END TIMES: Electoral Voting, Economies and God’s Will
Across the UK we voted for government in 2015. Then we voted on the EU Referendum in 2016. Now it’s 2017 and we’re voting again! In Scotland, this is election #4 in three years. Though democracy is a hard fought privilege, many are thinking, “enough is enough”.
But the nature of these elections are truly unique, not only in their frequency but also in their spiritual significance. Across the globe there has been a lot of voting going on, and in the UK the election is within the next few weeks.
Does this spate of elections have anything to do with the End Times?
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. …” (Matthew 25:31-33)
We learn as the scripture goes on that the sheep are blessed and the goats are not.
Scripture also says, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” (Romans 13:1)
Is He preparing our nations for Judgement? Is Jesus returning so soon that the governments are being prepared for his judgment of the nations?
As believers in the sovereignty of God and followers of Jesus, it is important to vote prayerfully, and to enable God to continue to do His work in whichever nation we have a vote.
But I sense in the bigger picture, that our votes are about much more than who the next leader of our countries are going to be.
I have a hunch the nature of these elections are truly unique, not only in their frequency but also in their spiritual significance. I wonder if the LORD isn’t giving democracies the opportunity to take a stand for right over wrong.
This past weekend, my husband and I discussed the situation. He mentioned something interesting. Tyre was a trading nation — a negotiating nation — and it collapsed. As Britain seeks trade, will the LORD be displeased? Is there something supernatural about trade that the Lord abhors? Is it shades of Babel all over again when nations try to build their towers where the LORD has created boundaries?
Satan is a negotiator. He negotiated with Eve so that she would take the forbidden fruit. He tried to negotiate with Jesus when he tempted him with three “ifs”. He negotiates with us every time we fast and pray, tempting us to eat something “just a little” or when we are tempted to cheat or tell “just a little white” lie.
Satan is the arch deal-maker.
When a nation deals, is that not a sign of its decline? It was with Tyre. It has been with Britain.
Was the modern golden age of Britain not when it was a manufacturing nation, when it produced cars, planes, trains, ships; linen, glass, Wedgewood/china, lace, sterling silver and stainless steel, clothing?
Now its biggest industry is banking. The text “you cannot serve both God and mammon” comes to mind.
Donald Trump is seeking to return the States to manufacturing, so it has goods to sell and supplies within it’s boundaries. Is it purely socio-economic, so the nation can build employment again? Or is it also prophetic? Is the End as we know it is near and nations will need to be self sufficient post apocalypse?
The nation who’s economy is growing is China; it seems everything is “made in China” these days!
Theresa May is diligently seeking trade deals beyond its borders so the British economy can carry on. But Britain needs to trade its services; it doesn’t produce much anymore. Should it go back to manufacturing?
The nations of Europe originally came together for trade. Now they are intertwined, and the economies of some are very precarious. One of the major issues politicians debate over Britain leaving the EU is trade.
Tyre was one nation in ancient times that was opulent, successful and proud with its trade; the LORD was unimpressed.
Worldwide, what are we heading for? Society seems to be accelerating to somewhere. Where are we going? What should nations do to prepare? Are our elections preparing the way?
For any believer, we need to pray, serve, love and do as the LORD leads. May we keep our ears to the ground, our eyes looking upward and our hearts pinned to the LORD who is our cornerstone, our rock and our life.