It was a hazy, uncertain and unformed seventh head of the Beast the Apostle John saw rising up out of the sea in Revelation 13. The other six heads were well identified as kingdoms of the world, looking back to earliest civilization and to John’s time in Roman rule. Daniel’s prophecy spoke of four heads, the last one being that sixth head in which John lived. But John saw two earlier heads, or kingdoms, that reigned before Daniel’s time.
The six kingdoms have been identified as Assyria, Egypt, Babylonia, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Five of them had come and gone, and the sixth one, Rome, was then in power when John lived. Note also, it was the kingdom in power when Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, was born.
Daniel the prophet had looked forward from his place in history and counted four kingdoms, including the one in which he then lived. He wrote of those in Daniel 2 and again in Daniel 7 to identify them, as noted above.
Two ruling kingdoms which came before Daniel were Assyria, then Egypt. Assyria is known for its Tower of Babel, and Egypt for its four hundred years of Jewish habitation and the rise of Moses to lead them out of that bondage of slavery.
What is notable about that first kingdom’s Tower of Babel is that it appears to have been an attempt to rule the known world without regard to any input from the God of the universe. God saw something in their attempt that proclaimed great danger to their future. When He looked down from heaven and assessed their intentions, He said this:
“Indeed, the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech” (Genesis 11:6-7).
The Scripture goes on to say, “So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.”
What did God see in those people that caused Him to propose that there would be nothing they could not do? They were building a tower that would reach into the heavens. If, then, they could work together with one mind and one heart, they could—without God—accomplish untold possibilities. How has it worked out, even though people were scattered around the world with separate languages? Well, through the discovery or invention of the computer and all of its associated developments, man has traveled to the moon and back, has inhabited space stations, and now plans to travel to Mars. All of this is much more than just a tower, but what has accompanied that is an ongoing thought pattern that leaves God out of any place of meaningful consideration of man’s destiny.
Actually, there seems to be a more sinister and concerning reason in God’s foreknowledge of what mankind might do. A future of atomic warfare could eliminate mankind from the face of the earth. Or, perhaps He saw ahead in today’s world a more sinister and demeaning destruction of God’s highest creation that was “made in His own image,” mankind. Man’s turning away from God and into himself with the sexual perversion of homosexuality and transgender frenzy that is rampantly pushing to the front page of all cultures is exactly how Satan would seek to defame God before the universe. We must not forget that the ultimate activity is that eternal warfare between God and Satan, in which Satan relentlessly pursues the dishonor of God.
It is clear in the timeline of history that the idea of existing without God is an underlying theme that is promoted by the secular society of the world. It is the very field of spiritual warfare that has gone on since the rebellion of Lucifer in the creation of the heavens at the very beginning of God’s revelation of Himself.
A forward look in Revelation 17 ties these kingdoms into the final wrap-up of man’s struggle to obtain superiority over God’s plan for mankind. Revelation 17:10-11:
“There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.”
When the Beast is seen by John, shown in Revelation 13, it is noteworthy that its energy is so identified: “The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority” (Revelation 13:2b).
That thread of Antichrist is the continual thread of opposition to God and His plan for the ages, and there we see its culmination in that final eighth head of the Beast, personified in the Antichrist who will be cast into the lake of fire, alive, with the false prophet. That seventh head is said to only last a short time. That is because it is the culmination of the long drive to create a New World Order, a one-world government, which has fronted for the Antichrist since the earliest kingdom. The Antichrist is always associated with the New World Order, but the Beast is not the Antichrist until he takes over as the solitary eighth head with authority challenges put down. He, alone, wants to be God.
Meanwhile, that New World Order goal that has captured the minds of many leaders in the world, and has no room for any God of the universe who demands their obedience, is now struggling to take over. It is described as a glorious endeavor, made for the elite and served by those of lesser prominence. This is the current evidence of that “Tower of Babel Syndrome” that has continued from kingdom to kingdom. Its connection with that sixth head of the Beast, Rome, is noted in Daniel 9:26-27, where one who is of the lineage of that ancient Roman kingdom shows up in a key role of end-time prophecy:
“And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be “cut off, but not for Himself, and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined. Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
Those who destroyed the city and the temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. did not proclaim anything about any plan to be like God and require the worship of all people. It was a military endeavor to conquer the nation of Israel. It was allowed by God to finalize His judgment upon the Jews to scatter them into all nations and tribes of the world. It took sixty-five years for the city to be abandoned. For 1,800 years the land of Israel was a desolate place and hardly inhabitable. God preserved it for the return of the Jews according to His promise, on May 14, 1948.
Much can be written about the threads of conflict that have continued over the centuries, but it now appears that the end is drawing near. Promotion of the New World Order concept has run quietly, but rampant, in the highest levels of national leadership. Such can be found easily on the internet, where the blessings and benefits, so called, are promised by Bush 41 (George H. W. Bush), for example. He touts the glories of the New World Order wholeheartedly, saying with confident certainty, “After we are successful, and we will be….” After Obama’s election in 2008, Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State under President Richard Nixon, declared excitedly, “He (Obama) has been primed to lead us into a New World Order” and “We hired him right out of law school!”
But the presidency of Donald Trump has sparked the greatest concentration ever seen in the struggle of that Antichrist side of the warfare of Satanic evil versus what is right and what is wrong. The four years of Trump’s attempts to restore law and order, social justice, and moral integrity to this nation has been met with total rejection by the leftist Democrats. It is an indictment of their bent toward destruction of the nation’s sovereignty.
Denial of the 2016 election results, and now the 2020 results from the level of legality is in the forefront of that warfare to create a New World Order as defined by the godless throng of evilness that abounds today.
The “falling away” from morality and justice in this nation, the citadel of freedom in the world, is very apparent since the 2016 election. Now, with the uncertain position of a Biden win, the far left and immoral factions are demanding strong positions for sexual immorality in his administration.
Jesus said, in Luke 21:28, “When you see these things beginning to happen, look up, for your redemption is drawing near.”
That is the hope of the believers, who are the Christ-indwelt body of resistance to that ground-swell of evil that is readying for the revealing of that one who will be the Antichrist. That is when the “Blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,” will take place, and the beginning of the end of the New World Order really gets underway.
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