How To Destroy A Nation
The following contain short excerpts from a speech on how to destroy a nation given by former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm to an immigration conference early in 2019 in Washington, D.C. They also include my own comments, adding to the content of the points made by Governor Lamm.
Now let me illustrate the pure wisdom of God and explain the reasons why He made provisions in the past to prevent this destruction and the fact that these provisions will be strictly enforced in the future to prevent division, hatred, violence and war and make universal peace and prosperity the norm for all nations under His personal governance throughout all eternity.
I’ll try to make this brief. It begins in Genesis 10:25 with the name, Peleg, and the meaning and explanation of his name, it means “division; for in his days was the earth divided”. Then verse 32 says, “These are the families of the sons of Noah, their generations and the nations formed by them: and by these were the nations dispersed over the earth after the flood.” When you break down chapter 10, you find the sons of Noah: Japheth, who settled to the north (Europe and Asia); Ham, who settled to the south in what would become Africa; and Shem, who stayed in the areas around Palestine and the Mediterranean Sea.
I underlined “after the flood” above to come back and explain why this division happened then and how. Genesis 6:1-7 explains that the Lord saw the wickedness on the earth, that every imagination and intention of men was continually evil and He regretted that he had made man on the earth and was grieved. So, He purposed to destroy mankind from the earth. The resulting flood and the deliverance of Noah and his family (including his three sons) then follows in Genesis, chapters 6-11.
This includes the narrative in Genesis 11 regarding the tower of Babel and the re-emergence of the evil of man following the flood (by the descendants of Shem). So, verses 6-9 tell us the Lord saw that there was no limit to the evil they would do (vs. 6), confounded their language so they couldn’t understand one another (separating them in groups (vs. 7), then scattered them over the face of the whole earth (vss. 8-9).
This brings us to Deuteronomy 32:5-8. The context of this passage is that Israel, after finally going into the land God had promised, would corrupt themselves by breaking their covenant of faithfulness to Him and going after a perverse form of idol worship. This is verse 7 and 8, “Remember the days of old; think about the years of many generations in the past. Ask your father, he will show you; ask the old men and they can tell you. About the time the Most High gave to the nations their allotted lands, when He separated the children of men and at that point in time established the (eternal) boundaries for (His) people (Israel).”
Moving forward to Acts 17:24-26, again, the context is important. Paul is in Greece and notices shrines dedicated to the “unknown god”. So, he attempts to explain just Who this God is that is unknown to them; He is “the God Who formed the earth and everything in it, the Lord of heaven and earth Who does not dwell in man-made shrines. And He cannot be given anything by human service, as though He needed anything; for He is the One Who gives life and breath and all things to all people. And He made from one common source, all the different nations of men to be settled over the face of the earth, having determined beforehand their times of existence and the fixed boundaries of their habitation.”
In this verse “nations” is ethnos, from which we get our English words ethnic and ethnicity, words that describe a group of people who share common and distinct cultural characteristics (language, history, traditions, etc.). In other words, it always was God’s intention to keep all ethnic groups separate; and in the future, Millennial Kingdom He will begin to enforce that intention to prevent the multiculturalism that causes all the problems described earlier.
This is the Old Testament reference foretelling the same millennial activity. Isaiah 2:2-4 says, “In the last days the mountain on which the Lord’s temple stands will be the highest of all the mountains, and all nations will stream into it. Many peoples will come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so we can walk in His paths. His instruction will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many people groups. Then they will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they study to train for war any more.”
This will establish the worldwide peace and prosperity that will be ushered into the eternal kingdom, when the Father comes to the earth with the Heavenly City New Jerusalem to dwell with men (Revelation 21 and 22). This is Revelation 21:24, “And the nations (ethnos) will live in its light and the leaders of the earth will bring into the city their glory.” And in this context “glory” is doxa, a reference to the reality of the true peace, prosperity, contentment and happiness experienced in eternity, the realization that God is true and has kept His word in everything He had promised.
My point in all this is that the “wisdom” of man and his best (or worst) intentions has historically caused dissention, discrimination, oppression, violence, ethnic cleansing, war and the death of untold millions of people. But God in His perfect wisdom has always had a better plan - one that would have prevented all of these things that have marked the history of mankind. But starting with His earthly, Millennial Kingdom that will begin to change and continuing on into eternity all nations will enjoy perfect peace and prosperity. Thankfully, the time will come when the wisdom of man will no longer be followed, the pure wisdom of God will reign supreme.