Globalism: Lessons from History
Do you ever feel as though the America you grew up in is vanishing before your eyes? And what do you think of the small group of globalists that are telling us we need to transform America to be more compliant with their new order? As always, the Scripture gives us hopeful insight.
The book of Psalms, chapter 2, warns national rulers of the errors of scheming and assembling together against the Lord: “The kings of the earth band themselves, and the princes [rulers] are assembled together against the Lord, and against His Christ...But he that dwells in the heaven shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.”
But by His grace He immediately offers hope: “Now therefore, O you kings, act wisely; be instructed and warned, O you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with reverent awe and worshipful fear; rejoice and be in high spirits with trembling. Kiss the Son [bow, pay homage] lest He be angry and you perish in the way, for soon shall His wrath be kindled. O blessed [happy, fortunate] are all those who seek refuge and put their trust in Him!”
Throughout the centuries, numerous attempts have been made by men and nations to establish a new world order without God. Each of these attempts has met with failure. Like the withering weeds that Isaiah speaks of in Isaiah 40:23-24, these power hungry leaders have found some real obstacles as they lunged for the golden ring of world power. This knowledge that God knows how to handle the evil conspirators and tyrants of our day, just as He has in the past should encourage Christians worldwide.
The first unified skirmish in man’s rebellion against God followed the Flood. Before this time, every man followed his own will – which set all people except Noah and his family against the plan of God. After the waters of the flood subsided and the world was again populated, mankind united under the banner of Nimrod.
The Bible teaches that all civilization after the universal flood came from Noah’s sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Their descendants migrated southeastward from Mount Ararat to the plain of Shinar (Sumer).
Originally, the people had been told by God to go forth and fill the earth (Genesis 9:1-3). And Genesis 10:5 says that for a time this did happen: “From these the coast land peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his own language, according to their families, into their nations.”
But Nimrod, one of Noah’s great-grandsons and the founder of Nineveh, “began to be a mighty one on the earth.”
He built many cities and was able to coerce or entice all of the other families to come under him and his worship of pagan idols, such as Baal and Ashtoreth. In direct rebellion against God’s command to multiply and fill the earth all the people of the earth set out with one language to build a tower into heaven. God thwarted their efforts and scattered the people by confusing their languages.
In Genesis 11:1-6, in Nimrod’s Tower of Babel, we see man’s first attempt at salvation through a counterfeit Messiah – state worship disguised as religion. God did not tolerate man’s assault on His sovereignty. By confusing the languages of the masses, he forced a dispersion of the people into various nations worldwide, thereby preventing a centralized one-world government.
All civilizations from Mesopotamia to Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as our modern cultures, have faced the same challenges when attempting to overthrow God’s moral order. They have faced the scriptural truth that it is God who has set the boundaries and the times of habitation for every people on earth (Acts 17:26). No one overrides God’s will for men and nations.
They also have faced the historic reality that since Nimrod, numerous drives at world power have been attempted and all have been thwarted by God. Nebuchadnezzar was turned into a hairy beast eating grass on all fours. On the verge of world conquest, Alexander the Great self-destructed before his death at the age of thirty-three. Julius Caesar met his fate in the Roman Senate. Napoleon met his on the mud-drenched fields of Waterloo. Adolf Hitler faced off with God, and then committed suicide in a Berlin bunker in April 1945.
Another great obstacle faced by all tyrannies is the penetration of the Gospel and the Word of God into all the world. Over two billion people now profess Christian faith worldwide. They acknowledge God’s sovereignty and man’s sinfulness, and are hard to convince when the United Nations or any new order offers the deceptive bait of the false promise of worldwide peace and unity.
We and our children can learn from the Tower of Babel the great truth expressed by Isaiah that we should fear God, not those who conspire for world conquest: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people will call conspiracy; neither be in fear of what they fear, nor in dread. The Lord of hosts – regard Him as holy and honor His holy name, and let Him be your fear and let Him be your dread.” ~ Isaiah 8:12-13
At the same time, the Tower of Babel gives us ample warning that we should shun any movement that calls for world unity or the blurring of national or familial identities. The Bible calls for local accountability in the family, church, and local civil government to restrain man’s sinful nature.
The prophet Isaiah continues: “Listen to Me, O my people, and give ear to Me, O My nation; for a divine law will go forth from Me and I will establish My justice for a light to the peoples. My rightness and justice are near. My salvation is going forth and My arms shall rule the peoples; the islands shall wait for and expect Me, and on My arm shall they trust and wait with hope” ~ Isaiah 51:4-5
What a great future lies ahead for those who see with the eyes of faith! ~ Marshall Foster
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