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Does God Still Shape the Affairs of Nations?

by Ken Ryland

Throughout the Bible we see God acting in and shaping the affairs of nation states as well as individual lives. In spite of the skepticism of modern man, it is easy to see how God has intervened in specific historical events to shape the order of history. For example, an account of a universal flood is rooted in the cultures of most of the nations of the world, whether we are talking of the Aborigines of Australia, the Mayas of Central America, or the civilizations of the Middle East — just to name a few.

Also, the most detailed prophecy in the Bible, Daniel chapter 11, gives blow-by-blow accounts of the rise and fall of four great empires. And, the details of this prophecy are so specific that it is impossible to attribute them to other nations at other times. The foreknowledge of future events written down by the prophet Daniel is truly astounding.

However, I don’t want to dwell in the past. What I want to know is whether God is still directing the affairs of nations the same way he did in “Bible times.” What do you think? Is God arranging the outcome of events here in the United States? Many believe that He is interested in the affairs of the nation of Israel. After all, that’s a “biblical” nation. But, how about us, or Russia, or Canada, or Japan? I have one for you: How about Chechnya?

A couple of months ago I received a newsletter called Open Doors Newsbrief, a monthly publication put out by Open Doors ministry. Open Doors was started in the early 1950’s by a Dutchman known as Brother Andrew. The Open Doors ministry is dedicated to taking Bibles into areas of the world where the Bible is forbidden. Brother Andrew was inspired by two scriptures to undertake the difficult and dangerous task of smuggling Bibles into countries where even to own a Bible could bring imprisonment or death. The two scriptures that motivated this undertaking were Matthew 28:19 and Revelation 3:16; to wit, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, …” and “… I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”

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