by Paul Masters
God’s first command to man in Genesis is to “be fruitful and multiply – fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). Many of us rightly understand that command to mean that we are divinely equipped and commanded to reproduce, build families, and do so for his glory. The Christian marries and raises a large family, but from that point the purpose seems to grow murky. The children move away, may or may not get married, may or may not have children, and may or may not have many if they do reproduce.
The problem lies in lack of vision. “Without vision a people perish” (Proverbs 29:18), and indeed this holds true in the case of a family in which the Christian father does not instill in his progeny a sense of purpose, mission, and a responsibility to it. This happens because the Christian has generously reproduced because he understands that he is commanded to reproduce, but does not understand why he is given his command. What makes this doubly deplorable is that the purpose is appended directly onto the command –
“Fill the earth, and subdue it.”
We all face that existential question of “why am I here?” at some point in our lives. We all deep down, want to know that there’s a purpose to our lives beyond prolonging death as long as possible. We all want our time in this life to mean something, to have direction, and an ultimate goal. Here, in the very first chapter of the first book of the Bible, we find the answer to this question so many people have asked. If only more people read their Bibles with intent!
Ecclesiastes 12:13 says the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments. The first command to man in Genesis 1:28 is the springboard, basis, and framework for the mentality and point to keeping the rest of the commandments found throughout Scripture and in particular in the Pentateuch. The whole duty, purpose, and goal of man is to fill the earth, and thereby subdue it through application of his law.
The word “subdue” as found in Genesis 1:28 is translated from the Hebrew kabash, which according to Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon means to tread down, attack, bring into bondage, or dominate. Strong’s defines it as subject, make subservient, subjugate, conquer, or bring into subjection. Understanding this definition makes it hard to escape the fact that the purpose of man on earth is to conquer and subjugate the earth – meaning, of course, not just the literal ground, but everything living on it.
The command of Genesis 1:28 was made to our father Adam, who as we all know disobeyed God and brought about the Fall of man. The command was issued, and Adam failed in that he not only did not subdue all the earth, but he could not even begin to subdue his flesh – he succumbed to temptation. He lost the battle because he was mere flesh, and rather than ruling creation, creation found power over him.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. – Romans 6:12-14
Sin reigned over Adam and all his progeny until Christ, who broke that bondage and set us free (Romans 5), thus setting us free to follow through on the dominion mandate once again.
Before he ascended, Jesus Christ, the second Adam, re-issued the command given to Adam, to subdue the earth.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power [authority] is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world [age]. Amen. – Matthew 28:18-20
What Adam failed to accomplish, Christ did in overcoming his flesh through a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15). He crossed that threshold which was completely unattainable to the sons of Adam, and through his imputed righteousness now offers them the way forward. Christ has all authority, and will continue to have it until all the earth has been subjected to him and he hands the Kingdom over to the Father, completely subdued and conquered.
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. – I Corinthians 15:15-28
The Christian mission of conquest is further expressed in II Corinthians 10:3-6 –
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
God would not have given Adam the command to take dominion – to literally conquer and subdue the world – had he not already placed Adam in a condition in which he was fully capable of obeying his command. Adam was given nothing more – or, perhaps more accurately, nothing less – than a woman. He wasn’t given an army. He wasn’t given a city. All he had were the commands of God and a woman.
Adam failed, but Christ, the second Adam, took on a bride – redeemed Israel – and set out with the same mandate and the same supplies – the commands of God and his Bride.
“Behold,” Jesus Christ says in Revelation 21:5, “I make all things new.” All things were new when God first created the world and set man in charge, and Christ, rather than establishing something different, REnews – he sets things back to how the Father originally intended at the time of Creation. Therefore we can conclude that in order to understand the methods of conquest and dominion expected of us under the New Covenant, we need to go back to the days of Adam and his descendants, as well as the words of Christ and the apostles, for our information.
Before we do so, however, I would like to discuss one key thing which is necessary for dominion.
Whenever any of the great conquerors such as Nebuchadnezzar or Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan went out acquiring territory, they made it a point, once they’d won victory over each people, to bring those people into subjection to them, ie, to bring them under the rule of their government. They made them swear fealty and submit tribute to them. The main point is government. Conquest is expansion of governmental influence. So when God told Adam to “fill the earth and subdue it” he was telling Adam to expand his rulership throughout the earth – likewise, Christ, after saying all authority had been given to him, sent the apostles out saying, “Go ye THEREFORE” – because all authority has been given to me, as a direct result of my station as King – “and teach all nations.” Mark 16:15-16 words it thus: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” In other words, he says, “Declare my Kingship, the Gospel of the Kingdom, throughout the entire world.” He then follows up with this statement with verse 16, which is nothing less than an ultimatum:“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Christ is not being the tolerant icon of unconditional love which the Judeo-Christian world loves to portray. He is being the totalitarian conquerer, declaring that the inhabitants of the earth must either submit to his rule, or die. The apostles have been sent out to declare Christ’s sweeping victory, and anyone who refuses to recognize his kingship are being warned that their neck is on the chopping block.
A second witness to this is the parable which Christ spoke in Luke 19:11-27:
And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. He said therefore, ‘A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, “Occupy till I come.” But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, “Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.” And he said unto him, “Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.” And the second came, saying, “Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.” And he said likewise to him, “Be thou also over five cities.” And another came, saying, “Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.” And he saith unto him, “Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee,thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?” And he said unto them that stood by, “Take from him the pound, and giveit to him that hath ten pounds.” (And they said unto him, “Lord, he hath ten pounds.”) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him. But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.’
Paul tells the Thessalonians:
… it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. – II Thessalonians 1:6-10
This is Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God – a ruthless conqueror, the WORD of the same Yahweh God who commanded the utter annihilation of the Amalekites, the Hivites, the Jebusites, and the other occupants of Canaan when he sent the Israelites to conquer the Promised Land. Our God is a jealous God, a consuming fire, and he will NOT abide the existence of his adversaries.
But why then has God not yet destroyed his enemies from the face of the earth?
Our God is longsuffering, and he also abides by his own Law – including the laws of warfare.
When thou comest nigh unto a city to fight against it, then proclaim peace unto it. And it shall be, if it make thee answer of peace, and open unto thee, then it shall be, that all the people that is found therein shall be tributaries unto thee, and they shall serve thee. And if it will make no peace with thee, but will make war against thee, then thou shalt besiege it: And when Yahweh thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword: But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which Yahweh thy God hath given thee. – Deuteronomy 20:10-14
We all begin on the opposite side from God, dead in our trespasses and sins and opposed to his rule. The Gospel of Christ is the terms of surrender. Until we accept his terms and submit to him we stand in danger of annihilation by the vengeful King. We are offered the opportunity to join his forces and share in the spoil. However, the day will come when the terms of surrender will expire, and Christ will come forth from heaven “conquering and to conquer” (Revelation 6:2). The Gospel offer will be over. The time of surrender will have passed. Christ will take what is his, and his enemies will be slaughtered.
But Christ is merciful! someone might argue. Very true. He says in Matthew 5:7 – “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” But he also says in Proverbs 12:10 that the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. As we have given, so shall we receive. The wicked who hate and resist the King of Kings will receive the punishment due them, swift and thorough. The mercy he grants them is the opportunity to repent, and so when we preach the Gospel to the world we are extending the mercy of Christ in hopes that they will abandon their stance and come to his side. All things have been put under his feet, but even so he still gives them the opportunity to hear his offer of grace. However, longsuffering as the mercy and patience of God may be, even he has his limits. It may last for years, centuries, or even milennia, but one day the end will come. Eventually he will terminate the offer, and his full wrath will be unleashed on the unjust.
In the parable of Luke 19 the nobleman, representing Christ, tells his servants, “Occupy till I come.” The use of the word “occupy” in this case means to busy oneself, to do business. When Christ ascended to sit on the right hand of the Father he issued the command to his apostles to busy themselves until his return – preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom throughout the world. But not only are we supposed to preach and teach it, but we are supposed to live it. Busying ourselves about the business of a conquering King would naturally be to go forth taking dominion for him, and that is exactly the point of the Gospel. As I pointed out earlier, conquest is about bringing everything under the dominion of the King. This includes bringing ourselves into subjection, and eventually bringing the entire world into subjection. To do this requires everything we pursue in our lives to revolve around the ultimate goal of bringing ALL things into subjection. Christ says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33) – and Paul says in I Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
This brings us back to the topic of vision. Whatever our vision is, it must entail the conquest of the world for the cause of Christ. As soldiers of the cross, we are his army, and a soldier is expected to be fully invested in winning the war. God’s Word tells us how to live our lives in such a way that we are assets to the conquest of the world. Where Adam failed to begin, we can progress, thanks to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ and his imputed righteousness, putting to death the old man, the body of sin and rising to walk in newness of life – in that same perfection intended for Adam at the very beginning.
And so here we are as Christians, washed in the blood of Christ, faced with this grand task – the Great Commission – the command to go forth and conquer, to take dominion, and now the question is: How? How do we achieve this mission?
The task begins with ourselves. Peter warns in II Peter 2:19 that when a man succumbs to sin and the lusts of the flesh he is overcome and brought into bondage. How can a man in bondage to sin conquer the world and bring it into subjection to Christ? No, first we must overcome the flesh and its lusts, bringing self into obedience to God. As Paul said in II Corinthians 10:6, we will revenge all disobedience once our own obedience is fulfilled, or complete. This is why our Christian mission begins with individual baptism into Christ and washing in his blood, personal salvation, so that we might be washed clean and made new again to the end that we can charge forth into the fray, clothed in white robes washed in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14). We cannot be expected to overcome the world without first winning the victory over self, and this is done only through the sacrifice of Christ.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. – 2 Timothy 2:20-22
All this is apparently simple on the face of it, but unless we understand that this purging is accomplished by aligning oneself with Christ and using the Law as the mirror through which we examine ourselves, we will never take part in the grander task of conquering the world. There is no antinomian who has come close to becoming a vessel prepared unto every good work, because it is by the law that we recognize sin.
I have attended many churches in which the law was rejected, where idolatry ran deep, where miscegenation was considered a virtue, where the rich were elevated and the poor were snubbed, where the enemies of Christ were all but worshiped, and where it was a greater sin to play cards than it was to commit adultery. These lawless and even anarchistic churches will get nowhere in accomplishing the Great Commission, being filled with iniquitous individuals who lay aside the commandment of God to keep their own traditions (Mark 7:8).
Christ speaks of these people in Matthew 7:21-23:
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
“Iniquity” in this case has been used in place of the Greek anomia, which would have been better translated “lawlessness”. An army requires order and discipline, adherence to the commander’s orders, and a people who have disregarded the law of God are no servants or soldiers of his. They are rebels at best, AWOL soldiers refusing to obey orders. And thus it is that many – not a few, but many – will in the end come blithely to the King, expecting accolades for observing tradition rather than the divine Law of the eternal God, and be told, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work lawlessness.”
It has been well said that the Law points us to the Gospels for our justification, and the Gospels point us back to the Law that we might thereby know how to conduct our lives. In other words, the Law, convicting us of our sin and rebellion makes us aware of our wretchedness and points us to the King’s terms of capitulation. Once we’ve met those terms and have been saved from the consequences of our rebellion, once we’ve forsaken our lawlessness and joined the victorious forces of Heaven, we are again sent back to the Law, not for our own conviction, but so that we might learn not only how to order our own lives, but the terms of warfare with which we take dominion.
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. – I Timothy 1:9-11
The convicting nature of the Law not only makes us see the King’s terms and our need for deliverance and mercy from his inevitable wrath, but also provides us with the means and the methods by which we will conquer and one day judge the world.
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? – I Corinthians 6:2-3
Here Paul lays out where our vision should be directed – to a day when we rule with Christ and we enjoy full victory with him over the world, when we will judge the wicked and establish forever his truth and righteousness. It is with this vision that we do all things to the glory of God and seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and it is with this vision that we read and apply the Law-Word of our heavenly Father. It is this vision which should permeate our efforts to subject ourselves and everything within our power to the Kingship of Christ. Everything we do should be with the Kingdom vision foremost as our motivation, ie, to the glory of God.
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? — I John 5:1-5
The foolish doctrine that Christians simply look forward to going to heaven when they die – that “this world is not my home” – that the Kingdom of Heaven is somewhere other than earth – that Christians will be raptured out of this world – that Christ was a meek and passive hippie and Christians should be the same – all these doctrines are contrary to Scripture and repugnant to the kingdom conquest mindset established as a consistent thread throughout the Bible.
Yahweh is a man of war: Yahweh is his name. – Exodus 15:3
The defeatist and passivist mentality of modern churchianity, which embraces tolerance and acceptance and confines its religion to the four walls of their chosen church buildings, is nothing less than an emasculated, castrated Christianity. And that’s exactly the kind of Christianity which the enemies of Christ love – hence it is called JUDEO Christianity. This kind of Christianity is no threat at all to the forces of wickedness and virtually hands the keys of the gates over to the barbarians. They are, in fact, enemies of Christ himself, turncoats who find it easier to bow before the enemy rather than press forward into the battle for world dominance. Stripped of their vision, stripped of their purpose, and stripped of their will to fight, they are salt that’s lost its savor, fit for nothing but to be trampled under the foot of men.
“Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong,” Paul urges in I Corinthians 16:13 – and let us not forget that on the other side of the battlefield the enemy urges one another in similar words:
Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight. – I Samuel 4:9
While the enemy urges each other to fight lest they become subjugated, they whisper in the ears of God’s armies: “Be weak, quit yourselves like eunuchs, this world is not your home, be so heavenly minded you are of no earthly good – submit to us.” The majority of churchgoers succumb to this psychological warfare and disinformation, choosing to seek pleasure in the flesh pots of Egypt rather than fight the good fight and reap the final reward of overcoming the world.
The first task in conquering the world is conquering ourselves, then rallying our hearts to the cause of Christ. Humility and submission to the King, and courage to set out on the campaign of world conquest. This in itself is a great undertaking, and as we previously discussed, one which our father Adam failed to carry out. Now, in Christ, we have the power. He forged the path for us to follow, and covers us in his grace. Once we have capitulated to Him through faith and immersion in water for the forgiveness of sin, we have enlisted in his army and have no choice but to obey the Great Commission of world conquest. Even our forefathers had to first spend forty years wandering in the wilderness until they learned subjection to their God before they were allowed to set foot in Canaan. We must to the same before we overcome the world.
It is important for us to understand that Christ would not have issued this command had it been impossible. Difficult, yes, but hardly is it unachievable. We were placed in this world to have dominion over it, and the Law and the blood of Christ make it a goal that lies within our grasp. What we need to do is completely throw aside all thoughts of fear, laziness, or defeatism, and quit ourselves like MEN – men of God, men of the cross, men washed and regenerated to victory. Christ issued his Great Commission in an era when Rome was at the peak of its power, and in Judea where the antichrist Jews held the greatest influence. He gave no regard for the strength of his enemies, and neither did the apostles, but the Gospel of the Kingdom of God went out and utterly changed history forever.
It was not impossible then, and it is not impossible for us now. Today is the day for the people of God to move forward in conquest. After all, this is the entire point of our faith – to fight in his army and bring the message of capitulation to everyone who still dares stand against Almighty God.
The next level of conquering the world, in conjunction with conquering self, is conquest of family. The family is the first realm in which a married Christian man with offspring achieves dominion in the world God has given him.
The Fifth Commandment reads, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which Yahweh thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. – Ephesians 6:1-3
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. – Ephesians 5:22-24
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. – I Peter 3:1-6
The Christian man first sets forth upon his mission to conquer the world by first subjecting his own family. This is the underlying tenet behind these quoted passages. The wife is to be in subjection to her husband – she must bow before his authority with a meek and quiet spirit, thus making herself beautiful in God’s eyes. Likewise, that she is to help her husband achieve dominion over the family — as his helpmeet – is evident through the Fifth Commandment, which says children must honor both father and mother. As the wife is to be in subjection to the husband, so the children must be in subjection to them both.
Remember, subjection is the state of being subjected – subdued, overcome, ruled over, subservient.
The loss of this state is in fact a curse on a wayward people, as we read in Isaiah 3:12 –
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
Once men have failed in their basic task of subjecting their women and children under them, the roles reverse. It’s judgment on men who’ve shirked their task. Women’s liberation and rebellious children are strong signs of a society in which men are no longer ruling, but ruled, in which men are no longer men, no longer in dominion, but subjected.
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) – Titus 3:2-5
A true man of God has his entire household in subjection to him, leading the way and keeping rebellion not only quashed, but far from the minds of those over whom he has authority. The moment he slacks, however, the ruled will quickly take dominance.
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. – Genesis 3:16
“The desire to find dominance over your husband will be innate within you,” God says to Eve, the Mother of All Living, “but you will be placed in subjection to him.”
God has declared that the moment a man relaxes his rule over his family, his wife will take over the mantle of leadership. This is as natural as the law of gravity due to the declaration of God, and we see it play out in homes everywhere, leading to conflict and strife among countless families. This is true also for society, as we see today, in which women are writing and passing “laws” to which men are expected to submit. The conquest has reversed. Feminism, removing women from the home and placing them in positions of societal influence and power, has turned the natural order upside down, and everyone is suffering as a result.
Men must bring their women and children into subjection, or all is lost. Once the proper order is restored – men in subjection to God, women in subjection to men, and children in subjection to their parents – then not only can civilization be restored to its proper order, but then that order can be advanced to the rest of the world.
Conquering the World
God says in Deuteronomy 28 that his people will be feared when they follow his commands:
And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of Yahweh; and they shall be afraid of thee… And Yahweh shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of Yahweh thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them… – Deuteronomy 28:10, 13
God says his people, when obedient, will not be ruled, but rule, that the nations will fear them. Why else would the nations fear, if not for the same reason that the Canaanites in Jericho feared Israel (Joshua 2:9-11)?
Conversely, if we fail to obey God, the opposite happens – the other nations rise above us and oppress us:
Yahweh shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth… The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway… Yahweh shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone… Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity… The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. – Deuteronomy 28:25, 33, 36, 41, 43-44
It is evident from this that the decree of God is: If my people will not obey me and thereby take dominion of the world and the other nations, then the other nations will take dominion of them.
Strikingly similar to God’s decree regarding man and woman.
Notice also that part of the curse is, “He (the stranger, foreigner) shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head and thou shalt be the tail.”
Let’s look at what God says about borrowing and lending.
Regarding Israelites loaning to other Israelites, God commands:
If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury. – Exodus 22:25
Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. – Leviticus 25:36-37
Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury. — Deuteronomy 23:19
However, regarding Israelites loaning to non-Israelite strangers and foreigners, his command differs:
Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that Yahweh thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it. – Deuteronomy 23:20
Loaning to a brother at “interest” is forbidden, but loaning to anyone outside our people at “interest” is allowed. Why? Perhaps it has something to do with the dominion mandate.
The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. – Proverbs 22:7
God forbids the economic conquest and subjugation of Israelites by Israelites, but when it comes to foreigners, the Law provides for such conquest, encouraging God’s people to take rule over all others. Currently the condition is reversed, and true Israelites everywhere are subjected to banks and economic systems placed over them by non-Israelite financiers. It is the task of Christians to upend things.
Add in the rules of conquest delineated in Deuteronomy 20, and we can conclude that, not only are God’s people expected to conquer themselves, their women, and their children, but they are also, in time, expected to conquer the world — foreigners and all those who oppose Christ.
If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. – Exodus 21:2
Here God begins his laws regulating slavery – yes, slavery is Biblical, within the contexts laid out in the Law. After all, if we the righteous are intended to subdue the earth, that means everything in it, including the people. God says if a Hebrew Israelite purchases another Hebrew Israelite as a slave, the slavery is limited to six years. He is not allowed to keep the servant indefinitely. But notice that God is very specific that this law pertains to Hebrew slaves serving Hebrew masters. It does NOT apply to non-Israelite slaves. An Israelite may purchase a slave and keep him for life. This discrimination makes sense when we understand the concept of Biblical Christian conquest, just as it is applied in the laws regarding usury. In order for our people to subdue the earth, we do not seek to subdue one another, but rather to subdue the heathen.
And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant: But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile: And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return. For they are my servants, which I brought forth out of the land of Egypt: they shall not be sold as bondmen. Thou shalt not rule over him with rigour; but shalt fear thy God. Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever: but over your brethren the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigour. – Leviticus 25:39-46
The subduing of the nations carries out even farther.
The ancient Spartan king Polydorus is quoted as having said the following:
If you worship your enemy – you are defeated. If you adopt your enemy’s religion – you are enslaved. If you breed with your enemy – you are destroyed.
There is a great deal of truth to all three of these sayings, but at this time let’s focus on the second: “If you adopt your enemy’s religion – you are enslaved.” This speaks of proselytes, and in the context of the topic of Christian Israelites, whose God is Yahweh, proselytes are non-Israelite peoples who come to God and submit to his Law. This, of course, will only happen once Israel itself has brought itself into subjection.
Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as Yahweh my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as Yahweh our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? – Deuteronomy 4:5-8
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of Yahweh’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. – Isaiah 2:2-4, Micah 4:1-3
Once Israel has been subjected to Christ as a wife to her husband, then she can subject the nations to Christ through proselytizing. Yahweh is exclusively the God of Israel, and Israel is exclusively his, in a special relationship shared by no other nation – therefore, any non-Israelite people who come to Christ will in fact be coming to him in the capacity of slaves, either willingly or unwillingly.
Non-Israelites who adopt the worship of the God of Israel and the obedience of his Law are no longer their own people, but belong to Yahweh and the people who carry out his administration on the earth. They are no longer independent, determining their own rule and direction through their own gods, but are subservient to another God, the God of another people. They have ceased to stand on their own. They have bowed their heads to take on a new yoke.
At this time, our enemies have best achieved conquest through proselytizing. The entire world has become Judaized and fallen under the influence of Marxism. Jesus Christ himself even acknowledged their ambition in this regard:
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. – Matthew 23:15
Christians have been woefully inactive, failing to bring even themselves and their families into subjection, while our enemies have infiltrated economies, schools, governments, and churches with their indoctrination, turning each generation into an increasingly infected hoard of Marxist undead. Their dominion has far outstripped our own, thanks to our sin and our lack of ambition.
However, the passages above from Deuteronomy, Isaiah, and Micah reveal that the day will come when Christian dominion has utter influence over the earth, and that it will come about once the foreign nations have brought under dominion, being judged by Israel. It will be a time of peace, when conflict and war have become all but obsolete. Why? Because of righteous judgment.
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? – James 4:1-5
Overcoming sin and rebellion within ourselves will eventually result in overcoming sin and rebellion throughout the world, thus bringing about peace under Christian rule. This will take time, however. Christian conquest will never happen overnight. God told our ancestors before they entered Canaan:
I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land. – Exodus 23:29-30
We have a long way to go before we reach that stage. Christians have lost even the most basic rule and influence – as well as any desire for it –, even in their own lives. It’s time Christian men resumed dominion. The war has always been about dominion, even from the very beginning, throughout the first century after Christ, and to the present day. Until the war is over there is hope for the tide to turn again – and the war will not end until Christ himself returns and finishes the fight.
Quit Ye Like Men
Do not allow the world to tell us Christianity should not be forced on anyone. Christ already rules – it’s been forced on them whether they like it or not. The message of Christ’s surrender terms must be delivered. The Kingdom must be announced. The fight must continue until Christ’s enemies are brought before him and slain.
Christianity is not a club. It isn’t a passivist organization intended to lie down and take whatever the foes of the cross dish out, to tolerate and accept the denizens of the dark. We’ve been given the Sword of the Spirit, and it is through this weapon that Christendom must be advanced. Christians need to regain their purpose and advance to the fray, to stop wasting their time ignoring the world and just trying to be good. There is so much more to our calling. We need to bring the light of truth, and eventually, the rod of iron, down on the heads of the wicked.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish,” we are told in Proverbs 29:18. Indeed, the Body of Christ has utterly lost its vision. As a result, we perish, not only from our enemies without, but also from within as we turn and rend one another. In the days of persecution we tend to band together, but in times of apparent peace we become lax and arrogant. Jeshurun grows fat and kicks. If we can only focus on the goal, the conquest of Christ’s kingdom and the continuing commission to deliver the surrender terms of the Great Commission, we might be able to actually accomplish something. We could become a force to be reckoned with.
God speed the day when Christians everywhere re-learn their purpose and pursue it with their whole hearts.