Ephesians 2:13

But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Biblical Axiom #2 –

Ephesians 2:13 declares that it is through the blood of Christ that Gentiles, aliens from the nations come into the Commonwealth of Israel.

If we look at what our apostle Paul told us in Ephesians 2:11-13 we see that before we came to Christ we as Gentiles or “goyim”, or people from the nations outside of Israel’s sovereign rule were aliens and separated from the Commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise. But now, in Christ, we are brought near, into the Commonwealth of Israel or the citizenship or the political covering in Israel. This new national status in Israel comes through the blood covering of Messiah it is His blood that brings hope to us in this world is now afforded us under the blood of Christ.

Biblical axiom # 3 –

In the Last Supper Jesus states that the New Covenant is in His blood.

Jesus stated very clearly on the night in which He was betrayed, at the Last Supper, these words. Jesus took the cup and said, “This is the New Covenant in My blood”.

Theorem #1 –

The New Covenant and the Commonwealth of Israel are vitally connected in the blood of Christ.

If the New Covenant is in His blood and the Commonwealth of Israel is also by His blood then there must be some essential and vital equivalency or conjoining of the two.

Theorem #2 –

The Commonwealth of Israel is established by and is an essential part of the New Covenant.

If the New Covenant is in His blood and the Commonwealth of Israel is also established by His blood then it is reasonable for us to conclude that through the blood of Messiah the Commonwealth of Israel, the national sovereignty and citizenship of Israel, is presented to all born-again believers in Christ under the auspices of the New Covenant.

Ephesians 2:14-15

For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.

Here we see that in Messiah in Himself the dividing wall between both groups is broken down and they are are made into one. What two groups is Paul referring to here? In the context it would be those in Israel who had enjoyed access to the covenants of promise, (those saved under the covenants of promise), and Gentile outsiders, strangers from other nations who were formerly outside the Commonwealth of Israel, unsaved, aliens without access to the covenants of promise, that is,  people who were formerly without hope in this world.

“by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances,”

The peace that comes in Messiah and under His shed blood absorbs and abolishes the enmity, and the hostility that a righteous God has against sinners. It is in His flesh, in the death of His sinless and broken body upon the cross, that those who were formerly strangers and aliens, even those of the lost tribes from the northern Kingdom who were formerly divorced and told “not My people” and “no mercy”, along with heathen gentiles from all nations, are given grace and salvation and brought into one single undivided enmity we might call the Elect.

“. . . so that in Himself He might make the two into ONE NEW MAN, thus establishing peace.

Here we see that through the blood of Christ our Messiah the two groups under this blood are made into “one new man”. That “one new man” must be another Biblical term for those in the New Covenant and in the restoring Commonwealth and Congregation of Israel.

Theorem #3 –

There appears to be some equivalency between those in the New Covenant, the Commonwealth of Israel, and the “One New Man.”

Ephesians 2:17

“AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY,

AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR”

There is no difference in the salvation and the peace that was preached to Israel, including the Jewish House of Judah who were and are today “near”, and the peace that was preached to the heathen, the Gentiles, and in amongst them the lost tribes, and all those who were and remain today far off.

Theorem #4 –

There is ONE MESSAGE OF PEACE. The same message of peace originally and initially preached to Israel is the message of peace that is preached to the nations in places afar off.

Ephesians 2:18

“. . . for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.”

Theorem #5 –

And there is ONE SPIRIT through whom ALL have THE SAME access to the Father.


Genesis 49:10

 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”

 Biblical Axiom # 4 –

The scepter and sovereignty of Israel is in the Jewish House of Judah

Jesus is the Son of David, the Lion of the Jewish tribe of Judah. He is the prophesied Shiloh in Judah spoken of in Genesis 49:10. He is the One to whom the royal scepter of Israel, (which is in Judah), belongs and the One who sits upon the Throne of David.

Theorem #5 –

The citizenship in Israel which the Gentiles never had and the citizenship the lost ten tribes of the northern Kingdom once had but lost under the Old Covenant at the Breach of Jeroboam is restored by the blood of Christ under the New Covenant. This reconciles all the redeemed together under Messiah as one sovereignty, even as “one New Man” in the Commonwealth of Israel.

We can conclude that the sovereign connection to national Israel, which comes through the Throne of David in the House of David in the royal Jewish House of Judah was lost at the Breach of Jeroboam with the rebellion of the northern 10 tribes. The ensuing great divorce of the 10 tribes by Yehovah-God in the Old Covenant is spoken of in Hosea where those in the rebelling northern kingdom were declared. “Not My People” and “No Mercy”.

With our baptism into Christ, by our identification with Christ in His death on the cross, by the death of the testator, the Old Covenant and ordinances wherein comes the enmity are made of none effect. And being risen with Christ we are new creatures. We are identified with the Messiah of Israel in His triumphant resurrection from the dead. He Himself is the promised Seed of Abraham. And by the covering of His blood our citizenship in Israel is restored or established in the New Covenant. The promised and prophesied reconciliation comes under the blood of Israel’s promised sinless Sacrifice Lamb. He is also the broken Unleavened Bread of Heaven, the Suffering Servant, the Seed of Abraham, even our Messiah and coming King.