Preacher’s Point: The powers that be


Election day is about a month away, and America is experiencing an election season unlike any other. I was born while Eisenhower was in office so the next President will be the 12th of my lifetime; Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, Obama, and the winner between Clinton II and Trump.

Who to support? Who to vote for? That’s a decision you’ll have to make; I won’t be endorsing any candidate here.

God knows who the next President will be, in fact, God has chosen who the next President will be. Another fact, God has chosen all the Presidents, kings, prime ministers, and every leader who has walked the earth.

All power in the universe is ordained by God. Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

God holds all power and authority. Therefore, any power or authority anyone has is given them by God. All authority – President Obama, President Putin of Russia, President Assad of Syria – all of them, plus all the world leaders, all members of parliaments, congresses and so on, hold the seats of power because God has placed them there.

Because it is an election year, we think of our elected officials when we think of authority. However, far more than those in public office have authority. A foreman at the factory, a school teacher, a uniform policeman, the seventeen-year-old assistant manager at the fast food joint, a pastor, a mom, a dad; all of these and millions more, have, in various degrees authority given to them by God.

Whoever moves into the White House in January 2017, will be whom God has chosen to live there. Because of this, a friend asked me if we should even vote. Yes, yes, yes, by all means, vote. When God uses our votes to accomplish His will, that is His prerogative.

One thing many Christians will not consider, but is the truth, God will set into power those He wishes to be in authority, not necessarily the godliest person.

It was the will of God for Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. Jesus’ death would not have happened if it were not for the mixture of evil people in authority at the time – Herod, Pilate, Caiaphas the High Priest, and the rest. Do not forget that every ounce of power these men possessed came from God (John 19:11).

The Word of God is true and without error. There were over 300 Old Testament prophecies concerning Jesus life and death, and He fulfilled every one of them.

The Bible tells us of hundreds of other yet fulfilled prophecies about the future and eternity. As far as the future is concerned, future events entail the rapture of the church, the rise of the Antichrist, the Great Tribulation Period, the return of Jesus Christ, the one-thousand-year reign of Christ, Judgment Day, a new heaven, a new earth and the ushering in of eternity.

Just as God orchestrated the proper conditions and who would be in power at the time of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection; He will also organize the conditions and the powers that be at the time of future prophetic fulfillment.

The nation is in a mess and is divided on how to solve the problems. Could it be that the times the Bible speaks of as future are not hundreds of years away, or even a few generations away? Could it be that the time of the rapture, the rise of the Antichrist, the Great Tribulation Period and the return of Christ will occur within the next few decades or sooner? Could it be that God is moving the chess pieces of world history into position for His end game?

Someone asked the question the other day, “Of the 330,000,000 people in this country we’ve come down to these two?” We must remember, God is the one who will choose.

In reality, God has had it come down to these two. Instead of complaining about the choices, maybe we should be asking God, “Why these two, Lord?”

By Timothy Johnson

Preacher’s Point

Preacher Johnson is pastor of Countryside Baptist Church in Parke County Indiana. Email: [email protected]. Website: E-book: If you email, inform me where you have seen Preacher’s Point. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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