It has been called the most significant U.S. presidential election in our time. And there is no reason to doubt that. Even Jehovah’s Witnesses, who, being non-political —hardly giving notice to politics at all —seem to have more than merely a passing interest in this election result. That being so, a few readers have asked for my thoughts on this recent development that seems to have shocked the world.
I am naturally cynical of the whole political scene —as are many. There seems to be just a few politicians who have not been lying con men. Indeed, honest men and women find it virtually impossible to succeed in the corporate or political world. And we know why that is —Satan the Devil, the one whom Jesus called the Father of the lie, is the god of this dark and turbulent system.
But to put things in proper perspective, there is a God of gods —Jehovah God, and there is the one to whom all power and authority has been conferred —Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Of this one the apostle Paul stated at Colossians 2:10 : he is the head of all government and authority. In his letter to the Romans Paul referred to the superior authorities —that is to say, the secular, civil authorities —as being placed in their relative positions by God.
Paul wrote to Timothy urging him to make “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made concerning all sorts of men, concerning kings and all those who are in high positions, so that we may go on leading a calm and quiet life with complete godly devotion and seriousness.”
Presumably, being the head of all government Christ may intervene from the invisible at times in order to steer history to suit God’s purpose. This is not without precedent. In the book of Daniel the prophet had a supernatural encounter with an angel who revealed to him that he “stood up as a strengthener and as a fortress” to Darius the Mede, the king of Persia. (Daniel 11:1)
In view of the above it seems that since its founding America has been a special place. Although the world has been engulfed in two world wars and countless lesser wars, America and Canada have been relatively unscathed. And the Bible Students and Jehovah’s Witnesses have benefited greatly from the relative peace and prosperity —being able to lead calm and quiet lives of godly devotion. We would not be too off the mark to agree with those patriots who sing “God bless America.” Obviously, he has blessed the nation.
However, the angel who strengthened Darius only did so temporarily —until God’s purpose was accomplished in connection with his people. Eventually Persia was toppled by Alexander the Great. America is destined for the same eventuality.
While Jehovah’s Witnesses expect all the nations to be crushed by Christ and his angelic cavalry on the battlefield of Armageddon, that is not the eventuality to which I refer.
Exactly 20 years ago in October/November, for no apparent reason I picked up the Bible and began reading in the middle of the book of Ezekiel. Specifically, I started in the chapters 26-32, pertaining to the fall of Tyre and Egypt. I read that span of chapters over and over, as it became readily apparent to me that Tyre and Egypt are intended to foreshadow the Anglo-American duo —the imperial city of Tyre symbolizing London and Egypt portraying America. Their downfall precedes the world-crushing war of Armageddon, which is evident by the fact the the fall of both entities is said to shock the world – being described in prophecy as an appointed time of nations.
By the way, my obsession with the Hebrew prophets went on for several months —years, really —so that I read the minor prophets like Joel, Amos, Habakkuk, Zephaniah and Micah, dozens of times. That intense study ultimately led to the production of the book, Jehovah Himself Has Become King.