The Body And The Beast -
The Myth of "National Destinies"
Dan. 7:12 "As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time. 27 'Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One ; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.'
Right now, together with all the utterances about national revival, the Body of Christ also abounds with prophecies about "national destinies" which hail the eventual exalted ""state-to-be of various nations, imagining them all to come with tender hearts to “worship the Lord” out of the riches of the “glory” of their fleshly cultures. They are seen to go on to fulfil “glorious purposes” for which “they were created” and/or for which they have “entered into covenant” with God
Church services and missions conferences are held, proclaiming these destinies and parading the flags of the nations (--though, interestingly, the only “ensign” Isaiah reports as lifted up in the day of Christ is not of any nation, but that of the Lord Himself.)
These prophecies and teachings of national destinies are largely an extension of the corrupted concept of “national revival” just examined. As explained before, revival is now applied to the concept of a glorified “christianized” culture of men, not conversion of identity out of the nations. So it is that most "revival" ministries are also infiltrated with this extended imagining of glorious national destinies.
The central source for these teachings on national destinies has been the worship movement, which notes in scripture all the references to the nations eventually coming to worship before the Lord. The problem however is that the fundamental truth of identity-conversion has been all but stripped from our present concept of worship and salvation. And it’s in the omission of this critical element that the prophecies uttered of national destiny and national revival are made false. (The corruption of worship in relation to adamic identities is discussed in detail in the addendum.)
Are the Prophecies of National Destinies Totally False?
Is all this to say then that all prophetic declarations regarding national destinies in the coming Manifest Kingdom Era are false? No it is not, and that is not my intent. Some aspects of the prophecies of “destinies” of nations can have a certain true application in the fully manifest Kingdom era—after mankind’s near annihilation at the Lord’s return when certain nations will more willingly serve Him and function again with a Cyrus-type anointing under the influence of the glorified People of the Lord.
But even where there is limited truth here, under the present cloud of natural heritage worship, these prophecies are extremely misleading. The net effect of these promises of future national glory is to exalt present fleshly nationhood, muddy the call for identity change, and blind nations to their present need to repent for who and what they are outside of Christ. The prophecies especially mislead because it is only out of near annihilation that any nations will exist at all to exhibit any of this “glory.” And who then is preparing these nations concerning the impending annihilation? Thus, these declarations in their present effect are false.
The simple truth is that there is no salvation, no finally true worship, no human destiny and no revival outside identity conversion out of Adam and into Christ alone. If identity is not touched by our concept of these things, our concept is false! (It is such conversion from Adam to Christ that Revelation’s worshipping elders have in view when they say we have been gathered from every nation.)
True National Destiny
So what is the truth about the national destiny of the beasts of the earth? Two points are in order.
First is that, once Christ returns to reign with His glorified Body, the nations of the earth as beasts will lose all independent self-governing dominion. Their dominion will be "taken away," Daniel says. They will have no authority to rule themselves much less any other nation. (This means their worship will be a worship based in subjection, whether willing or not. Again, see the series on Worship and Purified Identity.) As adamic peoples, the beast nations will become the "hewers of wood and drawers of water" for the glorified transnational people of God. That will be the extent of their national glory in that day! For in that day no flesh will glory before the Lord. In reality, as we have said, the Body will become the Keeper of the Zoo.
In that day, there will be no national "flag waving" before the Lord. There will be no "self-government." Think about the implications of that statement on countries that now supposedly exist on the principle of self-government. What does this mean for the present United States, for example? You can be sure that whatever national entity (-ies) is or are occupying the present land now known as North America, they will not be following the U.S. Constitution! They will not be known for their "Declaration of Independence." (Has anyone stopped to think about this?)
We also know that in that day, the "lion and the lamb" will lie down together. As representations of nations, this prophecy from Isaiah tells us that peace will be enforced among the "animal kingdom" of nations. Power will be stripped from aggressor nations like Russia, Germany and all those remaining peoples whose blood lines have been historically dominated by tyrants and oppressive forms of government.
Daniel further notes that though all dominion is removed from the nations at Christ's return, they will still retain an "extension of life...for an appointed period of time." This brings us to the second major point regarding the future destiny of adamic nations, which is this:
The final victory of the Kingdom of God means the eventual end to and dissolution of adamic national identity all together. What distinguishes God’s kingdom in essence from the kingdoms of this world is its identity and life source solely and wholly in Christ. The kingdoms of this world are by contrast sourced in the life and identity of Adam.
The struggle between these kingdoms is ultimately a struggle for the supremacy of source identities. It is a struggle between Adam and Christ. And it is a struggle to the death!
So to say that the kingdom of God will rule the universe means that everything traced to adamic identity will eventually be done away. This will not happen in the next age, nor perhaps in the age after that. However Daniel is clear that the very lives of the beasts themselves will be extended only for a period of time. This means they have an end. One day, everything not converted to source identity in Christ will finally become extinct. Someday, there will be no more beasts, no more zoo at all—only one glorious Man with a Body reproducing His Image through His descendants in the universe forever and ever.
The true destiny of all nations lies at last before this crossroad: lose your identity in Adam to become joined to identity in Christ, or become extinct. The true destiny of “national identity” itself is death and destruction, not glory and promise, mongrelized “covenant,” or any such like as is now taught and promoted in so many places.
One of the great epochal events to be marked in a future age and celebrated forever after is the hour when the last adamicly identified humans have died or been converted into the Body of Christ. This will occur after one final climactic confrontation between the saints and all mankind. In that time, it will be finally said to the saints as was once spoken to Israel of old, “The adamites you see today, you will see no more forever.”
There will be no more beasts. The Body’s victory will be complete. The universe will be a different place.
(But what will it take for the Body to wake up from Her delusions of national destinies to realize this?)
[In Part XIII: Preparing for the End of Adamic Earthly Government ]
Page updated January 9, 2017