For over 100 years the world has been changing fast. Long gone is the time when much of the world’s map was coloured red, showing the vast extent of the British empire. In its place new, independent countries have been born. Empires no longer ‘rule the world’ in the way they did in the past.
But the process of ‘disintegration’ is common to countries as well as empires. Each decade seems to bring the birth of newly independent regions, formed from the breakup of larger countries.
So, whatever the outcome of the referendum today about Scottish independence, the process is not new. It started with the decline and fall of the Roman empire and still continues to this day.
No fifth world empire governing Israel
We read in the Bible that when the prophet Daniel was asked to interpret a dream seen by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, Daniel correctly predicted that there would be a succession of empires over the land of Israel. That is exactly what has happened!
Daniel was living in Babylon when God gave him the meaning of the king’s dream, who has seen a large statue made up of different, metal pieces. God showed Daniel that when the Babylonian empire declined it would replaced by three more empires. The first was the Medo-Persian empire, which in turn would be replaced by the Greek and then the Roman empires. Daniel was also shown that there would not be another similar world empire after Rome.
History confirms what Daniel told the king. Since the Roman empire collapsed the Arabs and Turks came close to having an empire, but the ambitions of Napoleon and Hitler were both quickly thwarted. Similarly, the British Empire never ruled over the land of Israel.
The struggle for independence
The final phase of Nebuchadnezzar’s image – the feet and toes part iron and part clay – suggests a collection of smaller kingdoms, some weak and others strong.
‘Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom…this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. ’[Daniel 2:41-42]
The history of the world since the time of the Roman empire seems to fit that description very well. In some places the ‘struggle for independence’ has been very successful, while in others independence has not been as successful as it was hoped!
Successful or not, governments today still face the same difficulties. Revolutions and wars still come and go, no matter who governs each country, new or old. It seems that no changes to governments, maps or borders will ever remove the problems that plague the world.
The only answer seems to be a completely different world order that brings all the nations together in peace – a truly ‘united kingdom’.
The united kingdom
God’s plan for the future is a practical one.
Based upon the personal return of Christ to the earth to reign from Jerusalem (see Jeremiah 3:17) described as “the city of the great king” (Matthew 5:35), it provides for vast but necessary changes in the political, religious and social structure of society.
One king (Jesus Christ) by divine right reigning over all nations:
“The Lord shall be king over all the earth” (Zechariah 14:9)
A new administration directed by Christ’s followers then made immortal:
“They lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4) “on the earth” (Revelation 5:9-10)
One unifying religion of truth :
“My name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense (a symbol of prayer) shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering” (Malachi 1:11)
“Every one that is left of the nations which came up against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts…” (Zechariah 14:16)
A united world :
“All kings shall fall down before him; all nations shall serve him” (Psalm 72:11)
Total disarmament and abolition of war :
“He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4)
A new economic system :
“Merchandise…shall be holiness to the Lord; it shall not be treasured or laid up…but shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing” (Isaiah 23:18)
International peace and goodwill :
“Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, and upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever” (Isaiah 9:7)
Domestic security :
“None shall make them afraid” (Micah 4:4)
Equitable distribution of wealth and resources :
“They shall build houses, and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat” (Isaiah 65:21-22)
Firm governmental control to the benefit of all :
“He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor” (Psalm 72:4)
Vast increase of the earth’s productivity :
“The days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed” (Amos 9:13)
No unemployment :
“They shall build the old wastes, and shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities” (Isaiah 61:4)
A sound educational system :
“Out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem ”; “And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of the times” (Isaiah 2:3; 33:6)
New social order standards enforced :
“The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord”; “The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever” (Isaiah 11:9; 32:17)
God’s will established in the earth :
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10)
Your future too!
This new world order will include everyone who understand and believes what the Bible says about the future, and obeys the command to be baptised.
There is still time.