Last year facing the UN, President Trump spoke of nationalism over globalism. This year he spoke of patriotism over globalism –essentially the same concept.
Are we for globalization? We certainly believe in an age of world peace as described in Isaiah 2 and Micah 4. Yet we know that this will only take place when the Messiah returns and rules and reigns from Jerusalem in the Millennial age.
In the meantime, and even into the Millennium, there is a purpose for nations staying separate. Trump spoke at the same time as the Torah portion Ha’azinu was being read in Jewish synagogues: “When the Most High gave inheritance to the nations, in separating the sons of Man, He established boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel” (Deuteronomy 32:8).
The global national boundaries are seen as a parallel inheritance to the Israelite ownership of the land of Canaan, in accordance with, and as an extension of, God’s covenant multiplication of the people of Israel.
The peoples, or nations, are defined by tribal distinctions, physical boundaries, and language (Genesis 10). The apostle Paul expands on the verse from Deuteronomy when preaching in Athens:“He made from one man, every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation” (Acts 17:26).
Thus, according to the Bible, it is God’s will and plan that there should be borders and distinctions among the nations, to preserve order and to protect each one’s unique inheritance.
Aligning with His Plan
We are for a vision of global Messianic peace and for a spiritual global family among believers of every racial background. However, we are against globalization in terms of a one world government, religion, or culture.
Nationalism, in the here and now, is not meant to be nations trying to conquer other nations, but rather each nation respecting one another’s borders and rights. It is the opposite of colonialism, Nazism/fascism, communism or radical Islam.
Most of the prophetical books in the Bible include descriptions of an apocalyptic world war immediately before the coming of the Messiah. All the nations will be united in an attack against Israel. At that moment God will intervene to stop the war and establish the Messiah’s kingdom on earth (Zechariah 14, Ezekiel 38-39).
In order for a united attack to take place, there would have to be at least two elements:
- An organization of some sort uniting the nations of the world with a bent against Israel.
- A worldwide philosophy or religion inciting people to try to destroy Israel.
In our day, the UN seems to be fulfilling the first, and radical Islam the second. The bizarre partnership between the radical Left and radical Islam is a dangerous, yet biblically coherent, combination.
Power tends to corrupt. Therefore, God has designed a system of division of spheres of authority, with checks and balances between family, business, religion and governments. When one tries to take over the other, there are usually destructive results.