What separates me from the conspiracy theorists is that I am quite certain the conspiracies could not possibly succeed. I still believe that those conspiracies exist, and the people involved certainly do believe their plans could work, but that’s a lie of the Devil. These things only appear to work, but it’s merely a case of God giving them enough rope to hang themselves.
We teach that the Bible is pretty clear about this: That Creation is programmed to operate in certain ways, revealed in the Law Covenants, and this Law of God bears little resemblance to what fallen humans imagine it to be, since they have rejected revelation.
Global free trade is not allowed under God’s Law. This would put us back too close to the Tower of Babel. Nimrod’s dream has never died out; the Devil keeps dangling it out there and plenty of people keep grabbing at it. In God’s ideal, some very limited international trade is permitted, but economic entanglement is a sin. So Putin’s call for consistent international rules of trade and policy sounds quite reasonable, but it’s not God’s will (Putin endured a long interview with Financial Times here.) But then, neither is the bullying our current President does with every other government in the world a reflection of God’s will.
Revelation demands that humanity be divided into thousands of tiny nations, each minding their own business and defending their people. But prophecy has consistently warned humanity will not obey God, so we have conquests and empires. In the background, we have the fantasy idolatry of human unity under one “benevolent” government that can usher in a Utopia of some sort.
The fall of each new Babylon (Revelation 18) comes in cycles, and we are nearing the end of one. It’s quite typical that the thing blows up right about the time the idolaters are convinced they’ve got what they want. It looks like we are on the verge of a new age of globalism, but it’s already collapsing from internal rot. It’s going to be a big mess and there’s nothing we can do except cling ever more tightly to our message.