“For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.” (Romans 9:17)
And Nebuchadnezzar, and Pontius Pilate, and every wicked leader in positions of authority today.
Every person in a position of authority is placed there by the Almighty, some He hardens their hearts, others there is no need to, they have done that themselves through their own pride, vainglory is their master. They serve themselves, not realizing they serve Satan, yet it is the Lord who has placed them there, and so it is the will of God they serve.
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” (Romans 14:11) Some willingly, others by force, some do today, many times a day, knowing full well that the Living God is Sovereign over all His creation.
These truths cannot be easily understood by some, they can only be discerned by those the Almighty has revealed His truths to in these matters, those who understand that word Sovereign. The wicked men in higher places believe they, by their own skill and devious devices, have attained that place of power, they will in no way attribute their actions to the Most High, and to suggest that Satan is their father would be foolishness to them. Yet there are those whom I call at the very top, the Nimrods, if you will, of the world, who know full well who it is they serve, and they do so willingly, for Satan is the master of lies and deception, and mankind is easily deceived.
“And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” (Mark 4:19)
Power over people, my friends is one of the greatest riches that mankind can obtain, it is wine they cannot have enough of, and to be the greatest amongst their peers is the goal.
The Almighty knew the heart of Nimrod, of Nebuchadnezzar, of Herod, of Judas Iscariot, and they were used for His purpose, He did not create them for their evil purposes, they chose their own path, but they were compelled by the Almighty, they were used for His glory. The same as those wicked men in power today are being used by Him to usher in the days of Tribulation. The same as Satan is being used.
All men were created in the image of God, no man was created by Him for the purpose of evil, no man was created for hell, all have free will. Those who chose to serve Him He uses for His glory, those who chose to deny Him, He uses for His glory. “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12)
The Living God does not turn the heart of any man to evil, but, as best as man can describe it, when it is seen by the Lord that this man will not repent, that this person’s heart will remain until their last breath unrepentant, rebellious to Him whom all serve, that man is allowed to do so. The Lord stops knocking on the door of their heart, they are given over to a reprobate mind, and some of them He uses for His glory that seems, and is in that regard, in wicked and evil ways.
The antichrist will not be lifted up by Satan, God will set him where He wants him.
This is the pride of man, believing that he himself has attained great power and influence, when even those who rule nations are placed there by the Lord.
All your fears of these evil days we find ourselves in will dissipate once you come to the realization of these truths.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)