We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
1 John 5:19
1 John 5:19 says: We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. If we look first to the second part of this verse, we will have the answer to the question that serves as the title for this message. The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one, the devil, our adversary. In this sense, we know that we are children of God we are not called to be complacent with the world and its things, but quite the opposite. God’s values are opposed to the values of the world because the enemy governs its values.
The desire to dominate the world has existed in the minds of men since ancient times. In Genesis 10:8-12 we read: Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.” And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah (that is the principal city). This Nimrod was a great-grandson of Noah.
In history they have seen parading a series of empires whose purpose was to conquer and completely dominate the known world. The first four empires occurred in antiquity and are described prophetically in Chapter 2 of the book of Daniel. The first was the Babylonian Empire of Nebuchadnezzar, which followed on the Persian Empire of Cyrus, the Greco-Macedonian Empire of Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire, which reached its greatest territorial extension in the time of Emperor Trajan.
With the fall of the Roman Empire they arose during the Middle Ages universal empires such as the Arab Empire, the Mongol Genghis Khan and the Ottoman Turks. At the end of the Middle Ages colonial empires would developed, the most important were Spain, Portugal, France and Britain. The colonial empires were spread across all continents and dominated large territories.
And in our times, other nations have sought to have dominion over the world in a different way. Some of them, like the Soviet Union, Japan and Nazi Germany came to conquer large territory by war. Others like the same Soviet Union and the United States of America have reached the status of superpower influence their political systems of many countries worldwide.
Certain supranational organizations have been intended to dominate the world. Among them they may be mentioned the Illuminati, Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. We see some of the goals of the Illuminati: abolition of all government; abolition of private property and social classes; abolition of inheritance rights; destruction of patriotism and nationalism and replacement by a global government under international control; abolition of the concept of the traditional family and the prohibition of any kind of religion by establishing an official ecumenism.
Considering what it says 1 John 5:19, the devil has been behind any attempt to conquer and dominate the world since the beginning of time until today. If we are in Christ, we apply John 18:36: Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” Remember that we are not from here. God bless you.