June 12, 2011 10:48:30 PM EDT
@Mark- I dont' know how much or how little of His Word you actually understand, so I hope I'm speaking in terms I assume you should understand if your church is doing it's job correctly.
The 'tribal nations of Israel' are just that...ancient Israels 12 tribes which rejected the Lord not once, but twice, and were scattered throughout the nations of the world after 70AD.
Gentile nations are those that never had the Lord as head of their countries, worshipped pagan gods with eastern based cultic religions that controlled their nations under various leaders.
The reason for the 2 different applications of 'gentile nations' is to separate the 2 periods of our time. Before Christ and after, where the House of Israel went from a physical natural nation, to a spiritual nation that also was seen in the natural. The gentile nations of the world that surrounded ancient Israel make up the first part where they 'start below and go up' to the center of the cross, make their decision about whether they believe the Lord our God or not. IF they reject Him, they return to the lower position meaning they will have no part in the Kingdom of God or the House of Israel. The 2nd part where they start at the higher part, go to the center of the cross, then make their decision, sees them going down.
Prior to Jesus' arrival, the genitle nations of the world either believed upon the Lord or they didn't. most didn't. After His arrival and ascention into Heaven, the gospel of Jesus was being spread out to all the world...most of ancient Europe came under control of the Roman Empire and upon it's demise, replaced by the catholic church, which in essence, kept the old ancient Roman empire in tact. The people would either believe upon the name of the Lord or they would not.
Spiritual Israel, is the counterpart to natural Israel. Only 2 nations on the planet ever went into Covenant with the Lord, they being ancient Israel and America (Canada/USA) by the fact that both American nations declare God to have supremacy in the land. The Declaration of Independance is quite clear that the US was founded by His grace and the laws of this land were based on His word. The Dominion of Canada, actually bears in the preamble of the consitution the words that state, "For God shall have supremacy in the land." Canada's laws, like their brothers in the US, were also based Gods Law...thusly, America entered into Covenant with Him.
Those who believe in Him, will go up to the center of the cross, make their decision and either continue the rest of the way up to the Kingdom of God, or will go down.
Truely, the Cross is the focal point of where each and every individual makes a free will choice as to what they believe and where they will end up. Which is why this was placed on the main page of the Kingfisher website.
Hope that helps out a bit for ya. It's a lot tougher explaining this on venue's like this as opposed to being one on one, face to face where it may be better illustrated.