The World Needs a Strong Leader
The world is plunging into chaos. Wars and rumors of wars make daily headlines. Worsening conflicts in Middle East and Latin America are driving waves of refugees into Europe and North America. Murderers slaughter half a million people around the world each year. Frightened citizens are buying guns, knives and pepper spray to protect themselves and their families. But such weapons only work against petty criminals; they offer no protection from madmen with nuclear warheads.
More and more people are coming to understand that world peace is impossible without a global authority to enforce it. Absent such a global authority, they are turning to strongmen for protection. Yet, national strongmen historically trample on the rights and liberties of the very people who gave them their power.
What most people do not yet realize is that we are proving the point we are trying to disprove. We simply are incapable of justly ruling ourselves. Selfish human nature always wins in the end. If world peace is ever to come, it will have to be brought by someone without selfish human nature; someone with perfect, righteous character.
Fortunately, the Bible promises that this is exactly what will happen.
Two thousand years ago, the greatest prophet of all time, Jesus Christ, foretold of a time when authoritarian strongmen would wage a war so terrible that it would destroy all life on Earth—unless it was forcibly stopped. Jesus then promised that this war would be stopped—for the elect’s sake (Matthew 24:21-22).
Other scriptures show exactly how Christ will save us from self-annihilation. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:11-16).
Jesus Christ will return to Earth. In the Valley of Jehoshaphat, He and His army will defeat the armies of the strongmen who rebel against Him, and end World War iii.
Jesus will then establish God’s government on Earth. He will put down rebellion by force and rule with a “rod of iron”! But unlike human dictators, He will do so not for selfish gain, or because of megalomania or paranoia. He will teach, command and enforce the way of righteousness, and root out attitudes of hatred, selfishness and violence.
Christ’s government will not be a democracy. Nor will it be socialism, communism, feudalism or fascism. It will be a divinely established constitutional monarchy, with the law of God as the constitution and Christ the reigning King of kings.
The government of God will not be a government by the people. But it will be a government for the people. The people will have no votes, and no human being will hold government office. All in government service will be divine spirit beings, members of the God Family, specially appointed by Jesus Christ to reign as kings and priests (Revelation 1:6; 20:4). All government officials will have already overcome their selfish human nature. Therefore, they will rule with perfect outgoing concern for the ruled. They will rule for the highest good of the people. The Spirit of God will give all in authority the wisdom and power to govern righteously.
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:1-4).
Mankind desperately needs a strong leader to save us from our problems. But only a leader with perfect, holy, righteous character can do it: the King of kings!