World Rulers – How they Ruled.
Q. How did these World Rulers Govern?
Each of these World Rulers had an opportunity to rule the world with mercy & justice. But sadly they all chose control, domination & greed.
The king of Babylon started with supreme power, while each successive ruler had progressively less power. Finally the last world Ruler, the `feet,` will have internal division, making it quite volatile.
This weakening of power is shown by the metals in the image. Notice how they deteriorate in value –
Gold – Silver – Brass – Iron – Iron & Clay.
BABYLON – The Head.
King Nebuchadnezzar had supreme power over the known world. His word was law. Yet who could use such power wisely? The king went from one extreme to another. He made decrees –
`Worship the Great Image or burn.` (Dan. 3: 4 – 6) then
`Worship God or be cut to pieces.` (Dan. 3: 28 & 29)
Nebuchadnezzar then became very proud of himself, his power & his position. Daniel had given the king God`s warning about his motives & actions, but the king, because he didn`t repent went through a very humbling experience.
`Nebuchadnezzar...was driven from men & ate grass like oxen;.....until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, & gives it to whomever He chooses.` (Dan. 4: 32 & 33)
MEDES & PERSIANS – The Chest & Arms.
Darius the Mede then received the kingdom that the Babylonians had ruled over. God had numbered the Babylonians government, judged & finished it. Now the Medes had an opportunity to show how they would rule the world. They had laws but these were of their own desires & led to misuse. Deceitful governors tricked the king into signing a decree that eventually got Daniel thrown into the lion`s den.
`Now, O king, establish the decree & sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes & Persians, which does not alter.` (Dan. 6: 8)
GREECE – The Belly & Thighs.
After many years another power arose, this time from the west. Alexander, the mighty king of Greece attacked & quickly defeated the Medes & Persians. Then when Alexander died, his empire was divided amongst his four generals. The power of the kingdom was lessened & many wars followed as each leader sought for more power.
`And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat from the west, across the surface of the whole earth,....Then he came to the ram ....cast him down to the ground & trampled him....
The ram which you saw having two horns – they are the kings of Medes & Persia. And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece.` (Dan. 8: 5 – 7, 20 & 21)
ROME – The Legs.
`And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus (Roman) that all the world should be registered.` (Luke 2: 1)
The Romans grew in might & power & soon controlled most of the known world. They brought peace & stability to the world but the price was allegiance to Caesar their Emperor. Rome eventually became decadent & very cruel, which lead to its down fall.
FINAL RULER – The Feet & Toes.
There has been no other World Ruler since Rome, but there is prophesied one yet to come. This will be more terrifying & cruel than all the others, but will only rule for a short time, before God brings judgment.
(Note: this will be discussed in the next series - `Countdown...` )