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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

The Earth was Divided (1 Chronicles 1)

1 & 2 Chronicles are books of genealogy; just a bunch of names to most of us. Or could there be something meaningful in these books that God wants us to know?


As it turns out, this genealogy is very significant; even to us. It tells us who the descendants of Abraham are, the lineage of David, and the lineage of the Messiah.


In 1 Chronicles 1, there is also a verse that hints at man's first attempt to form a One World Government:


1 Chronicles 1:19 Two sons were born to Eber, the name of the one was Peleg "divide", for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother's name was Joktan.


This verse matches Genesis 10:25 which refers to the time when man disobeyed God's command to scatter and populate the earth and instead turned away from God and gathered at Shinar to build a temple to glorify themselves; the tower of Babel.


As a result of this first attempt at a One World Government, God divided man throughout the earth and confused their language so they could no longer try to rely solely on themselves, but would see their need for God and obey Him.


But throughout the rest of the Bible, we see this repeated effort by man to turn away from God and do things their own way rather than obey and follow God. Disobedience always leads us to brokenness.


Yet we are rapidly approaching a time when the world will try one final rebellion against God, one final attempt to create their own utopian society, promising world peace, equality, and solving the world's greatest problems. This final attempt at a tower of Babel, a One World Government is being called the Great Reset, the New World Order. In fact, they are promising "we will own nothing and be happy."


But just as we have seen throughout the Bible and in our lives today, when we try to turn away from God and do things our own way, it never works and just leads to brokenness.


This final attempt at a One World Government will also bring unprecedented brokenness. In fact, the forced peace treaty which kicks off this final rebellion will also kick off hell on earth, literally. It will kick off a 7-year period of God's wrath on all who refuse to repent and trust in Jesus.


But the good news is, God promises that all who have trusted in Jesus are under no condemnation (Romans 8:1) and will be saved from God's wrath which is to come (Romans 5:9, 1 Thessalonians 5:9).


In fact, if those who trust in Jesus' sacrifice, experience even a nanosecond of this 7-year period of God's wrath, that would mean Jesus' declaration on the cross "IT IS FINISHED!" (John 19:30) is not true.


If there are still sins for which followers of Jesus have to atone for through God's tribulation, condemnation, and wrath, then it is NOT finished, as Jesus said it was.


I'm trusting in Jesus' words. I'm trusting in Jesus' sacrifice on that cross in my place.


I'm trusting that He meant what He said, "IT IS FINISHED!!!" Tetelestai!


How about you?


Will you repent of your sins and trust in Jesus as your savior and the Lord of your life, today?

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