What is the Mark of the Beast?
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The purpose of civil government is to enforce God's laws.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Greek defines the word 'church' (Greek ekklesia) as a group of men who meet to discuss the affairs of state. If your church is separated from state, then you do not have a church. Perhaps your nation has been taken captive by brutal pagan occupation forces. Let's take a closer look.
Black's Law Dictionary entry for "CHURCH:" "A body or community of believers, united under one form of government by the profession of one faith, and the observance of the same rituals and ceremonies."
UNITED UNDER ONE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. Do you still think church and state are separate? Let's take a closer look.
Why does government exist? The Declaration of Independence claims that governments are instituted among men to secure the unalienable rights endowed by their Creator. This is the ONLY reason given for the existence of the U.S. government. Does this sound like separation of church from state?
Yah established His law to last forever (Psalm 119:152). Yahuah alone gives man authority to rule over other men (Gen 9:6, Dan 2:20-22, Dan 4:32, Psalm 47:9, John 19:11). Jeremiah 22:3 summarizes Yahs delegation of authority:
If that doesn't sound like your government, then perhaps your government has been overthrown.
The Bible has plenty of history to show that when righteous people turn from Yahuah, they are taken captive - often by very brutal tyrants. Even on an individual level - if you cannot govern yourself, others will govern you.
Yahusha has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. He is the sovereign to whom you owe allegiance. When the Bible speaks of the Kingdom of Yahuah, it is referring to Yah's government here on earth. Not, as a self-called "Christian Lawyer" would tell you, some spiritual notion of an afterlife. People, pay attention. Here is proof of your citizenship, here on earth:
Martin Luther: "And if thou not be of the Kingdom of Messiah, it is certain that thou belong to the kingdom of Satan, which is this evil world."
John the Baptist, as the High Priest, was baptizing people into the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
Yahusha was a man of authority. Equal in authority to the Roman government. Yahusha had authority and he delegated that authority just like any other government leader. He was King, and his kingdom was "at hand" and it was on this earth. (He said in John 18:36 that his kingdom is not of this world, but he used a term that refers to an organized system, jurisdictional or "constitutional order"). It was Rome that Yahusha was not a part of. "And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me." Luke 22:29. Did Yahusha lie?
Yahusha, as the lawgiver, appointed us a kingdom. This is our constitutional mandate. He told us that we were not to be like the governments of the gentiles.
Luke 22L25-26: "And he said unto them, the kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so; but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve."
There is nothing contradictory among the following scriptures, because there is no middle ground. You are either for Messiah, or you are against Him.:
Nowhere in the Bible does Yah give mankind the authority to legislate. In fact, it is prohibited for mankind to legislate - Deuteronomy 4:2. The only legitimate government among mankind, is the government that enforces Biblical law. Even Yahusha corrected the apostles about Moses' law by stating that it was not so, even from the beginning.
There is no power but of Yahuah, as Paul wrote in Romans 13. This is NOT a command to obey counterfeit government. The (legitimate) powers that be are ordained of Yah. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers (as contrasted with counterfeit powers).
While keeping in mind that mankind was never given the authority to legislate, let's examine a few scriptures requiring a government to administer Yahuah's will:
All nations are required to obey His law, Psalm 22:28, Ezekiel 14:12-23, Obadiah 1:15
In the next three Appendixes, I'll prove that the Judicial power of your State is empowered to enforce Yahuah's law, not man's law.