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The Nations Rage:

Some Reasons Why These Things

Must Take Place

Part 3 of Rumors of Wars

In The Olivet discourse, Matthew 24, Jesus answers three questions asked by the disciples. When will He establish His kingdom, when will the Temple be destroyed,, and what is the sign(s) of His return? These were the questions on their minds, and they knew that somehow they were all linked.

In Matthew 24:6, Jesus tells them that ‘wars and rumors of wars’ should not be a reason for alarm since they will happen. In other words, they are necessary. Why are such things necessary, and why are they just the beginning of birth pains?

It Was Prophesied: Psalm 2

If you have read much of my writings, you already know that Psalm 2 is a critical passage when it comes to the nations. The whole Psalm deals with the kings of the earth and the nations in turmoil, raging against God’s leadership. They are trying to throw off God’s leadership as they see it as cumbersome and burdensome.

Nevertheless, God laughs at their plans. At the tower of Babel, we saw all of the people resist God’s plans and how He dealt with their rebellion. The confounding and confusion of the languages resulted in keeping the people’s plans from coming forth. Nevertheless, God is sovereign, and His plans will be accomplished.

As the people scattered from Babel, they built nations, cities, kingdoms, and empires. These were all a result of man’s desire to rule and reign over the earth. While that is our destiny, it must be done under the sovereign leadership of one leader. Initially, God gave that task to Adam,, and after the fall, man has been under the idea that one ‘man’ can rule the nations.

One man will rule all of the nations in the age to come. Psalm 2 tells us that the nations are His inheritance. His name is Jesus Christ. God had a plan all along to redeem the nations, and that will be accomplished by Jesus through His people, the church. That is one purpose of the Millenial kingdom: for man to be ruled by the second Adam, Jesus, and the nations to submit to His rulership. He will rule and reign for 1,000 years from Jerusalem.

A Spiritual Battle For The Earth

It has been a spiritual battle ever since Adam and Eve surrendered the title deed to the earth at the ‘garden of Eden.’ Jesus won it all back, and we are the agents by which His kingdom advances. Since the disciples were sent to disciple the nations, there has been a struggle for the nations.

As territory is taken for the kingdom of God, ancient demonic forces are displaced, and nations are transformed into sheep nations. Christian persecution results from resistance to the gospel, whether by individuals, religious groups, or national governments. Often wars result over religious affairs or one race believing it is superior.

Either way, it is a spiritual battle won through prayer, worship, and preaching of the gospel. The kingdoms of the earth are influenced by heaven or hell, and light, or darkness. Satan desires control over man and this world. He will lose in the end, but many wars will come before the final battle.

Nation’s Destroying Nation’s: Ethnic Superiority

Racism has escalated to an all-time high. It is not just a black vs. white thing or an American thing. But we see it in the news more and more, and we hear more groups crying out for justice against one ethnic group while causing harm to another. Racism has led to many tribal wars and genocidal activity throughout the ages.

However, these things must increase to reveal God’s heart for the nations. Often, it is worse from within God’s people. Israel was supposed to set the bar and demonstrate God’s love for the nations. Likewise, they were to demonstrate His judgment against the nations that would not surrender to Him.

God used wars in the Old Testament to cleanse the land of pagan worship. But we see His heart displayed when He sends a Jewish prophet to the enemy of the Jews in the book of Jonah. Or how God feeds the nations through another Hebrew named Joseph. Later we see men like Elijah, Elisha, and later Peter and Paul sent to the nations to tell the Good News.

Israel was set to be the chief among all the nations. But that didn’t make Jews superior or inferior, but rather servants to bring the gospel to all nations. The nation of Israel is far from being the Israel that they were created to be.

In the end, wars occur for many reasons, but they always result from someone wanting something that is not theirs. This usually causes conflict between people groups, and then an attempt is made to rid the earth of one of the people groups. God allows such things for several reasons, such as choice and free will, and also to allow leaders and people to demonstrate Godly or kingdom values.

The Holocaust of World War II is an example of mankind seeking to annihilate one people group. The Nazis and others offered many reasonsrs. For the Jews, they had been given ample time to return to the land of promise long before this event. They became comfortable in the land of exile, resulting in their near annihilation.

God was not promoting their genocide, but He was seeking to bring them home. Unfortunately, today some wars are the result of threats by one people group. These things will continue until the races, tongues, and people groups surrender to the commands and statutes of the Kingdom and surrender to Jesus’ leadership.

To Cause Us to Cry Out For Jesus’ Return

Towards the end of the book of Revelation, we read that the Spirit and the bride cry out for the return of Jesus. That is the end game. Wars and rumors of wars stir people for peace. Political leaders gather for peace talks. Meanwhile men talk and the war machine rages on.

Recently, in Myanmar, a military coup took over a duly elected government and began massively killing innocent people. God is never for such events. However, He will use them to drive people to pray and worship and call for the salvation of the entire nation, including the vicious military.

Just as He used the Holocaust to bring about the state of Israel, He uses evil acts to point people to Him and His purposes. Suffering and persecution will separate the nominal from the real followers of a leader or movement. Christain persecution and martyrdom always cause the church to grow and not the opposite, which the enemy wants.

Persecution, suffering, and even martyrdom will drive us to cry out for Jesus to come and judge the earth. We long for His return and for our prayers fill the bowls along with the prayers of other saints. (See Revelation 5:8) There is a time coming when our prayers will be answered and Jesus will return, judge, and bring peace to the earth.

Conclusion

Psalm 67: 3-5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

for you judge the peoples with equity

and guide the nations upon earth.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you!

Ultimately, wars accomplish nothing good. What the belligerent’s desire is never the real heart of God. Consider the crusades that were fought to restore the Holy Land to Christianity. Pope Urban and others failed to realize that the Kingdom of God is invisible for now. It will fully manifest when Jesus returns. Meanwhile, the gospel is not advanced by the sword, but it will go forth due to many nations taking up the sword.

The closer we get to the return of the king, the nations will rage more and more. This will come from a power grab, but ultimately it is the result of a spiritual battle over the nations and kingdoms of the earth.

Satan piece-mealed the people into nations and isolated them. Now God is bringing them back so that His Son will have an inheritance. If we are the bride of Christ, then is it not our inheritance too. Anti-semitism will continue to rise, along with other ethnic wars, cleansing, and struggles. As they increase in number and complexity, the rise of prayer and the call for Jesus’ return will grow stronger and stronger.

So, to sum it all up, wars and rumors help us draw closer to God and cry out for Jesus’ return. It also reminds us of God’s heart to see all nations be discipled. It is our duty and mandate to see the kingdom of God advance regardless of what political entity we face. Remember that they are just birth pains when you hear of these things. It will intensify!

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Published by Joseph Floyd

I am a disciple of Christ, Husband, Father of 3 grown daughters. My wife and have a heart for the nation's and we long to see every nation worshipping Jesus around the throne. I enjoy writing, languages, international culinary of all kinds, travel, gardening, and cooking. My goal is to see the church and the nations prepared for the King's return, Jesus Christ.

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