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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW - WHERE DID EVERYTHING COME FROM?


 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." 
 Genesis 1:1 


When you look around you, what do you see?  You see grass, flowers, sky, sun, stars, moon, trees, furniture, houses, animals, insects, man, and so forth.  Do you know where all of this came from? You can be sure that someone made all of these wonderful things.  It did not just create itself.  Men make furniture and houses out of trees and rocks. Consider this:
  • Who made the trees and rocks? 
  • Who made man with such an amazing organ called the brain, the more complex of our organs?
  • Who made man with the ability to think and make choices? 
  • Who made man with the intelligence to build houses, cars, planes and all kinds of inventions?
Only One is great enough and powerful enough,and that is God, our Creator.  Many people disagree with this explanation of the origin of all things.  Almost everyone will agree that rocks and trees are necessary to build houses and cars.  But where did the trees, rocks and everything else come from? Consider three possible explanations:
  1. Nothing and no one made the trees, people and everything else, because they have always existed. 
  2. Trees, people and everything else are the products of accident in a chance universe. 
  3. Someone made the trees, people and everything else. 
Only one of these explanations can be true.  Only one of the three truly explains how everything came into existence. There is a Book that tells us exactly how God created everything:  The Bible. When we study it, we realize that the Bible is amazingly intelligent and accurate just like our universe.  Neither one could have just happened!  The view that everything happened by chance claims that a "Big Bang" started our universe billions of years ago.  The matter which was produced from such an unexplained explosion just happened to cool into stars.  Among those stars is the sun which just happened to have planets around it.  Among these planets, the Earth just happened to be at the right distance from the sun having the right mixture of water and other elements, so that as the Earth cooled, chemicals in an ancient sea just happened to come together in the right way so that these dead chemicals came to life. With the passage of time, the first living cells just happened to organize themselves into plants and animals. And as more time passed by, these tiny cells just happened to cluster together developing into larger living creatures.  As strange and unlikely that may seem to reasonable people, there are many who actually believe that is the way everything came into existence.  My question is:  What would happen if you were to put a firecracker in a bowl of sand and decide to watch it blow up? Do you think that such sand would turn into a sand castle?  Do you think the sand would turn into a jumping frog? Don´t you find this very hard to imagine?  The issue in question is that there is no absolute truth or "scientific" explanation for something like the so called "Big Bang"(Theory of Evolution) of the origins of life(beginnings). 

This so called "scientific" view of origins is called the Theory of Evolution.  Unfortunately, all of our public school books and many of our school teachers, newspapers and magazines and videos, assume that this theory is a proven fact.  The fact is that there is more "scientific" evidence against this Theory than there ever was for it. Sadly, most people who have been educated in our universities teach the "Theory of Evolution." These "smart" people believe that everything including man evolved by accident in a chance universe.  Of course, no one can claim to have actually seen this happen. They don't know HOW it could happen. Consider the following:
  • When these "scientists" have tried to prove that life came into existence as of a certain mixture of chemicals, they have failed every time. 
  • The mathematical probability that life could have ever begun from nonliving chemicals is astronomically remote. 
  • There is just no evidence that a single-celled living creature turned into a many celled creature.
  • When they tried to make living things evolve by mutation, they failed. 
  • The fossil evidence after over a century of search and study still provides no evidence of transitional forms from one phylum to another, or even from one kind to another. 
  • The missing links are still missing. There is precious little evidence to support the speculations of Evolutionary Theory. 
  • Science is knowledge. This theory is not science! 

The other view of the universe, of Earth and of life, the view that is Divine and True, is that everything that came into existence was created by a living, powerful and intelligent Being Who planned and made all things. The evidence against Evolution is evidence for Creation.  In Romans we read that man has always known some things about God.  All that our Creator has made shows that He must exist, because they simply could not have happened!
"Because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened."  Romans 1:19-21 

This leads me to my next question:  How did everything come into existence?  Christians must answer this question with two big words: "creation" and "providence."  The Truth is that our God, our Creator, made everything out of nothing, by merely speaking the word, the word of His power. In six days He was done and all that He made was very good.  So what are God's works of providence? They are His holy and wise works of preserving and governing all of His creatures and all of their actions. 

CREATION

Many "philosophers" and "scientists" sit comfortably in their easy chairs of ignorance wondering about basic questions such as: "Where did I come from?" or "Am I real?"  They are not able to answer the most basic questions regarding the beginnings or origins of life.  They just don't know where they came from and who they are?  Is that not sad?  The reason that they don't know the Truth is that they refuse to believe in God or in His revelation, the Bible.  The beauty of the Bible, the Word of God, is that it does not leave us wondering about the origins of life or about how all came into existence.  In Genesis 1:1, we find the absolute Truth concerning where we came from as well as everything else.
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."  
The Bible is crystal clear about creation. True science easily uncovers the evidence that shows that creation is the best explanation for what exists.  But we believe in creation mainly because we trust the Bible and believe what it tells us.  At the beginning of creation, our God provided the materials for the heavens and the earth. Then, He created the first plants and animals and then the first human beings, Adam and Eve.  All living things reproduced after their own kind. This all happened during a period of six days.
"For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."  Exodus 20:11 
The Book of Genesis is crystal clear about the period of time that took place in creation. The account is very specific!  God created everything in six days and on the seventh day He rested, Genesis 1:1-2:4.  Notice that the Bible speaks of the events of each day saying, "there was evening and there was morning."  Therefore, there is no reason to doubt that God's creation took place in six literal days. Remember that time places no limits on a God Who can create by simply uttering a word.  Sadly, there are some Christians who would deny the fact that the creation took place in a single week! They support their claim with what they say the Bible says about a "day" as a long period of time in 2 Peter 3:8.  Many argue that since there is no mention of an "evening" for the seventh day, then that "day" had not ended yet.  They even have suggested other ways to understand the seven days of creation.

Of course, there are other theories such as "the gap theory" which suggests that God used a 24 hour day to accomplish each of the events described in Genesis. It also suggests that there may have been long ages between each creative day. They for example say that God waited a long time before He created plant life. And that perhaps He may have waited millions of years while plants grew and developed over the whole earth.  This is absurd!

Then there is "the day-age theory" which suggests that the "days" of Genesis 1 were not exactly 24-hours long.  They instead used the word "day" to mean a "long period of time." Now, those Christians who support and suggest this theory point out that if "day" does not mean just a period of time, what Genesis teaches fits quite well with what most scientists think about the age of the Earth. Again, this is absurd! Today the so-called "theistic evolutionists" hold this ridiculous theory.  By the way, the phrase "theistic evolutionist" means that a person believes in God (he is a theist), but he also believes and supports the Theory of Evolution. Such a one thinks that God created the Earth billions of years ago and that He then used evolution as a tool to make it livable. They also claim that God created the first life using evolution to shape the plants and the animals that exist today. They even go further claiming that human beings evolved from animals and then were given a special spiritual life by God in order that they might be different from their animal ancestors. Again, this is absurd!

There is the "revelatory-day theory" that perhaps the "days" in Genesis were not really days of creation. They say the seven days were days in which God showed Moses what He had done! What that means is that God showed Moses how He had divided light from darkness. Then the next day God showed Moses how He divided the waters making the atmosphere of the Earth. Then the next day God showed Moses how He gathered the waters of the Earth making dry land appear. This ridiculous theory suggests that seven days were days in Moses' life, not days on which creation actually took place. While some Christians may disagree about whether the days of Genesis are 24-hour days, we cannot disagree about creation itself. It is a fact that the Bible, the revealed Word of God, does teach that God created everything and that He also created the universe as well as the world. It is undeniably true that God made living creatures and that He also made human beings the most special of all.

The Bible's claim to be the revelation of our Creator is important to us when we think about origins. That means that the Bible has been communicated to us by God Himself. It is a declaration, not just another theory among all of the other theories of origins postulated by speculating men. By contrast, the theory of Evolution appears weak. The Bible gives us an accurate account of all the historical events of creation. Unbelieving scholars for many years attacked the accuracy of the Bible saying that Moses could not have written the first five books of the Bible because there was no written language in his day. They are quiet now because the Code of Hammurabi was discovered that dates back to Abraham's day over four hundred years before Moses. The same scholars also doubted the trustworthiness of Daniel.  Daniel prophesied of events that took place long after he wrote it. That in itself was proof that he could not have written it according to such scholars. They of course assumed that God who can see the future had not inspired Daniel's words.  Besides, they also argue that the author of the Book of Daniel was wrong about the names of rulers and other details of that time. They argue that only a person who wrote much later would have made such mistakes. What silences these scholars is the science of archaeology which has helped us to confirm the Bible's historical accuracy.  Does this make believers of those who refused to believe? What do they do when their arrogant complaints are answered and they are proven wrong time after time?  They just look for other excuses to doubt the Divine Nature of the Sacred Text.  It is a relevant fact that although historical accuracy does not prove that the Bible is the Word of God, historical accuracy is evidence that we can trust the Bible. 

GOD'S CREATION AND PROVIDENCE (PSALM 104) 

We know and believe that after God created all things, He did not abandon them to chance or by accident but He leads and governs them all according to His divine will. He leads and governs them in such a way that nothing happens in this world without His orderly arrangement. Although our God is the Author of all the creation of this world and we can see all His divine attributes, existence and His wisdom and power behind it all, yet He cannot be charged with the sin that occurs within His own creation. Though man knew God, of his own free will he decided to disobey God and not honor Him nor did he give thanks to God. Men became fools in their speculations rendering their hearts weak and lost in darkness. They preferred to worship the king of darkness, Satan, rather than their Creator, God, Romans 1:20-25.

In the Bible we are told that God, "did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness." Acts 14:17.  Let us consider Psalm 104 which praises our God for His divine creation and for His care, His providence for all His works.

I.  DIRECT AND PERSONAL PRAISE

For God

  • For His Greatness:  In Psalm 104:1, the Psalmist begins with a request of blessing as well as with a praise for our God. "O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty."  We can clearly see God's greatness. In Psalm 48:1, we see this as another praise, "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, His holy mountain."  In another Psalm he writes, "For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God." Psalm 86:10.  In Psalm 135:5, we read of His greatness, "For I know that the Lord is great and that our Lord is above all gods." His Works are Numerous, "O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your possessions." Psalm 104:21. We can clearly point out God's many works which demonstrate His divine wisdom as logical, sensible and sufficient. 

His Praise
  • Singing Praise:  "I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being."  Psalm 104:33. The Psalmist here is singing of God's greatness. In Psalm 145:1,2 and Psalm 146:2 we read of other praises to God for His wonderful works. Let us purpose in our hearts to always have a reason to praise our Creator as long as we live with all of our breath. 
  • Meditation on God's Works and Ways:  "Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the Lord."  Psalm 104:34. This is the mark of a true and sincere follower of the LORD. His main desire is to wisely spend time in God's Word as he thinks and meditates on God's ways seeking diligently to please Him, even as he himself is pleased by all these things. Without a doubt we see a love for righteousness when he, the true follower, desires that in this meditation itself God would indeed be pleased. The Psalmist desires God's ways as well as to please God in all that he seeks and does. This is what a true child of God, a follower of God, longs for. The translated word "meditation" means to converse with oneself. It also implies a serious thoughtfulness and consideration of one who has heard and read the subject matter at hand.

II.  HIS EMINENCE 

Over His Creation:  "He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind." Psalm 104:3. The Psalmist not only praises God for His greatness but he also praises Him for all His glory which is greater than His creation. What a beautiful way to describe God! What great majesty and power our God displays through His Creation! How exalted is He! 

  • To His Purpose:  "He makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers." Psalm 104:4.  The point that the Psalmist wants to make is that our God is the Creator of ALL and over ALL. He uses them ALL for His righteous purpose. As we read through the pages of that divine Book, the Bible, we find God using His Creation for His purposes.  All throughout the Bible record God demonstrates His power over it ALL.  From the inspired and revealed Word of God, we know that there was a very large worldwide flood that must have formed and reshaped the continents and entire surface of the earth.  Do you think this flood came about by accident? What about the thousands of earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods that happened all around the globe over thousands of years?  One example is the volcano of Mount St. Helens which suddenly made large rocks and deep canyons in 1980.  Do you think that all these natural disasters, including Noah's big flood, just happened by accident? OF COURSE NOT! Many think that it required a long period of time for the volcanoes and floods to form the rocks that sit on the surface of the Earth today. In Truth, the Bible provides us with a record of these historical events. The Scriptures say that Noah's flood covered the entire earth. God meant it to happen!
"For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made." Genesis 7:4 

From Genesis 7:4, we learn that God wanted to kill all plants, animals and man on the earth. God brought on this flood because He wanted to do it and because man had become very wicked. Everyone died except Noah and his family.  All died because God brought that flood to destroy them along with their lawlessness.  Needless to say, many today find this very upsetting!  But we must never forget that our God cares for His Creation and He is watching those who persist in doing evil. He is very involved and He will bring judgment on ALL. 
"And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment." Hebrews 9:2
We know from His revealed Word that God sent a storm to intercept Jonah when he tried to flee from his duty, Jonah 1:4. We know that He withheld rain from Israel, I Kings 17:1. He sent thunder to confuse an army, I Samuel 7:10.  It was He Who sent hail to destroy an empire, Exodus 9:18.  It was He who made the sun stand still, Joshua 10:12-14. And He Who opened up the earth to swallow those who rebelled against Him, Numbers 16:28-35. And although we cannot see God, we must know that He is involved with His world, His creation. We must be aware that He is in control and that He rules. In all these ways, God showed His power over His Creation and His ability and right to use it ALL to His purposes. 


III.  HIS GREAT CREATION

The Earth 

  • He Laid the Foundation: "He established the earth upon its foundations, so that it will not totter forever and ever."  Psalm 104:5. Here the Psalmist is giving us a specific description of what God has done when He created this earth and ALL that is in it. He begins by speaking of the foundations of our earth; the land and soil were put in place to be unmovable and to accomplish its purpose according to His divine will. 
  • He Covered it With The Oceans: "You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters were standing above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled, at the sound of Your thunder they hurried away. The mountains rose; the valleys sank down to the place which You established for them. You set a boundary that they may not pass over, so that they will not return to cover the earth."  Psalm 104:6-9.  The waters covered the earth with its mountains at God's command. Also, at His command the water receded establishing a boundary between them in order that they might never again trespass. Our God knows no limits!  Even the oceans are limited by our great God.  How majestic is our God! The earth if full of ALL His glory!
  • He Watered It:  "He sends forth springs in the valleys; they flow between the mountains; they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they lift up their voices among the branches. He waters the mountains from His upper chambers; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works." Psalm 104:10-13.  Although the waters were used to cover the earth as a means of punishing the evil in it, the Psalmist reminds us of the benefits of the water God created. Not only did our God placed the water on this earth for the beauty of sunrises and sunset, but also for the care of animals and to nourish the land itself. 
  • He Provided Food & Shelter By The Use of Its Land: "He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the labor of man, So that he may bring forth food from the earth, and wine which makes man’s heart glad, so that he may make his face glisten with oil, and food which sustains man’s heart. The trees of the Lord drink their fill, the cedars of Lebanon which He planted, where the birds build their nests, and the stork, whose home is the fir trees. The high mountains are for the wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for the shephanim." Psalm 104:14-18. The land and its vegetation were created not only to show His wisdom and power but also to be cultivated by man for food as God originally intended in His creation of mankind, Gen. 1:29-30.  In like manner, the trees were also created to be the homes of many creatures as were the hills and the mountains to be the homes of others.  All these things that were created are not only for our visual pleasure but also as the source of food and even a living place for God's living creatures. 
  • Life in the Seas:  "There is the sea, great and broad, In which are swarms without number, Animals both small and great. There the ships move along, and Leviathan, which You have formed to sport in it." Psalm 104:25-26.  Although man is still trying to discover many and various creatures in this world, he is still not able to find them ALL.  Why?  Because a great number of these creatures reside in the depths of the oceans making them difficult to be seen by human eyes. We have yet to discover them all!  Perhaps we may never. Notice that the Psalmist describes all these living things in the oceans as "innumerable." 
  • His Rule Over It All:  "He looks at the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke." Psalm 104:32.  Isn't it a marvelous thing that with just His Word ALL these wonderful things were created!  Moreover with a word or touch, they could be shaken or be destroyed. 
The Creatures of the Earth:  Consider how our great God takes care of ALL His Creation: 
  • He Waters and Feeds Them All:  "He sends forth springs in the valleys; They flow between the mountains; They give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst... He causes the grass to grow for the cattle... The trees of the Lord drink their fill, the cedars of Lebanon which He planted, where the birds build their nests, and the stork, whose home is the fir trees... "  Psalm 104:10:18.  Our God thought of everything in order for the earth to be the source for food as well as the home for all living creatures. He placed everything on this earth with provision including man. 
  • Their Habits Are All Known & Directed by God's Design:  "You appoint darkness and it becomes night, in which all the beasts of the forest prowl about. The young lions roar after their prey and seek their food from God. When the sun rises they withdraw and lie down in their dens. Man goes forth to his work and to his labor until evening."  Psalm 104:20-23.  His great wisdom is seen also in the habits of those creatures He placed on this earth.  Many of God's creatures do come out at night seeking their prey and sleeping during the day, this being their instinct in the wild. The Psalmist further notes that the source of their food is not just nature but the One Who created them!  It is our God Who provides their prey on the earth and it is God Who gives each living creature its breath and thus its life. Isn't it AWESOME!  "They all wait for You to give them their food in due season. You give to them, they gather it up; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good. You hide Your face, they are dismayed; You take away their spirit, they expire and return to their dust. You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; and You renew the face of the ground." Psalm 104:27-30.  As Elihu said, "If He should determine to do so, if He should gather to Himself His spirit and His breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust." Job 34:14-15.  Hence, man should never forget this! 
  • Times and Seasons:  Finally, the Psalmist notes, "He made the moon for the seasons; the sun knows the place of its setting. You appoint darkness and it becomes night, in which all the beasts of the forest prowl about. The young lions roar after their prey and seek their food from God. When the sun rises they withdraw and lie down in their dens. Man goes forth to his work and to his labor until evening." Psalm 104:10-23.  Did you know that the animals seek their prey during the times mentioned in these verses?  Notice that this is God's design. The moon has its time and so does the sun and each one is directed by God's divine design. They do this continually without fail. Isn't it outrageous that man can recognize the great precision of this universe along with all the planets, moons, stars and suns and still claim it all just "happened" to end up this way?  NO, God made it this WAY! 

It is sad that so few are willing to recognize the great beauty and wonder of God's creation. They fail to understand that He still cares for it all. What is even sadder is that they fail to know about it for fear that they might see something that would demonstrate God's existence, wisdom and power.  It is ALL there with lots of evidence to demonstrate and prove God's existence whether we choose to see it or not. Let us never forget Who is behind it ALL. 


WHAT IS REAL? 

We all know that some things are real and others are merely pretend and imaginary. For example, a writer named J.R.R. Tolkien came up with a story about a funny little hairy-toed creature called a "hobbit." These creatures were supposed to be like little men with hairy toes who ate a lot. We all know these hobbits do not really exist. They are only pretend creatures!  But how do we know that these creatures,"hobbits," are pretend? Has anyone ever seen a hobbit? How do we know that animals such as dogs are real? Have you ever seen one?  This is the only way we can confirm that something is REAL.  IF we cannot see it, then it is not REAL. 

Sadly, there are many who do not believe that God is REAL.  They say that God is not REAL because they have not seen Him. This leads me to this question:  Have we ever seen God?  Of course, we all have seen Him!  We see ALL His creation big and small surrounding us from man, trees, animals, skies, sun, moon, seasons, rain, wind... The list is too long! We all can see His majesty and glory.  But have you and I ever seen God face to face? There are things that we know are real but we cannot see and have not seen such as love. We speak of love, but have we ever seen it?  But don't be confused about the existence of God just because you cannot see God. The Bible, the Word of God, tells us that God is a Spirit, John 4:24. No one can see God because He is a Spirit. 

My next questions is:  Should we always believe our eyes?  Our eyes fool us at times. What is a mirage in the desert? It looks like a pool of water but when one comes closer, we find nothing more than desert sand. What happens when your eyes fool you and you can not trust in your eyes? Can you believe at all? Remember the absolute Truth we can trust, rely on and believe in. The Truth that never lies. The Truth that is the breathed Word of God, the Bible.  So, when you want to find out what is true and real, you must go to the only source of Truth which is the Bible. This is the only Book where you can learn about God's world and God's reality.  

As we glance through the pages of this Holy Book from the very first chapter, we start to learn about all the things that are true and real. As we read, we realize that our God is real. So it is the same for plants, animals and man. If God has declared through His breathed Word that these things are real, then we must believe they are.  Even the blind who cannot see a bird can believe that birds are real because the Word of God tells us they are real.  Likewise, we also believe that God is real because the Bible,  His breathed Word, tells us that He is real. 

OUR GOD IS SOVEREIGN 

When one says that God is sovereign, he is saying that God is ultimately in control.  Have you ever seen a bird lying on the ground, wounded or dead? Do you think God is aware of that? Of course He is. God knows about every thing that surrounds us and He cares for us! 

I.  Man wants to Be Sovereign:  It is true that to some degree we have some control over what happens. One example of that is when we turn the lights on.  My question is:  Did you make the lights turn on by just turning on the light switch? Yes! But what if the light switch broke just before you turned on the light? What if for some reason the electricity was cut off just as you tried to turn the switch on? You see, you cannot be absolutely sure that the lights will turn on. Only God can determine and plan something causing it to happen with absolute certainty. 

We know that God is sovereign. But there is a problem. Man wants to be sovereign too. He wants to be in absolute control of everything that happens to him. This is called "humanism." Man is able to make his government powerful so that it may control what happens in the future. They are deceived into thinking that their governments can save them from starvation and diseases and take care of all their needs and problems. But what they don't realize is that no matter how much power men may have through their civil governments, they still cannot solve all of man's problems. They cannot foresee all the things that can go wrong to spare and save them from all these problems. In fact, when we give government too much control and power, they make even more mistakes. These will only make problems worse for other people. We are responsible to obey God. But we must not forget that we must also trust in God to take care of us even as He takes care of the little birds and the lilies of the field as is stated in Matthew 6:28-32. God is in control! 

II.  King Nebuchadnezzar:  Not only is our Almighty God in control of the birds, the plants and everything around us, but He is also in control of the most powerful men on this earth. Do you remember the story of king Nebuchadnezzar? He was the most powerful man who lived 600 years before Christ. He was the king of Babylon. Often such powerful men are arrogant and proud; and this king was a good example of that. So in order to humble this king, God made him look and act like a beast. God made him eat grass like the animals. In Daniel 4, we read of this powerful and proud king:  
"This is the dream which I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, tell me its interpretation, inasmuch as none of the wise men of my kingdom is able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, for a spirit of the holy gods is in you." Daniel 4:18
But God in ALL His mighty power humbled him: 
"While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’ Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was driven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.'" Daniel 4:31-33

You see God taught this proud king a good lesson. This old king Nebuchadnezzar learned that God always rules over all the kingdoms of men and that God also gives over that power to those He chooses to rule over kingdoms. Today, those who have the power to vote think that they rule. They think that they are in control over who gets elected, because they have the privilege to vote on election day. 

We must never deceive ourselves into thinking that God is not in control. He is ultimately in control over everything, If a man such as Barack Obama was elected as President, that was because God wanted him elected. So it is true with anyone He wants to rule as president or ruler over any kingdom. Ultimately, God is in control! 
"The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord." Proverbs 16:33 

On a Personal Note: 

I have really enjoyed this study precisely because of the experiences I had during my school years. It reminds me of the great battles that young students must face in the universities, especially in the fields of science or medicine. If one is not grounded in his faith, the endless lies and intimidations can take us captive. That was my experience! Such struggles make us appreciate the beauty and majesty of the creation account in the Bible as the Scriptures nourish our faith and lift our eyes to see the glory of God. 

May the Lord help us to be set for the defense of the Gospel.  Philippians 1:16; 1 Peter 3:15.

Luci