Hope of Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH):
What's Wrong With Our Governments?
The man-made governments of the world are toppling at an alarming rate. Here we give you a comparison between the different forms of government in the world today and the government of the soon-coming Kingdom of YEHOVAH God, under the rulership of YEHOVAH God, the Messiah and the saints of Israel, which will bring us, at last, world peace, universal prosperity, and abundant well-being.
by HOIM Staff
In all my years in the Churches of God, I have encountered many things hard to believe. I have seen kings, presidents, emperors, prime ministers, and sheiks come and go and I am astonished at the very short duration of time most of them remain in office.
Governments of nations are being overturned now at the rate of more than one a month. Half a century ago or so, a government overthrow was rare. We live in a different time. Sometimes the head of state or chief executive is changed, rather than a complete overturn to a new government.
In this world's national governments, the average tenure in office -- IF the chief of state stays alive -- is limited to four, six, or in case of reelection, eight years. Could business corporations succeed and grow with total management change so frequent?
I reflect on all those leaders that briefly appeared on the world scene and are NOW GONE! There were Prime Ministers Sato and Tanaka of Japan. There was Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. There was President Allende of Chile, machine-gunned down in the prime of life. In the bloody civil war in Lebanon President Suleiman Franjieh was forced to officially "resign." Then there was President Rahman of Bangladesh, assassinated in the overthrow of his government. Therewas the king of Afghanistan, whose government was overthrown, and he was forced to flee into exile in Europe. Then there is Prime Minister Thanin Kraivichien of Thailand, who was violently overthrown in Bangkok. Thailand has seen 18 military coups since 1945 -- and may be on the verge of another!
More recently we have seen the downfall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and the overthrow of various dictators in Africa. Since 1945 there have been 82 successful coups in Africa, 109 which have failed and a further 145 that were nipped in the bud before they were attempted! From 1986-1987 there were six plots to overthrow the government of the Philippines involving various members of the armed forces -- with another attempt in 1989.
Why are GOVERNMENTS in this world in constant and growing turmoil, whole national governments being overthrown more often than one a month?
First let me give you the BASIC cause, and then a short description of the various leading types of government.
In six days (or eras) YEHOVAH God renewed the face of the earth (Psalm 104:30) for the habitation of MAN. YEHOVAH created MAN, male and female, in His own image and likeness, except that YEHOVAH is composed of SPIRIT, and He made man of "the dust of the ground" -- MATTER. Adamic man was informed by YEHOVAH God directly of HIS WAY of life, the WAY of LOVE, under the GOVERNMENT OF YEHOVAH GOD, and freely offered eternal life if he would choose that way.
But Satan is still on his earthly throne UNTIL a successor comes to restore that GOVERNMENT OF YEHOVAH GOD and is inducted into office. Satan got to Adam's wife, Eve, in the guise of a serpent and caused the pair to CHOOSE taking to themselves THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, rejecting the GOVERNMENT OF YEHOVAH GOD, based on the divine LAW of LOVE.
Satan has always practiced the WAY of LIFE of "GET" instead of "LOVE" or "GIVE." That is the way of vanity, lust and greed, envy and jealousy, competition and strife, leading to violence and war, and resentment and rebellion against YEHOVAH's law which is the WAY OF LIFE of the GOVERNMENT OF YEHOVAH GOD. ADAMIC MAN rejected the GOVERNMENT OF YEHOVAH GOD -- and with it YEHOVAH's WAY OF LIFE, based on outgoing concern for the welfare of others. Adamic man rejected YEHOVAH as his RULER. Adamic man CUT HIMSELF OFF FROM YEHOVAH GOD by SIN (transgression of YEHOVAH's law).
YEHOVAH God set in motion a 7,000-year master plan to accomplish HIS PURPOSE in Adamic man on earth. For 6,000 years YEHOVAH vowed to adopt a "hands-off" policy toward ADAMIC MAN. With the rare exception of the occasions NECESSARY for YEHOVAH's PURPOSE and for MAN'S GOOD, YEHOVAH God has kept "hands off" -- leaving Adamic man, as he decided he wanted, CUT OFF from YEHOVAH God, going HIS OWN WAY, taking to himself the knowledge of what is the GOOD way and what is the EVIL -- or what is RIGHT and what is WRONG.
In effect, YEHOVAH said to the descendants of Adam, "Go your own ways. Organize your own society. Create your own GOVERNMENTS. Formulate your own RELIGIONS. Organize your own industrial, commercial, economic and business systems."
YEHOVAH God has determined to TEACH ADAMIC MAN -- by HIS OWN 6,000-year experience -- that Satan's WAY, rebelling against the GOVERNMENT OF YEHOVAH GOD, has brought only evils -- suffering, anguish, unhappiness, frustration, violence, war, starvation and DEATH!
Witness the results TODAY!
What ARE some of these human-devised forms of government, all under the sway of Satan? Here is a brief analysis of MAN'S IDEAS OF GOVERNMENT -- cut off completely from YEHOVAH GOD -- but swayed by Satan.
GOVERNMENTS in the world today can generally be classified broadly as either DEMOCRATIC or TOTALITARIAN. These terms are basically political designations. SOCIALISM, COMMUNISM, CAPITALISM are primarily economic terms. Both capitalism and socialism may operate in a democracy.
DEMOCRACY: From the Greek demos, "people ," and kratos, "power," meaning government by the people.
Democracy may be either direct or indirect. In a direct democracy, each individual votes personally on every issue, as in ancient Greece. (An example: the old New England town meeting.) In an indirect democracy (called a REPUBLIC), the people elect representatives to vote for them. Those representatives make up the national congress, parliament, diet, or whatever it is called. Indirect democracy is better suited to modern nations with large populations where direct democracy would be impractical. Indirect democracy was developed in England in the 17th century, and became the method of government in North America and France; as a result of revolution, in the 18th century. By 1850 the majority of civilized nations had adopted democratic institutions.
TOTALITARIANISM: A single party, dictatorial system of government. The totalitarian state extends its influence over the whole of life, private as well as public, and exacts full submission of the individual to its demands. There is some sort of system of police control, total party control of mass communications, widespread doctrinaire education, and so on.
The term has been used to describe the NAZI (National Socialist) and FASCIST governments of Hitler and Mussolini in Germany and Italy. It also is applied today to the governments of China and North Korea, and other communist states. Totalitarianism did not exist before the 20th century (in the MODERN world).
SOCIALISM: An economic system and theory according to which the masses of production, distribution and exchange are owned and controlled by the people (i.e., by the government). Its goal (in human theory) is a fairer and more equitable distribution of the wealth of a country.
Socialism is found today in Britain, Western Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and elsewhere. Features of socialism in these nations include the nationalization of certain industries, publicly owned housing, comprehensive welfare systems, etc.
Socialism may come 1) through revolution, or 2) people may choose to give their government more control over the means of production and distribution of wealth through democratic means. Socialism developed as a reaction against the abuses of capitalism, triggered by the inhuman working conditions during the Industrial Revolution.
Communists use the term "socialism" to describe the way of life in present Chinese society (see "Communism").
CAPITALISM: An economic system characterized by private or corporation ownership of the means of production. Investments are determined by private decision rather than by state control. Prices, production and distribution of goods are determined mainly in a free market, i.e., by competition. Features of both capitalism and socialism may coexist in the same nation.
COMMUNISM: A term used to denote the theory advocating the elimination of private property, with goods owned in common and available to all as needed.
The term came to prominence in 1848 with the publication of the Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels. In political terms, the word "communist" refers to the Communist Party created by Lenin in 1918. It is an outgrowth of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party founded in 1898. In 1903, this party split into so-called majority (Bolshevik) and minority (Menshevik) factions. Both sought to achieve "socialism" as defined by Karl Marx. But the Bolsheviks under Lenin fought for a small, secret organization and the immediate and violent overthrow of government. The Mensheviks were more like the Social Democratic parties in Western Europe, which believed in bringing about socialism gradually and legally through ballot, trade unions, and a large, open party. In 1918, Lenin renamed his Bolshevik group the Communist Party.
Communists believe that their first task is the establishment of "socialism," and that the final stage is true communism. They say that under socialism they give effect to the principle, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his work," and that there are still distinctions between classes. (The social order found in China today, which we call "communism," is termed "socialism" by communist writers.) Under communism (which they have not yet attained in its pure form), social life would be guided by the principle, "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs." At that time, communists believe, class, labor, and property distinctions will disappear. Eventually the machinery of government will no longer be needed, and the state will wither away.
The doctrines of Marx and Engels are ambiguous on many points, and consequently have given rise to various interpretations. Viet Nam and China, for example, differ considerably in their interpretations of Marxism.
The terms "Marxist" and "communist" are often used interchangeably. The nations of Angola and Mozambique, for example, were usually termed "Marxist" by the press, though "communist" would also be accurate. Often the term "communist" implies to many people a connection with the old Soviet Union, which may or may not be true. "Communist" North Korea, for example, is more closely associated with China than it was with Russia. One has to examine the history and makeup of the government of each nation in question to accurately determine its international connections and its particular brand of ideology.
THEOCRACY: Theocracy is a form of government in which a god or deity is recognized as the state's supreme civil ruler or, in a higher sense, a form of government in which a state is governed by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. For adherents a theocracy is a form of government in which divine power governs an earthly human state -- either in a personal incarnation or, more often, via religious institutional representatives (i.e., a church), replacing or dominating civil government.
A theocracy may be monist in form, where the administrative hierarchy of the government is identical with the administrative hierarchy of the religion, or it may have two "arms," but with the state administrative hierarchy subordinate to the religious hierarchy.
It was first coined by the first-century A.D. historian Josephus Flavius to describe the characteristic government for the Judeans. Josephus argued that while the Greeks recognized three types of government (monarchy, aristocracy and anarchy), the Judeans were unique in that they had a system of government that did not fit into these categories. Josephus understood theocracy as a fourth form of government in which only YEHOVAH God and His Law is sovereign.
Today four countries or states are considered to have theocratic aspects -- Iran, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Holy See (Vatican City) and the State of Israel. The legal systems of both Iran and Saudi Arabia are almost entirely based on Islamic law, or Sharia. Islamic law dictates anything from prohibitions on non-Muslim proselytism, alcohol, pork products, fornication and Women's Rights. It also dictates aspects of economic life.
The above, condensed and very briefly stated, is what HUMAN THINKING has led to. Leaders in community affairs, government, politics and economics must always appear to be public benefactors. They must be seeking to work within that system, theory, ism, government or whatever, "FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE." Or supposedly so. They do not, under human nature which ALL have imbibed, admit to self-motivated or self-advantageous intentions.
Remember, Satan is the arch-deceiver. This world has been deceived into thinking 1) a devil does not exist; 2) that, if there be a God, he (Satan) is that god -- called in the Bible "the god of this world." Indeed, in one way or another, he is the god of every man-made religion. All oppose the LAW OF YEHOVAH GOD on which the GOVERNMENT OF YEHOVAH GOD is built.
Remember, too, that man was made with a "human spirit" which imparts the power of intellect to the physical brain. That constitutes the overwhelming difference between human MIND and animal BRAIN. The mental or intellectual output of human MIND is perhaps millions of times greater than that of animal BRAIN -- though there are degrees of output of intelligence in different humans, and also in different animals.
But in man is the ONE spirit. That spirit cannot see. The physical BRAIN sees through the eye. The physical BRAIN hears through the ear. The human spirit does not, independently of itself, THINK. The physical BRAIN thinks. The spirit contains all memory programmed into it (like a computer) as knowledge enters the BRAIN through the eye, ear, senses of feel and touch, smell and taste. The spirit supplies the physical BRAIN with instant recall, making THINKING and REASONING possible.
But the GREAT DIFFERENCE between man and YEHOVAH God is that normal MAN, with his one human spirit, can receive and be conscious of ONLY physical knowledge.
Spiritual knowledge cannot be seen, heard, felt, smelled or tasted. The most intellectual, therefore, filled with PHYSICAL knowledge and reasoning and beliefs, really think that NOTHING EXISTS outside of MATTER. There is nothing spiritual -- there is NO GOD -- so they believe.
UNDERSTAND THIS! It is the foundation of ALL UNDERSTANDING!
It is explained in I Corinthians 2:9-14: "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart [mind] of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. [Only physical knowledge comes through these physical senses.] But God hath revealed them unto us [those of Israel who have His holy spirit] by his Spirit....For what man knoweth the things of a man [that is, what man can understand or know HUMAN PHYSICAL KNOWLEDGE -- 'the things of man' referring to knowledge possessed by humans, but NOT by animals] save the spirit of man which is in him?" Notice the "spirit of man" is NOT the man -- it is something other than the man himself that is IN him. He does not receive his LIFE from this spirit, but from blood and the breath of life. He receives human KNOWLEDGE by this spirit, not human LIFE. This is not an "immortal soul."
Continue: "...Even so [that is, in like manner] the things of God [that is, SPIRITUAL knowledge] knoweth NO MAN, but by the Spirit of God."
Human man has been given one spirit, which I term the "human spirit." This spirit empowers the physical brain with intellect -- makes possible PHYSICAL KNOWLEDGE -- thinking, reasoning, making decisions and choices. But it confines the man to physical knowledge.
Adamic man was made to NEED a second spirit -- the HOLY SPIRIT of YEHOVAH God -- which when added to his human spirit opens his mind to comprehend SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE -- the THINGS OF YEHOVAH GOD!
That is why the most learned among men -- university professors, educators, world leaders -- are often the most IGNORANT of humans -- for they are entirely SHUT OFF from spiritual KNOWLEDGE.
Note further: "But the natural man [the pre-Adamic races of this world] receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
Now back to the main question.
What are the BASIC differences, then, between the GOVERNMENT OF YEHOVAH GOD and all these many and varied HUMAN governments in such turmoil, confusion, violence and overthrow in our world today?
The BASIC DIFFERENCE is that YEHOVAH's government is a WAY OF LIFE -- the administration of YEHOVAH's SPIRITUAL LAW. It is, simply, the WAY OF LIFE of LOVE -- of out flowing LOVE, first of all toward YEHOVAH GOD, supreme RULER, and secondly outgoing concern for the GOOD and WELFARE of human neighbor. It is the way of "GIVE," as I so often call it.
Satan follows and broadcasts the WAY OF "GET." That is, the way of vanity, lust and greed, of envy and jealousy, of competition and strife leading to violence and war, of resentment toward real or imagined wrongs, of rebellion against YEHOVAH God and His government.
The "GIVE" way is GOD-centered. The "GET" way is SELF-centered.
Secondly, the government of YEHOVAH God is administered by YEHOVAH GOD, who IS love, who is all-wise, all-knowing, all-merciful, all-understanding, all-just, all POWERFUL. The governments of MAN are administered, in whatever form, by HUMANS, who, regardless of their degree of sincerity and honest intent, are fallible, and naturally self-centered. MAN, by comparison to YEHOVAH GOD, is utterly incapable of righteous RULE for the GOOD of the GOVERNED.
Thirdly, as to FORM, YEHOVAH's government is government from the TOP down. That is, from the MOST fit, the HIGHEST qualified, the MOST able, on down, each in succession being CHOSEN from higher up; chosen by those who know and can read MINDS and HEARTS, ATTITUDES and INTENTS, and who select for each position the one BEST QUALIFIED, for the GOOD OF THE GOVERNED.
Now compare this with our elections in the United States. Look at the MILLIONS OF DOLLARS used in campaigning, in state primaries, in conventions devoted more to horseplay and entertainment than to serious concern for the STATE OF THE NATION AND THE WORLD.
Look at all the folderol and confusion in voting over minor ISSUES. Look at the debates -- the editorials, the propaganda -- to try to convince others to the way of thinking of the politicians and the writers and speakers.
And WHAT IS THE REAL BASIC MOTIVATION, after all, in the mind of both candidate and voter? SELF-INTEREST on the part of the voter, and what the candidate THINKS will appeal to the SELF-interest of the largest number.
All is conducted on the SELF-CENTERED WAY of the god of this world. Yes, truly, this IS his world!
What about communism and TOTALITARIANISM? In organizational form, totalitarianism closely resembles the organizational form of the GOVERNMENT OF YEHOVAH GOD, but there the likeness STOPS! Some totalitarian rulers in the past have been good rulers from a human standpoint; most have been tyrants. Even the better ones were still HUMAN and fallible, and subject to mistakes that have been costly to their subjects beyond estimate, in economy, injustice, pain and suffering.
Six thousand years of Adamic man trying to organize himself have WRITTEN THE LESSON in human anguish, pain, suffering, injustice, unhappiness, discontent, frustration -- and DEATH!
Religions have failed to reveal to humanity the TRUTH. Truly they have been the "opiate of the people." Governments have failed utterly to solve the world's evils. Social systems have enslaved, harmed, given little or no real help. Science has brought more curses than blessings. Today the engines of MASS DESTRUCTION produced by science are capable of blasting all human life from this planet.
Look what MAN has done! He has polluted the air, the water, the soil of his earth. He has ruined, harmed, destroyed, or polluted every piece of YEHOVAH's earth he has gotten his hands on! Look at the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico where millions of gallons of crude oil was spewing out from the leak 5,000 feet below the surface! Look at the smog that blankets most of the Los Angeles, California area on a hot summer's day -- as well as other cities in the U.S. and around the world!
No! A thousand times NO! The 6,000 years YEHOVAH God allotted for Adamic man to WRITE this lesson are about over. The lesson has been WRITTEN....but not yet LEARNED!
Our GREAT COMMISSION (Mark 16:15) is to ANNOUNCE TO YOU OF ISRAEL that soon now -- probably in OUR GENERATION -- YEHOVAH God ALMIGHTY will INTERVENE supernaturally and directly. YEHOVAH God soon will come in the TOTAL POWER and AUTHORITY of the Creator GOD, to RULE ALL NATIONS with the GOVERNMENT OF YEHOVAH GOD!
A very FEW of Israel have been predestinated to be CALLED NOW, to stand back of this effort to proclaim this ANNOUNCEMENT to THE WORLD OF ISRAEL, and in so doing have prepared themselves to be changed, at the Messiah's and YEHOVAH God's coming, from mortal to immortal -- from human to divine. They are to be given POWER under YEHOVAH God in His Kingdom to RULE what humanity is left alive after the fast-approaching time of trouble -- the final CLIMAX of man's REBELLION -- has been put down.
We of Israel shall have PEACE, happiness, joy, abundant well-being -- and the offer of ETERNAL LIFE -- for all of Israel. We are merely the advance announcer, preparing the way.
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