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The world has never really experienced peace at all and one might argue that since WWI, global tensions have increased. There has always been some conflict, some chaos in various parts of the world. These things exist because of the fact that powerful, egotistical, self-righteous, deviant, thoroughly evil men serve themselves. They have plenty of yes-men and sycophants that are all too ready to do their bidding in exchange for a small piece of the pie and a place in their coming kingdom. They don’t consider eternity though and that is their biggest downfall.
But notice also that for the “sinner,” (the unregenerate person), these folks spend their days climbing the corporate ladder, chasing one dream or goal after another, in the hopes of gaining as much money as possible. They believe that in their amassed wealth, they will find peace. Rarely is that the case though. How many people who were rich, famous, or both were simply miserable? They could never get enough and in the end, they realized they’d spent their entire life chasing after things that ultimately, would be given to someone else who never earned it or put in the effort to amass it. Talk about irony and unfulfilled dreams.
When we speak of God’s sovereignty, we are referring to the fact that ultimately, all things work together to bring God glory. In other words, though things seem out of control in many ways now, we know that this cannot be what is actual. God is allowing discontent to build up in the world. He is allowing circumstances to develop so that a one-world governmental system will come into existence. He is allowing things to occur that will one day bring the “man of sin” to the point of ruling the entire worlIn short, God is giving Satan as much leash (and he is remains on a leash) as needed in order for Satan to attempt to bring his promises of Isaiah 14 to fruition.
The point is that from the beginning of the Babylonian Empire, to the Medo-Persian, to the Grecian, to the Roman through to the resurrection of the revised Roman Empire, God has allowed all of these empires to control Israel because He has had things to teach the Israelites. The fact that the world will become a one-world system of global governance ruled by the “man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2) is also going to occur for the purpose of gathering the final remnant of Israel to Him. He will use the hatred of Satan and the hand of the Antichrist to draw true Jews to Him. These true Jews will realize their need for a Savior and understand that that Savior is found in Jesus. He clearly states this in Matthew 23:39.
But if this final revised version of the Roman Empire exists in the same general geographical area when it rises, will it still affect the United States? The short answer is yes, simply due to the fact that by that point, the USA will have effectively been swallowed up into a “region” even though it may still be called the United States. World leaders have been working hard behind the scenes to establish a North American Union for some time, one that is patterned after the EU and would include Canada, the US, and Mexico. Of course, it goes without saying that Internet sites like Snopes does what it can to explain it away. However, for the discerning reader who understands that a good deal of money to start and operate Snopes comes from leftist George Soros, their explanation falls short.
But aside from the fact that Jesus knew Satan to be real, the Bible also tells us of God’s plan for the ages and the summation of all things. We know, for instance, that much of Revelation (chapters 6 – 18) deal with the coming Tribulation/Great Tribulation, a period of seven years in which God’s wrath is to be poured out onto this earth and all of humanity. While there are those who personally enjoy (and profit) from allegorizing God’s Word to make it say something else entirely, the reality is that this seven-year period is noted too many times in Scripture to ignore. We learn of it in Daniel 9, Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Joel, and other portions of Scripture. God has taken the time to repeat Himself throughout Scripture about the events leading up to the second coming of Jesus to this earth.
In so many ways, all people on earth are biding their time. Though most are not aware of it, we wait for the next life and those who have trusted Christ as Savior will learn what life was truly meant to be before the Fall occurred. We will – at that point – have our sin natures permanently removed from us so that there will never even the potential of even considering the “merits” of temptation so that we again fall. It won’t happen.