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THE COMING WORLD GOVERNMENT
by J Preston Eby
those longing for the coming of the
the days of Daniel the prophet, Nebuchadnezzar, king of
among the wise men in
You see, God has promised "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). God will not leave His people in darkness about the future. God is in control! In the annals of human history the rise and fall of empires appear to be dependent on the will and power of man. But by the Word of God the curtain is drawn aside, and we behold, behind, above, and through all the play and counter play of human interests and power and passions, the workings of the great God, silently, patiently working out the counsels of His own will.
King Nebuchadnezzar's question to Daniel was to the point: "Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen and the interpretation of it? Daniel answered the king, The secret which the king has demanded neither the wise men, enchanters, magicians, nor astrologers can show the king; But there is a God in heaven Who reveals secrets, and He has made known to king Nebuchadnezzar what it is that shall be in the latter days - at the end of days. Your dream and the visions of your bed are these" (Dan. 2:26-28, Amplified Bible).
then came the dream, one of the most dramatic revelations of all history, in which God
outlined the rise and fall of global empires, moved beyond to our day and its detente
among the great powers to the setting up of earth's last great world empire. The dream
accurately portrayed the events now transpiring before our very eyes. "God... has
made known to king Nebuchadnezzar what it is that shall be in the latter days" (Dan.
2:28, Amplified Bible).
THE GREAT IMAGE
"Thou, O King, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; And the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king" (Dan. 2:31-36).
Now it all came back to Nebuchadnezzar. This, indeed, was the dream he had dreamed in the night! And Daniel informed the king concerning the significance of the dream: "As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and He that revealeth secrets MAKETH KNOWN TO THEE WHAT SHALL COME TO PASS" (Dan. 2:29). This was a dream whose interpretation was to reveal the FUTURE. Painted dramatically, unforgettably, unmistakably, was a precise outline of world history - the rise and fall of world empires and the exact events which would lead to the establishment of the last great empire of all.
what interest and astonishment must the king have listened as Daniel began his
interpretation of the dream and informed the king that his own kingdom was the golden head
of that magnificent image. Gold, the king of metals, represented the Babylonian Empire.
Daniel informed the king that the God of heaven had given him his kingdom, and made him
ruler over all. The character of the Babylonian Empire is indicated by the head of gold.
It was indeed the golden kingdom of a golden age. A natural center of trade and commerce,
The Babylonian Empire was not to stand forever. It was to give way to another. Interpreting the dream, Daniel added: "And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee" (Dan. ). The breast and arms of silver represented the Medo-Persian Empire (538-331 B.C.). Fulfilling a word of the Lord (see Isa. 45:1), Cyrus damned up the river Euphrates flowing through Babylon, marched his armies beneath the two-leaved gates, and through this stratagem overthrew the Babylonian Empire. Across the banqueting hall of Belshazzar appeared the dreadful words: "Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin," ("thou art weighed in the balances and found wanting"). Before the night was over, blood flowed in the streets as Belshazzar and his thousand lords perished at the hands of the Medo-Persian armies.
Great as was the Medo-Persian Empire, it too, was to topple. Daniel declared: "And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth" (Dan. 2:39).
Alexander the Great assumed the leadership of the Grecian armies at the age of 20, and marched with lightning rapidity to conquer the then-known world by the time he was 33. From the beginning of his military career he was a marked man - a man of destiny. Ambassadors came to Alexander almost from all parts of the world: some to congratulate his victories, others to tender his crowns, others to make leagues and alliances with him. However, Alexander could conquer cities but not his own spirit. With contemptible arrogance, he claimed for himself divine honors. He gave up conquered cities, freely and unprovoked, to the mercy of his bloodthirsty and licentious soldiers. He often murdered his friends and favorites in his drunken frenzies. He encouraged such excessive drinking among his followers that on one occasion twenty of them died as the result of their carousal. Finally, having sat through one long drinking spree, he was immediately invited to another, when, after drinking to each of the twenty guests present, he drank twice, history records, incredible as it may seem, the full Herculean cup containing six of our quarts. He was seized with a violent fever and died eleven days later while he yet stood only at the threshold of his life and career - for he was only 33 years old ! His kingdom was divided among his four generals.
logical deduction would be that after
TEN KINGDOMS EMERGE
It should be noted that at first the fourth kingdom is described unqualifiedly as strong as iron. This was the period of its strength, during which it has been likened in a history to a mighty colossus bestriding the nations, conquering everything, and giving laws to the world. But this was not to continue.
went on to say: "And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters clay, and
part of iron, the kingdom SHALL BE DIVIDED; but there shall be in it of the strength of
the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the
feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom SHALL BE PARTLY STRONG AND PARTLY
BROKEN" (Dan. 2:41-42). The decline and fall of the
kingdoms, represented by the ten toes of the image, emerged. The ten peoples which were
the instruments in breaking up the Empire were the Alamanni, Ostro-Goths, Visigoths,
Franks, Vandals, Suevi, Burgundians, Heruli, Anglo-Saxons, and Lombards. The kingdom was
indeed divided! These barbarian peoples not only overran the Roman world, but planted
themselves within the territory of the Empire and thus became the Empire! The connection
between these and the modern nations of Europe is clearly discernable in such names as
REVIVAL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE?
earth was never again to see the cohesive strength of the
are loudly proclaiming a "revival" of the
One of the problems today is that men read too much trash. People read all kinds of politically oriented literature telling about the Illuminati, the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, the conspiracy on the part of the Rothschilds, Rockefellers and others who control great financial empires and international money systems, much of which is spurious, some of which is theory, and a little which is truth. They take this information and try to harmonize it and put it all together with what they imagine to be the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation and they come out with all kinds of speculations in the name of the Lord. A while back the Spirit spoke to me and showed me that all those kinds of "revelations" are false because, in reality, they are NO REVELATION AT ALL! At best, they are only unholy unions of flesh and spirit, mixture of men's ideas, theories, speculations, and lies with the Word of God. Most of the originators of these articles and books on the great money conspiracy, the Illuminati, the Council on Foreign Relations, etc. are not Christians at all. Grant you, there are many Christians promoting these things, but they are not the ORIGINATORS of it. Any time you take the political theories and speculations of unregenerated men and mix it with the Word of God and then call it a REVELATION you are treading on dangerous territory. All of the true, proven, prophetic voices that I know across the land are not prophesying those things at all. And those who are will live to see their prophecies come to naught!
The church today is full of energetic and sincere preachers and teachers who are just full of and bubbling over concerning things that are going to happen. Sixty years ago men were telling how the Kaiser was the antichrist and was going to upset the world. Then when that failed to materialize, they frittered away much time and wasted much good paper and printer's ink telling what the next war was going to be like, and how it was going to be fought. There were to be death rays, and a hundred and one other horrible devices, which would wipe out whole cities and peoples in an instant. There were to be rays that would melt a gun in a soldier's hand even as he held it. But the next war came. There were no death rays. It was fought in much the same manner as the last one had been, except that there was very little or no poison gas used, and equipment and methods were much more effective, particularly on the Allied side. And yet, even after this next war had actually begun, certain religious periodicals published these blood-curdling articles telling of the awful inventions which were ready to be used against mankind. The actual battles which were being fought at the time the articles were published made a lie of the articles. And the unbelievable reality is that many of God's people are so gullible and so susceptible to this kind of sensational trash, that they have no better sense than to glory in it, even though the statements are proven false by actual events then transpiring before their very eyes.
Mussolini arose, and he was to be the future superman who would revive the
My prayer is that God will deliver his people, especially those who have caught a revelation of Sonship and God's great end-time purposes, from all this carnal and soulish sensationalism. I fear that even many of God's precious end-time saints haven't progressed far beyond Dr. Scofield's footnotes when it comes to their system of end-time events as regards the antichrist, the beast, and the anticipated world government with its mark of the beast.
Before proceeding further, let us examine the prophecy of Daniel 2:43. There are two important statements in this prophecy. Says Daniel: "And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay,
1. They shall MINGLE THEMSELVES with the seed of men:
2. But they SHALL NOT CLEAVE ONE TO ANOTHER, even as iron is not mixed with clay."
it! " They shall NOT cleave one to another!" This reference is to the ten
divisions of the old Roman Empire which remain with us unto this day in the nations of
Furthermore, if these ten toes were to be united into a fifth World Empire, they would have to be symbolically joined together in a sort of webfoot. Men do not have web feet, and this image of Daniel being the image of a-man, therefore signifies no joining of the toes. If God had wished to give such a signification, He would necessarily have given Nebuchadnezzar a dream of an aquatic animal, such as a muskrat. He did no such thing. Furthermore, if there were to be this union of the empires of the toes, then Daniel, in his explanation of the vision, surely would have said something about it. Instead, he stated the exact opposite: in speaking of these toes he said: "but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay." If these toes still have to be joined to form a kingdom for the antichrist to rule, then they must cleave one to another, and that would make Daniel a false prophet. I leave my readers to judge who are false: Daniel, or those who contradict him and thus contradict the Word of God.
THE TESTIMONY OF HISTORY
In the afterglow of a thousand battlefields, in the shattered dreams of would-be world conquerors, in the light of two world wars, the words stand invincibly true... "they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay."
CHARLEMAGNE TRIES IT
In A.D. 800 Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor. Voltaire, an able French writer and intellectual, observed-wittily and sarcastically that while the coronation had plenty of pomp associated with it, as for the empire, it was "neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire." Charlemagne grasped for world empire, came close, then found himself defeated by the words of the great God! "They shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay."
LOUIS XIV TRIES IT
the Fourteenth was a vain and pompous Frenchman. He sent his armies into
NAPOLEON TRIES IT
the ashes of the French Revolution arose Napoleon Bonaparte. "I will tear the heart
out of glory," he promised a friend. In Marengo,
"They shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay."
KAISER WILHELM TRIES IT
decades prior to the outbreak of World War I, the world had been at peace. Men anticipated
the Golden Age. On the fateful night when the ultimatum delivered by the British Empire to
the Kaiser had been rejected, Sir Edward Grey stood with his military aide looking out
Wilhelm's armies met allied forces in No Man's Land in
HITLER TRIES IT
the 1930's, fed by the injustice of the Versailles Treaty, the storm clouds of war began
to gather. September 5, 1939, Hitler's panzer divisions swept through flimsy barriers that
Hitler at this point launched a massive invasion of
WORLD GOVERNMENT IN OUR TIME?
Time and again men have dreamed of rearing on these ten fragments of the fourth kingdom ONE mighty empire. A single verse of scripture was stronger than all their hosts... "Partly strong, and partly broken ," was the prophetic description. And this is exactly the history of these ten kingdoms ! "They shall not cleave together!" God announced. And yet men have tried to mold them together. And men of God, who ought to know better, predict that they shall unite and form a FIFTH WORLD EMPIRE - a WORLD GOVERNMENT in our time! "This shall not be," says the Word of God. "This has not been," replies the book of history.
in the light of history's dramatic chapters and the current move toward a united
THE COMING WORLD EMPIRE
Dan. 2:35,44-45; I Peter 2:9; Rev. 12:5; Rev. 14:1-20; Rev. 2:26-27; Gen. 11:4-9
awe-inspiring vision of Nebuchadnezzar did not end with the vision of the feet and toes of
iron and clay. The greatest event of all was yet to come, for he saw a stone cut out of a
mountain without hands which smote the image on its unsteady feet. The blow fell upon the
feet because they represent the ruling power at the time of the end when these events take
place and the vision is fulfilled. The moment that blow was struck by the stone from the
mountain, the whole Babylonish system fell and crumbled to dust beneath its own weight. It
became like the dust of a summer threshing floor and the wind blew it away. Then the
little stone cut from a mountain itself became a great mountain and filled the whole earth
(Dan. ,44-45). This, of course, is the beginning of the
own nation on earth must take up the scepter. This kingdom SHALL NEVER BE DESTROYED.
"Never"' covers a long time. This
the fourth kingdom, or the Roman Empire, was represented in a two-fold state, first strong
and flourishing, "with legs of iron," and then weakened and divided, "with
feet and toes, part of iron and part of clay,'' so this fifth kingdom, or Christ's kingdom
on earth, is likewise described in two states. But while
The great majority of commentators have missed the truth here assuming this stone to be Jesus Christ, when God says it is A KINGDOM. The text does not state that God sets up the Christ, Who shall never be destroyed. Furthermore in verse 45 we find this stone "cut out of a mountain." Christ was not cut out of a mountain. But this fifth kingdom was cut out of a mountain. And the next verse definitely states that this kingdom is set up by God, "in the days of these kings," that is, in the days of the kingdoms of the toes.
Peter, when writing to the CHURCH, says: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, AN HOLY NATION, a peculiar people'' (I Peter 2:9). He calls the church A NATION. He also calls them a RACE, for the word "generation" is from the Greek word "genea" which means "race." The Amplified Bible renders this: "But ye are a chosen race." Nations are generally built up after ethnic lines. The church is both a race and a nation because it is composed of people who have been BEGOTTEN and BORN OF GOD! God is thus the head of an entirely new ETHNIC GROUP which is HEAVENLY! Born of the Spirit! The off-spring of GOD! And God has formed this new race of men into a NATION. It is God's nation. He is the king. And in the scriptures mountains are used to denote kingdoms or nations. So when we read in Dan. 2:45 of a stone CUT OUT OF A MOUNTAIN, it is a stone cut out of a kingdom, out of a NATION! And that nation, or mountain, is GOD'S CHURCH! The stone is, therefore, Christ with all the elect Sons of God.
very same analogy is drawn in John 's vision of a woman bringing forth a manchild. The
woman is the church. The true church. The manchild, born out of the woman, is that company
of God's overcoming Sons who are to "rule all nations with a rod of iron" (Rev.
12:5). So the WOMAN of Revelation 12 and the MOUNTAIN from which the stone is cut in Dan.
2:45 ARE ONE AND THE SAME - the church. The MANCHILD out of the woman and the STONE out of
the mountain are the very same thing -they are the 144,000 overcoming Sons of God who come
the stone RULES and breaks in pieces all these kingdoms. The overcomers RULE and break the
nations into shivers. The manchild RULES "all nations" with a rod of iron. The
144,000 are RULING from
Press on, saints of God, for we are on the winning side! We are on the way up, the kingdoms of this world are on the way down! All of the distress and perplexity among the nations today does not indicate the imminent rise of a world dictatorship under the antichrist. Rather it heralds the hour for the final collapse and destruction of this present evil system of things and the victory of God's glorious kingdom. The kingdoms of puny and unregenerated men are growing old and wearing out like a garment. Communism cannot stand. Democracy cannot stand. They are all time worn and threadbare, faded and dilapidated - ready to be rolled up like a worn-out garment and replaced by a new order.
But men - under satanic inspiration - boast and plan for a One World Government. But it matters not what the Fabian Socialists or the International Financiers have planned. Satan is the god of "this world." And Satan is a liar! Don't you believe what HE SAYS! Just because he plans to take over the world and form it into a world empire under his headship doesn't mean that he shall succeed. Oh yes, he has it planned. And how many christians believe him! He says he is going to do it so we believe him. The confession of many of God's people corresponds with what the devil is promoting. Remember saints - millenniums ago Satan was promoting the same idea. "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth" (Gen. 11:4). But GOD had other plans! "And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad... and they left off to build the city" (Gen. 11:5-8).
effort to World Government today is just as contrary to the will and word of God as was
The present nations of the earth, and most of the christians of the world today, will be surprised... shocked... when God steps in again and derails the well laid and proud and boastful plans of the great men of the earth - and brings forth a company of unknown and unrecognized Sons of God - who shall become the instrument of God to establish in the earth HIS OWN WORLD GOVERNMENT.
"But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even forever and ever... the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the SAINTS of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom... and the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, AND ALL DOMINIONS SHALL SERVE AND OBEY HIM" (Dan. 7:18, 22, 27). Hallelujah!
J. PRESTON EBY
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