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STARS, STRIPES AND THE PERFECTION OF BEAUTY

I can see the envisioned 6,000 language nations of the Millennium predicted and confirmed by the six-point Star of David on the present flag of Israel, the progenitor of the promised global kingdom, the Commonwealth of Israel. What is more? The two blue stripes that border the star on the flag also testify to the two major biblical streams of people—Jews and Gentiles—that the global kingdom unifies and sets at eternal peace. Remarkably, a critical examination of the flag of the United Nations reveals that this is also its unwitting essential message.

I can also see how the full internal establishment of the 6,000 provinces of the kingdom was prefigured in the post-independence emergence of the constituting states of the United States of America, the “New World,” “God’s own country,” a wasteland that became the cynosure of the world. Of course, the stars and stripes of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the flag of the United States, were also designed and numbered to represent the original constituting colonies of the Union. And to think of the similarities that exist between the histories of Israel and the United States, and all the legends about the intentions of the founding fathers of the latter.

All this amounts to a providentially given preview of more wonderful “things which must shortly come to pass.” It is the steady progression of the grand divine agenda. Think of what it would be like if the “beauty in diversity” and sophistication of the United States—natural, man-made and societal—were perfected and extended the world over. That should give you an idea of the breathtaking “New World” of the Millennium. I said “an idea” because the reality of it will be more magnificent than anything we could imagine today. The apostle wrote, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9–10).

We are speaking of the global Commonwealth of Israel and hence a worldwide expression of the great prophetic pronouncements about the restored and glorified Israel in the promised kingdom. An example: “For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the gentiles like a flowing stream” (Isaiah 66:12). Another: “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined” (Psalm 50:2). Truly, Mount Zion, “the city of the great King,” will be the “Capitol Hill” on which the global and provincial governors of the Millennial Kingdom will periodically gather with Christ to deliberate the issues of the new global order of that time. The Psalmist could not help but sing (Psalm 48:1–3):

 

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised

In the city of our God,

In the mountain of his holiness.

Beautiful for situation,

The joy of the whole earth,

Is mount Zion, on the sides of the north,

The city of the great King.

God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

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