So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world…(Rev 12:9)
And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Rev 6:2)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons…evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. (1 Tim 4:1; 2 Tim 3:13)
As a kid I loved playing outdoors. It didn’t matter what activity—bicycle riding, wiffle ball, football, tag, capture the flag, basketball—if it was outside, I loved it. When I was about 10 years old, my family lived in Danbury, Connecticut and our house at the time was on a hill. The next street over from ours was down the hill a bit, and the kids on our block had a running feud with the kids on the next block.
All in good fun, we would have imaginary battles with the “enemies” from down the hill and try to keep them from sneaking up onto our “territory.” It was like the group version of the childhood game King of the Hill. (No…it has nothing to do with the popular Fox sitcom.) If you’ve ever played the traditional version of King of the Hill, you know that the object is for one person, the king, to maintain his position on top of a hill by dominating everyone beneath him. Using whatever means necessary (usually a lot of shoving and pushing), the king rules his territory and squashes any and all dissenters.
Did you know there is a global game of King of the Hill taking place right underneath our noses? It’s a battle that has been raging since the Garden of Eden, and it has kicked into high gear over the last 2,000 years. At its core, it is a spiritual battle between the forces of good and evil. But make no mistake; the manifestations of this battle are very tangible.
Satan and his demonic forces have influenced elite world leaders for centuries in an attempt to achieve global domination. His battle plan is deception—he wants to deceive everyone on earth (Rev 12:9). And his goal is to conquer the world (Rev 6:2). The Bible reminds us that in the present age, evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Tim 3:13). It has been nearly 2,000 years since that prophecy was written. That’s 2,000 years of evil and deception increasing in intensity. For Satan, world domination is far more than a good-natured backyard game. He wants to overthrow the Creator and take His place as the sovereign ruler of the universe.
For a while, it will seem like he is winning the battle. In fact, just prior to the Second Coming of Christ, Satan personally will control a man whom the Bible calls the “Beast” or the “Antichrist,” and through him, will set himself up as the global ruler in a one-world government. At first he will be welcomed by most of the world. People will line up behind the antichrist, wholeheartedly embracing the one-world system. Eventually Satan’s reign of terror will be exposed. But sadly, by the time his insidious plan is uncovered it will be too late for many.
Fortunately his reign will be short-lived. A mere seven years after taking control of the world, the Antichrist will be overthrown when Christ returns to take His rightful place as the Messianic King. No one knows for certain when the curtain will rise on the final stages of Satan’s plan for global dominance. But this much is certain: All around us every day the stage is being set for one world government.
We are being pushed and shoved and oppressed by the global elite who sit perched atop the hill. Our individual rights are being stripped away all in the name of global progress. Blinded to reality by Satan’s intensifying deception, the average person is oblivious to the battle that is raging. Ignorance brings with it a certain feeling of security. But it is a false security. By contrast, the reality that comes with a biblical worldview, as unsettling as it may be at times, brings true peace and confidence because we know that one day the temporary king of the hill will be toppled. Reign, reign, go away…come again another day—in true Peace and Righteousness and Justice (Rev 19:11-15).