is a study about world government ó past, present, and
an existing universe that God not only brought into
existence but one over which He also exercises absolute,
sovereign control. And the Bible is Godís revelation to man
concerning His actions in the preceding respect, especially
as these actions relate to the earth and to man.
a latecomer in the universe. He was created after
Godís creation of the physical universe, after Godís
creation of angels, and after God's government of the
universe had been established and was in full operation.
Manís existence dates back only six millennia, and he
was brought into existence for the specific purpose of
replacing a disqualified provincial ruler in Godís kingdom,
one who had been ruling for a prior unrevealed period of
created to replace the ruler whom God had, in the beginning,
placed over the earth (Ezekiel
This ruler, Satan, disqualified himself because of his
rebellion against Godís supreme power and authority (Isaiah 14:12-15).
And man was subsequently brought on the scene to take the
scepter and with the woman rule this one province
in Godís kingdom in the stead of Satan and his angels (Genesis
matters surrounding manís fall and redemption both revolve
around the reason for his creation ó ď. . .
[the man and woman together] have dominion
. . . .Ē
knew why man had been created, and he immediately set about
to effect manís disqualification (through disobedience), as
he himself had been disqualified ó an act which, if
successfully accomplished (as it was), would allow Satan
(though disqualified) to continue holding the scepter (Genesis 3:1ff; cf. Luke 4:5,
redemption, remaining within the same framework of thought,
simply has to do with God providing a means whereby He could
not only bring man back into a right relationship with
Himself but also a means whereby He could ultimately bring
man into a realization of the purpose for which he had been
created (Genesis 3:15; cf.
the manner in which Scripture not only begins in the book of
but also concludes in the book of
And all intervening Scripture must be viewed and understood
within this same framework.