Sunday, August 30, 2009

Debunking End Time Myths: A Source of Unnecessary Worry For Christians, Myth #2

I am on a roll now. Information is just pouring out of me! Some of these things may be new to some of you, and little hard to swallow, as it goes against popular theology, but I am not here for popular theology. I am here to speak the truth as is in the Bible, so people can have correct information to make correct and informed choices. Please read myth #1 in the previous post before proceeding.

Myth #2 One World Government

The doctrine of a one-world Government has been around for a long time, and has been a source of anxiety among Christians. With the rise and fall of various world empires and governments, and every present threat of another world war, people are just waiting with bated breath to see when this one-world government is going to be, and how to oppose it.

This is a tricky one. While the concept of a one-world government appears to be alluded to in the book of Revelation, esp. Revelation 13, that theory is totally debunked in the book of Daniel. Understandingly, verses such as Revelation 13:7,16-17, can cause people to believe that the AntiChrist will be a political power.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations (Revelation 13:7).

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (Revelation 13:16,17).

It is however VERY CLEAR from Daniel 2 that THERE WILL BE NO WORLDWIDE POLITICAL POWER AFTER ROME. While it is beyond the scope of this blog to prove the identity of the four earthly kingdoms of the Daniel 2, let it suffice it to say that the image in Daniel 2 represents the worldwide earthly kingdoms which will be established on earth, before Christ establishes His millenial kingdom on earth. The kingdoms are:

Head of gold: Babylonian empire (vs. 38)
Breast and arms of silver: Medo-Persian empire (vs. 39, Daniel 5:28)
Belly and thighs of brass: Greek empire (Daniel 2:39; Daniel 10:20)
Legs of iron: Rome (Daniel 2:40; Luke 2:1)
Feet of iron and clay: Roman empire broken up and divided among the nations (Daniel 2:41-43)
Rock: The kingdom of Christ (Daniel 2:44-45)

We are now living in the time of the feet of iron and clay, where the world is divided into nation-states. Yes, we have had many empires since the fall of Rome, but none of those empires had worldwide control, and none ever will. As a matter of fact, none of the empires of Daniel 2 had worldwide control either. They were world powers in that they ruled the then known civilized world, but their reach was geographically limited. So what is going to happen on the world stage so that Revelation 13 is fulfilled?

Like the kingdoms of Daniel 2, the beast of Revelation 13 represents a world power, but unlike Daniel 2, the beast of Revelation 13 does not represent a political power. As was said before in the previous post, the beast of Revelation 13 represents a fallen angel that rules through the office of a world leader. This world leader however is not a political leader, but a religious power who wants to be worshipped as God. A false Messiah if you will. I know this is true because the dragon, which is Satan, turned over his power and seat over to the beast, and people not only worshipped the dragon, but also the beast! (Revelation 13:2-4,12). To 'prove' that he is God, this false Messiah will do great wonders, miracles, and signs, cause fire to come down from heaven, and fake a resurrection from the dead (Revelation 13:3, 13-14).

So there we have it, a religious power that is backed by world governments, that gets all peoples to obey a religious law, that is in opposition to God's law. Worship the beast or be killed. Worship the beast or face economic sanctions. What will your choice be?

So are we going to have a one-world government? No, but we are going to have a one-world religion that will be enforced by government.

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