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Well, well, well! Another election has come and gone and all the victors are feeling prime and are strutting their stuff. Of course we won't hear any of them thanking the Lord Jesus for their victory, or promising to run things according to the Word of God

The Election

 Daniel, Election, Herod, Lincoln, Nebuchadnezzar, White House, Word of God

Well, well, well! Another election has come and gone and all the victors are feeling prime and are strutting their stuff.  Of course, we won’t hear any of them thanking the Lord Jesus for their victory, or promising to run things according to the Word of God.  They ought to, though.  Most of them will, however, thank their mothers, and wives, and family; and, of course, the people that worked and voted for them, giving special thanks to those who voted early and often, the illegal alien voters, and the sodomite balloteers.  

 

As I was reading the book of Daniel, I see God puts rulers into their positions and removes them; but they ought to make sure they are pleasing to the Lord while in office, or they stand a good chance of going berserk in the here-and-now, or in the eternity to come.

 

In Daniel’s day, Babylon was the superpower, and Nebuchadnezzar was its leader; but even superpower kings, prime ministers, and presidents can have dreams that shake them up.

 

For example, it is reported that Lincoln had a dream two weeks before his assassination of a funeral going on in the White house.  "Who is dead in the White House?" he demanded one of the soldiers in his dream. "The President" was his answer; "he was killed by an assassin!" Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke Lincoln up.  Evidently he told is wife about the dream a few days before his was shot at Ford’s Theater, but she didn’t have an interpretation for him, even though she hobnobbed with mediums, spiritualists, and  had séances in the white house from time to time.

 

Nebuchadnezzar had such a dream, and summoned Daniel to interpret it because he was a man of God, and after an hour of thought, he told the king what the dream meant.

 

Daniel 4:24&25 says, “This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.”

 

You see, the king was rather puffed up about how he had become the leader by all of his own abilities and efforts, but that was why he was in jeopardy of losing it all.  So, not taking to heart the interpretation of the dream for a year, and as he was strolling around and admiring his accomplishments one day, he proclaimed...

 

“Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws. (Daniel 4:30-33)

 

Fortunately for him, he got the message after seven years out on the back forty, repented, and gained back his kingdom.

 

In the New Testament there is another crowning example of a prideful potentate that reads:

 

“And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.” (Acts 12:21-23)

 

So what does it all mean?  It means God puts into position and power who he will, and you probably get who you deserve - which isn’t usually good.  Rulers reflect the public, and if the public is rotten, the rulers are also rotten.  But if they humbly repent and turn to the Lord, they can influence their country in godly principles and even unto repentance: so goes the president, the senators, and the congressmen, so goes the nation.

 

That ought to scare everyone living in America!  

 

God loves you.  Read your Bible.

 

Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen