Lucifer failed in his attempt to become the one universal ruler of Heaven and earth (Ezek. 28:13-19).
He was cast down to the domain of earth with his authority and rule removed. Satan’s only rule now was over the fallen angels who followed him in his rebellion to overthrow God. His domain is a kingdom of wicked beings and demonic spirits (2 Cor. 10:4-5; Col. 2:15). Man was created to rule the earth under the authority of God (Gen. 1:26-28). Ever since man sinned and lost his authority and dominion over all the earth, satan has sought to arise within a man under his authority to rule the world. History has recorded many men who sought to conquer and rule the world. Mohammed and the spirit of Islam sought to take over the world in the year a.d. 600, and that spirit through terrorism is still seeking to conquer the world and be the one, supreme religion and dictator.(1) Communism during the 20th century had great ambitions to take over the world. Satan and his kingdom are anti-God and anti-Christ and all who are anti-Jesus Christ and His Kingdom are under the control and authority of satan. Antichrist is a spirit that is against God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (1 John 4). That spirit permeates most of the world order today.
Man’s Plans: One World Leader and Religion
Dispensational theologians and preachers have been preaching about what is going to happen at the end of this age. Certain biblical prophecies indicate that there will be a world leader and government who seek to establish a one world currency, governmental body, and conglomerate of all religions. These religions of the world will agree together to submit to the antichrist leader. But the true Christ believers will be excluded as an unacceptable religious group because they will not join the new world religion.
During the last hundred years, many things have been progressively preparing for this new world order, inspired by satan’s desire to rule the world. He wants to possess, live, and rule in a man’s body to become the one world dictator. He is referred to as the Man of Sin (2 Thess. 2:3), the antichrist world dictator. The devil’s desire is to be seen as the savior of the world, to bring peace to the world without the Prince of Peace.
Many things have happened to stir a desire in nations to unite under a one world leader. World War I and World War II made mankind more world conscious. Jet travel makes it as easy to travel from nation to nation as we used to travel from state to state. The satellites in the sky make communication to the ends of the earth as easy as talking to your next-door neighbor. Satellite television and internet make it possible to view anything happening around the world. The current worldwide economic crisis is making the world want more universal unity and cooperation for their preservation and prosperity. Those ministers who have studied, written, and preached about this have seen the Illuminati Society, League of Nations, the United Nations, and the European Unification of Nations as progressive steps toward the establishment of a one-world leader and government.
Man’s new world order will be according to the antichrist spirit and practices. The Bible states that the world will become darker and more wicked until their cup of iniquity is full. God told Abraham that He could not fulfill the prophecies that He had given him until the sin of the Amorites was full (Gen. 15:16). God came down to see for Himself if the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was as full as had been reported to Him (Gen. 18:21). Their cup of iniquity was indeed full and running over, so God destroyed them off of the earth by raining down fire and brimstone (Gen. 19:13, 24-25). It was the same with the pre-flood generation (Gen. 5:11-13). Their cup of iniquity became so full of wickedness that God destroyed them off of the earth with a great flood. The present world’s cup of iniquity is getting closer to the full status. The world’s cup of iniquity must come to fullness, and the Church must come to full restoration and fulfillment before God can execute His judgments upon the world.
Principle: It Gets Worse Just Before It Gets Better
There is a principle revealed in the Bible and in nature that it becomes worse just before it gets better. In nature, it is the darkest just before dawn. A woman’s labor pains are the worst just before the baby is born. A seed dies in the darkness of the ground before it sprouts with new life into the light of day.
A principle concerning a major prophecy is portrayed in God’s prophecy to Moses to deliver God’s people from Egypt. After Moses gave God’s prophetic demand to Pharaoh to let God’s people go, it got worse for the Israelites before it got better (Exod. 5). Also, the judgment became more and more severe upon Pharaoh and the Egyptians before it got better for them when they let the Israelis leave. But at the dark hour of midnight, the final judgment came, and the new day dawned as Israel left with the wealth of Egypt (Exod. 12:29-36).
In his book The Coming Israel Awakening,(2) Jim Goll gives a detailed account of the 100-year process of Israel’s nationhood being restored in 1948. During one decade of the 1940s, they went from their darkest hour, when six million Jews were brutally murdered, to their most triumphant time, when they were given their own homeland nation. Jesus Christ went through His darkest hour of suffering, crucifixion, and death just before He arose victoriously and ushered in the New Church Age.
During the Third and Final Church Reformation, it will probably get worse just before it gets better. Prophet Daniel had a vision of the end times. He said, “I was watching and saw this horn of the wicked warring against God’s people and winning, until the Ancient of Days came and opened His court and vindicated His people, giving them worldwide powers of government” (Dan. 7:21-22). Daniel also saw that this wicked one with the pride and ambition of lucifer would even dare to defy the Most High God. He would wear down the saints with persecution and try to change all laws, morals, and customs (Dan. 7:25-27). God’s people seemed to be helpless for a period of time. But suddenly the Ancient of Days came and opened His court of justice and took all power from that vicious king’s kingdom to consume and destroy it until the end. Then every nation under heaven, and all their powers, was given to the people of God; they shall rule all things forever, and all rulers shall serve and obey them. For, in the end, the people of the Most High God shall rule the governments of the world forever and forever. Even the event that we are emphasizing in Revelation 11:15 is preceded with the two prophet witnesses being martyred and great earthquakes and calamities taking place in the world.
Day of Darkness Versus Dawning of New Day
The prophet Joel describes what I believe to be the day of the Third Reformation:
For the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand: a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness [in the world], like the morning clouds spread over the mountains [dawning of a new day for the Church] (Joel 2:1-2).
Prophet Isaiah prophesies the same things concerning the Church during the Third Reformation:
Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising (Isaiah 60:1-3).
There are numerous prophetic Scriptures yet to be fulfilled in their fullness. They will all be fulfilled by the time the Third Reformation has accomplished its purpose. There are prophetic Scriptures that will be fulfilled yet in the Saints Movement. Then more will be fulfilled that relate to the Army of the Lord Movement, and most will be finalized in the Kingdom Establishment Movement.(3)The final climatic fulfillment will be when the prophetic Scripture is fulfilled that declares that Gabriel sounds his trumpet; Jesus gives a shout with such resurrection life that it causes the righteous dead to be resurrected and the bodies of the living saints to be immortalized in less time than a micro-second (1 Thess. 4:17-18). Jesus and His Church will then set up God’s Kingdom over all the earth, causing the prophetic Scriptures to be fulfilled as the loud voices in Heaven declare that now the kingdoms of this world have literally become the kingdoms of Jesus and His Church. At last, all biblical prophecies from Genesis to Revelation are fulfilled and become historical reality. Then the saints will say, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20).
And now Your Kingdom has come and Your will is being done on earth as it is in Heaven. Yours is the Kingdom, power, and glory, Lord Jesus, over the new earth forever and ever, which is now a new, righteous world without end (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1). Amen and Amen.