Bible Studies
Written by Jim Jordal   
Monday, 25 October 2004

Persons hoping for world peace and justice often work toward the goal of one world government, usually under the United Nations.  One world is a biblical concept, but the one world coming will not be ruled by human power, but by the Son of God, Jesus Christ.


by Jim Jordal

And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

God’s response to builders of the Tower of Babel. Gen. 11:6-7 (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isa. 9:6-7 (NKJV)

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
                                                                                                                                            Rev. 11:15 (NKJV)

      The idea of One World is not new. The present-day World Court, World Trade Association, World Bank, United Nations, and the structures of globalism are all modern-day counterparts of the early Tower of Babel, described in Genesis 11:1-9. The “universality” of men and institutions, so impossible to achieve in past generations because of poor transportation and communication, has taken on new life in a smaller world drawn together by modern scientific advancements. And now nothing that we can imagine seems beyond our grasp.

But when well-meaning humans join forces in securing universal benefits such as peace, prosperity, and justice for themselves, without recognizing and consulting the Almighty, they embark on a dangerous mission. Should God allow us to achieve “heaven on earth” without Him, how could He claim to be sovereign over men and nations? And if humans achieve what only God can do, then perhaps we really can become gods.                                                                             
Perhaps the best modern example of failed human attempts to create worldwide utopia is the rise and fall of world communism over the past 150 years. The Communist Manifesto, written by two Germans, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, was published in 1848, coinciding with national upheaval in Central Europe at that time. The Manifesto was a devastating critique of unrestrained capitalism, with its oppression of the working class, increasing misery as the rich get richer and the poor poorer, resultant class struggle between bourgeoisie (owners) and proletariat (workers), wars of aggrandizement, society-wrecking business cycles, and consequent unrest and eventual successful revolution by the proletariat.                                                         
Communism in theory presents a utopian dream of a perfect society, since when revolution and the removal of the oppressing classes is accomplished, then government becomes unnecessary, and will wither away. The hoped-for result is a working man’s paradise on earth. And all this to be accomplished without God!                                          
The desire to create universal human justice and prosperity may be laudable, but the proposed vehicles are inadequate. Every historical human attempt to create world order has failed, led by the doomed League of Nations, created amid the wreckage of World War I to secure a lasting peace. It took about 20 years for the League to collapse due mainly to its ineptness and inability to deal with recalcitrant, dedicated dictators. Obviously, the fact that the United States refused to join didn’t help matters.                                       
So what of the present United Nations? Can it succeed where others have failed? Will it become the basis for world peace and prosperity? Perhaps the best efforts of the UN have been in food distribution, medical care, and the dissemination of knowledge. But when faced militarily with a dedicated, strong enemy, it has shown itself unwilling to risk actions which might lead to full-scale conflict, preferring rather to act through limited peace actions and political or economic influence. So as far as world peace is concerned, the UN is more promise than action.                                                                    
Will this world ever achieve universal peace, justice, truth, mercy, and love under a single ruler and government? Yes, it will, but the ruler will be Jesus Christ and the governmental structure will be the Kingdom of God on Earth. We pray for it almost every Sunday when we repeat the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven,” and “for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen!” This prayer is not wishful thinking, but impending reality.                                                                        
Prophecies and descriptions of Christ’s coming millennial kingdom occur throughout the Bible, and are the major message of Scripture. Too many Christians minimize the reality of these prophecies by projecting them far into the future in heaven, or worse yet, dismiss them as fables or dreams not capable of fulfillment here on earth. But they are real, and are even now beginning to appear.                                    
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1978, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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