The Nations Are Dust on the Scales

In the end, it was the God of heaven who selected the 45th president of the United States of America. Many of those in that country who feared Him had been in consternation as to the moral or spiritual qualifications of the candidates for that high office, and some had prayed that their God would give reprieve from what seemed to be a decline into an increasingly intolerant environment for faithful Christians. After all, the Bible enjoins prayer “for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (I Timothy 2:2).

Many of the Christians who voted for the prevailing candidate were never quite able to feel good about doing so in the light of the scandals and moral failings they had become well aware of before they cast their vote for the president, and some of them fell back in their minds on the old doctrine of “the end justifies the means.”  Those who voted for the losing candidate were eventually tempted with a feeling of schadenfreude while observing the failures of the new leader, who would never in any case have been able to right the sinking ship of moral and political power in what was called the West.

The new president presided over a superpower nation, one of the nations which the Lord Jesus declared would hold sway on this earth and over the land of His chosen people Israel, until “the times of the nations (Gentiles)” would be fulfilled (Luke 21:24). For He who became known as the God of heaven in Daniel’s day because His land was overrun by the the nations, is still really the “Lord of all the earth”¹ that Joshua knew, who led His chosen people into the land of Canaan, that land which He specially claimed in perpetuity (Leviticus 25:23; Ezekiel 21:27) to be the earthly inheritance of the people of the Son of Man.

The diplomatic priorities and policies of the new president contributed to the rise of kingdoms in the Middle East that would invade the land of Israel and eventually fall in the battles of Armageddon.  And no matter what strategy this leader of the free world pursued in dealing with Russia, that ascendant nation continued the diabolical scheming that would eventually lead to its utter destruction; because in the end, Russia dared to come up against Israel and its Savior, who has promised to magnify Himself and “be known [as Jehovah] in the eyes of many nations” (Ezekiel 38).

For in the end, the God of heaven and earth² will have seen to it that His beloved Son is glorified over all the earth.  All God’s delight is in His Son, who was rejected and crucified by the man whom He created. It has always been God’s ultimate and over-arching purpose to have the Lord Jesus Christ His Son take His rightful place as “firstborn of all creation . . . that in everything He might be preeminent” (Colossians 1:15-18 ESV). Prince and pauper alike will bow the knee to Him.

The most blessed portion for men in all that coming scene of His glory will be that of Christians who suffer with Christ in this life and end up overcomers, because to them is given the promise of reigning with Christ: “To him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father” (Revelation 2:26-27).  The nations, from the superpower on down to the city-state, along with their leaders, are truly no more than a drop from a bucket, no more than dust on the scales, when weighed against God’s eternal counsels.³


¹   Daniel 2:18,19,37,44; Joshua 3:13

²  Ezra 5:11; Matthew 11:25

³  Isaiah 40:15; Ephesians 1:8-11

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