By Pastor Mike Taylor – http://pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com/2018/03/god-removeth-kings-and-sets-up-kings.html
20 “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” (Daniel 2:20-22)
Our world is being turned upside down, as the political landscape shapes what and how we feel about events that come to pass. This message is not so much a political one, as a spiritual one that every person on this planet will be affected by what transpires in the political arena, as God uses mortal men to enact His will and bring this age to a close.
We live in a very political world that is shaped according to the deeds of men upon other men. We call it politics, but it effects the very moral fiber of the nation, as the leaders are the ones who direct the moral compass of the nation who elected them. Many people think we should not be concerned with the political arena when speaking of Biblical prophecy, but what goes on in the political arena is mirrored in our spiritual world and the morality of a nation.
The mouth of the pastors of this nation were muzzled because of the tax exempt status of not speaking about politics, less they loose this tax exemption,
BUT IT IS HIGH TIME THAT THE PASTORS, EVANGELIST, AND THE MOUTH PIECE THAT GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT USES TO PREACH GOD’S WORD TO OPENLY EXPRESS THEMSELVES IN THE POLITICAL ARENA WITH RESPECT TO GOD’S LAWS AND HIS WAYS.
Politics and spiritual events have been intertwined and going on for all of mankind’s history down through the ages. When we read of the prophet Daniel and what was revealed to him for his political time frame, we can take lessons on what was revealed in this time period for our own time period.
At the time of Daniel, the ruling monarch was King Nebuchadnezzar who ruled over Babylon when the city was the center of commerce for the known world. In it was the home of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the hanging gardens and this pagan King was master of all the world around him.
The book of Daniel speaks of a real person who really lived. We read about the Biblical account of how Nebuchadnezzar captured the city of Jerusalem and historically we know this happened in 597 BC, when the invading forces destroyed both the city and the Temple of God and deported most of the prominent citizens to Babylon.
Historically, we know that untold thousands of Jewish people died in the siege, with those who survived even resorting to cannibalism in their efforts to survive. When they were finally defeated, the Temple was defiled, the Holy of Holies was desecrated and the Temple treasures looted and carried away to Babylon. But the Temple in Jerusalem was “God’s House”. So where was God in all this?. Why did He allow the temple to be destroyed and not prevent this from happening? Why didn’t God interfere with Nebuchadnezzar’s plans on conquest of Jerusalem and razing of God’s Temple?
We read in the Old Testament that during the time of the transportation of the “ark of the covenant” to Jerusalem that the oxen used for transport stumbled and an Israelite named Uzzah put out his hand to steady it. What happened to the man?
6 “And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
7 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.” (2nd Samuel 6:6-7)
The man was struck dead just for the cause of touching God’s Ark to steady it. So how can a Gentile pagan king and his invading hordes manage to sack the Temple without having to worry about Divine retribution? Repeating the opening scripture and adding one more, we might be able to see why.
“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” (Daniel 2:20-21)
“Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. (Daniel 2:37-38)
Can you see that this pagan king was able to do all these things, to sack the temple, to remove the treasures of the Temple to Babylon, and to defile the Holy of Holies and even “steal from God” in essence, because God appointed this pagan King to do so.
It goes back to the premise that God sets up kings and removes them when His purpose is completed. God made Nebuchadnezzar ruler over them, according to His purpose. The prophet Daniel understood quite well, that this was the will of God to allow Jerusalem to be taken by this pagan King.
Nebuchadnezzar was king because God wanted him to be king and he would only stay king as long as God wanted him to.
The same can be said for future monarchs and dictators, such as Cyrus the Persian, Alexander the Great, Caligula, Pilate, Kaiser Wilhelm, King Leopold II, Czar Nicholas, Emperor Hirohito, Kim il Sung, Mao Tze Tung, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot and every other murderous dictator in history.
Bible prophecy is telling us in advance, of how these tyrants, dictators and murdering pagan rulers were but mere pawns in the overall Big Picture of history.
GOD SETS UP KINGS AND HE BRINGS DOWN KINGS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.
I want you to let that sink in for a moment, and think about why this is so. No tyrant got to where he was in history on his own effort. And while Satan is very capable of corrupting them, he has not any power on the ability to appoint them. That is God’s realm, as every tyrant, every dictator down through history was appointed by God for that particular time period or the Bible is not true. But since we know it is true, we know God is engineering every event that promotes and fulfills His Divine plan. Do we understand it? No, because for me, since I’m not God, I just trust His Divine plan.
Take another example when the apostle Paul wrote his epistle to the Romans. During that time, the emperor of Rome was Nero. We know that it was this tyrant that was eventually the one who ordered the beheading of Paul. It is especially important to keep that in mind when contemplating Paul’s admonition to the Romans as recorded in chapter 13 of this epistle:
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.” (Romans 13:1-5)
Understand, that Paul was speaking of Nero, who historically we know was probably mad and mentally deranged, but God put the man in this position for a purpose and was ordained by God.
When speaking of King Nebuchadnezzar, and how he could lay seige to Jerusalem is because God permitted it…Nero beheaded Paul the Apostle, because God allowed it. It was from Babylon that Daniel the prophet say the outline of future history from the order by King Cyrus to rebuild the Temple, to the time of the coming Anti-Christ in the last days that we are living in.
If we learn anything from Bible prophecy is that nothing is left to chance. Everything is interconnected with the events that came before it, and the events that came afterwards. Remove any of these events from happening and the whole thing collapses upon itself.
FAST FORWARD TO OUR TIME
Now taking what we just discussed, let us give a reason for the two last men who have been the leaders of the free world. Since the last one is gone (and good riddance) I will speak his name. What does Obama, Donald Trump and American politics have in common with Bible Prophecy?
Let us look at what we know, opposed to what we think. The past POTUS, Barack Hussein Obama would not have been POTUS had not God wanted him there. Based on God’s Word, we know that to be a certainty. So by observing the agenda of this “worst” president this nation has ever elected, (my personal opinion) it should provide insights into God’s agenda for the last days, which are articulated by God’s Word.
As I have mentioned in the past, right or wrong, America has been perceived as the world’s last standing Christian nation and it is that perception that is relevant to our time period that God is using to bring this age to a close.
The Bible tells us that in the end of this age, perilous times would come:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2nd Timothy 3:1-5)
This describes this world we live in perfectly, as it conveys the moral deficiency of this generation, that speaks what Jesus said would be as the time in Noah’s day, and the time of Lot residing in Sodom and Gomarrah. This describes the moral state of the whole world, apart from Christ, and has remained unchanged since Adam and Eve
As mentioned, the President of the nation sets the moral agenda for the nation. It is just the way it is, whether he be Democrat, Republican, liberal or conservative. It was the way it was under POTUS Reagan who was more moral that Clinton, as Monica Lewinsky proved and was more moral under GW Bush than it was under Obama.
That isn’t to say the presidents were moral, but rather their agendas – since their agenda reflects that of the people that elected them, of each POTUS, twice.
This nation elected Barack Obama twice which speaks of the moral fiber of this nation and reflected Obama’s morals. What were they?
Obama marked every Muslim holiday with a speech of recognition and idolizing Islam as a religion of peace. In a statement the man said “there is not prettier sound than an Islamic call to prayer”. When he mentioned Passover, he likened it to the uprisings of the Arab Spring.
It is hard to imagine more disrespect for Judaism than to link Passover with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political agenda to take over the Middle East and destroy Israel.
But the man was totally silent on Passover, and those who observe the resurrection of Jesus Christ, save have an Easter Egg hunt on the White House grounds.
If you take a unbiased position on the presidency of Barack Obama, the man accelerated the moral decline of this country exponentially. We could speak and enumerate the many un-biblical positions this man took concerning homosexuality, the institution of marriage, same sex marriage, immigration, and even abortion of the unborn.
But in the final analysis, Obama was president because God wanted Obama in the Oval Office at this exact moment in history.
Comparing Obama’s agenda with the agenda of the antichrist—a global government, centralized global economy and a global religious system and a global religious system hostile to Christians and Jews – American presidential politics takes on extreme relevance to Bible prophecy.
When it came time for the end of this failed presidency, in its moral decline leading this nation to apostasy and lawlessness, in this last election we faced two possibilities. We could have elected the continuation of the Obama era policies or break away from this anti-Biblical slide of this nation by changing course. After 8 years of the decline of the nation who only symbolized the last Christian nation, but fell to the lowest standards of Biblical morality in several generations, we decided as a Christian nation to rise up and stop the slide into oblivion. The nation elected a total outsider to Washington politics who pledged to “drain the swamp” of corruption found in Washington D.C and those who are in that city for one reason and that is to enrich themselves, not to do the will of the people.
I’ve likened the election of Donald J. Trump as a reprieve from our downward spiral of lawlessness and moral bankruptcy. No doubt the man is the best friend of Israel for a long time, and may be the type of man that God put into place for one reason, to bring about the prophecies concerning Israel. God used King Cyrus the Persian who was a pagan king, to do His will concerning rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem and rebuilding the walls that surrounded the city. Is Trump a modern day King Cyrus, although not a perfect man, I believe he is God’s man of the hour to do His will. I’ve said so in the past in this message found on my blog:
GOD PUT TRUMP IN CHARGE FOR A REASON
In all this is not to say that Trump is a completely moral person, as there are many things that has come to light that I would not have believed he was capable of (be they true or untrue), BUT in the same breath, how many of you who read this message have no skeletons in your closest that you don’t want anyone to find out about? “Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone”, as I read what Jesus said about the adulterous woman brought before Him by the Jewish authorities. The man is obviously under a microscope by the liberal left leaning Lame Stream media, and the elite of this world try to disgrace him for one reason. The man stands in the way of the coming New World Order and the abolition of the United States sovereignty and bowing to the United Nations.
Why do you think that the man, Donald Trump is hated so much by the liberal left? He is hated more than GW Bush ever thought about being hated by the likes of the news media in this country. When you speak of the news coverage of the present POTUS the news coverage is 95% negative and they just pounce on anything against the man, even if it contrived and fake news.
It has become that most of America don’t trust the reporting of the “lame stream media” anymore. A report by the “Sinclair Broadcast Group” took a poll of the confidence that Americans have in the media. In it was this quote:
“While many mainstream media outlets have cried foul over Donald Trump targeting outlets as “failing” or peddling “fake news,” that sentiment is largely shared by a majority of Americans.
In its annual confidence poll, Gallup found that Americans’ trust in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly” reached its lowest level in polling history, with only 32 percent saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. Trust in the establishment media did not begin with the contentious 2016 election and Donald Trump taking the stage, but after a steady decline over the past 20 years, it took it’s deepest dive yet, led by Republicans deep distrust of mass media.”
Whenever God is through with the like of Donald Trump, and you won’t be able to depose the man unless God allows it, then we may end up with a leader that will finish this country off. That is what I believe the lame stream media on directives from the likes of the elite, such as George Soros and the Rothchilds to destroy the last bastion for freedom in this world and bring all countries into the umbrella of a One World Government and followed closely by a coming One World Religion.
I had a member of my congregation ask me a pointed question that when Paul spoke of the last Trump…was he referring to this POTUS?? What is that verse again?
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last “trump”: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1st Corinthians 15:52) my emphasis on quotation marks.
Interesting thought, but if God was giving Paul a prophecy about the last POTUS before the rapture of the church, is not something I can attest to, but it is an interesting concept, since both Paul spoke of and the name of our present POTUS is called “the last Trump”.
Since we are so very close to the time of the Lord’s return, and definitely in the season of a generation that saw Israel become a nation will indeed see the end of all things:
32 “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:32-34)
ISRAEL CELEBRATES 70 YEARS AS AGAIN A NATION
In May of this year on the 14th, will be the 70th anniversary of the restoration of Israel as a nation in one day, and the moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. This doubles down on the belief that Israel as a nation has laid claim to the historical land that God gave to them back in the Old Testament when God promised the land as far as Abraham could see in the four directions of the wind for an inheritance forever.
We see that the generation is being fulfilled since the restoration of Israel this year in May. Will the things that this administration be doing set the stage for the covenant with the many that Trump is now trying to broker a deal with the Israeli/Palestinian question? Will this proposed covenant be confirmed by the appearing of the coming Anti-Christ, who is obviously alive and in power somewhere in the world today and will come to the forefront of this world’s history to broker a deal with Israel for 7 years?
The coming of the Anti-Christ may very well be ready to be revealed, but he will be the supreme politician that will affect the whole world. He will preside over a political system that has a form of godliness but denies the power thereof. He will give lip service to the god of forces, but will eventually lift himself up to be above any god, proclaiming himself to be God. This the bible calls the “abomination that causeth desolation”…and desolation he will inflict on the whole world.
Right now, American is leading the world as the world’s only and most prominent Christian country with an economy that is right now, booming. Many believe that when the rapture comes, we will be in the middle of an economic boom, but that boom will implode when millions of the world’s citizens suddenly disappear.
We who look for the coming of our Lord see the shaping up of this world for the revealing of the Anti-Christ, with reports of an Islamic army proposed by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan set out to destroy Israel which can only be the Gog-Magog coalition, or the coming Psalm 83 War, both shaping up to begin, as Israel even right now, is preparing for another war with its neighbors.
HOW LONG WILL TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY LAST?
The question is, will President Trump weather the left leaning onslaught of fake news and calls for his impeachment, even though they can find nothing to hang on him, save the contrived Russian collusion of the past election? It will be only if God allows it to happen, and God is done with POTUS Trump and allows the next page of this end of the age drama to proceed. Will Trump be re-elected? Only if it is in God’s plan to withhold judgment on this nation for a few more years. I believe God is using Trump for His purpose, and no matter how much vitriol is spewed by the media, nothing will touch the POTUS until God says so. So do I worry about what is coming upon the earth at this stage of the end of the Age we called the “church Age”? Not in the slightest, as God is in control and it will progress according to His Supreme Plan for mankind. It just lets me know that we are but a heartbeat and a breath away from the coming of the Lord. Remember, God raised up kings, and He takes down Kings according to His Divine plan. No one can usurp the will of Almighty God.
Donald J. Trump is the president of the United States right now because God put him there. If he gets a second term, is that relevant to Bible prophecy?
When it comes to interpreting unfolding Bible prophecy, it will even be relevant if he doesn’t. As the rapture could interrupt the USA being the sole Superpower of nations on this earth. That is how close I believe we are to the coming HARPAZO or the “forceful removal of the Church from this planet at any moment in time”. The USA will virtually implode economically, militarily, and spiritually, as the Restrainer will be removed from this earth and Satan will have full sway over the kings of the earth and his demonic force will be displayed in one man who God will let rise to power. God will allow the Anti-Christ to come to power for a very short window of time…almost two terms of any USA POTUS….not to say that the AC is the POTUS, but I rule out no one from being the “man of lawlessness”…as he hasn’t been revealed just yet and not while the Church is on earth.
6 “And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:6-10)
Notice in verse 8, that when the “HE, the Holy Spirit” is pulled back from His mission on earth to Pre-Pentecostal times, THEN the AC will be revealed, “even him, whose coming is after the workings of Satan”. We won’t see him, but we may have a good idea of who he is, but he has not been revealed until he signs that peace treaty that confirms a covenant with the many nations. It could happen anytime after this coming May 14th and the anniversary of 70 years of the birth of Israel as a nation. Could it happen this year? Don’t know, won’t make any predictions, but I know it is soon. The world feels it, I feel it, and those around me feel something big is about to happen. Most of the world can’t put their finger on the dread they feel, but we who in the light and not in darkness know what is coming. We just don’t know the day or the hour, but we know we are in the season.
HAVE YOU GOT YOUR TICKET ON THE ARK OF SAFETY, JESUS CHRIST?
It is the only “ticket’ that anyone needs as they witness the chaos that is developing around the world and something in their spirit tells them, something evil this way comes. Will you be on this departing ark called Jesus, or be left behind to weather what is coming? If you have read any of my messages on the blog at the address in this message, then you know what I believe is coming. The Tribulation and the Great Tribulation is right around the corner….will you be caught flat footed and unprepared? How do you get prepared to be found “worthy”….
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:36)
How does one become “worthy”…one way, Jesus Christ…and be clothed with His righteousness and that not of our own.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)
8 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:8-11)
Remember, the next King that God allows to come to power could be the Anti-Christ that will rule the whole world. Get on board the ark of safety now, before time runs out…
This is pastor Mike Taylor, praying you find Jesus as personal Savior….if you need counseling, prayer, or just a listening ear, email me at [email protected] , God bless you all,
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