Revelation 13: Government That Serves Satan By Ed Vitagliano It is common in America to…
The Failure of ALL Human Government
By Bud Hancock
Since the “re-creation” of the earth, when God created the new human race that began with His man, Adam, and Eve, the wife He perfectly formed using some parts from Adam’s own body, a race that was to be generated and regenerated through the first two people He made, their dominion over the earth was the ultimate gift to His creatures. However, in the nearly 6,000 years of history since then, there has not been one proven successful human government, at least not one that lasted long enough to be of any significant benefit to mankind. Most failed due to multiple problems inherent in all human governments: Corruption, all of which can be traced back to the system used to start and sustain said governments: Politics. In other words, they imploded.
Most kingdoms throughout history were under the control of men who were named king as a result of military conquest or who inherited an existing kingdom due to family ties. There are still a few kingdoms in the world, with a ‘reigning’ monarch, mostly queens, but few of them actually rule over the people. Most are under some kind of system that is political in nature. In the United Kingdom, the royals are more of a figurehead, a sort of fairy tale icon of a bygone time when the earth was divided into tribes that had a strong leader with absolute power, or clans whose leaders ruled over specific geographical areas, also with absolute power.
The kingdoms with which I am most familiar are those discussed in the Bible. The kingdom of Israel was ruled by kings who, for the most part, issued from David, the greatest king of Israel, who followed King Saul. Throughout Jewish history, the various kings were described as either ‘good (righteous) kings’ who honored the God of Israel and brought prosperity upon the people, or wicked kings who led the nation from true worship into the idolatrous worship of false gods. Unfortunately, the majority were of the latter and eventually brought God’s judgment upon the land and its people.
All the kingdoms other than Israel were, for the most part led by wicked men who at one time or another, tried to destroy Israel. However, there were a few who actually honored God and brought great benefit to the Jewish people, despite the fact that their own kingdoms eventually failed.
Throughout the world today, there are governments that function using various processes. Some are called ‘democracies’, a polite term for ‘mob rule’, some are dictatorships, ruled by a strongman who mostly controls his people through threats and intimidation, aided by the use of a strong military. In other words, the people are controlled by fear.
Those of us who have fortunate enough to be born in, or immigrated to the place we call the United States of America have experienced the other form of government: a constitutional republic. In the known history of man, there was never a government like ours. It was designed by the Founding Fathers to be unlike any other government ever known to man. Many called it “The Great Experiment”, and one of the major Founders, Benjamin Franklin, when asked what kind of government the Founders had provided, responded with: “A republic, if you can keep it”. He, being a very wise man , and the oldest of the Founders at 81 years old, knew that, humans being what they are, and more so when politics is involved, keeping the most radical form of government known to man would be a serious challenge.
Our Failed Government
Franklin was very prescient, and his statement of ‘being able to keep it’ has proven to be very true, in our time and before our eyes. The ‘Great Experiment’ is now, at best, a failing experiment, and is inching ever so surely to becoming a totally failed experiment. Only time will tell whether this government will be able to return to what the Founders envisaged. Personally, I am not at all optimistic.
I honestly wish I could say otherwise, but the fact that all governments, either when they were formed, or at some point in their existence, have been under the control or the extreme influence of Satan does not make optimism easy for me. For anyone who might seriously question my statement of Satan’s control and influence, please read this:
“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.” Mark 4:1-6 KJV)
Notice that, when Satan had finished offering ‘all the kingdoms of the world with all their glory’ to Jesus in exchange for His worship, Jesus did not call Satan a liar, nor did He rebuke him for making that offer and statement. This surely provides validity to my statement that Satan indeed had control over all the kingdoms (governments) of the world and since Satan is still the ‘god of this world’ (2 Corinthians 4:4 KJV), all the kingdoms of this world must still be his to control and to offer to whom he may.
Even though Satan has control, at least to some extent, over the governments of the world, God has stated that “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1 KJV). He has every right to intervene when it suits His purposes, but, He gave dominion over the earth to Adam who then forfeited it by exercise of his own will and his acceptance of Satan’s deception, because of his love for Eve. God fully expected man to keep the dominion where it belonged and to make the earth a paradise as the Garden of Eden was. That dominion included a seven thousand year lease in which to accomplish what God desired. However, as proven by Adam’s failure, man, in the fallen state, is incapable of managing his own personal affairs, let alone successfully governing over hundreds of millions of people.
The fact that our ‘republic’ lasted nearly 240 years is a testament to the fact that God does intervene in the affairs of man when His saints pray. For many years, the United States was a nation that experienced enormous blessings from God because we honored God and His word. We had a constitution that was based on Judeo-Christian principles, the same principles that established our country as a ’nation under the rule of law’. In certain instances, when the nation seemed to be straying from God, His saints prayed and revival brought the US back from the brink of disaster. Indeed there are times when God has mightily intervened in those affairs and in such instances, He saved nations, including our own, from ruin and destruction.
But, for the past sixty years or so, a time marked by a level of apostasy and departure from God, He has sent numerous warnings that we should have heeded and we could have then turned back to Him with sincerely repentant hearts. Instead, our national sin became a level of depravity and decadence that has nearly destroyed us all. Instead of turning back to God, we actually allowed that sin, decadence and depravity to increase, thus angering God more. There is a point beyond which God will allow men, in their sin and rebellion, to go and from which He will not bring them back. When that point had been reached, there is little expectation, or even the slightest hope, that such a nation can be saved from God’s judgment and destruction.
Indeed, historically, there have been times when God absolutely refused to intervene even when His intervention was requested by the fervent prayer of His prophets. For instance, in the Book of Jeremiah, we are told that God forbade Jeremiah to pray for His people and stated that He would not hear the prayers for them. It was time for God’s judgment on the people and no prayers would change the mind of the Lord. (Jeremiah 7:16, 11:14, 14:11 KJV). These were times when God had become exceedingly angry with Israel due to their disobedience and their turning away from Him to worship false gods. A failure on the part of those who governed Israel had led the nation to a place where God was ready to judge them and either change, or destroy, their government and their nation. Leadership over a nation is a matter of supreme responsibility and those who accept that responsibility are also expected to lead the people back to God when He has warned them of their sin.
The Last Great Hope for the World
Throughout our history, many people in foreign lands have longed to become a part of the United States of America, seeing her as the last great hope, the hope for a place of liberty and freedom where they could pursue their dreams of a good life, a life of prosperity and peace. Now however, we have reached the point where the world views this nation as another failed government, another failed experiment. And to be honest, if the future plays out as many expect, based on the recent political events, those people will be absolutely correct. This formerly magnificent experiment will be nothing more than another name on the long list of failed human governments.
Even though the world held out hope that America would be that place where they could find freedom and liberty and peace, we still have much to hope for. We know from God’s word that, even though the first 6,000 years have been one government failure after another, there is still one period of 1,000 years left in man’s lease on this earth in which human government will not fail. But, instead of flawed flesh and blood humans, subject to the temptations of power and money, that government will be perfect, with no corruption, no war, no greed for power or money and it will all rest on the shoulders of the only human Who could possibly make human government work: Jesus Christ. He will usher in that millennial period with Righteousness and Justice. He alone will be the authority and He will rule not only with Righteousness and Justice, but will a rod of iron (Revelation 12:5 KJV). He will produce the only perfect, successful human government during that 1,000 year period of time when evil will be held in the pit until the time when he must be loosed for a short season. It will be the most glorious time of peace, prosperity and perfect fulfillment of God’s will on the earth since the time in the Garden of Eden before man’s fall from Grace.
I am ready to see this all play out because I know what lies ahead. After the seven years of tribulation, when He has purged this earth of all the corruption and evil that has plagued it for 6,000 years, God will then turn it over to Jesus, His only begotten Son, Who will then transform the earth back into a place of absolute beauty, perfection and tranquility. The best part is that, those of us who know Jesus Christ, the God-man Who alone purchased us from death and destruction by His own blood, will be given a part in His kingdom, helping our Lord in that 1,000 year quest for perfection. Knowing this, we can only look ahead and say: “Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus”!