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What Is an Oligarch?
Tis the season for an oligarchy! If we have learned anything from history we should realize that civilizations, empires, and governments rise and fall in cycles that parallel our sun. The Lord is setting the stage for the final epic battles that will purge evil and establish His kingdom, much as one prepares a lavish table and banquet for guests. This is true, so that no truly wicked leader can get so entrenched that he becomes irremovable. It says in Malachi:
“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, when all the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble; the day is coming when I will set them ablaze,” says the LORD of Hosts. “Not a root or branch will be left to them.” “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings, and you will go out and leap like calves from the stall. Then you will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day I am preparing,” says the LORD of Hosts Malachi 4:2
There are many word-plays in the Holy Scriptures, one could read the passage above as sun, as in our celestial body the sun, or, Son Jesus Christ, who is coming soon to establish His righteous kingdom.
In the back channels, and simmering into the mass media, we are hearing words such as oligarchy in relationship to President Trump. Certainly, there are a few leaders around the world who have garnered power and influence and our country is no exception, Frankly, due to our apathy and false belief that our country would always remain a republic, slowly it eroded away. We let it happen.
Examining the Words
So that we understand the true meaning of the words bantered around, to let us revisit some of them.
Aristotle coined the term oligarchy, 2300 hundred years ago, as he contemplated the forms of state governance. According to Noah Webster's Dictionary of the English Language, 1828, an oligarchy pertains to a government ruled by a few. A form of government in which the supreme power is placed in a few hands, a species of the aristocracy. Interestingly, it is loosely associated with an iron first. Thus it was so until around the early 1990s and primarily a topic confined to academic writings.
In Webster's, an aristocracy comes to us from the Greek words meaning best and to hold or govern.
A form of government, in which the whole supreme power is vested in the principal persons of the state; or in a few men of distinguished by their rank and opulence. When the supreme power is exercised by a small number, the government is called an oligarchy, although the term typically refers to a corrupted form of aristocracy.
Now let us look at oligarchy through legal eyes examining Blacks Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition for further insights or clarifications.
Once again, it is affirmed that it is a form of government wherein the administration of affairs is lodged in the hands of a few persons. Along this same line is an oligopoly which are economic conditions where only a few companies sell substantially similar or standardized products. Are you beginning to see glimmers of a beast system?
A theocracy is a form of government in which God or other deities of some type is as the supreme ruling authority, giving divine guidance to human intermediaries, state-governed, that manage the day to day affairs of the government. The Israelite's practiced a theocracy until the time of Saul when they established him as king.
According to Webster's a republic is a commonwealth, a state in which the exercise of the sovereign power is lodged in representatives [public servants] elected by the people. In modern usage, it differs from a democracy in which the people exercise the powers of sovereignty in person [mob rule by simple majority with no individual representation].
Are Titles of Honor Biblical?
The title "adon" or "lord" was given to the owner of property and slaves; also to the person to whom homage was paid as a guest of honor or who has done an act of kindness. Abraham was entitled "lord" and "nesi elohim" or "mighty prince", also "prophet". The representative of the people was a "melek" or "leader," or in some cases "king." Next in rank was the "aluf" or "duke" or "chieftain." Each of the dukes of Esau was the ruler of a family or clan, and was probably subject to the head of the whole tribe. The king appointed a viceroy termed "mishneh" or "second." Joseph was mishneh to Pharaoh, with the title "abrek" or "bow the knees" (ib. xli. 43), denoting the reverence due to his dignity. Interestingly, we see a hint to celestial influence in that of the biblical term for "young father" in the sense of "Jupiter" = "Ju" + "pater". Pharaoh renamed Joseph "Zaphnath-paaneah" or "the revealer of secrets."
Moses as a spiritual leader was recognized by the titles "ish ha-Elohim" or "the man of God" and "'ebed
We can clearly see that God did establish a hierarchy of personages to due His bidding in governing earthly affairs.
As for civil administration, it was was to be conducted by judges who had the title of "prince," "ruler" ("sar," "sarim") over certain divisions of the people, comprising thousands, hundreds, the fifties, and tens. This is why it is so critical to have pure and untainted judges. In a later period the judges ("shofeṭim") became the real rulers of the Israelites, till, like the Gentiles, the latter adopted a king. In Moses' time these were called also the "zeḳenim" or "elders" and the "nesi'im" or "rulers" of the congregation.
The title of birth, "bekor," assigned to the first-born son in every family, carried with it special privileges of inheritance. The title "kohanim" or "priests," applied to all descendants of Aaron, and that of "Levites," to the rest of the tribe of Levi, carried with them privileges with regard to tithes and certain duties in connection with the administration of religious services in the Temple; thus the senior priest was called "kohen mashiaḥ" or "the anointed priest" or "kohen gadol" = "the high priest." The prophet ("nabi") bore also the titles "ro'eh" and "ḥozeh" or "seer".
Titles of nobility not connected with the tribe of Levi, but recognized by the people or conferred by the king as distinctions of ancient and noble stock, high descent, and gentility, were the following: "aẓil," "ḥor" = "freeman"; and "nasik," "rozen," or "razon" or "prince."
Titles of civil officers chosen by the people were: "aluf," "nasi," "nagid," "ḳaẓin," and "rosh" or "chief."
Titles of officers connected with the royal palace were: "abi ha-melek" (the father of the king, i.e., prime minister); "saris" (eunuch, chamberlain, the king's friend; "rab ha-ṭabbaḥim" (executioner); "yoresh 'eẓer" (crown prince); "mishneh" (viceroy); "shalish" (third in rank, chief of staff); "niẓẓab" or "neẓib" tribal governor; "peḥah," "sagan" lieutenant and deputy; "abir," "addir" (knight and hero); "kereti" and "peleti" (royal couriers and headsmen forming the body-guard of David); "seren" (satrap of the Philistines); "ṭifsar" (a military prefect); "partam," "'aḥashdarpan" (satrap under the Persian government); "sarek" (overseer; "rab," "rabreban" (chief, chieftain); "mazkir" (recorder). During the Exile the Persian king gave his courtiers titles: thus Daniel was renamed "Belteshazzar" and Nehemiah "Tirshatha".
So we can see biblical evidence for a hierarchy of special titles for personages within the management of spiritual and civil affairs.
The Rabbinate did stress on the distinction between peoples such as "yiḥus" and "zekut abot" the Patriarchs. A descendant of a noble family is a "yaḥsan" (well-born; comp. "gentle" in "gentleman"). It is claimed, that with the destruction of Jerusalem, occurred due to the lack of distinction between the nobles and the common people: "As with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with the master" (Isa. xxiv. 2).
Why does an Oligarchy Matter to Me?
With the impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump underway, several American diplomats and ambassadors have testified about the influence of oligarchs on the Trump administration. Some rumors claim he is part of the oligarchy.
The Russian oligarchy is known as the semibankirschina (семибанкирщина), or seven bankers, a group of seven Russian business oligarchs who played an important role in the political and economic life of Russia between 1996 and 2000. They manipulate and craft the political environment from behind the scenes.
What does all of this add up to? Oligarch sightings can be seen as a series of random, unrelated events, linked only by coincidence. Oftentimes, the common man has a difficult time linking the various findings that surface, whether as a rumor, press report or legal filing.
The fog surrounding oligarchies has created a cottage industry of theories as to what might connect the wildly disparate dots and explain the larger, underlying plot (s). Among the most popular theories: a Russian bid for influence in a future Trump-led Washington or a grand strategy to undermine Western democracy. The theories are all plausible, and they don’t necessarily exclude one another. Though it might be simply that Putin is terrified of losing Ukraine. It’s the birthplace of Russian identity. It’s Russia’s soft underbelly. It’s Russia’s access to warm-water ports. Ukraine has a rich and deep history that blossomed and is well appreciated internationally. It was the bread-basket to Eastern Europe during times of severe famine.
Proverbs 26: Summer Snows, Rain in Harvest, Honor and the Fool
For over 100 years, America has been toying with the internal affairs of sovereign nations and meddling in the affairs and strife of other countries, could never come to any good and resulted in a dangerous precedent when we examine Proverbs 26: 17-19:
He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
Our supposed representative leaders have meddled and taken on the ears of the dog when we really had no dog in that fight. I speak to my fellow countryman first. Our country acted as madmen casting and exporting firebrands, arrows, and death deceiving around the world that we were their benevolent saviors (or not so deceiving the nations) bring our prosperity to them. We mocked the Living God for it is His benevolence that confers abundance and peace to the nations. Did we honestly believe that God would allow the charade to continue?
All the countries engage in meddling in the affairs of others. Might President Trump have engaged in behaviors outside his authority? Probably, but once again America has been on a slippery slope for some time and if we are brutally honest, we cannot "pin the tail on the donkey" on one man. All parties and Americans have contributed to this fiasco. We were negligent in our prayers, civic duties, due diligence and now we have a mess on our hands.
Oligarchs exist and they wield great power. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, a new group of actors emerged. In the early 1990s, these men ate lavish meals in the newest hotels and built massive houses on the outskirts of Moscow. They mostly were young players in the financial sector very similar to what has happened in America.
God provides us examples so that we might learn lessons. Russian oligarchs were not formally part of the government. They were private individuals who benefited from government connections to amass huge wealth in short periods. Today we see this clearly in the revolving door of men and women that go from government-primarily agencies, to the private sector, and then back into government. It is an incestuous relationship.
Wealth came from the privatization of state enterprises, a process developed and driven by American and Western European academics. We sold privatization to the world and now it has come back home in force to bite us in the rear. Privatization allows the transfer of wealth from the state to a handful of individuals all having ties to the government. The oligarchy holds sway over every area of our lives from political interests, media, sports, economics, to the food you eat. At their core, the oligarchs gained their wealth from industry and wielded their power openly and with impunity.
As we hear of impeachment and Russian influence let ourselves not be deceived. Oligarchs have increased in the last couple of decades but the tide has turned and as the beast system grows, there can be only one oligarch, and that will be the Anti-Christ.
God is leveling the playing field on Planet Earth. Judgment is raining down from the cosmos and bubbling up from the Abyss to create the perfect environment for the epic battles of the Last Days. Be in prayer and get yourself and your house in order.
From the trenches. Be safe, everyone.
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