By Chaplain (Col) Stephen W. Leonard, USA, Ret.
“And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming His name and His dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also, it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all who dwell on the earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slain. If anyone has an ear, let him hear.” Revelation 13:5-9
The Bible puts us in somewhat of a quandary. It tells us something is sure to happen in the future, making these predictions inevitable. Yet they are also something your heart of hearts believes should never happen. In fact, it is something entirely antithetical to Christianity. It is a worldview that will always work to destroy the gospel and the living of your life according to gospel principles. But why must you fight to reverse something that is inevitable? Whatever you do, this will still happen.
What exactly am I talking about? Just this: A one-world government is something that is prominent in the future of our world. This one-world government will come to control who can buy and sell the necessities required to live. (Revelation 13:16-17) And it gains this control through an implanted chip in the body (most likely), which is placed there in confirmation of an anti-Christian culture, by a pagan profession of heart and mind.
This one-world government will have a very persuasive, but also quite deceptive, leader, or, as you can truly say, dictator. The Bible calls him anti-Christ. (2 Thessalonians 2:3–4, 9–10) One of his dictates is that he should be worshipped as the one true god. (2 Thessalonians 2:4, Daniel 11:36) Most will accede to his evil demands because of his ability to persuade minds to him and his cause. He is very engaging and extremely persuasive. If it were possible, he can deceive even “the elect.” But such is not possible. (Matthew 24:24)
Bible predictions say these outcomes are inevitable. If such will truly happen, why fight against it?
Who can thwart what is clearly part of God’s declared plan? Is it useless to fight it? But, then, first, think that sin is an ugly fact in our fallen world. Why do we fight against sin? Why ward off the arrows of the evil one? Why fight “against the rulers, the authorities, the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places?” (Ephesians 6:12) This is a fight the believer must not only acknowledge, but must engage! And then fight with every bit of the strength within him. But that strength is not so great until the strength of the LORD is joined with his. Then it is overwhelming. (Philippians 4:13)
There is a righteous cause for you to fight against the inevitable. For you to fight the establishment of a pagan one-world government. Fight the rule of the Antichrist. Stand courageously for the worship of the One True God. Do not bow to the dictates of Satan. Take your stand on the battlefield. And ultimately win the war on the side of the LORD of Glory, the LORD Jesus Christ! You can count on it. The rule of the Antichrist is inevitable. But his certain defeat thereafter is also. Jesus wins!
“Sure, I must fight if I would reign: Increase my courage, LORD; I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy Word.”
(4th verse of Isaac Watts’ hymn, “Am I a Soldier of the Cross,” 1724)