In studying the history of world empires and reading the accounts of many of them in the Bible, there are distinct patterns of change that take place in Governments.
Governments always move in the direction of increased control over the lives of the people they govern to the point of being oppressive. Governments move steadily from ”for the good of the people to the control of the people”.
The history of the world as we know it will end with a man becoming the ruler of the world who is called ”the beast”, and his ascension to power is described in Daniel and Revelation.
Revelation 13:16-17, He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
As governments move to control people the primary tool is to create fear, and they then offer to solve the problem that created the fear by increased control. The media created an amazing level of fear in a very short amount of time which fed on itself which created a mass hysteria which caused people to almost immediately fall in line with all of the rules with little fussing.
As control grows Governments will always move to control people by controlling the economy and the availability of life-sustaining resources. Socialism is an underlying force in the evolution of every government.
As control grows Government expands geographically. Historically this has happened by wars, but the current method is through politics, the political push is towards Globilsm rather than Nationalism. The ”Beast,” the Antichrist will be a one-world ruler.
As governments move to control the lives of people disunity and hatred will grow stronger and stronger between people, even in families and in churches. In the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:10, ”At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.”
Because Governments move away from God and become controlled by the devil they will begin to resist and attempt to control the spread of Christianity, than oppose it, than persecute it.
Here is a picture of the United States of America in 2020;
-Growing control through increased rules and regulations to save us from ourselves.
– The increase of fear over our security and health in the future with the fear of death being the primary antagonist.
– The offer to solve the fear causing problem through greater control and loss of freedom.
– The offer of greater security by controlling the economy.
– Globalism is touted as the solution to all world problems.
-Christianity becomes the enemy.
I’m curious to know what you think is the point where Christians become obligated to disobey laws, or at least no longer obligated to obey them.