Coming Attractions In World Affairs
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in
vain? The kings of the earth take their
stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed
One. "Let us break their
chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters." (Psalm
At the prophetic level, the results of the recent US election
make perfect sense. Think about it. The Bush Administration's vision for the
Middle East was a string of robust democracies from Lebanon to Iraq with
leaders chosen in free elections enjoying the popular support of newly
prosperous citizens who after generations of oppression feel like they're
finally in control of their own destinies, and who desire nothing more than to live
at peace with their neighbors. You can
almost taste the sense of freedom and dignity they'd all enjoy. Kind of like the US was sixty or
so years ago.
If President bush had been able to maintain the loyalty of
his allies abroad and the members of his government at home, we'd be well on
our way to making such a beautiful dream come true.
But where would that have left us in the prophetic
scenario? No leader, no matter how
charismatic, could gain the traction necessary to take over the world in those
conditions. God's plan for the End of the Age, already in motion, would have
been set back a generation or more.
No, the President's vision, no matter how attractive, failed
to take one major factor into consideration.
It's not what the Lord had in mind.
So once again, a leader who professes a relationship with God has
forgotten the chain of command. God is
not on our team. If we're careful and
humble enough, we sometimes get the chance to be on His, but as soon as we
start calling the plays ourselves instead of taking His direction, He'll bench
us just like that.
It's been said that on several occasions the White House has
hosted well known prophecy scholars to get a sense of what the Bible says about
the End Times. It's also said that the
President and his closest advisors are so steeped in Replacement Theology that
they treat Israel's
situation as a mere political problem, not a Spiritual one, and therefore have
totally missed the message of prophecy.
I don't know how true those statements are, but it sure looks like they
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are
your ways my ways," declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8)
I can understand them charging ahead over the objections of
Islamic leaders, who would pay any price to prevent another free democratic
society in their midst. That's a classic
battle between good and evil. But to fly
in the face of clear prophecy that calls for increasingly frequent wars in the Middle East that will soon blossom into a nuclear
exchange before finally involving the whole world is another story. How does
one reconcile a string of thriving western style Moslem democracies with that
So the Lord had to throw a monkey wrench into the works to
get their attention. It wasn't hard, not
with the amount of pride and arrogance on display in the halls of government
today. I'll bet that Satan didn't even
need a personal conversation with the Lord like He did with Job. A quick text message is probably all it took
to get permission to step in and mess things up.
The cut and run scenario already fashioned by our newly
elected Congressional leaders is just what he needs. According to the intelligence and news
services I read, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and others have begun
implementing their plans for life after America's now certain departure from
the Middle East. These services also
report that the US and Iraq both know that Iraq's government will fall and the
country will be split up into several autonomous regions, probably along Sunni,
Shiite, and Kurdish lines. That King
Abdullah of Jordan has spent
the past several months in seclusion with his troops preparing them to guard
their border with Iraq
against the attempt he knows is coming to topple his government next. That the Saudis know their days may be
numbered, too. That Israel is planning for another war with Hizbollah within six months and knows that Syria will line
up against them too. That the Lebanese
government will likely fall and be replaced by one loyal to Hizbollah. That Israel's
Asst. Defense Minister has promised to prevent Iran going nuclear "at all
costs." That Russia's intention to become the dominant player
in the region is made clear by recent actions in Syria
that we've already covered. (See Isaiah 17 Countdown.)
So, with the dismantling of the Bush Middle East Strategy
things will soon be back on track. I
know that I sound like the worst kind of negative thinker according to world
standards, but we have to realize that God is well into the process of bringing
His own peace plan to fruition in the Middle East,
and His plan is by far the best. The
Bush plan, like all the other plans before it, was actually a hindrance to God
and would have the effect of delaying the very thing it was designed to produce. A lasting World Peace. The reality that all of man's plans have
tried unsuccessfully to avoid is that it's going to take one more really
horrific war to get it. God harbors no
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence
of the intelligent I will frustrate." (1 Cor.
Those who disagree with students of End Times Prophecy call
us defeatists, but we're actually on the side of victory. They want man to solve the world's problems
because that way they don't have to depend on God. Depending on Him makes them responsible to
Him, and in their view that's something to be avoided at all costs.
They don't realize that man is not equal to the task. History shows us that the 20th
century can be characterized as a century of war interrupted by brief periods
of peace. Each new war has been made
necessary by man's failure to address the problems created in the previous one.
Now, in the 21st Century, only God can solve the world's problems
and until we realize that, things will only get worse.
will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are
fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)
With the recapture of Jerusalem,
the Times of the Gentiles are over. God has promised to step back into the
picture now to resolve His issues with both Israel
and her enemies so that peace can follow, and although it sounds
counter-intuitive, sidelining America
removes a major obstacle to that goal. America has been too powerful an ally of Israel's to
leave any room for God to work.
decline must continue until Israel's
enemies no longer fear any US
opposition to their efforts to destroy the Jews. As soon as that happens, they can attack and
God can insert Himself into the equation on Israel's behalf.
As Christians we need to remember that the only Earthly
nation promised a place in God's Kingdom is Israel. Obviously there will be others around, but Israel will
occupy center stage. America has
been blessed only because as a people we've been on God's side, not because
He's been on ours. But those days are
over. There is simply no Biblical reason
to believe that God has favored America
with a role in End Times prophecy. For
if God's own nation Israel
could be cast adrift for disobedience, how much more so a nation that is not
In the absence of Israel,
the church has been God's kingdom here, not the USA. American believers get confused about
that. And even the Church has been
characterized as aliens in a foreign land.
Our homeland is in the New Jerusalem, not Earth, and soon we'll go there
while God completes the restoration of both His nation Israel and the
planet we've nearly destroyed.
The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." (Psalm 110:1)
Meanwhile, as believers, we're neither Republicans nor
Democrats, but Monarchists awaiting the return of our King. While we wait we need to fight for the values
we uphold in a climate that's becoming more hostile to these values by the
day. That means supporting anyone we can
find who espouses them, and just as importantly, not supporting those who
don't. And when those we've depended
upon betray us, as they will, we have to hold them accountable. It's a losing battle, fraught with
disappointment, but it's only for a while.
And don't forget.
We're part of the problem too, because we've become way too comfortable
with the ways of this world. Remember,
we're supposed to be in the world but not of the world. For those with one foot in the world and one
in the Kingdom, the next little while might be pretty frustrating since it will
require increasing levels of compromise to get along.
It's long past time for us to stop depending on our
paychecks, our government, even our constitution for our security, and start
looking to the author and perfecter of our faith
again. He's the only one you can neither
leave nor lose. He's the only one who is
faithful and true. And He's the only one
who has promised to see to our needs.
Even so, come Lord Jesus.