Borders and Boundaries

I looked up “border” in the Concordance at the end of my Bible and it did not have a single reference. Yet on the same page it referenced Bethphage, Bezalel, Bithnyia, boil, and borrow. Such is the condition of the church today — boil is more importance that borders and boundaries.

Exiled from Eden

First armed Border Patrol established by God at Eden’s edge.

That needs to change. Boundaries emerge organically from the whole body of the Hebrew and Greek scriptures — it as a fundamental idea — as fundamental as the Creator and Creation, heaven and earth, male and female, and life and death.

From the very beginning God established geographic boundaries and borders. He caused there to be an expanse between the waters, to separate them. Then he caused the dry land to appear, so there was another separation.

Jeremiah 5:22
Do you not fear Me?’ declares the Lord.
‘Do you not tremble in My presence?
For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
An eternal limit, and it will not cross over it.
Though the waves toss, they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, they will not cross over it.

God planted a garden, called Eden, which had boundaries. When man sinned, he was cast out of Eden and God put up an armed Border Patrol (the cherubim with the flaming sword) to keep him out.

After the Great Flood, God commanded Man to spread across the face of the earth. Man rebelled and unified at Babel. God forced the divisions among mankind by confusing their languages in alignment with their bloodlines (thus, the sons of Eber spoke Eber-ew) and those men used to naval engineering taught by their ancestors Shem, Ham, Japeth, and Noah (who built the first boat of record) to spread out over the seas and populate the earth.

God made from that one man many “to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation.”

When God created a nation from the loins of Jacob/Israel (this was a single race, a single bloodline) he pulled them from the land that belonged to one of Ham’s sons (Egypt) and drew them to the land of another of Ham’s sons (Canaan) and gave that land — with geographic boundaries — to the Sons of Israel.

These geographies corresponded to a race, as did their languages. There were borders and boundaries. The mixing of peoples was an aberration at best, and utter rebellion against God at worst, starting from Babel and certainly applying to the conquest of the promised land in which they were warned NOT to mix with the other races and NOT to treat their religion as equal to the God of Israel.

The idea of a neutral land and neutral “religion” remains abhorrent. It is rebellious man that pushes these ideas, lead by those brood of vipers, the anti-Christs.

Borders are so important that not only were the Sons of Israel (not to be equated with contemporary “Jews” — see Rev 2:9 and Rev 3:9) that the borders for the nation as a whole were written down, but also the borders for the tribes within the nation, all based upon blood.

This will be reflected in eternity as well — one land for the one blood, and other land for another blood — one for sheep, one for goats. It is no surprise that the anti-Christs hate the idea of borders.

Luke 16:26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

It is beyond this brief article to note the benefits of borders, which there are many. The purpose of this is to establish in the minds of Christians the irrefutable support in the Holy Scriptures for strong borders — guarded with violence — for specific people groups. This must be the foundation for any discussion of borders, migration and what makes up a “nation-state.”

Lazarus

Earthly borders are a reflection of eternal borders — geographic borders are a tutor for the reality we face in eternity. Luke 16:26

Any undermining of borders and distinct boundaries between people groups is rebellion against God — the example is Babel. Any Christian who reads the Bible knows that Babylon/Babel has always been the enemy — the project to unite mankind under anti-Christ rules is evil and we are required to resist it (regardless of the petty names they call us). Those reading the Gospels (Luke 16:26) understand that borders and boundaries — physical and geographic boundaries — reflect God’s good will and order.

Once we understand the fundamental importance of guarded geographic boundaries we can quibble about “whose land,” and “displaced peoples,” and “migrants.”  But the principal of borders comes first. It is not a Christian idea to surrender to people who “accuse” us of sins (racist,  anti-semitic, etc)  created by anti-Christs in order to burden us with guilt and shame — to control us. We are manipulated because we have turned away from our Monarch,  and are thus enslaved by the brood of vipers.

A Christian people owes no apology to the anti-Christs — we do not follow their laws or religions.  We owe obedience to the Word of God — to the Christ, our King.

Fritz Berggren, PhD
8 June 2021
Colorado Springs, CO

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Notes:

Genesis 3: 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the Garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.

Acts 17:26
and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation

Jeremiah 5:22
Do you not fear Me?’ declares the Lord.
‘Do you not tremble in My presence?
For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea,
An eternal limit, and it will not cross over it.
Though the waves toss, they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, they will not cross over it.

Exodus 34:11-17
11 “Be sure to comply with what I am commanding you this day: behold, I am going to drive out the Amorite from you, and the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 12 Be careful that you do not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst. 13 But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their memorial stones, and cut down their Asherim 14 —for you shall not worship any other god, because the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God— 15 otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they would prostitute themselves with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters might prostitute themselves with their gods and cause your sons also to prostitute themselves with their gods. 17 You shall not make for yourself any gods cast in metal.

Exodus 34:24
For I will drive out nations from you and enlarge your borders, and no one will covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the Lord your God.

Exodus 16:35
And the sons of Israel ate the manna for forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.

Numbers 34:1-12
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Command the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land of Canaan, this is the land that shall fall to you as an inheritance, that is, the land of Canaan according to its borders. 3 Your southern region shall [a]extend from the wilderness of Zin along the side of Edom, and your southern border shall [b]extend from the end of the Salt Sea eastward. 4 Then your border shall change direction from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim and [c]continue to Zin, and its [d]termination shall be to the south of Kadesh-barnea; and it shall [e]reach Hazaraddar and [f]continue to Azmon. 5 Then the border shall change direction from Azmon to the brook of Egypt, and its termination shall be at the sea.
6 ‘As for the western border, you shall have the Great Sea, that is, its [g]coastline; this shall be your western border.
7 ‘And this shall be your northern border: you shall draw your boundary from the Great Sea to Mount Hor. 8 You shall draw a boundary from Mount Hor to the [h]Lebo-hamath, and the termination of the border shall be at Zedad; 9 and the border shall proceed to Ziphron, and its termination shall be at Hazar-enan. This shall be your northern border.
10 ‘For your eastern border you shall also draw a boundary from Hazar-enan to Shepham, 11 and the border shall go down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain; and the border shall go down and reach to the slope on the east side of the Sea of Chinnereth. 12 And the border shall go down to the Jordan, and its termination shall be at the Salt Sea. This shall be your land according to its borders on all sides.’”

Joshua 17:
7 The border of Manasseh [d]ran from Asher to Michmethath which was east of Shechem; then the border went [e]southward to the inhabitants of En-tappuah. 8 The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the sons of Ephraim. 9 And the border went down to the [f]brook of Kanah, southward of the [g]brook (these cities belonged to Ephraim among the cities of Manasseh), and the border of Manasseh was on the north side of the [h]brook, and [i]it ended at the sea. 10 The south side belonged to Ephraim and the north side to Manasseh, and the sea was [j]their border; and they reached to Asher on the north and to Issachar on the east. 11 In Issachar and in Asher, Manasseh had Beth-shean and its towns and Ibleam and its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of En-dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns; the third is Napheth. 12 But the sons of Manasseh could not take possession of these cities, because the Canaanites persisted in living in this land. 13 And it came about when the sons of Israel became strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not [k]drive them out completely.
14 Then the sons of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, “Why have you given me only one lot and one portion as an inheritance, though I am a numerous people whom the Lord has blessed up to this point?” 15 And Joshua said to them, “If you are a numerous people, go [l]up to the forest and clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the Rephaim, since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you.” 16 The sons of Joseph then said, “The hill country is not enough for us, but all the Canaanites who live in the valley land have iron chariots, both those who are in Beth-shean and its towns and those who are in the Valley of Jezreel.” 17 But Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh, saying, “You are a numerous people and have great power; you shall not have one lot only, 18 but the hill country shall be yours. For though it is a forest, you shall clear it, and to its [m]farthest borders it shall be yours; for you shall [n]drive out the Canaanites, even though they have iron chariots and though they are strong.”

Joshua 17:18
but the hill country shall be yours. For though it is a forest, you shall clear it, and to its [a]farthest borders it shall be yours; for you shall [b]drive out the Canaanites, even though they have iron chariots and though they are strong.”

Joshua 18:
Then the whole congregation of the sons of Israel assembled at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there; and the land was subdued before them.
2 But there remained among the sons of Israel seven tribes who had not divided their inheritance. 3 So Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “How long will you [a]put off entering to take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you? 4 Provide for yourselves three men from [b]each tribe so that I may send them, and that they may arise and walk through the land and write a description of it according to their inheritance; then they shall [c]return to me. 5 And they shall divide it into seven portions; Judah shall stay in its territory on the south, and the house of Joseph shall stay in their territory on the north. 6 And you shall write a description of the land in seven divisions, and bring the description here to me. Then I will cast lots for you here before the Lord our God. 7 For the Levites have no portion among you, because the priesthood of the Lord is [d]their inheritance. Gad, Reuben, and the half-tribe of Manasseh also have received their inheritance eastward beyond the Jordan, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave them.”
8 Then the men arose and went, and Joshua commanded those who went to write a description of the land, saying, “Go and walk through the land and write a description of it, and return to me; then I will cast lots for you here before the Lord in Shiloh.” 9 So the men went and passed through the land, and wrote a description of it by cities in seven divisions in a book; and they came to Joshua at the camp at Shiloh. 10 Joshua then cast lots for them in Shiloh before the Lord, and there Joshua divided the land for the sons of Israel according to their divisions.
The Territory of Benjamin
11 Now the lot of the tribe of the sons of Benjamin came up according to their families, and the territory of their lot [e]lay between the sons of Judah and the sons of Joseph. 12 Their border on the north side was from the Jordan, then the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north, and went up through the hill country westward, and [f]it ended at the wilderness of Beth-aven. 13 Then from there the border continued to Luz, to the side of Luz (that is, Bethel) southward; and the border went down to Ataroth-addar, near the hill which lies on the south of lower Beth-horon. 14 And the border changed direction from there and turned around on the west side southward, from the hill which lies opposite Beth-horon southward; and [g]it ended at Kiriath-baal (that is, Kiriath-jearim), a city of the sons of Judah. This was the west side. 15 Then the south side was from the edge of Kiriath-jearim, and the border went westward and went to the fountain of the waters of Nephtoah. 16 Then the border went down to the edge of the hill which is [h]in the Valley of Ben-hinnom, which is in the Valley of Rephaim northward; and it went down to the Valley of Hinnom, to the slope of the Jebusite southward, and went down to En-rogel. 17 Then it turned northward and went to En-shemesh, and went to Geliloth, which is opposite the ascent of Adummim, and it went down to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben. 18 And it continued to the side in front of the Arabah northward, and went down to the Arabah. 19 Then the border continued to the side of Beth-hoglah northward; and the [i]border ended at the north bay of the Salt Sea, at the south end of the Jordan. This was the southern border. 20 Moreover, the Jordan was its border on the east side. This was the inheritance of the sons of Benjamin according to their families, and according to its borders all around.
21 Now the cities of the tribe of the sons of Benjamin according to their families were Jericho, Beth-hoglah, and Emek-keziz, 22 Beth-arabah, Zemaraim, and Bethel, 23 Avvim, Parah, and Ophrah, 24 Chephar-ammoni, Ophni, and Geba; twelve cities with their villages. 25 Gibeon, Ramah, and Beeroth, 26 Mizpeh, Chephirah, and Mozah, 27 Rekem, Irpeel, and Taralah, 28 Zelah, Haeleph, the Jebusite city (that is, Jerusalem), Gibeah, Kiriath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the sons of Benjamin according to their families.

Ezekiel 48:
“Now these are the names of the tribes: from the northern extremity, [a]beside the way of Hethlon to [b]Lebo-hamath, as far as Hazar-enan at the border of Damascus, toward the north [c]beside Hamath, [d]running from east to west, Dan, one portion. 2 Beside the border of Dan, from the east side to the west side, Asher, one portion. 3 Beside the border of Asher, from the east side to the west side, Naphtali, one portion. 4 Beside the border of Naphtali, from the east side to the west side, Manasseh, one portion. 5 Beside the border of Manasseh, from the east side to the west side, Ephraim, one portion. 6 Beside the border of Ephraim, from the east side to the west side, Reuben, one portion. 7 Beside the border of Reuben, from the east side to the west side, Judah, one portion.

Ezekiel 48:
23 “As for the rest of the tribes: from the east side to the west side, Benjamin, one portion. 24 Beside the border of Benjamin, from the east side to the west side, Simeon, one portion. 25 Beside the border of Simeon, from the east side to the west side, Issachar, one portion. 26 Beside the border of Issachar, from the east side to the west side, Zebulun, one portion. 27 Beside the border of Zebulun, from the east side to the west side, Gad, one portion. 28 And beside the border of Gad, at the south side toward the south, the border shall be from Tamar to the waters of Meribath-kadesh, to the brook of Egypt, to the Great Sea. 29 This is the land which you shall divide by lot to the tribes of Israel for an inheritance, and these are their several portions,” declares the Lord [t]God.

Luke 16:26
And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

Rev 22:14-15
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.  Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

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