PUSHING GOD IS COUNTER PRODUCTIVE
Paul, the Apostle began his ministry persecuting the followers of Jesus. While on the road to Damascus, he heard an inaudible voice asking, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the pricks” (Acts 26:14). When I was about six or seven, my father received a horse in payment for work he had done. I was instructed to keep it out of the grain. Instead of going for help, I approached the horse from behind and it knocked the wind out of me. From then on, I faced things head on rather than from behind and most of all when things were larger than I was. How is it that we as adults do not realize that what we are facing is far beyond our ability to resolve? It is quite apparent that the systems of this world are pushing against the Hebrew-Christian God with all their might. These forces are in a hurry to usher in a messiah or world leader and Christians hope to be taken away before all this occurs. What does the Bible tell us about this assault on God and His people?
We have this account: “But woe to you O earth and sea, for the devil has come done to you in great fury, because he knows that his time is short” (Revelation 12:12). How long will God put up with this madness to bring in Satan’s domain? The answer is, “Until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed” (Revelation 6:11). In addition to the persecution of Christ’s followers, one third of the world’s population will be killed in the conflict between the two biggest religious systems (Revelation 9:15). Then another quarter of the people will die of hunger and the plague (Rev.6: 8). Christians themselves will end in opposite camps. The reason is that many Evangelicals have not followed Jesus’ advice, “for whoever is not against us is for us” (Mark 9:40). Instead of sending missionaries and making friends with Muslims, we have proselyted among other Christian. We have even concocted the idea of “Ten European Nations” that would back the Antichrist. Revelation places specifically the “Ten Nations” under the control of the force that is against Christ, but also against Babylon (Revelation 17:12.16). It is puzzling, however, that Christians and Muslims shall delight in the fall of Babylon. Who is this woman that rides on the beast and will get her teeth kicked in? (Revelation 17).
Babylon will be a non-religious system that shall rule the world. It will be pure secularism or a universal brotherhood consisting of most of the people in the world (like the Nazi Labor Party) (Revelation 17:15-18). The system will have absolute power and dictate to the world its designs. It will be against Christ and everything Jesus represents. Babylon will gradually be taken over by the followers of the Antichrist. The very nations that this world organization shall welcome with open arms will turn against Babylon and destroy it (Revelation 17:16). It shall fall from within and by God’s plan (Revelation 17:17). God shall use these “Ten non-Christian Nations” and their head to destroy the system that tried to take the place of God (Revelation 18). These too shall exalt themselves with their god above the Creator and attempt to annihilate the followers of the Lamb (Christ). John was told, “And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. These are of one mind and give over their power and authority to the beast; they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is the Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful” (Revelation 17:12-14).
The formation of the “Ten Nations” is in progress and we might want to keep an eye on Iran and what is happening in the Muslim world. When it is all over, the world will realize that Christ’s way was the best and only way. It will take a thousand years for the devil to rise again and then finally destroy the planet and himself. Judgment will follow and a new world shall emerge (Revelation 20:1-10). In the new world, man will not choose, he will only account for what he has done on earth and he shall have an eternity to think about (Revelation 20:11-15). Isaiah wrote, “Behold, all who are incensed against you (God) shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish” (Isaiah 41:11). Imagine living eternally with a nagging conscience?