We know that individual civilizations can and do go down for the count, never to return. Been to Babylon lately? Carthage?
But the Bible tells us that on two occasions, God overthrew all of civilization. First in the Great Flood; next, when He saved us from the first global government by confounding our language while we were building the Tower of Babel.
We also have a historical example of a whole bunch of civilizations going down at once. Not the whole world, but a goodly chunk of it.
The Year Civilization Collapsed
We watched this lecture again the other night: 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. All of the civilizations in the Middle East and around the Eastern Mediterranean: they all fell pretty much at once.
What could they have done? They couldn’t avoid the droughts, the bad growing seasons, or the earthquakes. They couldn’t stop the barbarian invasions. All those stresses, all at once, finished off the whole lot of them. Egypt survived, just barely. Assyria and Babylonia took centuries to recover. The others–pffft!
But we do things to our contemporary, just-about global civilization, that seem purposely designed to bring it crashing down. The transgender movement. Uncontrolled government spending. Tyranny. Unlike earthquakes, these calamities are avoidable. But there are people who do not want to avoid them: because they want to build a whole new civilization on the ruins. With themselves ruling it. And there are others, richer and more influential than crazy revolutionaries, who just want to rule the world, period. Squash it all together into one and call it globalism. They want to undo what happened at Babel; they think they can make it work, this time.
God’s hand is on the tiller of history and He, not they, will decide how it all turns out. “I shake the earth,” He has said, “so that those things which cannot be shaken will remain.”
We’re getting some of that shaking right now, and it’s time we changed our ways. Stop doing stupid lunatic things that threaten the survival of our civilization. Stop with the false prophets, already!
God does not need The Smartest People In The World to save the human race. He has already done that through His Son, Jesus Christ. History since the Resurrection has been a progress toward the Kingdom of God–a progress punctuated by plenty of shakings by which God gets rid of things that ought to be gotten rid of. Like the Third Reich, the Soviet Union. His respect for our free will makes for slow progress; but God lives independently of time. We don’t.
If we want to keep our civilization going, we really do have to take better care of it.