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A STUDY OF THE NATIONS (3 of 3)
Jesse M. Hendley
By way of review, let me call your attention once
again briefly to THE ORIGIN OF THE NATIONS, after the
Flood. God is the Creator of the nations. God is the
Governor of the nations. We have found out that after
the Flood GOD DIVIDED THE NATIONS and scattered them
all over the world, dividing them by language and
locality and color and otherwise. Then we found that
GOD CREATED A NEW NATION, ISRAEL, which was to have
been holy unto Himself. He was to train that nation in
His ways and give them His Word, that they might
reveal Him to the other nations. The other nations
made gods and worshipped them and lived in unbelief
and sin. History tells that story. Israel failed God,
and 722 B. C. the Northern Kingdom (called Israel) was
taken into captivity, and in 600 B. C. the Southern
Kingdom (called Judah) was taken captive. God still
has a plan for Israel, but she failed Him and she has
been sidetracked for these nearly 2,000 years.
We found out that there was the beginning of "the
"times of the Gentiles" mentioned in the Bible as when
THE GENTILE NATIONS would be in the position of
leadership and rulership in the world. We find that in
Daniel's picture of the four beasts, coming up out of
the sea. Notice the word BEAST. The nations would be
of a beastly nature, as every man's hand would be
against his neighbor and war would continue. The four
beasts were Babylonia, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.
Then God created A NEW NATION, and that new nation is
A SPIRITUAL PEOPLE, composed of born-again people,
born of GOD, called the Church of the Lord Jesus. It
is interesting that Jesus called THE CHURCH A NATION.
Peter also called the Church A NATION. "Ye are a
chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people for His own possession." Peter's reference to
the Church as a holy nation is a quotation of God's
statement to Israel back ...
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