Do Men Conspire To Rule This World?

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Hi N____,

Thank you for your question concerning those who the Lord is using to accomplish His ends.

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

“All things” certainly includes the works of all the men and organizations of men you mention below.
Before I came to see that “all things” means ‘all things’, and before I came to see that God make wicked men within us all for the day of evil within us all, I used to spend an inordinate amount of time and money subscribing to and reading about all the conspiracies that are taking place in this world and on this earth.
It is popular in the world of academia to ridicule, repress and deny that there are men on this earth who are conspiring to control and dominate as much of this earth as their wealth and influence will permit. Such a dogma denies the most basic of human instincts, the desire to exalt oneself. No one can exalt himself to any great degree, or gain any significant amount of power in this world without conspiring with others to accomplish that end. “You sold me into Egypt” and “Et tu, Brutus” demonstrate graphically that men just naturally conspire to exalt themselves at the expense of anyone who they perceive to be a threat to their own ambitions for power and wealth. It is at great expense to the powers that be that Academia promotes the denial of this truth.
But after many years of attempting to account for every move made on the world scene, the Lord finally opened my own spiritual eyes to see that even those who do see that men just naturally conspire to increase their base of power and wealth; they also just naturally deny the spiritual truth of Eph 1:11, quoted above, and the truth of these words of our Lord to a man who was as sure as Joseph’s brothers, that the power of life over their fellow man was in their own hands. Nothing could be further from the truth of these words of our Lord.

Joh 19:7  The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.
Joh 19:8  When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;
Joh 19:9  And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.
Joh 19:10  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?
Joh 19:11  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.

You ask me:

I will let Christ answer that for me:

Joh 19:11  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.

That is just as true today for every move made by any man on earth, as it was the day Christ made that statement to Pilate. He is still “working all things after the counsel of His own will” and “working it all together for good” in the end.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Rom 11:33  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [ are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Rom 11:35  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Rom 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

You then comment:

The word of God does instruct us to obey the laws of the land and “be subject to the higher power.”

Rom 13:1  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Rom 13:2  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

As is always the case, truth is to be found only in “the sum of God’s Word,” and the “sum of God’s word” and the actions of God’s own apostles is that whenever the events of this life demand that we choose between obeying God or obeying the powers that He has ordained, that choice, for any spiritually minded man is not really that hard to make. Whenever we find ourselves in that situation we should always “obey God rather than man.”

Psa 119:160  The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever. (ASV)
Act 5:27  And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
Act 5:28  Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

I hope this has answered your questions. Pay your taxes, keep the speed limit and be subject to every ordinance of man that does not require you to disobey God. But when confronted with having to obey the ordinances of men which conflict with the commandments of God, “obey God rather than man.”

Your brother in Christ,

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