World Dominion - Whose Will it Be?
The Times of the Gentiles
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
There are two worldwide kingdoms ahead of us, and we may be closer to them than we think we are. The first will be the kingdom of Antichrist, set up by man's philosophy and man's psychology. It will deify human beings and attempt to prove that they can unite and bring about a world of order, peace, and equality without God.
Because God instituted moral absolutes to govern man, man claims that Utopia can come only through the rejection of these absolutes. It is this kingdom that the Lord Jesus will destroy at His coming. All of man's supposed superiority will lie in the ashes and dust of the fallen empires which will be leveled by the Stone that smashes the image and grinds it to powder.
Gentiles have not done a very good job of running the world. We can see the beginning of this in the book of Daniel, dating way back to around 600 B.C. You and I have moved down pretty close to the end of Gentile rule, to a day when the Lord Jesus Christ will come forward and take the scepter of world dominion back into His own hands. The story of the "times of the Gentiles" is remarkably told in the chapter before us.
And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to show the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream. Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack [Aramaic], O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation. The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me.… (Daniel 2:1-5)
Because of this translation, the impression has been given that the king had forgotten his dream and could not recall ...
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