A presentation by a Christian libertarian at a recent LP chapter meeting, a recent forum discussion on the question “Was Jesus an Anarchist?,”and personal loss (the passing of my mother, in November) have set my thoughts as we enter into 2015 towards the Author of Liberty, and the promise of His Return. How close are we? After a long political campaign, and other events, please indulge me as I go over a few biblical considerations about the Second Coming, the Millennium, and the liberty that would exist in that order.
While no one can know the day and hour of His arrival, is He “at the door?” We don’t have an exact date, but, He did indicate the events of the Second Advent would happen sometime after the generation that saw the return of Jerusalem to control by the Israeli people. Per Revelation, the end of the age would also be upon us when it was logistically possible to track, monitor or permit/prevent everybody’s economic activity (the Beast system), which appears to be about now. To many believers, Hosea 6:1-2 teaches Jews would be risen after “2 days” (prophetic speech for 2 thousand years), which corresponds to the 2,000 year history of the Christian church.
Other (non-biblical) markers are the predictions of historic Christian figures (2nd century Barnabus et al) believed world history from Creation to the start of the millennium would be 6 prophetic days, with the final 2 ‘days’ being the 2000 years of the Church. Since the church era started about 32 AD, that would place the Return by or before 2032 AD. Luther (circa early 1500’s) likewise believed the Messiah would return in about 500 years after his time.
According to St. Malachy, a Catholic figure who is said to have predicted all the Popes from his time (circa 1139) to present, we are at the last Pope, who will become the Apostate Pope of the ‘end time.’ And some believe the real third prophecy of Fatima (withheld by the Roman Church for decades) revealed that the events of His Return would start sometime in this decade. And so on.
But how would a God-based Kingdom possibly be reconcilable with liberty, or does it even exist, as some (somewhat secular inclined) libertarians would ask? I would first say, briefly, that while God has a Kingdom, and it is definitely literal/historic or real, one enters into it and into His covenant on a voluntary basis. It is a voluntary order based on a recognition of His rightful authority and law, not a human civil government, that typically asserts authoritarian, monopoly control on everyone whether they consented to be under its rule or not. In this respect, it is an anarchist kingdom 100% free of false authority elements.
Second, the God of the new Testament is the same God of the Old Testament, whose attitude towards human civil government is reflected through His prophet in I Samuel chapter 8. Rather than set up another human kingdom that would take their land and crops, turn their sons into horsemen and troops, loot the people through taxes, or erect monuments to its rulers, etc., Samuel said the people could simply continue the simple anarchistic, non-authoritarian system of judges that had served them for hundreds of years. This plea by a prophet of God clearly teaches there is a legitimate anarchistic alternative to civil government, even as He still permitted the people to choose the latter anyway.
Satan still walks and administers this present world. Satan is working toward his throne in Jerusalem. But he holds all earthly governments, ever since the very first human government. And this factor, along with the sin nature, of course, is why all attempts at human civil government have eventually failed. The only earthly exception has been the non-governmental, anarchistic theocracy of ancient Israel, and (presently) the millennial Kingdom to be instituted at the return of Christ. The Bible does not seem to indicate it is possible for even anarchism to work, without God at the center. The Lord, always and forever, is the secret sauce.
It has arguably been the point of biblical history, and the 6,000 years of human civilization to show that Man could not succeed at governance on his own, due to sin and demonic influence. As the rest of the history of the kings of Israel and Judah showed, even a special people chosen by God and advised by His prophets lived in near constant disobedience, war, and disaster over the centuries. The whole point of those six ‘days’ was to prepare the race to finally accept Christ as ruler of the earthly kingdom during the seventh ‘day’ of civilized history, where we will enter His day of rest during the Millennium.