All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts – William Shakespeare.
Did William Shakespeare really know just how true his words were? I suspect he did, because the world indeed is a stage. The script was pre-written by God, before the foundation of the world, and it’s being played out in perfect detail in front of those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
The Bible foretells of two world leaders coming on the scene in the last days. The first will come on a white horse (Rev 6:2) and will be for those who reject God’s choice. His kingdom will be short-lived; he will be dethroned and cast into a lake of fire after he destroys the cities of this current world system (Isaiah 14:12-17). The second, God’s choice, will also come on a white horse (Rev 19:11) and will be the Lord of lords and the King of kings. He will dethrone the first, and will rule and reign in righteousness. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom.
God proclaims in Isaiah 46:9-10: “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.”
If we back up to Isaiah 9, verses 6-7, we see what God’s good pleasure is. 700 years before Jesus was born, God gives Isaiah this two-part prophesy. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
The first part of this prophecy – the child born; the son given – was fulfilled 700 years later when Jesus was born into the world and laid down His life: a sacrificial payment for the sin debt of the world. The second part of the prophecy – “the government shall be on his shoulders” – will come to pass at his return. More specifically, his government begins on the second part of his return, when He physically returns to earth with the believers who were taken up in the rapture of the church seven years earlier at the first part of His return.
The second part of Isaiah’s prophecy has not yet come to pass, but we know that it shall, and that it will happen exactly as foretold in the Bible. Every detail of His first advent came to pass exactly as foretold. (See Isaiah 53 & Psalm 22). Therefore, every detail of the second part of the prophecy will also come to pass, exactly as foretold.
Because we are now far enough through God’s script in the history of the world, we know that every word from God in the scriptures is true. Thus, we know the remaining unfulfilled prophecies, of His plan for the world, will also come to pass just as foretold. (See – The End From The Beginning)
Many know in their hearts the Bible is true, yet they choose to reject it. The current world-controlling, Christ-rejecting, Satan-worshiping global elites know the Bible is true, yet they are actually attempting to overthrow God’s plan by establishing their own global government, one that has complete control over all people.
This brings us to Psalm 2: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
Knowing the Bible is true, and that God’s plan is coming to pass exactly as foretold, why do world leaders foolishly continue to choose the path of evil that will clearly lead to destruction? Why have societies always chosen evil over good?
At the trial of Jesus, the people cried out for the release of Barabbas, a common criminal, and asked that the perfect Son of God, Jesus Christ, be crucified. Why did they do that? Why has the majority always rejected good leadership? Because good leadership always holds people accountable for their actions.
This is why the majority will always reject the Lord Jesus Christ. They foolishly think they can escape the righteous judgement of a holy God. They think they can do what they will without being held accountable. They are sadly mistaken. Jesus will return, judge the world, and set up His kingdom.
By the way, if you are still not sure about the majority always choosing the wrong path, read the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:13–14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
We were told in the Isaiah chapter nine prophecy that when Jesus returns to establish His kingdom, it will be with “judgment and justice.” Part of the Lord’s judgment and justice is allowing the kings of this current world system to try and set themselves, establish their own world government, and choose their own leader.
The Bible foretells of a man of sin, a false or counterfeit Christ, entering the world’s stage. A man that will appear on the scene of a world in great turmoil. He will be the people’s choice and will be received as a great world leader. A peacemaker, a miracle worker, a man that will appear to solve world problems and unite the people as one.
Yet, in reality, he will be a conquering evil dictator that brings judgment, death and destruction. The Bible says Jesus releases him, as a judgment on the world, to conquer all those who refuse to believe the truth of God; those that will not receive His plan for salvation. Because they refuse to believe the truth, the Lord sends the man of sin, that they all might believe his lies and be damned. Thank God, the Lord removes His own, those who have repented and believed the gospel, in what is known to be the rapture of the church, before all of this anarchy happens. (See – Rapture Timing)
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 proclaims: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
This great delusion, sent by God, comes when Jesus Christ takes a book from the right hand of God, opening the book and breaking the first seal of the judgments of God therein, releasing the man of sin on a panic-stricken world. A world in turmoil, a world that has also just experienced the thief in the night, the rapture of the church. The great lie will likely be the false Christ taking credit for the rapture of the church.
Revelation 6:1-2, “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”
The noise of thunder could very well be the great sudden destruction that follows the rapture of the church as seen in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:2-3:
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
From these verses we see that God is a merciful God; he removes his church before the great sudden destruction comes on an unsuspecting world. This is why Paul goes on to say in verses 9-11, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”
God truly has declared the end from the beginning; the script is being played out before our very eyes, just as foretold. The final act is about to begin. It will begin suddenly and will end as proclaimed. Jesus will soon come as a thief in the night. Those that understand their need for a Savior and call on the name of the Lord, placing their faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, before He comes, will not go through the terrible time the world will soon go through. (See – Rapture Timing)
Those still alive and unwilling to put their faith in Jesus, when He comes as a thief in the night, will go through the worst time in history the world will ever know, and will be subject to, or killed by, Antichrist.
I urge you, if you have not yet trusted in the Savior for the forgiveness of your sins, “choose you this day whom you will serve.” By choosing Jesus, you can know with certainty that you will not only be saved from Hell, but also the great time of trouble the world will soon go through. (See – Do you know for sure where you will spend eternity?)