God is WatchingJan 20th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Special Features (click on Article name)
God is Watching
God has been over-ruling the affairs of men for the past six thousand years. That is, while He has been permitting men to rule themselves according to their own ideas, He has been, unknown to them, so over-ruling as to make even their blind and evil course bring to pass circumstances and events which they did not foresee nor contemplate, but which in the long run of His plan ministers to His purpose. Thus, for instance, the world’s present blind and wrong course is bringing about a great time of trouble, which God foresaw and will permit, whose final outcome under the overruling of God will be the overthrow of human governments and the establishment of the divine. In the past men have had their affairs their own way to the extent that they could agree among themselves, to the extent that the unseen prince of this world, Satan, did not interfere and overpower them, and to the extent that their plans were not interfering with the purpose and plan of God.
Thus, though men have not been aware of it, and have conducted their affairs regardless of both God and Satan, God has all the while been overruling both man’s and Satan’s designs in the affairs and destinies of nations, so as to give to men the largest possible experience with sin and its consequences, thus to prepare them eventually for willing submission to the righteous reign of the Prince of peace. They have had experience with every shade and form of government; and now, as the end of Gentile times approaches, the world is preparing to express its complete dissatisfaction with all, in general and world-wide anarchy. The crisis is fast approaching and the end is nearing when the wayward, prodigal world will come to its last extremity. But man’s extremity will be God’s opportunity; and to this extremity He is therefore permitting them blindly to drift. But when, with broken and contrite hearts, they turn to the Lord, they will prove the joys of His forgiving love, and mark how, even before they called upon Him, He was preparing to answer (Isa. 65:24)–first, in the redemption provided; and secondly, in the necessary, hard experiences which shall have brought them to repentance and to a full realization of their need of God’s fatherly providence, and to humble, grateful dependence.
No nation on the face of the earth can now be said to have God’s special fatherly providence over it; for there is no nation even claiming to be the sons of God. Consequently, no nation can claim His care and protection. All are alike exposed to the fortunes or misfortunes of the course they pursue; and God will not interfere, except in so far as to shape the end toward the final accomplishment of His great work; and that shaping, we are informed, will soon require the overthrow of all the thrones of earth and a great time of unprecedented trouble.–Jer. 25:15,16,26,27; Dan. 2:44; 12:1; Hag. 2:21,22; Heb. 12:26,27; Rev. 11:15.