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Self-exam Quetions: God Desires that Gentile Nations Glorify Him

Self-exam questions:
God desires Gentile nations to glorify Him
Part ONE, Section I, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers. Click here to go to “God Desires that Gentile Nations Glorify Him.”

  1. Does God force civil governments to choose to proceed under Him?
  2. Name some nations in which the Old Testament that illustrate that God wants Gentile civil governments to recognize Him as who He is.
  3. Did King David speak to the issue of rulers and the guidelines for rulers?
  4. What did God do to Nebuchadnezzar so that he would come to know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will” (Da. 4.32b).
  5. What did Nebuchadnezzar come to be called as to his relationship with Jehovah?
  6. How did God judge King Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, because he did not humble his heart and “lifted up [himself] against the Lord of heaven” and had not glorified God “in whose hand [Belshazzar’s] breath [was]and whose [were]all his ways,” knowing what God had done to his father (See Da. 5.17-31)?
  7. What did Darius, after seeing that God miraculously delivered Daniel when he was thrown into the den of lions, decree?
  8. What did Cyrus choose to do as to serving God?
  9. What designation is given Cyrus that has never been given any other Gentile by God?
  10. What mission did God Jonah as recorded in the Old Testament book of “Jonah.”
  11. What did Jonah cry as he went through the city of Nineveh?
  12. What was the response of the people of Ninevah to Jonah’s message?
  13. After God saw the good works of the people of Ninevah and that they turned from their evil way in response to Jonah’s message what did He do?
  14. What message did Nahum deliver to Ninevah more than a century after Ninevah? Why?
  15. Was Ninevah destroyed as prophesied by Nahum?
  16. Does God wish each civil government to choose to rule for His glory under His precepts; that is, to establish free will for every individual while ruling under biblical principles, but not to enforce God’s rules concerning man’s relationship with God?
  17. Why are civil governments without excuse for failing to rule under God?

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Self-test Questions: God Is the God of Israel

Self-test questions: God is the God of Israel
Part ONE, Section I, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers. Click here to review “God Is the God of Israel.”

  1. What did God promise the nation Israel he would do to nations that blessed her?
  2. For how long was the promise mentioned in the last question?
  3. To what other nation was the promise mentioned in question 1 above given?
  4. Who made the following statement as recorded in 2 Samuel 7.23-26? “And what one nation in the earth islike thy people, evenlike Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God. And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said…. And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee” (2 S. 7.23-26)
  5. After the giving of what covenant was the statement in the last question made?
  6. What did God distinctively tell Israel as recorded in Leviticus 20.24, 26 and Numbers 23.9?
  7. Why did God tell Israel the things mentioned in Leviticus 20.24, 26 and Numbers 23.9?
  8. What did God promise repeatedly to Israel, an example being Jeremiah 30.10-11?
  9. How many times does the Bible identify God as “the God of Israel?” “The God of Jacob?” “The God of Abraham?” “The God of Isaac’?”
  10. God is called (in the Bible) the God of what ethnic group other than the Jews?
  11. To whom was the land of Israel unconditionally given?
  12. Who gave the land of Israel unconditionally to Abraham and his seed?
  13. In what covenant was land of Israel given to Abraham and his seed?
  14. The Abrahamic Covenant as formed (Gen. 12.1-4) and confirmed (Gen. 13.14-17; 15.1-7; 17.1-8) is in how many distinct parts?
  15. List the distinct parts of the Abrahamic Covenant.
  16. How many dispossessions and restorations of Israel to the land modify the gift of the land?
  17. How many dispossessions and have been accomplished?
  18. Israel is now in which dispersion?
  19. What event will mark the restoration of Israel to the land at the end of the third dispersion?
  20. When was the nation Israel reestablished?
  21. Was the reestablishment of Israel as a nation in 1948 a complete restoration to all the land that God gave to the Jews?
  22. Did God Himself perform that 1948 restoration although Isaiah prophesied it (See Isaiah 66)?
  23. What three kinds of promises did God make the Abrahamic Covenant?
  24. Which promises made by God in the Abrahamic Covenant have not yet been fulfilled?
  25. Was the Abrahamic Covenant an everlasting or a temporary covenant?
  26. Upon whom did the Abrahamic covenant depend?
  27. Explain why the Bible teaches that the Abrahamic Covenant is an everlasting covenant (of not, if you disagree and believe that it is a temporary covenant).
  28. Israel entered the land under the leadership of whom? Under what Covenant?
  29. In conjunction with the Palestinian Covenant, what significant promises did God make to Israel?
  30. When will God return and gather the children of Israel from all nations into which he has scattered them?
  31. When will the Jews return to the LORD their God, obey His voice according to all that He has commanded them with all their heart and soul?
  32. When the Jews return to the LORD their God, obey His voice according to all that He has commanded them with all their heart and soul, what will the LORD their God do in response?
  33. When the Lord their God returns Israel to their land, what will the LORD their God will put upon their enemies, and on them that hate them, which persecuted them?
  34. When the Lord returns the Jews to their land what will the Jews do in regards to the voice of the LORD and all his commandments which I command thee this day.
  35. Were the promises made to Israel by God to be fulfilled with literal or spiritual Israel? Explain.
  36. Is the final fulfillment of these promises to Israel is in the future or have these promises already been fulfilled?
  37. What does God’s intent to fulfill these promises to Israel when all the curse of Deuteronomy 28 concerning the nation Israel has been completed show?
  38. What does God’s promise to restore Israel to the land which he gave to Abraham and his descendents when allthe curse of Deuteronomy 28 has been fulfilled guarantee as to Israel’s permanent ownership of that land?
  39. What does the Word of God in the promises of the Palestinian Covenant guarantee?
  40. What does the future blessing of Israel as a nation rests upon? What does this give to predictive prophecy?
  41. When will the exaltation of Israel be secured?
  42. From whom does the kingdom takes its power?
  43. What is the interpretation of “Emmanuel?”
  44. When did God make a covenant with David?
  45. Does 2 Samuel 7.8-17 call God’s promises to David a covenant?
  46. Do other passages clearly indicate that God was establishing a covenant with His servant?
  47. What 5 things does the Davidic Covenant “upon which the glorious kingdom of Christ ‘of the seed of David according to the flesh’ is to be founded secure?
  48. After Israel utterly violated the conditions of the Palestinian Covenant, what happened to Israel?
  49. Why was Israel dispersed?
  50. What 2 dispersions were prophesied?
  51. Which dispersion does the following verse prophecy? “The LORD 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” (De. 28.36).
  52. After the Babylonian captivity of 70 years prophesied by Jeremiah what did God, through his prophet Jeremiah, promise he would do to the king of Babylon and the nation Babylon?
  53. What did God, through Moses, tell Israel that her continued disobedience would be punished by?
  54. In what verse did The Lord Jesus confirmed Moses’ words referred to in question number 53?:
  55. After the siege and total destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. what did almost all Judea become for nineteen-hundred and fifty years until 1948?
  56. Does the same covenant unconditionally promises a national restoration of Israel which is yet to be fulfilled? Review the verses in the lesson which show this in many prophesies.
  57. Where is Israel at prophetically at this time?
  58. What will mark the end of  Jerusalem being trodden down of the Gentiles?
  59. To whom did God speak these words: “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chr. 7.14)?
  60. When Israel repents in the future will she still be in the dispersion?
  61. What will God’s reaction be to Israel’s repentence?

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Self-test Questions: Israel—The Only Theocracy Ordained by God

Self-test questions:
Israel—the only theocracy ordained by God
Part I, Section I, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers. Click here to review “Israel—The Only Theocracy Ordained by God.”

  1. What nation was called out by God for Himself?
  2. What are nations other than Israel called in the Bible?
  3. Under what covenant did God lay out the original plan for nations?
  4. What was the only nation which was not to proceed under that plan?
  5. Who was called out by God and obtained a promise of God?
  6. Where did Abraham sojourn?
  7. Why did God institute what is called by some the Dispensation of Promise?
  8. To whom were the promises of God made?
  9. Can the law, given 430 years after the promises, disannul the promises given in the covenant of God with Abraham?
  10. How did God give Abraham the inheritance, by law or by promise?
  11. Why was the law added?
  12. Until when was the law to be in effect?
  13. Who ordained the law?
  14. Is the law against the promises of God?
  15. Could a law have been given which could have given life?
  16. Who are under sin?
  17. Why has the Scripture concluded all under sin?
  18. When God made promise to Abraham, by whom did He swear and why?
  19. To whom did God say, “Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee?”
  20. Who obtained the promise after he had patiently endured?
  21. What did God promise Abraham?
  22. What followed after the Jewish patriarchs failed in the responsibilities God gave them?
  23. What had been their responsibilities?
  24. Who provided all material and spiritual resources requisite to inspire the Jewish patriarchs to do their responsibilities?
  25. Who led the children of Israel to Egypt? Who delivered them?
  26. When did God gave Israel the Mosaic law?
  27. After God gave Israel the Mosaic law, upon what 5 things did God deal with Israel?
  28. What was this new way of dealing with man (by the law) called by some?
  29. Did the law disannul the promise?
  30. Galatians 3 distinguishes between what 2 things?

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise” (Ga. 3.10-18).

31 What period did the Mosaic Law cover?

  1. Were the Jews responsible for keeping the whole law under the Mosaic Covenant?

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (Ja. 2.10).

  1. Did they succeed in their responsibility?

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God” (Ro. 10.1-3).

  1. What was the result of the failure of Judah and Israel to keep the law?
  2. When were the Jews scattered over the entire world?

Jesus lamented, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Mt. 23.37-39).

  1. How has God dealt with Israel during their many periods of declension and backsliding?
  2. Did the law abrogate the promises of a glorious future for Israel? By what is the future of Israel guaranteed?
  3. Was the law a means of justification or condemnation?
  4. What was the external moral restrainer for Israel?
  5. The law was a schoolmaster whose ultimate purpose was what?
  6. How is a person justified?
  7. After faith is come, is one still under a schoolmaster (the law)?
  8. When Israel went into the Promised Land, under what covenant did she operate? Under what covenant did all other nations (the Gentile nations) continue?
  9. What are the seven parts to the Palestinian Covenant?
  10. Has Israel ever taken or possessed the whole land given her by God under the unconditional Abrahamic Covenant?
  11. How was Israel originally set up? Under whom was she set up and for what purposes?
  12. How many theocracies have ever existed?
  13. To whom did God speak directly in the theocracy?
  14. Does God speak directly to Gentile nations?
  15. How does God speak to Gentile nations?
  16. Does God force Gentile nations to operate under His principles as laid down in the Bible or does He give them a choice?
  17. What institutions did God establish to be directly under God and His principles only
  18. Is the church a state? Therefore, is the church a theocracy?

The word “theocracy” comes from two Greek words, theos meaning God and kratos meaning ruler. “Theocracy” means:

“Government of a state by the immediate direction of God; or the state thus governed. Of this species the Israelites furnish an illustrious example. The theocracy lasted till the time of Saul” (AMERICAN DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, NOAH WEBSTER (1828), definition of “THEOCRACY.”).

  1. What did God promise Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their seed?
  2. To what nation do The Gentile nations look as God’s chosen nation?
  3. Although Gentile nations were not directly under the leadership of God, what was their responsibility under God? Were there to be consequences for Gentile nations which do not uphold their God-given responsibilities?
  4. What was the responsibility of Israel’s government, working in conjunction with the Jewish religious leaders, as to enforcement of the Ten Commandments, as well as all of God’s moral law?
  5. Under what plan do Gentile nations proceed?

59.What is the highest function of Gentile nations, from which all other governmental powers may be implied?

  1. For what specific purposes was Israel called by God?
  2. What nation is the key to everything regarding the nations of this world.
  3. True of false [only one false statement renders the entire statement false. If your answer is false, please indicate which statement(s) are false and explain]:

“Over and over, Israel was ordained to be a theocracy under the direct rule of God, through His judges. God was directly over the state. This type civil government was unique to Israel. We see how this type of civil government was applied by Israel in the book of Judges. Over and over again, especially in Deuteronomy, the Jews were told to follow God’s law, to keep his commandments and statutes. ‘These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth’ (De. 12.1)…. God’s laws covered everything, including idolatry. As mentioned above, the Ten Commandments exemplified the law, and the whole of the Ten Commandments, including the first four, were to be enforced in the nation Israel.”

  1. Did God give Israel free will?
  2. Ultimately Israel rejected God’s plan under which God himself ruled over the nation of Israel and demanded a king like the Gentile nations. What is the first Scripture that records this rejection (Book and Chapter)?
  3. Did God inform the people of the ill consequences of being ruled by a king?
  4. In spite of God’s warning, did Israel still demand a king?
  5. What were the reasons they gave for demanding a king?
  6. Before the Israelites rejected God, how did Israel behave under God as explained in the book of Judges?
  7. When kings started to rule, who dominated [kings, prophets, or priests]?
  8. After the division of the nation into 2 nations, Judah and Israel, and before the captivities, how many good kings did Judah have? How many good kings did Israel have?
  9. Why were Judah and Israel eventually taken into captivity?
  10. Whom did God send to warn the kings of both Israel and Judah to cast down their idols and return to the ways of the Lord and to proclaim the consequences that would surely come if they did not do so?
  11. Generally speaking, did the kings heed the warnings of those prophets?
  12. What ultimately happened to Israel and Judah because of their rebellion against God?
  13. What was the result of the Jewish rejection of Christ?
  14. Why did God institute the Dispensation of Grace?
  15. Under the Dispensation of Grace, what are the things God uses to govern people?
  16. Is the law a ruling factor for the believer during the dispensation of grace?

“Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator…. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster” (Ga. 3.19, 23-25).

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Ro. 6.14).

“And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law” (1 Co. 9.20).

  1. Grace as a ruling factor for the believer consists of what two things?

First:

“For I delight in the law of God after the inward man” (Ro. 7.22).

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious” (2 Co. 3.3-11).

“For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (He. 8.8-12).

Second:

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Co. 6.19-20).

  1. Do the majority of Jews and Gentiles accept the gift of righteousness offered by God in the Dispensation of Grace?
  2. Does organized Christendom fulfill its mission given it by God in the New Testament—does it “fulfill the Great Commission, maintain a pure membership, discipline unruly members, prevent false teaching from existing within it, and contend earnestly for the true faith”

82, As a result, what will follow (i.e., will  man fail again and will judgment follow?)?

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Self-test Questions: God Desires that Nations Choose to Glorify Him

Self-test questions:
God desires that nations choose to glorify Him
Part ONE, Section I, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers. Click here to review biblical teaching on “God Desires that Nations Choose to Glorify Him”.

  1. Review the verses given in the lesson that prove that God ordained nations, that He is over every nation, but that He gives every nation a temporary choice of whether to submit itself to the sovereign God, that prove that God is over all nations and wishes each nation to choose to glorify Him. The next time you read through the Old Testament, note what is being taught about civil government and nations.
  2. Who divided the nations their inheritance? When?
  3. Whom does the Bible tell kings and judges of the earth to serve with fear as they rejoice with trembling
  4. Whom does the Bible instruct the kings and judges of the earth to kiss? Why?
  5. Who are blessed?
  6. Who will be turned into hell?
  7. What can the righteous do if the foundations be destroyed?
  8. To whom are the lands to make a joyful noise unto? Whom are they to serve and how? How are they instructed to come before the presence of the Lord.
  9. Whom are the lands to know is God? Who made them?
  10. Who is high above all nations? Whose glory is above the heavens?
  11. What exalts a nation? What is a reproach to any people?
  12. What does a wise king scatter and bring a wheel over?
  13. What two things preserve the king? What is his throne upholden by?
  14. What happens when the wicked is taken from before the king?
  15. What do the people do when the righteous are in authority?
  16. What do the people do when the wicked beareth rule?
  17. How are the nations viewed by God, as to their power?
  18. Who sits upon the circle of the earth? The inhabitants of the earth are as what to God?
  19. What does God bring the princes to? What does he make the judges of the earty?
  20. What will God do if a nation against whom God has pronounced turns from their evil?
  21. According to the Apostle Paul, speaking to those at Lystra
  22. a) Who would have worshiped Paul and Barnabas, who made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein?
    b) Who gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness?
  23. According to Paul in his sermon on Mars’ hill:
  24. a) Who made the world and all things therein?
    b) Who is is Lord of heaven and earth?
    c) Does He dwell in temples made with hands?
    d) Who hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth?
    e) Who has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation?
    f) Why has He done this?
    g) In whom do we live, and move, and have our being?
  25. What will God show in his times?
  26. Under whom do civil governments still exist and have responsibility to rule for?
  27. Who gives every civil government a choice of whether to go by His or Satan’s principles.
  28. According to Roger Williams, whom ought the civil magistrate to cherish?
  29. Do civil governments choose, at least for any significant period of time, to be “under God,” to guide their actions by His principles?
  30. Who said: “Where are your checks in this government. Your strongholds will be in the hands of your enemies.  It is on the supposition that your American governors shall be honest, that all the good qualities of this government are founded; but its defective and imperfect construction puts it in their power to perpetrate the worst of mischiefs, should they be bad men. And sir, would not all the world, from the eastern to the western hemispheres, blame our distracted folly in resting our rights upon the contingency of our rulers being good or bad? Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty.”

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Self-test Questions on Civil Government

Self-test questions on civil government
Part ONE, Section I, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers. Click here to review “Biblical Teaching on Civil Government.”

  1. In spite of conscience and the restraint of the Holy Spirit, what happened without civil government?
  2. What had all flesh done just prior to the great flood described in Genesis?
  3. What was the imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart before the flood?
  4. What was the earth filled with just prior to the flood?
  5. Will God curse the ground any more for man’s sake?
  6. Will God smite any more every thing living (except Noah and family) as he did in the flood?
  7. When man, operating in an economy of God, has totally failed in his responsibilities under God, what is God’s only remedy?
  8. Who ordained civil government and when?
  9. In what covenant did God ordain civil government?
  10. When did the Dispensation of Human Government begin?
  11. What is the highest form of punishment which civil government is authorized by God to administer? Explain the significance of this as to the authority of civil government.
  12. Define civil government.
  13. Why did God ordain civil government?
  14. Who besides God has the power to prevent civil government and the power to institute civil government?
  15. Whom did God desire man to operate civil government under, according to whose rules?
  16. For whose benefit did God ordain civil government? What was civil government to do?
  17. He ordained civil government for the earthly benefit of man—to control evil—as is contextually apparent: Before the flood,
  18. Mankind was so utterly corrupt that the only solution for God was what?
  19. Who said, “Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint”?
  20. What are the elements of the Noahic Covenant?
  21. Whom did God order to multiply and populate the earth.
  22. Now that man was constrained by conscience, the restraint of the Holy Spirit, and human government, did man obey God?
  23. How soon after the flood did man fail to govern under God?
  24. Explain the first failure of individual government which occurred almost immediately after the flood.
  25. Was the covenant God made with Noah an everlasting or temporary covenant? Is it in effect today?
  26. When did God divide the world into nations? For what reason?
  27. If all worldly government were concentrated in one world government, the potential for what would be unlimited?
  28. What would happen with a one world government? Why?
  29. What can happen when rulers are given too much authority? Why?
  30. Did the people obey God’s command to scatter and fill the earth?
  31. What did the people do?
  32. When did man attempt to build the world’s first “United Nations” building?
  33. What replaced fellowship with God at that point?
  34. What did God do in response?
  35. What was wrong with man’s attempt to build the tower of Babel?
  36. What was one of the probable purposes of the attempt to build the tower of Babel?
  37. What was the attempt to build the tower of Babel based on?
  38. Who excited man to attempt to build the tower of Babel?
  39. The leader asked about in question 38 became tyrannical. Why? He wanted to avenge himself on whom?
  40. How did God frustrate the building of the tower?
  41. Who then scattered the people “abroad upon the face of the earth?”
  42. Until when will national entities continue?
  43. Thus, God again judged man for what reason?
  44. Why did man have to abandon his attempt to build the tower and establish a one-world government?
  45. What did man begin to do at that point?
  46. What is one purpose of Gentile civil government according to the New Testament?
  47. According to Romans 13:3-4 and 1 Peter 2.13-14, what are the jurisdictional limitations ordained by God? Civil government is a minister of God to  mankind for what? To do what?
  48. According to 1 Timothy 1:9-11, (1) for whom was the law made?
  49. What is a second purpose for civil government that can be inferred from an admonition of Paul to Timothy in 1 Timothy 2.1-6? What is God’s desire that leaders and others in authority? What are believers to pray for as to their leaders?
  50. Who is the one God, and one mediator between God and men? For whom did He give himself a ransom?
  51. God requires man to exercise what in his use of the animal kingdom and of natural resources in general
  52. God wants every Gentile nation to choose to operate under whom? Explain.
  53. What will happen if a nation operates under God’s principles as laid out in the Word of God?
  54. third, and the most important purpose of civil government is what? Do the laws of a nation serve to teach? Reread what Lawrence McGarvie observed about this teaching function: “American law tended to operate as if it had a life of its own, shaping society to conform to legal values by directing the actions of individuals. Recognizing law’s relative autonomy, scholars such as Michael Grossberg, Christopher Tomlins, and Mark Tushnet contend that law acted to infuse the new society—including the judges—with a system of rules and principles derived from liberal ideology. Many authors have noted the incremental pace of legal change. Law’s structural dependence on the Constitution, common-law precedent, and the procedural dictates of pleading recognizable legal arguments mitigated any societal tendencies toward rapid transformation. Instrumentalism, as a theory of understanding law, fails to fully appreciate its institutional inertia, the multiplicity of forces involved in its creation, and its hegemonic role as a relatively autonomous body of values, beliefs, and doctrine that provides the means of ‘discourse’ in a nation of law” (Mark Douglas McGarvie, One Nation Under Law: America’s Early National Struggles to Separate Church and State (DeKalb, Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005), p. 12).
  55. Upon what will a nation under God base its law?
  56. What does a nation under God teach its citizens  teaches its citizens concerning freedom of conscience?
  57. What does a nation under God teach its citizens  teaches its citizens concerning whom individuals should choose to conform their wills to?
  58. . Must everyone in a nation under God choose the one true God, god, gods, or no gods at all.
  59. If under God, what does a nation teach and point to?
  60. Why is it important that government leaders, officials, and others pray in no other name than the name of Jesus?
  61. A nation which is not under God teaches the principles of whom?
  62. A civil government not under God will allow or require official government prayers in the name of whom?
  63. What are the nations to whom the Noahic Covenant was written called in the Bible?
  64. Does God desire that Gentile nations proceed under God’s original plan for civil government?
  65. What nation did God later call out for specific purposes?
  66. What was that nation to operate as? Directly under whom?
  67. When that nation was called out by God, which nation was then to be the center of God’s dealings with nations?
  68. Who can prevent man from setting up civil government?
  69. Who can ordain civil government?
  70. Who is the Highest Power?
  71. Does God force civil government to operate under Him within its sphere of God-given authority? Why?
  72. Did all that God did in the Garden of Eden, the flood, the ordaining of civil government remove the dreadful distemper from man’s nature?
  73. Having ordained civil government, what does God desires nations to do?

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Self-test questions on family government and conscience

Self-test questions on family government and conscience
Part ONE, Section I, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers. Click here to review “Biblical Teaching on Family Government and Conscience.”

  1. Prior to the fall, who ruled over the other, the husband or the wife?
  2. After the fall, what was the next type of government established by God?
  3. After the fall, what did God say to the woman concerning leadership?
  4. What does the Bible about leadership in the family?
  5. Who are to lead and care for the children?
  6. Where is man to satisfy his sexual desire?
  7. Who is responsible for educating children and what is to be the basis of that education?
  8. After the fall and before the flood, what was man directed by?
  9. What is conscience?
  10. What was one’s conscience controlled by after the fall and before the flood?
  11. After man ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil (after the fall), how did man change? What do dispensationalists call the resulting economy?
  12. Did the Holy Spirit strive with man during the days before the flood?
  13. After the fall and before the flood, during the dispensation of conscience, through what was man responsible to God?
  14. What type of sacrifice was acceptable to God at that time?
  15. Name as many who properly responded at that time as you can.
  16. Briefly recount the story of Cain and Abel.
  17. When did murder come on the scene?
  18. Did God allow civil government between the fall and the flood? Briefly explain.
  19. At the flood, what did God delegate to man? Why?
  20. Has any nation ever ruled under God for any extended length of time?

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Self-test questions on self-government

Self-test questions:
Self-government
Part ONE, Section I, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers. Click here to review Biblical Teaching on Self-government.

  1. What was the first type government ordained by God?
  2. Define self-government.
  3. Who will be blessed by God? Who will not be blessed by God?
  4. What is the foundation of family government?
  5. What is the foundation of a church who honors God?
  6. Who will direct and control their families and their churches according to God’s precepts?
  7. What are the two possible foundations of a civil government (a nation)?
  8. Upon what does the success of a nation depend?
  9. When did God create man?
  10. In whose image did God create man?
  11. When was woman created? Out of what did God create woman?
  12. When was marriage instituted?
  13. After creating man and woman, God blessed them. What did God then say to them?
  14. Where did God put man? For what purpose did he put him there?
  15. What did God say to man concerning the trees of the garden of Eden?
  16. What did God tell man about the consequences of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
  17. What was the first covenant God made with man? How many elements did that covenant have? Under that covenant, what were the man and woman responsible for doing?
  18. God, in the Garden of Eden, gave man an opportunity to operate under what type of government?
  19. What rule(s) came with that one type of government?
  20. Did man succeed under that type of government?
  21. Describe man’s actions concerning compliance with the rule(s) given him by God? Briefly describe what happened as to man’s obedience or disobedience with that rule. Briefly describe the consequences.
  22. What does Scripture say happened after Adam and Eve broke God’s one rule?
  23. Whom did God judge after the fall? Briefly describe the judgment of each.
  24. Because of the fall, what was the ultimate fate of man’s physical body?
  25. When did God institute the Adamic Covenant? What is the purpose of the Adamic Covenant (as it is called by some)?
  26. What are the elements of the Adamic Covenant?
  27. Who was Isaac Backus? Review his description of man’s state before and after the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. These studies will often glean from Backus because he was very important in the road that lead to religious liberty in America.
  28. Does God continue to hold man individually responsible for his decisions?
  29. Briefly tell the story of Cain and Abel, especially noting how each governed himself according to God’s will.
  30. In whom did Old Testament saints place their faith? In whom do New Testament Saints place their faith?
  31. From what choices may an individual select his faith?
  32. What chapter in the New Testament gives the names of many Old Testament saints who came to God in faith? Name as many of those saints as you can.

Who stated in the New Testament that all “which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham” (Ga. 3.7) and “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Ga. 3.29)?

Do the above verses apply to individuals or to nations (civil governments)? Does God deal with individuals on the same basis or on different bases?

  1. Does God deal with civil governments?

Note. Isaac Backus wrote: “By divine institution a whole family and a whole nation were taken into covenant; now none are added to the church by the Lord but believers who are saved” (Isaac Backus, A History of New England With Particular Reference to the Denomination of Christians called Baptists, Volume 1 (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, Previously published by Backus Historical Society, 1871), p. 153).

  1. How is Satan still successfully deceiving man as to God’s authority and God’s government?

Note. The author shows in his articles, books, and audio teachings how Satan has deceived untold millions of Christians with regard to the issue of separation of church and state by misquoting and misinterpreting the Bible. To understand the God-ordained relationship of church and state, one must understand God’s teaching on government, church, and separation of church and state and also how to apply that teaching to reality.

  1. Who has an excuse for rejecting God and His Authority?
  2. How does God first speak to every individual?
  3. If an individual believes the creation, how does God then speak to Him?
  4. If an individual believes the creation and his conscience, how does God speak to him next?
  5. According to Scripture:

Who is righteous?
Who understands?
Who seeks after God?
Who has gone out of the way?
Who is unprofitable?
Who has sinned and come short of the glory of God?
How is a man justified before God?
Through what is a man justified?
Whom did God set forth to be a propitiation through his blood?

If an individual believes the creation, his conscience, and Scripture, through whom does God then reveal the way to Himself?

  1. What was imputed to Abraham for righteousness?
  2. Who was delivered for our offences?
  3. Who was raised for our justification?
  4. Does man make a choice of his own free will as to how he will respond to God?

Note. Keep this question in mind throughout your studies of and meditations upon the Bible because the issue of whether man has free will is hotly disputed by some. Throughout your biblical studies, look at all verses which deal with the issue of free will as opposed to the sovereignty of God, keeping in mind that some incorrectly believe that the sovereignty of God means that God chooses who goes to heaven and who goes to hell and that man has no part in that decision.

  1. Can one love without having a choice? Explain.
  2. Is faith a work?
  3. Of what are all governments, except God’s supreme government, made up of?
  4. According to what does God desire every government to guide itself?
  5. To what degree will any government (individual, family, church, civil) succeed?

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Self-test questions on “Introduction to the Biblical Doctrine of Government”

Self-test Questions
Introduction to the Biblical Doctrine of Government
Part ONE, Section I, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed

Give as many Bible verses (where appropriate), comments, and explanations as you can to support your answers. Click here to Review “Introduction to the biblical doctrine of government.”

  1. Who ordained civil government?
  2. What power is not of God?
  3. Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords?
  4. What is most crucial to the believer’s concept of faith?
  5. Who is the sovereign of the universe?
  6. Who is the Highest Power? The Supreme Ruler? Whose is the Supreme Government?
  7. What does ordain mean?
  8. Does God teach that he is the Supreme Ruler?
  9. What did John the Baptist say about the supreme rulership of God (Jesus Christ)?
    About who possesses heaven and earth?
  10. Who exercises supreme authority in both spheres?
  11. Give one thing which the names of God in the Old Testament reveal. Explain.
  12. Explain the free-will of man, how man acquired it, and what this has to do with government.
  13. What types of government did God ordain?
  14. Can a government choose to do anything without consequence? Explain the two basic choices a government has to choose from. What are the consequences of acting on one’s choice.
  15. Upon what basis will God reward or judge all governments?
  16. What was the first government established by God? When did God establish this government? Why did He establish this type of government?
  17. What is the most important choice offered every man by God?
  18. Who are the only institutions and people who have any hope of receiving the blessings of God?
  19. What was the second government established by God? When did He establish it? Why did He establish this type of government?
  20. What was the third government established by God? When did He establish it? Why did He establish this type of government?
  21. To whom did God give the responsibility for ruling the third type of Government? For whom was that government to be ruled?
  22. Why did God establish this third type of government?
  23. Explain the role of the flood and Noah and his family in the establishment of this third type of government.
  24. After the fall and before God ordained civil government, what guided individual and family government?
  25. Who was called out to be the father of Israel?
  26. What type government did God ordain Israel to be? Who was Israel to be directly under?
  27. What is the only theocracy ever ordained by God?
  28. What can Gentile nations look to Israel to see?
  29. Whom and what does God desire every nation to choose to honor?
  30. Does the Word of God teach that any civil government, Jew or Gentile, will, before the return of Christ, follow the principles of God for any significant period of time? Why?
  31. For whom have both Israel and all Gentile nations governed? What is the inevitable result of their choice?
  32. When He returns, what will Jesus Christ do as to the Gentile nations then existing?
  33. Who will be the leader of the Gentile nations then existing?
  34. What will the Gentile world-powers be doing at the time of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ?
  35. What will Jesus Christ do as to the nation Israel at his return? Why will He do it?
  36. What will God do with Satan after God deals with Israel and the Gentile nations at his return?
  37. After all the above (questions 33-37) what will God do?
  38. What have most Americans been indoctrinated to believe as to the meaning of government? How does God feel about this? What does God wish all governments to know about government?
  39. What is the new Americanized definition of “government.”
  40. Compare the new definition of “government” with the definition of 1828.
  41. Which definition reflected biblical teaching? How?
  42. Have those who believe in the supremacy of civil government thought out the consequences of their belief in light of biblical teaching?
  43. What did attorney and law professor John Eidsmo point out about the humanist versus the biblical view of government? Why do humanists end up creating tyranny far worse than they ever imagined?
  44. Who said, “Men must choose to be governed by God or condemn themselves to be governed by tyrants.”
  45. What is the God-given goal for all governments?
  46. What is joy a side-effect of?

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