God, through his heavenly messengers, prophets, and apostles, has told us that the kingdoms of the world are His, and that He appoints whomever He wants to rule. On the other hand, Satan once said that the kingdoms of the world are his and that he appoints whomever he wants. Who should Christians, especially pastors, writers of evangelical books, and those who teach doctrine to brethren, believe?
There are Christians who, influenced by the russellistic heresy, think that Satan is the one who rules the world and sets rulers in power. The Bible says just the contrary; it says that God sets kings in their kingdoms. The only thing that Satan and demons can do is tempt rulers according to their lusts, trying to derail God’s plans. But it doesn’t mean that they rule this world or that they set kings in their kingdoms. Satan and demons also tempt Church leaders, pastors, and denominational leaders to make them go astray. They try to twist God’s plans. This doesn’t mean that Church leaders, pastors and denominational leaders are set in their positions by the Devil, nor that churches and denominations belong to Satan. God permits, till certain limits, wickedness in government, churches, denominations, etc., but this doesn’t mean that Satan rules over these institutions.
The Scripture speaks very plainly about who puts and removes kings. Let us read what the Prophet Daniel has to say about this.
“And he 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. He revealeth
the deep and secret things; he knoweth what is in the darkness,
and the light dwelleth with him.” ( Dn 2: 20-22 )
As we have read, Daniel, who knew best, more than all the members of the ruling body of the russellites, declares that God is the one who removes and appoints kings. It is not a vague statement that you have to ponder about, it is a plain statement that you just have to hear in order to understand.
If we read Dn 2: 37 we will see Daniel telling Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful king who ever reigned, that his kingdom and power was given by God. Daniel does not say that Satan gave it Nebuchadnezzar. Nevertheless, that is what many Christians and all russellites believe.
“Thou, O king, art a king of kings, for the God of heaven
hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, glory.”
( Dn 2: 37 )
A couple of chapters later, in Dn 4: 13-17 the Bible says that a “watcher and holy” told Nebuchadnezzar about this issue.
“13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold,
a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven. 14 He cried
aloud, and said thus….. 17 This matter is by the decree of the
watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the
intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in
the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and
setteth up over it the basest of men.”
( Dn 4: 13-17 abbreviated )
It is perfectly clear who the kingdoms of the world belong to. Or maybe the russellites know more than this “watcher and holy” that came to Earth sent by God? Could it be? After this declaration of the watcher, Daniel affirms again twice more that the kingdoms are God’s. Let us read.
“25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling
shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee
to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of
heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know
that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and
giveth it to whomsoever He will. 26 And whereas they
commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom
shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known
that the heavens do rule.” ( Dn 4: 25-26 )
“31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice
from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is
spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. 32 And they shall
drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts
of the field; they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven
times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the Most High
ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He
will.” ( Dn 4: 31-32 )
A voice sent from God told Nebuchadnezzar that God appoints kingdoms to whomsoever He wants. Satan, russellites, and sadly some Christians, say that it is Satan who appoints the rulers of the world. Is there any hesitation about to whom we should believe?
Many years later, in chapter 5, Daniel, speaking to Belshazzar about his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar’s experience, reiterates who the kingdoms of the Earth belong to.
“And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was
made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses;
they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the
dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the
kingdom of men, and that He appointeth over it whomsoever
he will.” ( Dn 5: 21 )
It is interesting to notice that all this is said to a gentile king, so that the russellites could not allege that the only kings that God appointed were those of the Israelite theocracy.
Now let us see what Jesus says about this issue. When Jesus was presented before Pilate, this Roman governor arrogantly told Jesus that he could crucify or release him. At that time Jesus told him that his power came from God. Let us read.
“Then saith Pilate unto him: Speakest thou not unto me?
Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have
power to release thee? Jesus answered:Thou couldest have
no power at all against me, except it were given thee from
above. Therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the
greater sin.” ( Jn 19: 10-11 )