The “One World” Concept.
The “One World” is not a new idea. Daniel addressed it briefly in chapter two. Daniel 2:41 – 43. The image and description of the last kingdom on earth before the return of Jesus did not match anything that Daniel, and the readers of it after him, could recognize. The imagery portraying all previous kingdoms is something the ancient times people could visualize. However, as in Daniel chapter two, a kingdom portrayed as neither strong nor weak did not represent what the biblical-time people could visualize. Also, none of the previous six kingdoms were portrayed by a woman sitting on a scarlet beast. Revelation 17:3. The unfamiliarity with the imagery portraying the seventh kingdom led to many a sensational interpretation. The Old Covenant scriptures authors and the prophets were familiar with classical empires and warring kingdoms only. The concept of a ‘union of sovereign states’ did not surface until much later.
Unfamiliarity with the imagery portraying the seventh kingdom resulted in many a sensational interpretation among the early Christian churches. However, all the sensational interpretations associated the imagery with an individual in the Roman empire. The roman empire has fulfilled its role concerning the six previous kingdoms’ mission and the four consecutive kingdoms in particular. None of the six previous empires have reconstituted themselves and achieved greatness again. The mission of the previous six kingdoms has been to assist Satan in his effort to prevent the Messiah’s birth. He knew that if the Messiah does come, Satan’s future is no more. The seventh kingdom’s mission is to create a global system that will assist Satan in turning the eyes of the people from Jesus to themselves. Global Peace and prosperity will result in many becoming self-reliant. The prosperous people, and many a believer, will marginalize Jesus and present Him as just another event in human history. However, the proud, self-reliant attitude and a false sense of security will result in a downfall. The apostle Paul alluded to trouble related to peace and prosperity. 1 Thessalonians 5:3.
Additionally, the conviction that Jesus would return during the Roman Empire’s rule contributed to the difficulty in understanding. Therefore, Jesus reminded the believers that He would not return during Rome’s rule but by the seventh kingdom on earth. Jesus said that “there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world.” Mathew 24:21. The prophet Daniel received the same information concerning the great distress. Daniel 12:1. While instructing the apostles concerning the end time, Jesus added that at the time of great trouble, the “sign of the coming of Son of Man would appear.” Mathew 24:30. Therefore, Jesus gave the time-frame of His return; however, no one can know the day and the hour of Jesus’ return. Later in this series of blogs, we will see that the early phase of the seventh kingdom will experience a difficult time unequaled from the beginning of the world.
Concurrent with the challenging time, the redeemed will proclaim the “gospel of the kingdom to entire world.” Mathew 24:14. The “gospel of the kingdom” is not what various churches and Christian groups teach about Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Gospel of the Kingdom. The “gospel” is the Good News, Jesus Christ, and what He has accomplished while in the body on the earth, on behalf of humankind. Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of God. Mathew 3:1 – 2; Luke 17:20 – 21.
To be continued.