The Bible Is Libertarian

Who's the Beast? © 2012 Lela Kelly

1. THE BIBLE OPPOSES DOMINATION & ADVOCATES LIBERTY

"BEAST" MEANS WORLDLY DOMINION

Daniel 12:4 But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
_>> In these times knowledge & understanding of the Bible is certainly increasing.

Despite the claims of conventional authoritarian Church tradition, the Bible on closer inspection proves to be anti-authoritarian, which is libertarian. In James 1:25 God's Law, which is the Bible, is called the Perfect Law of Liberty.

The Prime Directive of the Church: No one shall exercise dominion over others [1]

_Matthew 20:25-27 But Jesus called (the apostles) unto him, and said, You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over (their people), and they that are great exercise authority upon them. (26) But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; (27) And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
_>> Any organization, government, or trust that violates the prime directive (by exercising dominion as per Matthew 20:25-28) is not the Church, nor is it a part of the Church.

_Mark 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and said unto them, You know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. (43) But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: (44) And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
_>> Jesus wanted his Church not to exercise authority, or bring people under power, but, like Moses, they were to seek to lead people to freedom under God.

_Luke 22:25-29 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. (26) But you shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that does serve. (27) For whether is greater, he that sits at meat, or he that serves? is not he that sits at meat? but I am among you as he that serves. (28) You are they which have continued with me in my temptations. (29) And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father has appointed unto me;
_>> (Benefactors means rulers, often called fathers in prior times, who give the people benefits in exchange for loyalty and services. Any person) assuming the office of Father stands against the teachings of Jesus. Jesus is talking about government, not religion. He is using government terms and telling his people they are not to be like governments that exercise authority or dominion (over the people). He is talking about Rome and governments like Rome.

_Exodus 20:2-5 I am the Lord your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (3) You shall have no other gods before me.
_>> (This was God's first commandment to his people, to have no other gods or rulers, but God alone. He called the Gentile system of Egypt a house of bondage, because the rulers exercised dominion over the people, not just over the Israelites. On the other hand, the rule of judges established by Moses did not involve use of force against the people, but the people had self-rule with ministers, who were their servants, acting as advisers.)

_John 13:14-15 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to wash one another's feet. (15) For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
_>> Serving others makes us clean; dominating others defiles us.

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2. THE BEAST IS ANY GOVERNMENT OR RULER THAT EXERCISES DOMINION

Biblle passages show that those who exercise dominion over others are called The Beast.

_2Kings 14:9 And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give your daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trod down the thistle.
_>> The cedar represents a steadfast, upright nation, the thistle a morally weaker nation and the beast a barbarous, ungodly nation.

_Psalm 73:22 (King Asaph said) So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before you.
_>> Beast here apparently means one who uses brute force in human relations, especially in ruling others, as Asaph was a king.

_Psalm 74:18-21 Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O Lord, and that the foolish people have blasphemed your name. (19) O deliver not the soul of your turtledove unto the multitude of the beasts:
_>> The turtledove is Israel, as a nation of peace. The beasts are the ungodly enemy nations or kingdoms ruled by brute force.

_Psalm 80:13-15 The boar out of the wood does waste (the vine), and the wild beast of the field does devour it. (14) Return, we beseech you, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine (Israel) (15) And the vineyard which your right hand has planted, and the branch that you made strong for yourself.
_>> The vine is Israel, or any Godly nation. The boar and other beasts refer again to warring, ungodly nations.

_Isaah 35:8-9 And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. (9) No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
_>> The highway is God's Way of Love, which includes the Commandments, which are commandments for loving God and our neighbors. The lion and ravenous beast are again warring nations who practice brute force, not love.

_Daniel 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. (23) Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
_Daniel 8:8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great:
_Daniel 8:20-21 The ram which you saw having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. (21) And the rough goat is the king of Grecia:
_>> Daniel clearly refers to violent, brutal governments as Beasts.

_Titus 1:12-13 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
_>> This is a New Testament reference to beast and seems to mean what Asaph meant: a person, group, or nation, who uses the threat of violence to dominate others.

_Revelation 11:7-8 And when (God's two witnesses) shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. (8) And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
_>> The two witnesses suggest two nations, such as Israel and Judea, since war is not made on individuals. The beast from the pit suggests an ungodly nation. The great city is shown to be synonymous with Sodom & Egypt, which are blamed for Jesus' crucifixion, suggesting idolatrous nations, like Rome. Idolatry would mean having rulers other than God.

_Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
_>> The dragon is another great beast. It behaves as one exercising dominion and seems genocidal.

_Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
_>> The sea sometimes means a populous area. This beast has the same number of horns and heads as the dragon, but has ten crowns, while the dragon has seven. The beast suggests again a government of dominion. The horns & heads may indicate individual rulers of this government.

_Revelation 13:11-12 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (12) And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
_>> This second beast would be another kingdom using dominion, apparently coming after the first beast and allied with it. Coming up out of the earth or wilderness seems to mean from an unpopulated region. Lamb's horns may suggest having minor kings or rulers. Some say the second beast is the United States, because it originated in a wilderness.

The above biblical references to beasts support Gregory's view that exercising dominion, instead of granting liberty, is the main problem with conventional governments.

_Luke 4:5-8 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. (6) And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. (7) If you therefore will worship me, all shall be thine. (8) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get you behind me, Satan: for it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.

Ned Netterville says "Satan here claims ownership and authority over all of the kingdoms of the world, which Jesus pointedly does not dispute. This undoubtedly derives from all earthly kingdoms' abandonment of God as their lawmaker in favor of human legislators" (2) Jesus on Taxes: www.jesus-on-taxes.com

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3. MISUNDERSTOOD BIBLE PASSAGES ABOUT AUTHORITY, like Romans 13

_Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
_>> Higher powers means God and his ministers and ordinances, not worldly rulers. God does not ordain worldly rulers, but only his ministers who do and teach his Word, which is his Law, the Bible.

(2) Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
_>> Resisting man's ungodly laws does not bring damnation. Only resisting God's Law brings penalties. Many worldly rulers have had laws against God and God's Law, even against being Christian etc, so obviously this is not referring to resisting the power of worldly rulers, but only the power of God and his Law and ministers.

(3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Will you then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and you shall have praise of the same:
_>> Rulers again means Godly rulers, who are ministers ordained by God, not worldly rulers. Likewise, the power again means God and God's Law, not that of any worldly ruler.

(4) For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that does evil.
_>> Worldly rulers are not ministers of God. His ministers teach the Word of God, which is God's Law. The Word of God is sometimes called a sword, as in _Ephesians 6:17 and in _Revelation 1:16 & 2:12,16 where someone, probably Jesus, is said to have a sword, meaning God's Word, coming from his mouth, which destroys, i.e. destroys the pride of, the ungodly. Ministers use the same sword, the Word of God, to rebuke evil doers. Rebuking sinners is sometimes called the Wrath of God.

(5) Wherefore you must need to be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
_>> This wrath is uncomfortable and embarrassing and manifests as ill health of body or mind. It tortures and destroys our pride. But we should be concerned not just about the pain of wrath, but also about righteousness via conscience.

(6) For for this cause pay you tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. (7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
_>> Tribute here means voluntary tithes to our ministers, who attend to our salvation. Customs may refer to tithes to other ministries, when we travel.

_1Peter 2:11-14 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; (12) Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. (13) Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; (14) Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
_>> This passage and the previous one in Romans 13 are often misinterpreted to encourage undue submission to worldly rulers. This passage is talking about how to behave when traveling in other nations. It says to obey the laws there that are for the Lord's sake, those that discourage evil and those that encourage righteousness. It does not say to obey laws that are not for the Lord's sake, that encourage evil or oppose righteousness. And, indeed, the Apostles did not obey such laws, such as those against preaching about Jesus and his salvation, or preaching about serving God rather than worldly rulers.

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4. PRIDE: THE ORIGINAL SIN THAT CREATED THE BEAST

Original sin was not just disobeying God's Commandment about not "eating" of a certain "tree;" the sin was also pride, which made man think he can decide for himself what is right and wrong, and made him think he doesn't need God to tell him that.

_Genesis 2:17 (God said to Adam) But of the tree=false-pride of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat=partake of it: for in the day that you eat=partake thereof you shall surely die=die-spiritually.
_>> God said Adam would die on the day he were to eat of the tree. Since he didn't die physically when he did eat of it, God must have meant he would die spiritually, which would eventually result in physical death as well. Sin causes our deaths and pride is a sin that blinds us to our own sinfulness. Therefore, pride is the most dangerous sin.

_Genesis 3:5 (The serpent said to Eve) For God does know that in the day you eat=partake thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods=magistrates, knowing= deciding-what-is good and evil.
_>> Satan is wrong. Man, with limited knowledge and wisdom, cannot decide what is right and wrong. We need God to tell us this, which is why we have God's Law or Word, found in the Bible and in the minds and hearts of his people. God gives us free will to choose between what he says is right and wrong. But choosing wrong does not make it right. When government Lawmakers say something is okay, which God says is not okay, or when they say something is wrong which God says is right, they are acting as gods and it is idolatry to submit to such gods.

The Bible often uses names of governments, such as Egypt, Sodom, Babylon, Rome, the beast etc to refer to wrongful Lawmaking and dominion. Terms like Fornication, Harlot, and Prostitute in the Bible often refer to people who submit to such ungodly governments. Fornication in such cases means that we submit to and are intimate with Satan, or evil. The term Israel in the Bible is sometimes used symbolically to mean God's Kingdom on Earth. Those who submit to God's rule, instead of man's rule, are called Israel, faithful, the Bride of Christ, or the Bride of God.

_Deuteronomy 4:40 You shall keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days upon the earth, which the Lord your God gives you, for all.
_>> Thus, God's Law, which is called the Commandments etc, is given to us all to help make our lives much happier and healthier. But we must learn the original meaning of the Bible, instead of the errors that have accumulated in it. The Bible says to prove all things, which is the way to correct the errors.

References
1. by Brother Gregory, http://HisHolyChurch.net 

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5. CONSPIRACY OF THE RICH

King David warned against rulers conspiring against God.
Psa 2:1-5 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying],
- Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
- He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
- Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Saint Stephen repeated David's warning, while seeking to do healing.
Act 4:24-30 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, you [are] God, which have made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
- Who by the mouth of your servant David has said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
- The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
- For of a truth against your holy child Jesus, whom you have anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
- For to do whatsoever your hand and your counsel determined before to be done.
- And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto your servants, that with all boldness they may speak your word,
- By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of your holy child Jesus.

The New Testament has many warnings against the worldly rich and praises for the spiritually rich.
Mat 19:23-24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
- And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mar 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mar 12:41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
Luk 1:53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
Luk 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for you have received your consolation.
Luk 12:21 So [is] he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Luk 14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When you make a dinner or a supper, call not your friends, nor your brethren, neither your kinsmen, nor [your] rich neighbours; lest they also bid you again, and a recompense be made you.
Luk 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luk 18:23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
Luk 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Luk 19:2 And, behold, [there was] a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
Luk 21:1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
2Cr 6:10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and [yet] possessing all things.
2Cr 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich.
1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy;
1Ti 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
Jam 1:10-11 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
- For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withers the grass, and the flower thereof falls, and the grace of the fashion of it perishes: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
Jam 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
Jam 2:6 But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
Jam 5:1 Go to now, [you] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you].
Rev 2:9 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.
Rev 3:17-18 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
- I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and [that] the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 13:16 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Rev 18:15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
Rev 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

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6. BRITISH ISRAELISM - ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY DEGREES APART!!
By Rabbi/Brother Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky

PART 7 OF THE SERIES ON THE FULL RESTORATION OF ISRAEL!

. A British man named Richard Brothers on the other hand, started British-Israelism between 1757 and 1824.(2) It later achieved worldwide recognition through the writings and teachings of Herbert W Armstrong. Brothers' key prophecy of the Hebrews regaining control of the Temple Mount in 1798 proved false.
. The historical truth of the compilation of the King James Bible is quite different than British Israelism pretends it to be. It is based on the Greek New Testament published by Roman Catholic Robert Estenne, (also called Stephanus for short), in 1550. Stephanus's manuscript is based on Byzantine fragments pieced together, none of which predated 1200 AD. This manuscript had the Book Of Revelation in Latin, not Greek. Thus the manuscripts used for production of the King James Bible are fragmented, linguistically mixed and includes forged Roman Catholic additions, such as 1 John 5:7, and other questionable verses like Matthew 28:18-20. These and other King James texts are not found anywhere in any of the older manuscripts, dating as far back as the 5th century AD (such as the respected Sinaitic Manuscripts)! ... Little known [are the] well documented homosexual and pedophile practices of the same King James!
. Who traced the ten tribes to the Isles of Tarshish(28) as Spain and England in Europe? It was well respected scholars such as Abrabanel and Raschi.(29) Thus the identification of the ten tribes being primarily in the west
. Historic British colonialism in the 1900's, with its stifling gag on human freedoms, was also a byproduct of a theology that claimed that since Israel was prophesied to be a possessor of the gates of all her enemies, that therefore world domination was their birthright as Joseph. Thus whenever Great Britain flexed its military might in unwarranted fashion by policing the world through imperialism, they would when called to task, merely recite the biblical doctrines of Israel's biblical promised territorial abundance, as they plowed innocent human beings into slavery and bondage. Many in governmental positions of authority used the tenets of British Israelism to justify unbridled colonialism and imperialism. As one British Israelist put it "We must rule all nations, for He who has so decreed says-'For the nation and the kingdom that will not serve you (Israel-Britain) shall perish, yea those nations shall be utterly wasted'."(22) Thus the natural racist and colonial aggressive outgrowth of British Israelite theology is global militaristic conquest

. References:
22. Professor E Odlum, God's Covenant Man-British Israel p.30 & p.32
27. Hosea 8:8 & 10; 9:17
28,29. Psalm 72:10
30. Edershiem, The Life And Times Of Jesus The Messiah 1973 pp.15-16