1. Satan, in his bid to TEMPT Jesus, took “… him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD, and the GLORY of them” [Matthew 4:8] Without controversy, there are countless realms, seem and unseen, but only one supreme POTENTATE, who “… CHANGETH the TIMES and the SEASONS he REMOVETH kings, and SETTETH up kings: he giveth WISDOM unto the WISE, and KNOWLEDGE to them that know UNDERSTANDING” [Daniel 2:21] The ONE who “REMOVETH kings, and SETTETH up kings” is God, made known first to His angels in the FIRSTBEGOTTEN and to us as the LAMB of God. [Hebrews 1:6] Some of the angels resisted Him and the world took sides with His foes to make “… war with the LAMB, and the LAMB SHALL OVERCOME them: for he is LORD OF LORDS, and KING OF KINGS: and they that are with him are CALLED, and CHOSEN, and FAITHFUL” Revelation 17:14] In due season, we were CALLED out of KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD, CHOSEN from the foundations of the world to inherit the KINGDOM OF GOD. Let us be FAITHFUL to Him that gave His LIFE for us; WAITCHING and PREPARING for the VOICE, “… saying, The KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD ARE BECOME the KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” [Revelation 11:15]
2. We are surrounded by an ETHEREAL world of thrones and kingdoms where Satan and sundry fallen angels hide their shame, “… the great DRAGON was cast out, that old SERPENT, called the DEVIL, and SATAN, which DECEIVETH the whole world: he was CAST OUT into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” [Revelation 12:9] Though fallen, they retained their angelic powers with which they carved out thrones and kingdoms in the AIR. They turned their attention to men to subjugate in rebellion against God, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against PRINCIPILATIES, against POWERS, against the RULERS of the DARKNESS of this WORLD, against SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS in HIGH PLACES” [Ephesians 6:12] Hidden from sight, kingdoms of the AIR operate through legions of disembodied spirits to MANIPULATE and CONTROL human affairs in rebellion against the purpose of God, “… even the HIDDEN WISDOM, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the PRINCES OF THIS WORLD knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” [1 Corinthians 2:7-8] With demonic CIVILIZATIONS and false RELIGION, they draw multitudes away from TRUTH, “Having the UNDERSTANDING DARKENED, being ALIENATED from the LIFE of God through the IGNORANCE that is in them, because of the BLINDNESS of their heart” [Ephesians 4:18] If any man has not the LIFE OF GOD in himself, he is BLINDED and IGNORANT of these things.
3. Earthly kingdoms and civilizations operate in the permissive WILL of God; when man fell in Eden, he lost his DOMINION to his adversary. Four thousand years later, “Jesus answered, My KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD: IF MY KINGDOM WERE OF THIS WORLD, THEN WOULD MY SERVANTS FIGHT, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence” [John 18:36] We were born into KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD, disobedient to God, in subjection to the Prince of the AIR, “… the SPIRIT NOW WORKETH in the CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENC Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the LUSTS of our flesh, fulfilling the DESIRESs of the FLESH and of the MIND; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others” [Ephesians 2:2-3] If by GRACE through FAITH we are BORN AGAIN, we are no longer of “THIS WORLD”, that we should be ENTANGLED in the affairs of this world. We are in the world, as long as we are in this BODY, but we are not of this world; our VALUES, HOPES and ASPIRATIONS are of the KINGDOM of God. If any man professes Christ and for any reason ensnares himself in the affairs of “THIS WORLD”, he deceives himself, “For if after they have escaped the POLLUTIONS of the WORLD through the KNOWLEDGE of the LORD and SAVIOUR Jesus Christ, they are again ENTANGLED THEREIN, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning” [2 Peter 2:20]
4. KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD are doomed, as God had promised, “… saying, Yet once more I SHAKE not the EARTH only, but also HEAVEN. … as of things that are MADE, that those things which cannot be shaken may REMAIN. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken” [Hebrews 12:26-27] The “SHAKING” has commenced; thrones and dominions “MADE” in ethereal “HEAVENS” are ”SHAKEN” as UNTIMELY FIGS “And the STARS of HEAVEN FELL unto the EARTH, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind” [Revelation 6:13] Present general instability across the globe is more than human error, hordes of hell are actively engaged; they know they have but a SHORT TIME, “… Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the DEVIL IS COME DOWN unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a SHORT TIME” [Revelation 12:12] Beloved, HOLD TIGHT to your FAITH in Christ, preparing with all diligence for His imminent appearance when we shall be glorified “No man that warreth ENTANGLETH HIMSELF with the AFFAIRS of this LIFE; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” [2 Timothy 2:3-4] Are you BRON AGAIN? Now is the time to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ, for “… the WORLD PASSETH AWAY, and the LUST thereof: but HE that DOETH the WILL of God ABIDETHE FOR EVERr” [1 John 2:16-17] Amen