Do you get tired of the one-world-government fear-mongering. It’s not in the Bible. It’s urban legend. Ask someone who claims to know about this theory and they will tell you that it comes from the book of Daniel. Well, let’s look at it. Daniel contains prophecies about “world” kingdoms. That is Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome as most Bible scholars will tell you. So, those four successive kingdoms were called world kingdoms but no way did they rule the entire world. They were world empires ruling the popularly phrased “known world”, but in reality they only ruled a part of the world as we know it today.
So, a lot of Bible preaching today is done by people with very little actual education in Greek, Hebrew or the history behind the Holy Scriptures. In fact the pastor of one of the nation’s largest congregation has never even graduated from a Bible College, Graduate School of Theology or even a Seminary. He is more of a motivational speaker than a true preacher of the Bible.
If we look at prophecies around the time of Jesus’ return, they speak of a king of the south, a king of the north, hordes invading from the east and that’s at least three major players, not one unified world government. The Bible also mentions many other players in the final days before Christ’s return. There is a one-world government mentioned, but it is not human rule; it’s God’s kingdom. The whole idea of an evil one-world government ruling the entire planet is just not in the biblical prophetic record.
Why do we as a nation listen to amateurs? Why do we believe friendly people with good personalities who are not experts in the field they preach? We do it with cooking shows. We love to watch amateurs with wonderful personalities teach us how to cook, but ignore a reality check — they are not qualified educators in their field. They are not even chefs. We do it with politicians. We actually listen when a politician talks about his or her economic plan. Why are we so stupid? Why don’t we even ask if the politician has a degree in economics? Since when do we listen an amateur who came from who knows where into the national spotlight and began spouting off about “my economic plan” when they don’t have any expertise in that area at all?
The same is true of some popular theories about the end times. When the nation faces troubled times it seems that apocalyptic fever, prediction addiction, prophetic madness and wild speculation makes money for an awful lot of false prophets. Biblical prophecy needs serious study, not crazed seers. It needs people who really know what they are talking about. It needs educated experts. People educated in the Bible.
An education would show that there are basically four schools of thought in regard to biblical prophecy: preterists who believe that it is all fulfilled in the past, historicists who believe that it is fulfilled throughout history, futurists who believe that it will be mostly fulfilled in the future and finally those who believe that prophecy is symbolic of the triumph of good over evil. Each of these schools of thought has something of value to contribute to the discussion.
The bottom line is that the more dogmatic someone is about their predictions of the future, the more likely they are to be ignorant rather than truly educated about the subject. Ignorance tends to turn speculation into fact. Education tends to balance us out and teach us that nobody has a corner on the market. Napoleon fixations and Messiah complexes tend to abound among those who think that they are the one true bearer of truth. Nobody is the Savior, except Jesus. And Jesus’ comment on the topic? In Mark 13 he told his disciples not to panic, not to worry, not to believe reports of false saviors, and not to let him find you sleeping. Keep on doing good things, keep praying and don’t panic because nobody knows the day or hour.
Be like the Bereans. Read your Bible and find out if these predictors are false prophets or not. Read a variety of opinions. Become educated in the Holy Scriptures. Have you read the end of the Bible? It’s a happy ending for humanity. Don’t panic! Have faith!