We approach the Olympic Games of 2008 and history is repeating itself. In the run up to the games 100 years ago in 1908 the British empire was fallen, thought they were in denial. Now the U.S. empire is fallen and they too are in denial.
As the sun set on the British empire, the influence, power and prestige was transferred to the US, a nation which had similar values and forms of government to us. The British may have been a bit peeved but they felt the sky was not falling in.
More features of ancient Rome have carried on to the present day that many realise. Our railway tracks are according to dimensions of rail carriages at the birth of the rail network. The dimensions and tools used by those engineers were those of the horse drawn carriages they had worked on previously. The standard carriage width had been the same for so many hundreds of years that few considered who had decided these standards, or where they had come from. They had been passed down from the Romans who had produced an empire-wide standard.
We have inherited their form of government too. The western world to this day has had a ‘Roman’ style of government based on their structures. In the US the upper house is even called by the same name as theirs, The Senate.
As we approach the Olympic Games of 2008 the sun is setting on the US empire. Their empire was not as long lived as the British one but it has had a good run of 100 years. I think one of their faults has been their denial of their imperial nature and the resultant reluctance to accept the responsibility that comes with being a great imperial power. Sadly their empire has been based almost exclusively on materialism and avarice.
Now the influence, power and prestige is being transferred to the new superpower of the 21st Century – China.
China do not have a Roman style of government. So now, after more than 2,000 years, Rome is finally fallen.
Could this all part of the plan that God was revealing in the book of Daniel in the much debated vision in the dream of Nebuchadnezzar? In his dream he saw future empires. And how accurate it proved to be. The dream perfectly outlined the empire to follow his, the Babylonian. The the Medo-Persian Empire, then the Roman, then the final one which will devour the earth.
Many have struggled to identify what the final, devouring empire will be. It does seem to be based, or centred, on a particular geographical location in the area covered by the Roman one. The devourer can not be China then. Have we lived through Nebuchadnezzar’s final empire and not noticed for the last 2,000 years that what we call ‘Western’ is Roman?
So the baton of world dominance is now being transferred to China. A bit more painful for the US than it was for the British in 1908 as is 2008 the baton is being handed to a people who have different values and forms of government. It will be hard to let go.
As it used to say on Thunderbirds when I was a kid, “Anything can happen in the next half hour!”
I am not worried. I trust the plan. The dream showed a stone that would strike. This is the return of Jesus Christ. Jesus shatters and replaces man’s attempts at world peace with His own rule.
In the meantime I expect China to become almost entirely Christian, perhaps in my life time. Already the church is growing there at a rate that is beyond counting. What a great time to be alive!